March 15, 2015 - Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

We are a Catholic Community, called to be faithful,
caring and enthusiastic disciples. We build up the
kingdom of God by worshiping and praising God,
proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ in word
and witness, giving loving service to our neighbor
and strengthening the parish community.
Sacrament of the Eucharist
Saturday Vigil: 4:30 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am, 1:00 pm - Español
Weekday Mass: M-Th—8:00 am, F—Noon
Somos una comunidad católica llamada a ser
Construimos el Reino de Dios adorando y alabando a
Dios, proclamando la Buena Nueva de Jesucristo de
palabra y con testimonio,
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday: 3:45 - 4:15 pm, or by appointment
Arrangements for the Sacrament of Anointing of the
Sick/Communion, Baptism, and Matrimony may be
made by calling the Parish Office.
152 Main Street , Brockport, NY 14420
Phone: (585) 637-4500
E-mail: [email protected]
Pastoral Council e-mail:
[email protected]
Monday –Friday: 9 am—4 pm
Fr. Joseph McCaffrey, Pastor—[email protected]
Deacon Tom Schrage—[email protected]
Deacon Chris Fisher—[email protected]
James Pudetti, Financial Director—[email protected]
Pamela Rickerl, Parish Secretary—[email protected]
Connie Mesiti, Religious Ed Coordinator—[email protected]
Thomas Griffin, Facilities & Grounds/Cemetery Supervisor
Jorge Salgado, Coordinator of Hispanic Ministry—[email protected]
Lisa O’Brien, Youth Minister—[email protected]
Louise Pohl, Contemporary Choir Director
Bridget Bishop, Seasonal Choir Director
E. Canal Road, Brockport, NY
7 am until dusk, April 1 - August 31
8 am until dusk, September 1 - December 1
For information, call the Parish Office at 637-4500.
Sunday, March 15
10:15-11:45 am
Youth Ministry Stations of the Cross
Final Dress Rehearsal—Church
Wednesday, March 18
7:00 pm Praying Deeper: Ignatian Prayer – Parish
Friday, March 20
9:15 am Bible Study – Parish Center
12-2 pm Holy Hour: Mass, Adoration &
Benediction – Church
7:00 pm Youth Ministry Presents the Living Stations
of the Cross - Church
Saturday, March 21
3:45-4:15 pm Confession—Church
Extra black Lenten Reflection Books
and Rice Bowls are now located in the back
of the church.
Scriptural Readings for the Week
Sunday: 2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23/Eph 2:4-10/Jn 3:14-21
Monday: Is 65:17-21/Jn 4:43-54
Tuesday: Ez 47:1-9, 12/Jn 5:1-16
Wednesday: Is 49:8-15/Jn 5:17-30
Thursday: 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16/
Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22/Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a or
Lk 2:41-51a
Friday: Wis 2:1a, 12-22/Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
Saturday: Jer 11:18-20/Jn 7:40-53
Next Sunday: Jer 31:31-34/Heb 5:7-9/Jn 12:20-33
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Church of the Nativity, Brockport, New York
March 15, 2015
Office News
Religious Education classes this Sunday, March
15 in Church.
For information, please contact Connie Mesiti,
Religious Education Coordinator, at (585) 637-4500
or [email protected].
Starting this year we decided to include a Easter
flower donation envelope in lieu of bringing in a
flowering plant. These donations will go toward the
flowers needed to decorate the Church for the
season. We ask that you please try to make this
donation by Palm Sunday. A listing of “In
Memory Of/Honor Of” will then be printed in the
bulletin mid-Easter season.
Prayer List of the Sick
We pray for those in our faith community and those
that we hold in our hearts. May God grant them healing
and strength.
Gerard Becker, Nina Ciola, Joseph Daniels, Eleanor
Decker, Edythe Downey, Michael Ferris, Nate Foley,
Jay Giese, Theresa Gusek, Ginny Kier, John Lupisella,
Thomas Mangan, Mike Martino, Carol McNeil, Pat
Nisdeo, Mary Overmeyer, Tony Pacilio, Donna Rose
Seyler, Joshua Sentiff, Lorraine Sheflin, Frances
Names remain on for one month. Please call the
office to add, remove or resubmit a loved one’s name.
