Pastor's Message

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

Happy Father’s Day. May God shower his choice blessings on all those who will celebrate today the gift of being a father, and special prayers for our fathers who are deceased.

 

Today is also the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. What an incredible gift Jesus has left us in His Body and Blood. It is a good opportunity to reflect on our own preparation as we receive Him in the Eucharist – good confession, hour fast, clean hands, pure heart. Reminder that it is also the wish of the U.S. Bishops conference that when receiving Holy Communion, we stand and say the simple word Amen, as our belief in what we are to receive and a sign of unity. A simple bow while the one in front of you is receiving is also appropriate, but not when you are in front of the priest or minister. These guidelines have been given to us by the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).

 

Lastly, if you are looking for our bear on Main St., it is located in front of Mezzaluna Restaurant between 2nd and 3rd Streets.

 

Have a blessed week. I will be in Philadelphia all week for the wedding of my niece.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

Children’s Church has taken a break for the summer. I would like to thank Claudia, Felicia, Rosie and Candice for their great ministry with the children during the 9:00 and 11:30 Masses.

 

Special thanks too to all involved in Life Teen. Emily and her great team have worked hard this past year. We need to be praying for them as they reevaluate the program and the direction it will take in the fall. Thanks too to our music ministry at the 5:00 Sunday Mass.

 

School is out for the summer. We congratulate our 8th grade graduates. We look forward to having our students back again in August.

 

Next Sunday after Mass I will be heading up North to preside at my niece’s wedding and of course, spend some time with Mom.You will all be in good hands with Fr. Roberto.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

Come Holy Spirit! This weekend we celebrate the feast of Pentecost – the birthday of the Church. We welcome the Advocate, the gift of the Spirit promised by Jesus. May we all be open to His Spirit as he leads and guides us to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.

 

Congratulations to those who received the Sacrament of Confirmation at the 9:00 Mass last Sunday. They are part of our adult Confirmation program.

 

On Tuesday, June 6th we will celebrate graduation with our 8th grade Immaculata School students. May God bless them as they go off to high school knowing that they always have a home here at Immaculate Conception. School will close on Wednesday, June 7th. Have a blessed and safe summer!

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

Next Sunday is the Feast of Pentecost and the Birthday of the Church. Be sure to wear red or other bright, cheerful colors to Mass next weekend. We will have our Taste of our Heritages on Saturday after the Vigil Mass in the gym.

 

Monday is Memorial Day. We will have a special Mass at 10:00 am. The parish will be closed all day Monday.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

 

 

 

Dear Br. Fr. Martin and Immaculate Conception Church family,

 

Greetings of love and peace from Fr. Namdev, India!

 

I am sending my love to all of you. I miss you a lot, but my heart is with you. I always pray for you in my daily Mass and cherish my memories.

 

Here I am doing well and sharing my happiness and experience I have from ICC with my fathers and younger brothers. I am sure that I’m in your prayers and indeed you are in my prayers.

 

As Pentecost approaches, I know that you all are getting ready to celebrate as one Happy Catholic Community a wonderful and joyous Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit.

 

I miss you but I am there with you in Spirit and wish you all a Happy Pentecost.

 

May the Holy Spirt bless you all with the gifts of the Holy Spirt.

 

Your loving family member from India,

 

Fr. Namdev

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

May 20 and 27 we will celebrate First Holy Communion. What a blessing for our parish and especially for the children who will be receiving Jesus in the Eucharist. Please keep them in your prayers.

 

As you may have read in the news, a couple of weeks ago Pope Francis approved a miracle and thus cleared the way for one of our Capuchin friars, Fr. Solanus Casey, to be beatified. I have met a few parishioners here who have met Fr. Solanus. Originally from Wisconsin, he was in parishes in Yonkers, NY and Detroit, MI and is buried at St. Bonaventure Church in Detroit. We are still awaiting the actual date of the beatification ceremony.

 

This past Monday Immaculata School had their bear unveiled and it can now be found on Main St. in town. It is a mother and baby bear. Be sure to check it out. As of this writing, it hadn’t been placed yet.

 

Reminder that our new summer schedule will go into effect June, July and August with no 5:00 pm Sunday Mass. We will be back in September.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin