Immaculate Conception: Holy Day

Thursday, December 8th is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the title of Mary under whose patronage the United States is placed. This is a Holy Day of Obligation.

There will be a 5:30pm Vigil Mass at St. Patrick’s on Wednesday, December 7th. On the Holy Day itself (December 8), Mass will be offered at the usual times, 7am at St. Patrick’s, and 10am at St. Thomas. Other times will be available in the area.

Grief Recovery Program will be offered at St. Thomas Aquinas

The Grief Recovery Method® Grief Support Group
The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce & Other Losses

Myths about grief:
Time heals all wounds; Replace the loss; Grieve alone; Be strong for others; Bury your feelings;

Your feelings are normal and natural. The problem is that we have been socialized to believe that these feelings are abnormal and unnatural. Whether your loss is from:
Death, Divorce and / or end of a relationship; Loss of a career; Loss of trust; Loss of faith; Loss of safety; Loss of health;

People say you have to let go and move on in your life, but they don’t tell you what you need to do to accomplish that. The Grief Recovery Method® Outreach Program not only makes that possible, but provides partnerships and guidance to ensure that it happens.

For further information call: St. Thomas Aquinas Church; 607-797-4015.
ATT. Sr.Teresia Mutiso• Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®• 607-201-6298

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We Give Thanks To God

‘We Give Thanks to God’

A statement on the Dobbs decision by the Catholic Bishops of New York State

We give thanks to God for today’s decision of the United States Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This just decision will save countless innocent children simply waiting to be born.

On this historic day, our gratitude extends to the millions of heroic Americans who have worked tirelessly toward this outcome for nearly a half-century. Women and men, children and adults, believers and non-believers, people of every culture and background have advocated for life. They have been a charitable and compelling voice for the voiceless, and today, their voice has been heard.

As Catholics, we have prayed and fasted, held vigils, offered Masses, and peacefully witnessed in these last five decades. We have joined others in educating schoolchildren, opening pregnancy care centers, walking with mothers, offering post-abortion counseling, and marching, year after year, to the United States Supreme Court to witness for life. Today, our voice has been heard.

With the entire pro-life community, we are overjoyed with this outcome of the Court. However, we acknowledge the wide range of emotions associated with this decision. We call on all Catholics and everyone who supports the right to life for unborn children to be charitable, even as we celebrate an important historical moment and an answer to a prayer.

We must remember that this is a judicial victory, not a cultural one. The culture remains deeply divided on the issue, which will be evidenced by the patchwork of state statutes pertaining to abortion across the country. To change the culture and build a culture of life, we need to enact family-friendly policies that welcome children, support mothers, cherish families and empower them to thrive. We outlined our vision for a pro-life New York in our recent statement, available here, and we rededicate ourselves to helping every expectant mother to carry her baby to term.

Building a culture of life is not solely the responsibility of the government or those heroic individuals working on the front lines, in crisis pregnancy centers and other ministries. All of us need to respect the dignity and sanctity of human life in everything we do: in how we treat our children, spouses and parents; in the way we behave in our place of work; in sum, how we live Jesus’ two great commandments to love God and love our neighbor.

Love, charity and reverence for human life from the moment of conception through natural death – these will build and sustain a culture of life.

Millions of Americans have worked tirelessly for almost 50 years towards this outcome. We thank them with every fiber of our being. Their vital work continues, and we commit ourselves to it.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan

Archbishop of New York

Most Rev. Edward B. Scharfenberger

Bishop of Albany

Most Rev. Robert J. Brennan

Bishop of Brooklyn

Most Rev. Michael W. Fisher

Bishop of Buffalo

Most Rev. Terry R. LaValley

Bishop of Ogdensburg

Most Rev. Salvatore R. Matano

Bishop of Rochester

Most Rev. John O. Barres

Bishop of Rockville Centre

Most Rev. Douglas J. Lucia

Bishop of Syracuse

And the Auxiliary and Emeritus Bishops of New York

First Friday & First Saturday Devotions

St. Thomas Aquinas parish offers the Devotion to the Sacred Heart on first Friday’s of the month.
St. Patrick’s offers the Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the first Saturday’s of the month.

First Friday Devotional prayers are typically offered after the 10:00am daily Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas.

The First Saturday Devotion at St. Patrick’s will include: Mass at 8:00am followed by the + Rosary, Talk and Consecration Prayers. Confession will be available.

I adore Thee O most Sacred Heart of Jesus, inflame my heart with the divine love with which Thine own is all on fire!

 O Immaculate Heart of Mary, full of goodness, show your love towards us.!


