In one last final push to bring Assumption Church to its Cardinal's Appeal goal, our clergy will subject themselves to the Front Loader Bucket Challenge. On Sunday, September 21, 2014, after the noon Mass, come and see our priests doused with a front loader bucket full of ice water to encourage pledges to the 2014 Cardinal's Appeal.  (Front Loader willingly provided by Assumption's Cemetery staff).  The pleasure of pulling the leaver to dump the bucket goes to the highest bidder.  Pledge forms available at the Church starting next weekend.  The Cardinal's Appeal is a great charity that helps countless needed people in the Archdiocese of New York.

Church, located in the 
heart of Peekskill, has been 
serving God's people since 1859. As a Catholic community united 
by faith in Jesus Christ, We are called 
to proclaim the kingdom of 
God. Nourished 
by the Holy Eucharist and the Gospel, our parish 
strives to reflect Christ’s light to the world through worship, 
education and 



Matthew Kelly, author of Rediscovering Catholicism, will present an inspiring workshop "Passion and Purpose Live."  The event is Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM. at St. Patrick's Church in Yorktown Heights.  The seminar explores ways to apply our Catholic faith to daily living and discover God's plan for our lives. Tickets are $39. You can purchase tickets online at  There are a limited number of scholarships specifically available for Assumption parishioners. Please contact Ellen Bennett at 914-215-3917 for further information.



Assumption Church will soon be training parishioners for this important ministry to proclaim the Word of God.

To be a Lector, one must be

1) A practicing Catholic in good standing,

2) A registered parishioner of Assumption Church

3) Willing to dress according to the dignity of this sacred work.

4) A person who is punctual and reliable

5) A person with excellent public reading skills.

If you feel that God is calling you to this work, and you meet these criteria, please contact the rectory to get more information. Classes will start soon.


Many of our Spanish speaking parishioners have a devotion to Mary under the title of Our Lady of the Swan (La Virgen de El Cisne). This year two priests from Ecuador will be bringing the statue. They will arrive the night of September 15, 2014. During their time here this statue will be traveling throughout the metropolitan area. For some days our own parish will be blessed to have this statue with us. On September 28, 2014, there will be a daylong celebration at the riverfront in honor of Mary under this title. The celebration will include Mass and a procession. All are welcome to come to enjoy a taste of Spanish religious devotion to Our Lady. For more information contact the rectory (914) 737-2071.


K of C – 2nd Annual Stick Ball Tournament

It’s that time of year; the Knights of Columbus Peekskill Council 462 will be holding again their charity stickball tournament on Sunday, October 5th from 2:30-5:30pm. “An old game, for new times. Come join the fun!” Food & refreshments will be served. 4-person teams, open to all men, women, children, and clergy! $25-per person, $5 for kids. Please register with either Joe Schuka 845-597-4685 or Jamie Sanchez 914-471-0027. Proceeds will go to benefit the Birth Right of Peekskill.


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Night at the Races

A night filled with fun, food and fellowship. The Peekskill Columbiettes will be hosting another fun night for the parish on Friday, 7PM, September 19th in the Father Wilson Hall, please use entrance from North Division Street. Admission is $10, includes food of hot dogs, snack, coffee/soda, dessert. Should be a fun night.


CCD registration is going on now.  Students must re-register each year.  If you are registering your child for the first time, kindly bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate and a copy of their baptismal certificate.  Mrs. Cathy Bischoff will be at the CCD office for you to register during regular CCD office hours, which are Mon. & Tues. 4PM - 7PM, Wed. 2PM – 9PM and Thurs. 10AM – 1PM.  If you have any questions, please call the CCD office: (914) 737-2231.  There will be registration for CCD after all Masses on August 24 and after all the Masses on August 30 and 31.  You must register your child each year.


Assumption Cemetery is graced with a very unique feature not found in any other cemetery to our knowledge: our Stations of the Cross Columbarium Garden. There are only 21 niches still available. The price of a niche is $1400 - $2000, which gives you the right to inter the cremains of two people. If you have been thinking of purchasing a niche, please call Mr. John Bischoff at 914-736-5981, Monday to Friday for information and/or an appointment.  For those of you not familiar with a Columbarium, it is a Latin word that describes a collection of niches to house urns containing cremated human remains. Usually inscribed with the person’s name and dates of birth and death, columbaria are constructed to serve as permanent resting places for our loved ones in a 'churchyard’ or landscaped terrace. May the Lord who has blessed this project now be a final resting place for many of our loved ones.

 Assumption Church has its own television show called Catholic Peekskill featuring interviews and information relating to our Catholic Faith.  Catholic Peekskill airs weekly on Cablevision TV Channel 15 on Tuesday at 9:30, Wednesday at 5:30pm and Sunday at 4:00 pm and can be seen from Peekskill to Tarrytown; and, on FIOS TV Channel 37 on Tuesday and Wednesday, 6:00pm  in Westchester, Orange, Rockland, Putnam and Duchess counties. 


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Automated giving is here for those who wish to take advantage of it. At the request of the Archdiocese of New York, Assumption Church partnered with ParishPay. ParishPay is an automated giving program. It is a means for you to provide prayerful, financial support to the parish through monthly contributions from your checking, savings, or major credit card account. There is NO cost to you to participate! More information in future bulletins.


The cleaning ministry is in need of anyone who is willing to sacrifice their time to get together and serve God. This new ministry is not for the faint of heart. However, it is open to anyone who loves God and wishes to serve the Church by lending a helping hand! If you're interested in joining, please contact the rectory at 914-737-2071.