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Mass Times:

Monday: 12:10 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am
Wednesday: 7:00 am
Thursday: 12:10 pm
Friday: 7:00 am
Saturday 4:30 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am
Sunday: 10:30 am

Sacrament of Reconciliation:

2:30 – 4:00 pm Saturdays

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Mass Schedule:
Monday and Thursday 12:10pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 7:00am
Saturday 4:30pm
Sunday 8:30am and 10:30am

Reconciliation:
Saturdays 2:00pm-4:00pm

Photos by William & Diane Brooks, Mia Rasmussen,  Anne Woodard

WELCOME TO IMMACULATE CONCEPTION PARISH!

We are a Roman Catholic Church located at 113 N. Geneva Street in Ithaca, NY. Whether you are a long-time parishioner or a first time visitor, we’re glad you are here. This is where we gather to meet as brothers and sisters to worship and encounter our Lord, Jesus Christ. We strive to make our parish a community of God’s love, and communion of hearts. Please join us!

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Whether you are a long-time parishioner or a first time visitor, we're glad you are here ❤️!

Are you new in the town? We welcome you into our community. This is the right place to nourish your faith and grow spiritually. We welcome all the blessings and the many gifts you bring into our community. Feel free to talk to members of the parish pastoral council and other ministries to know more about our parish. Contact the parish office to register and for all your spiritual needs.

Parish News

Church Renewal

"Let there be light!" Genesis 1:3
Follow our progress as we update and renew our parish buildings!
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Need to Know!

During this Flu Season, and with COVID still prevalent, we continue to urge mask-wearing, and refrain from shaking hands during the Sign of Peace. Anyone feeling ill is urged to stay home. Let’s get through this season safely! Thank you!

WINTER WEATHER GUIDELINES
If Ithaca City Schools CLOSE due to winter weather, the Office will also CLOSE. 7:00am masses will be cancelled, but 12:10pm masses will still be held. Check the MyParish app as all updates will be listed. You can download the parish app by going to the app store on your cell phone and search for MyParish App. Once it is loaded, search for Immaculate Conception Church, Ithaca. Click on the parish and you are all set.
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Announcements

NOTRE DAME H.S. 7-12 OPEN HOUSE
Notre Dame High School, Grades 7–12 is hosting an Open House on Monday, January 31, from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm for prospective students and their families. The evening will begin with a brief presentation in the Charles and Mary Crossed Auditorium with campus tours to follow. COVID-19 safety precautions will be followed, and all attendees will be required to wear masks while inside the building. To RSVP for the Open House, visit https://tinyurl.com/ ndhsopenhouse. Notre Dame is currently accepting applications for new students for the 2022-23 school year. Please see the bulletin for more details.

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS
Congratulations to these special Parishioners celebrating their January Birthdays! Mary Anderson, John Bentkowski, Clara Camilli, Rosemary Centini, Patricia Darling, Angelo DiGiacomo, Molly DiGiacomo, Caroline Drake, Shirley Engman, Patricia Natali, Ellie Santoro, Tammy Smarr and Gertrude Vrabel
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Parish Business

BIBLE-IN-A-YEAR STUDY
The Octave of Christmas led us through readings of the 1st & 2nd Books of John as well as the Letters to the Romans. In the New Year we read Letters of St. Paul and other early Christians, up to the Letter of Jude. Words of encouragement and exhortation written for the benefit of the Christian communities still apply for us today. Please join us for February’s Study. The month of February delves into 1) Exodus, 2) Psalms 63-90, and 3) all of Mark’s Gospel. Since the Gospel of Mark is relatively short, it will require only one month to read, after which we break open Luke’s Gospel in March. For more information, please contact Pat Ober ([email protected]).

FOR A SYNOD CHURCH
Do you have ideas to help our parish meet these pastoral goals/objectives?
• Spiritual opportunities: catechesis, devotions, retreats, Bible study small Christian community etc.
• Outreach: to Baptized but not practicing, the poor and less fortunate in our neighborhood, and youth and young adults, the homebound and the elderly of our parish, young families
• Any other ideas that you may have. Kindly share with us by talking to pastoral council members or call the parish office and talk with staff. Thank you!
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Beyond our Parish

RESPECT FOR LIFE
Thanks to all who participated in the Ithaca “March for Life” on January 15th. We continue with our Vigil at the Site across from Planned Parenthood. For more information, contact Carolann Darling.

