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Highlights from the most recent bulletin are provided below for your convenience. See the bulletin for additional information. 

BIBLE-IN-A-YEAR

Over the past year our Bible-in-a-Year study has covered much of the Old (Foundational) Testament, through the Pentateuch (Torah), the Historical Books, the Books of Wisdom and the Letters to the Prophets. Good news? Not always. Breaking news? Sounds like it sometimes. But along with the Old Testament books of the Bible, most importantly we completed the Four Evangelists’ Gospels twice in the year, and also read the Acts of the Apostles, the Letters and Revelation. The New Testament, often called the fulfillment Testament, is where we learn how One Person shows us the way out from the ‘breaking news’. This next month consider ‘fasting’ from the amount of daily news you receive. Taken as a whole, sometimes the ‘breaking’ news could be dubbed as such because it can often “break” the spirit of the readers. Spend more time in reading, praying and pondering in the Lord’s News instead and you may begin to notice and improvement in your spirit and attitude. The October Bible-in-a-Year study, as well as previous months are available here.

HARVEST BAG PROGRAM

The Service Team will once again sponsor the Harvest Bag Program to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to the residents of Titus Towers during the Holiday season.
Monetary donations will be collected through October 9th. 

Click to read the Bulletin insert:

Service Team Harvest Bag bulletin insert 2022

File name : Service-Team-Harvest-Bag-bulletin-insert-2022.pdf

OCIA

The first session of the OCIA (Order of Christian Initiation in Adults) will begin on Monday, October 3rd at 6:30pm in the Parish Hall. You are invited to attend, even if you are considering becoming Catholic, but haven’t completely decided yet.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Congratulations and Best Wishes to these seniors celebrating birthdays in October:

 Bette Bagnardi, Janet Cleary, Julia Kennedy ,Mary Lent, Bernadine O’Connor, Laurie Myer and Ann Ward

ST.  FAUSTINA FEAST DAY

You are invited to gather in prayer & Adoration for a holy hour on Wednesday, October 5, from 7-8pm at St. Catherine Church. This holy hour overlaps with his regular weekly Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays from 7-9pm; when the holy hour concludes at 8pm, Adoration will continue until 9pm. October 5 is the Feast Day of St./ Faustina. She is known as the Apostle and “Secretary” of God’s Divine Mercy. St. Faustina recorded the extraordinary visitations and revelations she received from Jesus in several notebooks, which were compiled into Her Diary titled “Divine Mercy in My Soul”. For more information about Divine Mercy and praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet, visit divinemercy.org.

NEW ENDOW STUDY

A new Endow study has begun and meets on Wednesdays, at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall. Endow stands for Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women. We are a group committed to learning and growing in our faith, our relationship with Christ and with one another through reading and discussing important Church documents and the writings of Saints. For the next 3 months we will be learning about St. Teresa of Avila and her study of prayer. Whether you are a new or seasoned member of the parish, you are invited to join us for these thought-provoking fellowship gatherings. To reserve a study guide for yourself, or for more information, please email Trish Burgess at [email protected].

NEW PARISHONERS

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. You may also register directly through our website

BOX OF JOY BEGINS OCT 15

Once again, the Immaculate Conception Youth & Family Ministry programs are partnering with Cross Catholic Outreach for this year’s Box of Joy Campaign. The campaign helps provide personal care and fun items to children less fortunate than us in other countries across the world. Last year Immaculate Conception Church packed over 200 boxes. We are hoping to do the same or more this year. Beginning the weekend of October 15th boxes along with lists of items to pack in the boxes will be available at the entrances of the parish hall after Masses. We will hold ONLY ONE DROP OFF weekend on October 29 & 30. This is different than in years past as there has been a change in the way Cross Catholic Outreach is collecting the requested donation of $9 to help offset the cost of shipping. Those changes make it necessary for us to only hold one drop-off weekend in order to comply with their new process. If you have any questions, you can contact Rich at the parish office or email [email protected]

RENOVATION AND NEW BUILDING UPDATES

The refurbishment of the interior of the church is well underway! The Pews, High Altar and Reredos have been removed, and the asbestos abatement has been completed. The scaffolding installation should begin in the next several weeks, although availability has been a significant challenge. Once the scaffolding has been installed, the plaster repair and painting will begin, progressing from the front entrance (Narthex) of the church toward the altar. The plaster work and the uncovering of the windows in the sanctuary will also begin at the same time. The overall project schedule has met several challenges, including the asbestos abatement being extended by several weeks as well as scaffold availability. The major purchased components, including the pews, lighting system, organ rebuild and flooring are still on target for November-December, with the installation & project completion projected to be late February-early March 2023. Fr. Chumo appreciates & continues to ask for your prayers for the project, as we restore our church to its origins. There are still opportunities for donations for the project, either for specific items/areas or for general upgrades. Thank you for your ongoing patience & support for this historic project.

