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Visitors:
Important Information
Regarding the Staten Island
Substance Abuse Epidemic
At a March 27, 2014 meeting of the
Staten Island Vicariate, the subject of
substance abuse on Staten Island was
the principle topic.  
Congressman Michael Grimm,
Adrienne Abbate (Project Director,
Tackling Youth Substance Abuse)
and Luke Nosta (Director, Camelot)
made presentations on the serious
abuse problem on Staten Island.

Additional information was added
on March 17, 2016
Click here for details.
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OTHER HAPPENINGS ...
We are sorry we can't fit all the exciting Other
Happenings into our weekly Bulletin -
just not enough space.

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PRAY FOR OUR SICK
Every worshiping community is called to pray for the very ill or elderly among
them.  The Prayer List in our
weekly Bulletin is a way of reaching out to our
parishioners who have received a critical diagnosis and are unable to go about
the routine of life.  Each person will be kept on this list for up to 3 months.  
Please call the Office if you know of someone to be added - please provide:
  • name of person to Pray for,
  • is this person a parishioner,
  • your contact # and
  • if Holy Communion is desired to be brought
Thank you,
Sr. Madeleine, CSJB

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PARISH BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Our parish's 2017-2018 Bereavement Support Group meeting schedule is
as follows:
  •  2017:  Tuesdays, September 19th  -  December 12th
     (no meetings on October 31st and November 21st)
  •  2018: Tuesdays, January 9th & 23rd and February 6th
All meetings are from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the St. Christopher Rectory.

Please call the parish office, (718) 351-2452, for more information or
if you would like a member of the bereavement team to call you back.

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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Click here for information and Registration Forms.

Religious Education classes begin on
Wednesday, September 20th and
Sunday, September 24th.

It is important to remember that the curriculum of the Levels are built upon the
previous years.

Adult Information
Any adult seeking information about our Catholic Faith please (1) click here,
(2) call Mrs. Barbara Regan, CRE at (718) 351-2119 or
3) Email Mrs. Regan at: mmaryrectoryreled1@verizon.net.

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RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)
Are you being called to something more …
  • Are you restless and want more out of life?
  • Has your life’s journey had some ups and downs?
  • Do you feel joy is missing in your life?
Come follow us on a journey of faith ...

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is for:
  • People who have never been Baptized and are considering the Catholic
    faith and teachings.
  • People who have been Baptized in other Christian denominations but are
    interested in Catholic beliefs.
  • People who have been Baptized in the Catholic faith but have not received
    the other Sacraments of Initiation, namely Confirmation and Communion.
  • Catholics who would like to be part of the RCIA Team.

At St. Christopher and St. Margaret Mary Parish our RCIA process is a year
round journey of faith taken at your own pace.  We are aware that life happens
and everyone is an individual with their own agenda and responsibilities to
accomplish.

Our meetings are held in a friendly, stress free, relaxed, no pressure, comfortable
atmosphere.  So bring your questions and concerns and the Team will be happy
to guide you on a faith journey with the Lord.                              
 
[Source: Notre Dame de la Mer Parish, North Wildwood, NJ.]

Big journeys begin with small steps!  Please contact Mrs. Barbara Regan at:

Please join us on
Wednesdays at 7:00pin the Dongan Hall Meeting Room
(lower level of the church)
. Please use the rear door, via the parking lot.

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FAITH FORMATION
Our Faith Formation
Committee meets every
first Tuesday of the
month at 7:00pm,
alternating between the
Dongan Hall Meeting
Room (lower level
of the St. Margaret
Mary Church) and the
St. Christopher Community
Center Classroom.
All are welcome
and encouraged to attend.