Please pray for the soul of
Ruth Campbell Gay,
sister-in-law to Arden Campbell & Marie Elphick,
The Parish Office is now accepting intentions for the
1:00 pm Spanish Mass on Sundays. Please stop by
the office or call Pamela during office hours with all
Mass Requests. Thank you!
Please submit items by Friday THE WEEK BEFORE
the weekend you wish it to appear. You may:
1) E-mail it to [email protected] OR
2) Drop it off during open office hours
The bulletin is due at noon on Tuesday, and time is
needed to fit everything in. Your cooperation is
most appreciated!
Fr. Joe will be visiting Unity Hospital every week. If
a parishioner is in Strong, Highland, or General,
please call the office and let us know so he can visit.
who passed away this past week.
Hungering for Peace
Youth Ministry Presents the Living Stations
This Friday
Please join us for the Living Stations
of the Cross presented by the
Newman, Nativity and SEAS
communities Friday, March 20 at
7 pm here at Nativity. We are sent
to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus, to
share the good News of God’s saving
love. Hear our prayer as we ponder
the redemptive vocation of Jesus
who continues to call men and
women to walk in His way, renewing
His Church and caring for His
We journey with CRS Rice Bowl to
Lebanon to be present to a people
who themselves are on a journey.
Here we meet a family of Syrian
refugees, a family perhaps not so
unlike our own. We are challenged
through our almsgiving this week to
reach out to those who are forced to
flee their homes, who are seeking shelter in a land of
Regional Penance Services
Sunday, March 15: 4:00 pm, St. John’s in
Saturday, March 21: 11:00 am, St. Leo’s in
Women’s Retreat at Notre Dame Retreat House in Canadaigua
All women of Nativity are invited to sign-up for our Annual Retreat, May 15-17. This
year’s theme is “Faith Under Fire” and will discuss how to stay firm in our faith in a secular
world. To make reservations, call Joan McGuinn (637-6616) or Donna Glogowski
(637-3795) your parish leaders.
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Church of the Nativity, Brockport, New York
Father Joe’s Week: Last Thursday I went to
Syracuse for Spiritual Direction and the Sacrament
of Penance. I didn’t stay for supper because I was
concerned about the weather and I had a headlight
out…Friday we had Holy Hour in the afternoon and
Stations of the Cross in the evening. As always, these
devotions are a chance to deepen our love for God.
Thanks to all who help with Holy Hour and
Stations…Saturday morning we had our First
Penance Retreat. The kids and parents seemed to
have a great time and learned about the sacrament,
too. I helped with the opening prayer and showed the
kids what our Reconciliation Room looks like…After
Mass I joined Sr. Beverly Baker and Sharon Kehoe at
Fazool’s for supper. I had lasagna, but Sharon’s
linguini with white clam looked very good. Thanks
for supper…Sunday I had three Masses, and after the
Spanish Mass we went to the Parish Center for
tamales! They were so good. That evening I went to
Holy Cross for the monthly priests’ dinner. It was
Irish Night, and Fr. Wheeland asked me to pray the
blessing on the meal. I gave thanks for the Irish
monks who taught the faith to all the Germans and
the rest of Europe, especially the German priests at
supper…Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I
interviewed all the First Penance Kids, taking a few
minutes to look at their workbook, ask them a few
questions, and see if they, or their parents, had any
questions. It’s a chance to see the kids one-by-one, to
help them get over nervousness before the
sacrament. Their parents have done a fine job
preparing them…Monday evening our RCIA met—
went over the Sacrament of Penance, as they are
preparing for their First Penance, too…Tuesday
morning I went to Unity, then stopped at Semple’s
Body Shop to arrange to get the deer damage on the
front of my car fixed. Brian Graves found a spare
bulb for my headlight—thanks! It’s good to be legal
again…Tuesday afternoon, after some First Penance
interviews I helped at the Penance Service at
Newman, then returned to Nativity for the Liturgy
Committee meeting. We had a good time, lots of
laughs, and still managed to put the final touches on
Holy Week plans. Such a good group…Wednesday I
finished the interviews, then had the first of our
sessions on Praying Deeper. We had a lively,
interested group of about 20. There is room for a few
more in the Parish Center, so join us next week for a
discussion of Ignatian Prayer…God bless and have a
good week!
March 15, 2015
“Praying Deeper”
Come join us this Wednesday
evening at 7:00 pm at Nativity BVM
Church for Praying Deeper, a chance
to learn how to open yourself to
God’s grace through meditation.
