Roman Catholic Parish of Saint Eugene Ubi Petrus, Ibi Ecclesia Tuckahoe Road and Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, New York Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturday: 4:00 - 4:45 PM and 7:30 - 8:30 PM Sacrament of Baptism Sundays at 1:45 PM. Please call the Rectory to arrange for the Sacrament and parental instruction. Adoration Chapel HoursвЂ”Mon. thru Fri. Open from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sacrament of Matrimony Please call the Rectory at least 6 months in advance. A marriage preparation program is required. Sacraments for the Sick Please contact the Rectory for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and Communion for the homebound. Choir Rehearsal Thursdays. 7:30 PM. New members welcome. Parish Membership Our parish invites all of its members to participate fully in our spiritual and social life. Every new parishioner is requested to register at the Parish Office. If you move to another parish, or change your address, please notify the Parish Office. Served by Rev. Mizzi-Gili, Administrator Rev. Morrow, Parochial Vicar Rev. Perera, Parochial Vicar Deacon Duffy Dr. Noelle Beale , Principal Mrs. Marisela DeVictoria, Religious Education Coordinator Mill Hill Missionaries, Weekend Associates Mass Schedule Saturday: 9:00 AM Saturday Vigil: 5:00 PM Sunday: 8:00, 9:30, 10:45 Traditional Latin Mass, 12:15 & 6:00 PM Parish Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Parish Office 31 Massitoa Rd., Yonkers, NY 10710 914-961-2590 Rectory 32 Massitoa Rd., Yonkers, NY 10710 Weekdays: 6:45, 9:00 AM School 707 Tuckahoe Rd., Yonkers, NY 10710 914-779-2956 Holy Days Vigil Mass (day before the Holy Day) 5:00 PM Religious Education 707 Tuckahoe Rd., Yonkers, NY 10710 914-337-9868 6:45, 9:00 AM, & 12:00 noon, 7:30 PM First Friday: Evening Mass each month at 7:30 PM. First Sunday of Advent Email: [email protected] Internet Address: www.steugene.info Check our web page for updated information November 30, 2014 Page two - Sunday NOVEMBER 30, 2014 First Sunday of Advent November 30, 2014 Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. Mark 13:33 ON OUR WAY TO THE MARCH FOR LIFE!!! 11/30 SUNDAY First Sunday of Advent 8:00 9:30 Louis & Nicholas Ventresca 10:45 12:15 Mass for the Parish 6:00 12/1 MONDAY 6:45 Louis Ventresca/Concetta Ventresca 9:00 Michael McGrail 12/2 TUESDAY 6:45 Wedding Anniversary of Helen & Cesar Tipawan 9:00 William Evers 12/3 WEDNESDAY St. Francis Xavier 6:45 Mary & Angelo Napoli 9:00 John & Lena Pontillo 12/4 THURSDAY St. John Damascene 6:45 Rose Capra (8th year anniversary) 9:00 Alfred Burfeind 12/5 FRIDAY 6:45 Special Intentions Enrique Davis (84th birthday) 9:00 James Paul Franggos 12/6 SATURDAY St. Nicholas 9:00 Alejandro & Irene Punsalan 5:00 George & Sophie Bruce PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK OF THE PARISHвЂ¦ Especially, , John Ahearn III, Terry Arlotta, Julie Barbato, Nick Bauso, Dolores Beaver, Dolores Betances, Elisa Burslem, Susan Byrnes, Christopher Capano, Catherine Cabin, Lawrence Christian Jr., Fr. Steven E. Clark, James Patrick Conneely, Aurora Crevani, Frances Cuevo, Dominic DвЂ™Angelo, Ann DiCarmine, Nicole Pisani-Frame, G. DeNike, Stephen Forlenza, Jessica Galloza, Mary Gandolfino, Nicholas Gardini, Bill Gelpi, John Gibson, James Gibson, Peter Gioella, Nanci Hennes, Richard Hennes, Ana Herrera, Rita Ianni, (Little); Kathy Joyce, Lanyi Family, James LaRosa, Alexandra Laurent, Jack Lenehan, Lana Leonelli, Peter Lombardo, Dave McCarthy, William McDonald, Clara Magno, Marie Mangieri, Angelo Manginelli, Fred and Sasa Meindl, John Mescall, Earl Micheline, Betsy Miranda, Mondazzi Family, Angelo Morra, Teresa Multari, James OвЂ™Connor, Joseph OвЂ™Reilly, Theresa Patanella, Maria Pian, Tomasz Przyyarczak Carroll Pugmire, Marjorie Putorti, Giovanni Ramos, Lorraine Rhine., Kristin Sadlon, Vincent Sangalli, Terrence J. Semler, Helen Sheedy Peter Sheridan Jr., D. Mario A. Sindona, Michael Sirocco, Sade Sorentino, Daniel Taylor Sr., Michael Tomanelli, Joseph Volpe, Ann Wallace, Marie Young, Barbara Zunker, (Little) Mary Zuzulo. AND FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED RECENTLY Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. Amen Better that only a few Catholics should be left, staunch and sincere in their religion, than that they should, remaining many, desire as it were, to be in collusion with the ChurchвЂ™s enemies and in conformity with the open foes of our faith. St. Peter Canisius S.J. Not withstanding the blizzard earlier this year that squelched our plans to go to Washington, we aim to send a bus on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Reserve your seats NOW for our pilgrimage at $45. per adult, $20. per child (10-17 yrs.) accompanied by his parent or with