IHM CHURCH - May 3 Bulletin
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Hello everyone. I hope you are well and keeping safe. The days blend, don’t they?
Here we are now on the Fourth Sunday of Easter. So far it sounds like things are getting better. But God knows we have to be careful. I love today’s gospel. Jesus says, “I am the gate for the sheep.” That image might be lost on us today for obvious reasons, like living here in Westchester! It must have been certainly understood by the first hearers of this gospel.
When Jesus says that he is the gate, it means that he lies at the entrance that gives access to the sheep. No one, no other animal (like a wolf) could get access without having to deal with the shepherd who placed himself even, at the cost of his life, at the entrance. This image resonates with me a great deal. For a number of summers my brothers and I went to Ireland where we lived on a farm with our aunt and uncle. We got into the farm life with great enthusiasm, even when it meant hard work. There was something so life giving about it. We would often shadow our Uncle Aeney who always had something to do, something to fix. On several occasions he would call on the dog (whose name was Chip) to rally the cows in order to move them to an adjacent field. The dog would rally the cows much to their unhappiness and drive them to a barrier between the fields. My uncle would open the barrier which allowed one cow at a time to move onto the next field. The cows were eager to move on but they didn’t want to be examined by uncle but that is exactly what he did. He stood right at the entrance and with a keen eye looked and studied each cow. Sometimes he would notice an infection or some other ailment. Thus he would then prepare to address it.
I like to think of Jesus at the gate looking at me as I want to go in to where he leads me. He notices everything about me. He studies me and looks to heal me. That might be uncomfortable at first, but then his mercy and love take over. My friends allow “the living gate” to examine you today but above all, allow him to love you!
UPCOMING STREAMING MASS SCHEDULE
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ecordings will be accessible from
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Making our Shrine beautiful in a safe way!
Thank you to those who volunteered!
Teacher Appreciation Week
May 3 - May 9, 2020
Teachers change the lives of children everyday & their work & impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom. They play a pivotal role in our children’s lives, inspiring a lifelong love of learning & discovery and making a difference in their well-being & long-term success.
Our teachers at IHM strive to build a Catholic community & provide an exceptional education for our students. THANK YOU to all of our wonderful faculty & staff at Immaculate Heart of Mary School!
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!
Religious Education Update
As with academic schooling, we have also switched over to online teaching. We have approximately 750 students in our program and approximately 75 teachers. Under the leadership of our pastor, Father Thomas Lynch, our teachers continue to teach the students using zoom.
During times of such uncertainty, it is nice to see children praying and asking God to help their loved ones and thanking those who are helping people in need. The entire school is working on painting rocks from their yards and inscribing them with words of encouragement. After they complete the project, we will then take the rocks and place them outside of local hospitals for the nurses, doctors and staff to see upon entering and exiting the building. We are hoping that these rocks bring some sense of joy and peace to these heroes.
In addition to the rocks, we had the children send cards and donate treats as a thank you for all that these heroes are doing for our families. This is the response we received on social media:
The below short video clips were submitted by Mrs. Ricciardi, 3rd Grade teacher from Immaculate Heart of Mary Religious Education program:
UPDATE FROM MIDNIGHT RUN
We wanted to take this opportunity to let you know Midnight Run is still
'open for business
' and what that means in terms of how we do runs, how we get supplies and what we intend to do for bagged lunches.
Given the circumstances, our last Midnight Run on March 21 (the eve of the NY shutdown) was a remarkable success. It gave us insight into the ongoing struggle of some of our overlooked brothers and sisters as well as how difficult it would be to continue 'business as usual' in helping them. That night our skeleton crew was able to deliver over 200 bagged lunches and a generous supply of toiletries, socks, underwear and even some hoodies. Last week, we were able to put together another 50 toiletry kits and a like number of sock and underwear bags from our inventory. We brought those over to the Midnight Run office for distribution.
