• <p>A crown of flowers is seen during the May 25, 2012, May Day celebration at Our Lady of Mercy High School in Brighton. (Courier file photo)  </p>

    A crown of flowers is seen during the May 25, 2012, May Day celebration at Our Lady of Mercy High School in Brighton. (Courier file photo)

Rochester Diocese activities celebrate Mary throughout May

Gina Capellazzi/Catholic Courier    |    05.01.2021
Category: Features


A number of special Marian devotions are being conducted in the Diocese of Rochester during the month of May, which is dedicated to Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

The following are among the scheduled activities/events:

Faith formation families at St. Thomas More and Our Lady Queen of Peace in Brighton are encouraging parishioners to join them for the Living Rosary Tuesday, May 4, at 6 p.m. Starting at Our Lady Queen of Peace, families will begin with the rosary and May crowning. After the rosary, they will travel to St. Anne Church, Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Thomas More to crown Marian statutes and offer further petitions. Flowers will be provided for children to place at the statues.

St. John the Evangelist Church in Spencerport is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Living Rosary Wednesday, May, 12, at 7 p.m. Father Justin Miller, who will become the parish’s new parochial administrator in June, will be in attendance and will provide a special treat following the Living Rosary.

Immaculate Conception Church in Ithaca will conduct its May crowning following the 4:30 p.m. Mass, Saturday, May 1. During the month of May, the church also will recite the rosary every Monday and Thursday at 11:40 a.m. The parish’s Mary Shrine in the garden also will be open and available for prayer throughout the month.

Jessica Ryan, a parishioner of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Ithaca, will lead a virtual discussion on why the month of May is devoted to Mary and why Mary is so honored by Catholics around the globe Sunday, May 2, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. To join the Zoom session, click here.

A group of parishioners in All Saints in Corning are reciting the rosary via Zoom at 8 p.m. every evening during the month of May in honor of Mary and because Pope Francis requested a daily rosary to pray for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The annual crowning of Mary will take place at St. Paul of the Cross Church in Honeoye Falls on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9. People are encouraged to bring garden flowers to place at the statue of Mary.

Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Elmira will celebrate Mary with a Living Rosary and May Crowning Monday, May 17, at 6:45 p.m. at St. Mary Church. Following the rosary, there will be a crowning of the statue of Mary in the church’s sanctuary.

During the month of May, the rosary will be prayed a half an hour before each Sunday Mass at St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Livingston County.

Weather permitting, St. Leo Church in Hilton will begin its Tuesday rosary recitation at its shrine starting Tuesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, as seating at the shrine is limited.

St. Michael Church in Newark will conduct its crowning of Mary in the Mary Garden immediately after the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 9. The crowning will take place weather permitting.

Rosary recitation will take place at St. Kateri Parish’s Christ the King Church in Irondequoit before the noon daily Mass Monday through Friday at 11:45 a.m.

Members of the Altar Rosary Society will recite the rosary during the month of May after 11 a.m. Sunday Mass at St. Stanislaus Church in Bradford.

Members of the Legion of Mary will pray the rosary Tuesday afternoons at 3 pm at St. Joseph Church in Penfield.

St. Peter Parish will celebrate Mary with a public rosary rally Saturday May 15 at 12 p.m. at St. Dominic Church in Shortsville. The rally will be held on the lawn by Mary's statue. In case of inclement weather, the rally will be held in church. 

Knights of Columbus Our Lady of the Cencacle Council #3892 will be sponsoring a special Holy Hour to honor Mary and all earthly mothers at Our Mother of Sorrows Church in Greece Monday, May 10, from 7-8 p.m.

Holy Cross Church in Rochester is inviting parishioners and their family and friends to participate in its May Day procession to the grotto on Sunday, May 16 at 9:15 a.m. 

St. James Altar & Rosary Society will hold their annual May Crowning and Living Rosary Wednesday, May 19, at 7 p.m. at St. James Church in Waverly. Father Daniel L. White will preside. 

Holy Cross School in Rochester will have a May crowning prayer service Friday, May 7, at 9 a.m.

Second-grade students at St. Kateri School in Irondequoit will celebrate Mary with a May Day prayer service Thursday, May 20, at 8:45 a.m.

Seniors at Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women will celebrate the school's annual May Day Celebration May 28 at 8:30 a.m. The event will be closed to the public. 

 

 

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