Notices 2015-12-06

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December 6, 2015

TODAY’S HOLY MASSES are offered for these intentions:
9:00 AM     For Rachel & Joseph Perrotta +
(req. by children)
11:15 AM   For Dr. Edward Diamond +
(req. by Rev. Dennis Bonsignore)

12:00 PM    For Debra Follaco + (req. by Family)
5:30 PM      For John Laniakbirthday
                  (req. by Laniak Family)

9:00 AM    For the Deceased Members of the Maira Family +
11:15 AM   For Paul M. & Frances Guzzetta +
(req. by Daughter, Jean Lloyd)

TO REQUEST AND SCHEDULE INTENTIONS for both of our Masses, please call 585-484-1810 or email to [email protected]. Leave a message which includes; name of person(s) for whom Mass will be offered; is person living or deceased; preferred date and time of Mass (9 or 11:15 AM?); and phone number to reach you. The stipend check should be made payable to SAINT KATERI PARISH for the exact amount of the Mass stipend. The stipend is $10 per Mass. **Note: Envelopes are now available for Mass Intentions. Please look for them at all church entrances. Please drop your envelope in the collection basket or mail to SKT-LMC @St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4536 St. Paul Blvd. Rochester, NY 14617.

**Also: Mass Intentions for 2016 are open. Please e-mail or call to reserve a date.


(November 26, 2015)

10:00 AM   Attendance: 69               No Collection


(November 29, 2015)

9:00 AM     Attendance: 199    Offerings:    $2,624.00

11:15 AM   Attendance: 180    Offerings:   $2,757.75
TOTAL                                   379                      $ 5,381.75



TOTAL:     $440

THANK YOU for your week-to-week generosity, which is a sign of your gratitude to God for His blessings.

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE Checks should be made payable to “St. Kateri Tekakwitha-Latin Mass Community” OR for short, “SKT-LMC. If you have pre-printed envelopes, please use them. If not, contributions can be placed in the blue envelopes OR loose in the collection baskets. Contributions deposited in envelopes from neighboring parishes will be returned to those home parishes and will not be credited to SKT-LMC. SKT-LMC envelopes deposited in neighboring parish collections will be returned and credited to us. Please be aware that, even though the SKT-LMC operates financially under ST. KATERI PARISH, the SKT-LMC does not subsidize ST. KATERI PARISH, and ST.KATERI PARISH does not subsidize the SKT-LMC. We must rely on our own monetary income to support our activities and facilities.

ENVELOPE MAILINGS FOR REGISTERED MEMBERS: Enrollment registration to receive your Jan/Feb envelopes has now closed. If you do not receive your envelopes by December 26th, please contact Kathy Beauchamp at 484-1810 or email to In order for you to receive start receiving envelopes for March/April, you must be enrolled by January 10, 2016.

ON-LINE GIVING. SKT-LMC is happy to announce that we now are able to accept your weekly or monthly donations online. You can give either through our website or through a smartphone or tablet app. Instructions for giving are located on our website or in pamphlets available at all church entrances.

A SECOND COLLECTION will be taken up next Sunday for Christmas flowers and decorations. Checks should be made payable to SKT-LMC. Special envelopes will be provided. If you would like to offer a special intention, please indicate the name or intention on the envelope. Intentions will be listed in the Christmas Day bulletin.

IF YOU HAVE FOUND A SPIRITUAL HOME in our Latin Mass Community here at St. Thomas’, please consider registering with us. Use the census forms found at the entrance door tables. Place form in the collection basket. Welcome!  

DAILY ROSARY – Did you know the Rosary is prayed in the church Monday through Friday at 8:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. and on Saturday at 8:45 a.m.? Come join us anytime.

WE DO NEED VOLUNTEERS to help maintain our facilities, especially in the area of church and parish center cleaning. We need YOU! Please email [email protected] or call 467-8747. Enough volunteers will enable us to have rotating teams.

HAVE YOU SEEN OUR WEBSITE? Check it out at Special thanks to Ben Anderson, Jason Herforth, and Jonathan Lane. Email address:
[email protected]. If you have any suggestions to add, contact [email protected].

