How about preparing for Christmas by getting a fresh look at the Christmas narrative during Advent!

Join other members of the parish by slowing down, engaging your imagination, and sharing your faith as you enter into the lives of the men and women who played a part in Jesus’ birth. Break free of the familiar, and you will discover something you never knew about the story you’ve always heard.

     Although it is not necessary to read the book to participate, we will be centering our discussion on the Gospel narrative as presented in the book “The Characters of Christmas” by Daniel Darling, available on Amazon for $12.59 and other booksellers.

Sessions will be during the weeks of Advent on Tuesday mornings (10-11:15 a.m.) and Thursday evenings (6:30-7:45 p.m.) on ZOOM. If interested, please contact the church office (845-361-3107) or Deacon Carl (


The “angels” have flown in: From the Orange County Department of Social Services, from St. Simon Stock, a sister Carmelite parish in the Bronx, and from Access Supports for Living, which works with struggling families.

And now is the time to choose your child or family. As was done last year, rather than taking a tag off the Giving Tree, all you need do is reach out to EITHER Therese Quinn (845-313-0256; OR Mary McCabe (914-420-0842; NOT BOTH! You will be given all the information needed to find Christmas gifts that are sure to please.

Wrapped gifts identified with the angel number must be returned to Deacon John Hall no later than December 18.