Making Disciples through Prayer, Faith Formation and Service MIDNIGHT CRUISE RAFFLE 2015 A Success Pastoral Staff Pastor - Rev. James Wood Pastoral Vicar - Rev. Paul Butler Deacons: Ed Hayes, Retired: William Kogler Biagio Muratore, Phil Paolicelli Faith Formation Office: Director of Religious Education Jennifer Menneci x131 Holy Angels Regional School, Patchogue Principal - Michael Connell 631-475-0422 St. Margaret’s Preschool To All Parishioners, Thanks to All who supported our parish effort by purchasing tickets and working on the party. The proceeds will help me serve you St Margaret Jenny Tranfaglia, Coordinator x124 Business Manager Lisa Boyd x113 Facilities Manager Michael Lorio x115 Music Ministry February 22, 2015 Dr. Daniel Crews, Dir. x117 Parish Outreach Jackie Mirenda x119 Phone: (631) 732-3131 RCIA ~ Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Rectory Office Hours Dan & Joanne Williams Administrative Assistant Julie Burtoff x133 Celebration of the Eucharist Saturday: 5:00 P.M. Sunday: 8:00 A.M., 10:00 A.M. & 12:00 N Weekdays: 8:00 A.M. on Tues., Thurs., Sat. 9:00 A.M. on Mon., Wed., Fri. Confessions: Saturdays: 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm or by appointment Open for Walk-In Business Mon thru Thurs Friday Saturday Sunday Morning am pm 9 -1 9 am - 1 pm 9 am - 12 pm Closed Afternoon 2-4 pm Evening 7 - 8pm Fax (631) 732 - 8827 www.saintmargaret.com 81 COLLEGE ROAD SELDEN NY 11784-2813 Time, Talent & Treasure Stewardship Thought for the Week We are grateful this week for all stewards in our parish whose giving - whether of alms, time or service will be an expression of gratitude of what the Father has given them.. Sacrificial Giving Thank you to all who so generously give to the support of our parish. You are returning to God what God has so generously given to you. 2015 8,436 240 Last week’s Sunday offering Number of Envelopes Used Envelope $ % of collection Mass Attendance Last Week Yrly Average 2014 11,434 337 88.8% pm 5 232 331 am 8 82 232 Readings for Next Sunday 10 197 375 12 292 347 Total 803 1288 For the week of Feb. 22nd Second Sunday of Lent Altar Bread & Wine First Reading ...........Gn 22: 1-2,9a, 15-18 Second Reading ............... Rom 8: 31b-34 Gospel ................................... Mk 9: 2-10 in Memory of Rose Mc Fadden MARRIAGES: Couples should make arrangements in person at least one year in advance for required interview. At least one of the parties must live within the parish boundaries, or be a registered member of the parish. Please call the Rectory for an appointment. No dates will be set over the telephone. BAPTISMS: Prospective parents should telephone the rectory about three months before the expected birth to discuss the arrangements for your child’s baptism and enroll you in the required baptismal class. Baptism classes are held monthly on the 1st or 2nd Sunday of the month. The baptism date will be set at the time of the class. The child’s birth certificate as well as the godparent’s “sponsor certificate” (godparents must be practicing Catholics) must be presented before a date is finalized. PARISH MEMBERSHIP: We welcome all new parishioners! We ask them to register at the rectory and encourage the use of weekly envelopes. If you are moving, please notify the rectory. Women’s Group: - The newly formed Women of Faith Ministry invites all women of the parish to join us at our upcoming gatherings. Watch the bulletin for further details. Women’s Bible Sharing: The women of the parish gather for Bible sharing on Monday mornings, 9:30 through 11:30 in the rectory. FAITH FORMATION OFFICE: Monday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.; Closed on Fridays. PARISH OUTREACH MINISTRY: Monday 10am -1 pm. and 2 - 4 pm.; Wednesday 3-5 p.m. Call for appointment. Masses for the Week Family members and/or those who requested the Mass are always welcome to present the gifts of bread & wine at the offertory procession. On weekends, please introduce yourselves to our ushers or call the office during the previous week. Monday - February 23th 9:00 A.M. Josephine Oberstein Tuesday February 24th 8:00 A.M. Roseanne Lambert February 25th 9:00 A.M Michael Palmero Thursday - February 26th 8:00 A.M. Rose Mc Fadden Friday - February 27th 9:00 A.M Stanley Gousse Saturday - February 28th 8:00 A.M. Luigi Cinicola 5:00 P.M. Louis & Mary Russo Sunday –March 1st 8:00 A.M. Harry Aretakis Lillian Reilly 10:00 A.M. George Boyd Marquez Family 12:00 P.M. For All Parishioners For all our parishioners suffering from chronic illness, as well as Dcn. Phil