Prayers are requested for the children preparing for First Eucharist. They will present themselves to the congregation gathered Mass at St. Mike’s on 2/17.
Boy & Girl Scouts (cubs, webelos, daisies and brownies, too) will celebrate on 2/24 at St. Michael’s Mass. If you are a former Scout, you are especially invited!
2/25 is the deadline to register for the “Human Trafficking 101” class on Wednesday, February 27, from 6pm-8pm at Fulkerson Winery (5576 SR 14, Dundee, NY). This presentation is brought to us by Catholic Charities of Chemung-Schuyler. Human trafficking affects every community in the United States across age, gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic backgrounds. Catholic Charities is requesting our help in educating the community on human trafficking and how that impacts our neighborhoods. Candice Ozolins, Runaway and Homeless Youth Counselor will be the presenter. Register by calling 607-535-2050 or emailing Candice.Ozolins@dor.org.
E-cigarettes, vaping & JUUL are considered an epidemic among teens. The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County invites us to their forum on 2/26, 6:30 PM, Marcus Whitman HS Library to hear Dr. Shaili Saini of the U of R Preventative Medicine Dept. discuss this topic.
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About the Diocese of Rochester Catholic Schools The Diocese of Rochester Department of Catholic Schools supports 18 schools in a twelve-county region ranging from the south shores of Lake Ontario through the Finger Lakes to the Southern Tier and the New York-Pennsylvania border. The region is home to approximately 310,000 Catholics and over 88 parishes. In addition to our schools serving pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade, there are six private Catholic high schools in the area as well as St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry. The twelve counties within the Diocese are Monroe, Livingston, Wayne, Ontario, Seneca, Cayuga, Yates, Tompkins, Schuyler, Tioga, Chemung, and Steuben. The Department of Catholic Schools’ offices are located within the Diocese of Rochester Pastoral Center at 1150 Buffalo Road, in the Rochester suburb of Gates.
The Catholic Ministries Appeal is underway. View this short video about how our donations make an impact. Your pledge can be sent via returned envelope to the Diocese or dropped in the collection at any weekend Mass.
The Sisters of St. Joseph operate a retreat center within our parish boundaries. To learn more about the opportunities available there, please go to their drop down of the “Our Sites” tab.
People with mental illnesses and addictions have the same desires as those who are enjoying good mental and physical health. They want to be heard, have friends, jobs, independence. Sadly, their illnesses accompanied with poor social skills can keep them from getting those things. Some “hide the severity of their symptoms or those of a loved one. Some stop coming to church due to the “stigma of mental illness,” informs the National Catholic Partnership on Disability. Others are so intent on getting what they want that they can seem scary. Be brave and be a good example! Loneliness hurts. “Welcome the stranger” by acknowledging them, modeling good social skills and reaching out. Learn the signs of mental illness. A free, downloadable resource is available. Learn the signs of addiction. We are all God’s children.
Remember, due to shootings at churches and synagogues, our parish has adopted a locked door policy. Non-main doors will be locked 5 minutes before Masses. Please pray for peace for all who are troubled.
Confused about the Church and Immigration? Let Fr. Mike Schmitz explain it to you. Also read what Fr. Richard Rohr also wrote about this recently. If you want to become more involved in this issue on the local scene, contact Mickey Schultz at firstname.lastname@example.org Need some ideas? Go here.
- The Parish Plan has been updated! Go to the Committee reports page to read it.
Children’s Homilies will be offered at Masses on the third Sunday in Penn Yan and St. Theresa’s and at St. Jan’s & St. Pat’s on the 4th Sundays.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is back on the Sunday at the 9:30 Mass at St. Michael’s. It’s for pre-school children -2nd graders. They will have their own special time to break open God’s Word. As more volunteers step up, we will offer it on all Sundays. “Let the little children come to me.” –Jesus
Remember, any prayer requests can be submitted to Melissa to be passed on to the local prayer team. Or contact Judy Beauchemin at email@example.com to be included in the World-wide Prayer Network.
WE HAVE A TWITTER ACCOUNT!!! Our twitter account name is – @ololflxparish If you don’t have Twitter already setup, it is easy to do. Just download to your phone. Pick a user name that you want and quickly set it up on Twitter. Once inside Twitter, you can search for “people” or “accounts” to follow. Every Twitter account has a user name / handle….and every one that is created, begins with the @ symbol. Once again, ours is @OLOLFLXPARISH Let’s get us all signed up, follow OLOL and begin tweeting!!
- The Stewardship Committee needs to fill 3 year around vacancies (2 from St. Michael’s and 1 from St. Januarius’) and 2 seasonal (snowbird) (from St. Januarius’) vacancies. Representatives from all worship sites help invigorate OUR parish. Contact Cathy Matulewicz at 315 536-7155 or firstname.lastname@example.org or see Father Leo.
- Per our Parish Plan, a committee devoted to offering educational and evangelical opportunities is supposed to exist. Patty is the convener. Please help her.
- The Finger Lakes and Wayne County Catholic Charities Board of Directors is looking for a representative to its Social Justice subcommittee. The subcommittee meets five times a year, for an hour and a half. Subcommittee members advise the assigned Board member of any issues/concerns. If interested, contact Jean-Paul Kandolo at 315-789-2686 x124 or by email Jean.Paul.Kandolo@dor.org
Family Promise is a new homeless shelter program opened in the Naples area. They are in desperate need of volunteers. For the success of the program, and safety of the volunteers from our parish, Creating A Safe Environment Training is required. Ideally, it should be done before being scheduled to help. If you can help, call the Trinity Federated Church at 585-374-5017. Spreading the word and praying for the people involved in this ministry also helps.
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Do you have a smart phone? Our Calendar is available through the teamup app found in both the Apple App Store and Google Play! Simply download the app and type in the following link without the parentheses: (https://teamup.com/ks3g27sxdrur48nr4r) this link will give you access to many of the events happening in the OLOL community!