For the foreseeable future - in order to allow for social distancing:
Runs themselves have become 1-2 person efforts
'Stops' have been reconfigured: rather than 4 or 5 stops where we distribute to dozens of people at a time we are now doing a dozen quick stops to locations where just a few congregate
The stops are quicker and less 'personal' but effective (and safe) in getting the barest essentials to those in need.
Last week's delivery of toiletries, socks and underwear depleted our supply of most toiletries and all of our underwear and socks, but the need still remains so we will now need to re-stock. Trouble is we can't do that in the same manner we have over the past fifteen years.
Please consider donating in the following ways:
E-Drive: consider ordering
in dark colors/white/black/gray,
(crew or calf), online and have them shipped to us at:
27 Warwick Ave Scarsdale, NY 10583
Amazon e-gift card
Walmart e-gift card
IHMMidnightRun@gmail.com and we'll order what is most needed. The gift card is the best way for us to build our toiletry inventory
As for food, the generosity everyone showed making bagged lunches in the lead up to the Run on March 21st was truly inspiring and we fully intend on activating our team in a similar way again soon. Because timing is critical in the delivery of food we need to have a deeper think about when we make that ask. Rest assured, we will come back to this soon!
Thanks for your support. It is such a blessing to have grown up and raised a family surrounded by such generous and giving friends. God Bless you all!
Susan & Paul Doyle
All public celebration of Mass throughout the Archdiocese is canceled by direction of Cardinal Dolan and medical authorities. Daily/Weekend Mass will only be streamed until further notice. Adoration is suspended until further notice. School, Religious Education and CYO are canceled.
The Golden Egg Raffle Event, originally scheduled for June 5, is cancelled. As current events progress, we will review our options for re-scheduling in the fall. With so many Church & Town organizations rescheduling events, we will have to check schedules before selecting a date. If you know of reschedule dates for any group please let us know by emailing
The Church will be open for Private Prayer
8AM to 3PM.
Please be sure to maintain social distancing guidelines while in the Church.
Let us pray through the intercession of our Blessed Mother for help and healing in these complicated and difficult days.
Mass intentions for this week will be moved to a private mass celebrated by one of the priests of the parish. The following people will be remembered the week of May 3, 2020.
Mary & Joseph Mucci
The Deceased Members of
The Ciero Family
Vincent McDonnell (living)
Brother Timothy Murphy
Captain Frank Pezzella
Filomena Abbatiello &
The People of Immaculate Heart of Mary
Please Remember in Your Prayers
The Sick of Our Parish
Nicholas Di Marzo
For all those suffering with the Virus
Our Beloved Deceased
Msgr. John Anthony Ruvo
Rev. John Alan Bida
Deacon Carlos Mercado
Frances (Fran) Ann Ranieri
All Victims of the Virus
Parish Council Nomination
Although Parish Council Elections have been postponed until the Fall, we still encourage the submission of Parish Council Nominations to replace 4 members of the IHM Parish Council. Please click the bellow banner if you are interested in submitting a nomination.Thank you!
Thank you to those who are contributing online using WeShare! This is helping offset the loss of in-mass contributions during this difficult time.
With WeShare, online giving is safe, simple and convenient. You can setup a recurring or one-time contribution to the Sunday Offertory, Easter, or any Special Collection, using a credit card or bank payment.
100% of your donation is deposited into IHM's Church giving account.
Your online WeShare contributions to IHM will be combined with any in-mass or other contributions for a single annual statement.
Please use the link below to access WeShare. If you have any questions regarding this collection system, please send an email to the We Share Customer Support Team at email@example.com or call (800) 950-9952.
MAIL IN CONTRIBUTIONS
Thank you to those who have been mailing your contributions to the Rectory!
We do not have a secure drop off spot on the premises, so please do not hand deliver your contribution envelopes to the Rectory.
Please continue mailing them in. We sincerely appreciate your support but we urge you to
STAY HOME, STAY SAFE & STAY WELL!
Our mailing address is: IHM Rectory, 8 Carman Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583.
