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, May 30, 2021
Trinity Sunday

"Wherever there is love, there is a trinity: a lover, a beloved, and a fountain of love."
~St. Augustine

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

This summer, we will have outdoor Mass on the second Sunday of every month (weather permitting). The first will be June 13, 2021.

If you haven't done so already, please consider subscribing to MMC's YouTube Channel. There is no fee involved, and you're notified when we are live. Click this link to get connected: Our Channel on YouTube

Our musicians this morning are Marcy Casilio, Beth Dooher-Anthony, Kathy English, Breyana Clark (guest soloist)

The song sheet can be found here.

The Prayers of the Faithful can be found here.

The scriptures for the service are: Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40; Psalm 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22; Romans 8:14-17; Matthew 28:16-20.

*Click here to register for any upcoming Sunday Mass.

~ A Message from Bishop Denise ~


First- a brief reminder to come early for Mass! We start our live stream at 10:00 am, and it takes a bit longer to be seated with our COVID guidelines. We can't wait to see you here.

Some of you may remember the novel “The Shack” written by William Paul Young. It is a fictional story of a man who encounters God when he is trying to make sense of the death of his young daughter. What I love about “The Shack” is its depiction of the Trinity, which is especially striking in the movie. God the Father is described in the book as a “large, beaming African-American woman” who is named “Papa” and played by Octavia Spencer. Jesus, as we might suspect is a carpenter, but what we often forget is that Jesus was a Middle Eastern man, i.e. not white or fair-skinned. And the Holy Spirit, “Sarayu” which means “wind or holy river” in Hindu, is described as a “small, distinctively Asian woman.” I’ll never forget how positively struck I was by the diversity of these images and how beautifully they represent the beautiful diversity of the humanity!! The images open us up to the awareness of the mystery of God, especially when we talk about the trinity, as well as the ways these three facets, characteristics, faces of our God are as unique and expansive as we are. Even more powerful than that, however, was how relatable and personable these personalities were. 
In watching their interplay in the movie, what was striking was how powerfully healing the relationships between and within the three were, especially as they related to the main character.  I was reflecting on all of this when I read the quote Lori put in the bulletin this week from St Augustine: “Wherever there is love, there is a trinity: a lover, a beloved, and a fountain of love.” The Trinity is nothing if it is not a relationship of love, where the love flows through the Trinitarian God to each one of us enveloping us within the bonds of that love, to the extent that we will allow, invite, receive and share in it!! That choice remains with each one of us!!
In essence, I think this is exactly what our current “stewardship drive” is all about. It is an invitation to all of you to share in the love, by sharing your time or gifts, whether it is by being a part of our hospitality team, by knitting prayer shawls, gardening, setting up for our lemonade on the lawn, baking cookies to share, sharing news about Mary Magdalene in the community at large, or being advocates and allies to those who are marginalized in our world because of the color of their skin, their gender expression or immigration status. It is all a work of love that grows out of the relationships we build with God: Papa/Mama, Jesus, or Spirit as well as our relationships with one another!!!  You’ll see links below to volunteer in various ways through the Time and Talent form. Also, if you’re new to the community you may want to complete a Membership Form or make (or change the amount of) a pledge.
Please save the date for our Mary Magdalene Annual Picnic, after Mass on Sunday, June 13, weather permitting. That will also be our first outdoor Mass of the year. This Memorial Day Weekend we remember our veterans.

With much love,
Bishop Denise

Stewardship - Time and Talent Drive!

With the shift in our fiscal year, it is already time for our Stewardship 2021 Drive. This year the focus is a Time and Talent drive as we begin to re-open our church and re-invigorate our community lives. Mary Magdalene Church has many diverse and vibrant ministries, and to acquaint you with them, we will highlight a couple each week. This week, we want to spotlight our Growth Team and our Social Justice Team. If the work sounds fun or interesting, please consider joining these ministries to offer your time and your talent to the health of our beloved community! Find the Time and Talent form here, or if you're new to the community you may wish to complete a Membership Form or make (or change the amount of) a pledge. Once you've filled it out, you can email it to one of us or send it in the mail before June 13 - our anniversary picnic.

Growth Team focuses on ways to spread the word about Mary Magdalene Church, welcomes new members, and plans activities that increase MMC’s exposure in the community. For more information, you can contact Chris O’Brien at 585 773-5197 or

Social Justice Team: Love is not passive. Love is action. We are an open and flexible group of people who seek to empower those in our faith community wishing to work toward a diverse, inclusive, and equitable society. A coordinator is needed for this group! For more information, contact Lori Vail at

First Communions

Sunday, June 6, we will celebrate the first communion of Kendall and Abbie Bailey Greisch. Join us in person or live online, and if you feel moved to share your joy with them, please feel free to send cards or messages to them via the church this coming week!

If you’d like to send a card or a note to any or all of the children, please send them to Mimi Youngman, 1008 Main Street, East Rochester, NY 14445, before the children's First Communion dates. The dates are:

·        June 6- Abbie & Kendall Bailey Greisch
·        June 13- Carter Anderson
·        June 20- Thomas Hynick
·        June 27- Lucas Potratz

Cup of Change

Our next Cup of Change session will be June 9 at 7 pm. We will be discussing our next steps to be the change we wish to see in the cup of education and effort at a time. And if you are interested in joining the ECC discussion of anti-racism movies, email Lori for information on how to get involved.

Brown Bag Bible Study

We will begin meeting for an outdoor Bible study on Thursday, June 10 at 11 am. Bring a chair and your lunch, and come join us - no commitment necessary! We will meet every Thursday between June 10 and July 8, and all are welcome. Watch here for more details as we get closer!

Annual Picnic & Anniversary Celebration

Mark your calendars and plan to join us on Sunday, June 13 right after Mass for a picnic and anniversary celebration! We will have a vote of affirmation for our newest Board of Trustee nominations, and we will honor the hard work of those who have led our ministry teams as well as those who have chosen to step up for new work in our community.

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.

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.

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.

April Financials

Pledged: $6969
Non-Pledged: $900

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