Mary Magdalene Church

Mary Magdalene Church is an inclusive church in the Catholic tradition where people from all faiths and backgrounds are welcome to the Lord's Table. We strive to live the values that Jesus taught, to honor and respect each individual and to share the joy of God's unconditional love in our community and beyond.

Mary Magdalene Church Bulletin

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Lectionary Scriptures This Week: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48; Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4; 1 John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17

Lector: Someone....perhaps you?

Musicians: Choir

LivestreamTechnician: Kathy McIntyre

Sacristans: Marilyn Parchus, Betty Jerabeck, Michael Haddix

Prayers of the People: Jerry Janas

Eucharistic Ministers: Tammy Drollette, Joyce Martelli

Coffee Hour Host: Monica and Fran Murphy

Sound Technician: Ted Shawe

Collection Counter: Bill Smith

If you are interested in volunteering for one of the ministries above,

or in any other way, just let us know.

Email Sue or Rev. Lori about how you can help, and THANK YOU!


Join us for Mass in person at

1008 Main St. East Rochester, NY




Join us for Mass live online on

Facebook Live or YouTube

Masking is recommended but not required.


Please click here to read the CDC's guidelines for each level. 

YouTube Live Mass
Facebook Live Mass

Happenings at Mary Magdalene Church

Justice Ministry Opportunities

Gaia Resurrection


The MMC Gaia Ministry is restarting!! Gaia means Life, Our Earth. Care for our planet earth takes many forms - recycling, planting native species, reducing waste, avoiding use of disposable products, and so much more. Do you feel the call to show your love to our God-given home and one another? Join our Gaia team - we need and want your help! More information will be coming soon! Contact: Chris O'Brien 585-773-5197, Sue Pagano or Kathy Mrzywka 585-520-6040 if you have any questions.


Compassion and Listening Ministry


We are happy to share this new ministry coming to Mary Magdalene soon. Compassionate listening occurs when we listen from our soul into the soul of another. Thich Nhat Hahn describes it as “…the type of listening that can relieve suffering within a person.” If you have a heart filled with compassion; are interested in learning how to listen to your own internal voice; and desire to be a better listener to others, save the weekend of May 31, June 1 & 2 . More information will be shared soon. In the meantime, please pray for those hearts that will be touched by our new C.A.LM. ministry.  

A note from Kathy Mrzywka and the Hospitality Team


In the spirit of hospitality, we ask that you consider wearing your name tags on Sundays, especially during coffee hour. If for any reason you are unable to return your name tag to the bulletin board on the first floor, a basket is available in Fellowship Hall. Someone will return the tags to the board for the following Sunday. Thank you!


Fentanyl Awareness/Narcan Training - May 11th


MMC is one of three locations in East Rochester that houses a Naloxone box in the event of an overdose. Monroe County's Project IMPACT will host a Narcan training session on Saturday, May 11th from 12-1pm in the Community Room of the Penfield Community Center, located at 1985 Baird Road in Penfield. Click here for more information and to RSVP. We encourage you to particpate in this vital training program!

East Rochester Resource Center - May Pantry Needs

Click here for a list of May's food pantry needs. Your items may be dropped off at church. Thank you for your continued support!

Self Compassion Workshop 


Many people struggle with being hard on themselves, especially if they grew up in conservative religious or authoritarian environments. Learning about self-compassion can help them become more resilient, improve their relationships and be kinder to themselves and others. Participants at this workshop will learn about what self compassion is (and what it's not) and gain practical tools for practicing it. The workshop will be led by Susanna Guarino, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a therapist in private practice in Rochester who specializes in working with individuals and couples with religious trauma. Join us on June 5th at 7PM at MMC and on Zoom

SAVE THE DATE! Rummage Sale - June 14th & 15th

Donations are now being accepted for the annual MMC Rummage Sale! Please call Tammy Drollette at 585-362-1155 to arrange a drop off. No TVs or Christmas decorations will be accepted. For larger items, please contact Tammy to confirm that we can accomodate your donation. Thank you!

2024 Food for the Journey Massage Program

Massages for parishioners or those from the community will be available year-round. Sessions will be offered on a sliding scale of $35 - $65 per massage. A portion of the proceeds from every massage will be donated directly back to Mary Magdalene Church, benefitting our church ministries. 


Massage is a way to care for your body, both the physical aches and pains as well as honoring the mental and emotional aspects. This program is open and available to ANYONE in our church or our community. Contact Ginny Weisel directly with questions or to schedule,

InReach-OutReach Money Ball FUNdraiser


This fundraising event is open to all parishioners and the public! Balls/numbers are available for purchase now! The proceeds will benefit Mary Magdalene Church and our InReach/OutReach ministries. Click here for an informational flyer. Contact Tammy Drollette to purchase a ball if you are not able to do so in person. 

