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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
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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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Religious Education classes began on
Sunday, September 24th.and
Wednesday, 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:
click here or
(2) call Mrs. Barbara Regan, CRE at (718) 351-2119 or
(3) Email Mrs. Regan at:


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 on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm
in the Dongan Hall Meeting Room.

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

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.

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
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
Information can also be found on the
Archdiocesan web site,
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

15 Lisbon Place, 10306     
(718) 351-0902
Mrs. Catherine Falabella, Principal
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. Thomas DeSimone, Parochial Vicar
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
Directions &
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St. Margaret Mary
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St. Margaret Mary

Community News

Could God be calling
you to be a priest?

The faithful expect
only one thing from
priests: that they be
specialists in
promoting the encounter
between man and God.
The priest is not asked
to be an expert in
economics, construction or
politics. He is expected to
be an expert in the
spiritual life.

– Pope Benedict XVI

God made you for a unique
purpose.  Even before you
were born, he knew your
vocation, your mission in
life.  And if you are a
faithful Catholic man,
God may be calling you for
a higher purpose - to
become a Catholic priest.

If you would like to know
more, please
click here
Today's Scripture

St. Christopher Church
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Meet Our
St. Christopher - St. Margaret Mary's
Spiritual Leaders ...
The New York Police
Department offers a
number of pamphlets
which outline specific
things you can do to
  • your person
  • your home
  • children
  • senior
Click here for pamphlets.
Last Updated: March 15, 2018, 5:09pm
Dear Parents
With Young
Children in
- St. Christopher  ..........
- St. Margaret Mary ....
- St. Christopher  ..........
- St. Margaret Mary ....  

9:00am; Monday-Saturday
8:00am; Monday-Friday

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

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.
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
In 2013 the Mayo Clinic found that nearly 70 percent of Americans
take at least one prescription drug each month. The majority
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The purpose of
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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.

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                  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
    2. Click on the [ENTER CODE] Command Button
       under "Get Started" or “Register With Access Code".
    3. Enter the Parish Code: GDTTQQ
       and then click the [NEXT] Command Button.
    4. Enter the requested information
       and then click [CREATE ACCOUNT] Command Button.
from there, just follow instructions.
For Help: send an email to
IMPORTANT:  Do not sign up as an individual.
Our parish access code (GDTTQQ} provides more content
than an individual subscription.
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                   2017-2018 CALENDAR OF
The St. Christopher and St. Margaret Mary
2017-2018 Calendar of Events and Celebrations Handbook
has been updated, as of January 15, 2018, and is now available.
Stay current on all the planned happenings within our parish.

Just <click> here to print the Handbook.
: when printing, please click:
    -  Print on both sides of paper,
    -  Flip on short edge and
    -  Orientation:  Landscape
Stations of the Cross and Benediction are celebrated every
Friday during Lent at:
  • 4:00pm in St. Christopher Church and
  • 7:30pm in St. Margaret Mary Church.  
Stations of The Cross lasts about 30 minutes and Benediction
about 15 minutes. It is a wonderful way to prepare yourself for Easter.

Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.  Abstinence
prohibits individuals from eating meat on a particular day.
-  The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding from
  age 14 onwards.   Ash Wednesday and Good Friday
are obligatory
  days of fasting and abstinence.
-  The norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59.
  When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal.  Two
  smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal.
                              GOOD FRIDAY
On Good Friday, March 30th, starting at 1:30pm St. Christopher and
St. Margaret Mary will celebrate its annual outdoor procession of the
Stations of the Cross.
We will begin our procession at the Midland Beach Veterans Monument
(Fr. Capodanno Blvd. & Midland Ave.), proceed into Island Shores and
then down Midland Ave. and over to St. Margaret Mary Church.  
Approximately 2/5 of a mile.
We invite and encourage all of our parishioners, family and friends to
participate.  This invitation  is extended to all Staten Island parishes and
Catholic fraternities.

Demonstrate your devotion to our faith and the sacrifice that our Lord and
Savior made for us.

In case of increment weather, the Way of the Cross will be celebrated in
the Olympia Activity Center (1126 Olympia Blvd.).  Check here for Good Friday
weather update
                                    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteers are needed:
  +  men to carry the Cross and
  +  readers for the Stations.
There are Sign-Up Sheets on the Bulletin Boards of both churches or you can
volunteer by
<clicking> here.

View last year's Procession -
<click> here.
Our parish's Bereavement Support Group will meet from March 13,
2018 to May 22, 2018 on Tuesdays 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.