Many parishes and faith communities are joining forces to bring Lenten programming to their regions this year, including Irondequoit’s six Catholic communities, whose regional ministry — Irondequoit Senior Ministries — will present its fifth-annual Lenten series this month.
Mercy Sister Jody Kearney, Father Joseph Brennan and Dr. Joseph Kelly will talk about the lessons Catholics can learn from saints during the group’s first series, which will be held each Friday during March from 3:30-4:45 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 445 Kings Highway South, Irondequoit. Father Sebastian Falcone will talk about the three important women in Jesus’ life during the second series, which will be held March 12, 19 and 26 at 7 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church, 201 Rogers Parkway, Irondequoit.
Both series are respected and well-attended in the community, and that’s probably due to the faith communities’ willingness to pool their resources, said Donna Walker, coordinator of ISM. When parishes do this, they’re able to attract both higher-quality speakers and a larger crowd of interested listeners, she said.
Other Lenten activities and programs being offered include:
* Redemptorist Father Tom Siconolfi, rector of Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, will present a series about living Christ’s message of peace for the Rochester City East Parishes. TThe series features presentations March 7 at Church of the Annunciation, 1754 Norton St., and March 14 at St. George Church, 545 Hudson Ave. Each program will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a soup supper.
* St. Charles Borromeo Church, 3003 Dewey Ave., Greece, will host a Taize prayer service at 7 p.m. April 6 and a Passover Seder supper at 6:30 p.m. April 2. Tickets for the supper must be purchased by March 28. For more information, call 585/663-5856.
* Father Joseph Brennan will give a presentation about what the Scriptures mean in today’s world at 7 p.m. March 12 at Church of the Assumption, 20 East Ave., Fairport. Sister Janet Korn, social-justice awareness coordinator for diocesan Catholic Charities, will lead a workshop about immigration issues at 7 p.m. March 26 at the parish.
* Actor Frank Runyeon will bring his performance of “Afraid! The Gospel of Mark” to St. Mark Church, 54 Kuhn Road, Greece, at 4 p.m. March 11. A free-will offering will be accepted. Call Victoria MacDonald at 585/227-6824 for reservations.
* St. Rita Parish, 1008 Maple Drive, Webster, will host a retreat on Monday evenings from 7:30-9 p.m. March 12-26. Giovina Caroscio and Mercy Sisters Marg Mattle and Therese Richardson will lead the sessions.
* The parishes in the Eastern Greece/Charlotte Planning Group are offering a series of presentations at 7 p.m. each Thursday from March 8-22. Sister of St. Joseph Julie LeVeque’s March 8 program will be at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 3003 Dewey Ave., Greece, and Soul Purpose will lead the March 15 program at Holy Cross Church, 4492 Lake Ave., Charlotte. Father Patrick Van Durme, pastor of Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Steuben County, will speak March 22 at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 15 St. Martin’s Way, Greece. Father Thomas Wheeland, pastor of Holy Cross, will lead a penance service at 2 p.m. March 25 at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 36 Armstrong Road, Greece. A free-will offering will be accepted.
* The Pittsford Mendon Catholic Community‘s annual Lenten retreat will conclude at 7 p.m. March 7 at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 26 Mendon-Ionia Road, Mendon. Father Peter Chepaitis, OFM, and Sister Anna Tantsits, IHM, will speak.
* The parishes in the Northwest Pastoral Planning Group are sponsoring Doug Brummel’s March 13-14 visit to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 3747 Brick Schoolhouse Road, Hamlin. Brummel also will visit Immaculate Conception Church, 113 N. Geneva St., Ithaca, on March 30. Brummel, a Catholic comedian, will present his “Lighten Up!” retreat at 6:47 p.m. on all three evenings.
* The Roman Catholic Community of Geneva participates in Geneva’s annual Interfaith Lenten Breakfast Series. The breakfasts are held each Wednesday of Lent, except April 4. Each breakfast includes prayer and is held from 6:45-7:30 a.m. in the Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 24 Park Place. There is a suggested offering of $3.
* Winton-Culver Catholic Community‘s Lenten retreat will be held at 7 p.m. Mondays from March 12-26 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 549 Humboldt St., Rochester. Speakers will be Father William Donnelly, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Rochester; Father Paul Tomasso, pastor of Rochester’s City West Parishes; and Sharon and Ted O’Toole, members of St. Michael Parish in Newark.
* Sister Patricia Schoelles, SSJ, president of St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, will lead a retreat about sin, guilt and forgiveness from 7-8:15 p.m. Mondays during March at Church of the Resurrection, 63 Mason Road, Fairport.
* St. Joseph Parish, 6105 Rush-Lima Road, Rush, will host soup suppers each Wednesday evening and Stations of the Cross each Friday evening during Lent. Call 585/533-1719 for information.
* The youth group of Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick parishes in Tioga County will perform the Living Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. March 9 at Our Lady of Angels Church, 3600 Phyllis St., Endwell; March 16 at St. Joseph Church, 207 Hayes Ave., Endicott; and March 23 at Most Holy Rosary Church, 36 Main St., Maine. There will be a 7:30 p.m. performance April 6 at St. Margaret Mary Church, 1110 Pennsylvania Ave., Apalachin.
* St. Mary Parish in Bath will present a Lenten series Wednesdays from March 7-21 and Tuesday, March 27, at the church, 32 E. Morris St. Each evening begins at 6:15 p.m. with a community dinner, followed by music, prayer and the speakers. “An Inconvenient Truth” will be shown March 7. Speakers at the other sessions include Deacon Dean Condon, pastoral administrator of All Saints Parish in Corning; Mark Clark, associate director of the diocesan Stewardship, Development and Communications office; and Linda Schaefer, nationally known speaker and author. A free-will offering will be accepted.
* On March 7 Redemptorist Father Tom Barrett will conclude a retreat for parishioners of St. Michael in Lyons, St. John the Evangelist in Clyde and St. Patrick in Savannah. Silent prayer and meditation will begin at 6 p.m., and Father Barrett will speak at 7 p.m. at St. John Church, 114 Sodus St., Clyde.
* The storytelling group Women of the Well will perform “Certain Women,” a liturgical drama based on the lives of four churchwomen killed in El Salvador in 1980, at 7 p.m. March 14 at St. Patrick Church, 52 Main St., Macedon, and at 6:30 p.m. April 6 at Stella Maris Retreat Center, 130 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles.