Dear New Parishioner,
Allow me to welcome you as a new member of our parish family. Enclosed you will find a parish registration card, a few stewardship envelopes, and our parish bulletin. I invite you to visit our website at www.abvmcentereach.com to view videos, photos, an extended calendar, and a host of information regarding the parish. Please feel free to contact the rectory office at 631-585-8760 during regular office hours, and a staff person will be happy to explain all we have to offer.
In the meantime, I extend my sincerest welcome to you and your family, and offer my assistance should any need arise. Our parish family looks forward to ministering to you and your family, and anticipates with joy the ways you will bless our Assumption parish family by celebrating weekly Mass, offering your time in service to others, and participating in the financial support of our parish family, thus allowing us to continue and expand our outreach to others.
As new parishioners, you will begin to receive monthly envelopes in about a month or so. I ask you to use these envelopes as a way to “gift wrap” your weekly gift to the Lord. I have enclosed a few envelopes for you. Feel free to list on the back of the envelope any prayer intentions you may have. In lieu of receiving envelopes, the parish also provides the opportunity for parishioners to register for Faith Direct, which is an automatic donation service we provide to those who prefer to meet their financial responsibilities online. I have included a brochure which explains this service. As pastor, I assure you that I would never ask you to do something which I myself do not do. I have been financially supporting the parish since I became pastor and will continue to tithe with the parish, offering my own gifts of time, talent, and treasure for the building of the Kingdom (I now use the online service, Faith Direct). I humbly ask each one of you to join me in this beautiful act of faith and love of God.
In closing, always feel free to contact me personally (631-585-8760 ext. 102) if you have any questions or need assistance. Again, I welcome you, and look forward to seeing you at Mass.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Joseph Alenchery
Parishioners who either live within the parish boundaries and/or have registered make Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary their spiritual home. We assume that all parishioners will take ownership of our parish, embrace its mission, and support the parish through their prayers, their presence, their gifts of service and financial support. The parish expects that parishioners financially support the upkeep of the church and the Annual Catholic Ministries Appeal to the best of their ability. All parishioners are urged to participate in our parish’s eGiving program, FaithDirect, for weekly giving options.
Registered parishioners have a right to the sacramental ministry of the parish, including funeral or memorial services, marriage, and having children celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation). Parishioners are remembered each Sunday in the prayers for the people (pro populo) and are included in all spiritual and educational events at the parish.
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary RCC
Attn: Parishioner Registration
20 Chestnut Street
Centereach, NY 11720