Lent is here! The schedule of services and activities is on the welcome page. The entire season of Lent is dedicated to Christ’s Passion. Consider praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary and attending the Soup & Stations suppers to enter more into that. Catholic Relief Services Operation Rice Bowl is our group almsgiving opportunity. Available at all worship sites in addition to the Little Black reflection books and “Lent in a Bag” — thoughts and activities to help us draw closer to Christ and each other during Lent — by age group.
Confirmation Class will be 2/26, 6-7:30 PM at 210 Keuka St. For youth in grade 8 or higher.
Although we just began Lent, St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry invites us to help with their Spring fundraiser: Easter Candy from the nuns of the Mount St. Mary’s Abbey, Wrentham, Massachusetts! Orders can be shipped directly to you, or you can choose to have them delivered to someone you love in time for Easter. Use this link to order: https://tinyurl.com/5n7tpabv (Conversely, let’s support local and consider other offerings at the Keuka Candy Emporium!)
Ongoing Social Justice issues can be found on Pro-Life & Social Ministry | Our Lady of the Lakes (ourladyofthelakescc.org)
Daily Scripture readings are available on the Amen app (along with a whole lot more!) or Daily Bible Readings, Audio and Video Every Morning | USCCB
The Eucharistic Revival is a multi-year effort to help renew us as we revere and appreciate Jesus in the Eucharist. For MS students and their families, consider registering for Faith Flight. For HS students there is this opportunity on 3/4. For younger children, explain to them that we are offering a sacrifice of love and keep it short. Having a booklet like this one, may help. Locally, come to Adoration! See the bulletin for places, dates and times. Get a refresher on Adoration by reading this: A Beginner’s Guide to Eucharistic Adoration – Busted Halo
Faith Formation for everyone! Take advantage of our parish subscription to FORMED, the Catholic Faith on demand. Visit http://signup.formed.org/ Enter zip code 14527. Enter your name and email. You are in! Movies, audios, music, Bible studies, books, tips on single and family life and lots for children is what you will find here. (Weekly suggestions of what to watch are in the bulletin.) Consider having a movie night and invite others to watch with you. Or share this log-in info with others. Go make a difference!
Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. As good stewards we have a responsibility to keep them in good shape. For times we need help, we have these resources:
The building of St. Januarius is featured in the Jan-Feb issue of Life in the Finger Lakes magazine! Read it at your public library!
The Laudato Si’ Action Platform calls all Catholics to take seriously our moral obligation to address environmental degradation and climate change. Are you an environmentalist? Do you want to help us and our brothers and sisters adopt “green” practices? Call/email Patty about developing a “Green Team.” View “The Letter” a full-length documentary telling the story of Laudato Si’ and how climate change is affecting the Earth and all those who inhabit it. Available on YouTube: (3) The Pope, the Environmental Crisis, and Frontline Leaders | The Letter: Laudato Si Film – YouTube
From the PY Council of Churches
The National Synod Synthesis has been published! Given this, what are your thoughts? Our diocesan synod report can be viewed at https://www.dor.org/synod/. Click on the website icons to view the document in English and/or Spanish. Also included are some of the Region 2 (New York State) Synodal Syntheses, as publicized on their respective diocesan websites. These are being posted as they are made available for anyone interested in reading about the regional synodal experience and journey. And the journey continues!
Bishop Matano wants you to read his and the NY Bishops’ statement on the historic reversal of Roe v. Wade, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. It is imperative that we, as Catholics, do all we can to take the higher moral ground, reminding each other of the Commandments and serving as Jesus would have to those who find themselves in a pregnancy that is inconvenient or unplanned. Jesus died to give us life. Will we die to selfishness to live for Him, building a culture of life? Find our more from GU’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, or this from FORMED.
Have you been watching The Chosen, the #1 crowd funded media project in entertainment history and the first multi-season show about the life of Jesus Christ and his disciples? It doesn’t just focus on the details of the stories found in the Gospels; the series also delves into imaginative backstories and the effect Jesus had on those he encountered. It makes for engaging watching. The series is free to stream, but you can find DVDs (for easy viewing), interactive Bible studies, novels, devotionals, and more for purchase from The Pastoral Center. Proceeds support development of future seasons.
The sexual abuse cases brought against the Diocese are moving ahead. The Diocese’s actions are to protect individual parishes. Please continue to pray for this situation and the healing of those who suffer.
Covid-19 All worship sites have free test kits available. Know the rules by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html If you are still isolating at home for various reasons and want some test kits or not online and want the bulletin, please call 315-536-7459 and ask to have them delivered/mailed.
