Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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October 13, 2019

Dear Parishioners,

        Happy birthday to Janet Andrychuk-Tedesco of our music department!  Today is also Crib of Life Sunday:  thank you for your gifts for infants in need.  This afternoon at 1:00 P.M. is our Autumn Anointing Service at St. Ambrose for all who are ill or their caregivers.  Groceries are collected at St. Ambrose today, and this evening is the Full “Hunter’s” Moon at 5:08 P.M.

        Today we also begin the parish component of the 2019-2020 Catholic Ministries Appeal.  The theme is “I AM the Vine, you are the branches” (John 15:5, 8).  Our goal is the same as last year ($110,395), and thanks to some early givers, we are already about 1/5 of the way there!  Today, we will see the video and hear a brief related message from parish trustee Gary Smith at St. Ambrose, parish trustee Bob Crego at St. James, and parishioners Guy Kevin and Carol Reed at St. John’s.  Though the diocese is addressing old abuse claims during this time of their bankruptcy, the needs of parishes and diocesan charitable institutions go on, and the CMA enables this to happen.  I support Bishop Matano’s leadership in using this available procedure to assure that all abuse victims receive just compensation and not just early claimants, and to assure the ongoing availability of services for so many others served by its parishes and agencies.  To that end, I have discerned it appropriate to increase my own pledge this year by one-third, and I invite others, who are able, to join me so that no one’s needs will go untended.  Please, use the pledge card you will receive this week in the mail (or cards available in each church vestibule for those who do not receive a card in the mail this week) to make your pledge some time in the next two weeks before you lose the card or forget to act on it.  No funds are needed if you need to pay your pledge later (any time through May 31st), but, please, do make your pledge now so our goal can be reached and we can move our pastoral attention on to the more spiritual matters on our daily plate.  Thanks so much!

Monday, the Jewish feast of Sukkot, is also a holiday in other ways as well:  Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day here in the States, and Thanksgiving Day in Canada.  Our school and parish office are closed, and we wish a blessed day for all!  The Rosary is at 7:00 P.M. at St. Ambrose, and a Novena for Life begins tonight at 7:00 P.M. at St. James with a special Mass.  The following 8 nights (all at St. James) will involve other prayers for the duration of the novena.

Tuesday, Social Ministry meets at the parish office at 7:00 P.M.

Wednesday, National Boss’s Day, our Staff meets at 1:00 P.M., choirs meet at St. Ambrose and St. John’s at 7:00 P.M., the Rosary is at 7:00 P.M. at St. John’s, and Coffee Hour is 7:00-9:00 P.M. at St. James (stop down after choir or novena).

Thursday, ChristLife meets at 6:00 P.M. in St. John’s hall, our Young Adults meet at 6:30 in St. John’s Church, and Vespers (Evening Prayer) is at 7:00 P.M. at St. Ambrose.

Friday, Women’s Retreat begins at Notre Dame in Canandaigua.

Saturday, thanks for prepping your envelopes for the weekend!

Next Sunday:  World Missions collection; Children’s Sabbath; also grocery collection at St. Ambrose.  See calendar inside for religious ed. activities next Sunday.  God’s blessings to one and all!

 —Father Schrader