Parishes plan Lenten activities - Catholic Courier
Quinn Dale, 3, receives ashes from Deacon Peter Dohr as Quinn’s grandfather, Gary Brundage, looks on at St. Rose Church in Lima Feb. 13, 2013. Quinn Dale, 3, receives ashes from Deacon Peter Dohr as Quinn’s grandfather, Gary Brundage, looks on at St. Rose Church in Lima Feb. 13, 2013.

Parishes plan Lenten activities

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The following parishes have informed the Catholic Courier of their upcoming Lenten activities:

Finger Lakes
  • The Catholic parishes in Auburn will take turns hosting Stations of the Cross each Lenten Friday at noon and 7 p.m. The stations will be held March 7 at Holy Family; March 14 at St. Alphonsus.; March 21 at St. Hyacinth; March 28 at Sacred Heart; April 4 at St. Francis of Assisi; and April 11 at Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church. St. Mary, located at 15 Clark St., also will host three of Auburn’s citywide ecumenical Lenten luncheons on March 18 and 25 and April 1. Luncheons also will be held at Ss. Peter and John Episcopal Church on March 11 and April 8. Each luncheon will begin with soup and sandwiches at noon, followed by a presentation and a brief table discussion before concluding with prayer at 12:45.
  • St. Peter Parish in Shortsville, Phelps and Clifton Springs will offer Children’s Stations of the Cross for youth and families from 6:30-7 p.m. each Wednesday evening during Lent at St. Felix Church, 12 Hibbard Ave. in Clifton Springs.
  • Bishop Emeritus Matthew H. Clark will lead a Lenten retreat March 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. at St. Michael Church, 401 S. Main St. in Newark. The theme of the retreat will be "Living in Gospel Joy."
  • The Newman Club at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva will make a retreat at Sacred Heart Cathedral on March 8. The retreat will include time for prayer, reflection, Mass, a tour of the cathedral and a meeting with Bishop Salvatore R. Matano.
  • Our Lady of Peace Parish in Geneva will hold its annual Lenten blood drive for the American Red Cross March 14 from 1-5 p.m. at the parish center, 130 Exchange Street.
  • St. Francis and St. Clare Parish will offer Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent at 7 p.m. at St. Mary Church, located at 25 Center St. in Waterloo. On April 11 the regular evening stations will be replaced by the youth of the parish’s Living Stations, which also will take place at 7 p.m. at St. Mary.
Monroe County
  • "Journey With Christ" is the Lenten theme at the clustered Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Brighton and St. Anne Parish in Rochester. The parishes will host soup suppers each Wednesday evening during Lent from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at St. Anne Social Hall, located at 1600 Mt. Hope Ave. Speakers will give presentations about social-justice topics during the suppers. The speakers will be from Mary’s Place on March 12; Healthy Sisters’ Soup and Bean Works on March 19; Bivona Child Advocacy Center on March 26; and Cephas Prison Ministry on April 9. On April 2 the female drama troupe Women of the Well will give a dramatic presentation of "Christ on the Margins." Stations of the Cross will be offered each Friday during Lent at 12:10 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes, 150 Varinna Drive, and at 7:30 p.m. St. Anne. On April 4 the evening stations at St. Anne will be replaced by the youth group’s Living Stations. Mary Van Houten will lead a retreat, "Into the Desert," March 25 from 9-11 a.m. and again from 7-8:45 p.m. at St. Anne. A Seder supper will be held April 6 at St. Anne. Reservations for the supper are required and may be made by calling 585-473-9656. There will be a reconciliation service April 14 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes.
