Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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March 17, 2019

Dear Parishioners,        

          A Blessed St. Patrick’s Day to one and all!  Our office is closed today, but in Dailey Hall we have the Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M..  Our Parish Lenten Retreat continues at 12:15 P.M. in St. John’s Hall, and “The Mass” series continues at 2:00 P.M. at St. James—and, yes, it is possible to make both!  Today is also Daffodil Sunday for cancer treatment.  Daffodils are available for purchase following each Mass.

          On Monday, there is a CASE (Creating A Safe Environment) training session at 6:30 P.M. in the parish office conference room for all volunteers who need yet to be certified or renewed.  Contact Melissa Mang for further information (288-5000, ext. 121).  Also, the Rosary will be prayed in the chapel at St. Ambrose at 7:00 P.M.

  Tuesday is the Feast of St. Joseph.  The monthly Roc ACTS Clergy Caucus gathers today for their lunch meeting at Baber.  Our Handbell Choir practices at St. Ambrose at 6:00 P.M.  Stations of the Cross are prayed at St. John’s at 6:30 P.M.  Also this evening, our K of C is offering a special Lenten gathering for all to pray the Rosary together at 6:30 P.M. at St. James in church prior to their monthly meeting which will follow afterwards in their chambers.  Our Social Ministry Committee meets at 7:00 P.M. at the parish office.

  Wednesday, the 50th anniversary of the wedding of John & Yoko, brings the arrival of Spring at 5:58 P.M. as the sun sets due west, and the Full “Worm” Moon (watch where you step) at 9:43 P.M.  On this day, our Staff Meeting occurs at 1:00 P.M., ChristLife’s session 4 of Sharing Christ takes place at 6:00 P.M. in Dailey Hall, and the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 P.M. at St. John the Evangelist.

  Thursday, the Jewish feast of Purim, our St. Ambrose Academy School Art & Talent Show will be at Raymour & Flanagan’s showroom at 500 Jay Scutti Blvd. in Henrietta at 6:15 P.M. (younger classes) and 7:15 P.M. (older classes) celebrating the music and art talent of our parish school.  By the way, remember that March is early registration discount month for those registering students for the 2019-2020 school year here at St. Ambrose Academy.  If you have children from Pre-K 3-year olds through the 5th graders, now is the best time to register.  We have smaller class sizes for more individual attention to each student and we perform very well on the common core tests in comparison with neighboring districts and even in comparison with ourselves last year.  Here in the parish this night is the  Evening Prayer Lenten  Service at 7:00 P.M. at St. Ambrose.

  Friday there is no school because of a Diocesan Retreat Day for school staff.  Here at the parish, our Prison Ministry volunteers meet at the parish office conference room at 10:00 A.M.  Also Stations of the Cross will be prayed in St. Ambrose Church following the 12:15 P.M. Mass.

  Saturday, thank you for prepping your envelopes for the weekend.  By the way, Lent is a good time (when looking for ways to implement the “alms” portion of Lent) to give our office a call (288-5000) to join me and many others in using automatic funds transfer.  No more envelopes to fuss with or checks to write.  Give us a call!

  Next Sunday is Welcome Sunday when a member of our Pastoral Council will be present for each Mass to answer any questions about the parish and/or about membership registration. The continuation of our Parish Lenten Retreat at 12:45 P.M. at St. John’s, and the conclusion of “The Mass” series at 2:00 at St. James.  A blessed Lenten Season to you all!

                —Father Schrader