Mary Magdalene Church is an inclusive church in the
Catholic tradition where people from all faiths and backgrounds are welcome to the Lord's Table. We strive to live the values that
Jesus taught, to honor and respect each individual
and to share the joy of God's unconditional love
in our community and beyond.
Mary Magdalene Church Bulletin   
Sunday, July 11, 2021
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
"Once and for all, I give you this one short command: 
love, and do what you will."
~St. Augustine
Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash
bring your lawn chair!!

SUNDAY MORNING MASS: Join us in person* or live every week at 10 am on Facebook Live or YouTube!

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Our musicians this morning are Kathy English, Randy Jones, Bob Pizzutiello

The song sheet can be found here.

The Prayers of the Faithful can be found here.

The scriptures for the service are: Amos 7:12-15; Psalm 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14; Ephesians 1:3-10; Mark 6:7-13

*Click here to register for any upcoming Sunday Mass.

~ A Message from Bishop Denise ~

First, just a reminder to bring your lawn chairs in the morning, as this is the second Sunday of the month, and our Mass will be outside!!! I'd also ask a few of you to bring an extra chair for those who may not catch this bulletin and forget their chair.

Last Sunday, I preached on a story that is in all three of the synoptic gospels (Matthew 13:54-58, Luke 4:14-30, Mark 6:1-6). It is the story of Jesus returning to his hometown and the rejection that he experienced in the synagogue. Luke reports that Jesus read from the scroll of Isaiah 61:1-2, and when he finished, he stated that this very day this scripture had been fulfilled in their hearing. It is reported that at first the people were awed by his wisdom, and clarity, as well as the reports they’d heard of him healing people, but that was quickly replaced with rejection as they thought of him as the carpenter, the son of Mary. This statement from Jesus did not fit with their preconceived notions of who Jesus was and the role he was meant to fill in life.
As I said, I think of this as Jesus’ “coming-out” story. He reveals his true identity, he reveals what he has finally come to understand about himself and his own calling and mission. I shared that this awareness came as a result of his spiritual journey and that our spiritual journey is a journey of self-discovery for each and every one of us. Of course, we think of our spiritual journey as a journey of understanding our faith and getting closer to God, which it is, but it equally involves a process of discovering more about ourselves. This is a process we can only embark on if we remain open to where our journey will lead us. That is why I call it Jesus’ coming out, but it is not the only reason I frame it in this way. 
As we celebrate Pride month every June (and this reading is a part of our lectionary each June) I believe it is important to normalize the coming out process, so that we realize it is not so different from the twists and turns all of our lives take. It is not to minimize the risks involved in coming out, but it is important to look at the times in our own lives when our discovery of a truth about ourselves results in some significant shifts in our relationships.  It is then that we realize that even in our diversity, we are not so different from one another!!!
I believe that a failure to realize this is at the heart of the discrimination, judgment, conflict, and even the anger, and hatred we experience in our world today. When instead of looking at someone else as “other” we can see our own story reflected, we recognize ourselves in one another, and the walls fall down. As I shared last Sunday, before I could begin to get in touch with what it means to be a woman called to ordination, I needed to begin to look critically at myself and realize I was not cut out to fit the role that even I thought I was supposed to have in life. This was not an easy process as I questioned everything about myself, my upbringing, and my relationships!!! But, I bet that everyone can relate to this process at some point and time in their own lives. It is certainly not easy, it is never comfortable, and it can be very, very painful, but it is a part of our spiritual journey and the end result is transformation!!  

Please notice that Sandy McNamara will be here on Tuesday to pick up any donations of non-perishable food, or hygiene products for the East Rochester Resource Center. Feel free to bring your donations to church tomorrow morning or Tuesday from 10:00-10:30.

with much love,
Bishop Denise

Priestly Ordination of
Lori Katherine Vail

God willing, Lori will be ordained as a priest of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion on Friday, August 6, 2021 at 6 pm here at Mary Magdalene Church. Her first mass will be Sunday, August 8 followed by a community party at Edmund Lyons Park. Registration for tickets for the ordination, the Mass and the party are coming soon! If you have any questions, contact Bishop Denise at

Art used with permission of artist - Kreg Yingst

Fill the Trunk!

Sandy McNamara will be here on July 13 from 10 am to 10:30 am. Come fill her trunk! She will make sure your non-perishable food items and hygiene products are delivered to the East Rochester Resource Center.

Open Sanctuary Hours

You are most welcome to come in for prayer, quiet reflection, and communion during our Open Hours on Friday from 12:00 - 4:00 pm. One of us will be in the building during these open hours, and we are happy to connect with you if you would like to speak with us. If our office doors are open, we are available! You will also find Eucharist available at the front of the church. For the sake of safety and comfort, we ask that you use the hand sanitizer provided, that you receive communion at your seat, and that you wear a mask at all times in the church.

Bulletin Announcements

Do you have an announcement you would like to see included in our bulletin? Just email Lori by Thursday at 5 pm to have your group's message or activity added to our Sunday bulletin.

Thank you, as always, for your generosity! We have numerous ways you can choose to donate. You can use the button below to make a one-time donation, and you can contact our treasurer, Sue Pagano, at to set up ongoing support.

Additionally, we now have an account with Can Kings! Your donation of cans and bottles can be made at any of the three Can King locations: 1276 Fairport Road, Fairport; 1183 Bay Road, Webster; or 505 East Main Street, Palmyra. Just let them know to put your donation down for Mary Magdalene Church!

And if you shop on Amazon, consider setting up Amazon Smile for your account and choosing Mary Magdalene Church as the recipient. You can find more information on Amazon Smile and set up the service here.

June Financials

Pledged: $7975
Non-Pledged: $574

Opportunities to
Come into Church for
Prayer or Reflection:

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Communion will be available.

The front door will be unlocked.
Please use sanitizer provided &
wear a mask at all times.

Opportunities to Connect:

Sunday 11:00 am

For those of you who would like to understand a bit more
about our Communal Blessing we participate in during our
live streamed liturgy, you'll find a document explaining the blessing
on our website. It's entitled We are a Eucharistic People.
Casa Gubbio

Saturday Morning Rosary

Casa Gubbio is the ministry of Brother Peter Veitch, a Mary Magdalene parishioner and brother in the Benedictines of Holy Wisdom, ECC. The mission of Casa Gubbio is to provide a place of retreat for progressive/independent ‘seekers’ in keeping with the Benedictine charism of hospitality. 

Casa Gubbio is a safe place to gather outside of traditional organized religious communities. All are welcome. For more information, contact Brother Peter at 
Do you have someone you
want us to pray for?

To add someone to the prayer list, contact:
Or Joann Corso at 585-223-5682

If you'd like to connect with Bishop Denise directly:
Or 585-329-0895

We will include your prayer request in our Prayers of the Faithful for two weeks. If you'd like us to continue praying for the same need longer,
please just send an email! We'll be happy to do so.
If you'd like to join our team of "prayers" and be notified where there are
prayer needs, please send an email to Lori Vail at

Bishop Denise Donato
Phone: 585-329-0895

Mimi Youngman
Phone: 585-797-4707

Lori Vail
Phone: 585-353-5954