  • Church of the Resurrection, 63 Mason Road in Fairport, will host Soup for the Soul lunches from 12:15-1:30 p.m. on March 4, 11, 18 and 25. The lunches will include homemade soup and a discussion of Father Robert Barron’s Catholicism: The New Evangelization. Father George Heyman, director of community education at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, will present "’The Devil Made Me Do It!’ What Is Sin? Am I a Sinner?" March 10 at 7 p.m. Alice Miller Nation, pastoral associate at St. Matthew Parish in Livonia, will lead a Lenten retreat April 2 and 3 at 6:30 p.m. The retreat, titled "Living Joyfully: Learning from Pope Francis and The Joy of the Gospel," will include a soup supper on April 2.
  • Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 12:10 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday during Lent at St. Mary Church, 15 Saint Mary’s Place in Rochester.
  • Stations of the Cross will be offered at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays during Lent at St. Anthony Church, 312 Locke Road in Groton and Holy Cross Church, 375 George Road in Freeville/Dryden. Stations also will be offered at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays during Lent at All Saints, 347 Ridge Road in Lansing. The youth group at Holy Cross is planning a Tenebrae service for 7 p.m. at the church.
  • Church of the Assumption in Fairport will hold a parish retreat, "Living Really Good News," at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 10-12. Stations of the Cross will be offered at 7 p.m. on Lenten Fridays, with a Living Stations of the Cross presented by parish youths on March 28. Marvin Mich will speak on the topic "How Do I Know I Am Doing Right?" at 7 p.m. March 31, and on April 7 at 1 and 7 p.m., information sessions for a small group series "Good News People": Bringing Hope in Hard Times will be held.
  • St. Louis Parish in Pittsford will hold prayer gatherings on Lenten Fridays. The gatherings on March 7 and April 11 will begin with a 6 p.m. soup supper before, and the April 18 gathering will begin at 7:30, with the prayer portions of the other evenings beginning at 7 p.m. RSVPs are requested for those attending the soup suppers and participants are asked to bring a crockpot of soup. Each gathering will feature a different prayer style: March 7, musical prayer and reflection; with Mary Van Houten March 14, Taize prayer with Father Robert Ring; March 21, Stations of the Cross with St. Louis School’s fifth grade; March 28, musical Stations of the Cross with Musica Spei; April 4, Living Stations of the Cross with the parish’s faith-formation students; April 11, Evening Prayer with Father Ring; and April 18, Tenenbrae with the St. Louis parish family.
  • The parishes of Holy Ghost, St. Helen, St. Jude the Apostle and St. Theodore in Gates and St. Pius Tenth in Chili will sponsor their annual Lenten retreat from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Lenten Thursdays. On March 13, Joe Kelly will present "The Psalms: Our Cry for God" at Holy Ghost, 220 Coldwater Road. On March 20, Sister Jean Klimczak will present "A Journey from Violence to Forgiveness" at St. Helen, 310 Hinchey Road. On March 27, Bill Cook will present "St. Francis: Our Guide for the Future" at St. Jude, 4100 Lyell Road. On April 3, Terry O’Brien will present "The Challenges of Parenting Jr. & Sr. High Teens" at St. Pius, 3000 Chili Ave. On April 10, there will be an evening of prayer, music and reflection at St. Theodore, 168 Spencerport Road.
  • St. Joseph Parish in Penfield will hold a faith-sharing series, "Follow Me — The 5 Sunday Gospels of Lent," on Lenten Mondays from 8 to 9:15 a.m. and Wednesdays from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Eucharistic adoration and Benediction will be offered on Lenten Tuesdays from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday Evenings of Prayer will be held March 10 (Taize prayer), March 17 (Stations of the Cross), March 24 (Taize prayer), March 31 (Evening Prayer, eucharistic adoration and Benediction) and April 7 (Taize prayer) from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. A St. Joseph’s Table will be held March 26 from noon to 5 p.m. in the parish gymnasium.
