Located in the heart of the upstate New York Finger Lakes, we are a vibrant community offering many services and enjoying rich worship, lively activities, and active school within the picturesque City of Canandaigua and town of Bloomfield. We invite people to visit and warmly welcome those who desire to share in our community life. There are many ministry areas available depending on one’s gifts and talents. When you are at St. Benedict’s, you are home!
Firmly rooted in the Catholic doctrines and traditions St. Benedict Parish, through the power of the Holy Spirit, fulfills its mission by following the ways of Jesus Christ. We, the parishioners who are St. Benedict Parish, represent Jesus Christ to our communities. Our mission is to follow the way of Christ in our thoughts, words, and deeds, and to make Christ more fully present in all who live within our communities.
Pope Names Bishop Salvatore R. Matano 9th Bishop of Rochester
December 24, 5:00 p.m. Christmas Family Mass
December 24, 10:00 p.m. Christmas Mass in the Night
December 25, 9:30 a.m. Christmas Day Mass
December 24, 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:00 pm Christmas Eve Masses
(Pageant at the 6:00 p.m. Mass)
December 24, 11:30 p.m. Christmas Carol Sing
December 25, 12:00 Midnight Christmas Midnight Mass
December 25, 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Christmas Day Masses
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICES
The NW Ontario Region will be offering three communal opportunities for Penance with individual confessions this Advent Season.
Sunday, December 15, at 2:00 PM, at Saint Francis in Phelps
Thursday, December 19, at 7:00 PM, at Saint Patrick's in Victor
Saturday, December 21, at Noon, at Saint Mary's in Canandaigua.
In addition, we will also offer private Confessions at St Mary's on Monday, Dec 16, from Noon-1:30pm; on Tuesday, Dec 17 from 2-3:30pm; on Friday, Dec 20, from 5:30-7pm; and on Saturday, Dec 21, from 3:30-4:30pm. At St Bridget's, private confessions will be on Wednesday Dec 18, from 5-6:30pm.
Advent is a time when we are called upon to prepare our hearts for the celebration of Christmas. We all take time to prepare our homes for this great Feast. We hope you will take advantage of one of these opportunities to prepare your heart for the Celebration of Christmas.
MASS SCHEDULE CHANGES
The Parish Council will be inviting parishioner input regarding a change in mass times beginning on January 1. Next weekend, December 7 & 8 a survey will be distributed to everyone at mass. You will be asked to complete it and drop it in a box before leaving church. The Parish Council will then take this information and use it to determine the most optimum schedule and announce it to the parish on Dec. 14 & 15.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND THE SIGN-UP SHEETS
‘Tis the season when MANY, MANY people get involved in the spirit of giving. St. Benedict’s offers lots of opportunities.
-BELL-RINGING for Salvation Army Red Kettle. Our St. Benedict’s day is Saturday, December 7th, for sites around Canandaigua. Sign-up for a one hour block between 9 AM – 5 PM. This year we have both indoor and outside sites; make your preferences of times and locations known when you sign the sheet.
-“JESUS ELVES” for MITTEN SORTING at St. Mary’s on Sunday, December 8th, at 10 AM.
-PRESENT SORTING at St. Mary’s on Thursday, December 12th, at 6 PM.
-Setting up for KIDSHOP on Tuesday, December 17th, Thursday, December 19th and Friday, December 20th.
-Working at KIDSHOP on Saturday, December 21st.
DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A CATHOLIC?
Or do you know someone who does? Please ask them to call Alice Robeson at St. Benedict’s Parish, at 585-394-1220 ext 37.
FAITH FORMATION INFORMATION
Registration Forms and Calendars for 2013-2014 FAITH FORMATION offerings are available at the entrances to church and in the PAC. Any questions? Contact Deacon Claude at 394-1220 ext 15 or email@example.com.
Thinking ahead to Fall and the start of a new school year? Our parish children’s choir, Joyful Noise, for grades 2 and older, will hold rehearsals on Friday afternoons beginning September 13th. We practice in the “yellow house” from 3:30 to 4:30 every week except days of school vacation or early dismissal. We will sing once a month, usually at the 9:00 am Mass. All children are welcome! Please call the church office for registration forms and a complete schedule at 394-1220 X 12.
Our parish choirs for adults begin their Fall programs right after Labor Day. Singers for the 9:30 am Mass at St. Bridget’s should come at 9:00 am for rehearsal. St. Mary’s choir sings at most 11:30 am Masses and will begin weekly rehearsals on Wednesday night, September 11th, at 7:00 pm in the church choir loft. New members are enthusiastically welcomed!! The ability to read music is NOT required.
ST BENEDICT 2013-2014 PARISH COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES
Jim Weisbeck, chairperson
Rob Deitrick, vice-chairperson
Dawn Burdick, staff
Ann Marie Deutsch, staff
Jimmy Hart, youth representative
Fr. Stan Kacprzak, Pastoral Administrator
Christopher Keck, youth representative
Deacon Claude Lester, staff
Jean Mercandetti, secretary
Fr. Peter Mottola, Parochial Vicar
The members of the Parish Council welcome your input.
To talk with one of them, please contact the parish office and ask for contact information.
Prayer for an End to Violence
Lord of all life, we ask for strength and courage to live non-violently in ourselves, in our homes and in our communities.
Help us to be aware that the language we use in our thoughts and words has great power to affirm the worth of others, as well as the power to destroy.
Direct our thoughts, words and actions to affirm life in ourselves and others. Keep us aware that what we say and do serves as a powerful example to all those around us.
Make us messengers and witnesses of your peace and love.
We ask this in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, whose example we strive to follow. Amen.