Saturdays, 4:30 pm
Sundays, 9:00 am and 11:00 am
Mondays-Fridays, 8:30 am

ASCENSION OF THE LORD - May 9 Holy Day of Obligation
Masses at 8:30 and 5:30

Other Services:
Adoration Chapel always open.
Confessions - Saturdays from 3:00 to 4:00 in church

Parish Office Hours:  Monday through Thursday 9:00 - 3:00
168 Spencerport Rd, Rochester, NY 14606
(585) 429-6811



St. Theodore’s Parish
100th Anniversary Celebration Calendar

December 31—100th Anniversary Blessing at all Masses with distribution of 100th Anniversary Calendar
January 27—Remembrance and Prayer Service at 11:00 a.m. with distribution of Anniversary Prayer Cards. Lunch and social gathering to follow.
February 27 and 29—Lenten Retreat with Father Kennedy
March 10—Irish Concert with John Dady at 5:00 p.m. Food will be served. Please RSVP by March 4.
March 16—St. Patrick’s Day Parade
April 28—Talent Show at 2:00 p.m.-Canceled until further notice
July 20—Celebration of the First Mass that was held. An outdoor Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 p.m. and followed by an Ice Cream Social.
July—Gates Summer Celebration.
August 25—Parish Picnic. The first was held on the same weekend 100 years ago!
September 21—Pasta Dinner
October—Recognition by the Gates Town Council
November 9—Dedication Mass with the Bishop at 11:00 a.m. 100th Anniversary Luncheon held at 1:00 p.m.

There will be many opportunities to come together as a faith-filled community. Let's make this 100th Anniversary a year to remember!



June 19, 2022 begins the three year National Eucharistic Revival in the Diocese of Rochester. The revival is a movement, called for by the Catholic bishops of the United States, to renew Catholics’ belief in and devotion to the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Visit the National Eucharistic Revival website for information, updates and ways to participate.


Are you coming or going? Do you ever wonder if you are coming or going? Most of us have the sense sometimes that life is too hurried, harried, and unfocused. We pause at the end of a day or a week and are not sure what just happened, or if any of it mattered. We need a source of peace and purpose to lead us to what is most important and give us greater meaning in life. In the Eucharist, we come and go in a different way. We come to Mass with gratitude - the word Eucharist means to be thankful. We experience Christ's presence in the Word of God proclaimed in the readings, in all who have gathered, in the priest who is in the person of Christ among us, and especially in the bread and wine which become Christ's Body and Blood. The Eucharist is the source of our lives as Catholic Christians. In the Eucharist, we are formed as Christ's people and nourished to live as disciples in the world. We come to the source and are sent forth in mission.


Baptism is the “doorway” through which we enter the Church community.  It is in this sacrament that Christ claims us for his own; that parents commit to raising their child as a Christian; and that the Christian community welcomes the child as a member.  What an awesome gift parents give their child when they come to the Church to ask for this sacrament of Baptism for their child!

It is a serious responsibility of the faith community to help parents in every way possible.  Here at St. Theodore’s we offer an individual meeting with parents to talk together about the privileges and responsibilities of Baptism and a group session that further explores how both parents and Church can help form this child in our Catholic faith. Before you choose sponsors for your child's baptism, please review the Being a Baptismal Sponsor Pamphlet Being_a_Baptismal_Sponsor_(Revised_10-18-2022)[1]

If you are expecting, we encourage you to attend this class during your pregnancy, so you have as much of a “head start” as possible in forming your child in faith.  If you have a newborn, we urge you to participate in this group session in the early months of your child’s life.  Arrange an appointment by calling the parish office at 429-6811.  Please let us know your name, phone number, email and whether this is your first child.
Our 2024 Baptism Preparation Sessions are:
January 28
April 28
August 18
November 17


New and Current Altar Servers
Please contact Maureen Piehler at if your child would like to become an altar server and also to let her know if current altar servers will continue.



Are you interested in volunteering at St. Theodore’s as an usher, lector, Eucharistic Minister or Sacristan? We are looking for more volunteers in these ministries. You will be need to complete an online Diocesan volunteer training in order to volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering in any ministry at St. Theodore’s, please contact the office at 429-6811. Thank you.


The Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) is the annual appeal inviting Catholics in the Diocese of Rochester to join in a partnership to advance the mission of our Church. This year’s theme is “Go Forth with Christ.”
We are very happy to report that we have reached our goal.  Thank you to all who helped made their pledges.


Item of the Week



JULY 15  – JULY 19
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
Children 4 years old through those entering 6th grade
Registration will begin in May


The Saint Theodore’s Literacy Committee is partnering with the Rochester Resettlement Services to provide volunteers for tutoring refugees. There are many opportunities available and tutoring can take place in person or via Zoom. Please call the office at 429- 6811 to learn more about how you can help recent refugees with their English language skills.


Prison Ministry

Items needed for the prison ministry are:
Soap, Deodorant, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Nail clippers, Towel set, Hairbrush, Comb, Razor, Shaving cream, Shampoo, Socks

Items can be dropped off in the church entrance or parish office.



Bible Study with Sr. Bernarde is canceled until further notice.

Men's Club

Men's Club meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the north end of the school.  Park in the west parking lot. All men of the parish are welcome to join us. There will be food and snacks along with good conversation.


Digital Tutor

A trained Digital Tutor will be at the Parish Life Center to answer your computer questions the first Monday** of every month from 9:30—12:30. Free of charge, plus you may come without an appointment. You may ask beginner questions or more advanced ones. Please tell friends and family of this wonderful opportunity.


Grieving with Great Hope

Grieving with Great HOPE is a six-week grief support workshop series that offers a prayerful, practical and personal approach for anyone who is mourning the loss of a loved one. If you have lost a spouse, a child (including pregnancy loss), a grandchild, a parent, another family member, or a friend - you are encouraged to attend. The program is free and All Are Welcome. This is a multi-parish program with Our Mother of Sorrows and Holy Cross churches, however you can be from any parish or no parish! The next session begins on Saturday, April 6 at 1:00 pm at St. Theodore’s Church.
Please contact the parish office at 429-6811 to register


We know that sometimes it’s hard to remember your envelope while you are running out the door to come to church.  You can set up your donations to come right from your bank using your bank’s online banking feature.

Just add St. Theodore’s Church as a payee.  Use your envelope number as your account number and let them know how often to initiate a check.  The bank will then send the check right to St. Theodore’s and we will enter the contributions in our computer just as if you put your envelope in the collection basket.

You can also use this feature to make donations to the church’s ministries, pay faith formation fees, make your pledge to the CMA.  Just make sure to put in the memo section what the monies are for.

If you have any questions, please call the parish office.



Are You A Catholic Man Age 18 Or Older And Ready To Serve Others?

Since 1882, membership in the Knights of Columbus has been open to men 18 years of age or older who are "practical" (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See. Since that time, the Knights of Columbus has understood "practical catholic" to mean a Catholic who accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.

Become a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 178

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