Caananite Woman
Much can be learned by reflecting on the words and actions of the Caananite woman in today’s Gospel. She reflects our own experience that God does not immediately respond to every prayer, yet she is the model for effective prayer.
· She approaches the Savior with Faith.

· She never questions the ability of Jesus to address the problem.

· She acknowledges divine authority.

· She persists in requesting help, even when He seemingly discourages her.

· She displays humility.

If we approach Jesus as the Canaanite woman did, we too can hope for His favorable response.
During a global pandemic, during a time of economic hardship, during an inflection point in American history, ask God to help you. Keep asking when He doesn’t seem to answer. I mean this very seriously.

Submitted by Dc. Dan Stevens, Blessed Sacrament

Recorded Mass for 8/15 and16 (available at 4PM 8/15):


Diocese of Syracuse:

The Catholic Sun:
The Mass Book for 2021 will open up on Friday, September 11 at 9am. Both walk-ins and telephone requests will be accepted on that day.  
We still have openings in this year's Golf Tournament at Westvale Golf Course on Sunday August 23rd. Come spend an enjoyable afternoon while supporting a couple good causes. For $50 you get 18 holes of golf, a cart and lunch at the turn. Registration ends August 18th. For more information or to register contact Bob James (315) 471-0818 or Jerry Ball (315) 463-8410.
We need help to make masks for the students at Blessed Sacrament school. Materials will be provided. Contact Lisa Coppola at if you can assist.  
For those who have died, our family members and friends, and in particular, Harold Thompson, Sr., Thomas White, Mary Lee Giocondo, Nancy Seagfrid, Carmella Sweeney, Vincent Galluzzo, Kathleen Stone, Kathryn Nolan, Carl Dantonello and Margaret Quinn, may they be experiencing the fullness of Christ's glory for all time.
The faith community of Blessed Sacrament welcomes Avery Murphy on his recent Baptism. May he continue to grow knowing God through his family and friends.
Ushers serve in this vital ministry of hospitality, offering a warm welcome to all who enter the Church, especially during these trying times. These women and men help to register families in to Mass, collect the offerings, etc. Please contact the rectory at 315.437.3394 to sign up to be an usher.
Blessed Sacrament Prayer Requests

Please pray for:

Chad Abbott

Missy DiPaulo Angotti

Roslyn Antonacci

Carolyn Armstrong

Patrick Brewer

Rita Bross

Marlene Brush

Susan Moro Campbell

Terri Close

Ann Cook

Jill Danial

Mary Extale

John Fortino

Mary Gersbacher

John Gersbacher

Elizabeth Gilbert

Mary Griffin

Mary Ingalls

Yang Juan

John Laura

Mary Linehan

Cole Malone

Grace McNamara

Lynne Recore

Eileen Sheehan

Sr. Natalie Slake

Jean Suits

Elizabeth Walrath
St. Vincent Prayer Requests

We ask your prayers for the spiritual comfort and restoration of health for:

Sandra Betts

Desiree Landers

Nate Wagner

Madeline Duda

Marilynn Bause, sister of
Lauren Brooks

Suzanne Thompson (sister of Bill Winchell)

Judy D’Amore

Martin Griffin

Anne Marie Drury

Fred Sniper

Tony Caruso

Mike Lavelle

Bridig Lindsley
Saturday, August 15
5:00 p.m. – Eleanor Rossi and Justine Slusarski – George and Julia Taddeo

Sunday, August 16
7:30 a.m.– Nicholas Barricella – Frank and Helen Impelizzari
11:30 a.m. – Members of the Morina and Stagnitta Families - Family

Monday, August 17
8:00 a.m. – Jack Corcoran – Janice and Family

Tuesday, August 18
8:00 a.m. – Joseph Sorbello - Estate

Wednesday, August 19
8:00 a.m. – Vivian A. McDonald – Anne Dwyer

Thursday, August 20
8:00 a.m. – 18th Anniversary – Lorraine Macko Whelan - Family

Friday, August 21
8:00 a.m. – Alyson Scro – Joan Decker

Saturday, August 22
5:00 p.m. – Martha and Chris Mitsoff – Julia and George Taddeo

Sunday, August 23
7:30 a.m.– Ruth Anne Babikian - Family
11:30 a.m. – People of the Parish
Saturday, 4:00pm
Arlene Rainone, req. by her friends

Sunday, 9:30am
Mary Colosimo, req. by Tony & Mary Ann Caruso

Monday, 12:00pm
Kim Harrington, req. by John Michael Harrington

Tuesday, 12:00pm
Virginia Aloi, Req. by John & Carm Fitzgerald

Wednesday, 12:00pm
Mary Colosimo, req. by Cathy Richardson

Saturday, 4:00pm
Lena Caltabiano, req. by Jane Caltabiano

Sunday, 9:30am
Bob Holliday, req. by his family
Blessed Sacrament News

Dear Parishioners, our implementation of the proposed new Mass times in our twin parishes which was to be in the second week of August (or later in September) is suspended until later days. At this time, let’s focus our attention to the re-opening of our parishes, schools and daycares. Let’s continue to create a safe environment from COVID-19 in our all spaces to prevent the spread of the virus and build up more confidence and assurance to all people to return “home” for worship and study. The 9:30 AM Mass at Blessed Sacrament will resume when Faith Formation starts in the Fall. More archive research as well as more conversations will be down the road to come up with the working Mass schedule for our twin parishes and for the PCA at large. Fr. Severine

