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.
Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which this year is March 5. Lent invites us to become more in touch with the reality of God's life within us. Please journey with us this season as each of us strive to renew and rediscover our faith in God.
Liturgies for Ash Wednesday will be as follows:
St Mary's: Mass at 6:45am, 9am, 12:10pm, 5:30pm and Evening Prayer with distribution of ashes at 7pm.
St Bridget's: Mass at 8am and 7pm
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.
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.
CHILI COOK-OFF / DESSERT BAKE-OFF to benefit KALAMA PROJECT
The March 1 cook-off / bake-off in Dougherty Hall begins at 6 PM. Sampler platters of each entry in a category are $5.00. Full portion of chili or dessert are $2.00
for complete rules, click here
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.
ST. BRIDGET’S WEEKDAY MASS SNOW CLOSING NOTICE
Just a notice to let the St. Bridget’s 8:00 am Mass parishioners know that if the Bloomfield schools are closed for the day there will be NO 8:00 am Mass that day. Thank you and we are sorry for any inconvenience.
Have you read any good books lately? Have you shared that experience with others around you? During Lent, 2014, we at St. Benedict Parish will be doing a parish book-read. The book we have chosen is Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly. We will be having weekly discussion groups and on-line opportunities to blog your insights with others. We have purchased 1,000 copies of the title and are distributing the books to give you a chance to start reading before Lent begins (on March 5th this year).
Already over half the books have been distributed in just one weekend. After Masses this weekend we will look at the inventory we have remaining and will order more if there is a need. If you want a book sent to a loved one, contact Deacon Claude.
To whet your appetite, here are some quotes from the book:
“This lesson has led me to conclude that we measure very little in our lives the way the best companies measure everything in business.” (p. 192)
If you have questions before next weekend or would like to lead a small group discussion during Lent, contact Deacon Claude.
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.
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
Valerie Haynes, staff
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.