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Spiritus Christi Church
March 6, 2018


Saturday, March 10 at 5 pm Mass: 
  • In Memory of Cornelia Kuitems-Sauer (on her birthday), by her son, Ralph Kuitems
Sunday, March 11 at 9:30 am Mass: 
  • In Memory of Tom Dennahy (13th anniversary of death), by his wife, Joanne Dennahy
  • In Memory of Florence Dennahy (10th anniversary of death), by Joanne Dennahy
For prayers for your intentions or special needs, contact the Prayer Line at 227-5579 or

  • March 11: 2 Chronicles 36: 14-16, 19-23; Psalm 137: 1-6; Ephesians 2: 4-10; John 3: 14-21
  • March 18: Jeremiah 31: 31-34, Psalm 51: 3-4, 12-15, Hebrews 5: 7-9, John 12: 20-33

Last Week's Collection:  

Dear Friends:

Do you sometimes find that praying is a lot harder than we make it sound? Is it hard to stay centered and your mind keeps racing from one thing to another? I think so. I appreciated this reading that Jim Bridges shared at the morning prayer on Monday and wanted to share it with you. It is from one of my favorite teachers, Richard Rohr. 

In many ways prayer -- certainly contemplative prayer or meditation -- is planned and organized failure. If you're not prepared for failure, you'll avoid prayer, and that's what most people do. Prayer is typically not an experience of immediate union, satisfaction, or joy; in fact, quite the opposite. Usually you meet your own incapacity for and resistance to union. You encounter your thinking, judging, controlling, accusing, blaming, fearing mind...What we're doing in prayer is letting our self-made foundation crumble so that God's foundation can be our reality. Prayer is a practice in failure that overcomes our resistance to union with love.

Last night, forty men joined Mike Boucher for a powerful men's retreat. Thanks to Mike for the retreat and to Mark Potter for the fantastic pasta dinner.

This coming Monday, March 12, we'll have our Women's Retreat. Join us at 5:45 pm upstairs in Celebration Hall. Dinner will be served at 6 pm followed by our retreat until 8:45 pm. We'll have time for delicious food, quiet meditation, music, inspiring talks, and sharing. Our theme for the night is "Becoming Real: Discovering our Heart's Desires." I hope you'll join us. Please call the church office to let us know you are coming. (325-1180)

For quiet Monday Morning Meditation, join Kathy Welch and Jim Bridges in Taylor Chapel from 7-7:40 am. Experience music, prayer, and silence in candlelight.

On Thursday nights, we are continuing to hear our guest homilists tell us how they are using their gifts to speak out in the world. This Thursday, March 8, we have Amen Ptah sharing his poetry and talking about his passion to speak out through it. On March 15, we will welcome the Artists Coalition for Change Together (ACCT). They will present the homily in a movement choir inspired by the words of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to the spoken word of Almeta Whitis. Come and join us for a friendly soup supper at 6 pm, followed by Mass with a guest homilist at 7 pm.

We send our condolences to the family of Patricia Menz, who died Tuesday, March 6. Her funeral will be this Saturday, March 10, at 10 am. Our hearts are with Doug Alexander whose mother, Virginia, died this past week. We send our love to Bishop Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger whose husband Michael, died on March 1 in Austria. Bishop Christine and Michael have visited us many times. If you would like to send her a message, her email address is

Good news! Our Sunday Nursery has started up again during the 9:30 am Hochstein Mass. Our regular childcare ministers are Molly Munding and Gabriella Cibella. They are assisted by our Spiritus teens. If your child is between 6 months and 4 years old, you are welcome to bring him or her to the lounge behind the sanctuary before the 9:30 Mass. Plan to spend a few minutes to sign your child in and orient them to the room.
Did you know that both Hochstein and Spiritus sanctuaries have hearing loops? Let us know how they are working for you, and help us spread the word that they are available. You can also tell friends that our 9:30 am Mass is interpreted for the deaf.

You may remember that at Thanksgiving we took up a collection for Puerto Rico. I heard from Stuart Mitchell, the CEO at Pathstone, that they used our donation to assist in the purchase of 300 family water filters that have now been distributed. These water filters provided the basic need of safe water for drinking and cooking.

Join us on Saturday, March 17, at 5 pm for a St. Patrick's Day Mass! Celebrating Mass with us will be some young Irish dancers from Spiritus and the Goodwin Academy of Dance!

This comes with love,

Rev. Mary 

Once again, we invite Spiritus Christi parishioners to nominate organizations to receive our Tithing. You can either utilize THIS FORM  to nominate a deserving organization, use the one in the printed bulletin or pick one up at the Spiritus office. Please return your nominations to the church office by April 10. 


  • 5 pm: Mass at Spiritus (Spirit)* 

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

  • 11:30 am: Last Supper - Celebration Hall

  • 11:30 am: SCC - Friendship Room

  • 7 am: Lenten Meditation - Taylor Chapel
  • 12:10 pm: Mass at Spiritus - Taylor Chapel
  • 5:45 pm: Women's Retreat - Upstairs Dining Room/Celebration Hall/Shaw Room
  • 7 pm: A Course in Miracles - Nielsen Room

  • 12:10 pm: Mass at Immanuel Baptist Church (Contemporary) 
  • 6 pm: Mental Health Center Volunteer Dinner - Nielsen Room
  • 12:10 pm: Mass at Spiritus - Taylor Chapel (Harp)
  • 1 pm: SCC - Shaw Room
  • 1-6 pm: Living Room - Nielsen Room

  • 1:30 pm: Yoga - Shaw Room
  • 6 pm: Soup Supper - Nielsen Room
  • 7 pm: Mass at Spiritus (Thursday Night Musicians)*

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

  • 4 pm: New Parishioner Meeting - Friendship Room
  • 5 pm: Mass at Spiritus (Gospel)* 

  • 7:30 am: Mass at Spiritus (Ensemble)*
  • 9:30 am: Mass at Hochstein (Spirit)*
  • 12 pm: 7 Last Words Practice - Shaw Room

*hearing loop available


all services at Spiritus,
except as noted

Hearing Loop ava ilable 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 
Urban Youth Outreach: eileen hurley, 489-5559
Prison Outreach @ Jennifer House: Sarah Lee, 288-1074 
Prison Outreach @ Nielsen House: Jon Olsen, 328-0801
Prison Outreach @ Offices: Jim Smith & Sharon Castronovo: 288-0504
Spiritus Haiti (H.O.P.E.): 262-3370  
Spiritus Christi Church  
121 N. Fitzhugh Street, Rochester, NY 14614

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