Weekly News for the Flock!
If you lead a ministry in our parishes and are ready to return to in-person meetings, be sure to be in touch with either parish office or with
Thank you to everyone who completed a parish survey.
The staff is reviewing the responses, including all of your thoughtful comments. Your input will be very valuable to us as we plan the upcoming year. And we're happy to see that you love our pasta dinners as much as we do, so that's one event we can say with certainty will continue!
Perinton Food Shelf Collections
Nonperishable dry, and canned foods are collected at both our churches for the Perinton Food Shelf. While Assumption's collections continued uninterrupted, we are pleased to announce that Resurrection's collections, which were paused during the pandemic, have now resumed. Bring nonperishable food donation items to either church and place them in the collection bins (At Resurrection, the bin is next to the Chapel. At Assumption, it is in the main entrance foyer.) Thank you for your support!
A Reflection on Shepherds and Stewardship:
Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock! When you hear these strong words from the Old Testament, you’re probably thinking, thank goodness I don’t have any sheep — dodged that bullet. Nobody misled here! No flock scattered on my watch! However, we are all shepherds of a kind, called to tend our own sheep: our families, our parishes, our communities.
But it’s exhausting. Don’t we all sometimes just want to take a break from being a steward? The excuses are so familiar: we’re tired, we’ve done enough, we’ve given all we can, what more does the parish (or my spouse, or my kids, or my boss, or my friends, or my community) want? We give ourselves permission to be selfish. So, what if the flock scatters just a little?
Jesus gets that. We can just imagine him weary with exhaustion, can’t we? We see him on his boat, attempting to sneak away for a quick break — maybe just a chance to eat a bite of food in peace. He is God, but he was still human, after all. Even the most dedicated shepherds need to sleep. But people couldn’t leave him alone. They were hungry for him. They needed what he could offer, and they needed it now.
As tough as it is, that’s the example we are tasked with imitating. Everyday Stewardship demands accountability. It demands our showing up even when we are tired. It demands that we look at our lives, our time, our energies, our talents, our hearts, our bank accounts and think: where do I still have more to give?
— Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS
Readings for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading I: Jeremiah 23:1-6
Responsorial Psalm23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
Reading II: Ephesians 2:13-18
Gospel: Mark 6:30-34
Bulletin for July 18
Prayer Request Form
We invite you to share your prayer requests in the next bulletin so your parish community can pray with you.
Everyone from both parishes is invited to join us for this summer program.
Come for dinner (provided free by the parishes), or for the fish-themed activities, or for both, and leave whenever it's right for you!
AUGUST 3: Our Week One theme is Jonah and the Whale -- With crafts and games and a photo op with a giant inflatable whale! Dinner is kid-friendly: hot dogs, chips, and apples. While the activities are designed for children, everyone is welcome to join in. Use the link below to sign up so we can get a headcount for food and activities for this
evening of fishy fun!
Sign Up for Fish Tales
Family Promise of Greater Rochester (FPGROC)
known formerly as RAIHN
Family Promise of Greater Rochester (FPGROC, formerly RAIHN) is a not-for-profit, interfaith, culturally competent organization that assists families to achieve
by supporting them with tailored services including shelter, food, personalized case management, and a diverse network of caring volunteers.
We just completed our July rotation. There are four families in the program - three families are being housed in apartments throughout the city. Family Promise has made an arrangement with a particular landlord who rents the apartments to us at a reduced rate. And, one of the families is housed at our day center - there is a small apartment there, as well.
Of the fifteen individuals in shelter, nine of them are children ranging in age from one to fifteen. The week before our rotation, I receive the family profiles. The profiles indicate the families' names, ages, and food preferences. On Monday of our assigned week in the rotation, I and my team members shop for food, etc., for each of the families and we deliver these items, as well as a Wegman’s gift card, to the day center. The social workers there bring the items we have purchased to each of the families.
We began this routine at the outset of COVID last April and have covered five rotations in this manner. Our next rotation will be September 12, 2021. As far as I know, we will not be hosting in the congregations most likely until 2022. That means at least our next two to three rotations will be handled in the same way.
It certainly is not as fulfilling as hosting in person. We miss coming to know the children and hanging with the adults. But, as with everything else, things are different and we look forward to once again providing loving hospitality right here at COTA.
~Sue Owens, Family Promise Coordinator for Church of the Assumption
A special meeting of the Church of the Assumption/Church of the Resurrection Joint Pastoral Parish Council was held Monday, July 12, 2021, accomplishing the following important actions:
1) New officers were elected for 2021 -2022:
Chairperson: Keith Volkmar
Vice-Chairperson: Tom Moose
Secretary: Mary Beth Allen
Communications Officer: Kevin Riordan
We are most fortunate to have these fine individuals lead us for the next year. Please join us in congratulating them when you see them.
2) Fr Mickey McGrath updated the Council on his progress as he is completing his move and has started his assignment as our new pastor.
3) The outgoing 2020-2021 officers were thanked for their excellent leadership and guidance during this difficult year.
The next meeting of the Joint Pastoral Parish Council will take place via ZOOM on September 13, 2021, at 7 PM.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
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All our Masses are now live-streamed,
so if you are unable to join us in person,
please join us online
Church of the Assumption Masses
7:30 am T/W/Th
11:15 am M/W/F
4:00 pm Saturday
8:15 & 11:15 am on Sunday
Church of the Resurrection
8:30 am M/T/Th/F
9:45 am Sunday
on Friday, July 16 at 3:00PM