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Spiritus Christi Church
October 10, 2017
This week's gospel: Parable of the Wedding Feast

Saturday, October 14 at 5 pm Mass: 
  • In Memory of Tom Gavin (20th Anniversary of death), by John Chacchia and Steven Tedesco 
  • In Memory of Donna Tedesco (8th Anniversary of death), by John Chacchia and Steven Tedesco
For prayers for your intentions or special needs, contact the Prayer Line at 227-5579 or

  • October 15: Isaiah 25: 6-10A; Psalm 23: 1-6; Philippians 4: 12-14, 19-20; Matthew 22: 1-14
  • October 22: Isaiah 45: 1, 4-6; Psalm 96: 1, 3-5, 7-10; 1 Thessalonians 1: 1-5B; Matthew 22: 15-21
Last Week's Collection: $
12,613              Mental Health Center: $9,437       


Dear Friends: 

Last Monday, we celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day (formerly Columbus Day). At the noon Mass, we prayed for Peter Jamison and others at Ganondagan, a Native American historic site in Victor. The area of longhouses and burials is the former 17th century Jesuit Mission of St. Jacques. Thousands of Seneca people lived in that village 300 years ago. We owe a debt to the Senecas. As one of the six nations of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederation, they were the most advanced people in North America. The Haudenosaunee women had equal rights with the men, including the right to vote. Their democratic ideals served as an inspiration for the U.S. Constitution. They also developed healthy cuisines using natural floods and provided natural medicines that are still popular today. 

We are very concerned about the wildfires in California. Rev. Mary's sister Elaine had to evacuate her home and her catering business in Napa. Beth Jordan, a former parishioner, and her elderly mother had to evacuate their home in Santa Rosa. Pretty scary. Please keep them all in your prayers. 

October is the month when we celebrate our Spiritus Christi Mental Health Center. We began this ministry in 2000 and it is going stronger than ever today. I often sit with the folks in the LIVING ROOM. I love to watch how that peer-led support group genuinely helps people suffering from depression and anxiety. Anyone with mental health issues is welcome to drop in to the Living Room on Wednesday afternoons from 1-6 pm. 

We invite you to participate in our annual MENTAL HEALTH RIVERWALK on Sunday, October 22, from 11 am-3 pm. Help us raise funds by getting sponsors and doing the 5K walk around the river -- or by sponsoring someone else who's walking (like Rev. Myra). There will be a LUNCH following the RiverWalk, which includes DJ Bob Riley's great music and a silent auction. We're hoping to raise $40,000. This year, we helped 317 people through our Mental Health Center. Thanks for your continuous generosity. 

We send condolences to Irene Chomik, whose young nephew, Alex Sypniack, died of an overdose. Alex went through our Nielsen House program a while back. Please keep Rev. Mary in your prayers. She is having minor surgery today and will be out recovering for a few weeks. 

I hope you are enjoying the fall. May God's peace be with you. 

This comes with love, 

Father Jim


Th MHC Center has a woman who is in need of a full size mattress/frame. If anyone has one to do nate please call Maureen @ 325-1180 x 114. Thank you!

ATTENTION CAREGIVERS: The Caring Connection Team invites all caregivers to a Supper Discussion on Thursday, October 12 in the Nielsen Room from 5:30-7 pm. Come take a break and let us pamper you! Please call the office to let us know if you are coming so we can plan the amount of food to prepare. Hope to see you there!! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kathy and Bill Schaefer at 585-737-1094. 

Hey music lovers! You are invited to spend two more Sunday mornings in October praying through song with other music lovers in our church. Come to the Recital Hall at Hochstein at 8:30 am on October 15 and 29 to spend an hour in musical community and then share what God has given us to share at 9:30 am Mass. No weekday rehearsals -- just come on those Sunday mornings to pray, sing and be together in music and worship. Please email Kathy Welch ( to let her know you'll be there so that she can have materials prepared. 

Come Walk With Us on Sunday, October 22 at the Mental Health Center's annual RIVERWALK. We'll take our usual 5K route through Corn Hill and along the river (with a few fun stops along the way), then return to Celebration Hall for lunch, activities for all ages, and music with DJ Bob. Raise $250 or more to be eligible for prizes. SPECIAL NOTE: Out of respect for the earth, we won't be using bottled water again this year, so PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLE. Walker sponsor forms and more info are available in the church office, at Mass, and on our  website.

Artists and crafters wanted to display and sell their crafts at our Annual Craft Show on Sunday, December 3, from 11 am-12 pm after Mass at Hochstein. $25 or 10% of your sales, whatever God moves you to give. Call Deborah Benedetto (323-1647) for more information. 

We are gearing up for this season's Adopt-a-Family Holiday Program. Donors are greatly needed. Last year our holiday Adopt-a-Family program assisted numerous families with gift cards for Thanksgiving and gifts for Christmas. We serve more families in need every year, only because of your generosity. Thanksgiving donors are asked to provide a gift card, which you can deliver to the Spiritus office. Christmas donors are asked to provide gifts to children under 18 belonging to a family you will be paired up with. You can request a large or small family. Please consider adopting a family in need for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. If you are able to assist, please call the Spiritus Office and someone will obtain your information. You can also print a form from our website and send or drop it off in the office. Forms will also be available after Mass. Thank you for your continued support.


  • 5 pm: Mass at Spiritus (Gospel)
  • 7:30 am: Mass at Spiritus (Ensemble/Jim Ramerman)
  • 8:30 am: Spirit Rehearsal - Hochstein
  • 9:30 am: Mass at Hochstein (Spirit Singers)
  • 10:30 am: Coffee Hour - Hochstein

  • 12:10 pm: Mass at Spiritus - Taylor Chapel
  • 6:30 pm: SCC Meeting - Friendship Room
  • 7 pm: Course in Miracles - Nielsen Room

  • 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: Yoga for Health - Nielsen Room
  • 7 pm: Mass at Spiritus (Thursday Night Musicians)

  • 12:10 pm: Mass at Spiritus - Taylor Chapel
  • 5 pm: Mass at Spiritus (Ensemble)
  • 7:30 am: Mass at Spiritus (Ensemble/Roxanne Ziegler)
  • 9:30 am: Mass at Hochstein (Gospel)
  • 11 am: Mental Health Riverwalk -- meet at Celebration Hall for registration


all services at Spiritus,
except as noted

Saturday, 5 pm: Sanctuary

Sunday, 7:30 am: Sanctuary

Sunday, 9:30 am:
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 
Kathy Welch, Interim 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: Wanda Johnson, 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

p: 585-325-1180  I  f: 585-325-1191