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Spiritus Christi Church
February 6, 2018

For prayers for your intentions or special needs, contact the Prayer Line at 227-5579 or

  • February 11: Leviticus 13: 1-2, 44-46; Psalm 32: 1-2, 5, 11; 1 Corinthians 10: 31 - 11:1; Mark 1: 40-45
  • February 18: Genesis 9: 8-15; Psalm 25: 4-9; 1 Peter 3: 18-22; Mark 1: 12-15

Last Week's Collection: $28,907

Dear Friends:

One of the beauties of these snowy, cold days is the stark landscape. The leafless trees stand out against the white snow and the Genesee River is clearly visible as it rushes down the gorge and under the city bridges. It is a reminder to me that my life can be cluttered with unnecessary things that take away from my ability to be present to the world. Those things can be possessions that demand my attention, or they can be negative thoughts that take up space in my mind. I learn from Eknath Easwaran as he writes: To live simply is to live gently, keeping in mind always the needs of the planet, other creatures, and the generations to come. In doing this we lose nothing, because the interests of the whole naturally include our own... In claiming nothing for [ourselves, we] have everything, for everything is [ours] to enjoy as part of the whole. 

Next week, we begin the season of Lent with our Ash Wednesday services on February 14. It is a different way to spend Valentine's Day, but also a tender one when we connect it with the three disciplines of Lent. Loving someone deeply requires a humility on our part to set aside our own wants and become aware of the needs of another (fasting). Praying for another connects our hearts (prayer). And when we love, we share what belongs to us with others (almsgiving). I hope you will come and join me for one of these beautiful services.  Our Ash Wednesday services will be at Noon at Spiritus Christi and at 7 pm at Immanuel (815 Park Ave.). Ashes will be distributed at the Masses.

Our love goes out to Maureen Marlow whose father, Warren West, died peacefully last Sunday in his sleep. He was 90 years old. We also remember George Banks who died on January 27. George was a great contributor to the gospel, jazz & blues scene in Rochester, and directed several church choirs including ours at Corpus Christi.

Looking for a time apart to sit in the stillness of your Lenten journey? Please join Jim Bridges and Kathy Welch in Taylor Chapel for five Monday morning Lenten meditations beginning February 26. From 7-7:40 am each Monday we will share a reflection, some music, prayer and silence to deepen our practice of embracing God as God is always embracing us. We would love to see you there in the candlelight!

Come and join us on Thursday nights during Lent for a soup supper followed by an inspiring Mass with beautiful music. It will be a time to both connect and reflect. Our speakers this year will share their own personal talents with us and then reflect on how they have used them to bring a powerful message to the world. Soup suppers will begin on Thursday, February 22 at 6 pm.

This comes with love,

Rev. Mary

Annual Black History Month Film Festival:  SPARC invites you to join us Saturday, February 17, from 9 am -1 pm for a community conversation on the film "Selma" as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination and the 200th celebration of Frederick Douglass in the city of Rochester. The film will be followed by a conversation about our Race Convoy Trip 2017 and its local impact, which include two major SPARC initiatives! Call the office (325-1180) to sign up. Lunch will be provided.

Our next Baptism Class will be held on Tuesday, February 27, from 7-8:30 pm in the Spiritus Christi Friendship Room. Religious Education Director Mark Potter will lead the group. To sign up, please call the Spiritus office (325-1180).

A young man in our Urban Youth Outreach has moved into an apartment. He is in need of furniture and household items (kitchen, bedroom, bath, etc.). Please call eileen hurley (489-5559) if you can donate and deliver any items. Thank you!

From the Mental Health Center: DO YOU HAVE CHRONIC BACK PAIN? A 10-week MOVEMENT FOR HEALTH using Yoga is scheduled to begin Thursday March 8 from 1:30 - 2:30 pm at Spiritus in the Shaw Room. Yoga mats will be provided. Please call Maureen @ 325-1180 x 114 to register.

Thank you for your continued generosity that allows Spiritus Christi to contribute to God's work beyond our own church community. Our church tithes 15% of each week's collection to grass-roots organizations, which our own parishioners nominate. These organizations serve the poor, marginalized, disenfranchised, abandoned and abused in our community and beyond. 

In July 2017 and again in January 2018 checks totaling over $134,000 were sent to 62 diverse organizations including our 2 former Corpus Christi Outreaches (Dimitri House and Isaiah House). Many of these organizations are right here in Rochester while others are from across the country and abroad including Haiti and Mexico. Your contributions help to provide food, clothing, shelter, medical and legal aid, education, counseling and advocacy to individuals within these organizations.

Once again, we invite Spiritus Christi parishioners to nominate organizations to receive our Tithing. Please utilize the form below or on the website to nominate a deserving organization. Please return your nominations to the church office by April 10. 


We invite you to participate in the 2018 tithing process by following these guidelines: 
  • You must be a current parishioner and may only submit one nomination
  • Nominated organizations must be consistent with the values and mission of Spiritus Christi Church, in that they are non-bureaucratic organizations at the grass-roots level working for peace, justice and mercy 
Please fill out this form completely and attach a description of their work and current sources of funding or an annual budget/financial statement.

  • Organization: 
  • Organization Contact Person:
  • Organization Contact Person Phone & E-Mail Address: 
  • Organization Address: 
  • Organization Website:
  • Organization Phone:
  • Why do you feel this organization should receive tithing? 

  • Name of Parishioner submitting this form: 
  • Phone & E-Mail Address:

Mail or drop off completed form to Spiritus Christi offices c/o Tithing Committee no later than April 10, 2018.

This week's Gospel: Mark 1: 40-45


  • 5 pm: Mass at Spiritus (Spirit Singers)* 

  • 7:30 am: Mass at Spiritus (Ensemble)*
  • 9:30 am: Mass at Hochstein (Gospel)*
  • 11:30 am: SCC - Friendship Room

  • 12:10 pm: Mass at Spiritus - Taylor Chapel
  • 7 pm: Course in Miracles - Nielsen Room
  • 7 pm: Confirmation Meeting #1 - Renaissance Room

  • 12:10 pm: Mass at Immanuel Baptist Church (Contemporary)
  • NOON: Mass at Spiritus - Sanctuary (Harp)*
  • 1 pm: SCC - Shaw Room
  • 1-6 pm: Living Room - Nielsen Room
  • 7 pm: Mass at Immanuel Baptist Church (Spirit Singers)*

  • 7 pm: Mass at Spiritus (Thursday Night Musicians)*

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

  • 9 am-1 pm: Black History Film Festival - Sanctuary* & Nielsen Room
  • 5 pm: Mass at Spiritus (Gospel)* 

  • 7:30 am: Mass at Spiritus (Ensemble)*
  • 9:30 am: Mass at Hochstein (Spirit Singers)*
  • 10:30 am: Coffee Hour - Hochstein

*hearing loop available

all services at Spiritus,
except as noted

Hearing Loop available in Sanctuary, at Hochstein and at Immanuel Baptist Church

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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