signed parental permission. Call the Rectory of St. Joseph at 963-0730 Fr. Rojas or for more information. Also, your payment of your seat sooner rather than later will be appreciated greatly. IN MEMORY OF A LOVED ONE (The Sanctuary Lamp on the Main Altar), the (Blessed MotherвЂ™s Lamp on our LadyвЂ™s Altar) and the (Altar Bread and Wine) can be memorialized for a loved one for the week. The donation for these items are $25.00 for the week and the name/names of your loved ones will be noted in the bulletin along with which item . Also Fr. Mizzi-Gili has opened the Mass book for weekend Masses. (The donation for a weekend Mass will be [email protected]) This week the Sancturary Lamp on the Main Altar is IN MEMORY OF HELEN PAULUS FUND RAISER CLUB The winners of the Fund Raiser Club is Winnie Sullivan . Congratulations your check is in the mail CHURCH COLLECTION Our Parish Collections We appreciate the generosity of you, our parishioners. When we have a second collection, people tend to split their usual offering between the two collections, which is understandable given the pressure of our economic times. However we rely on the first collection to keep the parish and school going and pay the bills. We ask that if there are two collections you include the usual amount you give in the first collection and do the best you can with the second if you are able to. SOCIETIES AND ACTIVITIES Adoration Chapel -Laura Mazzei-395-1818 Patricia Finan - 961-0146 Altar Guild - Jennie Sepe - 776-9847 Boy Scouts - Donna Ragusa - 472-7567 C.C.D. - Marisela DeVictoria - 793-7822H/337-9868W C.Y.O. - Rob Pechin (646)208-6385 /Mike Raimondi 779-3848 Catholic DaughtersвЂ“Rita DiPippo 793-3065 Catherine Blanco 793-1539 Cheerleaders - Lori Fox 325-0333 ChildrenвЂ™s Choir & Cantor - John Sacco - 654-9110 Couples for ChristвЂ”Chris Metzger 646-234-5159 Cesar Tipwan 343-0914 Girl Scouts - Jerilin Carota 968-5526 H. S. A. - Caroline Bagan 224-5995 / Nancy Arzola 274-0016 Holy Name - Frank GiacoioвЂ”793-5392 Junior Legion of Mary - Nancy MatillвЂ”963-9297 Knights of ColumbusвЂ“ John ConsilvioвЂ”709-5090 Legion of Mary - Josephine Bitetti 337-1372 Living RosaryвЂ“ Natalie PhilpinвЂ”793-4757 Organist & Adult ChoirвЂ”Lakambini Ramos - 202-8590 Parish Activities CommitteeвЂ”961-2590 Parish Council - Frank Giacoio - 793-5392 [email protected] Respect Life Society - Jackie Barton - 793-9322 Serra Club of Bronx and West.вЂ”George AlessiвЂ”779-8719 Senior ClubвЂ”Jennie SepeвЂ”776-9847 St. Vincent DePaul - Walter Whitmore 779-1826 FIRST FRIDAY ADORATION Page Three CONTINUOUS OPEN REGISTRATION FOR NEW FAMILIES TAKING PLACE IN THE OFFICE OF THE MAIN SCHOOL BUILDING, PLEASE CALL THE SCHOOL (914-779-2956) IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. STUDENTS APPLYING FOR PRE-K Must be 4 Yrs. of age by 12/31/13. STUDENTS APPLYING FOR KINDERGARTEN Must be 5 yrs. of age by 12/31/13. DOCUMENTION REQUIRED: Copy of: Birth Certificate , Baptismal Certificate , Updated Immunizations. ALL NEWCOMERS MUST PAY A NON- REFUNDABLE APPLICATION FEE AND A NON- REFUNDABLE REGISTRATION FEE OF $100.00 EACH. PLEASE CALL THE SCHOOL (914-779-2956) ABLE REGISTRATION FEE OF $100.00 EACH. PLEASE CALL THE SCHOOL (914-779-2956) THE GIVING TREE Please watch for the tree the Sunday right after Thanksgiving. It will be sponsored by the Legion of Mary and Respect Life Society. Please bring the gifts back NO LATER THAN SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7TH. It is important that the gifts be brought back on time, so that they can be distributed by Christmas. Thank you and God Bless! RESPECT LIFE SOCIETY First Saturday Vigil after 9 am Mass: Witness and pray at the abortion clinic on So. Broadway, or Adoration in the Church until Benediction at 11:30 am. Vigil: Dec. 6th. Monthly Meeting:2nd Thurs. of the month, 7:30 pm in the Parish Center. New members welcome. Next Meeting: Dec.11th Monthly Holy Hour for LifeвЂќ 3rd Thurs. of the month at 7:15 PM in the Church Holy Hour вЂ”Dec. 18th. Cenacle of Life: The purpose of this simple prayer group is to petition Our Lord through Cenacle Meeting: Dec. 4th SENIOR TRIPS .Westchester Broadway Theatre: Thurs., April 9th, 2015 to see вЂњWest Side StoryвЂќ. We have good seats 2nd &3rd row center. Price $55.00 ONLY six seats left. Spirit of New York: Wed., May 20th, 2015. Trip includes Buffet Luncheon (all you can eat), Music & Dancing, Leisure time after the cruise in N.Y.C.. All tips, taxes including Bus Driver. MUST have $25.00 deposit to book tour in advance see Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Call J. Sepe 776-9847. Senior meetings held on the first Wednesday of each month, at 1:00PM in the Old Kindergarten room in the basement of the Parish Office building. THE ST. VINCENT DEPAUL SOCIETY We are always looking for