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Mass Times:

Monday: 12:10 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am
Wednesday: 7:00 am
Thursday: 12:10 pm
Friday: 7:00 am
Saturday 4:30 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am
Sunday: 10:30 am

Sacrament of Reconciliation:

2:30 – 4:00 pm Saturdays

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Welcome to Immaculate Conception Parish in Ithaca, NY

We are a Roman Catholic Church located at 113 N. Geneva Street in Ithaca, NY. Whether you are a long-time parishioner or a first time visitor, we’re glad you are here. This is where we gather to meet as brothers and sisters to share our Catholic faith, worship and encounter our Lord, Jesus Christ through the Eucharist. We strive to make our parish a community of God’s love, and communion of hearts. Please join us! 

Sanctuary area with ambo, Altar and High Altar during Ordinary time

Mass

a young man kneels and prays in church

Prayer

First Friday Devotions
First Friday Devotions. 5:00pm Exposition, 6:30pm Evening Prayer, followed by Benediction.
Holy Hour June 13
Holy Hour for the intention of Fathers, father figures, deacons, and priests of our parish and diocese. Thursday, June 13, 2024 11:00am followed by Mass at 12:10pm.
Holy Hour June 20
Holy Hour for the Papal intention of Migrants fleeing their homes. Thursday, June 20, 2024 11:00am followed by Mass at 12:10pm.
Tables of food at a reception

Social Events

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Join us! Sundays in June from 4p-6p in Parish Hall for "The Chosen". Two episodes per week starting on June 2, 2024 (excluding Father's Day). Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 277.

Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972). Directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring Graham Faulkner as St.
Francis and Judi Bowker as Clare. Dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before
his conversion experience through his audience with the pope, including his friendship with St. Clare. Run time is 2 Hours. In English and Italian.

Woman greeter stands at the doorway of the church

Need to Know

First-time Visitor?

We welcome you into our community. Father Chumo, the parish council, and fellow parishioners take great pleasure that you have chosen Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ithaca to worship our Lord and Savior.  To see new faces and families is a joy and a blessing to our entire congregation. 

Sanctuary area with ambo, Altar and High Altar during Ordinary time

Enjoy the beautiful surroundings
while you worship.

Your presence in our congregation is a true blessing. As we welcome your ideas and presence, may our love and faith in Christ increase during our time together. Subscribe to our Facebook page, Parish app, and FORMED.org. Contact the parish office for all your spiritual needs. 

Long-time Parishioner?

For our faith-filled parishioners, thank you for being salt and light to our parish and greater community! We hope our website is another way to stay connected with all our parish has to offer. Talk to members of the parish pastoral council and other ministries to explore opportunities to share your talents. 

Mission and Goals Spotlight

Picture of Rev. Augustine Chumo

Rev. Augustine Chumo

Pastor of Immaculate Conception

1. Abundant Spiritual Opportunities

Find Mass Times, Daily Scripture Readings, the Responsorial Psalm for the weekend, along with current listings of Prayer and Adoration times, special services, guest speakers, Bible Studies, and links to resources on the web.
Spiritual

2. Diverse Youth & Family Ministry

We offer different opportunities to engage our youth in their faith, including a flipped Religious Ed Family based program for 1st-5th graders, a middle school and high school youth group, and a hybrid program for Sacrament preparation. In addition, there are service opportunities and youth retreats available.
Youth

3. Community Outreach

Our volunteers help bring the Eucharist to the homebound and those living at Cayuga Ridge, coordinate our Food Pantry, and participate in community events. Our Service Team helps feed the hungry and helps support those in need in our community.
Outreach

4. Financial Transparency | Stewardship

We have an intentional focus on the prudent use of our parish resources and transparent communication of our financial health. Learn more about our Finance Council and access, online Giving or volunteer opportunities.
Stewardship

CATHOLIC MINISTRIES APPEAL

The 2023/24 Catholic Ministries Appeal with the theme of “Go Forth With Christ” is about a third of the way through the campaign. As of March, one hundred forty eight (148) parish households have pledged and/or paid $53,186 toward this year’s campaign. This is 93.31% of the $57,000 goal due to the diocese for this year’s campaign.  Participation is important as a measure of the viability of the parish. We are making excellent progress toward meeting our goal. Thank you to all who have already given.

Make checks payable to CMA. Catholic Ministries Appeal PO Box 6841, Ithaca, NY 14850.

