Welcome

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! 

Mission

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.

News

Lent at St Benedict's

During the remainder of Lent St Mary's will offer Daily Mass at 6:45am and 12:10pm in the main church. Please note there will not be a weekday 9am Mass during Lent. St Bridget's will continue to offer a Daily Mass at 8am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Why not make room in your schedule to renew your faith by coming to Daily Mass?

Lenten Fasting & Abstinence Guidelines:
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence from meat. For members of the Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal. 

 

Palm Sunday and Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) - Sunday, April 13  Palm will be blessed and distributed at all Masses.
St. Bridget Mass: April 13, 9:30 a.m.
St Mary Masses: April 12, 5:00 p.m.; April 13, 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m.  
  Please note the change in the morning Mass schedule for this day

Holy Thursday (April 17)
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Halloran Chapel at St. Mary’s Church
7:00 p.m. Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper at St. Mary’s Church
9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (SB) Solemn Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
9:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight (SM) Solemn Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Good Friday (April 18)
No Masses may be celebrated on Good Friday.
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Halloran Chapel at St. Mary’s Church
2:00 p.m. Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death – St. Mary’s
7:00 p.m. Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death – St. Bridget’s

Holy Saturday (April 19)
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Halloran Chapel at St. Mary’s Church
11:00 a.m. Blessing of Easter Food in the Halloran Chapel
8:15 p.m. Solemn Liturgy of the Easter Vigil and Initiation of Candidates/Catechumens at St. Bridget’s Church
   Please note that there will be no 5:00 p.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Church

EASTER SUNDAY (April 20)
St. Bridget’s Mass: 9:30 a.m.
St. Mary’s Masses: 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:00 noon
   Please note the change in the Mass schedule for this day

Vew our entire HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE here.

 

Prayer Labyrinth
From noon on Wednesday, April 16, through the afternoon of Saturday, April 19, you are invited to walk our prayer labyrinth which will be set up in Dougherty Hall.
   What is a labyrinth, you might ask? A labyrinth is a complex and circuitous walk, a winding pathway that serves as an aid to meditation. In the Middle Ages, labyrinths were made with colored paving stones in the floors of cathedral naves. People walked the labyrinth as a symbolic pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
   To pray and walk a labyrinth can be a journey, which leads to finding God. Walking the pattern of the labyrinth seems to help some people get into a meditative state very quickly — to find one’s center and connect with God. Consider making some time during those days to walk our prayer labyrinth. Self-guided directions will be provided. Come and pray!

 

Taizé Prayer for Holy Week
Join us at St Mary’s on Wednesday, April 16, at 5:30pm for our Holy Week Taizé Prayer Service. Taizé prayer, a style of prayer used by the ecumenical religious community from Taizé, France. It is characterized by a calming, meditative atmosphere, simple sung refrains, scripture readings, silence, and prayer. Come center your heart to prepare to celebrate the Holy Week Liturgies. 

 

Visit our Rediscover Catholicism Page!

LENT 2014 begins Wednesday, March 5.
.Have you picked up your copy of Rediscover  Catholicism yet?
.Have you begun reading it?
.Have you selected which small group you will be part of?

We all have busy days, busy calendars and busy lives.  We hope you can find the time this LENT to be part of this parish book read and discussion.  It can help not only ourselves as individuals but also us as a parish to grow in our faith.

 

St Bridget Liturgical Minister Schedule

You can find the current Liturgical Minister Schedule under the "Ministry" menu at the top of the page.

 

First Eucharist Formation to Begin
Have you been thinking about a FIRST COMMUNION in your family this spring?  Overview/Registration sessions will be held in Dougherty Hall at 7 PM on Monday, February 24, and Tuesday, February 25 (choose whichever date works better in your family calendar; this meeting is for both candidates and their parents).  If you have questions before these sessions, feel free to contact Deacon Claude.

 

Lenten Fish Fry
Our famous fish fry is held on Friday nights during Lent from  5PM - 7PM in the school gym.  Eat in or take out. The most delicious fish in town, cole slaw, french fries and roll and butter.  Adults $8.50, Seniors $7.50, and children 12 and under $5.50. Delivery to senior complexes.

 

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.

 

 

ST BENEDICT 2013-2014 PARISH COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES
Jim Weisbeck, chairperson
Rob Deitrick, vice-chairperson
John Bell
Dawn Burdick, staff
Rich Colosi
John Dalton
Ann Marie Deutsch, staff
Jean Guzek
Bridget Hart
Jimmy Hart, youth representative
Valerie Haynes, staff
Fr. Stan Kacprzak, Pastoral Administrator
Christopher Keck, youth representative
Rob Knopf
Deacon Claude Lester, staff
Jean Mercandetti, secretary
Maura Moore
Fr. Peter Mottola, Parochial Vicar
Steve Murnan
Linda Nussbaumer
Kathy Valvano

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.