Please join us in prayer: The Church is where the Lord comes to us in His Word and Sacraments. He comes to unite Himself with us in Holy Communion. We become One with Him and with one another-the Body of Christ. In the celebrations of our Liturgies we as pilgrims are connected to our final end in a special way. This is a spiritual opportunity to reflect on God’s love for us as members of this parish and to ask for the grace to deepen our understanding of Christ’s Mission in our community. We want to use this moment to grow in Faith, Love, and Charity. Pray also that we may not lack the necessary financial resources to complete the work we have started. We entrust this process to the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our Patroness.

The Church is CLOSED to everyone during construction. There will be no Adoration and no prayer during this time. Only construction personnel will have access to the church during the Renovation Process.

-Masses are now held in The  Parish Hall until further notice.  The church will not be available for personal prayers during the renovation.

-Entrances to the Parish Hall for Masses will be through the Atrium, and the Seneca Street Entrance.

-Confessions will take place in the Parish Center Back Room. The office will be used as the waiting room. Confessions are reduced to 2:00 – 3:30pm.  Anyone who cannot access the office should contact Fr. Chumo.

-Volunteers are needed to help set-up the Parish Hall every Friday afternoon at 3:00pm in preparation for weekend Masses. Mass-goers are asked to please return the Hymnals to the carts after their use during Mass. Eucharist/Ciborium will be in the hall for prayer prior to the start of Mass.
Rosary before Daily Mass. There is a group who meets every day before Daily Mass to pray the Rosary, for Ukraine, success of our renovations, and other dedications. Anyone is welcome to join in. 

-The Sanctuary Lamp will be kept in the Nursery, where the Blessed Sacrament will be housed during this renovation process. It will continue to be kept lit to honor all Intentions. While it may not be visible to our eyes, it will continue to be kept burning. Prayer & visits with the Blessed Sacraments must be scheduled through Fr. Chumo.

-Visit to the Blessed Sacrament. We are in the process of preparing a small chapel in the Parish Hall to provide the opportunity for those who would like to visit the Blessed Sacrament during the Renovation. The time to visit the Blessed Sacrament will be daily after 3.30 PM and any time during the weekends. Many thanks to those who take time to pray before the Blessed Sacrament for the intentions of the parish and for our diocese.


Emerging questions about space for ministry

 We anticipate that all ministries would be able to serve and schedule their programs and services in the fall. The question of space availability is a big challenge with the ongoing renovations. We are encouraging all ministries to send their meeting and program schedules to the parish office as soon as possible so we can plan on how we could share the limited space we have. Thank you so much for your cooperation in this matter. God bless.

The transition will be hectic and may be a bit confusing at times. We ask for your patience, understanding, and especially your prayers during this process.


HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?

Many parishioners have asked us how they can participate in the church renovation project. Here are some of the opportunities for you to participate in the project;

• Air conditioning • Sanctuary furniture • Door replacements • New Altar • Pew replacement • Improving accessibility • Sanctuary woodwork • Organ rebuild • Lighting improvement • Window restoration

Call the parish office or talk with any of the buildings and grounds team headed by Tom Robinson, or Fr. Chumo. We look forward to your participation in this historic restoration of our church. This process also needs a lot of prayers. We count on your prayers for the success of our project. Blessings to all!


CONTACT THE TEAM:

If you have comments, concerns or you want to help in any way with our renovations soon to start, kindly talk with any of the buildings and grounds team: Tom Robinson, Anne Adesso, Marie Terlizzi, Matthew Hall, Margaret Carney or Fr. Chumo at any time. We are at your service in Christ

Events

CATHOLIC CHARITIES FUNDRAISER OCT 7

You’re invited to Catholic charities Tompkins/Tioga’s 10th annual Neighbors helping Neighbors dinner! Come celebrate 25 years of service to the community with a special program and a full-course dinner of lasagna, wine, and dessert happening Friday, October 7th from 5-7pm at All Saints Church. The program will include remarks by Karen Dehais, our new Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities. Dinner is free, but please bring your checkbook so you can give generously to support Catholic Charities’ work of serving thousands of neighbors in need each year. All proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities’ work in Tompkins County. Seating is limited and an RSVP is required. Contact Seph at [email protected] or 607-272-5062 ext.29 by October 5th.

MEN’S CONFERENCE

Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 7:30am to 12:30pm join Catholic Men from around the Diocese for the Annual Exult Rochester
Men’s Conference. This year’s Theme is “Called and Sent” and the Keynote Speaker will be Dave Nodar, the founder of ChristLife. Online simulcast is available. It will be
held at the Parish of the Holy Family at St. Jude, 4100 Lyell Rd., Rochester. $15-Livestream; $25-In Person; $30-at Door. Please contact [email protected].