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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.

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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
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Sr. Madeleine, CSJB

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
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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.

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With Young
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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,
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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
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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:
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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

Our meetings are held in a friendly, stress free, relaxed, no pressure,
comfortable atmosphere
starting on Wednesday, September 12th at 7:30pm..  
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 Barbara Regan or
Jerry LePre for information and registration at:

Meetings are held on
Wednesdays at 7:30pm the Dongan Hall Meeting
Room (lower level of the church). Please use the rear door, via the parking lot.
Starting Wednesday, September 12th.
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                                Please contact Mrs. Patty Beniquez
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                                                              Advent Catechesis, 2018

What is Advent? Why do we need it?

The word “advent” derives from the Latin word “
adventus,” which means to “come.” It means Christ is coming.
It is the inaugurating of the Messianic age, which will culminate in His Coming again in glory. It is to help prepare us
for the
Coming of Christ in History (Christmas), Coming of Christ at the End of Time (Second Coming or
and the  Coming of Christ in Mystery (The Holy Mass and Holy Sacraments.)
Life is expectation and desire to be in a deeper relationship with the Father, through His Son Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit. God is always coming to us,
revealing Himself to us.

First, Jesus came to us at a specific point in history at Bethlehem over 2000 years ago. And in the Church’s great solemnity of Christmas He mystically comes
Second, The Lord will come again to judge the living and the dead in His Second Coming (the General Judgment or Parousia). Third, the Lord comes
to us in and with His Divine Grace in the Holy Sacraments of the Church, especially the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. He speaks to us in our consciences, when
informed by the Sacred Teachings of His Church (Sacred Tradition.) He comes to us especially in the Holy Eucharist and the Word of God, proclaimed at
Holy Mass. He comes to us also in the beggar, the needy, the suffering, the poor, the homeless, lonely and the unborn. We need to be ready to receive Him
and welcome Him when He comes, however and whenever He comes.

Advent marks the beginning of the Church’s liturgical calendar. It is a time of joy tinged with penance.
Joy because we can imagine nothing sweeter than the
Christ child and His Mother Mary’s bliss at His Coming to light.
Penance because we must strive to be properly disposed to receive so great a gift of
His Holy Presence.

Therefore, the liturgical color of
Advent is violet (with blue hues), while the color for Lent is a deeper purple (with red hues) to signify a deeper and more
profound penitential season. The color purple was the most expensive color dye in Christ’s time, difficult to obtain from the East, and was worn by the Roman
soldiers and by Our Lord on His Way to the Cross. The joyful tone of Advent is accented in the 3rd Sunday (
Gaudete Sunday) of Advent. “Gaudete” is
taken from the Latin translation of Philippians 4:4-5, and sets a tone of joyful anticipation of the Lord’s birth and Second Coming and hence, rose colored
vestments are permitted this day.

We recognize our need for St. John the Baptist who tells us to repent and reminds us of the Old Testament (OT) prophet Isaiah who tells us to “
make straight
our paths to the Lord
.” In the New Testament (NT), St John the Baptist, St. Joseph and Mary are central figures is the readings during Advent, because they
share in the work of the Messiah intimately.

One should avail oneself to the Sacrament of Penance this Advent and throughout the year. The parish priests are always available to hear confession as well
as the normal times on Saturday afternoon.

All parishes in the Archdiocese will be hearing Holy Confessions on Monday December 17th from 4 to 8pm!

During advent we recall the history of God’s people and reflect on how the prophets and promises of the Old Testament were fulfilled. This gives us a
background for the present. Today we can reflect on the past and begin to better understand now the future of the world to come, through God’s revelation.

There are two stages in Advent:
(1) 1st Sunday to Dec 16 and (2) Dec 17 to Dec 24, which are reflected in the prayers at Holy Mass. The prayer directly
BEFORE the Eucharistic prayer of consecration is called the
Preface, of which there are two in Advent. One is used during the first stage of advent and the
second during the second stage.

Stage # 1- is the 1st Sunday of Advent to Dec 16-Coming of God as Man-Jesus humbled Himself. Also, His coming in glory, so be watchful and spiritually
vigilante for we do not know when He is Coming again.

Stage # 2- Dec 17 to 24-celebrates with heightened anticipation, a more immediate sense of His Coming.

The Old Testament: readings (First Reading) at Sunday Holy Mass focus on the Messianic prophecies of the prophets Jeremiah, Baruch, Zephaniah and Micah.

