525 Bedford Road Pocantico Hills,
Tarrytown New York 10591
TheMagdalene@archny.org
914.631.0529

Bulletin & Calendar

Pray for the sick: Liam Wolfe, Paul Wallace, Nancy Letizia, Jasmine Meyer, Anthony Tobacco, Elias Samarasto, Joyce Carroll, Amy Augustus, Lorraine Savagno, Joseph & Madeline Carbone, Howard Phillips, Rita Sena, John Ryan, Joseph & Laurel Tyson, Wesley Wright, Michael Kessman, Liam Ahern, Giavanna McVeigh, George Rose, Betsy Zeino, Moriah Jordan, Kevin Doherty, Carol Many, Senny Josephs, Bob & Wanda Praisner, Tom Loemker, Ann & Tom Cahill, Marcella Thorne, Bernadette Harris, Jane Hart, Myron Gordon, Matthew March, Nijole Raskys, Lorraine & Peter Simone, Jim Defemia, Humberto Gonzalez, Bill Monroe, Joan Curry, Joan Oltman, Joseph Robert Carbone, Cathryn Feakins, Linda Klimaszenki, John Mastelle, Paul & Donna Sabatos, Christopher Bellantoni, Nancy Frangiacono, and Roberto Oribe.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TEACHERS & ASSISTANTS NEEDED: We are in need of the following in the fall:

3rd grade, teacher and assistant teacher, Tuesday, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

6th grade, teacher and assistant teacher, Thursday, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

7th grade, teacher and assistant teacher, Tuesday, 7 to 8:15 p.m.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Dottie Meehan at dotmeehan@aol.com or 914-552-7628.

Religious Education Forms have been mailed. Please fill them out and return them ASAP. Forms for new students to our program can be found on-line on our website or in the back of the church. For information call Dotty Meehan at 914-552-7628 or dotmeehan@aol.com.

LOCAL BLOOD DRIVE: JULY 29, PLEASANTVILLE FIRE HOUSE: The Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department and the Pleasantville Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be hosting a Summer Blood Drive. Since it is difficult to organize community drives during the summer, blood donors from all towns are encouraged to come to lend their help. Wednesday, July 29 from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Appointments are required: to assure adequate physical distancing of donors and to meet additional sanitation requirements, Walk-ins for this drive are not allowed. Donors will be given a health pre-screening prior to entering the facility and will be required to wear a face covering. PLEASE HELP: Make an appointment online at www.nybloodcenter.org/donate-blood/ or call (800) 933-2566.

CARDINAL’S STEWARDSHIP APPEAL 2020: As of 7/02/2020

Goal               Pledged                # of Donors                   Donor Goal
$48,000           $40,766                            96                      130

To make your gift online, visit cardinalsappeal.org.

July 7, 2020

Dear Parishioners:

I hope you were able to enjoy our holiday weekend despite the restrictions we are living under. In last Sunday’s gospel Jesus invited all those who are weary and find life burdensome to come to him. That invitation still holds. Even

though many are still cautious about approaching church and attending mass (understandable), spending time at home in prayer is a great alternative.

1. This past Sunday at the 11am mass Greg Occhiogrosso, a parish teen, received the sacrament of confirmation. Greg was under instruction this past year and was slated to be confirmed at the Easter Vigil. The Covid virus changed those plans. We pray that Greg will be guided by the spirit of Jesus as he moves forward in life.

2. I went for my Covid test last Wednesday. Negative! However, I was surprised to learn that since I hold the position I do here at the Magdalene, I will be expected to be tested once a week by ArchCare at 115 Stevens Ave. in Valhalla. As Gomer Pyle used to say: “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!”

3. We keeping tweaking our protocols for mass. It is probably wiser that we keep our masks on when receiving communion. Keep mask on, take communion in the hand, lower the mask to receive communion on your way back to the pew. This may be awkward, but doable. We will have to be more cautious, now that this virus may work its way back north. We have already seen new isolated pockets in Westchester and Rockland. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping the parish safe. Once we let our guard down, we are in trouble!

4. Our Cardinal’s Appeal has made some small progress: Goal, $48,000. Pledged: $40,766. Thank you.

5. Last weekend’s attendance: 5pm: 29; 9am, 34; 11am, 35. Many are still hesitant about attending mass in person. Remember, you can attend during the week at 8:00am. Also, we continue to live stream Sunday at 9:00am. Our live streaming garners between 65-100 households each Sunday. I do not want to be a pessimist, but I think it will take months for parishes to return to normal. In the meantime, we do the best we can. However, I will be honest, it is not the same anymore. The momentum forward has been diminished.

6. We have resumed our basic office hours Monday-Friday for booking masses, obtaining sponsor certificates, seeking copies of baptismal, communion, and confirmation certificates, etc. Please call the rectory first.

7. Bishop Walsh is committed to officiate at our Confirmation Service on Saturday, October 24th at 1PM. This service will be for those who could not be confirmed this past May due to the virus. Dot Meehan will be in touch with the families affected.

8. The diocesan audit of our parish, which was interrupted for 4 months due to the virus, was finally concluded this week. The audit was for 2018 and 2019. Bottom line: We are still in business and solvent. Our financial situation is solid. I will implement two suggestions regarding the security of the Sunday collection. Thank you for your generosity in keeping the Magdalene humming along.

The Church of the Magdalene is the Only Church in the Archdiocese of New York Dedicated to Mary Magdalene