We have only until 5/31 to meet our goal for The Catholic Ministries Appeal! Thank you to those who have given. One the fence about giving? Funds from this appeal come back to us in the form of communication and computer services, building and cemetery evaluations and employee and parishioner assistance, just to name a few. Please help us meet this goal!
Can you take action on behalf of Macario Gilberto Reyes-Herrera, a loving family man, hard worker, member of our community and undocumented immigrant? He was unlawfully arrested and taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody 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.
HELP WANTED! Our next Tithe of Talent is set for Pentecost weekend. See the insert in the bulletin or in the pews to learn where you talents can be appreciated. Also,
- 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
Sound the Alarm!!! See attachment below for more information on getting a free smoke alarm for residents in need.
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The PY Community Vacation Bible School VBS Registration Form.2019 will be July 8-12. It is an ecumenical effort of Our Lady of the Lakes- St. MIke’s, PY Baptist and PY Methodist Churches. It will be a ROARING good time!
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Creating A Safe Environment
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 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 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 4th 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 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. Once again, ours is @OLOLFLXPARISH Let’s get us all signed up, follow OLOL and begin tweeting!!