Important Mass Update:

The CDC and Monroe County recommend and encourage wearing a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Under CDC and state guidance, unvaccinated individuals must wear masks in public settings. Fully vaccinated individuals are  strongly encouraged to wear masks while attending church.

Children under the age of 12 who are not yet vaccine eligible, and under the age of 16 who have not yet been able to be vaccinated, may accompany and be seated with a vaccinated adult in a fully vaccinated section.

We will continue with two sections of seating in church:  social distancing and non social distancing.  You may choose to sit in either section. If you sit in the social distancing section, you should follow the 6 foot separation unless you live in the same household.

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass has resumed.  Anyone who is frail or at risk due to advanced age or medical conditions is always excused from this obligation and you are encouraged to use your own prudential judgment about your health and returning to Mass.  For those who are healthy and not at great risk, sick, or caring for others who are at risk or sick, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass resumes.  Due to the obligation to attend Mass resuming, the livestream of our Sunday Mass will no longer be available.

Read the bishops' statement at:

 https://www.dor.org/wp-content/uploads/Announcment-Regarding-Mass-Obligation.pdf

We continue to make adjustments as we receive guidance from the CDC, New York State and the Diocese of Rochester.

Thank you for patience and understanding.

Mass times:

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

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

168 Spencerport Rd, Rochester, NY 14606
(585) 429-6811

Baptism

HOW IMPORTANT IS BAPTISM?
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.
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 with Sr. Cathy for the first step; then plan to attend our next group session.
 

RCIA

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the means offered by the Church to prepare and welcome new members to our faith and to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist during the Easter season.
For more information or if you have questions about the process, please call the office at 429-6811.

 

ALTAR SERVERS

GIRLS AND BOYS IN GRADES 4 -12…
New and Current Altar Servers
Please contact Maureen Piehler at Maureen.piehler@dor.org if your child would like to become an altar server and also to let her know if current altar servers will continue.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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.
 

FORWARD IN FAITH

We are very pleased to announce that we have met our CMA goal!!!!  If you still wish to contribute to the CMA, please do so.  For any monies raised over our goal, the Diocese will return half of that to us.  Thank you for your support of the CMA!

FOOD CUPBOARD NEWS

NEEDED ITEM OF THE WEEK
"Bar Soap"

CHRISTMAS ANGELS FOR THE FOOD CUPBOARD

The annual Christmas Angel drive for the Food Cupboard ends Monday, December 6. Please drop off all unwrapped items at Mass the weekend of December 4-5 or in the parish no later than Monday, December 6.
 

“BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR JESUS”

Families are invited to a Birthday Party for Jesus!
There will be crafts, games, cupcakes to celebrate Jesus’ birthday and a special visit from Santa.

Date: Sunday, December 12
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $15.00 per family
Place: Parish Hall
Face masks are required to be worn for this event.

The deadline to register for this fun family event is Monday, December 6.

Registration forms are available in the back of church and the Faith Formation and Parish Offices.
Since you bring gifts to a birthday party, we are asking families to bring a new unwrapped toy for an underprivileged child in loving memory of Annamaria Accorso, who was killed in a car accident four years ago.
Annamaria was a volunteer in the Faith Formation program and for Theo’s Closet. The toys will be given to local organizations in the city. If you are not attending this event and would still like to donate a toy, you can bring it to the Faith Formation Office no later than December 13.
If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Piehler at 429-5650 or Maureen.piehler@dor.org.
 

ADVENT REFLECTION WEEK 2

Have joy in your hearts as we make paths straight, level mountains, hills and fill every valley. This sounds like a monumental task. How can that bring joy? God promises us that even though the task may be hard it will bring us great joy.
Obviously, we know these words mean something greater than what they literally mean. Maybe when we see these words in a different light by relating them to justice, equality and welcoming the marginalized, we see how joy can be accomplished.
Advent is the season of Christian "roadwork." John the Baptist, through our readings, asks us to straighten out our lives and to clear out obstacles or dangers on our journey to God. How do we make the way smoother for others who find it difficult to travel to God?

Reflection Questions
Have you or do you now belong to a group or organization that has leveled the playing field for you or others making it easier to seek God? How was it accomplished? How did it bring joy to you and others?
Like John the Baptist was our coach and mentor to seek God, who has been a mentor or coach in your life to seek justice for others? What activities or words did this person use to encourage you to grow?
How does prayer help to achieve these monumental tasks?