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Mass Intentions: Week of April 21st

DayTimeIntentionRequested ByLiving or Deceased
Saturday5:00 p.m.Doug Washburn
Luigi Loffredo
Pat and Paul Magliano
The Loffredo Family
Sunday9:00 a.m.Kim Kroeger
James Martin
Doris E. Motl
Mary Gerlanc
11:00 a.m.Jack and Molly Martin
Rosemary Phillips
The Martin Family
The Phillips Family
Monday8:00 a.m.Ita YagerThe Duignan FamilyLiving
Tuesday8:00 a.m.Claire T. CarneyBrenna and George MayerDeceased
Wednesday8:00 a.m.Joseph DuignanMichael DuignanDeceased
Thursday8:00 a.m.Rose GuminaThe Santini FamilyDeceased
Friday8:00 a.m.Chris CaselliWill PieresonDeceased
Saturday5:00 p.m.SGT Bernard M. Pellegrino
Milton J. Lalloo
Louis and Marie Mercadante
Mark Lalloo
Sunday9:00 a.m.Angela R. Gianfrancesco
James Martin
Aunt Cheryl
The Basha Family
11:00 a.m.Giorgio and Racanelli FamiliesThe Martin FamilyDeceased

The Pastor’s Column – Week of April 21st

Dear Parishioners,

On this fourth Sunday of Easter, we are presented with two celebrations:

First, we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday. Jesus espouses the characteristics of a Good Shepherd. He is selfless, willing to lay down his life for the sheep. He is welcoming, and willing to lead those inside and outside his flock. He is faithful and willing to use his power for the greater glory of God. These are the types of characteristics we hope for in all leaders. Unfortunately, abuses of power are all too common in our world. How can we hold our leaders accountable? What would it be like to have “good shepherds” in positions of power within the government? Study your local leaders and commit to voting in the next election for morally strong leaders.

Second, we celebrate the 61st anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. At today’s Mass, we pray for both callings to specific ways of life (priesthood, married, religious, single life) and for the many, varied, daily callings each of us experiences. Vocations are not like they were back in the day. While visiting St. Joseph’s Seminary during Holy Week, a parishioner and I toured the class photos gallery. As we walked the corridors, I noticed two trends: class pictures were very robust in numbers, but the numbers began to decline after the mid to late 70’s. In my class photo, 2002, there were six priests (4 archdiocesan priests and 2 religious). Also, I noticed the surnames reflected the waves of newly arrived immigrants. Will the class sizes continue to decline or will they increase? Prayers are powerful.

Third, please pray this prayer for an increase in vocations.
God our Father, thank you for calling men and women to serve in your Son’s Kingdom as priests, deacons, and consecrated persons. Send your Holy Spirit to help others to respond generously and courageously to your call. May our community of faith support vocations of sacrifi cial love in our youth and young adults.

Finally, You can read MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 61st WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS “ Called to sow seeds of hope and to build peace” by scanning the bar code.

Fr. Tim

The Word of God

Reading I: Acts 4: 8-12 Peter’s first discourse is more like an “apologia” than a sermon. In it, Peter answers the Sanhedrin’s question directly.

Reading II: 1 John 3: 1-2 By way of the Paschal mystery, we have truly become the children of God.

The Gospel: John 10: 11-18 I n this section, “good” really means “noble” or “ideal”, and not just “good at” something or other. Unlike bad shepherds, who allow the sheep to be eaten by wolves, Jesus lays down His life for His sheep.

Camp Marist

CAMP MARIST, located in New Hampshire, is now accepting applications for their 2024 Camp Season. The Marist Brothers USA runs the Camp and is an excellent/safe place for kids to have “THE BEST SUMMERS OF THEIR LIVES!” Enroll Now! Visit CAMPMARIST.org


Discussions are underway by the Parish Council for the celebration of our 130th Anniversary on Sunday, July 21st at the 11:00 a.m. Mass followed by a social. If you wish to serve on the Planning Committee or have any ideas, please contact Rebeca Ford at revarq@gmail.com

Church of the Magdalene’s Social Justice Corner

The Encyclical Laudato Si’ encourages us to be aware that our daily actions as a world community shape the future of our planet. As Spring approaches, the Social Justice Committee urges us to learn about and purchase native plants for our gardens. Teatown will sell native plants on May 11. The Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College will sell native plants on April 27. They also offer classes about the importance of native plants in sustainable gardening.

Schoolyard asphalt leads to skinned knees in many children. The Social Justice Committee urges us to contact senators/congresspeople to support th e Living Schoolyards Act (Senate Bill 1538) to replace asphalt with green spaces which will aid the environment. It is important to support legislation that promotes change.

Please pray for the deceased, those who are ill and those who serve in our military.