Fr. Tedesche’s Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Easter
A Note from Fr. Tedesche
To the people of St. Michael’s Parish:
My dear brothers and sisters, how we all miss gathering as the Body of Christ! This time of the pandemic has been very trying for all of us. Financial and work problems, childcare problems, the cancelation of public Mass, and the death of loved ones who have not been able to receive the Church’s full ministry are only the most prominent difficulties we have had to face. And yet, as Fr. Walter and Deacon Greg and I have spoken about in our video message to the cluster, God has brought good things out of this trial. People have told me that it has been a time for their family to grow closer. Fr. Walter and I have had significant ministerial encounters with the families of those who have passed away. In contrast to the situation in some parts of the states, we have had access to hospitals and nursing homes in the case of a dying Catholic whose family has requested our ministry. We have been offering the sacrament of reconciliation to many and have seen it bear spiritual fruit. Above all, in the absence of public Mass, we have all grown in our appreciation for the specialness and meaning of the Mass.
I would also like to take this opportunity to touch upon some important “house-keeping” issues.
- As for our First Holy Communion Celebration, the timing of this depends on the parish. Our First Communion families have been doing some study at home. When gathering restrictions have been lightened, we will do a few lessons together and set a date for the celebration.
- As for Confirmation, our hearts go out to all those young people who have been preparing for two years and yet have not been able to be confirmed. The timing of this celebration is in the hands of the diocese.
- For those who have not yet given to the CMA or who would like to give again, our deadline is May 31st! To simplify things for the staff, please write your check out to St. Michael’s Parish and send it to the office instead of the Diocese. It is very important that you mark your check’s memo line with the phrase, “CMA deficit 2020”. Another good way of giving to the CMA is the text-to-give option. Directions on how to do this can be found on our website and in this bulletin.
- As for the Parish finances in general, we thank God that so many have sent in their offerings, despite there being no public Mass. The generosity of the people of St. Michael’s has been astounding! Thank you all for keeping us afloat!
- This year’s raffle has unfortunately had to be cancelled.
- As for the rummage sale, we are still in the process of deciding what to do. We could either have a small one soon when the time is right or just wait and have a giant one in the Fall.
- For those who don’t have internet access, our only means of keeping in touch with you is the bulletin. For those who know people who might have a hard time getting to church to pick up a bulletin, do them a favor and drop one off in their mailbox! Our bulletins can be found in the vestibule of St. Michael’s and in Parish Center porch.
- Finally, as for opening things back up and getting back to public Mass, we hope that will happen soon. The Diocese is in the process of putting together suggestions as to how each parish can ease back into their normal routine while at the same time observing various social distancing restrictions and hygienic requirements.
God bless you all!
Fr. David Tedesche
Fr. Tedesche and Fr. Walter will be available to hear confessions at St. Michael’s, Newark and St. John’s, Clyde, from 11 am until 12 noon on Sunday (for as long as we are closed down because of the pandemic). Confessions will be heard in the sacristies.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
will continue on Sundays at
St. Michael Church, Newark 9 AM until 12 PM
SJW @ St. Michael Church, Lyons 9 AM until 11 AM
SJW @ St. John Church, Clyde 11 AM until 2 PM
CCBT @ St. Mary Magdalene, Wolcott 6 PM until 8 PM
Power of the Mass and Spiritual Communion
A Message from Fr. Walter
Welcome to St. Michael’s
Office address: 401 S. Main Street, Newark, NY 14513
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Closed for the lunch hour from 12 – 1 PM
Due to CoVid-19 our office is closed until further notice
Even though our offices are closed to the public, our staff is still working. We are regularly monitoring voicemails and emails. Leave us a message or send us an email and we will respond promptly
At Home Family Resources During Covid-19 Pandemic
Here are a some links, from the office of Evangelization and Catechesis of the Diocese of Rochester, of the Family Zone Newsletter with great activity ideas for the whole family!
Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stmichaelnewark/.
Do you know that our diocese has a staff person dedicated to our efforts to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse? You can find out all our diocesan efforts and policies online at https://www.dor.org/safe/.