A busy season for our Fairport parish communities...
I hope your summer was a good one! Some folks say it was too rainy, others say it was not long enough, still others decry the shorter growing season. I was grateful for the time to relax a bit and enjoy the season. So much of how we feel about things is determined by our attitude.
I look back with delight on the outdoor Masses of each of our parishes ("Mass in the Grass", as they have been affectionately been dubbed). They were well attended and joyfully celebrated our life together. It was a highlight of summer activities for me to preside at these prayerful experiences
Now our children are back off to school and Fall programming is beginning at the both parishes. Our parish communities are finding new ways to collaborate with each other and to build up the community of faith in our part of Fairport. This year will see the continued growth of the Fairport Catholic Community as Resurrection and Assumption continue conversations with St John's about our future ministry together. This will be a year of planning and anticipation as we work together. Already the Parish Council leadership of COTA and COR has been meeting to facilitate the unfolding of the our future as the Fairport Catholic Community. More will follow on this.
In the meantime, enjoy these last days of "calendar summer" as we get ready for the leaves to fall and the air to chill!
All are welcome!
These events invite members from both parishes to come together for fellowship.
Saturday, 9/23, 5:00-7:00 pm: International Food Tasting at Assumption --
Join us for great food and friendship in the Great Hall as we sample food from around the world! Call Joanne Fusco (383-8789) to sign-up for this around-the-world potluck! Sponsored by the COTA Diversity Ministry.
Sunday, 9/24: Pancake Breakfast
at Assumption after both the 8:30 am and the 11:00 am Masses. 100% of your freewill donation will go to support Fr. Sergio and his family. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 7085.
Fall Book Study at Resurrection:
by Matthew Kelly
“At a time when many Catholics are disillusioned, questioning their faith and filled with doubts about the relevance of Catholicism in the modern world, the voice of one man cries out to the world’s largest faith community with a clarity that is rare and inspiring." Join us on Mondays, beginning September 25. Choose 10:00 am-noon or 7:00-9:00 pm. Groups will discuss three chapters a week for 7 weeks, and gather for a dinner on the final night! To learn more and to register, contact Cathy Reitz at 223-5500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Church of the
Sunday, 9/17 -- REACH Mission Coffee Hour
(with full size donuts!) after the 10:30 Mass. This will be a thank you to the parish for your generous support of our REACH Mission Trip this past summer. This is a great chance to learn more about this wonderful opportunity, with a slide show and testimonies from two of our teens and one adult who took part in the Mission Trip.
All are welcome!
Church of the Assumption
Sunday, 9/17: Catechetical Sunday Coffee Hour
between Masses (about 9am). Come to meet our new Faith Formation Assistant Director, Donna DeJoode, and help us honor our volunteer catechists.
Sunday, 9/17: Youth Group Anniversary & Open House!
Following the 6pm Life Teen Mass, all teens, alumni, and friends are invited to join us for a celebration of 15 years of Life Night at COTA with a bonfire, games, and the grand opening of the new youth room.
See flyer for details.
Adult Fellowship Opportunities:
Adults (anyone over age 18) - Are you interested in whitewater rafting on Sept 30, Great Escape Room on October 14, or Revrail Adirondack biking (check out website at
on October 26-27? Adult formation and enrichment opportunities are coming and we are beginning with some fellowship! Please contact Donna DeJoode for more information or to indicate your interest. And watch for more opportunities coming soon!
Back to School Prayers
For our students:
God of wisdom and might,
we praise you for the wonder of our being,
for mind, body, and spirit.
Be with our children as they begin a new school year. Bless them and their teachers and staff.
Give them the strength and grace as their bodies grow; wisdom and knowledge to their minds
as they search for understanding;
and peace and zeal to their hearts.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For our teachers:
Lord God, your spirit of wisdom fills the earth
and teaches us in your ways.
Look upon our teachers.
Let them strive to share their knowledge
with gentle patience
and endeavor always to bring the truth to eager minds. Grant that they may follow Jesus Christ,
the Way, the Truth, and the Life,
forever and ever.
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on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 6:10PM