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Mass Intentions

DayTimeIntentionRequested ByLiving or Deceased
Saturday5:00 p.m.Robert CauslandTodd and Roberta RuppelDeceased
Sunday9:00 a.m.Anna R. VendittiPhil and Barbara ZegarelliDeceased
11:00 a.m.Erin Maroney FraserThe Meyer FamilyDeceased
Monday8:00 a.m.Ann T. PaeseMaria A. PaeseDeceased
Tuesday8:00 a.m.Joseph ZephFr. TimDeceased
Wednesday8:00 a.m.For the ParishionersLiving
Thursday9:00 a.m.Msgr. Bob TrainorThe Scott FamilyDeceased
Friday8:00 a.m.Maria BarryThe FamilyLiving
6:00 p.m.The Muldoon FamilyFr. TimLiving
Saturday5:00 p.m.Antonio DelisiThe Whalen FamilyDeceased
Sunday9:00 a.m.Joanne Coza
James and Margaret Wade
The Family
Mary Wade
11:00 a.m.Catherine AceriThe Hornby/Hulst/Wood FamiliesDeceased

The Pastor’s Column

Dear Parishioners,

As we enter a new liturgical year, on this the First Sunday of Advent, the theme is watchfulness . We are called to be watchful and alert while we await the coming of Christ at the end of our lives or at the end of the world. The Advent scriptures contain a warning:”Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come” (MT 24:42). This is not meant to haunt or alarm but to instill in us a sense of urgency and anticipation. Our watchfulness is in doing the will of the Lord.

We are grateful for those of you who have been attending mass here at the COTM, watching from the pews, and especially for those of you who watch via livestream. We are here for you spiritually. As a follow up to Mr. Ed Sudol’s presentation on the Weekend of November 4 and 5, please consider writing a review about The Church of the Magdalene by going to our website www.churchofthemagdalene.org . By doing so, you can help increase the visibility of our parish and help it to grow.

There must be a lot of people looking for what we take for granted at COTM, who would join our parish if they knew about it. Your review, expressing how you feel about our Church, can help them and the parish at the same time.

You’ll be able to read your review, as well as those of others, if you search for “Catholic Churches in Sleepy Hollow” on your cell phone or computer’s browser.

Thank you.
Fr. Tim

The Word of God

Reading I: Isaiah 63:16b-17; 64: 2-7 A wish for Yahweh to come down from heaven and help cleanse the nation of its guilt and sins.

Reading II: 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9 Paul thanks the Lord for all the gifts the community has received. He asks for His help in keeping them firm in the faith.

The Gospel: Mark 13: 33-37 Jesus warns His listeners to be alert, for no one knows the time of the Lord’s return. Watchfulness regarding the Kingdom of God is essential.

Advent Wreath Year B

If you are setting up an Advent wreath in your home this year, here are some prayers you could say while you light its candles. You may say these before or after a meal, when waking up, before going to bed, or whenever you and the members of your household can gather for prayer. Before you say the prayer, read and talk over the Gospel you heard at Sunday Mass that week.

Week 1: O God, who asks us to be watchful and alert, we do not know when you will come, let this candle give us light and help us stay awake. At those times when you ask us to act, give us strength to respond at once. Through Christ our Lord.

Week 2: O God, who sent John the Baptist to proclaim a baptism of repentance, let these two candles prepare the way of the Lord within us. Forgive our sins, and fill us with your Holy Spirit. Make us ready to celebrate the birth of our Savior. Through Christ our Lord.

Week 3: O God, who sent John the Baptist as a voice crying out in the desert, open our ears to hear his message as we light the pink candle. Shape our lives so that they will become a straight path to you. Make us ready to greet your Son when he comes to us. Through Christ our Lord.

Week 4: God, who sent your angel Gabriel to announce good news to Mary, make us happy with your Word of Life. Let our hearts be so filled with love for you that they glow with the light of these four candles. May we live in a way that we will please you. Through Christ our Lord.

Paul Turner

Monday, December 18
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Prepare ye the way for the Lord!

