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— April 16, 2019

Holy Week - The Triduum

Today as we celebrate Palm Sunday we enter the most solemn week of the Church Year – the final, intense days of Lent and the great days of the Triduum. This week, called holy by our ancestors, calls us to focus our attention and energy on the observance of the Paschal Mystery.

— April 5, 2019

Is it Spring Yet!

I woke up this morning to see snow on the ground! It was if God was saying “So you thought it was Spring! April Fools! It sure was a shock to the system after having temperature in the 60’s on Saturday to see snow again and feel the cold. But, the last vestiges of winter are quickly passing,…

— March 29, 2019

Laetáre Sunday

This Sunday is known as Laetáre Sunday. The name comes from the opening antiphon of the Mass which begins, “Laetáre Ierúsalem” or, “Rejoice Jerusalem!” Having made it more than halfway through the Lenten season (which occurred on Thursday) we take brief break in the season of penance to remind…

— March 16, 2019

Lent and Solemnity Feast days

This Sunday we celebrate the Second Sunday of Lent which this year falls on March 17th, St. Patrick Day. St. Patrick is the patron Saint of both St. Patrick Church in Aurora and St. Patrick Church in Moravia. In our diocese you can really see the influence of the Irish immigrants who settled the…

— March 10, 2019

Be Reconciled with God and one another

The Sacrament of Penance is often referred to as Confession, or as the Sacrament of Reconciliation. All three names reference an action that is done in the sacrament. We confess our sins to seek forgiveness, we do penance to show our willingness to change our patterns of behavior, and we seek to be…

— March 5, 2019

Our Lenten Journey

We will begin our forty-day Lenten journey to the glories of Easter this Wednesday, March 6th. The symbol of ashes that we receive on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday are a reminder to us of our mortality and the call to repent, to turn away from sin and believe the Good News. The season of Lent is…

— February 15, 2019

Formed in a Community of Faith

This past week we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on February 11th. The Feast has special meaning to me because I was ordained to the priesthood in Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Brighton. I had served in the parish as a deacon after completing my studies for the priesthood at St.…

— February 9, 2019

Finishing the Course

What shifts we have been having in the weather! Today it is forecast to reach 60 degrees after enduring days of zero or below with wind chill of 20 below! The piles of snow we received two weeks ago are quickly melting. I was hoping to get out on my cross-country skis before it melted.…

— February 2, 2019

Public Policy Weekend: Justice for Farmworkers

Here in our Diocese, parishes participate in the annual Public Policy Weekend every February, when parishioners speak out with one voice on an issue related to Catholic Social Teaching. This year that issue is the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act, which would grant equal labor rights to the…

— January 27, 2019

Winter has returned!

Last weekend’s snow storm and the wind that followed it made most of us hunker down in our homes protected from the elements. Many of you made the wise decision to stay off the dangerous highways and not attend Sunday Mass. The diocese had put out the word on their website and we on the GSCC…

