NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Announcement of New Pastor: Please read Monsignor Brennan's letter announcing that Monsignor Joseph Celano will assume the role as Pastor of Immaculate Conception Church effective September 1.
A Statement from Bishop James F. Checchio on the national unrest over racism:
As the national unrest in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd and the outrage over racism in our country continues, I am grateful to the Holy Father for his prayers yesterday—for the Church in St. Paul and Minneapolis, our entire country, the repose of the soul of George Floyd and “all those others who have lost their lives as a result of the sin of racism."
We all have a responsibility to promote the common good which includes justice and peace, and as Christians, we also must pray for it. In this sad moment in our nation’s history, it is clear we still have much to pray for and much to accomplish. We must never become complacent or see it as someone else's responsibility, but through our vigilant prayers and good works we are to be part of God's solution to the pathway of peace in our times.
We recommit ourselves in the Diocese of Metuchen to build a civilization of love, one which respects the inherent dignity of each person and values the gift of all human life. We can and must listen generously, seek understanding, and accompany all who are experiencing the pain and anguish that stem from racial injustice and indifference.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas and of the people of Metuchen, pray for us: that we may have the courage and wisdom, humility and grace, to act with justice and seek peace to bring forth healing from the scourge and sin of racism.
A special video message from Bishop Checchio for the Class of 2020
Every year, our Grandparents Mass brings together our families. This very special Mass was held on September 13, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Church. A reception was held following the Mass at Immaculate Conception School. We are grateful for our grandparents, for their wisdom and their love. Thank you to everyone who attended and assisted at this event!
IC Hosts Thank You Weekend To IHM'S
Hundreds of supporters turned out to three
receptions June 8 and 9, 2019 honoring the Sisters,
Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for
62 years of service to Immaculate Conception
Parish, Immaculate Conception School and
Immaculata High School in Somerville. The IHM
Sisters will conclude their service to the parish at
the end of this month. Monsignor Seamus Brennan,
in greeting 300 people at a luncheon in the IHM
Sisters’ honor at the Bridgewater Marriott, said, “We trust in God and His providence. While we prepare to say farewell to the Sisters, we know that the deep spiritual bonds will always remain and we will continue to support each other in prayer.”
Sister Mary Virginia Quinn IHM, who heads the convent for the two schools, thanked those with whom the IHM Sisters have worked over the years and said, “We are united through Mary and her Son. We pledge to keep you in our prayers and memories.” Unable to attend due to schedule conflicts, Bishop James Checchio sent a framed letter commemorating the IHM Sisters’ service to the Diocese of Metuchen and a Papal Blessing marking their faithful service.
Through a technology called Text to Pledge, supporters of the schools and parish raised $30,000 for “In Her Memory,” a scholarship and retirement fund that will support Immaculate Conception and Immaculata students in need and the retirement community of the IHMs. It is a way of saying goodbye after 62 years, but letting the IHM community know that they will live in our hearts forever!
If you or your child was ever touched by an IHM Sister, whether it be through academic encouragement, spiritual guidance, gestures of kindness or positive mentoring, this is your chance to say “Thank You.” There’s still time to join Immaculata and ICS supporters who’ve already committed $30,000 by donating to the IN HER MEMORY SCHOLARSHIP AND RETIREMENT FUND! Text your pledge and a message of gratitude for the Sisters to 908-386-4696 TODAY! For those who prefer to fulfill pledges by check, please make payment to Immaculate Conception Parish and send to Immaculata High School, In Her Memory Fund, 240 Mountain Avenue, Somerville, NJ 08876.