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Thank you for your interest in our parish and the Catholic Faith. We’re glad you have reached out. As a starting place, we’ve listed some of the questions below that are commonly asked. Scroll down the page to find additional community resources and contact information for our Ministry team. We hope this information is helpful. Please drop by the Parish Office or contact us by phone, email or send a webnote if we can be of further assistance. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions about Mass

We look forward to seeing you!

Our Mass schedule is as follows:

M & TH 12:10 pm | T, W, F 7:00 am | Saturday 4:30 pm | Sunday 8:30 am | Sunday 10:30 am

No. Registration is no longer being taken for Masses. You are welcome to join us at any Mass. 

Our hearts are with you at this difficult time. Please call 607-273-6121 if your loved one is hospitalized, and/or would like to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick (Last Rites).

Absolutely! Please join us at one of our Masses:

M, TH at 12:10 pm

T, W, F at 7:00 am

Saturday at 4:30 pm

Sunday at 8:30 am and 10:30 am

If you would like to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation with Father Chumo, please come to the Church on Saturday between 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm. This is such a healing experience!

Absolutely! Please join us at one of our Masses:

M, TH at 12:10 pm

T, W, F at 7:00 am

Saturday at 4:30 pm

Sunday at 8:30 am and 10:30 am

If you are discerning becoming Catholic, please contact Rich Rasmussen, Pastoral and Catechetical Leader at 607-273-6121 ext. 105 or email Rich at rich.rasmussen@dor.org to discuss the process further. 

Questions about Sacraments

We’re so glad to hear this! We have an RCIA process where you can learn more about the Catholic faith and ask questions you may have. For a detailed conversation about the process, please contact Rich Rasmussen, Pastoral and Catechetical Leader, at 607-273-6121 ext. 105 or email Rich at rich.rasmussen@dor.org

Congratulations! A preparation session is required before the baptism of your child.
To make arrangements, please call 273-6121 ext. 105 and speak to Rich Rasmussen, Pastoral and Catechetical Leader, or email Rich at rich.rasmussen@dor.org.

We have a process for children to receive this sacrament when they are ready, beginning in 2nd grade. Learn more about the process on this page

If your child is 7 years of age or older and did not go through the process here at our parish, they can join the RCIC process

For more information about the RCIC process for your child, or to have a detailed conversation about the process, please contact Rich Rasmussen, Pastoral and Catechetical Leader, at 607-273-6121 or via email at rich.rasmussen@dor.org

Welcome! We have many programs for youth– you can review our opportunities on this page and register your child for the program.

Please contact Rich Rasmussen, Pastoral and Catechetical Leader, at 607-273-6121 or email Rich at rich.rasmussen@dor.org

Congratulations on your engagement! Please call 273-6121 at least 6 months in advance of your anticipated wedding date to begin arrangements for this sacrament

Yes, you can receive those sacraments as an adult. More information is available about RCIA on this page. Please call Rich Rasmussen, Pastoral and Catechetical Leader, at 607-273-6121 ext. 105 or email Rich at rich.rasmussen@dor.org to discuss the process further. 

We are glad you are asking questions! If you are interested in the Sacraments, we have a webpage you can visit. We also have information available from our bible studies on this page.
You can also reach out to anyone on our Ministry Team:

Father Chumo, Fr.Augustine.Chumo@dor.org 607-273-6121 x109

Deacon Dan, daniel.hurley@dor.org 585-319-8205

Deacon George, george.kozak@dor.org 607-273-6121 ext. 102

Rich Rasmussen, Pastoral & Catechetical Leader, rich.rasmussen@dor.org 607-273-6121 ext. 105

We're glad you are seeking out this healing sacrament! If you would like to receive Reconciliation with Father Chumo, please come to the Church on Saturday between 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm. 
For instructions on how to go to confession, go to this document from the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).

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We're so glad you are interested in joining our parish. All that is required is for you to complete this registration form! We're happy to have you join us!

Yes, the windows are beautiful! You can see the photo gallery on this page.

Thanks for your interest.

In 1837, the first Mass was celebrated in Ithaca, NY. At that time, masses were celebrated in the people’s home by visiting priests, since there were no Catholic Churches in the area.

The first Catholic Church was built in 1851 and was called St. Luke. It existed where the Parish Center now stands at 113 N. Geneva Street. This building was later moved to Green Street in Ithaca and is still standing today.

A larger Church was built in 1860, in what is now the Church parking lot, and was dedicated under the title of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Finally, a third structure was constructed in 1898. This is our current Church. The old Church became the Parish Hall until it was demolished around 1975.

We don't have a recent newsletter published, but our past newsletters are available on this page

Our past newsletters are available on this page

We have many opportunities for you to help and we are so glad you asked. Please explore our Volunteer page and reach out via link provided to offer your time or talent.

I Need Help!

Resources in the Community

Prayer

Support at Immaculate Conception Parish

We have a Prayer Team here at Immaculate Conception Parish ready to pray for you. If you are in need of prayer, please send us a note.

Nutrition

Support at Immaculate Conception Parish and in Tompkins County

Food from the Southern Tier Food Bank is distributed at Our Food Pantry every Tuesday from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm at our church building in the Parish Hall. 

Catholic Charities (324 W. Buffalo St) can help you sign up for SNAP (Food Stamps).

Shelter | Clothing

Support in Tompkins County

The Samaritan Center (324 W. Buffalo St) has a free clothing closet with personal care items that is open Tuesday-Thursday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. The Samaritan Center also offers emergency financial assistance. 

Catholic Charities (324 W. Buffalo St) offers transitional housing resources, immigration services, health insurance enrollment support and behavioral health and disability services.

Pregnancy

Support in Tompkins County

Ithaca Pregnancy Center  (testing, counseling)

210 W Green St, Ithaca NY

607-273-HOPE (4673)

Birthright of Ithaca (life-affirming services and support)
223 Elmira Rd, Ithaca NY

607-272-9070

Project Rachel (hope after abortion)
888-972-2435 

Elizabeth Ministry (support after miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death)

Contact Molly Hickey (ElizabethMinistryROC@gmail.com) or Janene Loughran 585-329-1974

I want to talk more

Contact Our Ministry Team

Rev. Augustine Chumo

Rev. Augustine Chumo

Pastor

Father Chumo presides at each Mass, administers the Sacrament of the Sick (Last Rites) and administers the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Call: 607-273-6121 ext. 109
Email: Fr.Augustine.Chumo@dor.org

Deacon Dan

Deacon Dan Hurley

Deacon

Deacon Dan helps with the Liturgy, assists with Marriages and writes the weekly prayer intentions.

Call: 585-319-8205

Email: usatfofficial@gmail.com

Deacon George Kozak

Deacon George Kozak

Deacon

Deacon George assists in Liturgy, in Baptisms, in Marriage preparation and Marriages. He is, also, involved in outreach to the marginalized and the elderly, adult catechesis, and the RCIA.

Call: 607-273-6121 ext. 102

Email: george.kozak@dor.org

Pastoral & Catechetical Leader, Rich Rasmussen

Rich Rasmussen

Pastoral & Catechetical Leader

Rich coordinates the Family Based Religious Ed Program, Sacramental preparation programs for youth, the middle and high school Youth Ministry Programs, RCIA, assists with funerals and funeral planning and liturgies.

Call: 607-273-6121 ext.105

Email: rich.rasmussen@dor.org