Christmas Mass Schedule


Christmas Eve – Sunday, December 24th
4:00 pm Family Mass
10:00 Carols/Choral Prelude
10:30 pm Solemn Mass (Live Steam)

Christmas Day – Monday, December 25th
9:00 am Mass (Live Stream)
11: 00 am Mass


The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
December 31, 2023
Masses: 5 pm Saturday & 9 & 11 am Sunday

Solemnity Mary, Mother of God
Monday, January 1, 2024
Mass 8 am

Solemnity Epiphany of the Lord
Sunday, January 7, 2024
Masses: 5 pm Saturday & 9 & 11 am Sunday

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Monday, January 8, 2024
Mass 8:00 am.

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~CHRISTMAS BRUNCH SUNDAY TODAY: December 3 @ 12 noon. Come and enjoy food and conversation with parishioners and visitors. Joining us this year is Santa Claus!

~CHRISTMAS CONCERT: December 2 and 3 @ 4 pm In St. Joseph’s Seminary at 4 pm in the historic Chapel of the Holy Spirit, the SJS Cantorum will perform their heavenly music of hymns and Christmas favorites amidst poinsettias and firs. For more information and to purchase tickets. www.dunwoodie.edu/concert 2023 or 2023 SJSConcert.eventbrite.com. Or call (914) 968-6200, x 8201.

~CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: December 10 The children in our Religious Education program invite you to THEIR performance of the Nativity which recounts the story of the birth of Jesus. This event consists of processions with parades of children all dressed up as Mary and Joseph, shepherds, magi, angels, sheep, donkeys, drummers and more. Parents and grandparents attend this event to watch all of the stars. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served in the Weaver Parish Hall.

~CHRISTMAS CONCERT: December 14 @ 7 pm John Paul/Immaculate Conception/Sleepy Hollow Michael Tropepe will be performing all Christmas Classics. Admission is FREE. Wine & Refreshments to follow afterwards. RSVP at 914-631-0446 or jpiimc.ny@gamil.com

~LESSON & CAROLS: December 17 Hosted by the COTM’s Music Ministry and Lectors, the Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century. In this service, we listen to nine Scripture lessons which recount the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News. Each lesson is followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson’s message and a brief prayer. Refreshments will be served.

~ CHRISTMAS RAFFLE: December 24 @ 9 am To add to the festivities, you are invited to participate in our Christmas Raffle. There are three (3) gift baskets: a holiday cheer basket, a gift certificate basket to three (3) restaurants in Westchester, and a Filet Mignon dinner for four in the rectory with Fr. Tim. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased after all the Masses beginning December 3. All proceeds will benefit Feeding Westchester in Elmsford.Their mission is to nourish our neighbors in the fight against hunger.

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

December 8, 2023
Masses at 8:00 am & 6:00 pm.
Immaculate Mary, thy praises we sing;
Who reignest in splendor with Jesus our King.
Ave, Ave, Ave, Maria! Ave, Ave, Maria!

ADVENT PREPARATION I: Do you have an Advent Wreath: Wreath, 3 purple candles and 1 pink/rose candle? Buy one; make one. Light one candle each Sunday with your family before your meal.

ADVENT PREPARATION II: The response to the Advent Prayer of the Faithful: “Come, Lord Jesus!”

ADVENT PREPARATION III: Tabernacle Veil. The front of the tabernacle may be covered with a veil. The practice is not universal, nor is it required. The veil recalls the instructions in the Book of Exodus for the tabernacle housed in the ark of the covenant, which contained, among other items, some manna, the bread from heaven (Heb 9:4). A veil separated the Holy of Holies, where the ark was kept. In Catholic tradition, the sacred box for the consecrated bread remaining after a Mass is called a tabernacle. It contains the bread of life. It holds the remaining consecrated host. The tabernacle veil suggests that what lies behind is very different from what is in front. It conceals the holiest of holy places. No legislation governs its color, but traditionally it is white, gold or the color of other vestments for the day or season. During the season of Advent, the tabernacle will be covered with a purple cover/veil.

ADVENT PREPARATION IV: Copies of The Word Among Us: Catholic Mass Readings and Daily Meditations for Advent 2023 are available in the back of the church.


Help decorate the COTM for Christmas! In your monthly packets and in the back of the church are envelopes. All contributions are gratefully accepted in memory or in honor of our loved ones. All names will be featured in our Christmas & New Year bulletins.