The following parishes have informed the Catholic Courier of their upcoming Lenten activities:
* Schuyler Catholic Community is hosting a Lenten retreat March 4-6 at St. Mary of the Lake Church, 905 N. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. The presenter will be Father Dave Pivonka, a Franciscan priest of the Third Order Regular and nationally known preacher and writer. He will preach at weekend Masses and also lead evening sessions on March 4, with confession; March 5, with adoration; and March 6, with Mass; all beginning at 7 p.m.
* Holy Family Catholic Community is holding a labyrinth Friday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 206 Fremont St., Wayland; prayer and soup Monday, March 11, at 6 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Chapel St., Perkinsville; a Passover Seder Wednesday, March 27, at 6 p.m. at Sturmer Hall, St. Pius V Church, 35 Maple Ave., Cohocton; and an ecumenical Cross Walk Friday, March 29, at noon at Wayland Town Hall, 17 N. Main St., Wayland.
* Immaculate Conception Church, 113 N. Geneva St., Ithaca, is featuring two talks by its pastor, Father Jeff Tunnicliff. He will speak Feb. 25 on "Talking to God: A Conversation about Prayer" and March 18 on "Talking About God: Sharing Our Faith." Both sessions will begin at 7 p.m. in the parish hall.
* St. Catherine of Siena Church, 302 Saint Catherine Circle, Ithaca, is offering soup suppers on Lenten Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m. that will include presentations related to Operation Rice Bowl. In addition, Father Joe Marcoux, pastor, is leading a Scripture study on the Women at the Well, The Man Born Blind, The Raising of Lazarus and The Passion. Sessions will take place from 1 to 3 p.m., with light lunch provided, on Feb. 17 and March 3, 10 and 17.
* St. Luke Parish in Livingston County is holding soup suppers and luncheons throughout Lent. The first one will be Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. at Holy Angels Parish House, 21 Massachusetts St., Nunda. Additionally, "Into the Desert," a unique Lenten worship experience of prayer, music and Scripture led by Mary Van Houten, will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at St. Mary Church, 4 Avon Road, Geneseo.
* Soup and Scripture, a popular Lenten tradition in Elmira, is taking place every Friday with 12:10 p.m. Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 130 Oakwood Ave., Elmira Heights, followed by a soup lunch combined with study of the following Sunday’s readings.
* Also in Chemung County, the annual Regional Adult Faith Formation Lenten Series, "Faith: Our Journey From Then to Now," is set for Feb. 20 and 27 and March 6 at St. Mary Parish, 224 Franklin St, Elmira, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This year’s program will focus on our faith’s roots in the early church, Vatican II and the uniqueness of our individual journey.
* A youth-led Living Stations of the Cross, based out of Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick parishes in Tioga County, is being performed each Friday across the region including March 15 at St. Mary Church in Elmira at 7 p.m.; March 22, St. Patrick Church, 300 Main St., Owego, 7 p.m.; and March 29, St. Margaret Mary Church, 1110 Pennsylvania Ave., Apalachin, 7:30 p.m. Also in Tioga County, Father Brian Carpenter is serving as guide to Father Robert Barron’s DVD series on Catholicism each Monday of Lent at 7 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary.
* St. Mary Church, 8961 W. Main St., Honeoye, and St. Matthew Church, 6591 Richmond Mills Road (Route 20A), Livonia, are holding silent prayer on all Lenten weekday evenings from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. The cluster also is offering an online retreat featuring Scripture and meditative readings, questions for prayer and reflection, comment sharing and gathering events. To register, submit your name and e-mail address to LStmatthew@dor.org or call St. Mary at 585-229-5007 or St. Matthew at 585-346-3815.
* An ecumenical luncheon involving Lima-area churches is taking place Wednesday, March 6, at noon at St. Rose of Lima Church, 1985 Lake Ave. (Route 15A), Lima.
* St. Gabriel Church, 78 Shethar St., Hammondsport, is serving as host Feb. 20 for the weekly Lenten ecumenical service and luncheon with area churches. The service will begin at noon and be followed at 12:30 p.m. by a simple lunch.
* St. Mary Church, 32 E. Morris St., Bath, is beginning its Wednesday Lenten series Feb. 20. Each week will feature Stations of the Cross at 5 p.m., Mass at 5:30 p.m., a simple meal in O’Malley Hall, and a program beginning at 7 p.m. on Father Barron’s series on Catholicism.
* A Forty Days for Life vigil is slated for Feb. 13-March 24 in Ithaca. All are invited to join in constant peaceful prayer between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily across from the Planned Parenthood office, 314 W. State St. This initiative is part of a nationwide effort to end abortion. For details, visit www.40daysforlife.com/ithaca or contact Mary Anne Tissot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Corning, also, will be the site for a Forty Days for Life. It’s set to take place Feb. 13-March 30 at the Planned Parenthood on Walnut Street. Sign up at www.40daysforlife.com/corning or call John at 607-739-1011.
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