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Weekly Events:


Food Pantry at 1:00pm (Carges Hall)

Adult Choir from 5:30pm -7:30pm (Church)


Pietra Fitness at 3:00pm (Parish Hall)

Contemporary Choir from 5:30pm – 7:30pm (Church)


High School Youth Group at 11:45am (Youth Center)

Middle School Youth Group at 2:30pm (Youth Center)

Family Based Religious Ed (monthly per calendar)


Every 2nd & 4th Sundays

Coffee Hour after Sunday Masses

Every 1st Thursday:

Parish Council at 6:00pm (Parish Hall)

Current Parish EVENTS/Opportunities 

New Parish App Coming Soon!

In the coming weeks Immaculate Conception Church will launch our own app for iPhone and Android smart phones. This will allow us to better communicate with you throughout the week and keep you updated with relevant parish news or updates. The app is very well designed and very intuitive. It will be a great resource for parishioners by providing daily Mass readings, Catholic news and prayers, convenient prayer and Confession reminders, our bulletins and
more. We hope for our new app to be a tool for fostering stronger parish life at Immaculate Conception Church and better engaging the New Evangelization. Please watch in the coming weeks for our official launch announcement

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.

For anyone wishing to travel to the March for Life in DC, there are buses departing from Mary our Mother Church in Horseheads and ND High School in Elmira on Thursday night, Jan. 17 and returning Friday night, Jan. 18. For details contact

Ministry Opportunity;

The parishes of our region will extend our ministry to the Tomkins jail. Fr. Joe Macoux has been generously helping for the last several months since the departure of Fr. Gerry SJ, from the Ithaca and Cornell Catholic community. We are looking for individuals who will help do Communion service on a regular basis. Training will be provided for volunteers. Call the parish office for more information. Thank you.

CURRENT Opportunities around the area

RESPOND to The Abortion Expansion Act

Go to the New York State Catholic Conference website at Click on “Stop Abortion Expansion.” Enter your hoe address information, then select “Send Message.” Please do it right away after January 9 as New York State will vote on it within 30 days.

Women’s Conference- March 8

SAVE THE DATE! The Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference will be held at the Aquinas Institute in Rochester on March 9, 2019. This year’s theme, “Full of Grace,” invites us to reflect on Mary’s role in the Church, in history and in our personal lives. Our speakers are Karlo Broussard
and Sr. Anne Catherine Burleigh, OP. Mail-in registration is $50, and must be postmarked by February 22. Online registration is $53 and closes March 1. Please visit the website at for details or contact Liz Burns at for more information.

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

Ongoing Faith & Ministry opportunities

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.

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.


View our new mission & goals here