CASE TRAINING The Diocese of Rochester requires volunteers who work with children, youth or vulnerable adults to participate in Creating a Safe Environment (CASE) training. If you plan to volunteer for a ministry that involves working with children, youth or vulnerable adults, you will need to take the class on-line from your home computer or attend a training session. Please call or email Kathy Beauchamp at 484-1810 or email [email protected] for further instructions.

WHEN YOU COME TO CHURCH, please turn OFF all cell phones, hand-held electronic devices, pagers, watch alarms, etc. ALSO, remember to dress appropriately (neatly and modestly). Unfortunately, in many churches today, people tend to “dress down” for Mass. How can this be??? RESPECT and REVERENCE toward God and neighbor (i.e. charity) should determine how we present ourselves in the House of God. Thank you, in advance, for your courtesy and cooperation.

THE EUCHARISTIC ADORATION CHAPEL, adjacent to the Parish Center must continue to be a very important powerhouse of prayer for us and for people in our area. Hours of adoration are on Mondays through Fridays from 9 AM to 10 PM (11 PM on Tuesday and Friday). WE NEED MORE ADORERS TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY HOUR IS COVERED. Please consider signing up for an hour or being on the substitute list. See the posters at the church entrances. Contact Marie O’Leary at 467-1982.

“When you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now. —Blessed Mother Teresa


DEADLINE FOR SACRAMENTS – There seems to be confusion over the requirements of children looking to receive Sacraments this school year. EVERY parent (including those who do not attend our CCD classes) who intends for their children to receive a Sacrament through our community within the NEXT TWO YEARS to email Andy at [email protected] to be sure that there are no surprises and all requirements put out by the diocese have been(or will be) satisfied. Please include your child’s name, current grade level, school attending, and Sacraments received at this point.

CLASS PROJECT: Our 8th 9th and 10th graders are currently working on an Advent Project where they are collecting and donating fleece blankets to the temporary homeless shelter at St Francis Xavier Cabrini at Our Lady of the Americas on E. Main & Prince Sts. Fleece blanket kits can be purchased at Walmart or in craft stores. We are asking that they be colors, patterns, and sizes that are suitable for men. If interested, please drop them off on Sunday December 20th in one of the three vestibules in the designated box. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Andy at
at [email protected]

VOTIVE SANCTUARY CANDLES burn in the Lady Chapel (in the Church), and the Adoration Chapel (in the Parish Center). Would you like to have a dedicated candle burn in memory of a loved one OR for a special intention? To schedule a dedicated candle intention call (585) 388-7734. Donations for 7 day Church Tabernacle and Adoration Chapel lamps are $10.00 Donations for the 3 day hanging lamps in the Lady Chapel are $5.00. Envelopes for candle donations are available at all church entrances. Checks should be made payable to SKT-LMC.


          It is with great excitement and pride that I can announce that our St. Kateri Latin Mass Community here at St. Thomas Church has met and exceeded our 2015/2016 goal of $5,400! I am truly grateful to you for your generosity! However, while we have achieved our financial goal for the CMA campaign, our level of participation is only at about 15%. Therefore, there is still 85% of our registered individuals and families that have not yet contributed to this year’s campaign. As I stated in my initial letter to the Community, there is no set gift or pledge amount that you need to follow, as everyone has a different level of charity and sacrifice. That being said, it is important that we demonstrate that the SKT-LMC is truly grateful to Bishop Matano for his initial and ongoing support of us, and participating more widely in the CMA is one of the best ways we have to show him our appreciation.
And so, I ask that if you have not yet made a gift or pledge, please do so soon. There is no dollar amount too small—even a gift of $5, $10, or even $20 would be greatly appreciated, as a show of your support.
At the end of Mass today, please consider taking a pre-printed white donation envelope (found on the ushers’ tables at the doors). Ushers will be on hand to assist you. If you would like to make a donation before you leave the church, pencils will be available. You can leave your completed donation envelopes with the ushers, and your gifts will be forwarded to the Diocese.

