Dec. 2 begins our new liturgical year. The season of Advent is a time in which we look forward to Christ’s second coming, as we remember the great gift God the Father gave us in sending His only Son to be our Savior. Some ways to mark this season can be found here.
Bell Ringers are needed for the Yates Christmas Program. If you can help, contact Sue Falvey. Contact her at 315-536-7189 (h), 315-694-0596 (c), or firstname.lastname@example.org
Need healing? The North American Volunteers of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality will take us on a virtual pilgrimage on 12/8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. This is a Holy Day of Obligation. Attend the feast Mass, receive reconciliation, enjoy a light luncheon and be prepared to experience Lourdes without any waits at the airport. It will happen from 1-3 PM at St. Januarius, Naples. Check the website calendar for Mass times. Reconciliation will also be offered after the pilgrimage. See the flyer on the bulletins page.
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.
11th Annual HOLIDAY COOKIE WALK
To Benefit Keuka Comfort Care Home
Saturday, December 15, 2018
First Presbyterian Church
Corner Main and Clinton St, Penn Yan, NY
10 a.m. ‘till the cookies are gone.
Join us at the Penn Yan Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 15th to see what all this buzz is about! We will have over 6,000 Holiday cookies and treats of all kinds baked by talented and generous members of our community, sold at $10 per pound (unless otherwise stated). Gorgeous and decadent cookies make great gifts for friends, family, office parties, or save them for yourself! Our doors will open at 10 am and remain so until all of our treats are gone. If you wish to avoid the crowd and pre-order your cookies (at $12/pound), send an email to email@example.com or call Keuka Comfort Care Home at (315) 536-1690.
We are looking for bakers to help us out by baking 6 dozen (two batches or more) of their favorite, homemade Holiday Cookie. This is a great activity to do with friends or a youth group. To sign up, visit our webpage: keukacomfortcarehome.org/cookie or facebook.com/holidaycookiewalk or call KCCH at (315) 536-1690 and let them know what kind of cookie you would like to bake.
All proceeds will benefit Keuka Comfort Care Home as we start our 11th year caring for our community. Staff and volunteers provide for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the dying and their families in a loving home-like setting at no cost to these residents, their families or their insurance plan.
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.
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.
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 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
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 Deacon Greg Kiley at Gregory.Kiley@dor.org or by calling 315-789-2686 x124.
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 all of the events happening in the OLOL community!