Wednesday, October 31, 2012

All Saints and All Souls

We are open and have power and heat!
Thursday is All Saints Day - a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be offered on Wednesday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m. and on Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and at 7:30 p.m.
Friday is All Souls Day. Please remember to bring your Intention envelopes. Additional envelopes are available in the atrium. Masses on All Souls Day will be at 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and at 7:30 p.m.

Storm Update - Wednesday Oct 31

The church and school have power. The parish center power is out. It was ripped out by a falling tree.
The parish office will be open today from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
If you need to charge your cell phones, there are numerous outlets in the church atrium. They are tucked inside the white poles. Please come and use them.
We had 23 trees down. They blocked the church lot entrance and exit, the school lot exit and numerous paths. One tree down in the cemetery. All trees that blocked access have been removed. We are fully open.
Trees hit the school gym roof, the roof over the new school kitchen and the roof of the parish center. Thankfully there is very little damage and no structural damage. One window was broken in a school classroom from flying objects. One light pole at the the school had the lights torn off. The major concern right now is the parish center. The electric was torn off so we must wait for Orange and Rockland. So, our school is ready to open, but pre-k is closed until further notice.
Thank you for all your prayers. Thanks especially to all parishioners who stopped by on Tuesday to lend a hand, especially Tim Cooper. Please be assured of my prayers in the days ahead.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Church Office Closed - Parish & School Closings

Our Parish Office is closed as of Monday, October 29 at 12 noon. The Office will re-open when possible after the storm. A reminder that our school and religious education programs are closed until further notice. All parish programs and activities are cancelled until further notice. In case of power outage, the 7am daily Mass is cancelled and we will offer Mass at 9am only. We do have an Emergency Cell Phone Number to call a priest - NOTE it should be used for emergencies only - 845-545-4064. Hopefully it will continue to work during and after the storm. If not, we suggest you call the Police and ask them to get in touch with us.
We pray for the safety of all!

Sandy Closures

Dear Parishioners,
Please note that our parish school and religious education programs are closed until further notice. The parish office will likely be open Monday morning, then close until it is safe again. If we have a power outage, the 7am Mass is cancelled and daily Mass will be at 9am.
We pray for the safety and well being of all.
Father Michael

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

CYO Basketball Tryouts

Attention All Students in Religious Ed and our Parish School!

Because you are enrolled in Religious Ed Classes or attend our Parish School, you are eligible to try out for CYO Basketball at St. Stephen's!

Here is the Tryout Schedule:

All Tryouts are on Saturday, October 27

6th Grade Boys - 8am

5th Grade Girls - 9am

6th Grade Girls - 10am

5th Grade Boys - 11am

7th Grade Boys - 12 noon

8th Grade Girls - 1:00 pm

8th Grade Boys - 2pm

7th Grade Girls - 3pm

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Wedding - Majewski & Bruno

A Nuptial Mass will be offered on Saturday, October 20 at 2:30 p.m. as we celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage for Taylor Majewski and Laura Bruno. Please pray for the newly married couple!


Sorry I have not been on line - internet troubles!

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Vernon Bonomi. His Funeral Mass was on Friday, October 19. He and his wife Patricia are long time parishioners. May he rest in peace.

Father Micciulla's sister Lisa and niece Leonora still are in the Burn Unit at Staten Island University Hospital, but are making progress. We are still trying to help them find an apartment. A benefit Pancake Breakfast will be held on Sunday, November 4, hosted by the Knights of Columbus and St. Stephen Sodality.

Carlos Supak is scheduled to be transferred soon to Helen Hayes Rehab in Rockland County. Please keep the prayers coming.

Looking forward to the Harvest Auction tonight - a great evening!

Enrollment of Confirmation Candidates will be held at all Masses this weekend. Please pray for our Confirmandi!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Homily - Respect Life

A parishioner asked me to post my homily - please understand it is more an outline then a finished product!

Walk through gate of Assisi , a hill town in Italy – come to Basilica of St. Clare

Small Chapel – Cross of San Damiano - Francis, go rebuild my church.

Thought – physically

Began to understand - rebuild my church!!

In beginning, they thought it was all a joke

Could this be our Francis? He is the life of the party - wanted to be a Knight

Isn’t he from a rich family?

In time – this was no joke

Began to realize, he was trying to imitate Jesus - the best - alter Christus - ever

Before Pope John Paul II used phrase “Gospel of Life” – Francis understood the sanctity of all life

- he would genuflect in front of pregnant women

- the first “live” nativity

- in the spring he would walk in bare feet so not to crush growing plants

- saw him embrace people with leprosy - he served Christ in the poor

- he understood the beauty of creation - brother sun & sister moon

- he even traveled to Egypt to meet with Sultan and negotiate peace

It is a different time and a different place – but Respect Life Sunday and the “Gospel of Life” never had more meaning.

It is now almost 40 years since Roe vs. Wade

Shocking thing that many still do not understand – permits death to children right to the very moment of birth - 53 million children gone

Many believe that this decision helped to create a growing acceptance of death as “solution” to personal and societal problems. 3 examples

- Euthanasia and assisted suicide are now promoted as answers to declining health and disability – it is on the ballot in Mass. Life for my dad is getting ever more difficult – but NEVER want him to feel he is a burden – his life is no less beautiful despite his age and health.

- We seek to find cures to diseases – a noble goal – but at what cost? Human embryonic stem cell research – week old embryos are sacrificed as a means to cure disease.

- To solve low fertility- human embryos are created in clinics – many discarded or placed in frozen limbo

Francis was a man who spoke the truth and transformed his age - who will do the same?

We will do well to imitate his example and spend time in front of a crucifix – the place where Jesus transformed death into life – “The Gospel of Life” Here is the prayer offered by St. Francis before the Cross of San Damiano:

Most High, glorious God,

enlighten the darkness of my heart

and give me true faith,

certain hope and perfect charity,

sense and knowledge, Lord,

that I may carry out

Your holy and true commands. Amen.

Columbus Day

Congratulations to our Italian American friends as we celebrate Columbus Day! We also offer prayers for the Knights of Columbus and all affiliated organizations.  A reminder that our parish offices are closed today.


Father Micciulla's sister - Lisa Roman, and his niece Leonora, are still in Staten Island University Hospital receiving treatment for injuries sustained when their home was struck by a car. The family is most grateful for your support and prayers.

Carlos Supak is still at Westchester Medical Center Trauma Unit recovering from injuries after being struck by a car. His family is most grateful for your continued support and prayers.