          Note: on the donation envelope, the parish name line should be filled in with “St. Kateri Latin Mass Community”, and the donor ID should be marked as “400”.      


Latin Mass at 12 NOON

English Mass at 5:30 PM
NEXT SUNDAY is the mid-Advent Sunday called “Gaudete” (i.e. REJOICE IN THE LORD). TO signal the JOY of drawing closer to Christmas, the proper vestment color of the day shifts from purple to ROSE. On Gaudete Sunday this year, we will have a Choir Mass at 9 AM, and a High Mass at 11:15. Both Masses will be preceded by the classical Advent hymn, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel and followed by O Come Divine Messiah. Truly a joyful pre-Christmas celebration of CHRIST-centered HOPE!

COFFEE HOUR NEWS: Volunteers have stepped forward to host coffee hours for our Community on the FIRST and THIRD SUNDAYS of the month, after BOTH Masses! This is a very positive-development, giving us a chance to experience Christian hospitality and fellowship, thus building up our Community in Christ-centered charity. Thanks to all involved!

IN YOUR PRAYERS for the departed, please remember Eleanor Roney +, the mother of Community-member, Peter Luskey. Requiescat in pace.

From December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016, the Universal Church will observe a special “Year of Mercy,” focusing on the attribute of God—HIS DIVINE MERCY—which is exalted in both the Old and New Testaments. In announcing this Year, Our Holy Father Pope Francis wrote: “The Church makes herself a servant of this love of Christ and mediates it to all people; a love that forgives and expresses itself in the gift of oneself. Consequently, wherever the Church is present, the mercy of the Father must be evident.” Special events and devotional exercises will be held during this Year, including passing (walking) through the Holy Door of Mercy at diocesan cathedrals throughout the world, thus allowing the faithful to gain a Plenary Indulgence. At our Sacred Heart Cathedral, on Sunday December 13, 2015, at 2 PM, the solemn ceremony opening the Holy Door of Mercy will be presided over by Bishop Matano, followed by the celebration of Mass. All are invited to attend.

BISHOP SALVATORE MATANO WILL SPEAK AT THE MAGNIFICAT BREAKFAST FOR MEN AND WOMEN. Men and women are invited to a full-course breakfast on Saturday, December 12, 2015 Seating is at 8:30 a.m. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at noon at the Radisson Hotel, 175 Jefferson Rd, Henrietta NY. Come and be inspired by our Bishop, sharing his journey of faith! Confessions will be heard at 8 a.m. and again at the end of the program. Early reservations are $18.00; after December 7, $20.00; Students $10.00; Clergy and Religious complimentary. Registration required for all; no tickets sold at the door. To register, mail check to: Magnificat Rochester, PO Box 24787, Rochester NY, 14624; include your name, address, phone number and email address. For more information: call Kathy Murty at 436-1284. Register through Paypal by visiting our website:

Help us make the church look beautiful for Christmas! – Volunteers needed to help clean the church for Christmas on Saturday, December 19. We’ll start at 9:30 a.m. Extra cleaning supplies (e.g. pails, dust rags, etc.) would be greatly appreciated.

Food Cupboard Donations – Just a reminder that every Sunday throughout the year, we collect donations for the St. Andrew’s and Sister Regis food cupboards. Donations may be placed in the green baskets at each of the entrances.

Christmas Donations – The St. Andrew’s and Sr. Regis food cupboards are in need of items for Christmas and the winter season. Donations may be left in the Christmas donation boxes at each of the entrances, or in the breezeway of the parish center. Deadline is Tuesday, December 16. For questions, contact Anne at 330-0852 ([email protected]) or Sue at 734-1440 ([email protected]). Here is the wish list:

  1. Boys’ clothes, sizes 0-9 months, 2T-7
  2. Girls’ clothes, sizes 2T-3T
  3. Girls’ pants, sizes 10-12, 14-16
  4. Hats, scarves, mittens, socks, underwear, and toiletries
    5.         Toys
  5. Gift cards for food or clothing