Paolicelli, Alyssa Baisch, Frank Fasano, William Cummings, Jimmie D’Angelo, Robert Mahon, Dorothy Oakley, Norma Frasca, Maryann Portesy Sr., Thomas Jankay, Marilyn & Steven Vacchio, Artie Riley, Wendiann Alfieri, Nicholas Alfieri, Ann Miceli, Christopher McGuinness, Sarah Behie, Andrew Rosa, Bob Carlsen, Carmella & Carmine Guadagni, Patricia Herman, Michael C. Liotta, Sharon Klyn, Anne Logan, Robert Rankin, Nicole Marano, Fran Colon, Terry Roucoulet, Steve Margrane, Mark Paone, Melanie Seibel, Anthony Alessi, Suzanne Peterson, Maureen Cardone, Steve Timlin & Intentions of Theresa Mc Guire . Family members, please resubmit names for those who are ill. We will list them for 3 weeks, and then remove them unless told otherwise. Please note-due to privacy issues, we can include names given by the individual or a health care proxy only. Thank you. Dear Parishioners and Guests, Being able to think about the future can be a good thing. We can plan for something we enjoy, or look forward to being with someone we love. But at the same time, being able to think about the future can cause problems. Our imaginations can focus on something we are afraid of; our thoughts can keep circling around and around expected problems. For example, the length of Lent – forty days – can stir up negative feelings that such an amount of time is impossibly long and such a commitment can be difficult. But it does not have to be that way. Programs trying to help people look at life differently emphasize “One Day at A Time.” For Lent, that means doing whatever practice we have decided on TODAY ONLY. Don’t let other thoughts about the future determine what we can do today. Living in the Present, not worrying about the Past or Future does not come easily to most of us. (Pet owners witness “living in the present moment” all the time. Our pets play, they are tired; they are hungry, they are full; they do not hold grudges. Whatever is happening is the reality.) So, no matter what we choose for our Lenten activity, the grace we should pray for is “Living in the Present,” with all its possibilities and opportunities. Jesus’s time in the desert taught him that. Lent can be that time for us. *** *** *** *** Over the years, I have noticed problems caused by the narrow space between the bottom step of the sanctuary and the front kneelers at the center aisle. Having a wider space there would offer more room to turn caskets at funerals, would allow people going to and returning from the Communion Cups to move freely and would create more flexibility for special liturgies. So, the two center front rows will shortly be removed and find a new home in Holy Redeemer Church in Freeport where they will be welcomed as part of a new prayer space being made. ~ Fr. Jim UPCOMING PARISH EVENTS Monday February 23 9:30 am Women’s Bible Sharing / Rectory 4:30-8:15 Religious Education Classes 7:30 pm Setup Walking in Footsteps / Aud Tuesday February 24 4:30-8:15 Religious Education Classes 7 pm Walking in Footsteps / Aud Wednesday February 25 4:30-8:15 pm Religious Education Classes Thursday February 26 4:30-8:15 Religious Education Classes 7 pm Walking in Footsteps / Aud 7 pm 12 Step Bible Study / Rm 153 Friday February 27 No Activities Scheduled Saturday February 28 8:45 am Lenten Retreat / Rec Rm 207 9:30 am Children’s Choir / Rec Sunday March 1 9 am Level 7 / RCIA Rm / Aud 10 am Mass - Children’s Liturgy of the Word 11 am Spec Sacrament / RCIA Rm / Aud UPCOMING EVENTS JOURNEY, CROSS & CRUCIFIXION ~ MARCH 12 PARISH RECONCILIATION ~ MARCH 13 STREET SANDWICH SUPPER ~ MARCH 27 Guidelines for Fasting & Abstinence In keeping with the spirit of penance, Catholics are asked to observe the following practices: Good Friday is a day of fast* and abstinence**. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence**. *Fasting: All between the ages of 18 and 59 may eat only one full meal and two small meals on these days (no snacks). **Abstinence: All from the age of seven onwards abstain from meat on these days. Illness always exempts people from these requirements. Lent is Here. On Line Retreat TRY A DIFFERENT PATH TO GROW IN FAITH SEE DETAILS IN THE BULLETIN ...and You Visited Me Deacon Bill is available to visit parishioners at our local hospitals. Call the rectory at 732-3131 ext. 0, please provide the patient’s name, hospital and room number, and he’ll do his best to make a visit & pray with the individual. Sacraments are Celebrations! Baptisms Onika Bailee Guagliano Faith Formation Children’s Liturgy of the Word Dismissal for the Children’s Liturgy of the Word