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Mass Intentions: Week of May 19th

DayTimeIntentionRequested ByLiving or Deceased
Saturday5:00 p.m.James M. Cleary, Sr.
Raymond Farrell
The Gavin Estate
The Farrell Family
Sunday9:00 a.m.Clare and Stephen Matzko
George Wynn
The Martin Family
The Wynn Family
11:00 a.m.Thomas J. Hughes
James Leonard
Mary Pat Hughes
Wife, Mary
Monday8:00 a.m.Pocantico Hills Fire Dept.Deceased
Tuesday8:00 a.m.Eleanor LubnewskiFr. TimDeceased
Wednesday8:00 a.m.For the Departed ParishionersDeceased
Thursday8:00 a.m.Mary Elizabeth WileyPhil and Barbara ZegarelliDeceased
Friday8:00 a.m.Special IntentionsFr. Tim
Saturday5:00 p.m.Intentions of Abby McAllister
Dorothy Hammond
The McAllister Family
The Willis Family
Sunday9:00 a.m.Joseph Radelich
Dwight Mosby
The Radelich Family
The Willis Family
11:00 a.m.Giorgio and Racanelli Families
Joey Omboni
The Omboni Family
The Omboni Family

Week of May 26th

Dear Parishioners,

Memorial Day, which marks the unofficial beginning of summer, is a day for parades, memorial services, picnics, and barbeques. “Taps” are played at memorial services and at graveside services. This custom is honored throughout the United States. When military honors are appropriate, they are observed near the conclusion of the graveside service: a flag is presented to mourners, guns are fired into the air, and “Taps” is played. The sound sends “chills down one’s spine and tears down one’s eyes”. It is with these four pitches, traditionally for a bugle, but can be played effectively on a trumpet, that we remember the deceased and those who fought and lost their lives in service to the country.

I am always impressed when “Taps” is played when participating in a Memorial Day service or presiding at a graveside service. Because of the melody’s connotations with swells, buglers play it for military funerals. So when we hear, “Taps”, we take comfort that the fallen are sleeping in heavenly peace.

A Prayer for World Peace

We pray for the power to be gentle;
The strength to be forgiving;
The patience to be understanding;
And the endurance to accept the consequences
Of holding on to what we believe to be right.
May we put our trust in the power of good to overcome evil
And the power of love to overcome hatred.
We pray for the vision to see and the faith to believe
In a world emancipated from violence,
A new world where fear shall no longer lead persons to commit
injustice, nor selfishness make them bring suffering to others.
Help us to devote our whole life and thought and energy
To the task of making peace,
praying always for the inspiration and the power
to fulfill the destiny for which all humans were created.
-Author Unknown

Fr. Tim

PLEASE NOTE: The rectory office will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. The 8:00 a.m. Mass will be offered for the Deceased Members of the Pocantico Hills Fire Department.

The Word of God

Reading I: Deuteronomy 4: 32-34, 39-40 Israel’s unique vocation is to declare the uniqueness of the one and only God, whom they know as Yahweh.

Reading II: Romans 8: 14-17 Through the Spirit, a Christian becomes a child of God, so that he/she can, in turn, have the right to call God “Abba,” which is often translated as “Daddy.”

The Gospel: Matthew 28: 16-20 This section contains the “Great Commission”, which is given to the eleven disciples despite their doubt.

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.