Fr. Stan’s Article

Welcome to the start of summer and the end of our 2016-2017 fiscal year. We thank God for the blessings and challenges of this past year and look with hope and confidence to the coming year. July 1st usually marks the start date of new assignments for priests in our Archdiocese and so I’m grateful for the beginning of my 14th year here at St. Mary’s. I’m so fortunate to be part of this believing and worshiping community that seeks to live, learn and serve in the name of the Lord. Thank you for sharing your lives and your faith with me.

Bulletin editor and office assistant Judy Rhoads will be retiring this week after having served St. Mary’s for 21 years. Not only did Judy provide us with a top-rated bulletin and offered her creative talents to our parish staff for those many years, but she also coordinated the annual Archdiocesan collection for Poland for 13 years and prepared the hospitality bags for the last 5 Priests’ Convocations. I’m very grateful for her contribution to so many projects over the years. We wish her well in her retirement and hope to see her continued involvement in the life of the parish. Sto lat!

Youth Minister Chris Kozlowski and St. Mary’s Youth Group are off to Subiaco today and the 20th annual SAW event this week. About 30 youth and nine adults will become a joyful missionary band of disciples as they put their faith in action for the benefit of seniors, people in need, service organizations and St. Mary’s Parish. See last week’s bulletin for a great summary of what their week together will look like and keep them in your prayers.

Wednesday’s Rochester Fireworks will provide for us a great opportunity to welcome people to St. Mary’s and share with them something of our faith. Our youth group will be coordinating parking and raising funds for their service projects that evening in our lot. At Borden Park we will have a booth in order to distribute rosaries, medals, and Catholic literature and to answer people’s questions about the Catholic Church. Following the fireworks we will be inviting people to stop into our building to light a candle before the Blessed Sacrament, say a prayer, or ask for prayers for themselves and their needs. There will be an opportunity to speak with me or celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Over 300 people responded to our invitations last year.

St. Mary’s is participating in our Vicariate’s Refugee Resettlement project and is seeking volunteers to assist the new person or family in various ways when they arrive. For more information or to volunteer you can contact Sr. Grace at the Christian Service office or pick up a flyer in the narthex.

You are invited to pray the rosary each evening at 7:00 PM (7:45 PM on Monday) until July 3rd at the Right to Life Cross display in front of our church. Not only are we praying for an end to abortion, but also for people to have in their minds and hearts an awareness of the sanctity of life at all of its stages.  We are also praying for healing for those affected by abortion. Crossroads Care Center provides support and counseling for those experiencing problem pregnancies. Information is available in the narthex and from the Christian Service office.

Peace and joy,

Fr. Stan