for Lent will be held on March 1, 8, & 22 ~ 10 AM Mass. Family Mass will be on March 15th In today’s Gospel we hear the story of Jesus in the desert. St. Mark’s short descrip on about that tells us something very important. Right a er Jesus was bap zed by John in the River Jordan, the Holy Spirit prompted (led, drove) Him to go into the desert for forty days. Jesus did not pick this number, it was part of God’s plan. In the Bible, the number 40 is connected with many special events. It rained in Noah’s me for 40 days; Moses was with God for 40 days; Elijah the prophet had to walk for 40 days to meet God; through Jonah, God gave sinners 40 days to repent (which they did). Mostly, those mes were for ‘prepara on’ or ‘tes ng.’ Jesus needed to prepare himself for the job of being our Savior. And so, the Spirit used the same me period to let Jesus see that His ministry would complete the work of the great people in the Old Testament. Jesus gave us plenty to talk about so let’s talk! join us for a short series of gospel reflections March 3rd or March 5th 7-8pm March 17th or March 19th 7-8pm March 24th or March 26th 7-8pm Jesus the True Vine Jesus the True Vine – part 2 The Found Sheep & The Found Coin Ques ons – Each week we will focus on a different Scripture Passage Feel free to drop in once or once each week Lent is OUR 40 days to prepare for what God wants us to be. What special way will we choose to remember that Jesus is with us every day? Peek through the glass doors of the church You’ll see us huddled together Talking, praying and waiting for you! Jesus needed help in the desert and the angels came. How can we help the other people in our family to remember that Jesus is with us? ‘just drop in on the Gospel’ Parish Social Ministry Canned Fruit Soup & Crackers Peanut Butter & Jelly Canned vegetables Canned Tuna & Chicken Pasta & Sauce Instant Potatoes Mac & cheese Cereal—hot and cold Store gift cards March 14/15 before all the Masses HELP US KEEP OUR NEIGHBORS HEATHY BY SUPPORTING OUR HEALTY SHELVES. LOW SALT & SUGAR PRODUCTS, WHOLE GRAINS & GLUTEN FREE! Helpful Phone Numbers Domestic Violence 1-800-799-SAFE Baby Safe Haven Hot Line 1-877-796-HOPE Post Abortion Counseling - days 722-4355 Depression after Delivery 1-800-944-4PPD Project Rachel - evenings 242-0907 The Life Center 243-2373 Crisis Pregnancy/Counseling 243-2373 Drug Hotline 1-800-522-5353 24 hr State Child Abuse 1-800-342-3720 Suicide Prevention 1-800-639-5433 LENTEN / EASTER ON LINE RETREAT (An invitation from Fr. Jim) Several days have passed since Ash Wednesday. Some people have decided what they are doing to make Lent a time for prayer. Others are still trying to settle on what to do. I would like to suggest an internet resource: An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. A link for that site is on our parish website (www.saintmargaret.com). The Jesuits hosting the site make many options available. My invitation is for the option in the middle column: a series that can help us to grow spiritually this Lent and Easter. I am inviting you to join in two ways: 1) Personal Time. The site has set this up. In the middle column, you see various links, starting with “Before You Begin” and continuing for 8 weeks. YOUY choose the number of days, the amount of time and the place you will use. YOU review the parts of the offerings each week and decide what you can commit yourself to. This is not a course where you have to get all the work done, and each person can approach it in his/her own way. What is important is choosing what you will do and staying with that routine during the full time as best as possible. This is something that anyone can do alone. But there is something else I want to offer. 2) Group Time. This opportunity is not on the site. It is a chance for anyone using this experience to come together to talk about our prayer times. Again, this is not “classwork” or “reports,” but a chance to encourage one another and hear the variety of the Lord’s work in our lives. You do not have to commit to every week. Come when you are able. The time is on Saturday mornings. We will meet in the Rectory at 9:00AM. (Coffee/tea will be available from 8:45AM.) Please remember that you can benefit from using this retreat (the “Personal Time”) on your own. There is no requirement to come to the “Group Time.” This is something I added and I am excited about it. So …GO to our website; CLICK on the link; REVIEW what is there; DECIDE what you can do; BEGIN. And, in addition, I look forward to being with you on the Saturday part of this