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St. Christopher and St. Margaret Mary:
    Beta Release                September 12, 2015
    Version 1 Release       September 17, 2015
    Version 2 Release      August 1, 2016

St. Margaret Mary Version        2009
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
Thank you,
Sr. Madeleine, CSJB

From the Desk of Father Joe
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
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
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
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.

If you would like to know
more, please
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The New York Police
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which outline specific
things you can do to
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Last Updated: January 12, 2019 4:17pm
Dear Parents
With Young
Children in
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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,
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
                     RX Dangers
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:
              RX Dangers website:
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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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.
For Wedding and Funeral Music Information
                   Please contact Mrs. Patty Beniquez
                       (718) 954-0247

 St. Christopher and St. Margaret Mary Music Ministry

All women are invited to a Women’s Retreat – Lectio Divina
on Saturday, January 19th, 2019
from 8:45am to 4:00pm
at St Christopher’s Edward Esposito Community Center
136 Midland Avenue, 10306

This free Retreat will be directed by Ms. Joan Nolan,
a Creighton FertilityCare Practitioner, mother of 7,
3rd order Carmelite and trained-spiritual director.

The day will include lectio divina, a meditative way of reading
the Scripture as well as discussion on the nature and dignity of women.

For planning purposes, please RSVP by calling the
St. Christopher and St. Margaret Mary parish office
at (718) 351-2452
8:45 am …………….… Welcome & Introduction
9:00 am – 10:15 am .…. Session 1: Mary Magdalene encounters the risen Lord
                              (L​ectio Divina​)
15 minute break
10:30 am – 11:45 am … Session 2: The road to Emmaus appearance (L​ectio Divina​)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm .… Lunch, to be provided
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm .….. Session 3: Prayer of Esther ​(​Lectio Divina​)
15 minute break
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm .….. Introduction to Endow​ (Educating on the
                              Nature and Dignity of Women)
3:45 – 4:00 pm .…….… Wrap up: Question/Answer — Open discussion
4:30 pm ………….…… Mass (for those who wish to attend)
Click here for a printable flyer.

by Archdiocese of New York
The Archdiocesan Adult Confirmation Program is designed for
practicing adult (18+) Catholics seeking the sacrament of
Confirmation. They must be baptized, have received their first Holy
Communion, and have been educated in the Catholic faith through
Catholic Schools or religious education programs.

The Program presents an overview of the essentials of the
Catholic Faith, focusing on immediate catechesis for the reception
of the sacrament of Confirmation. This is a program of adult faith
formation that combines presentations, group discussion, reflection,
and prayer. The sessions will cover Sacred Scripture and Tradition,
the Creed, prayer and spirituality, the Church, Catholic social
teaching and meaning of the sacrament of Confirmation.

This Program is
not for adults who are unbaptized, or baptized but
catechized (not practicing Catholics), who would benefit from
participation in their parish's RCIA process. Your pastor's
permission is required to participate in this program. There are eight
sessions, not including Confirmation Mass. Students are allowed one

The Staten Island sessions will be held at:
    St. Patrick’s Church
    53 St. Patrick’s Place
    Staten Island, NY 10306
on Mondays 7:00pm – 8:30pm, beginning on February 25 and
ending on April 15.
The Staten Island Confirmation Mass will be held on
Monday, April 29 at St. Patrick's Church in Staten Island.
Staten Island session schedule:
    •  Session #1: February 25, 2019 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    •  Session # 2: March 4, 2019 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    •  Session # 3: March 11, 2019 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    •  Session # 4: March 18,2019 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    •  Session # 5: March 25, 2019 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    •  Session # 6: April 1, 2019 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    •  Session # 7: April 8, 2019 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    •  Session # 8: April 15, 2019 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Requirements for Registration
The following items must be sent by regular mail after completion
of the online registration form:
  1. Pastor’s Letter of Permission
  2. Completion of Online Registration Form
  3. Copy of Baptismal Certificate
  4. Copy of First Communion Certificate
  5. If married: Copy of Catholic Marriage Certificate
  6. Registration Fee of $80 per person or $120 per engaged/married
    couple.  If paying by check or money order, please make
      payable to:
     “Archdiocese of New York Adult Faith Formation office"
Mail required documents to:
    Oscar Cruz
    Office of Adult Faith Formation
    1011 First Avenue
    New York, NY 10022

To register online, please click here; https://www.eventbrite.

For more information contact:
•  Oscar Cruz
 Archdiocese of New York
 1011 First Avenue, NY, NY 10022