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Annual Diocesan Evangelization and Stewardship Day

For several years the Diocese of Rochester has held an annual Stewardship day with a featured speaker.  This year it was a combined theme of Evangelization and Stewardship with a guest speaker.  The New Evangelization calls us to learn more about our faith.  Our understanding of how our call to be good Christian Disciples should […]

A Day in Two Places

Yesterday I spent time both at Immaculate Conception Church and Our Lady of the Lakes at St. Januarius’ Church. I went to Immaculate Conception where I will become the pastor on June 26th to met with the current pastor and take a tour of the facilities.  It began with lunch with Fr. Leo and Sr. […]

Between the Old and the New

Well, it has been almost a month now since I received the phone call from Bishop Clark appointing me as the pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Ithaca on June 26th.  The response expressed from my current assignment at Our Lady of the Lakes has been offering congratulations to me but sadness that I am […]

More on Religious Liberty

The news has been covering the continuing controversy over the issue of religious liberty as it pertains to the new rules issued by the Federal Department of Health & Human Services requiring insurance to cover contraceptives.  Our bishops have been attempting to dialogue with our government on this issue.  It should be made clear that […]

Now What?

Easter Sunday was four days ago.  For many, life has already gone back to exactly whatever it was before.  Life goes on without change. First, let me say that Easter is not over.  For Catholics, Easter is not a single day.  I began by saying “Easter Sunday was four days ago.”  I emphasis the Sunday […]

Jesus Christ is Risen Today

It is mid-afternoon on Easter Sunday.  Over the last three days, we have celebrated Holy Thursday where Jesus celebrated the First Eucharist and calls us to do the same.  On Good Friday, we celebrated the Crucifixion but we can only celebrate the Crucifixion in light of the Resurrection.  Each time we celebrate the Eucharist, we […]

Chrism Mass

I attended our Chrism Mass last night at the Cathedral.  For anyone who is unfamiliar with the Chrism Mass, it is a diocesan celebration that always occurs during Holy Week.  It is a Mass so there is the celebration of the Eucharist which is the “Source and Summit of the Catholic Church.” Two other principal […]

More Change

Well, if you have been reading my blog for a while, you may know that I was ordained a priest in June 2007.  My first assignment was St. Mary’s on the south side of Elmira.  I served there for three years but after two years the pastor’s term was up and a new pastor came.  […]