Prayer Adventure! EUCHARISTIC ADORATION O Come Let Us Adore Him! Wednesday, February 25 7:30 P.M. ~ Church Adoration is the highest act of worship. By sitting quietly before His presence in the Blessed Sacrament, we offer to God what is most personal and pleasing – our time and our hearts. This allows our gracious God to draw us lovingly to Himself. And by joining our adoration to prayer and praise, we celebrate that we are the Body of Christ. Come experience the beauty of this holy exchange heart to heart. Hospitality Sunday In conjunction with the Family Mass, all are invited to come downstairs to the auditorium after the 10:00 AM Mass. We look forward to having this time of fellowship, coffee and snack. March 15th ~ Auditorium Thank You ~ Blood Drive Success! Our parish blood drive was again a great success: 79 pints of blood were collected! You have kindly donated your Blood so that someone else might be given a chance at life. Thank you all for your unselfish gesture! To all the volunteers who helped us to make this day a success, thank your for your time & smiles! Your Blood Drive Chairman — Joseph G. Callari Preparing for Marriage? Engaged Encounter is an effective PreCana program designed to provide you with the tools for a successful marriage. Couples are given the opportunity to explore many aspects of their relationship through a series of presentations, writings & dialog. There are no group discussions. Our next weekend will be held at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception Feb.27 to March 1. For info/registration please call 631-563-1032 or visit www.engagedencounterli.org An Evening of Celtic Music Have fun at a benefit fundraiser for St. Anthony’s High School Celtic Friars Pipe Band. There will be numerous Irish bands along with an Irish Sing Along. Saturday, February 28th at 7 PM at St. Anthony’s High School, Wolf Hill Rd. in Huntington. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For info or reservations call 271-2020– Denise Creighton, Alumni Office. Creative Ministries Presents The Journey, Cross & Crucifixion A live dramatic presentation of the Stations of The Cross. Join us as we experience the trial of Jesus, His journey through the streets of Jerusalem, & His final moments on the cross. Thursday, March 12th 7:30 PM ~ CHURCH A freewill offering will be taken. Learn About Your Faith at Home CATHOLIC CHARITIES Food Program Finding time to learn about our faith can be difficult. St. Margaret’s is happy to offer a new way for education and evangelization. Through CDs or MP3, you now have an effective program to assist Catholics to better understand and share their faith. In our lobby there is a display offering CDs. We ask for $3 donations per CD so we may continue with the program. They feature today’s inspiring Catholic teachers and evangelists offering explanations of our Catholic faith. Each month will offer different topics. For info call Henryk Chelminski at 693-9310 / [email protected] Commodities Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides a free monthly food package (worth up to $65) to low-income, eligible seniors (60 years and older). U.S. citizenship is not required to participate in CSFP. Office locations are in Freeport & Wyandanch; there are also 97 mobile locations in Nassau & Suffolk counties. Call 516-623-4568 or 631-491-4166 for info. Catholic Counseling Center Professional therapy, provided by NY State licensed therapists, is available to 148 parishes. This program, under the direction of Dr. George Giuliani, has been conducted in the Diocese for the past 40 years. Services are provided by the Catholic Counseling Center, a proprietary professional corporation, which is independent of & not controlled or supervised by the parish or Diocese. Most insurance policies, including Medicare, are honored. Confidential info & appointments are available by calling 243-2503 or http:/thecatholiccounselingcenter.com. Project Rachel Are you or someone you know suffering from abortion loss? PROJECT RACHEL is the official outreach of the Catholic Church for post abortion healing. It is a network of special trained caregivers & clergy who are prepared to assist. A confidential call to 1800-456-HOPE (4673) can begin healing. www.hopeafterabortion.com. Heart of the Island Council—K of C The Knights of Columbus is a membership organization founded by Fr. McGivney in 1882 on the principles of Charity, Unity & Fraternity. The members of our local council serve in many ministries of the Church. Prospective members can call Committee Chairman Joseph