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Spiritus Christi Church
August 7, 2018

  • Saturday, August 11 at 5 pm Mass: Evangeline Gilda Oakes Stone will be baptized
  • Thursday, August 16 at 12:10 pm Mass: In memory of Donna Rhodes & Deirdre Stearns (on their birthdays), by Linda DiStefano
  • Friday, August 17 at 12:10 pm Mass: In memory of Lillian Pielnik (2nd anniversary of death), by Trish Pielnik
For prayers for your intentions or special needs, contact the Prayer Line at 227-5579 or

  • August 12: 1 Kings 19: 4-8; Psalm 34: 2-9; Ephesians 4: 30 - 5: 2; John 6: 41-51
  • August 19: Proverbs 9: 1-6; Psalm 34: 2-7; Ephesians 5: 15-20; John 6: 51-58
Last Week's Collection: 
$24,074                    Grace of God: $6,467

Dear Friends,

August is Grace of God Recovery House month. I was deeply moved by the homily Sister Margie and Mark Bennett gave at the liturgies. Mark Bennett, in sharing his personal journey told us, "It was here in this community that I learned that I was a child of God, and all I had left to do was believe." Now he is a staff member helping others find their way to recovery. On Sunday, I invited my guests to bring a donation for Grace of God to my birthday party. We had fun and supported a great cause!

Consider hosting a dinner and inviting friends, neighbors or relatives to come with a generous donation (any amount) to support our men and families in recovery. Contact Todd Schirmer (585-764-4862 or for more information. Also, plan on being with us for the 18th Annual Golf Tournament on Sunday, September 9, at Shadow Lake Golf Course. Any questions, call Tom Wright at 775-5863.

SPARC is looking for about 30 volunteers to help them put on the community-wide kick-off celebration for the Civil Rights Park at Baden Park on September 8, 12-6 pm. Volunteers are needed before and at the event for the following areas: Publicity; Food Prep; Food Servers; General Runners; Admissions Tables; Safety Volunteers, Parking Attendants & Support Security Guards; Garbage, Recycling & Compost; Clean-up. Shifts are available starting at 2 hour increments. To sign-up or for more information, please contact Tara Kiernan (tkiernan1916@gmail.com585-705-0683) or Elaine at 585-764-5388.
JOURNALING ON TUESDAYS with Rev. Mary begins on Tuesday, August 14. If you like to write and want to share some of your reflections, clippings, photos, meditations and awesome moments, come to the Nielsen Room on Tuesdays August 14, 21 and 28 from 6-8 pm.

Would you like to be debt free? Would you like to have an emergency fund? Would you like to save for your children's college tuition? Or know, with confidence, how soon you can retire? Would you like to give more generously? This spring, 12 parishioners participated in Financial Peace University, a nine-lesson class taught by financial expert Dave Ramsey on how to get control over your finances. During those nine weeks they paid off over $50K in debt, saved over $30K, and began their own remarkable journeys to financial peace! The next series will begin on Wednesday, August 29, from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Friendship Room. The cost is $109 per couple or individual. The class size is limited to 12. Please contact the Spiritus office for more information (585-325-1180).

Love books and enjoy reading them with children? Consider joining our vibrant Buddy Readers Ministry! We read with K-2 buddies every Monday morning at World of Inquiry School #58 and afternoons at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School (Joseph Avenue, two blocks south of 104). Reading aloud activates language & cognitive skills AND builds motivation, curiosity and memory -- all important to school success!  Questions? Look for someone wearing a Buddy Reader button/t-shirt or contact Marcy DeJesús-Rueff ( Sign-up forms can be found by clicking HERE.

The Mental Health Center is offering GENTLE YOGA (all levels welcome) with Chris Grizzante, RN, E-RYT for 10 weeks beginning Sept. 6, 1:30-2:30 pm in the SHAW Room at Spiritus. Mats/blocks/blankets provided; wear comfortable clothing. Register with Maureen @ 325-1180 x 114 or

Project Drawdown is coming to Spiritus! It is a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming based on a qualified, diverse and global group of researchers who identified the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change. To help us respond, the local Pachamama Alliance will offer a five session course Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3 & 24, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Nielsen Room (19th in the Hallock Lounge). All sessions are free, with donations accepted. Instructors: Sue Staropoli & Tim McGowan. Register HERE for the introduction and CLICK HERE for the course sessions.