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  • 2019
    • April
      • Holy Week - The Triduum
        Today as we celebrate Palm Sunday we enter the most solemn week of the Church Year – the final, intense days of Lent and the gre…
      • Is it Spring Yet!
        I woke up this morning to see snow on the ground! It was if God was saying “So you thought it was Spring! April Fools! It su…
    • March
      • Laetáre Sunday
        This Sunday is known as Laetáre Sunday. The name comes from the opening antiphon of the Mass which begins, “Laetáre Ierúsalem” o…
      • Lent and Solemnity Feast days
        This Sunday we celebrate the Second Sunday of Lent which this year falls on March 17th, St. Patrick Day. St. Patrick is the pat…
      • Be Reconciled with God and one another
        The Sacrament of Penance is often referred to as Confession, or as the Sacrament of Reconciliation. All three names reference an…
      • Our Lenten Journey
        We will begin our forty-day Lenten journey to the glories of Easter this Wednesday, March 6th. The symbol of ashes that we rece…
    • February
      • Formed in a Community of Faith
        This past week we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on February 11th. The Feast has special meaning to me because I w…
      • Finishing the Course
        What shifts we have been having in the weather! Today it is forecast to reach 60 degrees after enduring days of zero or below w…
      • Public Policy Weekend: Justice for Farmworkers
        Here in our Diocese, parishes participate in the annual Public Policy Weekend every February, when parishioners speak out with o…
    • January
      • Winter has returned!
        Last weekend’s snow storm and the wind that followed it made most of us hunker down in our homes protected from the elements. M…
      • 2019 PUBLIC POLICY AGENDA
        ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF ROCHESTER 2019 PUBLIC POLICY AGENDA Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, There are many wh…
      • The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
        The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord marks the end of the liturgical season of Christmastide. On the following day the season of…
      • The Feast of Epiphany
        This Weekend we celebrate the Feast of Epiphany and we recall how the Magi came and presented to the new born king gifts of gold…
  • 2018
    • December
    • November
      • 2018 Fruit Basket Project
        Before I entered the seminary I worked as a Produce Manager in a supermarket. I had worked in many grocery stores during my hig…
      • Fish Bowl Sunday
        This past Sunday, being the first Sunday of the month, was Fish Bowl Sunday and we asked parishioners to take slips from the Fis…
      • The Week Ahead
        This week has been designated as National Vocation Awareness Week. It is a time to pray for vocations to the deaconate, priesth…
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • July
      • Anniversaries to remember
        I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that this year marks the 50th Anniversary of my graduation from New Hartford High School. The…
      • One Nation under God
        Recently many young people were graduated from the local high schools in our parish, Moravia Central School, Southern Cayuga Cen…
      • Summertime, a time for prayer
        The summertime is often experienced as a time of relaxation and recreation, a time to enjoy the presence of family and friends. …
      • Visiting Missionary Collection
        Today we welcome Father Eugene Savarimuthu, who will be with us to speak about the missionary efforts of the Diocese of Kumbakon…
    • June
      • Visiting Missionary Collection
        Each year we hold a Visiting Missionary Appeal in all of the parishes of our diocese to support missionary efforts around the wo…
      • Happy Father’s Day
        Today we celebrate Father’s Day! Each year on the third Sunday of June we honor our fathers it is truly a special day! This d…
      • Notes from Father Bill
        Last weekend, we prayed over the names of parishioners who accepted nominations to serve as Pastoral Council members. After we p…
    • May
      • Vacation Bible School: “Rolling River Rampage” 2018
        (This week's message by Marilyn Paradise - Faith Formation Coordinator) Our Faith Formation classes have concluded until we mee…
      • Memorial Day Weekend
        Monday we will be celebrating Memorial Day. As we remember all those who have died in the service of our country, we pray that t…
      • Pentecost Sunday
        This weekend we end the Easter Season with the Feast of Pentecost. The gift of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples marks the fi…
      • Happy Mother’s Day!
        As we continue to celebrate our “New Birth” in the Lord on this Seventh Sunday of Easter, we remember today our mothers who gave…
    • April
      • May we be open to the Holy Spirit
        Last Sunday our young people who are in their second year of preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation had a review session.…
      • Convocation
        This week on Monday through Wednesday I will be joining with Bishop Matano the priests and Pastoral Administrators in our Dioces…
      • FISH BOWL SUNDAY
        A year ago we began Fish Bowl Sunday in our parishes to help support the local food pantries that are serving the needs of peopl…
    • March
      • The Lord is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia!
        The Lord is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia! I wish all of you and your families a very blessed and joy filled Easter as we celebrate…
      • Holy Week - The Triduum
        Today as we celebrate Palm Sunday we enter the most solemn week of the Church Year – the final, intense days of Lent and the gre…
      • Parish Lenten Retreat
        This week we are pleased to welcome Father Mark McDonald, MSC to our parish to share with us from his faith and experience as a …
      • Laetáre Sunday
        This Sunday is known as Laetáre Sunday. The name comes from the opening antiphon of the Mass which begins, “Laetáre Ierúsalem” o…
      • Passing the torch: from one generation to the next
        This year the first few weeks of Lent have been a sad journey for many families in our parish as we have had five parish-ioners …
    • February
      • The Sacrament of Penance
        The Sacrament of Penance is often referred to as Confession, or as the Sacrament of Reconciliation. All three names reference an…
      • Days of Fasting and Abstinence
        I remember as a boy journeying through the days of Lent. When I was young the Lenten obligations regarding fasting and abstinenc…
      • Our Lenten Journey
        We will begin our forty-day Lenten journey to the glories of Easter on Wednesday, February 14th. The symbol of ashes that we rec…
      • Public Policy Advocacy Weekend:
        Next weekend February 10/11 has been designated as Public Policy Advocacy Weekend. Bishop Matano and the Diocese of Rochester …
    • January
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