Lifelong Faith Formation - June 2015

Thanks, Kudos, Muchas Gracias

Thank you for a wonderful year in faith formation.  We had adult teachers, teen aides, parents who supervised events and provided snacks.  We had youth who helped lead prayer, performed in skits and assisted throughout the year.  We had grandparents and aunts and uncles that helped with transportation. We had parishioners pray for our youth in formation and write notes to our First Eucharist candidates.

A special thanks to the youth at St Columba who helped on a recent Wednesday with some landscaping. Mike LaFave, who does maintenance at St Columba, was overjoyed when he was able to mow over the area without kicking up rocks.

The Pope Speaks

Pope Francis gives encouraging wisdom.  See here for the three most important things to say.

Consider seeing the Pope in person at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia this September - our cluster is forming a group - see Colleen Trevisani.

And if you are a nature lover - see his upcoming encyclical on ecology "Praised Be to You"- scheduled to be out next week. 

Summer Programs for All Ages


Join us for Vacation Bible School in Caledonia - July 20-24 9-12noon.  Sponsored through the Cal-Mum Council of Churches - PreK-5 can attend, middle school and high school can assist. Contact Colleen Trevisani, Michelle at or Sue at

Or how about an EVENING Vacation Bible School. - St Vincent de Paul in Churchville.  July 27-31, 6-9pm.  Elementary youth can attend, those entering grades 7 and up can assist. Contact Colleen Trevisani or Kathy Kuntz.

Young Adults

Theology on Tap - Upcoming sessions on topics of faith at local pubs.  For Young adults in their 20s and 30s sponsored by the Diocese of Rochester.

Pizza at the Saloon - College aged young adults are invited to join us at Salvatore's Saloon in Scottville.  High School Seniors heading off to college or work in the fall are welcome. July 7, 7pm - RSVP to Colleen Trevisani.


Whole Community Gathering at St Mary - August 2.  Topics will include Scripture, Adult Spirituality, Parenting, and Strong Catholic Families.  Sessions will be from 9-11 and 1-3.  Potluck lunch after the 11am Mass.  RSVP to Colleen Trevisani.

Pilgrimage to Watkins Glen - August 23.  We will meet at St Mary's in Watkins Glen for 10am Mass with Fr Steve Lape (since he is pastor there now!) and then enjoy bring your own picnic lunches on parish grounds, walk the Glen or shop in town on your own and then meet up for ice cream.  Families welcome.  RSVP to Deacon David Paluskiewicz or Colleen Trevisani.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land - February 13-23, 2016.  See Deacon David Paluskiewicz or 6/7 Bulletin for more information.

Service opportunities for youth and families


Programs for Next Year...

...Start this summer and fall.  Sign up now to help us plan for teachers and materials.  We have a variety of Faith Formation options - summer intensive week with monthly school year gatherings, weekly school year programs, homestudy with monthly school year gatherings.  Consider what works best for you even if it is not at the parish where you are registered.  See Colleen Trevisani (St Columba, St Mary, Confirmation High School Youth) or Kathy Kuntz (St Vincent PreK-8, First Eucharist, Reconciliation).

Sacramental Preparation

Stay tuned for information sessions for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Kathy Kuntz coordinates.  Youth should be enrolled in a year of Catholic school or Parish faith formation before beginning preparation for these Sacraments.

Youth in grades 8 and up are invited to consider beginning the Confirmation journey. See Colleen Trevisani at one of the upcoming information sessions or schedule an appointment at mutual convenience.

See Diocesan Guidelines for Sacraments.

Youth Ministry

We need you!

Long Range Planning Team - Our next meeting is coming up June 14 at St Mary.  Contact Colleen Trevisani if you are interested in attending. Your continued prayers for our youth and youth programs are greatly appreciated.

NCYC - our group of 15 Pilgrims is on their way.  We have raised over half of our goal.  We have several Fundraisers coming up - including Trivia Night June 13 6pm at St Vincent. Thank you for your generous support and prayers.

Teen Leaders needed for Vacation Bible School programs in Cal-Mum, St Vincent, for the Summer Program at St Mary.  Contact Colleen Trevisani or Kathy Kuntz to sign up to help.

Prayers for the End of a School Year

Loving and most generous God,

We thank you for your many gifts: what we have learned, our friendships, memories of this school year.

We thank you for the blessings that have come to us through the generosity of teachers, coaches and parents.

May this summer be a time of growth for us all.

May we be renewed and refreshed.

May we discover the joy and beauty of nature.

May we enjoy time with family and friends.

May we be safe in our travels.

We ask all of these things in the name of Jesus.  Amen.


First Friday Gathering

Join us this month for a socially distant Rosary. Masks will be required, there will be no handouts, and people should bring their own rosaries or use a rosary app on your phone. Read more

Collection Counting Information Session - 02/22/2021

Call Vicki Carpino at 538-2126 to schedule a session and learn more about becoming a money counter!