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, January 3, 2021
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.”
~ Marianne Williamson
Photo by Maria Oswalt on Unsplash

CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD: Join us at 9:15 am on Zoom

SUNDAY MORNING MASS: Join us virtually every week at 10 am.
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Our musicians this morning are Marcy Casilio, Kathleen Bailey, and Beth Dooher-Anthony. The song sheet is here.


~ A Message from Bishop Denise ~


As we begin 2021, we bring prayers for hope, peace, joy, and love. We also begin a new chapter at Mary Magdalene Church! As you know, in September we announced that effective January 1st I would be shifting to part-time to allow me more time to attend to family needs. We also announced that Lori Vail would be coming on part-time as our interim associate pastor. At Mass this weekend, it will be with great joy that we will be celebrating this with a prayer of blessing and installation!! 

As you also know, Lori really began this transition this fall. She has been with us every Sunday, participating liturgically by leading prayers, sharing readings, and preaching. She has been participating in the trustee meetings, ministry meetings, and stewardship meetings. She has been training with both myself and Mimi and is already a valued member of our pastoral team!! In recognition of Lori officially beginning this new position on January 1st you will notice that she will be vested this weekend. Vestments are a symbol of liturgical leadership and very fitting for her as our interim associate pastor. Very soon Lori will also be wearing a stole as she is very close to completing all of the necessary preparation for ordination. She will first be ordained into the transitional diaconate and will be a deacon for several months until her ordination as a priest. It is our deepest desire that when she is ordained as a priest, we will all be able to be together in one place for this celebration, so we anticipate that this will not be until summer at the earliest. And if we’re not yet at the point where we can celebrate in the sanctuary, we will hold the ceremony outside!! This is truly something we will need to celebrate together!!

I must say that I’m very excited about this new chapter for our community. Lori has already proved to be a gift to all of us!! Mimi and I love working with her as a member of the pastoral team, and she brings enthusiasm, depth of insight, a deeply caring heart, and a vision that is very much in line with who we are as a faith community!! I am excited to watch her flourish at Mary Magdalene Church and the community’s growth through her leadership!! It is a great way to start a new year! I hope many of you will be able to be with us virtually tomorrow morning!

In the midst of this exciting news, I also ask you to keep several members of our community in your prayers. Sharon Cassidy will be having knee replacement surgery on Monday that will also remove the cancer below her knee. Please also keep my dad in your prayers. He has a suspicious lesion in the body of his L3 vertebrae. We pray for Kathy Mrzywka who will have the remainder of her thyroid removed because of cancer. We pray for Lori & Rebecca’s daughter Piper who will have her tonsils removed on January 14, Rebecca’s mom who is home from the hospital, and Sandy McNamara whose brother Pat is dying in the hospital from Leukemia. We also pray for several members of our community who are dealing with COVID in their families: Mike & Rosemary Salamone’s son Jon, Chris O’Brien’s father who is currently hospitalized with COVID, Paul Kaiser, Christine Kaiser’s mother, Virginia and Lori Vail’s mother. We also pray for all of their family members who are currently in quarantine and are concerned that they too may become positive. Please hold all of these dear members of our community and their families in our prayers.

And of course, we continue to keep Mimi in our prayers. Please see her update and greeting below. If you are interested in providing a meal for Mimi and Kent, please contact Jill Nichols at If you would like to be kept up to date on Mimi's progress and healing as well as leave notes of encouragement, please join her Caring Bridge group by going to this link and signing up. If you have any trouble with setting up your access, you can text her daughter, Chelsea, at 585-734-7299.

I pray that 2021 will bring blessings and hope to all of us,
With love,

Greetings and Blessing,

I wanted to update you on the continuation of our Covid, Cancer Christmas. Our holiday was quiet and peaceful. Zoom Family Christmas Celebration, Zoom New Year’s Eve visits with friends, and New Year’s Day Zoom playdates with our grandchildren. It was lovely and filled with happiness.

I recently received my pathology report, the cancer was found in one of my three lymph nodes which puts a blip into my journey. I will need to have more radiation and possibly some chemotherapy, along with my estrogen-blocking cocktail. Not what we expected but know Kent and I continue to be hopeful and grateful. We are lifted up by all your love, support, and PRAYERS! Please keep the prayers, light, and love coming for our family. Most days we feel like we have a handle on it and then there are days we look at each other and say “WHAT? Cancer?” So, we continue moving forward meeting with doctors and finding our way through day by day. So grateful to all of you.

New Year Blessings to ALL.
Love, Blessings, and always JOY!
Mimi and Kent


Open Sanctuary Hours
If you are in need of a place for reflection and prayer, our sanctuary is now open a few times each week. Join us! The sanctuary will be open on Tuesday and 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.

Cup of Change
Our next meeting will be January 14th at 7 pm, and we will discuss Across That Bridge by John Lewis. Remember that our Moodle platform is updated a couple of times a month with podcasts, documentaries and more. Reach out if you would like to be added to our Moodle user list!

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.


DEFUND Deconstructed
Wondering what it means when we say or hear "Defund the police"? This amazing powerpoint put together by Rev. Myra Brown helps explain the issues around defunding and outlines the ways that re-funding is the real work at hand. This blueprint for community policing is worth your time. It is also available in our Moodle site for Cup of Change.

Understanding Black Experiences
The Rochester Public Library has put together a great online resource page.
Thank you again for your generosity! If you make a donation today
and would like that donation to go towards our virtual presence,
please send an email to our treasurer:
Opportunities to
Come into Church for
Prayer or Reflection:

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

12:00 pm to 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 Rosary at 8:00 am

Sundays at 5:30 pm
We will be reflecting on Anselm Grün, OSB’s, ‘A Time of Fulfillment’ and ‘Your Light Gives Us Hope’ which can be purchased on Amazon.

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 chain, contact:
Or Joann Corso at 585-223-5682

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

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:

Bishop Denise Donato
Phone: 585-329-0895

Mimi Youngman
Phone: 585-797-4707

Lori Vail
Phone: 585-353-5954