Knit, Purl, Crochet & Pray Ministry - Prayer Shawls Needed!


Please join us and put your needles and hooks to good use bringing comfort and prayers to those in need! Our Prayer Shawl Ministry is open to all parishioners who wish to participate at home. Feel free to borrow the book Knitting into the Mystery - A Guide to the Shawl-Knitting Mystery found in the shawl basket. We are need shawls of all sizes! Place your completed shawl in the basket by the altar or in Sue Gerber’s office

2024 Sunday Children's Ministry


Click here for the 2024 Children's Ministry Calendar here and or visit our website calendar. If you would like to sign your child up please contact the office. 


Ministry Sign Up Sheets

Want to become more involved on Sunday? Consider one of the many opportunities such as serving as a lector or Eucharistic minister, reading the Prayers of the People, or hosting a coffee hour! Sign up sheets are on the bulletin board. If you have questions about any of these ministries, Rev. Lori or Sue would be happy to answer them. Thanks for your help!


Your Celebrations Are Important to Us!


Reverend Lori would like to compile a list of birthdays and anniversaries for those in our community (both in-person and virtual). If you are willing to share your special days, please send this information to Sue Gerber. Thank you!


Bulletin Announcements

If you would like to include social justice opportunities and community activities in the weekly updates or bulletins, email Sue by 5 pm on Tuesdays at 

March Income

Collections: $9,975.00

Other: 180.00

Total $10,155.00




Thank you, as always, for your generosity! We have numerous ways you can choose to donate. You can use the button below to make a one-time donation, and you can contact our treasurer, Mike Salamone, at to set up ongoing support.


If you are at least 72½ years old and take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from your IRA each year, conisider donating some of those funds as a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to Mary Magdalane Church and enjoy some tax savings at the same time! Questions about RMDs and QCDs? Email our treasurer, Mike Salamone.


We also have an account with Can Kings! Your donation of cans and bottles can be made at any of the three Can King locations: 1276 Fairport Road, Fairport; 1183 Bay Road, Webster; or 505 East Main Street, Palmyra. Just let them know to put your donation down for Mary Magdalene Church! Please ask for a receipt, and if you're able please send the receipt to us, so we know to watch for your donation.


Thursday Morning Contemplative Prayer

7:30-8:30 am


Contemplative Prayer is beginning anew!!

All are welcome every Thursday

either in-person or via Zoom!


Join us for meditative music, reflective readings, silent contemplative prayer & communion.   


Please use the parking lot door and join us in the sanctuary. 


Or on Zoom: 

Meeting  ID: 814 3387 8080. The Passcode is 'presence'. 

Opportunities to

Come into Church for

Prayer or Reflection:



12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


 Opportunities to Connect:


~ On Zoom ~

Coffee Hour after Mass

Sunday 11:00 am

For those of you who would like to understand a bit more

about our Communal Blessing we participate in during our

live streamed liturgy, you'll find a document explaining the blessing

on our website. It's entitled We are a Eucharistic People.

Casa Gubbio


Saturday Morning Rosary

Saturdays at 8:00 am


Casa Gubbio is the ministry of Brother Peter Veitch, a Mary Magdalene parishioner and brother in the Benedictines of Holy Wisdom, ECC. The mission of Casa Gubbio is to provide a place of retreat for progressive/independent ‘seekers’ in keeping with the Benedictine charism of hospitality. 

Casa Gubbio is a safe place to gather outside of traditional organized religious communities. All are welcome. For more information, contact Brother Peter at  

Do you have someone you

want us to pray for?

To add someone to the prayer list, contact:

Sue Gerber or Joann Corso 

We will include your prayer request in our Prayers of the Faithful for two weeks. If you'd like us to continue praying for the same need longer,

please just send an email! We'll be happy to do so.

If you'd like to join our team of "pray-ers" and be notified where there are

prayer needs, please send an email to Sue Gerber

2024 Office Hours


In general, our church is open the following hours:


Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10-3 pm

Saturday: Happily by appointment!

Please contact Reverend Lori


*Please note: These hours may change due to unforeseen circumstances. If you would like to make an appointment to see Reverend Lori, please email her directly. Click here for our Church Calendar!


Rev. Lori Vail



Phone: 585-353-5954


Bishop Denise Donato

Pastor Emeritus


Phone: 585-329-0895

Betty Jerabeck

Candidate for Diaconate



Sue Gerber

Parish Admin Assistant


Phone: 585-586-4104

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