Christmas 2019 – Here is our Mass Schedule for the upcoming Christmas Celebration!
Advent wreaths adorn our churches, hopefully also our homes. We have been invited to bring an ornament to put on the Christmas tree at our worship sites. We are one parish family. A little from each of us on the tree will help us remember this.
Some families enjoy doing the deeds found in Advent calendars. Spiritual aides are available near the doors of our churches, online and possibly in our inboxes. The choir at St. Michael’s has begun practicing for Christmas. Dining and Divinity, the Infancy Narratives is happening on Tuesdays. Growing In Faith Together will be on 12/15. This is also the last date to return “Giving Tree” gifts. (The trees will be taken down after the last Mass of the day.) St. Michael’s school children are readying for their Christmas Concert on 12/18 at 6:30 PM. Come early and enjoy the refreshments and Science Fair in St. Michael’s Hall after the concert. God is giving us this gift of time to renew our relationship with Him and His creation. He is coming again. Will we be ready to greet Him?
As we enter the holiday season, loneliness can be especially problematic for those experiencing loss. Millennials also report other possible causes. Reach out to anyone you meet suffering from loneliness. A recording of Roy Petitfils, nationally acclaimed counselor, by Ave Maria Press gives great info. When one member of the Body of Christ hurts, we all do.
Our parish pastoral council has updated our mission statement: “We come together in our common faith as God’s Holy People. Strengthened by the Word of God and His Sacraments, we go forth in faith to love and serve one another.” This more accurately reflects the Great Commission. Let us live as Christ taught us!
We are nearly half way to meeting our goal for the Catholic Ministries Appeal. We show Christ that we have confidence in our Church’s mission by giving generously. Make your pledge today. Thank you.
Human Trafficking. It is so an important issue that our Social Ministry Committee will sponsor an all day conference on 3/28/20. Look for more information about Healthy Teens, United Families as you check back.
Creating A Safe Environment
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 email@example.com 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 at St. Jan’s & St. Pat’s on the 4th Sundays.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is back on all Sundays at the 9:30 Mass at St. Michael’s, thanks to two volunteers! It’s for pre-school children -2nd graders. They will have their own special time to break open God’s Word. More leaders would be welcome. Contact Patty. “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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Let’s get us all signed up, follow OLOL and begin tweeting!!
- Our US Catholic Council of Bishops reminds us to be politically active, working for a just and peaceful society where all can be welcomed and have dignity. See our Facebook page for other ideas.
- Macario Gilberto Reyes-Herrera, a loving family man, hard worker, member of our community and undocumented immigrant was unlawfully arrested and taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody in Batavia in June 2017. He was deported in January 2018, leaving behind his wife and 3 US born children. Recently, a lawsuit was filed in federal court against the state troopers involved in “Gilberto’s” 2017 arrest. Can you join with others to contact NYS Attorney General, Letitia James by phone and email? Use these instructions and a script for Gilberto If your conscience doesn’t allow this, will you work for more just immigration laws?
- What if you got a diagnosis that you had only 6 or fewer months to live? How would you approach life?
2 bills have been introduced in the NYS Legislature: S.3947-Savino & A.2694-Paulin. Both would make it legal for patients who may die within six months to obtain prescriptions for lethal drugs for the purpose of committing suicide.
According to the New York Alliance Against Assisted Suicide passage of the bills would create
– an economic incentive for insurers to deny treatment to terminally-ill persons.
– offer no guarantee of a peaceful, painless death
– lead patients to take their own lives based upon inaccurate prognoses
– would not require trained medical personnel to be present at the time the lethal drugs are taken, or at the time of death
– would not require patients with depression or other psychiatric disabilities to receive counseling before receiving a lethal prescription
– may encourage suicide among persons who are not terminally ill.
Stating that this bill is needed to help patients avoid pain is a false premise. Inadequate pain control is NOT the primary reason why patients in Oregon and Washington request lethal drugs under the laws of those states.
Passage of these bills would place New York patients at great risk of coercion, abuse and denial of lifesaving treatment. To voice opposition to these bills go to www.nyscatholic.org and scroll down a little to the rotating banner. As soon as you see the pill bottle pop-up, click on it to send a quick email message to your representatives in Albany. Thanks for taking a stand for life.