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You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. ~Mathew 16

From The Pastor

Dear Parishioners and Friends;

 A few days more and September will begin! Be sure to check the bulletin for information regarding registration information for school, Faith Formation and Confirmation programs. 


We are always in need of more volunteers for Faith formation, coffee hour volunteers and parish and finance council members. Skills and talents of all sorts are needed. Give the office a call!


Next Tuesday, August 29th, at 9:30am, there will be a Memorial Mass for deceased Basilian Fathers in the All Souls Chapel at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. There have been many fine Basilians who served in Rochester and our own parish community, who are buried at Holy Sepulchre. Anyone is welcome to attend.


May God bless you this week.

Fr. Gonyo

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Baptisms and Deaths

Congratulations and may

God’s blessings be upon these children:

Iris Kathleen Bechard

Elliott Ryan Biryla

Please remember in prayer our Beloved who have recently passed away:

Jean Marie Guarino

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The Deacon's Corner

The Deacon’s Corner:

Spend some time focused on the Real Presence and yourself. I’m suggesting some retreats for you to consider, from a couple hours to several days. Peace, Deacon Lon

¨ Notre Dame Retreat House:

  • Cursillo Women’s Weekend #90 September 14-17, 2023

See Deacon Lon for Application cutoff date 8/25/2023. Sponsors Wanted.


Spend a little time in prayer …

Go down to the Abbey, spend some silent prayer time, enjoy nature, buy some great bread, jams and enjoy a day with your friends and the Lord.

You are invited to join in the community prayer in the Abbey Church. Informal, yet respectful, dress attire is appropriate for the Church. An opportunity for confession is available from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays in the small conference room just inside the entrance to the church. 

Retreats are not directed, however if you would like spiritual direction, you are welcome to contact Fr. Jerome at 585-468-4075.

¨ IRONDEQUOIT: SKT Prayer in the Park (Christ the King Campus) 

August 26th, and September 30th (Last Saturday of the Month)

Lectio Divina Prayer begins at 6:00pm and ends promptly at 7:00 pm.

Come as early as you wish. Purchase your own food or ice cream and socialize with friends.



The deacon is a man of faith, who is called from the community that already recognizes his dedication to service. He makes a lifetime commitment to serving the People of God by proclaiming the Word, assisting and presiding at liturgies, and ministering in the areas of charity and social justice. A deacon gives witness to his availability to the community by addressing present and emerging needs of the Church. The Diocese is inviting interested men of strong and active faith, who can demonstrate a record of service in the communities in which they live, work and worship, who may wish to explore a possible call to ordained ministry as a permanent deacon, to first speak with their pastor for an initial conversation. They may also contact Deacon Edward Giblin, Director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate, at, for additional information. A potential candidate must be at least 35 years of age and no older than 62 years of age at the time of ordination after a five (5) year period of formation. He must be in good health, emotionally mature, have stable relationships and must have the wholehearted support of his wife (if married) and family to enter the phase of inquiry.  Because the parish is the primary experience of Church for most inquirers, the parish community is asked as well to invite from among its members men who exhibit strong faith and a spirit of service and encourage them to consider a possible vocation to the permanent diaconate.


Eucharistic Revival

The National Eucharistic Revival

Is a movement to restore understanding and devotion to this great mystery here in the United States by helping us renew our worship of

Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.


Our world is hurting. We all need healing, yet many of us are separated from the very source of our strength. Jesus Christ invites us to return to the source and summit of our faith in the celebration of the Eucharist.

Here are some opportunities that you can participate in throughout our Diocese:

The Saint Kateri Parish Eucharistic Revival Team is planning many 

events which you will be able to participate in. Check our bulletin in the coming weeks to see what is planned

  • Immaculate Conception 113 N. Geneva Street Ithaca, NY: The Eucharistic Revival Committee and Knights of Columbus Ithaca Council are presenting The Eucharistic Miracles of the World exhibit. This beautiful exhibit was developed by Blessed Carlos Acutis, a very devout young Italian boy who was steadfast in his belief in the Real Presence Christ in the Eucharist and died from Leukemia at the age of fifteen. The exhibit will be open Sept. 16-17, Oct. 21-22 and Nov. 18-19. In addition to the exhibit, the newly renovated church will be open for viewing.

  • Former St. James Convent Chapel-130 Brett Road Rochester, NY —Peace of Christ Parish is collecting the names of those interested in participating in Perpetual Adoration. Please call (585) 288-5000 if you are interested in signing up.

