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Spiritus Christi Church
January 9, 2018



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  • January 14: 1 Samuel 3: 3B-10, 19; Psalm 40: 2, 4, 7-10; 1 Corinthians 6: 13C-15A, 17-20; John 1: 35-42
  • January 21: Jonah 3: 1-5, 10; Psalm 25: 4-9; 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31; Mark 1: 14-20

Dear Friends,

This past weekend I shared with our congregation my decision to step down from my role as Pastor on June 1. This will be my 20th year leading our community. While it has been a tremendous experience to guide the vision of Spiritus and oversee the running of our church, it is time for me to hand that gift on to our next pastor. I will continue to be a priest at Spiritus, but I will not be "in charge" of the administration and other aspects of our wonderful community. I will still be preaching and celebrating Masses. I look forward to being able to lead retreats, teach, counsel and dedicate my time to social justice issues. My transition to a new supportive role at Spiritus frees us to hire a new pastor and to reset our vision for the next twenty years. I'm very excited to see who God brings us for that leadership!

The next step in finding our next pastor for Spiritus Christi is an all parish forum on January 22. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting at 7 pm at Spiritus. At that meeting, the Visioning Board and Hiring Committee will be present to hear your comments and questions. They will explain the hiring process for our new pastor. Our elected Visioning Board includes Chairperson Rudy Diedreck, Amy Mayfield, Tanya Johnson, Lou Anne DaRin, Kristin French, Kevin Bishop, Kathleen Tranelli, Lisa Moretto, Kirsten Reader, Maureen Marlow, Ched Myers, Rachel McGuire, Fr. Jim, Rev. Myra, and myself. Our Visioning Board has appointed a hiring committee that is already working on the process of hiring our next pastor. Serving on the hiring committee are Chairperson Karen Kosten, Rudy Diedreck, Jim Smith, Amy Mayfield, Rita Metras, Tanya Johnson, Fr. Jim and myself. We have a lot of talented and experienced people to guide us in this process, and the greatest wisdom lies in our community itself. Together we can listen closely to one another and let the Spirit guide us as it always has.  

Remember, you can listen to the weekend homilies on our Spiritus Christi app or view it on our channel on YouTube at Spiritus Christi. You can also find a link to the homily on our website at or on our Facebook page.

Our hearts are with Mary Jean Smith on the death of her husband, Jerry. Our love goes out to the entire family including Jim (Julie) Smith. Jerry's funeral Mass will be this Saturday, January 13, at 10 am at Spiritus.

Thank you for your generosity over the Christmas holidays. We received many donations for our church ministries and for our outreaches to the poor. It is awesome to know we can continue to make a difference in many peoples' lives and that we are able to reach out and support those who live on the edge of poverty and hopelessness. God is so big...we have only to be willing to serve and ready to listen.

This comes with love,

Rev. Mary


Speaking from the Heart Meeting Rescheduled - Our Speaking From the Heart meeting originally scheduled for Sunday, January 7 is taking place on Sunday, January 14 from 11:30 am - 1 pm in the Dining Room of Celebration Hall on the second floor of the church. The group meets for English conversation with refugees and immigrants. For general information on this outreach, please contact Marybeth Knowles (770-3587) or visit Drivers are always appreciated to transport our friends to/from meetings. If you can help, please call Karen Batsford (749-8348).

Family Liturgy - Join us on Saturday, January 20 at 5 pm as we celebrate Mass with the children and teens of our parish. Following Mass, we will have an amazing pasta dinner in Celebration Hall with homemade sauce, warm bread, fresh salad and lots of great company. We hope to see you there!

The next Parish Community Forum will be on Monday, January 22, 2018.

Love to sing? Love Rev. Denise? Well then, come and be in the Celebration Choir as Rev. Denise Donato is ordained as a Bishop on Friday evening February 9. The celebration will take place at 6 pm at DUPC. Choir rehearsals will be held in Taylor Chapel at DUPC on two Saturday mornings: January 27 and February 3, from10 am - noon. Members from both Mary Magdalene and Spiritus Christi are welcome. You do not have to be a member of any particular choir, or any choir at all, to come and participate. Please let Kathy Welch know of your interest by email, text or phone no later than January 19 so that she can prepare music for everyone ( or 585-739-8471).