volunteers to cook chicken. If you are interested in helping, you can do so in many forms, by cooking, by making phone calls, by organizing, by using your computer skill etc. It only takes an hour or two of your time, once every two months. There is also a basket in the school corridor and another by the adoration chapel for dry goods, cans and packaged foods. You can help feed those less fortunate, contact W. Whitmore thru the Parish Office 961-2590. First Friday Adoration on December 5th will be after the 9:00 AM Mass and continue in church all day until 7:00PM followed by adoration, benediction and finish with the 7:30pm Mass. BREAKFAST WITH SANTA A FUND RAISER FOR NICHOLAS GARDINI вЂњBreakfast with SantaвЂќ on Sun. Dec. 14th after the 9:30 AM Mass in the St. Eugene Gym. There will be a full Breakfast ( bacon, eggs, sausages, pancakes, muffins, danish, bagels, fruit and beverages. Games and creativity station, pictures with Santa, all children invited, must be with an adult. Adults [email protected] and children [email protected] Come join us for a fun morning and help support this Fun Raiser. PARISH RAFFLE Thank you to the many parishioners who have already returned their sold raffle books. Your generosity is most appreciated. Also, if you have not received chances in the mail and would like to support this fund raiser, there are chance books in envelopes reading St. EugeneвЂ™s Christmas Raffle at the exit doors of the Church. Take a packet and return the stubs with a check to the Parish Office or drop in the Collection basket. Last drawing Tues. Dec. 16th. ST. EUGENE PARISH RELIGIOUS CHRISTMAS CARD SALE We will be selling Religious Christmas Card after all the Masses and if you are not able to obtain them in church, you can also purchase them thru the Parish Office. There are 20 cards to a box set with beautiful greeting at a price of $10.00 per set . There will also be order forms at the doors at the back of Church. You can fill out the order form attach your check payable to Church of St. Eugene and drop it in the Sunday collection basket. Cards will be available for pick up the Monday following Thanksgiving. Help Our Parish and вЂњKeep Christ in ChristmasвЂќ ADORATION CHAPEL St. Eugene Parish has daily adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for vocations each weekday from 7 AM to 4PM, in our Adoration Chapel located off of the vestibule church. More info. call G. Alessi 779-8719 EVENTS IN THE AREA SING MEMORABLE SONGS WITH MICHAEL: At the Grinton I. Will Library from 2:00 to 3:30вЂ”1500 Central Park Ave. Yonkers, Free & Open to the Public (Handicapped /Accessible) December 1st and December 22ndвЂ”Next years new schedule will be printed as soon as the Office receives it. PASTORвЂ™S INFORMATION: If any of the following items pertain to you or to your family, please check the line at the end of the item. This information will be a great help PASTORвЂ™S INFORMATION: If any of the following items pertain to you or to your family, please check the line at the end of the item. This information will be a great help to us. You may drop it off to the Parish Office. WELCOME TO ALL We are glad you attended Mass with us. How may we serve you I would like to learn more about the Catholic faith.________ I have a special prayer request _____________ I would appreciate a visit by a member of the parish staff__ New in the Parish I would like to register___________ Change of Address__________________________ I will be moving out of the Parish_________ _____ New telephone number___________________ Family Member____ill at home at HospitalRoom #__________ Name_____________________________________________ Address______________________________ Telephone# вЂ”вЂ”вЂ”вЂ“вЂ”вЂ” Page Four FROM THE DESK OF FR. MIZZI-GILI THE MEANING OF "ADVENT" The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Thus, Advent ADVENT HISTORY The New Testament identifies Jesus as the expected Jewish Messiah, although Jesus was not the Messiah most Jews at the time expected, a warrior who would forcibly overthrow the Romans. The gospel writers are clear that Jesus did not come to establish an earthly kingdom, or deliver the Jewish people from the Romans, but rather he proclaimed a heavenly kingdom available to Jew and Gentile alike. Even though early Christians understood that Jesus reigned in the Church, they knew that all things had not been subjected fully to him, so Christians understood that there existed a future finalization of his kingdom (see Catechism 680). Thus, early Christians eagerly awaited the return of Jesus in glory "to achieve the definitive triumph of good over evil," when he would judge the living and the dead (Catechism 681, 682). These prominent Scriptural themes form the basis of our Advent season. The first clear reference