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- It is a precept of the Church that we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least annually (more often if in a state of mortal sin). Please do not dishonor Jesus in the Eucharist and do damage to your soul by receiving the Holy Eucharist unworthily. Please examine your consciences and seek the grace of Reconciliation during our regularly scheduled times, or by appointment.
- If you are not feeling well, please remain at home. Contact Fr. Leo to receive any sacraments, and for the Anointing of the Sick (if seriously ill, scheduled for surgery or homebound).
- Come with your burdens and joys and be transformed at Mass! The practice of mask wearing and social distancing is your choice. Free Covid-19 test kits are available at all worship sites. If you are not comfortable attending Mass in person, please go to our Facebook page where Masses at St. Michael’s are livestreamed, or take in a TV Mass, or any of the many online Masses available. Also, OLOL has a YouTube channel where Sunday Mass will be uploaded on the following Monday.
- If you normally work on Sunday and have another day of the week off, make that your day to come to Mass and rest (3rd Commandment).
- If you need a gluten-free host: Please arrive 10 minutes early; find the priest, introduce yourself and explain your need. Tell the priest where you will be sitting. The priest will put the GF host in a pix on the Altar for consecration. If the priest doesn’t remember you need gluten-free when you approach for Holy Communion, simply say, “Gluten-free, please.”
- Holy water is back.
- Sing as you are able.
- Books about Mass and Christian living are available at all entrances for small children. Please return them after use.
- Although the readings are posted along with the hymns, consider listening unless hearing the lector is problematic. (It’s a wholly different sensory experience.)
- Consider online giving or contact the office for offertory envelopes. The ushers are taking up the collection again!
- The exchange of the sign of peace, a reflection of being at peace with our neighbors, is encouraged. Nod, wave or shake hands or hug if you are comfortable with that.
- Consider maintaining space between you and the person ahead of you when coming forward in the main aisle to receive Holy Communion. Receive and step to the side to consume. Return to your seat via the side aisles.
- Those who choose to receive on the tongue will be able to do so. Hand sanitizer will be used after each person receives on the tongue.
- After the recessional hymn, consider joining in our tradition of praying 3 Hail Marys, the intention is for the next person who dies or one of your choosing. Exit joyfully, knowing you Christ is in you! Share that joy with everyone you meet, by your actions and words.
PRO-LIFE: Pray daily “A Litany for Life.” Support local pregnancy care centers and the national CareNet. Learn more about Catholic Social Teaching. Write to our elected officials and advocate for life. Every 4th Saturday, from 9 -10:30AM outside of the Regional Headquarters of Planned Parenthood of Central and Western NY (114 University Ave., Downtown Rochester) a peaceful, prayerful event, Stand Out for Life, affirms the dignity of all human persons, with a special emphasis on children in the womb, pregnant moms in need – being exploited for profit, abortion workers, etc. Masks and social distancing required.
For state-wide Catholic action, visit the New York State Catholic Conference’s Catholic Action Network at www.nyscatholic.org/action-center. There you can see all the active alerts and register for updates. You can also sign up for text alerts by texting CAN to 50457. Share via email. If copying and sharing via social media, use the hashtags: #Catholic #CatholicActionNetwork
Did you know that New York is the 38th hungriest state in the Union? Click here to learn more. Want more opportunities to put your faith into action? Join the Catholic Action Network! By providing your email address, you will get be advised of important ways we can impact laws in our State. Remember, Christ is counting on us!
The Catholic Courier Journal, weekly, online
Justice, Peace & Life, monthly
Growing in Faith Together, monthly for the 18-39 yr. old crowd
“Just Us” (weekly from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester)
Creating A Safe Environment (quarterly)
Helping People Help Themselves (quarterly)
Open Wide our Hearts (weekly), Salt & Light (weekly) and Justice, Peace & Life (monthly)
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Rochester Chapter
Yates Prevention Coalition News
With the legalization of recreational marijuana, the Coalition has created a short presentation to help people know the cost to society of another potentially addictive substance. We are relying on people to contact their elected town and village representatives to express concern, and to indicate where dispensaries/head shops could be located that would make it less accessible to youth, vulnerable adults and the elderly. See the presentation on its Facebook page.
The Coalition meets monthly, via Zoom, on the 4th Wednesday at 3 PM. All are welcome. Stay up to date by visiting its Facebook page or visit its website.
Are you a family with young children? Healthy Families of Ontario & Yates may be of some help.