168 Spencerport Rd
Rochester, NY 14606
Saturdays, 4:30 pm
Sundays, 9:00 am and 11:00 am
Mondays-Fridays, 8:30 am
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
Friday, December 8, is the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation. Our Mass times are at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
SUNDAY MASS SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER 23-24
Saturday at 4:30 PM
Sunday at 10:00 AM*
*There are no 9:00 AM or 11:00 AM Sunday Masses on December 24.
CHRISTMAS EVE/DAY MASS SCHEDULE
Sunday at 4:30 PM with Children's Pageant and 10:00 PM
Monday at 10:00 AM
EVENING OF RECOLLECTION FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS
EVENING OF RECOLLECTION for all who serve in ministry at St Theodore’s Parish
December 12, 2023, at 6:30 - 8:00 PM in the church.
You are invited to an Evening of Recollection for all who serve in any ministry at St Theodore’s on December 12th at 6:30 in the church. All who serve in any of our ministries are strongly urged to attend. This includes but is not limited to ushers and lectors, extraordinary ministers of communion, faith formation teachers, volunteers at Theos closet, our food pantry, teachers in OCIC, members of committees and councils, those who bring communion to the sick or homebound, music ministry and so many others.
ANYONE who serves in any volunteer capacity here at the parish is invited to this evening of prayer and recollection facilitated by Deacon Dennis.
ST. THEODORE'S 100TH ANNIVERSARY
St. Theodore's Church is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2024! We are hoping to inform current and former parishioners about the many special activities that are being planned. To kick off this wondrous year, a Prayer Service will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 11:30 a.m. with pizza to follow. Listed below are other fun events to participate in:
Lenten Retreat - March
Talent Show, April 29, 2024
Music Ministry Concert, June 9 @ 2:00
Outdoor Mass @ 4:30 followed by Ice Cream Social, June 22
Parish Picnic, Aug. 25
Anniversary Mass & Luncheon, Nov. 10, 2024 @ Chef's Event Center
There will be many opportunities to come together as a faith-filled community. Let's make this 100th Anniversary a year to remember!
STATEMENT FROM BISHOP MATANO RE: SUPREME COURT DECISION
NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL
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)
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:
New and Current Altar Servers
Please contact Maureen Piehler at [email protected] if your child would like to become an altar server and also to let her know if current altar servers will continue.
2023-2024 CATHOLIC MINISTRIES APPEAL
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 will hold our commitment weekend, September 23-24. A video of how the CMA helps parishes and other catholic communities will be shown. Commitment cards will be provided to assist you in participating in this year’s campaign. Please pray for a successful appeal.
Item of the Week
Soup and Crackers
If you shop at Gates Big M, you can purchase items and put in the donation box in the store.
FAMILY PANCAKE BREAKFAST
ACTIVITIES AND A VISIT WITH SANTA CLAUS!
Date: Saturday, December 9
Place: Parish Hall
Time: Pancake breakfast served from 9:00-9:30 a.m. followed by activities
Cost: $5 per person; children 2 and under are free
Join us for breakfast and a fun time of crafts, Christmas caroling and a visit from Santa. Bring your camera to take a picture of your child with Santa.
We will be having a Toy Drive again this year in loving memory of Annamaria Accorso, who we lost five years ago in a tragic car accident. Families are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be distributed local organizations for a child in need. Registration forms are available in the church entrance, parish office and faith formation office.
Registration deadline: Monday, December 4 . Your family needs to be registered prior to this event; NO registration will be accepted that day. Your family will receive an admittance ticket at the door. If you have any questions or need assistance with the fee, please contact Maureen Piehler [email protected].
Teens in grades 7–12 are needed to help with this event; if you are interested, please contact Mrs. Piehler.
ADVENT DAY OF PENANCE
Advent is a special time for preparing for the coming of Christ. The celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a wonderful way to prepare ourselves for the great Feast of the Nativity of Jesus. A Day of Penance will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 13 at Parish of the Holy Family, 4100 Lyell Road from 12 noon – 6 p.m. The priests from Holy Family and St. Theodore’s Parishes will be hearing private confessions. All are welcome!
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.
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.
After a summer break our Bible Study Group will come together again on Thursday afternoons, starting September 28. New members are always welcome. Sessions will be from 1:20 to 2:20 and no prior study is necessary. You are welcome to join us. Hope to see you there.
DO YOU HAVE COMPUTER QUESTIONS?
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 Hope
Holy Cross, Our Mother of Sorrows and St. Theodore’s Parishes are collaborating and welcome all who are grieving to consider joining us for the next offering of this 6 week series held on Saturdays from October 7-November 11 from 1:00—3:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church (enter through doors located off back parking lot).
Jesus wept before breathing new life into His friend, Lazarus. So too, those who have suffered loss suffer and weep.
This support workshop series offers a personal, practical and prayerful approach for anyone who is mourning a loss of a loved one. If you have experienced such a loss or multiple losses, you are encouraged to attend. Your loss may be one of the following, yet not limited to them; a spouse, partner, child, grandchild, parent, sibling or other family member(s) and/or friend(s). Program is free and all are welcome. Previous program participants are encouraged to join as well. Please contact one of the following parish offices if interested: Holy Cross @ (585) 663-2244 Our Mother of Sorrows @ (585) 663-5432
An additional program will be held on November 18, 2023 from 1-3, entitled Surviving the Holidays. More details to follow.
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.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL 178
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
Please contact us at [email protected] or visit KofC.org/JoinUs