Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Please check out the Message From the Pastor on our new website!!!


We will be closing our Jubilee year of Mercy at ICC with the noon Mass and at St. Jude Mission with the 9:00 AM Mass next Sunday, November 20. On this same Sunday we complete our Liturgical Year with the Solemnity of Christ the King.

This past Jubilee Year invited us to celebrate the theme, “Merciful like the Father,” based on Luke 6:36. Throughout this past year each time we passed through the front door of each church, we passed through a “Holy Door” to intentionally remind ourselves not only of God’s Mercy toward us but also of our call to extend that Mercy to others.

St. Pope John Paul II reminds us that “…to focus on the door is to recall the responsibility of every believer to cross its threshold … [and] confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Incarnationis Mysterium 8, 2000). Pope Francis reminds us that Jesus Christ is the face of God’s Mercy [Misericordiae Vultus 1 2015].

There is a brief ritual we will use at the end of Mass in each church to remove from the doors the icons of mercy that have graced the doors this whole year. The Jubilee Year is ended but not the call to weave the fabric of God’s Mercy into our way of living Jesus.


All Saints’ / Souls’ Masses!

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All Saints’ Masses will be held tonight, Monday October 31 at ICC at 7:00PM. And Tuesday, November 1 at 12:15PM at ICC and 7:00PM at St. Jude.

All Souls’ Mass will be held on Wednesday Nov. 2nd, 7:00PM at St. Jude



The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia’s Annual Raffle!!!

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The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia’s Annual Raffle!!!

Just ten buck will help support the Sisters of St. Francis! The Sisters of St. Francis will be selling chances after Mass THIS weekend, October 29, and 30th at immaculate conception and St. Jude’s!

Checks should be made out to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation. Your gracious support through the purchase of a book of 6 raffle tickets for $10.00 will help to care for their retired Sisters at Assisi House. The Sisters of St. Francis feel blessed to have served in this parish for 86 years and continue to do so through the presence of Sr. Grace Andrew and Sr. Dolores Marie.

Any way you can support our efforts would be most appreciated. God Bless.

For details, contact the Parish Center, at (410) 398-1100


Prayer for a National Election

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Prayer for a National Election

Spirit of Wisdom, guide our nation as we exercise our right and responsibility to vote.

May our choices be formed and inspired by a respect for the common good.


Spirit of Justice, Inspire those running for public office.

May they be rooted in mercy, especially in their service to those who are most vulnerable

and in need of compassionate governance.


Spirit of Love, bless all those who will be affected by the outcome of this election.

May we turn away from partisanship and division in order to sow seeds of peace,

reconciliation, and kindness. 


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Sponsors are needed for RCIA!

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Sponsors are needed to walk with those who are learning about the Catholic faith though the RCIA process. Do you love your Catholic faith and you want to share it with others? Please consider being a sponsor! Call the Parish office at (410) 398-1100 to sign up! It requires a small amount of effort yet you will receive large rewards/


Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day)

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Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00PM, we commemorate all of our faithful departed family and friends. We observe this day because we believe that the souls which are not perfectly cleansed from venial sins or who have not fully atoned for their past transgressions are waiting in Purgatory. I invite all to attend this solemn day of commemoration. Thus, we not only remember our love ones; we also help them gain Heaven. Just think, if we assist them into Heaven, their gratitude will be an eternal one and they, in turn, will assist us to gain and share the Beatific Vision. This is truly an exchange of loving gifts to each other. On this day, at ICC, there will be remembrance candles for those who have died since last November 2, 2015. This year, our parish community has had 84 departed parishioners. Their names have been written in our Book of Remembrance, which will be placed in the Sanctuary of both churches for the entire month of November. We hope that all who have died have obtained eternal happiness in Heaven. But for those who are in Purgatory preparing to enter Heaven, we must assist them. As a parish community and family, we need each other’s prayers and support. At Mass, the Universal Prayer always has an intention for those who have died. In conclusion, here is a prayer that may be recited for our departed loved ones: “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”

Why Jewish Scripture Readings at Sunday Mass?

The first scriptural reading for Sunday Mass leaves lots of folks befuddled at least and frightened at worst! What is all this talk about God “bringing doom, gloom and destruction on Israel and/or her neighbors?” What did they mean for the Jewish listeners millennia ago? How are we today to understand these passages from the Old Testament? Why are they an integral part of understanding the New Testament and especially the four Gospels? Come and explore the backstories of the Old Testament readings that we will hear during Advent and beyond! Bring a friend. Our Parish Youth Group will be available for child care during this time for a slight donation for Work Camp. Hope to see you there on Sunday, Nov. 20th and Sunday, Dec. 11th at 1:15pm in the chapel.


Young adults, Adults, and teens 16 and older

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Immaculate Conception Parish has joined Habitat!

Young adults, adults, and teens 16 and older are welcome to participate. All skill levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary.