With Love, 

Rev. Myra


Following is a list of the remaining organizations that will receive tithing July 2018 & January 2019:

Matthew's Closet
Provides clothing to those in need, regardless of their ability to pay
Memorials Co-op Ink
Building memorials and affordable burial caskets
Moravia Lunch Backpack Program
Provides easy & nutritious foods for children to take home over the weekend and prepare for themselves if/when they are hungry
Mustard Seed Ministries
Financial aid and food for the poor by a coalition of churches
National Coalition Building Institute
International leadership organization providing training in diversity, equity & inclusion in community organizations
No One Left Behind - Rochester Chapter
Resettles Afghan & Iraqi interpreters; supports US/NATO personnel
Operation Mali, Inc.
Provides clothing, toys, medical supplies & assistance to economically disadvantaged/needy children & adults in Mali, West Africa & the US
Palmer/Head-Strong Pay It Forward Foundation
Gift Card Fund
Partners in Restorative Initiatives
Works with schools, courts and communities to instill restorative practices through education, training and facilitation
Qholaghoe Mountain Connections
Grants for education, sustainable farming practices and to alleviate hunger
Refugees Helping Refugees
Offers variety of classes/services aimed at creating self-sufficiency
Restore Congo
Restores hope & dignity by empowering women & children brutalized by war
Roc Acts
Shapes the political and economic decisions impacting our lives
Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network
Assists homeless families achieve sustainable independence via shelter, food and personalized case management
Rochester Community Bikes
Collects, repairs and distributes used bicycles to Rochester's needy
Rochester Gay Men's Chorus
Uses music to create an acceptance of social diversity
Rochester Global Refugee Services
Advocates and promotes self-sufficiency through employment, education, social support and economic independence for refugees in Rochester
Rochester Int'l Children's Film Festival
Free films, books & animation classes for Rochester's at-risk youth
Rochester Peoples Climate Coalition
Identifies and implements effective climate solutions
Rural Workers Education Center
Two week summer program for children of farm workers
Safer Monroe Area Reentry Team
Focuses on effective re-entry from prison, jail and detention centers
Santa Maria Tzeja Middle School c/o Gates Presbyterian Church Building New Hope
Education for Guatemalan youth in preparation for further studies at the high school and university level
Organization Sew Green
Non-profit arts and crafts store
Solar Car Project
Student-run NPO for environmentally sustainable technology
Speaking from the Heart
Refugees converse with Americans supportive of their efforts to express themselves in English
Strings For Success c/o Center for Youth
Free violin instruction through Center for Youth & School No. 19 partnership
Sunset House
Dignified comfort care in a home-like setting for end-stage illness
Sweet Bees, Inc.
Fosters stronger honey bee population in Rochester area and abroad
Turning Points
Information for individuals/families involved with NYS prisons & jails
United Christian Leadership Ministry
Promotes social justice, equity & liberation for family & youth
Untapped Shores International, Inc.
Brings clean water technology to the most vulnerable populations
West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest
Enhances the quality of legal services for low-income West Virginians, including children, the elderly, and victims of domestic violence
Women Veterans Self-sufficient Project - c/o Veterans Outreach
Comprehensive service for female veterans with substance abuse/mental health issues; counseling, housing assistance incl. Priscilla's House
Zululand Hospice South Africa
Provides specialized palliative care for patients with progressive disease and bereavement support for their families
Dimitri House
Homeless shelter & food cupboard
Isaiah House
Hospice home for the terminally ill


  • 5 pm:  Mass at Spiritus (Ensemble)* 

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

  • 12:10 pm:  Mass at Spiritus - Taylor Chapel
  • 6 pm:  SPARC - Friendship Room
  • 6 pm:  Meditation Series - Hallock Lounge
  • 7 pm:  A Course in Miracles - Nielsen Room

  • 12:10 pm:  Mass at Immanuel Baptist Church (Contemporary) 
  • 6-8 pm: Journaling with Rev. Mary - Nielsen Room
  • 7-9 pm: Men's Small Retreat Group - Friendship Room

  • 12:10 pm:  Mass at Spiritus - Taylor Chapel
  • 1-6 pm:  Living Room - Nielsen Room

  • 7-8:30 pm: Baptism Class - Friendship Room
  • 7 pm:  Mass at Spiritus (Thursday Night Musicians)*

  • 10-11:30 am:  Mindfulness Class - Nielsen Room
  • 12:10 pm:  Mass at Spiritus - Taylor Chapel

  • 5 pm:  Mass at Spiritus (Gospel)* 

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

*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. Myra Brown, Pastor
Rev. James Callan, Associate Pastor  
Rev. Mary Ram erman, Associate Pastor

Mark Potter, Director, Religious Ed & Family Minister
Siobhan Potter, Youth Minister  
Lauren Urzetta, Youth Minister 

Mike Ramich, Business Administrator  
Ruth Cowing, Administrative Assistant 
Elaine West, Administrative Assistant 

Paul Boutte, Music Minister, Gospel Choir 
Lerangis, Music Minister, Spirit Singers
Jim Ramerman, Music Minister, Thursday Night Musicians

call the Spiritus office, 325-1180 to register

Lisa Moretto & Lori Marra, Wedding Preparation
8-month period of preparation; contact 325-1180 or

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  
Spir itus Christi Church  
121 N. Fitzhugh Street, Rochester, NY 14614

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