This week we will be learning about Ignatian prayer, a
way of praying by using your imagination. St. Ignatius
of Loyola, in The Spiritual Exercises, taught his
retreatants to use their imagination to bring the life of
Jesus alive in their hearts. There will be an instruction
and questions, followed by an opportunity to practice
this style of prayer. Come and learn how to Pray
Day of Penance—Tuesday, March 24
Church will be open from 12:30—7:30 pm.
Fr. Joe will be available for individual confessions.
Holy Thursday, April 2
9:00 am—Morning Prayer
7:30 pm—The Lord’s Supper
Good Friday, April 3
9:00 am—Morning Prayer
3:00 pm—The Passion of the Lord
Holy Saturday, April 4
9:00 am—Morning Prayer
1:00 pm—Blessing of Food Baskets
3:45-4:15 pm—Confessions
7:30 pm—The Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday, April 5
8:00 am—Easter Mass
10:00 am—Easter Mass
1:00 pm—Easter Mass in Español
“Be Not Afraid: The Fear Factor”—Junior High Retreat Day
New Parishioners!
We are glad you joined us..
Audrey Sorce & Matthew O’Connor
Mark, Eileen, Olivia & Margaret Thrall
Saturday, March 21
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Holy Trinity Parish, Webster
Join other 6th-8th grade teens in the
Rochester area for faith, food, fun and
Fee is $25. Contact Lisa O’Brien at 503-7632
or [email protected] with questions.
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Church of the Nativity, Brockport, New York
We might think of candles and light more during
the Advent season than during Lent, due to Advent
wreaths, candles in windows, and the light of a star.
But the real focus on light, as seen in this week's
Gospel, is during Lent, when we prepare for Easter
and Jesus' triumphant rising from the dead. It is in
this game-changing event that the light of Christ
destroys the power of darkness.
If you have never been to an Easter Vigil, why not
plan on attending this year? The theme of light is so
prevalent, with processional candles everywhere and
the new Paschal candle being lit for the first time.
The candle is then plunged into the baptismal font
before it is used for sacraments, breaking into the
darkness of our sin. Through these waters, men and
women will be washed clean and the darkness they
were born into will exist no more. Their blindness of
original sin will be healed and they will not only be
able to see, they will be new creations in Christ.
This Lent, before it is all over, spend time in
prayer and use a candle to focus. Reflect on your life
and determine what areas you need the light of
Christ to shine. Then when Easter comes, know that
the One who is the light is shining brighter than ever
so that that you may be in darkness no more.
Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
March 15, 2015
A partir de este año decidimos
incluir sobres de pascua para su
ofrenda, en lugar de que Ud.
decoración. Por favor trate de
hacer esta donación antes
Ramos. Una lista de los
donantes se pondrá en el
boletín de mediados de Pascua.
El P. Joe estará visitando todas las semanas el Unity
Hospital. Si algún feligrés se encuentra en el hospital
y desea que lo visiten, por favor llame a la oficina.
Hambrientos por la paz
Sigamos colaborando con los refugiados del Líbano,
esta semana ayudaremos por medio de nuestra
limosna a las familias de Siria, por medio de la
alcancía de cartón “Plato de Arroz” de la CRS.
Ministerio de jóvenes
Te invitamos a participar en el viacrucis en vivo
presentado por las comunidades del Centro
Newman, Nativity y SEAS el viernes 20 de marzo a
las 7pm, aquí en nuestra parroquia.
“Orando en profundidad”
Te invitamos este jueves a las 7pm en nuestra
parroquia a la charla “orando en profundidad”, que
te ayudará a aprender como abrirte a la gracia de
Dios por medio de la meditación ignaciana
Dia de confesiones—Martes, 24 de Marzo
La Iglesia estará abierta de 12:30—7:30 pm.
El P. Joe estará disponible para confesiones
- Necesitamos: Lectores, Ministros de la Comunión,
Monaguillos, Ujieres, Ayudante de catequista.
- Si te gusta cantar o tocas algún instrumento te
invitamos a unirte al coro. Ensayamos los
domingos a las 12:30pm.
- Te invitamos a formar parte de la comunidad que
se reúne los sábados a las 7pm, aquí en la
parroquia. Te damos la oportunidad de compartir
con los hermanos la Palabra de Dios y crecer en tu
vida cristiana.
