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, June 6, 2021
Corpus Christi Sunday

“Without God, we cannot; without us, God will not.”
~St. Augustine
Photo by Just Jack on Unsplash

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 it rains, we will move to an indoor service. Don't forget to bring a chair!

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, and Kathy English

The song sheet can be found here.

The scriptures for the service are: Exodus 24:3-8; Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18; Hebrews 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-16, 22-26

*Click here to register for any upcoming Sunday Mass.

~ A Message from Lori ~


Yesterday, I received a phone call that prompted me to reflect on how important it is that I work to be as loving and inclusive as possible at all times and for all people. I received a voicemail from my friend, Linda, whom I have not spoken to in at least five years (and who remains in my heart every day nonetheless). Linda was a colleague at my last college, and our friendship began with a mutual "coming out" about thirteen years ago that I will never forget.

I was assigned to observe Linda and to offer her constructive feedback on her teaching. After the observation, I asked if she wanted to get lunch in the student center so that we could talk about her class. She eagerly agreed, and as we stood in line for our sandwiches, she started asking the questions people ask when getting to know each other: where are you from, are you married, do you have kids, etc. Because it is my way, I did not hesitate to say that I am from Texas, that I am married to a woman, and that we were rearing three children together. My "coming out" complete, Linda looked at me with genuine upset on her and told me that she is a Mormon, quickly adding that she hoped I would not hold it against her. Wow. She was worried I would not accept her!

Perhaps because of that initial honesty, we became fast friends. Until we moved to New York, our families regularly spent time together having meals and sharing our struggles and our ideas about faith and life. Yesterday, Linda left me a message to let me know her middle child (now about 23 years old) has "come out" as trans. She wanted me to know how profoundly the time spent with me and my family influenced their family - not only their understanding of their child's sense of self in the world, but also acceptance of him for exactly who he is. Linda said the same thing several times: "Thank you for loving us for exactly who we are and for being a model for us to do the same for him now." The thing is that I would say the same to them! The love and acceptance despite differences that could have been insurmountable went both ways. They taught us as much as we may have taught them. And what we got to teach each other is that the work of loving is not easy; it is essential.

As a Texan, I cannot help but use the word y'all, and as a Christian, I have to remember that Y'all means ALL - even those who may not seem like they fit easily with us and even those who do not know how to include us in return. We are ALL part of the Body of Christ, and I believe our acceptance and love of others is how we live out God's plan for our lives. It is the work we get to do to make the reign of God real. And I am so grateful to be loving ALL alongside each and every one of you. Thanks be to God!

And now, a few reminders beginning with one 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.

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.

May we each in our own way be the Body of Christ - this week and always!


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 Hospitality Ministry and Family Promise (formerly called RAIHN). 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.

Hospitality Ministry: Greet new people, engage online parishioners, send cards, make visits, and prepare meals for those who need some help and cheer. For more information, contact Kathy Mrzywka at 585-520-6040

Family Promise (formerly RAIHN) is a program that provides shelter for families who are homeless. Four times a year we host families who live at the church for one week. This ministry provides meals, hospitality, and other needs that may arise. For more information, contact Lynne Hamilton at 585 755-9370 or Joan Smith 585-217-6937

First Communions

Sunday, June 13, we will celebrate the first communion of Carter Anderson. 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 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.

Brown Bag Bible Study

We will begin meeting for an outdoor Bible study this 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. The first meeting will set the groundwork for our exploration, and then we will choose our texts together for the rest of our meetings. Think of this as joining a conversation that is more than 2000 years old. Exciting stuff!

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. Bring a dish to pass and a chair (and your own tableware if you feel like loving the Earth!). We will provide the hotdogs, burgers and veggie burgers. All are welcome!

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