  • Peace of Christ Parish in Rochester and Irondequoit will host a five-part Lenten retreat on the theme of "Building the Peace of Christ" on the topics of "Creating intentional relationships," "Examining our attitudes towards prejudice," "Privilege and poverty," "Embracing my neighbor," "Caring for creation," and "Nurturing our children, our future." The program will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays from March 13 to April 10 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 549 Humboldt St., Rochester; and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays from March 15 to April 12 at St. James Church, 130 Brett Road, in Rochester.
  • Irondequoit Senior Ministries will produce the Lenten series, "Love Revealed in the Cross" which will explore the five sorrowful mysteries of the rosary. The program will take place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Fridays from March 14 to April 11 at Christ the King Church, 445 Kings Highway S. Each week will include live music, guest speakers, meditation and recitation of a scriptural decade of the rosary.
  • St. Kateri Parish will host an intergenerational Lenten program "Where Faith and Real Life Come Together" at from 1 to 4 p.m. March 23 at St. Cecilia Church’s Newcomb Friendship Center, 2732 Culver Road., Rochester. All ages are welcome, and there will be time for prayer, reflection stories, crafts, snacks and service projects. No charge for admission but register by March 18. Registrations forms are at the parish or call, 585-544-8880.
  • The partner parishes of Blessed Sacrament, St. Boniface and St. Mary will host special Bible sharing and study sessions called "Living the Eucharist" from March 10-April 2 at 7 p.m. Mondays at St. Boniface Parish, 330 Gregory St., Rochester; at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Blessed Sacrament Parish’s office building, 534 Oxford St., Rochester, and for young adults in their 20s and 30s at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Boniface. The program "Wisdom from the Bible: The Art of Letting Go" will take place at 6:30 p.m March 6-27 at St. Mary’s parish house, 15 Saint Mary’s Place, Rochester. Bishop Emeritus Matthew H. Clark will present a Lenten retreat at 7 p.m. April 6 at St. Mary’s Church, April 7 at St. Boniface Church and April 8 at Blessed Sacrament Church and at 11:30 a.m. April 8 at Blessed Sacrament. There will be a conversation on racism at 7 p.m. Monday, March 31 at St. Mary’s Parish’s Dugan Center, which will be facilitated by Pat Mannix.
Southern Tier
  • Our Lady of the Valley Parish (St. Ann, Hornell/St. Mary, Rexville) is holding a weekly adult faith-formation discussion series on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The parish also is holding weekly Thursday-evening prayer sessions as well as a parish mission March 22-27 at 7 p.m. each night at St. Ann.
  • Immaculate Conception Parish, Ithaca, is hosting the presentation "Death, Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: How Do They Influence Our Lives on Earth?" by Father Jeff Tunnicliff, pastor. It will take place March 24 at 7 p.m. in the church hall.
  • The cluster of St. Paul of the Cross, Honeoye Falls; St. Agnes, Avon; and St. Rose, Lima will hold a retreat/mission April 7-9. It will be led by Friar Richard Riccioli, OFM Conv., who will speak on Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation; Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). The mission will take place April 7 at St. Paul, April 8 at St. Rose and April 9 at St. Agnes. Each day Friar Riccioli will give a presentation from 4:30-6 p.m. that will be repeated from 7-8:30 p.m., with soup supper from 6-7 p.m.
  • Our Lady of the Valley Parish (St. Ann, Hornell/St. Mary, Rexville) is holding a weekly adult faith-formation discussion series on various topics regarding the Catholic faith. The parish also is holding weekly Thursday-evening prayer sessions as well as a parish mission March 22-27 at 7 p.m. each night at St. Ann.