Watch the videos using the following links to learn more about the exciting journey ahead and how you can be a part of it!

The National Eucharistic Revival,, and

The Eucharist: Source of Our Healing and Hope



Parish Happenings

Weekly Calendar of Parish Events

Saturday, August 26: Nocturnal Adoration - 8pm - CTK

Monday, August 28: Confirmation Preparation “Parent “ 7pm - 8pm - CTK Church 

Tuesday, August 29: Seven Sorrows Rosary - 5pm- CTK - Mary's Chapel 

Wednesday, August 30:

Legion of Mary - 1pm- SC - Rm 109A 

Friday, September 1: First Friday Exposition & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - 12:45 PM

Monday, September 4, 2023 ** SKT Office Closed **


Monday, September 4th.

In Observance of Labor Day, 

Daily Mass will NOT be held


the Parish Office’s are CLOSED.

Men’s Club Dinner

Tuesday Sept. 12th

 Newcomb Friendship Center

         at St. Cecilia Church

Doors open 6:00 pm, Dinner served at 6:45 pm

All men of the parish are invited

Dinner Includes -½ Chicken Barbecue dinner with sides,

beverages, coffee and dessert.

All this for only $25!

Reservations Required

Call:Tony Ferreri - Pres,764 9707

Gary Moroni - VP 342 4447


Ladies Guild  

Meeting & Luncheon

September 14th, 


Newcomb Friendship Center

Cost: $10/ per person

RSVP: Monday, 9/11

All the women from the parish are welcome to attend. Dues are only $10/year and due at the September meeting. We have many wonderful things planned for the year and look forward to seeing you there.

Call Geri Agnello: 467-8377


Come and spend an hour in peaceful prayer

Nocturnal Adoration at Christ the King, on the 4th Saturday of the Month 8:00PM

Nocturnal Adoration offers a unique opportunity to be in the presence of Jesus at a time when there are no distractions; to meditate on His passion, death and resurrection; to pray with Him to our Father; and to receive the strength of the Holy Spirit to continue His mission of love and compassion. Members pray for the intentions of society members worldwide, for world peace, for pro-life issues, vocations, victims of war and natural disasters, and our departed brothers 

Seven Sorrows Rosary at Christ the King. Tuesdays 5:00PM

Seven decades of seven Hail Mary's while reflecting on our Blessed Mother's heart and love for God and the tears she shed. This devotion originated in the thirteenth century and has been prayed weekly at Christ the King since 2019. This chaplet takes about a half hour praying with men and women (children are welcomed) to ask for Mary's intercession of her Son for our personal and communal needs. Come and pray for the world we live in and remember all the Lord has done for us.


Lectio Devina at Christ the King, Saturday August 26th, September 30th, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Historically, Lectio Divina has been a "community practice" performed by monks in monasteries. Although it can be taken up individually, its community element should not be forgotten.

Lectio Divina has been likened to "feasting on the Word": first, the taking of a bite (lectio); then chewing on it (meditatio); savoring its essence (oratio) and, finally, "digesting" it and making it a part of the body (contemplatio). In Christian teachings, this form of meditative prayer leads to an increased knowledge of Christ.

Attention All Ministry Leaders of

Saint Kateri Committees & Groups


2023-24 Scheduling of SKT Meeting Space

The SKT calendar is open for reserving space at Christ the King and St. Cecilia’s facilities. Every effort will be made to honor your requests. A few things to note:

* Church/School sponsored programs/groups are given first priority.

* If there is a scheduling conflict, your group may be scheduled for the next available date or a different room other than the one that is requested.

* Rooms are reserved according to size of the group and nature of the event. In the case of conflicting requests, these factors will be critical to deciding which group/event gets the requested facility. Any other request for the same facility will be accommodated at another Parish location.

Please contact Annette Syracusa by email to schedule your meetings or if you have any questions:


Basilian Memorial Mass

 The Basilian Lay Associates will be sponsoring a Memorial Mass for deceased Basilian Fathers.


It will be held Tuesday, August 29 at 9:30am in the All Souls Chapel at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

All are invited to participate! There will be a particular remembrance for those Basilians who served in Rochester and are buried at Holy Sepulchre.


Faith Formation

Saint Kateri Faith Formation

is Looking for Volunteers

If you have a passion for sharing your faith and working with children, please join us!

Volunteers are needed for:

¨ Monthly Family Program

¨ Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Please contact Anna Steele for more information:, 585-338-1146.