Featured Ministry Profile:

Seven Sisters Apostolate 

Committed to Praying For Priests

The Mission:

The Seven Sisters Apostolate is a call to strengthen the church by ensuring that a Holy Hour is prayed each day of the week for the sole intention of a specific priest or bishop—a “holy wasting” (cf. Matthew 25:10) or lavishing of prayer for his deeper conformity to Christ. Each participant commits to one hour of prayer, one day a week for the pastor of their church. At Immaculate, we use the hour to pray for Father Chumo and his intentions, as he shepherds our church and parishioners.

Although the ministry is called “Seven Sisters”, it is not restricted to women. Men may also participate. We ask each participant to commit to a specific day of the week, but the time is decided by the participant. Ideally, the prayer happens in the parish church in front of the Tabernacle, but the holy hour can be prayed in any quiet location if it’s not possible to get to the church. The Apostolate has suggestions for prayers, but there are no rules or specific prayers that must be said. The participant decides how and what s/he wants to pray. The only requirement is that the hour of prayer is dedicated to the parish priest. We currently have commitments for all seven days of the week, but if you’re interested in participating in the ministry as a substitute, or possibly in the future, please contact Jan Nye at janmnye@aol.com.

 A Prayer for Priests, (US CCB):

Gracious and loving God, we thank you for the gift of our priests. Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments. Help our priests to be strong in their vocation, set their souls on fire with love for your people. Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps of Christ. Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom. Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel. Allow them to experience joy in their ministry. Help them to become instruments of your divine grace. We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest. Amen.

Featured Ministry Profile:

 

Exodus90

The Exodus90 program for Catholic men is designed to help you break out of the spiritual doldrums and to grow closer to the Lord. The program starts 90 days before Easter, and combines prayer, asceticism and fraternity. All these elements taken together lead to freedom: the freedom to say NO to those things that enslave us and to say YES to GOD, your family and your community. Though we began the 90 day exercise in January, it is not too late to join us during Lent! We have one group based solely in Ithaca that meets in person and one that includes men from both Ithaca and around the region that meets via zoom. Both groups meet on Saturday mornings. The zoom group continues meeting year-around as a men’s prayer group when we are not doing the Exodus 90 exercise. To learn more, contact Rick Burgess (cbprincipal@gmail.com).

 

Meet our Staff

Testimonials

I am 71 years old and have been a part of Immaculate Conception Church from Baptism through all the other sacraments. My husband and I were married on May 8, 1971 in our Church. Our 2 daughters received all sacraments at IC Church while going to IC School. Our oldest daughter Susan was married in the Church. I have been a choir member since 1997 and a cantor for 20 years.
Loretta Goss
Parishioner
We attend Immaculate Conception because we have found parents with whom to share the struggles and triumphs of raising children in the Catholic faith.
Parishioner
Immaculate Conception Parish has been our home for over 10 years. We love the vibrant and prayerful community and the service oriented mindset.
Parishioner

STRIVING TO BE A COMMUNITY OF GOD'S LOVE & SERVICE

Other Reasons to Join our Parish

Eucharist Focused

In receiving the body of Christ we are strengthened to be the body of Christ in the world.

Distinctly Marian

The Blessed Mother, Mary. is our parish patroness and the true model of faith. We honor her through prayers of intercession.

Service to the Greatest in Need

Our mission includes striving to be a community of God's love and service in our community and the world.

Healing Confessions

Father Chumo hears confessions each Saturday from 2:00pm - 3:30 pm. This is a healing sacrament enjoyed by many, so come early!

Beautiful Architecture

21 beautiful stained glass windows of the Saints are visible around our church building.

Supportive of New Ideas for Ministry

You'll find a vibrant faith community where ideas are welcome and many hands help to bring them to fruition.

Our Parish in Pictures

Photos courtesy of Claudia Ariza-Nieto, the Brooks family, the Rasmussen family, Erik West, and Anne Woodard 

 

Join us for the CHOSEN!


The Knights of Columbus will be showing Season 4 of “The Chosen” for two more Sundays from 4:00pm-6:00pm in Parish Hall. Episodes 5 and 6 will be shown on June 23 and Episodes 7 and 8 on June 30.

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Join us! Sundays in June from 4p-6p in Parish Hall. 2 episodes per week starting on June 2, 2024 (excluding Father's Day).

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