Greetings! Welcome to the St. Mary’s website! We are located in Canandaigua in the heart of the upstate New York Finger Lakes. We are a vibrant community offering many services and enjoying rich worship, lively activities, and active school within picturesque City of Canandaigua. We invite people to visit and warmly welcome those who desire to share in our community life. There are many ministry areas available depending on one’s gifts and talents. When you are at St. Mary’s, you are home!
For the past several years, St Bridget's and St Mary's parishes have been clustered and actively working toward becoming one parish. In the spring of 2012, we were officially renamed St Benedict Parish of Ontario County. We are currently in the midst of all the legal changes that must take place and hope that the process will be completed by the fall of 2012, when we will be one parish with two worship sites.
Firmly rooted in the Catholic doctrines and traditions St. Mary’s Church, through the power of the Holy Spirit, fulfills its mission by following the ways of Jesus Christ. We, the parishioners who are St. Mary’s Church, represent Jesus Christ to our community. Our mission is to follow the way of Christ in our thoughts, words, and deeds, and to make Christ more fully present in all who live within our community.
DON’T FORGET TO REREGISTER!
As we complete the last stages of our merger process, all parishioners need to reregister. Even if you have been life-long members of St Bridget’s or St Mary’s, you still need to fill out one of the green St Benedict registration cards. If you have not already done so, please pick up a copy at the doors of church or call the office to have one sent to you. Thank you!
ASCENSION THURSDAY MASS SCHEDULE
Thursday, May 9, is Ascension Thursday, a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass' at St Mary's will be at 6:45am, 9am, 10am, 12:10pm and 5:30 pm. Mass' at St Bridget's will be at 8am and 7pm.
OUR LEGACY, OUR FUTURE, OUR HOPE
By now, you have likely received a mailing about Our Legacy, Our Future, Our Hope: The Campaign for Priests and seminarians. This Campaign is a special diocese-wide initiative that seeks to raise $14 million to meet two important needs: providing excellent education and formation for the greatly increasing number of young men preparing to be priests; and, secondly, to provide our senior priests a secure retirement after many years of selfless service. You can help provide for the Future! Please support the Campaign through a generous pledge, which may be paid over a three year period. To give, you can respond to the mailing you receive; pick up an envelope and donation form at the exits of the Church; or donate securely online at www.dor.org.
SPRING, 2013 SACRAMENT PREPARATION
Overview meeting: parents and candidates choose to attend session at 7:00 PM
- in Dougherty Hall
(choose whichever dates works best in family schedule)
Monday, February 4 OR
Tuesday, February 5 OR
Wednesday, February 6
Formation sessions: for parents and candidates
from 7:00 – 8:00 PM – in Dougherty Hall
group 1: MONDAYS, March 4, 11,18, 25
group 2: TUESDAYS, March 5, 12, 19, 26
group 3: WEDNESDAYS, March 6, 13, [18 or 19], 27
Readiness Conversations: (to be scheduled)
Celebrations: Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 11 AM (at St. Mary’s)
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 6 PM (at St. Mary’s)
Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 5 PM (at St. Mary’s)
Sunday, April 21. 2013 at 9:30 AM (at St. Bridget’s)
Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 2 PM (at St. Mary’s)
Overview meeting: Sunday, March 24, 2013 in Dougherty Hall after 6 PM Mass
Deadline to register: Monday, April 8, 2013
Retreat: Saturday, April 20 from 9 AM – 11 AM at St. Patrick, Victor
Formation sessions: Sundays, April 21, April 28 and May 5
7 – 8:30 PM in Dougherty Hall
Celebration: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Rochester, 7:00 PM
As you have any questions about these preparations, please feel free to contact Deacon Claude at 394-1220, extension 15 or firstname.lastname@example.org
New Facility Usage Procedures:
To comply with diocesan procedures, St. Mary's has adopted new procedures for non-parish sponsored events held in parish facilities.
For detailed instructions, please click here:
ST MARY'S/ST BRIDGET'S 2012-2013 PARISH COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES
Jean Mercandetti (Chair)
Chris Keck (Youth Rep, St. Mary's)
Theresa Knopf (Youth Rep, St. Bridget's)
Deacon Claude Lester
Ann Marie Deutsch
Fr. Thomas Mull
The members of the Parish Council welcome your input.
To talk with one of them, please contact the parish office and ask for contact information.
Prayer for an End to Violence
Lord of all life, we ask for strength and courage to live non-violently in ourselves, in our homes and in our communities.
Help us to be aware that the language we use in our thoughts and words has great power to affirm the worth of others, as well as the power to destroy.
Direct our thoughts, words and actions to affirm life in ourselves and others. Keep us aware that what we say and do serves as a powerful example to all those around us.
Make us messengers and witnesses of your peace and love.
We ask this in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, whose example we strive to follow. Amen.