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Seven Sisters Apostolate

We are in need of two (2) more sisters to pray for the pastor. The mission of the apostolate is to provide “committed prayerful support toward a parish pastor through the assurance of the offering of at least one Holy Hour every day of any given week for that pastor alone—a ‘holy wasting,’ as it were, for the conversion and holiness of that particular priest.” Currently, Tuesdays and Saturdays are open for prayer, and you can choose the hour. If you are interested in learning more, please visit or email April at aprilmichellemichael@gmail.

Collection Counters:

We are in need of volunteers to create another team of counters for our collections. Teams meet at 8:00am Monday mornings at the Parish Center and take care of the counting of our weekend collections. Training will be provided. Please contact the Parish Office. 607-273-6121.


We have some parishioners who are members or associates of this order and they
say it has helped them in their faith. If you feel this ministry is calling you, or just need more information contact Pat Brazo at 607-564-6102.


Opportunities around the area

Retrouvaille—a lifeline for married couples

Are you hurting in your marriage? If your marriage has become
troubled or stressed, unloving, or uncaring; if your relationship
has grown cold and distant; if you are thinking of
separation or divorce, or if you want to try again, then the
Retrouvaille Program can help you. For more information
call 1-800-470-2230 or visit

Respect Life Sunday, is October 7

The National Life Chain will take place on Main Street in nearby Cortland
from 2-3pm. Bring the family and pray for just one hour
for the end to abortion. Free parking near the Cortland Savings
Bank on W. Main St., Cortland. For more information
visit or call Carolann Darling (351-6668)

National Fatima Rosary Crusade:

Please join us in praying the rosary and other prayers for unborn babies, their
mothers and fathers, and for our nation on October 13, 2018
at 12 noon. The local Public Square Rosary Rally will take
place on Seneca St, Ithaca, in the public right-of-way,
across from Planned Parenthood. Contact Anne at 272-
2217 or view the website for information.

Annual Peace Prayer Service:

Please mark your calendars for Sunday, October 28. Immaculate Conception will
be hosting the annual Peace Week Prayer Service at 5pm.
An inter-parish choir will provide the beautiful music for
this service of prayer and reflection the theme of peacemaking.
In this world full of violence and war, come be a voice
for peace.

Music Ministry 

New members for both the 8:30 Contemporary Ensemble and the 10:30 Choir are
always needed and welcome! It is also a way for families to participate together.
Please contact Gary Vrabel at 273-6121 x102.

40 Days for Life

“Can you love enough to do more? Love WILL end abortion.” Jim Havens
From September 26th – November 4th, Ithaca 40 Days for Life, a peaceful and prayerful campaign…takes place right here in our community. Join us in peaceful vigil across from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St., Ithaca, along the public right-of way, 7AM-7PM. Please consider praying with us for just one or 2hr weekly, with a friend, your church, or your family. For more information, contact Mary Anne Tissot, 315-246-7479 or email

Pietra Fitness

Carges Hall, Wednesdays at 3pm

Contact Pat Ober at 273-5277 or

Pietra Fitness

Spiritual Book Club

Are you a young adult or an avid reader of spiritual books? There is an already
growing ministry in our parish. The group meets every Sunday afternoon to read,
discuss a book/books and draw spiritual lessons to nourish their faith. If you are
interested and want to grow in your faith kindly contact Dante Iozzo
< for more information.

Meet our Parish Pastoral Council

PPC 2018

Parish Pastoral Council


Our local Church is celebrating 150 years of faith in Christ and mission.

Through the Church we receive rebirth to become the children of God and all the spiritual nourishment needed for our faith journey. Everyone is encouraged to pick up one book produced to mark 150 great years of faith for your family library. This book contains beautiful pictures of the parishes in the Diocese which we are a part of, and a brief history. These churches are sacred buildings. They were built by our ancestors who sacrificed so much. Let’s thank God for the many years of faith in our Diocese and entrust its future in the hands of God. Let’s endeavor to pass on a stronger and solid faith to the next generation. Make a donation for this book to Immaculate Conception Church by Easter Sunday using the blue envelopes inside each book.

Immaculate Conception Icon

The Immaculate Conception Icon, which was so generously given by the Knights of Columbus, and proudly displayed in church for the past weeks, has been placed in it’s permanent spot. It is now hanging in the main office at the Parish Center—what a beautiful way to welcome any visitors to the office and to Immaculate Conception. Thank you to the Knights of Columbus for helping secure this Icon for us.

This image of The Blessed Virgin of the Immaculate Conception was obtained by the Supreme Council and has been circulated for viewing amongst the Councils of the Finger Lakes District in the Rochester Diocese. This particular Icon has completed it’s circulation and was looking for a permanent home. After hearing this, Fr. Chumo applied on behalf of our church. The Supreme Executive Committee decided that Immaculate Conception is the rightful place for the Icon and Fr. Chumo accepted it formally at a Holy Hour presentation by a Senior Representative from the State Council.


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