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Fr. Bill's Corner

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR

Dear Parishioners:

Our parish is experiencing new growth. This new growth has been aided by so many parishioners, staff, and the resources of the diocese. For every major project we have completed, we have asked for and received input and guidance from the Diocese of Rochester. From the Oratory and our St. Francis of Assisi food cupboard to revamping our Faith Formation program, the Diocese has been and will continue to be a support to our parish. That is why I will make a contribution to the CMA this year and encourage you to do so as well.

Last weekend (October 6-7) we watched our Catholic Ministries Appeal video before each Mass. I would like to thank Sebastian Marino and his entire team at Audio Images for generously contributing their time and resources to help us all see the video. The video has also been posted on our Website (www.motherofsorrows.net), on the diocesan Website (www.dor.org), and on the CMA page (www.dor.org/cma).

This year’s CMA theme is Sharing our Blessings. A life of faith and our support of the CMA is an opportunity to share our blessing. I am happy to announce that the Diocese has recalculated the formula for establishing the amount of our goal. As a result, our parish goal for this year has decreased from last year’s CMA goal of $91,489 to $89,770. While our CMA goal has gone down for this year, I know we will need the support of as many people as possible.

Given the recent news of the scandal impacting the church, Bishop Matano offers a heartfelt prelude to the CMA video in which he recommits the efforts of our diocese to keep each and every child safe and, and he apologizes to those who have been abused over the years. He also explains that the work of the Church needs our support both in prayer and financial offerings. I invite you to listen to our shepherd’s words and hope you will be uplifted by the video.

Last weekend we also focused on Sharing our Blessings after each of the three Masses at OMOS. We will processed down to the St. Francis of Assisi Food Cupboard and blessed the space. We carried the relic of St. Francis and used the relic to bless this room.

May Our Lord Bless us and may we continue to take the time to thank Him.

Peace,

Fr. Bill

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