The New Testament: readings (Second Reading-St. Paul) at Sunday Holy Mass focus on how the prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus and point to
His Second Coming.
The Holy Gospel:
1st Sunday of Advent: focuses on the Second Coming of Christ
2nd and 3rd Sundays of Advent: devoted to St. John the Baptist
4th Sunday of Advent: St. Luke’s Gospel 1:39-45 is the Visitation.

When Christ comes again, His Presence will not be hidden behind the signs and symbols of the Liturgy (The Holy Mass) or the Holy Words of the Sacred
Scriptures. His Sacred Presence among us will be revealed in all its fullness and splendor. A Holy Presence that will never end.

This is the greatest significance of Advent. In these few short weeks we take in the sweeping panorama of time-from Christ’s Sacred birth to His Second
Coming. The Season of advent brings us the magnificent vision of Life and Hope for the future given to us by Christ.

Advent is a time to become more involved, more caught up in the meaning and the possibilities of life as a catholic Christian community. Thus, we are preparing
not only for Christmas but also for Christ’s Second Coming. This means that when He comes again, we will be awake and watchful. He will not find us asleep.

During Advent we recall the history of God’s people and reflect on how the prophets and promises of the Old Testament were fulfilled. This gives us a
background for the present. Today we can reflect on the past and begin to better understand now the future of the world to come, through God’s revelation.

If we can prepare for parties, sports, work, play and especially for guests in our home, should we not prepare for the Greatest Coming in Heaven and Earth:
The Birth and Second Coming of our Lord into our lives

The Advent Wreath

                                      The Advent wreath is an old tradition to get children involved in the preparation for the Coming of the Lord. Each night a
                                      parent/guardian lights the first candle in the evening and says a pray to open their hearts more to God and prepare the family
                                      for His Coming, and to love each other more. Each successive week an additional candle is light: during week 2: (2 purple candles);
                                      week 3 (2 purple and 1 pink); week 4 (all 4 candles); up until Dec 24. Then the Christmas Tree is light and blessed on the evening
                                      of Dec 24 to begin the joy-filled celebration of Christmas.

The Blessing Prayer of the Advent Wreath: O God, by whose Word all things are sanctified, pour forth thy blessing upon this wreath and grant
that we whop use it may prepare our hearts for the Coming of Christ, and receive thy abundant graces. We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

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                                                             The “O Antiphons”

These beautiful antiphons were composed between the 6th and 7th centuries when monks put together texts from the Old Testament which
looked forward to the Coming of Our Savior They form a rich mosaic of scriptural images. These seven verses, or antiphons as they are called,
appear to be the originals. They became very popular in the Middle Ages and are regaining popularity in our time. When monastic choirs chant
the antiphons, the church bells are usually rung.

These antiphons are sung before the great Magnificat (the fiat of Mary) before Holy Vespers (Evening Prayer) and are used during the daily
Holy Masses as the Alleluia Verse (verse before the Holy Gospel) from December 17 to 23 to help us prepare for Advent’s climactic fulfillment
with Coming of the Lord. They are called the “O” Antiphons because they all begin with the interjection “O,” day by day expressing a mounting
crescendo of intense desire. The familiar Advent hymn
O Come Emmanuel is based upon these beautiful antiphons.

The “O Antiphons” can be fruitfully and fittingly used as meditations during the final days of Advent, helping to build up our expectation of the
Coming of Christ.

The first letters of
Sapientia, Adonai, Radix, Clavis, Oriens, Rex and Emmanuel,  provide the Latin words: ERO CRAS. The phrase spells out
the response of Christ Himself to the heartfelt prayer of His people: Tomorrow I will be there.” They are the 7 titles of the Lord in the
Old Testament. They are as follows:

Dec17: (O Sapientia) O Wisdom of our God Most High, guiding creation with power and love: come to teach us the path of knowledge.

Dec 18: (O
Adonia) O Adonai and Leader of the House of Israel, giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai: Come to rescue us with Your Mighty Power.

Dec 19: (O
Radix) O Root of Jesse’s stem, sign of God’s love for all His people: Come to save us without delay.

Dec 20: (O
Clavis) O Key of David, opening the gates of God’s Eternal Kingdom: Come and free the prisoners of darkness.

Dec 21: (O
Oriens) O Radiant Dawn , splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: Come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.

Dec 22: (O
Rex) O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the Church: Come and save man, whom You formed from the dust.

Dec 23: (O
Emmanuel) O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations: Come to save us, Lord our God.      

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