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Church will be open for private prayer.

 

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While the Most Reverend Douglas J. Lucia has dispensed Catholics in the Diocese of Syracuse from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, due to the Coronavirus crisis, your parish still needs your weekly financial support to maintain the operations during and after this moment of extensive caution.

We would like to encourage every parishioner to enroll in automatic weekly contribution by CLICKING HERE.

If you don't feel comfortable with the online process, you can call the office. We will take your information and will manually enter the data in the system for you.

You can also send a check to the parish office on a weekly or monthly basis.

Whatever option is more comfortable for you, we appreciate your understanding in not disrupting your regular weekly contribution to the parish.

Thank you very much,
Rev. Joseph Salerno

 

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Have you ever thought about READING the BIBLE?

Since there will not be any Masses on weekends until further notice, this is an opportunity to spend what would be Mass time to go deeper into God's Word.

To avoid frustration or to think you do not know where to start, there are certain things you can do to be more successful.

  1. Pick a time. Considering the current situation, the time you would attend Mass might be appropriate.
  2. Pick a Bible that you can understand. There are several versions: The New American Standard Catholic Version, The New International Version (NIV) and The New King James Version (NKJV) are all easy reads. It's important that your Bible is inexpensive enough to write questions, comments, or notate something that stands out to you in the margin.
  3. Before you open God's word, ask that through the power of the Holy Spirit, opens your mind, eyes and heart to His truth. Read slowly for as long as you can concentrate and do not necessarily set a time limit for yourself. This is Holy Spirit inspired. Quality and understanding is more important than how much time is spent.
 

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During the ban on public Mass, priests will be available for sacramental emergencies and appointments. Local churches can remain open for personal prayer at a priest's discretion, but cannot hold activities that would draw crowds. In all cases, the Church ordered “social distancing” of six feet or more. Confessions will be held in larger spaces, and attendees to funerals, weddings and baptisms should also adhere to the rule.

 
 

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  • Jesus is both the resurrection and the life for all those who believe that he is the Messiah.
  • Jesus' words about Lazarus' rising anticipate his own resurrection at Easter just two weeks away.
  • The healing love of God is revealed through the actions of his Son.
 

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The sisters of Lazarus sent word to Jesus, saying, "Master, the one you love is ill." When Jesus heard this he said, "This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it." Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.

So when he heard that he was ill, he remained for two days in the place where he was. Then after this he said to his disciples, +Let us go back to Judea." When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you."

Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise." Martha said, "I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day." Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life; who-ever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world." He became perturbed and deeply troubled, and said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Sir, come and see." And Jesus wept.

So the Jews said, "See how he loved him." But some of them said, "Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man have done something so that this man would not have died?" So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.

Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the dead man's sister, said to him, "Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days." Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?" So they took away the stone. And Jesus raised his eyes and said, "Father, I thank you for hearing me. I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me."

And when he had said this, He cried out in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, "Untie him and let him go." Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him. Jn 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45

 

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Since there will be no written bulletins until further notice, please sign your friends and relatives up for our online bulletin here.

Thank You!

 

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Do you need or do you know someone who needs help with grocery shopping and/or picking up medications?

We have a committee who will pick up prepaid groceries and medications and deliver them to your home.

Please call the parish office at 315-724-0402 leave your name and phone number and you will receive a call back from someone on the committee.

Please pass the word. We want to make sure everyone has what they need during this time of fear of the spread of the Coronavirus.

If the office is closed, leave a message and your call will be returned.

 

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All classes and events are cancelled. The FIRST EUCHARIST and CONFIRMATION are cancelled.

Re-scheduling of these events will be considered when appropriate. Please pray for all our students.

PARENTS, FRIENDS, and FAMILIES, Lessons, activities, and suggestions for continuing to involve yourselves and your children in spiritual development, you may go to: www.pflaumweeklies.com/lesson-downloads. The password for free access to Gospel Weeklies is 2020814.
 

