Assumption 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 service.
Parishioners at Assumption now have the opportunity to access online web-based series that can help us to grow in our faith. The web site is FORMED.org. This web site contains materials from Augustine Institute and Ignatius Press. Access is free on computers, tablets and phones.There are great Catholic movies, audio presentations, study programs, and eBooks. Every parishioner can set up an account and use these great materials. You can use the materials as part of your ministry or watch a movie at home with your family,
To set up an account you can use the link below:
or go to www.formed.org and enter the parish code for Assumption: GNBWCR.
October 6, 2016
Month of the Rosary
Year of Mercy
My brother priest,
This morning, I will announce the creation of an Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program that is designed to continue to help bring healing and reconciliation to those who are victim-survivors of sexual abuse by members of the clergy of the Archdiocese of New York. I wanted you to be aware of what I announced and why I announced it.
First, however, let me repeat my esteem and gratitude for all that you do to serve God’s people in this archdiocese, which you do well and faithfully. After forty years of priesthood, I can honestly say that I have never encountered a finer or harder working presbyterate anywhere. You have not only my thanks, but that of all the faithful of this archdiocese. It is an added sadness that all of us suffer for the horrible abuse committed by a tiny percentage of our priests.
The program we are announcing today will, please God, help bring a measure of peace and healing to those who have suffered abuse by a member of the clergy of the archdiocese. While the Church in general, and particularly here in this archdiocese, has made great strides in dealing with clergy accused of abuse, and in preventing acts of abuse through our Safe Environment programs, we continue to hear from victim-survivors that more needs to be done to reach out to those who have been hurt in the past. As this Year of Mercy nears its conclusion, it is fitting and proper that we once again take an opportunity to ask forgiveness for mistakes that have been made by those representing the Church, and seek reconciliation with those who have been harmed and still feel alienated from the Church.
Our Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program is headed by Mr. Kenneth Feinberg, regarded as the preeminent mediator in the country, and his associate, Ms. Camille Biros. Beginning immediately, they will work with those individuals who have previously notified the archdiocese that they suffered abuse. We have begun the process of contacting these individuals to invite them to participate in the program.
After they have completed this initial phase, Mr. Feinberg and Ms. Biros will begin to review allegations brought forward against clergy for whom there has previously been a substantiated allegation, as well as those who have not previously been alleged to have engaged in misbehavior. In order to protect the rights of our priests and deacons, and as a safeguard against false accusations, a person bringing an allegation will be required to go through our normal process, which includes reporting the allegation to the appropriate district attorney, and having the case investigated by independent investigators and our lay review board. They will be informed that filing a false claim with the district attorney is perjury, a felony, punishable by imprisonment, to prevent individuals from filing false claims in the hope of “easy money.” However, because the possibility still exists that this program could bring forward potentially false claims, we will make sure that a priest will not be removed from his assignment solely on the basis of an allegation, until that allegation has received substantiation. While the goal of this program is to promote healing for victim-survivors, we are also concerned with protecting the rights of our clergy throughout the process.
Former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska, and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Jeanette Cueva, M.D., an expert in child psychiatry, have agreed to serve as an Independent Oversight Committee, to oversee the implementation and administration of the IRCP. Commissioner Kelly, Judge Preska, and Dr. Cueva have reviewed and approved the protocols of the IRCP, and they will continue to track the progress of the program for the archdiocese, although the decisions reached by Mr. Feinberg and Ms. Biros regarding compensation to victim-survivors are final and cannot be appealed or overturned by the archdiocese or the Independent Oversight Committee.
You may also wonder where the revenue to cover this compensation will come from. I can tell you where it will not come from: it will not come from the money that the people have given to our parishes and schools, nor will it come from the archdiocese in our Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal, our current promising Renew and Rebuild capital campaign, Catholic Charities, or any other apostolate of the archdiocese. We are taking a long-term loan, to be paid back gradually. Our finance people believe that we will be able to repay the loan over time without detracting from the good work that our parishes, schools, charities, and other ministries do.
I am aware that whenever a story about clergy sexual abuse is in the media, you experience pain and embarrassment, which I share. However, we also remember the pain that is felt by the victim-survivors and their families, and I ask you to keep them in your prayers in a special way while this Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program is underway. Please know that you, my brother priests, will always have a special remembrance at my Masses and in my prayers, as I depend on yours as well.
Fraternally in Christ,
Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York
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.
You can also check out our Catholic Peekskill Youtube Channel!
5:00 p.m. (Saturday Evening)
7:00 p.m (Mass in Spanish)
8:00, 10:00 a.m. and 12 Noon
7:00 p.m. (Mass is Spanish)
Father John J. Higgins, Pastor
Father Vincent Druding, Parochial Vicar
Deacon Carlos Campoverde (Permanent Deacon)
131 Union Ave.
Peekskill, NY 10566-3445