For more information,
click here.
From the Desk of Father Joe
Latest: Bulletin, It's Official and Town Hall
Meeting  .....  September 4, 2016
Counter
Child Protection
Anyone who needs to report an alleged
incident of sexual abuse of a minor by a
priest, deacon, religious or lay person
serving in the Archdiocese of New York
is asked to contact Sr. Eileen Clifford, O.P.
at (212) 371-1000 x2949 or
Deacon George J. Coppola at
(917) 861-1762.
Both may also be reached via e-mail
at victimassistance@archny.org.
Information can also be found on the
Archdiocesan web site, www.archny.org.
In keeping with the Archdiocesan policy
regarding sexual abuse of minors, this
information is provided to ensure that
our children remain safe and secure.

The Roman Catholic Parish of
St. Christopher and St. Margaret Mary
Staten Island, New York   10306
The Church of
St. Christopher
130 Midland Avenue
Staten Island,
New York   10306
Parish Office: (718) 351-2452
Fax: (718) 351-1174
Office Hours: Monday - Friday,
9:30am - 4:00pm








ST. CHRISTOPHER SCHOOL
15 Lisbon Place, 10306     
(718) 351-0902
Mrs. Catherine Falabella, Principal
OPEN HOUSE TOURS, ...
The Church of
St. Margaret Mary
560 Lincoln Avenue
Staten Island,
New York   10306
Church Office:  (718) 351-2612
Fax: (718) 987-0446
Office Hours: Monday - Friday,
9:30am - 2:30pm
Rev. Joseph M. McLafferty, Pastor
Rev. Gabriel Mendy, in residence
Rev. John P. DeLora, SIUH Chaplain, in residence
Rev. Ed Devina, in residence
Rev. John A. Boehning, Weekend Celebrant
Rev. Deo, Weekend Celebrant
Deacon Patrick Graham
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only one thing from
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specialists in
promoting the encounter
between man and God.
The priest is not asked
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be an expert in the
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– Pope Benedict XVI

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    SAFETY TIPS
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number of pamphlets
which outline specific
things you can do to
protect:
  • your person
  • your home
  • children
  • senior
Click here for pamphlets.
Last Updated: September 20, 2017, 3:34pm
Dear Parents
With Young
Children in
Church
MASS, CONFESSION AND
OTHER SACRAMENTAL TIMES
WEEK DAY
- St. Christopher  ..........
- St. Margaret Mary ....
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WEEKEND
- St. Christopher  ..........
                 
- St. Margaret Mary ....  

9:00am; Monday-Saturday
8:00am; Monday-Friday
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4:30pm; Saturday Vigil
9:15am, 12:00Noon and 7:00pm
8:00am and 10:30am

LEGION OF MARY
Our Legion of Mary  
Praesidium meets
weekly on Tuesday:
- Cenacle of Life Prayer
at 2:00pm in
St. Christopher Church
- Legion of Mary
3:00pm in
the Community Center.

New members welcome.

For more information,
click here.
PRAY FOR
VOCATIONS
Join us Monday - Friday
from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
in St. Christopher Church
to pray for vocations.
For information or questions
contact Ms. Ellie Keane
at (718) 987-3059
 RX DANGERS INFORMATION
In 2013 the Mayo Clinic found that nearly 70 percent of Americans
take at least one prescription drug each month. The majority
of medications are safe for consumption, but
RX Dangers
believe in educating the public about thousands of prescription
and over-the-counter medications, many of which have the
potential to cause serious side effects.
RX Dangers easy to
navigate online database is constantly being updated with drug
recall news, and provides comprehensive, unbiased information about
serious side effects, complications, and interactions of
commonly prescribed drugs.

The purpose of
RX Dangers is to educate the American public
on current pharmaceutical drugs and devices commonly being
used within the United States. While prescription painkillers
and other drugs are being abused by addicts, other life-saving
drugs, and devices that the general public has presumed safe
are causing just as much harm to people’s health and even
death in some cases.

Click here to visit:

The October 16, 2016
Parish Breakfast
If you missed the Parish Breakfast or if you
attended and would like to revisit it
click here to view a multi-media presentation
of the Breakfast.