If you want to be added to the contact list for this ministry, just email and put “Habitat” as the subject. Please include your name & address, contact info (phone, email) and age.

Join us, and help change lives one family at a time!

Spring 2016 update:

We have a house to build!

Our parish Habitat for Humanity group is scheduled to help build a house in Charlestown, just west of North East!

Our group build dates are Friday, May 20 and Thursday, June 9th (June 8th is the last day of school for public schools.) The work day is 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Our group contact person is Ruthie Patterson. Please [email] her if you have any questions. 

All participants must be registered in advance (before the group build dates).

  1. See [this link] and click on the Construction Calendar on the left.
  2. Register as a volunteer (if you are new) or sign in if you are already registered.
  3. Find May 20th and June 9th on the calendar and click on  “Register Now” for those dates.

See you at the building site!!


Fall 2015 update:

Susquehanna Habitat for Humanity hopes to have a house project in Cecil County in October 2015. The location will be Charlestown, just west of North East. Stay tuned!

Spring 2015 update:

We do not have a “group build” scheduled at this time. However all Habitat volunteers are welcome to participate in ongoing builds as individuals simply by signing up on the construction calendar. Please see [this link] and click on Construction Calendar on the left.

If you are new to Habitat, you must register before you can sign up for a project listed on the calendar. Thanks!

Another build in Charles Town will be scheduled later in 2015. Stay tuned….

Summer 2014 update:

Thank you to everyone who helped build the house in Charlestown! It was an awesome experience!

Be sure you are signed up for the Habitat for Humanity list on Flocknote, and you’ll be notified when we have our next building assignment. For more information, see the flyer.

Click [here] to download a flyer to save or share.


Habitat mission



Online Giving

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Click on the image to sign up!

Enjoy the Convenience of Electronic Giving

Immaculate Conception/St. Jude Church wants to remind you that we offer electronic giving as a way to automate your regular weekly offering. Electronic giving offers convenience for individual congregation members and provides much-needed donation consistency for our congregation.

Direct Debit Giving is used to automatically transfer funds from your checking or savings account to the church’s bank account.

 Credit & Debit Card Giving lets you make offerings automatically on a pre-determined schedule using a credit or debit card.

 Online Giving lets you go to at any time to set up an automatic donation plan, change your donation plan, make a one-time donation or view your online donation history.

As you contemplate future contributions, please consider electronic giving. Authorization forms and additional information are available from the church office.


Confirmation 2017

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Confirmation 2017

Registration for Confirmation in the Spring of 2017 begins March 1, 2016.

The sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated at (TBD) at Immaculate Conception Church.

Candidates must have attended a Catholic school or a parish Religious Education class in 8th grade and  must also attend one or the other in 9th grade to be eligible for Confirmation in 2016.


For more information about this sacrament including sponsor eligibility, important dates, etc. please click [here].

Questions? Please [email] our Youth Ministry office or call 410 392 3551.


Service opportunities

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Service opps


Service opportunities listed below are open to students in Grades 7-12, college students, and adults. FAMILIES are encouraged to serve together!

Please call or email the contact person listed for each opportunity, before you arrive on site. Information listed here is updated periodically and subject to change.

Service opportunities coordinated by the Youth Ministry office, and not on parish grounds, require a consent form for all 7-12th grade students. Please download [this form] and bring it to the parish office or the worksite location.

Date: November 15 & 16
Time: Contact Melinda DeLia
Location: IC Parish
Task: Volunteer at the Christmas Bazaar
Contact: Melinda Delia 302 584 7630

Service opportunities offered by local agencies and organizations require direct contact between participants and the organization.  Parents of school-age students are responsible for arranging volunteer opportunities for their children. Transportation, chaperones, etc. are not provided by Immaculate Conception Parish.

Dates:  Your choice
Time: Your choice
Location: Elkton town limits
Task: Yard work for senior citizens. Great family service opportunity!
Contact: Mr. Jeff Holter  410 398 4999  8-4:30 Monday-Friday

Date: Mondays through Thursdays (ongoing; good opportunity for summer, holidays and other non-school days)
Time: See contact info. Please contact in advance for time.
Location: The Settlement House, 168 E. Main St, Elkton (across from the Post Office)
Task: Help with lunch
Contact: Mrs. Kathy Chamberlin 410 398 7299 or [email]

Dates:  Fridays
Time: 11:30-1:30 PM
Location: Elkton Community Kitchen, 209 E. Main Street (Elkton Presbyterian Church)
Task: Help with lunch, set up and clean up
Contact: Mrs. Kathy Chamberlin 410 398 7299 or [email]

Habitat for Humanity

Our parish now has a H4H team! Please see [this link] for more information.


More ways to serve….

Our diocesan Office for and Youth and Young Adult Ministry provides information on additional service opportunities locally and throughout our diocese. Please see [this link] for more information.