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



 As we are in Flu Season, and with COVID variant still prevalent, we continue to urge maskwearing 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 so much for your cooperation in this matter.


Blessings and congratulations to these special Parishioners celebrating December Birthdays:

Antoinette Iacovelli, Therese Marshell , Rudy Paolangeli, Jean Raponi, Mary Zichetella, Barbara Benedict, Dorothy Buechel, Margaret Dean, Barbara Gainey, Kerman Glaser, and Barbara Goehner


Everyone is invited to join in on the next parish Novena, in preparation for our very own Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8th. Since a novena is a prayer said daily for nine days prior, this will begin on Nov. 30th. If you are not yet signed in to please do so soon. There is not cost involved. Followers receive information and email reminders regarding Novenas throughout the year, so you never have to guess when the next will be. For more information contact Pat Ober [email protected] or Shirley Engman  [email protected]


The Service Team is once again sponsoring the Giving Tree Program. We are supporting Birth Right and the DSS Home Finding Unit this year. The Tree is now up, and we invite you to take a tag or two to help those in need. All gifts need to be returned unwrapped by December 4th. Thank you for your generosity!


Father Chumo, the parish council, and fellow parishioners take great pleasure that you have chosen Immaculate Conception Church in Ithaca to worship our Lord and Savior. Your presence in our congregation is a true blessing. We look forward to praying, celebrating, and coming together in a community to worship and have fellowship in God ‘s grace. To see new faces and families is a joy and a blessing to our entire congregation. As we welcome your ideas and presence, may our love and faith in Christ increase during our time together. We invite you to join the parish congregation on December 10, 2022, in our parish hall at 9 AM for a pancake breakfast and a talk on Mary and the Eucharist by father Dan McMullen from the Cornell community. In the meantime, feel free to contact the parish at 607-273-6121 with concerns or questions. You will find, on the front page of the bulletin names and staff members with their extension. This event will commemorate the feast day of the Immaculate Conception.


Next weekend, our parish’s St. Paul Street Evangelization team will be present at the back of the hall after every Mass. They will be offering sacramentals, pamphlets on the faith, and prayers. Please feel free to stop by, chat, and learn more about their ministry. The team looks forward to meeting /chatting with you next weekend. God bless. Darren


This year, in place of $10 donations towards Christmas flowers, we invite Parishioners to donate towards the restoration of our Liturgical Elements, which will greatly assist in making these beautiful in the long term.  Any donation amount is acceptable. 

You may choose any of the following:

Tabernacle, Candles (including Easter candle), Other (Linens, Altar Cloths, Presider Chairs, etc.)

The estimated quotes from the Vendors are $4,450.00 for the Tabernacle, and $575.00 each for the Candle Stands. Donations will be collected throughout December.  Special Blue Envelopes have been prepared for your use, please just indicate towards which you want your donation to go to and in whose Memory (or Honor). Please hand the envelopes into the collection basket, or mail to the Parish Office.


There are still opportunities to support the ongoing renovations of our church in the following areas:

Pew donations small $ 1,000 long one $2,500

 Window restoration: any amount is welcome. It will be an ongoing project beyond this current project

 Flooring, organ rebuild, Tabernacle refinish, sanctuary furniture: presider’s chair, concelebrants’ chairs

Contact the parish office if you would like to support any of these items. Thank you.



We appreciate the Knights of Columbus for their generous support to our parish and the wider community. For many years the Knights have supported various aspects of the parish ministers including food pantry, peace and justice, hymnals for the parish, the cemetery among others. Any Catholic men are invited to join this wonderful organization and assist in the good that they are doing. Please contact the Grand Knight at [email protected]. Thank you so much and God bless. Pray for the Knights and their families.


FORMED parish subscription has been renewed once again for another year. Please take advantage of this free resource, available to you on your laptop, ROKU and other devices. At you have movies, travelogues, audio books, bible studies, Sacramental preparation and more. FORMED is an excellent way to learn about your Faith, to encourage the homebound to keep close to their Faith and to offer your children family appropriate stories and entertainment. Here are instructions to sign on to FORMED for new parishioners and those who have previously signed on:

How do new parishioners register for an account? 1. Go to 2. Select your parish (using zip code is easiest) 3. Register with your name and email address 4. Check that email account for a link to begin using FORMED

How do parishioners log into FORMED that previously had access? 1. Go to 2. In the upper right corner, select “Sign In” 3. A new “Sign In” screen appears, and user enters their email address and selects “Next” 4. A message appears for user to “Check your email” 5. Check that email account for a link to begin using FORMED

In addition, FORMED has a series of videos to guide you through logging in, signing up, and using the platform through various audio-visual devices. Check out or go to our parish website for the link under Spiritual Opportunities, #9, External Faith Resources.

Events Beyond Immaculate Conception Parish


“Praying the Heart of the Liturgy” Presented by Fr. Robert Kennedy

As we continue to emerge from the pandemic and engage in a period of Eucharistic Revival, it is timely and appropriate to reflect on the dimensions of prayerful liturgical participation, and how the liturgy shapes the spiritual life of the faithful. NOTRE DAME RETREAT HOUSE on December 6, 2022.  There is a $25.00 fee. Please visit our website at or call us at 585-394-5700 or email us at [email protected]

Important Update in the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case