NEW CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES
IHM has moved to a new contribution envelope printer. We are now mailing envelope packets six times per year. Parishioners should have received their May/June set by now. I am sure you noticed the new design, we are very pleased with how it turned out!
Since mass has been cancelled, many parishioners have started donating online using WeShare. Thank you! The new envelopes, have a check box
"I use WeShare"
. Once public masses begin again, WeShare donors may check the box and drop in the collection basket if they wish, it's certainly not required. All WeShare donations will be combined with gifts received in the basket, in the mail or though other methods, for a singular Parishioner Annual Statement.
If you plan to use WeShare for your recurring IHM contributions, and would like to discontinue receiving mailed envelopes, or if you have any questions or comments about envelopes, please use the contact form below.
CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPE COMMENTS
Golden Wedding Jubilee Mass
at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Sunday – June 7, 2020*
*Per the ADNY, the Jubilee Mass Event is still scheduled, however, under the current circumstances this is subject to change
Couples celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary anytime during 2020 are invited to attend the Golden Wedding Jubilee Mass with Cardinal Dolan at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on Sunday, June 7, 2:30-3:30 PM. Pre-registration is required. Please register by May 18. To register, contact the IHM Parish Secretary, Joanne Tormey, to submit your name and address at 914-723-0276 or e-mail
The Spring 2020 edition of
, the quarterly magazine of the Archdiocese of New York, is now available online. To view or download, click
In it you will find a mix of updates and interviews about how the Church’s ministries are responding to the multifaceted crisis along with recommendations you can use to keep in touch with God and the community during social distancing. Of special interest: interviews with Scott LaRue, president and CEO of
, and Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, executive director of
of the Archdiocese of New York. Their agencies are on the front lines helping those who are suffering as a result of Covid-19.
Elsewhere in the issue, you’ll find:
Hope for the Homeless
, about programs to help the homeless transition to stable, independent lives – sure to be more important than ever in the aftermath of the epidemic
Ministry of First Responders
, a profile of the Catholic
chaplains of the FDNY
A Quarantine Playlist
of stirring sacred music for the Paschal season, and Maggi Van Dorn’s List of
to help you pass your time under the stay-at-home order
Body & Soul
, an exploration of the uplifting
liturgical dance ministries
of the archdiocese
What’s in a Creed?
– explaining the difference between the Nicene and Apostles’ creeds and answering the question: Why doesn’t the Church just pick one?
Loyola Press - 3 Minute Retreats
3-Minute Retreats invite you to take a short prayer break right at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage. Knowing that not everyone prays at the same pace, you have control over the pace of the retreat. After each screen, a Continue button will appear. Click it when you are ready to move on. If you are new to online prayer, the basic timing of the screens will guide you through the experience. To subscribe,
'START YOUR RETREAT.'
A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND...
AVAILABLE THROUGH HEADSPACE
New York has been hit hard by the current global crisis. Headspace wants to be here for you — to help you find some time and space as you weather this storm.
This special NY collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises are here to support you through stressful and challenging times. Helping you — and your fellow New Yorkers — stay strong and be kind to yourselves, with a New York state of mind.
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BLOOD IS STILL NEEDED!
Blood is still urgently needed during the crisis, and donors can now help in a safe way and during a time that works for them.
With blood donations
falling by 75% as a result of blood drive cancellations
, the NY Blood Center has increased the capacity at its Donor Centers by expanding their hours of operation and adding additional days. They also provide for more physical space between donors, have reduced the number of donors per hour, and take several additional sanitary measures and precautions regarding both donors and staff. In order to control donor flow, appointments must be made and walk-ins will be not accepted until further notice.
For questions regarding your last donation date, travel, medications:
TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT:
TO DONATE IN ELMSFORD:
TO FIND NY DONOR CENTERS BY ZIPCODE:
Convalescent Plasma Needed!
If you have recovered from COVID-19 and wish to donate plasma, please contact one of the hospitals below:
Mount Sinai Convalescent Plasma Donation Form
Columbia University Convalescent Plasma Donation Form
on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 12:34PM