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O Mary, full of grace, Patroness of
this nation and Mother of the
Church, in this time of illness and
worldwide need we seek your
intercession for the human family
before your Son's throne of grace
and mercy. We askfor strength in
adversity, health in weakness, and comfort in sorrow. Help us.
O Blessed Mother, to be filled with confidence and trust in the
tender compassion of our God.
Let us not be afraid, like our own
Saint Marianne Cope, who
entrusted her life and ministry
among the outcasts of society
into the care of our Divine
Physician. Continue to watch over
all who care for them and give
wisdom to all who are seeking a
cure. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

 
 

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How do we judge true religion?

Perhaps there isn't a simpler or clearer formula than the one St. Paul gives in the 5th chapter of his Epistle to the Galatians. He tells us that there are two spirits we can live by, the spirit of world and God's Holy Spirit.

The spirit of the world is marked by envy, anger, bitterness, gossip, factionalism, slander, idolatry, sexual misconduct, and arrogance; whereas the God's spirit, the Holy Spirit, is characterized by charity, joy, peace, patience, goodness, long-suffering, constancy, mildness, fidelity, chastity.

Simply put, when our daily lives are characterized by envy, anger, bitterness, factional-ism, slander, sexual misconduct, and arrogance, we should not delude ourselves into thinking that we are living in God's spirit, irrespective of the purity of our religious practice or commitment to a cause.

We are living in God's spirit only when our lives show charity, joy, peace, patience, goodness, long-suffering, constancy, mildness, fidelity, and chastity. Living these qualities is true religion, nothing more and nothing less. We know we are breathing air beyond our own only when these qualities show forth in our lives.

www.omiusa.org/index.php/2015/09/01/fr-ron-rolheiser-omi-qwhat-is-the-essence-of-true-religionq
(Father Ronald Rolheiser, Oblate of Mary Immaculate, is a spiritual writer.)
 

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Catholic Relief Services organizes a pro-gram each year during LENT called Operation Rice Bowl. The idea is that you keep a cardboard box or a bowl in your home and put in spare change to help those in need throughout the world. The bowl itself and the many prayer resources at the CRS website are great ways to help encourage solidarity with the poor during Lent.

Rice Bowls are in our Church.
Please bring all the change you accumulate at home to the Church.

Matthew 25:35-40 "‘Come, my Father has blessed you! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. I was hungry, and you gave me to eat."

 

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Please pray for:

Bill T., Joey T., Ann, Helen Uhl, Barb Paparella, Ed & Linda Kloster, Sue Kelly, Anne Merry, Ben Bell, Mary Galpin, Jim Keegan, Nick LaBella, Ralph Polito, Anne Bruzzese, Fred Bruzzese, Michel Bruzzese, Jim H., Kathleen Kelly, Joe & Sylvia S., Lorraine Krecidlo, Randy Glenski, Bill S.DS., Christine Vetere-Zammiello Ed Rogowski, Cheryl, A.F., Tony & Gloria Joaquin, Rita Caruso, Willian Decrisci, Norma Crosby, Maurice Carr, Kim N., Patricia Temple Circelli, Lila Burkhard, Marie Spinella, Heather R, Mia Gorzyniski, Beverly K., Theresa Panatori, Andrew, Mary Camerata, Bernice M. Melanie A., Marilyn Jordan, Timothy Williams, Cindy J., Mary Sergott Lee, Anthony C. Frencesca G., Barbara B. Gloria Temple., Marianne Looney.

PLEASE continue to pray for the health of the people on our prayer list and for all our parishioners, families, friends and for Our Country.

If you would like to add a name or remove a name from the list,, please call the Rosary Office at (315) 724-0402.

The BIBLE has many comforting verses that are applicable to our current situation. God knows what we are going through and has given us encouragement throughout the ages. Two such verses are from Philippians 4:6-7.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

One of the most popular passages from the Bible is this passage from Philippians. Paul probably composed Philippians while he was in prison, so, the fact that he was able to reject anxiety even during his own imprisonment makes the passage all the more encouraging. Biblical writers addressed not only the issues of their days but certainly the Holy Spirit inspiration applies to modern worries.

The lesson from this passage is timeless and can affect anyone anytime. The life of faith is filled with constant challenge to increase our faith while being individually responsible and cautious as we trust in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.