Saint Kateri Parish offers a variety of Faith Formation and Sacramental Preparation options for your family.

Faith Formation:

(Religious Education for children enrolled in Public School)

*For children in Grades PreK-7th, this program is offered during the school year September-May as we partner with parents in supporting and continuing your child’s faith journey. This program consists of monthly meetings and extra faith filled activities.

Contact Anna Steele with questions.

Sacrament Preparation:

Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

For children in Grade 2 and over to prepare to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Celebration of Reconciliation is in the fall, First Holy Communion is celebrated parish wide in May.

Contact Anna Steele with questions.


A two year journey for those in Grades 8 and older to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Contact Christine Bondi with questions.


For those not fully initiated to the Catholic faith but wish to be. This process is for anyone over 16 years old that wish to become fully initiated (in need of the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation or any combination of the three).

Contact Mark Keller with questions.

School Happenings

Saint Kateri School

Save the Date!

Walk-A-Thon 2023

We would really appreciate your support as we prepare for our 14th Annual Fundraising Walk-A-Thon. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to gain valuable visibility and exposure while showing your commitment to Saint Kateri School.

Your monetary contribution will be used to support school activities and programs held throughout the year. We are looking for sponsorships to help support our event and students! Money raised will be used to help our school get necessary updates and support our students! Any support is greatly appreciated and we sincerely hope you will consider partnering with Saint Kateri School and become a sponsor for this wonderful event.

On behalf of our students, we deeply appreciation of any support you can give and any past support you have provided. Thank you!! Please feel free to contact us directly at Saint Kateri School, (585) 467-8730.

  • Bronze Level: $100 - $199 - Business name listed on back of the t-shirt worn by all students and participants. T-shirts are worn on the day of the Walk-A-Thon, throughout the school year, and at our End-of-Year Promise Prayer Service

 Business Logo displayed in entrance of Saint Kateri church and Various media coverage

  • Silver Level: $200 - $299 - Bronze level benefits PLUS

Business logo posted on school website.

Dedicated social media post recognizing your business' generous donation.

  • Gold Level $300 - $500 - ALL lower-level benefits PLUS

Business link posted on school website.

  • Platinum Level $501+ - ALL lower-level benefits PLUS

Largest font size level on the back of t-shirt

Please use the QR Code and submit it by September 15th

 to Saint Kateri School by (Attn: Walk-A-Thon)


Saint Kateri School Video

Community News

“Self Compassion”

Presented by Deacons George Welch and Lon Smith

Offering a Day to Fill your Soul . . .

       Tuesday, September 5, 2023

This is a day of Looking at the River of suffering. We will explore how radical self compassion invites us into holy ground. Through presentation, Teresian prayer of the heart and gratitude we are more aware of God’s loving presence. 

Day begins at 9:00am and concludes at 3:00pm

There is a $35.00 Fee. Please call 585-394-5700 or email us at to register. 

For more details on the day and presenter’s visit


Sharing Our Stories

(formerly known as Letters to God)


Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.

-- Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection


Taking time to write together or to journal individually can offer us an encounter with grace. During this weekend, we will explore writing as a spiritual practice—a way to tell our stories, an opportunity to listen and an experience of blessing our histories. The exercises will be simple, gentle, and inspirational. Each day includes prayer and presentation, writing exercises and sharing and closing with prayer.


Maureen M. Martin, M.Div, LCPC, is a spiritual director and writer. Previously she worked as a counselor, hospice chaplain, and pediatrician. After many life transitions, Maureen has woven together her losses and shares her insights of hope, even in crisis, through writing, public speaking, and spiritual direction. She lives in Brockport.


Facilitated by: Maureen Martin

Dates: Thursday, August 24, 7:00 p.m. - Sunday, August 27, 1:00 p.m.

Location: MSC

Cost: $350

Walking in Their Footsteps: The Journey to Sainthood


Each session of this monthly program will take a more in-depth look at the life and work of one of these holy role models. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about a lesser recognized saint, or a different perspective on someone you thought you knew. Every month will be enlightening. More information on the subject of the month will be featured as each session approaches. 

September: St. Phoebe

St. Phoebe was a woman of great courage and deep love. She answered God’s call to minister to God’s people during the earliest days of the Church, when persecution against Christians was strong. 


Dates: Second Tuesday of each month in 2023:


September 12

October 10

November 14

December 12

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Mercy Spirituality Center

Fee: $25 each.


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(585) 473-6893

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