“The times we live in… “It’s too bad that an insert in 6/2-3’s bulletin about An Active Shooter Event has to be done. The Penn Yan police dept. has conducted several information meetings with area churches on this topic. For the last 2 years at the Priest & Pastoral Administrators meetings, it has also been a topic of discussion.
The insert is an opportunity to be aware of where you sit, where are exists and to place yourself in various scenarios, if such a situation was to take place. At St. Michael’s, ushers have reviewed the material and are alerted to be watchful. The ushers/greeters at other worship sites will be doing the same.
Many school children go through practices & procedures on what to do in such an event. Let us all hope and pray that we will never have to use the information given.” Fr. Leo
World Refugee Day is 6/20/2018. The World Refugee Day -2018-Toolkit gives ideas that can help us to practice the corporal works of mercy on behalf of these “least of my brothers.” Let’s make a difference!
Do people with mental illnesses feel welcomed by our parish? “The stigma attached to mental illness forces many to hide the severity of their symptoms or those of a loved one. Many stop coming to church due to the stigma,” informs the National Catholic Partnership on Disability. We can fight stigma by learning the signs of mental illness and reaching out to those living with the illness. A free, downloadable resource is available. Be part of the solution.
Religious Freedom Week is 6/22-29. Can we take time to pray, reflect, and take action on religious liberty, both here in this country and abroad during these days? Go here for some ideas.
“Shipwrecked! Rescued by Jesus” is the PY Community Vacation Bible School. In this 5 half-day (6/25-29 from 8:30 – Noon at the PY 1st Baptist Church) experience, kids (pre-K through gr. 5) will be anchored in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms. Music, tropical treats, crafts, mission donations to Puerto Rico, games and lessons are part of each day. Register online or request a paper form at the Parish Center. Contact Patty if you want to be “Shipwrecked” and part of shaping a child’s future. See the bulletin for a list of needed items.
Also from 6/24-29 middle & high school students will have the opportunity to attend “Rise, A Creative Camp Experience.” Click on it to read more and register. Scholarships are available.
Tax deductible donations are still being accepted by the family of our Christian brother and friend, Gilberto Reyes Herrera. Checks should be made out to WARE and sent to Nancy Ghertner 6055 Robinson Rd, Sodus, NY 14551. Carol Hall’s Letter to the Editor in the 5/1 issue of The Chronicle-Express gives an update on the poverty Gilberto is experiencing in impoverished Mexico. The Progressive: A Voice of Peace, Justice and the Common Good magazine recently published an editorial about Gilberto. Read it by clicking here.
Sadly, those without legal immigrant status are still being targeted by Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents despite the issuance of a “cease and desist” letter from Governor Cuomo. Most recently is the case of Marcial De Leon Aguilar, taken from a dairy farm in front of his elementary aged children while they were waiting for the school bus. Virginia, his 7 months pregnant wife, is grateful for any donation, no matter how small, to keep the family together and safe. Donate to them here. Thank you for your prayers for all immigrants, and donations.
If you are a Yates County resident, the Public Health Nursing Service in conjunction with Finger Lakes Health, wants to know what we think are the most pressing health issues for the next three years. A 20 minute survey is online, in English & Spanish. All those completing the survey with their contact info will be entered into a drawing for a $500 grocery or gas gift card.
Family Promise is a new homeless shelter program opened in the Naples area. They are in desperate need of volunteers. 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.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is back on the second and fourth Sundays 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
Save the Date! Diocesan Men’s 2018 Conference will be Saturday, 10/13. More info will be posted.
- 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 email@example.com or see Father Leo.
- 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 Deacon Greg Kiley at Gregory.Kiley@dor.org or by calling 315-789-2686 x124.
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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 all of the events happening in the OLOL community!