to a celebration of Advent occurs in the 6th century. Prior to this time, there were celebrations and fasts resembling our current Advent season. St. Hilary of Poitiers (d. AD 367) and the Spanish Council of Saragossa (AD 380) spoke of a three week fast before Epiphany. Pope St. Leo the Great preached many homilies about "the fast of the tenth month (i.e. December)" prior to Christmas. The Gelasian Sacramentary (AD 750) provided liturgical material for the five Sundays before Christmas as well as Wednesdays and Fridays. The Western Church eventually settled on 4 Sundays of Advent, which has the season beginning at the very end of November or the very beginning of December, starting immediately after ordinary time. Until the 12th century, in many geographical areas, Advent had a more festive tone, and white vestments were still occasionally used. However, Advent became more closely related to Lent as Christ's second coming became more and more a prominent Advent theme, as especially seen in the seventh century Bobbio Missal. Advent proper is unknown in the East, although the Eastern Churches have a long fast before Christmas. This fast lasts longer than the Western Advent season and begins in mid-November. Advent, or the Eastern equivalent fast, is celebrated in all Catholic and Orthodox Churches. During the Reformation, some Protestants attacked or deemphasized many Christian holy days and seasons, disconnecting their churches from the rhythms of the Church Year. However, some Reformation churches, like the Anglicans, retained Advent. Possibly because of the liturgical movement, or maybe as a reaction to the excesses of secular Christmas values, celebrating Advent has become more popular in non-Catholic and non-Orthodox churches. Lutherans, Anglicans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and even many evangelical groups have incorporated Advent into their worship service to varying degrees. However, some churches have fallen short of celebrating the true meaning of Advent, treating the season as more of an early extension of Christmas. As non-Catholics and non-Orthodox begin to rediscover the Church year, Advent (like Lent) is one of the first results, flowing naturally from churches looking to fill in the gaps around Christmas and Easter. is far more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God. That is a process in which we now participate, and the consummation of which we anticipate. Scripture reading for Advent will reflect this emphasis on the Second Advent, including themes of accountability for faithfulness at His coming, judgment on sin, and the hope of eternal life. In this double focus on past and future, Advent also symbolizes the spiritual journey of individuals and a congregation, as they affirm that Christ has come, that He is present in the world today, and that He will come again in power. That acknowledgment provides a basis for Kingdom ethics, for holy living arising from a profound sense that we live "between the times" and are called to be faithful stewards of what is entrusted to us as GodвЂ™s people. So, as the church celebrates GodвЂ™s in breaking into history in the Incarnation, and anticipates a future consummation to that history for which "all creation is groaning awaiting its redemption," it also confesses its own responsibility as a people commissioned to "love the Lord your God with all your heart" and to "love your neighbor as yourself." Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. There is a yearning for deliverance from the evils of the world, first expressed by Israelite slaves in Egypt as they cried out from their bitter oppression. It is the cry of those who have experienced the tyranny of injustice in a world under the curse of sin, and yet who have hope of deliverance by a God who has heard the cries of oppressed slaves and brought deliverance! Part of the expectation also anticipates a judgment on sin and a calling of the world to accountability before God. We long for God to come and set the world right! Yet, as the prophet Amos warned, the expectation of a coming judgment at the "Day of the Lord" may not be the day of light that we might want, because the penetrating light of GodвЂ™s judgment on sin will shine just as brightly on GodвЂ™s people. COVER SHEET CHURCH NAME: Church of St. Eugene 707 Tuckahoe Road Yonkers, New York 10710 Phone Number 914) 961-2590 Bulletin number 911216.B30 Software Microsoft Publisher 2007 Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional Windows XP Professional Printer HP Laserjet 5700 Date of publication NOVEMBER 30, 2014 Number of pages transmitted: (5) SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS; Please contact Jo Ann or Anna @ 914-961-2590.
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