Callari at 736-3825 . Spa Mornings at the Cenacle Come treat yourself to a morning of rest & relaxation and nourish your mind, body & spirit. The facilitators are Kara McKenney, r.c. & Valerie Dunne , Cenacle Staff Assoc. Our Friday mornings include prayer, presentations, reflection, a health conscious lunch & optional body work (additional fee). Donation $40 ~ reservation needed. The Cenacle is located at 310 Cenacle Rd. in Ronkonkoma. For more info or reservation go to cenaclesisters.org/Ronkonkoma or call 588-8366. Please Patronize Our Advertisers & Let Them Know You Appreciate Their Support of the Parish Bulletin That’s the Best Way to Thank Them! St. Margaret of Scotland Preschool OPEN HOUSE REGISTRATION Friday, March 6th ~ 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM Bring your child, come visit our classrooms & meet our teachers. 2 year Old Separation Class Weds. & Friday 12:30-2:30 pm ~ $1550 a year, $155 each payment for 10 payments 2½ to 3½Year olds $1,650 a year; $165 each payment for 10 payments. Classes: Wednesday & Friday 9:00 to 11:30 A.M. or 12:15 to 2:45 P.M. PREPARE FOR FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN 3½ to 4½ Year olds $1,650 a year; $165 per payment for 10 payments. Classes: Wednesday & Friday 9:00 to 11:30 A.M. or 12:15 to 2:45 P.M. One month’s tuition with completed forms guarantees your child a place in our Program. Any questions call Jenny Tranfaglia, Coordinator, 732-3131 x124. Tax Statements Call the rectory if you would like your taxstatement at 732-3131 x133. Please leave a clear message with your name, address and if you know your envelope number. Statements will be mailed near the end of the month. Thank you. Hints for the Flu Season During the flu season, we are offering two practical directives to assist the congregation during Mass. The “Sign of Peace” does not have to be a handshake. Turning to those near you and offering a slight bow with a verbal wish without touching is proper. Be mindful of the symptoms of colds and the flu. If you have any symptoms, please refrain from receiving the Precious Blood from the Communion Cup. Also, getting a flu shot is a way of helping yourself & others. Lent Weekend Retreat The Montfort Spiritual Center in Bay Shore is holding a weekend retreat ~ “Called to be Holy—Journey of Faith and Conversion”. The retreat will be held on March 6-8 at 26 S. Saxon Avenue. Offering $175. For info call 631-666-7500. Cleaning Out? St. Gerard Majella’s Thrift Barn is celebrating their 6th Anniversary. They are always looking for donations of larger items such as furniture and household items to assist the needy of the community. They are located at 316 Terryville Rd., Pt. Jefferson Station. Their hours are Monday ~ Friday 10-4 & Saturday from 10-2. If you are a parishioner in need of furniture, call our Outreach office to assist you. Anyone can shop for furniture also - please visit the prices are reasonable! For info or for local furniture pick up, call Faye or Bill at 473-2900 or 403-4038. Thank you for your support! Elder Law - Estate Planning A complimentary two hour seminar about the Medicaid system will be presented at the Law Office of Craig Andreoli, PC on Thursday, March 12 from 10—11:30 AM or 6– 7:30 PM, at 373 Rte 111, Suite 1, Smithtown. Admission free, limited seating, light refreshments. For information call: 686-6500. P/T Position ~ St. Frances Cabrini Part time position is available at St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Coram. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday ~ salary by experience. Computer knowledge a must. Call Alice Fazio at 732-8445. Becoming a Catholic Christian Do you know a neighbor or family member who has expressed a desire to learn more about the Catholic faith, and, perhaps, to enter our Catholic community? Perhaps your spouse has been thinking about becoming a Catholic and does not know how to proceed. Have you been explaining your faith to someone, and now that individual wants to know more about the Catholic religion? If the answer to any of the above questions is “Yes,” then you should know about the RCIA, which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. The Church uses this process to help adults move toward an adult commitment to the Lord, and full participation in the Catholic community. It is meant specifically for adults who are seeking Baptism, or those who have not received Confirmation or Eucharist. Those interested are invited to contact the rectory 732-3131 x 110.
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