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Saturday, January 9th – Friday, January 15th
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Saturday, January 16th – Friday, January 22nd
Bishop Douglas J. Lucia Declares a Year of Vocations under the patronage of St. Joseph:
“I have decided to declare a Year of Vocations in the Diocese of Syracuse under the patronage of St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church. This special year will begin on Saturday, November 14th with a Mass in honor of St. Joseph in the Cathedral at the start of the Vocations Summit. It will conclude on the Feast of Christ the King on November 21, 2021. The Year of Vocations will be placed under the care of St. Joseph because I would like to commemorate in a formal way the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being solemnly declared Patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX in his decree Quemadmodum Deus.
When considering the task of Vocation Promotion in our diocese, we must first go to Joseph a compelling model for all vocation promotion strategies for our diocese and for our parishes. St. Joseph teaches us that all vocations come from the home, and that vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life are the crowning jewel of married life. During the Year of Vocations, we will pray not just for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, but to married life as well. With fewer and fewer young people approaching the Church for the Sacrament of Matrimony, it is most evident that the “vocations crisis” extends to all states of life. It is my sincerest wish that all of our efforts during this Year of Vocations will be aimed at creating a culture of vocations throughout our diocese and in our parishes, so lay people can more readily discern and respond to God’s particular call in their life.” ~Bishop Lucia
The Christmas Season
Christmas is one of the most important days of the Church year, second only to Easter itself. It is the feast of the incarnation, the feast of God becoming flesh (the Latin “in carne” means “enfleshment”). It is a uniquely Christian teaching, the Divine choosing to become one of us. Because of this belief,God is not only Transcendent, but also wholly Immanent, Emmanuel (God-with-us). While remaining Transcendent (meaning we must rise above our present condition to reach Him), He is at the same time Immanent (meaning He is with us as we rise toward Him). Every Eucharist is like Christmas where the bread and wine are transformed into His flesh, His Body and Blood, and, in a sense, He is born anew on the altar.
The liturgical season of Christmas begins with the vigil Masses on Christmas Eve and concludes on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Sunday, January 10th 2021 this year.
During this season, we celebrate the birth of Christ into our world and into our hearts, and reflect on the gift of salvation that is born with him…including the fact that he was born to die for us.
The Divine Mercy Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at St. Patrick’s
The Eucharistic Adoration Chapel will be open 7:30am – 4:30pm Monday -Friday until further notice. We are happy to provide the beautiful opportunity of Eucharistic Adoration. We will be reopening the keyless entry and all Adorers are asked to register their interest and commitment with the Parish Office. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-722-1060.
We ask all to be respectful of themselves and others. Please kindly note the following instructions & thank you for your cooperation:
* Please sign in.
* Maximum number of persons in the Chapel at any time is 8. Please keep to the places marked for seating.
* Masks must be worn at all times covering both nose and mouth.
* All are asked to assist with keeping chapel clean by using a disinfecting wipe on the areas you sit and touch just before you leave. If no one else is around when you leave, please draw the curtains at the Monstrance window.
* When possible windows to the outside should be open to assist with air circulation while room is occupied.
* Hours open until further notice will be: 7:30am –4:30pm Monday—Friday.
* Only the west entrance of the church is to be used unless exiting in an emergency.
Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy and Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You Sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You, never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Novena Prayer for the end of the Coronavirus Pandemic
O Mary, full of grace, patroness of this nation and Mother of the Church, in this time of illness and world-wide need we seek your intercession for the human family before your Son’s throne of grace and mercy. We ask for strength in adversity, health in weakness and comfort in sorrow. Help us, O Blessed Mother, to be filled with confidence and trust in the tender compassion of our God. Let us not be afraid, like our own Saint Marianne Cope, who entrusted her life and ministry among the outcasts of society into the care of our Divine Physician. Continue to watch over all who are sick as well as those who care for them and give wisdom to all who are seeking a cure. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Monday through Friday daily Mass will stream live at 10:00 am and Sunday Mass will stream live at 11:00am.
All Masses will be posted for later viewing.
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