Giving Ministry
Blessed Sacrament Giving Ministry is an online giving program for our parish. We are grateful for your constant generosity! Visit our website to sign up for this easy giving program for Blessed Sacrament:

Sign up for Mass!
We want to invite everyone to join us and sign up for Mass on our new joint website and go to the MASS SIGN UP tab. If you have any questions please email the Rectory at or call us at 315-437-3394. We look forward to seeing you at Mass!

Homebound Visits
Because of federal HIPPA regulations, we have no means of knowing if you or someone you know may be in a nursing home, a short-term facility for rehab, hospital or homebound, who would like a pastoral visit and bring Communion and the Sacrament of Anointing. Contact the rectory at 315.437.3394 for scheduling information.

Coffee Needed
Unity Acres is a shelter for homeless men in Oswego County and is always in need of canned coffee (any kind, any size). Please drop off your donation to the rectory and arrangements will be made to get it to them.
St. Vincent's News

Monetary donations for the Food Pantry at the Northeast Community Center are accepted at any time and may be placed in the collection basket. Food for the pantry is planned for the 3rd weekend of the month to consolidate the collection for the person who delivers it to the pantry.

Remember for just $5.00 you could be the next winner. The 50/50 tickets may be mailed to the Rectory. Contact Bob James at 315- 471-0818 with any questions. Thanks to all who continue to support our Youth Programs.

Franciscan Northside Ministries, located at 808 N Salina St. hosts a free legal assistance clinic on Tuesday afternoons from 2-4pm. Consultation is free and confidential. For an appointment call 315-423-9961.

Poverello Health Center also located at 808 North Salina St. is open on Wednesday evenings from 5-7pm. Services are for the uninsured. Appointments are necessary - 315-423-9961.

People have been walking in CROP walks across the
country for more than 50 years. In 2019 more than 800 walks raised over 7 million dollars and included more than 100,000 participants. If you would like to receive more information, contact Rev. Paul Herpich at  This virtual walk is something new for us all, but we are very aware that the needs during this pandemic remain great and look forward to your participation and support.
From the Diocesan Office of Family Life Ministry

Practicing Forgiveness in Marriage: The Way We Start Over - Zoom meeting schedule: September 13 - Rebuilding Trust: It Can Be Done; September 27 - Two Great Secrets of Happily Married Couples. October 11 - Ending the Blame Game: It Feels Good. For more information or to participate contact Stephanie at or 315.472.6728. A Family/Respect Life, Hope Appeal program. Sponsored by The Third Option, an ongoing program to build better marriages.

Branch Out and Grow for Separated and Divorced – Zoom meeting schedule: August 19 - Single Sexuality; September 2 - Forgiveness; September 16 – Reconciliation; October 7 - Moving on, Growing Closer to God. Meetings are 1 hour long and start at 7pm. All are welcome. Contact Deacon Dean Brainard for more information at: or 315-472-6754 ext.5  

Married Couples - Restore Rekindle Renew
Join Worldwide Marriage Encounter via Zoom for 8 evening sessions: Presented on Mondays and Thursdays from August 31st to September 24th. Due to Labor Day, one session will be on Tuesday, September 8th (8/31, 9/3, 9/8, 9/10, 9/14, 9/17, 9/21 & 9/24th). Sessions run from 7:00-9:00pm. A computer or tablet with access to the internet is necessary. Call Leonora & Ed Rivera with questions or to register at 585-223-1121 or
The 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 67:2-3,5,6,8

Second Reading: Romans 11:13-15, 29-32

Gospel Reading: Matthew 15:21-28

Reflection: In today’s Responsorial Psalm we responded, “O God, let all the nations praise you!” God has called people of all times and places to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him. They are all His. That is why Jesus responds positively to the prayer of a Canaanite woman who prayerfully and humbly makes a request to Him, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” Though at the beginning Jesus responds to her negatively (as if He is refusing to grant fever to the non-Jewish person), the humility and sincerity of the woman speaks volume to Jesus. Jesus finally replies to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” God challenges us to NOT only to offer sacrifices but mostly to practice righteousness and justice in our lives. The Lord says, “the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, ministering to him, loving the name of the LORD……, them I will bring to my holy mountain and make joyful in my house of prayer.” We are all called to know God, to love God, and to serve God in justice and truth. Yes! Amen! Fr. Severine
Dear Young People, do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you! Do not be afraid to dream of great things! - Pope Francis