Bishop Lucia Statement on the Ukraine Crisis

Most Reverend Douglas J. Lucia
Bishop of Syracuse

February 24, 2022

Statement on the Crisis in the Ukraine

I join the Roman Catholic faithful of the Diocese of Syracuse in prayerful solidarity with our sisters and brothers of the sovereign nation of the Ukraine.  It is most disturbing and saddening to see a nation which acclaims religious orthodoxy to attack fellow believers in such an aggressive and unjust manner.  Let us pray for a conversion of heart and for an end to what one can only describe as the greatest threat to world peace since the end of the Cold War era.

I express, particularly, to Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuck of Kyiv-Halych, to Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia and Metropolitan of Ukrainian Catholics in the United States, and to the Latin Rite Archbishop Mieczylaw Mokrzycki of Lviv, the concern and prayers of all Roman Catholics and people of goodwill in central New York.  I ask especially that we join Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday, March 2nd,  in a day of prayer and fasting for the people of the Ukraine and an end to the violence afflicting them.  I also ask that we use the coming days of the holy season of Lent as ones of prayer, fasting, and charitable works to counter all aggression against the sanctity of human life and all the forces which seek to divide the human family.

This Sunday, February 27th, from 2 to 3 pm all are invited to join in person or via livestream in a “Holy Hour for Peace” at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse.  Also beginning this weekend and throughout the Lenten season I ask that a “Rosary for Peace” be prayed either before or after all Masses in all the parishes of our Diocese.

In truth, this moment is a wake up call for all believers.  If we want to counter the works of evil and sin in our world it must begin with each one of us.: “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”

“Bar Date” Update

Bishop Lucia updates the faithful related to the conclusion of the Bar Date in the process of Chapter 11.
Please see letter attached here.

In the Name of Jesus

Bishop Lucia releases a Pastoral Letter for the people of the Diocese of Syracuse, In the Name of Jesus.
In the letter, Bishop Lucia acknowledges that home is where the heart is and that our home, within the Diocese of Syracuse, the faithful are called to rise and walk in the light of Christ, to live the Truth with love. In it the Bishop also announces an upcoming Diocesan Synod, an assembly of the people of God, as a vehicle for communicating and responding in the development of strategy for the Diocese today and in the future. Read In the Name of Jesus, in its entirety at the link below.

Our CHOW Pantry Could use Additional Volunteers

St. Patrick CHOW Pantry has provided service to the food insecure in our area for many years.  This year, with the pandemic causing more families into the ranks of the food insecure, we have served twice as many people (~71% more households) than we did over the same period last year.

We are open from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Our service location is at the north end of the gym lobby of the school building.  We need more volunteers to staff our service delivery hours and to provide behind the scenes support for our program.  Please click on the link below to indicate the times you can volunteer and your contact information.  Thank you!


A Statement from Bishop Douglas J Lucia Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse

The events of the past 24 hours in the City of Syracuse and across our nation are expressions of sorrow and frustration.  Sadness at an unconscionable act that took the life of a young man in middle America despite the valiant attempt of other citizens to intervene.  The scene now embedded in our consciousness cries out with the words of the Lord in Genesis 3:10 – “What have you done?  Listen, your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground!”  At its heart is a central teaching of God’s law of love that all life is sacred from conception to natural death; and that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves (cf. Lv. 19:18, Mt. 22:39, Mk.12:31, Lk. 10:27).

Herein lies also the frustration experienced as well:  Why doesn’t life matter?  Whether it is the life of the unborn child in the womb, the life of a brother or sister who may have a different skin color than us, the life of someone who is elderly or terminally ill, the life of a shopkeeper or public safety officer, the life of someone whose beliefs are different than ours, and the list could go on.  Unfortunately, frustration can cause us to strike out at one another like Cain did to Abel.  Such behavior is often accompanied by words like: “I don’t care.”

During this time of pandemic, it has been shown repeatedly that what best defeats COVID-19 is our conscientious adherence to practices that are considerate of our neighbors.  The same could be said today of the malaise in our country when it comes to truly caring for one another.  I grant you that I wonder how many wake-up calls it will take to get our society back on track when it comes to the precious gift that is human life.

Nonetheless, the time to act is now!  As we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost, let us pray that the Lord’s law of love will not be something we have just memorized.  Rather, may it be written on our hearts and in our daily actions.  I ask that out of respect for one another no more property or businesses in this city and in Onondaga County be damaged, but instead we work peacefully together to support one another and put an end to injustice and racism.

Come, Holy Spirit!  Enkindle within us the fire of God’s love!  Amen.


May 31, 2020