    The December 3, 2016
    Advent Retreat
    For those who would like to view our
    December 3rd Advent Retreat’s
    presentation, please click onto the
    desired Handbook.  
    You will find it a rewarding read:
    (NOTE: When printing these files, you need to
    "Print on Both Sides - Flip pages on short edge"

The December 17th, 2016
Christmas Concert
If you missed the Concert and would like to
view the
Concert Program, click here.


                                   April 14th, 2017
                                   Outdoor Way of the Cross Procession
REVISIT
PARISH HANDBOOK AND FORMS
              FORMED
      The Catholic Faith. On Demand
We are excited to announce that our parish has subscribed to an exciting new
online program – FORMED.

FORMED is a multi-media website that provides the people within the
boundaries of St. Christopher and St. Margaret Mary unlimited access to
the best movies, video programs, audios and eBooks in the Church today.
It is 24/7 access to the truth, beauty and meaning of the Catholic Faith
anytime, anywhere.  Use it on your computer, tablet or smart phone.

Some people refer to FORMED as the Netflex for Catholics.

FORMED has been made available by the Archdiocese of New York.
While there is no charge to the parish nor its parishioners, we must maintain
an assigned number of subscribers.

It’s easy to get access.  Please follow the instructions below:
    1. Go to www.formed.org
    2. Click on the “Register, Sign up free using your parish code”
       Command Button
    3. Enter the Parish Code: GDTTQQ and your email address.
    4. Click “GO”.
    5. Enter requested information and then click “SUBMIT”.
from there, just follow instructions.
For Help: send an email to parishcare@formed.org.
IMPORTANT:  Do not sign up as an individual.
Our parish access code (GDTTQQ} provides more content
than an individual subscription.

THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE THAT RECENTLY SUBSCRIBED
 TO HELP SAVE OUR FREE SUBSCRIPTION.
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RE-REGISTRATION DRIVE
CONTINUES
With the merger of St. Christopher and St. Margaret Mary it provided us
an opportunity to review our parish’s Register of Parishioners.

It was quickly discovered that both church’s Register was substantially
out-of-date.  Both had not been updated in decades.

Many in our Register of Parishioners have moved and some are
deceased.  A number of new parishioners have joined our church
family and family sizes have changed.

To understand who is in our parish and most importantly insure we
provide the appropriate support, programs, services and events,
we need to have a current Register of Parishioners.  To this end,
we are conducting a parish-wide RE-REGISTRATION DRIVE.

We would like to thank all those parishioners who have already
registered.  There’s still a long way to go to register all our
parishioners.  We ask those who have not yet registered to
PLEASE REGISTER NOW,
even those who have been in the parish a long time.
It’s essential to the lifeblood of our parish to insure we provide the
appropriate support, programs, services and events for you.

Stage 1 of the Drive, registration at church, will continue.  
Stage 2, which is an outreach to our school, religious education,
and our groups and ministries will begin shortly.  

Registration Cards are available in the rear of the churches
as well as in the pews.  Online registration is available 24/7
just click here to register.
Annual Stewardship Appeal - 2017
           Sharing God's Gifts

Our goal this year is $64,000.  
As of July 14th, we are at 88% ($56,320) of our goal.  
Thanks to all of you who have already contributed.

If you haven’t sent in your pledge, please consider doing so this week.
To date, only
223 of our families have participated.
Only 1/3 of our parishioners have responded to this appeal.
If we could reach 50% participation we would easily meet our goal.  
So if you haven’t already contributed to this appeal please reconsider.

As always we are very appreciative of all you do and your generosity is
always appreciated.

YOU CAN MAKE AN ONLINE GIFT TODAY
www.cardinalsappeal.org

Take a moment to watch this informative
video from Cardinal Dolan -
                                                               
Click here
THANK YOU
FOR YOUR GENEROSITY
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Religious Education classes begin on
Sunday, September 24th and
Wednesday, September 27th
Registration for the 2017-2018
Religious Education Program is still open.
Click here for details, and Registration Forms.
CORRECTION
The Wednesday classes start on September 27th
NOT September 20th.
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                                                         WELCOME FATHER GABRIEL MENDY

We are very excited to extend a warm welcome to Father Gabriel Mendy in joining our St. Christopher and St. Margaret Mary
family.  Born in The Gambia, West Africa, Fr. Gabriel Mendy is a Catholic priest of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit Fathers
and Brothers (Spiritans).  He was ordained on 15th November, 1997 and was sent on mission to Sierra Leone.  In 2004, he
began his theological studies in Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA.