A parent & teen informational and registration meeting for the Sacrament of Confirmation will be held Sunday, January 28 at 1:30 pm in the Nielsen Room at Spiritus Christi . Any family wishing to have their teen participate will need to have that teen and a parent/guardian present at the meeting. If you are not sure if your teen is ready for this program or you simply want to learn more, this meeting will be a great start to figure that out.  If you have questions, please call Mark Potter at 325-1180 x105 or email

A parishioner who is a refugee has moved to her own apartment. She is in need of a couch or love seat, side table for bed or chair, vacuum cleaner and a lamp. If you have any of these items to share or would like to help, please contact Jill (585-738-8386). Thank you.

Save the Date: Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach Annual Fundraiser will be Saturday, April 21, 2018. Join us at the Harro East at 6 pm for an evening of celebration, dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing. More details to follow. Want to be on the planning committee? Contact Todd Schirmer (585-764-4862 or

Dwelling Happily in the Present Moment - You are invited to a mindfulness workshop led by Chris Phillips on Friday January 26, from 9 am - 4 pm in the Nielsen Room. This will be an introduction to mindfulness for the beginner as well as a refresher for the established meditator. The day consists of short presentations, 10-minute meditations, and Q&A. What is mindfulness? Tips on sitting and walking meditation. Tips for starting a daily meditation practice. How to welcome the present moment in stillness and in action. And much more. Please register by January 22 by sending a note with contact info to  or 364 Merchants Rd., Rochester 14609. Chris will send a confirmation letter with what to bring and details about the day. For more information on retreats with Chris, browse: or call 585-305-6949.


  • 5 pm: Mass at Spiritus (Spirit)

  • 7:30 am: Mass at Spiritus (Ensemble)
  • 9:30 am: Mass at Hochstein (Gospel)

  • 11:30 am: SCC - Friendship Room

  • 11:30 am: Speaking from the Heart - Upstairs Dining Room

  • 7 pm: Course in Miracles meets in Pittsford; contact Patti Fields at

  • 12:10 pm: Mass at Immanuel Baptist Church (Contemporary)
  • 12:10 pm: Mass at Spiritus - Taylor Chapel 
  • 1-6 pm: Living Room - Nielsen Room
  • 1 pm: SCC - Shaw Room
  • 5:30 pm: Visioning Board

  • 12:15 pm: YOGA - Nielsen Room
  • 7 pm: Mass at Spiritus (Thursday Night Musicians)

  • 12:10 pm: Mass at Spiritus - Taylor Chapel

  • 11 am: Cooking with Dr. Julie - Upstairs Kitchen
  • 5 pm: Family Mass at Spiritus (Gospel)
  • 6 pm: Family Pasta Dinner - Celebration Hall
  • 7:30 am: Mass at Spiritus (Ensemble)
  • 9:30 am: Mass at Hochstein (Spirit Singers)

all services at Spiritus,
except as noted

Saturday, 5 pm: Sanctuary

Sunday, 7:30 am: Sanctuary

Sunday, 9:30 am:
Hochst ein
Music School
nursery care available

Monday, 12:10 pm: Chapel

Tuesday, 12:10 pm:
Immanuel Baptist Church

Wednesday, 12:10 pm: Chapel

Thursday, 7 pm:

Friday, 12:10 pm: Chapel


Spiritus Christi:
121 N. Fitzhugh Street

50 N. Plymouth Avenue

815 Park Avenue

Jesus Christ, Senior Pastor
Rev. Mary Ramerman, Pastor 
Rev. James Callan, Associate Pastor 
Rev. Myra Brown, Associate Pastor
Mark Potter, Director, Religious Ed & Family Minister 
Lauren Urzetta, Youth Minister 
Siobhan Potter, Youth Minister 
Mike Ramich, Business Administrator  
Ruth Cowing, Administrative Assistant 
Elaine West, Administrative Assistant 

Lerangis, Music Minister, Spirit Singers

Paul Boutte, Music Minister, Gospel Choir 
Jim Ramerman, Music Minister, Thursday Night Musicians

Lisa Moretto & Lori Marra, Wedding Preparation
8-month period of preparation; contact 325-1180 or

call the Spiritus office, 325-1180 to register
Chiapas, Mexico Mission: Ritaclare & Mike Streb, 621-5435 
Grace of God Recovery House: Sr. Margie Henninger, 766-0683 
Mental Health Center: Maureen Marlow, 325-1180 
Prison Outreach @ Jennifer House: Sarah Lee, 288-1074 
Prison Outreach @ Nielsen House: Jon Olsen, 328-0801
Prison Outreach @ Offices: Sharon Castronovo & Jim Smith: 288-0504
Spiritus Haiti (H.O.P.E.): 262-3370  
Spiritus Christi Church  
121 N. Fitzhugh Street, Rochester, NY 14614

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