Notices 2015-12-20

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December 20, 2015

TODAY’S HOLY MASSES are offered for these intentions:
9:00 AM    For Thea Mishia +
(req. by Family)
11:15 AM   For John Ozminkowski +
(req. by Latin Mass Community)

9:00 AM    Pro populo

                   (For the People of the SKT-LMC)
11:15 AM   Pro populo

9:00 AM    In Thanksgiving
11:15 AM   For Jeanne Marie Liebegott-Bello +
(req. by husband)

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


December 8, 2015

12 NOON   Attendance: 69      Offerings:    $392.75
5:30 PM      Attendance: 97      Offerings:   $413.00
166                      $805.75


December 13, 2015

9:00 AM     Attendance: 202    Offerings:    $1,862.25
11:15 AM   Attendance: 169    Offerings:   $1,330.00
TOTAL                          371                       $ 3,192.25
WEEKLY TARGET AMOUNT……….     $ 4,500.00


December 13, 2015

9:00 AM                       $844.75

11:15 AM                      $624.66
TOTAL……………………. $1,469.41
THANK YOU for your customary generosity, which is shown even in your donations for flowers and decorations! We also need to be generous in our prayers for the continued growth and stability of our Community.

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 now 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.


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!

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.



            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 40%. Therefore, there is still 60% 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”.         


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.

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].

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


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.

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.

MARCH FOR LIFE We are looking into getting a bus for the annual March for Life on Jan 22nd, 2016. Before we do that we need to determine if there are enough people in our Community that would be willing to chip in for the bus. In the past, members of Saint Thomas have arranged for a bus to leave in the evening of January 21st, driven overnight, gone to Holy Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and then participated in the March before driving home and arriving late on the 22nd back in the St Thomas parking lot. Please contact Marielle Follaco at 733-4471 or at [email protected] if you are interested in reserving a spot on the bus. Bishop Matano has participated in the past, and it would be wonderful to be able to walk along side him in this endeavor. If enough people show interest, a full trip will be planned. Look to the bulletin for future announcements.

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.


Tabernacle Lamp (Church)

In memory of Holden Gilkinson (req. by grandparents)

FOOD CUPBOARD DONATION   – 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.


PRAYING FOR THE SICK AND INFIRM. Happily, someone has come forward and offered to develop a method for listing sick and infirm loved ones in our SKT-LMC bulletin on a weekly basis, so that we may pray for them. At this point, we remember, these persons in need of intercession: Angela De Luca, Lydia Garrity, Susan Lewis and Bill Schleuter. (In time, more names will be added.)


FOR YOUR SPIRITUAL PREPARATION FOR CHRISTMAS, there will be three (3) priests available in the church for the Sacrament of Penance on Monday evening, December 21, from 7 to 9 PM. Confessors will be: Father Bonsignore, Father Helfrich, and Father Mottola. Please take advantage of this opportunity for Confession.

COFFEE HOUR NOTICE Usually, we plan to host coffee hours after our Masses on the third-Sunday-of-the-Month (which today is). However, because of the crush of pre-Christmas “pressure”, we thought it better to move the coffee hours to next Sunday, December 27. Then we can call our gatherings “Christmas parties !”


Special note:

The Dec. 27th coffee hours will feature a cookie exchange. Maybe you made or received more cookies than you expected. Maybe your supplies are running low and you want to taste other folks’ cookies. Whichever it is, come to the cookie exchange on December 27th and try the samples. Bring what you can so others can sample; take what you need. Share your recipes or keep them secret! In every way it should be a tasty day!


CHRISTMAS (THE NATIVITY OF OUR SAVIOR) is a splendid day of rejoicing, and is also a HOLYDAY OF OBLIGATION. MASS TIMES for the SKT-LMC will be the same as Sundays: 9 AM (English) and 11:15 AM (Latin).