During and after his studies, he was a summer assistant in Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish here in Staten Island, New York
until last year. Since 2011 he was appointed lecturer in Spiritan International School of Theology, Enugu, Nigeria and in 2012,
he became the Vice Rector of this Catholic Seminary. He is assigned this year to The Church of St. Christopher and
St. Margaret Mary for his sabbatical.
FAITH FORMATION BAKE SALE
On Saturday, September 23rd at the 4:30pm Mass and on Sunday,
September 24th at the 8:00am, 9:15am, 10:30am and 12:00pm Masses
your Faith Formation Committee will be holding it annual Fall Bake Sale.
It is through the Bake Sale that Faith Formation offers so many free spiritual
and social events throughout the year.  

Please stop by and support this vital effort as well as
enjoying some fabulous home baked goodies.  
Thank you for your generosity and prayers.

              Bakers Needed
If you enjoy baking and would like to contribute some baked goods for the
Bake Sale it would be greatly appreciated.  
Please call or text Jerry LePre at 917-841-8971 or
via email at JerryLePre@stcstmmsi.org.
                      SCRIPTURE STUDY
                  CHANGE OF SCHEDULE
Our weekly Scripture Study will begin on Monday, October 2nd,
not September 25th.  
There will be 2 sessions to make it more convenient and
to encourage a larger participation.  
  • 9:30am — 10:30am in the St. Christopher’s Community Center
  • 7:00pm — 8:00pm in the St. Margaret Mary’s Dongan Hall
                                                                     Meeting Room.
Its very informal and no one is required to read or even speak if they are
uncomfortable.  You do not need to pre-register.
Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be
available.

ALL ARE INVITED
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2018 MASS INTENTIONS BOOK OPENING
The 2018 Mass Intentions Book will open on Monday, September 25th
from 9:30am to 3:00pm in St. Christopher's Rectory.  Numbers will be
given out at 9:00am.
Please complete a Mass Intentions Request Form before coming.  Forms can be
found in the rear of the Churches or you can print one out by
<clicking> here.
PARISH BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Our parish's 2017-2018 Bereavement Support Group meeting schedule is as
follows:
  •  2017:  Tuesdays, September 19th  -  December 12th
     (no meetings on October 31st and November 21st)
  •  2018: Tuesdays, January 9th & 23rd and February 6th
All meetings are from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the St. Christopher Rectory.

Please call the parish office, (718) 351-2452, for more information or
if you would like a member of the bereavement team to call you back.
                  2017-2018 CALENDAR OF
             EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS
         The St. Christopher and St. Margaret Mary
         
2017-2018 Calendar of Events and Celebrations Handbook
         
is now available.
         Stay current on all the planned happenings within our parish.

Just <click> here to print the Handbook.
NOTE
: when printing, please click:
    -  [ ]  Print on both sides of paper and
    -  O  Flip on short edge
    -  Orientation:  O Landscape
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                 BASKETBALL REGISTRATION
New Player basketball registration will be Friday, September 29th
from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the St. Christopher School Gym.

                        MANDATORY PARENT
                INFORMATIONAL MEETING
Mandatory Parent Informational Meeting is going to be held Friday,
September 29th, from 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the St. Christopher
School Gym.

                       TRYOUT SCHEDULE
St. Christopher-St. Margaret Mary Basketball is open to children of
St. Christopher’s School and St. Christopher and St. Margaret Mary Parish,
as well as families within our Parish boundaries in grades 1st through 8th.

<Click> here to view/print the Tryouts Schedule for CYO Basketball.