  • Immaculate Conception Parish, Ithaca, is hosting the presentation "Death, Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: How Do They Influence Our Lives on Earth?" by Father Jeff Tunnicliff, pastor. It will take place March 24 at 7 p.m. in the church hall.

  • A Forty Days for Life vigil is set for March 5-April 13 in Ithaca. All are invited to join in constant peaceful prayer to end abortion between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily across from the Planned Parenthood office, 314 W. State St. For details, visit or contact Mary Anne Tissot at 315-246-7479 or

  • Corning, also, will be the site for a Forty Days for Life March 5-April 13. It will take place across the street from Planned Parenthood, 135 Walnut St. Contact or Todd Hartman at 570-664-0944.

  • Bishop Emeritus Matthew H. Clark will present a Lenten mission at Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick parishes in Tioga County. He will appear Sunday, March 23, at 7 p,m. at St. Patrick Church in Owego with dinner beforehand; Monday, March 24, at 10 a.m. at St. James Church in Waverly preceded by breakfast with his talk repeated at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick Church; and Tuesday, March 25, at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church in Apalachin with breakfast beforehand and his talk repeated at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick Church.

  • Living Stations of the Cross, led by youths from Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick, will be presented March 28 at St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads at 7 p.m.; April 4, St. John the Evangelist Church, Newark Valley, 7 p.m.; and Good Friday, April 18, St. Margaret Mary Church, Apalachin, 7:30 p.m.

  • A study group on prayer is meeting at St. Margaret Mary, Apalachin, on Tuesday evenings during Lent.

  • St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Ithaca is hosting Lenten soup suppers on Friday evenings followed by Stations of the Cross. The parish also is inviting parishioners to sign up for fasting, prayer and almsgiving with the intention to end poverty in Tompkins County.

  • St. John Vianney Parish (St. Gabriel, Hammondsport/St. Mary, Bath) is hosting Wednesday-evening gatherings with a variety of Lenten presentations. In addition, St. Gabriel Church is part of a local ecumenical Lenten program, consisting of a brief service and simple luncheon, each Wednesday at noon with St. Gabriel serving as host April 2.

  • Hornell’s Father James Early Council 243 of the Knights of Columbus has planned a "40 Cans for Lent" initiative. Members are bringing in one can of food for each day of Lent, and are extending that challenge to Our Lady of the Valley parishioners.

  • St. Mary Our Mother Parish, Horseheads, has three small Christian communities that are meeting for prayer and reflection this Lent.

  • St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, Livingston County, is offering Tuesday soup suppers during Lent as well as a book discussion, “Pope Francis in His Own Words,” on Thursdays at St. Mary Church in Geneseo.

  • St. Matthew Church in Livonia will host an ecumenical soup and sandwich lunch April 2 as part of a weekly Lenten gathering with area churches. St. Matthew also is offering Tuesday-morning Scripture reflection as well as Facebook dialogue. In addition, the cluster of St Matthew and St. Mary, Honeoye, is forming "40-Day Challenge" spiritual reflection groups.

  • An adult-education series on evangelization is taking place March 12, 19 and 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the parish center of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Elmira. Also, on April 6 a simple Lenten meal will be served in the parish center after 4 p.m. Mass. The meal will include a sampling of dishes from five Operation Rice Bowl focus countries.

  • St. Mary Southside Parish, Elmira, is conducting a Lenten coin bank, with donations going to charity. St. Mary also is offering a prayer service with holy Communion at 12:15, followed by simple soup lunch and discussion, on Wednesdays of Lent.

  • St. Charles Borromeo Church, Elmira, is hosting Soup and Scripture each Friday of Lent after 12:10 p.m. Mass.

  • A Divine Mercy chaplet is taking place during Lent at St. Casimir Church in Elmira prior to Tuesday and Thursday 7 a.m. Masses.

  • Ss. Isidore and Maria Torribia Parish is holding Stations of the Cross on Lenten Fridays prior to Mass at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Addison (8:45 a.m.); St. Joseph Church, Campbell (5:15 p.m.); and St. Stanislaus Church, Bradford (6:15 p.m.).

  • Stations of the Cross are being held on Lenten Fridays at St. Anthony, Groton, and Holy Cross, Dryden, both at 5:30 p.m.; and on Wednesdays at All Saints, Lansing, at 6:30 p.m.

  • Holy Family Catholic Community (Dansville/Perkinsville/Wayland/Cohocton) is holding Lenten sessions on the topic of daily prayer. Holy Family also is donating its Lenten alms to local charitable organizations.

  • All Saints Parish (Corning/Painted Post) is holding a discussion series for adults and children, "Finding Joy and Peace in Everyday Life," on Lenten Wednesdays from March 12-April 9.

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