- Los domingos tendremos café después de misa, le
invitamos a traer algo para compartir en familia.
Para traer algo por favor, comuníquese con Jorge
- Si tiene algún niño que no esté bautizado, pide la
ficha de inscripción para programar el día y la
hora de la charla y del bautismo.
- Ya empezó la preparación para la Primera
Comunión. Todavía estas a tiempo para inscribir a
tus hijos. Las clases son los domingos a las 12pm.
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Church of the Nativity, Brockport, New York
March 15, 2015
Sunday Financial Offering
Nativity Calendar
March 8, 2015
Budget amount needed per week……………....$6,300.00
Actual amount received…………………...…...….$5,232.05
Over (under) budget year to date………….....($8,648.16)
Saturday, March 14
Catholic Relief Services Collection
Hands of Christ Awards at Mass
Sunday, March 15
Catholic Relief Services Collection at Mass
Hands of Christ Awards at Mass
10:00 am Youth NCYC Info Meeting—Meet in
Church, Office
10:15 am Youth Ministry Stations of the Cross
Final Dress Rehearsal—Church
3:45-4:15 pm Confession—Church
Monday, March 16
7:00 pm RCIA – Rectory
7:00 pm Seasonal Choir – Church
Tuesday, March 17
9:30 am Prayer Shawl Ministry- Rectory
1:30 pm Beikirch Mass
7:00 pm Pastoral Council – Parish Center
Wednesday, March 18
Parish Bulletin Items Due for March 28/29 Weekend
7:00 pm Praying Deeper: Ignatian Prayer – Parish
7:00 pm Contemporary Choir – Church
Friday, March 20
9:15 am Bible Study – Parish Center
12-2 pm Holy Hour: Mass, Adoration &
Benediction – Church
7:00 pm Youth Ministry Presents the Living Stations
of the Cross - Church
Saturday, March 21
3:45-4:15 pm Confession—Church
7:00 pm
Hispanic Community Gathering – Parish
Center Library
Sunday, March 22
9:00 am Children’s Mass
10:00 am Religious Education Classes – Church,
Parish Center, Office
12-1 pm 1st Communion Prep for Hispanic
Community–Parish Center
Thank you for your continued faithful giving!
Mass Intentions
Saturday, March 14
4:30 pm
Lannie Bailey—The Pacilio’s
Sunday, March 15—Fourth Sunday of Lent
9:00 am
Domenico & Maria Carlone—Carmela
1:00 pm
For the people of the parish
Monday, March 16
8:00 am
Joseph B. Harkin—The Family
Tuesday, March 17– St. Patrick
8:00 am
William Hemmer—Helen Hemmer
1:30 pm
For the people of the parish
Wednesday, March 18—St. Cyril of Jerusalem
8:00 am
Marge Romano—Pamela Rickerl
Thursday, March 19—St. Joseph
8:00 am
Andrew DeCanio—Daughter, Nancy
Friday, March 20
12:00 pm
James Chuma—Tony & Kathy Pacilio
Saturday, March 21
4:30 pm
Allan Conrow—Tony & Kathy Pacilio
Sunday, March 22 –Fifth Sunday of Lent
9:00 am
Paul Hoy—Rosary Society
1:00 pm
Rev. John V. Rosse—Bequest
The Sanctuary Candle is burn ing
before the Blessed Sacrament
during the month of March
for Maria & Domenico Carlone
by Carmela Coccitto
Palm Sunday of Lent– March 21 & 22, 2015
Saturday 4:30 pm
Sunday 9:00 am
Piano and cantor
Organ and cantor
Andrea Campbell (H), Cheryl Conner, Bill & Joyce
Mullen, Corrine Seever
Steve Drexel (H), Sandy Fortunato, Pat Nisdeo,
Dan & Lisa Zimmer
Pat Corbin (POF), Sue Genthner
Patty Selig, John Lemke
Kelly Cuzzopoli, Ben Graves (A)
Joan McGuinn
Ellen Kimmel
Charilla Conner, Donna Dahl, Cecil Haggerty, Sue
Ronna Dalheim, Dave Dobbertin, Jackie Henry,
Mary Ziarniak
Altar Servers
Lauren Dailey, Abby Stepanek, Giavanna
Mitchell or Tyler Henshaw, Isabelle Stevens, Valerie