THANK YOU
Many thanks to those who participated in the Diocesan Synod information session. We appreciate your sacrifice, your love of Christ, His Church, and our faith community. We hope you were empowered to help us fully participate in this important endeavor. Blessings to you!
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"The Lord bless you and keep you, The Lord let His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The lord look upon you kindly and give you peace. " Numbers 6:24-26

Let us listen to the Spirit that God has placed in us at Baptism, and pay attention of the Word of God as we receive these blessings, and follow the example of Jesus, then this year will be fruitful. May the Mother of God, Prince of peace intercede for us as we walk into the unknown with faith. Blessings.
Rev. Augustine Chumo
Father Chumo
Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish
At Immaculate Conception Parish we endeavor to be a Catholic Community of Faith, Prayer, Love and Service, centered on Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

Join us in our Mission!

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Notes from Father Chumo

Welcome to the Ordinary Time of Year C.

 

The first reading and the gospel use the image of a wedding to describe the relationship between God and his people.

 

The prophet Isaiah promises that Jerusalem, destroyed and abandoned, forsaken/ desolate will once again become the beloved spouse of God. In spite of her betrayals, God does not reject his spouse. Jerusalem would get a new name and will be called “My Delight” This was a great message of hope for the hopeless.

 

Jesus works his first sign in the context of a marriage feast, a sign of the new covenant that he has come to celebrate. This is because it is the synthesis of all that Jesus is about to do in his ministry.

 

By giving the wine that cheers the human heart, he transformed the sterile religion of the Jews. Jesus in effect saying we had enough of the old religion that brought only sorrow. The idea of a god severe and to be feared, severed and respected must be abandoned. A religion founded on duty does not show us the glory of God.

 

Jesus has shown us the tenderness of God. He has given us, his disciples his wine, his true religion, the religion of love that wipes away fear and instills trust and hope. May we be filled with joy and cheerfulness and peace. This is the sign of the presence of the “wine” given by Jesus.

Prayerfully Consider a Donation to the CMA

The 2021/22 Catholic Ministries Appeal theme “Forward In Faith” is focusing on charitable giving, stewardship of the church and its resources, investing in our youth and future faith leaders, and opportunities to be merciful to those in need in our communities.

The Diocese of Rochester Catholic Ministries Appeal directly supports education for seminarians, those discerning and studying to become deacons, and those participation in pastoral leadership development programs. This support is important for the future of the church ensuring there are sufficient servants in ministry to care for our needs. Immaculate Conception currently has two men who are following the call to be deacons. Frederick “Rick” Burgess and Matthew Hall. Please pray for their success.

Please continue to pray for the campaign and that our parish reaches its goal ahead of the deadline of May 2021.
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CMA Goal for Immaculate Conception Parish
Our Progress Toward the CMA Goal
$47,500 81%
153 Contributing Households
Out of 833 Active Households
Participation Rate
18%

Thank you for partipating!

“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

2 Corinthians 11
Blessed through Staff.
We attend and participate in the parish life of Immaculate Conception because it is a traditional and welcoming parish that reflects the wonderful diversity of the Ithaca community. You could say that Immaculate is a microcosm of the Ithaca community.
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We attend Immaculate Conception because we have found parents with whom to share the struggles and triumphs of raising children in the Catholic faith.
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Immaculate Conception Parish has been our home for over 10 years. We love the vibrant and prayerful community and the service oriented mindset.
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STRIVING TO BE A COMMUNITY OF GOD'S LOVE & SERVICE

Other Reasons to Join our Parish

Eucharist Focused

In receiving the body of Christ we are strengthened to be the body of Christ in the world.

Distinctly Marian

The Blessed Mother, Mary. is our parish patroness and the true model of faith. We honor her through prayers of intercession.

Service to the Greatest in Need

Our mission includes striving to be a community of God's love and service in our community and the world.

Healing Confessions

Father Chumo hears confessions each Saturday from 2:00pm - 4:00pm. This is a healing sacrament enjoyed by many, so come early!

Beautiful Architecture

21 beautiful stained glass windows of the Saints are visible around our church building.

Supportive of New Ideas for Ministry

You'll find a vibrant faith community where ideas are welcome and many hands help to bring them to fruition.

Photos by William & Diane Brooks, Mia Rasmussen, Rich Rasmussen, Erik West, Anne Woodard