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For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Committees and Teams

- The Service Team

The mission and work of the Service Team is to help those who are less fortunate.

6 individuals stand in front of a wall with a crucifix
Service Team members Margaret Rolfe, Mary Gonyea, Nancy Parrott, James Eisenberg, Ronda Porras, and Karen Eisenberg in Parish Hall July 20, 2023, Photo courtesy of Mia Rasmussen.

Coordinator: Margaret Rolfe

Each year we try to reach out to as many people as possible and, with the help of our parishioners, we have managed to make a difference in the lives of those in need. 

Ministry Profile:

Services Team

6 individuals stand in front of a wall with a crucifix
Service Team members Margaret Rolfe, Mary Gonyea, Nancy Parrott, James Eisenberg, Ronda Porras, and Karen Eisenberg in Parish Hall July 20, 2023, Photo courtesy of Mia Rasmussen.

Backpack Program

Collect donations of backpacks and school supplies for children in need to help them succeed both educationally and socially. Donations are managed and distributed by the Children’s Services Unit at the Tompkins County Department of Social Services.

Harvest Bag Program

Collect monetary donations which are used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables for the residents of Titus Towers. The bags are packed and delivered with the help of ICC volunteers.

Giving Tree Program

We work with Birth Right to provide baby items for their outreach, and partner with Tompkins County Department of Social Services Home finding Unit to give gifts to teens that are in institutional residential placement facilities and for families where the children are being cared for by family members other than their parents.

Donations to Catholic Charities

Prepare and distribute Lenten bags for offering to Catholic Charites.

Meetings are the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:15pm in the Parish Hall. Contact: Margaret Rolfe [email protected]

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Annual Service Team collection of donated backpacks and school supplies, July 30, 2023. Photo courtesy of Deb Rasmussen.

Thank you Margaret! Thank you volunteers!

Would you like to join the Service Team?

Do you have a heart to serve God and those who are less fortunate?

Do you want to make a difference in people's lives?

Send us a note

- The Food Pantry

Families Served Each Week

Managers: Denise Robinson and Ted Capogrossi 

For 20 years, Immaculate Conception Parish has been helping the community through the Food Pantry.  

The Pantry was opened nearly 20 years ago.

We are the only Food Pantry in Tompkins County that serves ALL people EVERY week.

We serve between 120-150 families per week. 

We set up in the Parish Hall on Mondays.

We receive 1-2 pallets of food from the Southern Tier Food Bank.

Volunteers pick up groceries on Tuesday morning. 

Food is distributed Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00pm. 

Thank you Denise and Ted! Thank you volunteers!

Thank you to our Amazing Community Partners!



Ithaca Bakery



Lansing Market

PC Fresh



Local Farms & CSAs

Would you like to help the Food Pantry?

Do you have an hour or two available to work one day a week?

Do you have a pickup truck, van or SUV that you can use to pick up groceries?

Do you want to make a difference in people's lives?

Send us a note

- Cayuga Ridge Ministry

We are grateful to the group of volunteer Eucharistic Ministers who visit Cayuga Ridge and participate in prayer services. If you are interested in learning more about how you can participate, please send us a note.

- Visitation to the Homebound

A group of volunteer Eucharistic Ministers bring Communion to the homebound. Thank you Eucharistic Ministers for your important service. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry, send us a note.

- Prayer Shawl Ministry

We are looking for people who would be willing to knit or crochet prayer shawls for distribution, with prayers, to people who would benefit from the love and warmth knitted or crocheted into these shawls. You could make these on your own, or in a group, using patterns provided or your own. IF YOU DON’T KNIT OR CROCHET – Perhaps you would be willing to donate toward the yarn, needles, etc. for use by a knitter or crotchetier?

- Community Evangelization

Parishioners participate in community events such as the Ithaca Festival and Parade to share more about our Parish and Evangelize. We also have a NEW St Paul Street Evangelization Program. Please send us a note if you are interested in learning more.

Ministry Partnerships in the Community

Please refer to the Bulletin for news and events related to these local organizations and chapters. 

- Birthright


"Birthright is committed to providing confidential, non-judgmental support to any woman who is pregnant or thinks she might be pregnant, no matter her age, race, circumstances, religion, marital status or financial situation. Birthright is a charitable organization that relies on the dedication, time and talents of volunteers and the generosity of donations to ensure it can persevere in supporting pregnant women."

- Catholic Charities


"We support all people in need and advocate for social justice and human dignity in partnership with the Diocese of Rochester and the greater community."

- Knights of Columbus


"Together, we’re empowering Catholic men to live their faith at home, in their parish, at work and in their community."

- Mercy Associates


"We respond to the Gospel invitation of Jesus, and the example of Catherine McAuley, to minister to God’s children who are experiencing poverty, illness, or lack of education by living out the spiritual and corporal works of Mercy. We incorporate these values into our daily lives and share the unique mission of Mercy in our homes, workplaces, churches, and communities."

Mary Shrine & Prayer Garden

A visible prayer garden with a Mary shrine for parishioners and members of the community to pray in a beautiful location by our church. Click on the title or icon of this section to see images of the blessing and installation ceremony.

All are welcome! Bring a Friend!