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Nov 29: “Colliding Black Holes and Keeping the
Sabbath Holy,”

Science OR Religion? This is the great debate of our time. There is a push in our society
toward the idea that science is the only truth and that God is just an antiquated idea preventing further scientific progress. Many hold that science and religion cannot coexist. Dante Iozzo, Immaculate Conception parishioner and doctoral student in the Cornell Physics and Astronomy Departments will deliver a presentation entitled “Colliding Black Holes and Keeping the Sabbath Holy,” on Thursday, November 29th at 7:00 p.m. in Carges Hall, discussing how science, religion, and the third commandment all fit together. This is a great event even for parents and teens. Come and share in this ever more urgent discussion, and find out how we can gain a deeper faith through science.

Dec 1- Dec 9: Novena for Dec

A parish is our spiritual home. This is where receive rebirth to become the children of God and get spiritual nourishment needed for our faith journey. Many people look up to
us to find hope. As we prepare to celebrate our parish feast day on December 8th with our Bishop, we shall do a Novena with special thematic intentions for our faith community.
Beginning 12/1, each day for nine days:
12/1 Faith growth and deepening
12/2 Healing from the past misdeeds
12/3 Peace and reconciliation
12/4 More vocations in our diocese
12/5 Youth and young families
12/6 Unity in our nation
12/7 Refuges and migrants
12/8 Seniors and the home bound of our parish
12/9 Mass of Thanksgiving with the Bishop to conclude.
One Hail Mary will be said after each intention. Everyone
is encouraged to participate in the novena. You can do at
home with family.

Dec 8- Feast Day

Remember, our parish feast day is December 8! Bishop Matano will preside at
Mass at 10:00am. Please plan on attending. It is a blessing to have the Bishop
come on our feast day. Mark your calendars.

Dec 8/9 Advent Retreat

The Holiday season can be so stressful with so much going on in our lives. To help focus on the meaning and the spiritual riches of the season, Immaculate Conception has invited Fr.
Dennis Billy for the weekend of December 8/9 with a concluding session in the afternoon 3-4 PM. All are welcome. Bring family and friends. This is a great spiritual opportunity for our faith community

DEC 14: Youth and Family Christmas Social

Attention parents, children, and teens. You are invited to take part in a Christmas Social event on Friday, December 14th from 6p-8:30p in Carges Hall (basement of the church). There will be food, games, movies, Christmas cookies and more. We hope you can all join us for this fun filled evening. For more information you can contact Rich at the parish office.

Jan 18: March for Life 

Save the date! The 3rd Annual Ithaca “March For Life” will take place on Friday, January 18th @ 1pm to coincide with the 46th annual National ~ March For Life in DC~ the world’s largest pro-life event!.  The March will begin at the parish steps and proceed along Seneca St. Plan to be part of this peaceful, prayerful witness to Life! For more information or to help, contact Carolann Darling, parish Respect Life Ministry, 607-351-6668.

Seven Sisters Apostolate

We are in need of two (2) more sisters to pray for the pastor. The mission of the apostolate is to provide “committed prayerful support toward a parish pastor through the assurance of the offering of at least one Holy Hour every day of any given week for that pastor alone—a ‘holy wasting,’ as it were, for the conversion and holiness of that particular priest.” Currently, Tuesdays and Saturdays are open for prayer, and you can choose the hour. If you are interested in learning more, please visit or email April at aprilmichellemichael@gmail.

Collection Counters:

We are in need of volunteers to create another team of counters for our collections. Teams meet at 8:00am Monday mornings at the Parish Center and take care of the counting of our weekend collections. Training will be provided. Please contact the Parish Office. 607-273-6121.


We have some parishioners who are members or associates of this order and they
say it has helped them in their faith. If you feel this ministry is calling you, or just need more information contact Pat Brazo at 607-564-6102.


Opportunities around the area

Dec 4: Day Retreat at Notre Dame Retreat House:

“Praying our Way through Advent” will be offered on Tuesday, December
4, 2018. Day begins at 9 00am and concludes at 3.00 pm
(Conference/Lunch/Confessions/Mass). Register:585-394-
5700 or email: $25 fee payable
day of retreat

Retrouvaille—a lifeline for married couples

Are you hurting in your marriage? If your marriage has become
troubled or stressed, unloving, or uncaring; if your relationship
has grown cold and distant; if you are thinking of
separation or divorce, or if you want to try again, then the
Retrouvaille Program can help you. For more information
call 1-800-470-2230 or visit

Music Ministry 

New members for both the 8:30 Contemporary Ensemble and the 10:30 Choir are
always needed and welcome! It is also a way for families to participate together.
Please contact Gary Vrabel at 273-6121 x102.

Pietra Fitness

Carges Hall, Wednesdays at 3pm

Contact Pat Ober at 273-5277 or

Pietra Fitness

Spiritual Book Club

Are you a young adult or an avid reader of spiritual books? There is an already
growing ministry in our parish. The group meets every Sunday afternoon to read,
discuss a book/books and draw spiritual lessons to nourish their faith. If you are
interested and want to grow in your faith kindly contact Dante Iozzo
< for more information.

Meet our Parish Pastoral Council

PPC 2018

Parish Pastoral Council

Our local Church is celebrating 150 years of faith in Christ and mission.

Through the Church we receive rebirth to become the children of God and all the spiritual nourishment needed for our faith journey. Everyone is encouraged to pick up one book produced to mark 150 great years of faith for your family library. This book contains beautiful pictures of the parishes in the Diocese which we are a part of, and a brief history. These churches are sacred buildings. They were built by our ancestors who sacrificed so much. Let’s thank God for the many years of faith in our Diocese and entrust its future in the hands of God. Let’s endeavor to pass on a stronger and solid faith to the next generation. Make a donation for this book to Immaculate Conception Church by Easter Sunday using the blue envelopes inside each book.

Immaculate Conception Icon

The Immaculate Conception Icon, which was so generously given by the Knights of Columbus, and proudly displayed in church for the past weeks, has been placed in it’s permanent spot. It is now hanging in the main office at the Parish Center—what a beautiful way to welcome any visitors to the office and to Immaculate Conception. Thank you to the Knights of Columbus for helping secure this Icon for us.

This image of The Blessed Virgin of the Immaculate Conception was obtained by the Supreme Council and has been circulated for viewing amongst the Councils of the Finger Lakes District in the Rochester Diocese. This particular Icon has completed it’s circulation and was looking for a permanent home. After hearing this, Fr. Chumo applied on behalf of our church. The Supreme Executive Committee decided that Immaculate Conception is the rightful place for the Icon and Fr. Chumo accepted it formally at a Holy Hour presentation by a Senior Representative from the State Council.


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