Parish Weekly- June 6, 2024

Mission: St. Thomas' Episcopal Church is a welcoming spiritual community dedicated to following the teachings of Christ Jesus. We grow through learning, celebrate joyful worship, and serve our neighbors.

Vision: We open hearts and minds to create community in Christ.

Heartbeat of God Upcoming Events

Conversations over Coffee with Rev. Mary Earle

Join us for two virtual gatherings on Sunday, June 9, and Sunday, June 30, at noon, as we continue our journey into the heart of Celtic spirituality with Rev. Mary Earle.

In these special Zoom events, Mary will lead us in an exploration of Celtic blessings and prayers, offering insights into their significance and power in our spiritual lives. We will delve into the rich tradition of Celtic spirituality, discovering how these ancient blessings can bring comfort, inspiration, and connection to our daily lives. Whether you're new to Celtic spirituality or have been on this path for years, come prepared to deepen your understanding and experience the beauty of Celtic blessings.

Let's come together in community as we seek to nourish our souls and uplift one another in the spirit of shared learning and discovery. Click here to register. A Zoom link will be emailed to you before each gathering.

Questions? Contact John Cullen at

Click here for all upcoming events listed in the Parish Calendar

Briefly Noted

Office Contact Information Changes

Two weeks ago, we introduced our new Office Manager, Noel Cino, who will be replacing Kathleen when she retires. She is currently training with Kathleen.

From now on, emails to the parish office should go to as usual and will be received by Noel. If you need to connect with Kathleen directly, her email address is and her phone extension is #102.

Community Engagement News

June Brighton Food Cupboard Needs 

We are making a difference! There was a significant amount of soap and toiletries collected in May. We filled up four carts! We will collect soaps and toiletries through June, including toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, deodorant, and bar soap. Donations can be placed in the two baskets at the Highland church entrance.

SNAP benefits don’t cover toiletries. Your donations are helping those dollars to go toward healthy food options. Thank you for caring!

Financial Information

Weekly Financial Report 6/4/24

Budget Pledges Year to date: $163,547

Actual Pledge Payments Year to date: $152,438

Year to Date Financial Report to 5/28/24

Year to date Revenue: $315,857

Year to date Expenses: $317,348

Net income to date: ( $1,491)

In Case You Missed It...

Warden's Corner

Amma Leslie+ is on her sabbatical. This well-deserved rest from her many duties as our Rector will facilitate opportunities to spend time with her family, time to travel and engage with “intentional communities” abroad, time to rest, to be quiet and breathe deeply, to rejuvenate. In turn, we have an opportunity to explore our roles as lay leaders and as St. Thomas’ community members.

Amma Leslie+ has worked tirelessly with the wardens, vestry, lay leaders, and staff to

ensure that life at St Thomas’ continues seamlessly. She will not be available by phone or email during her sabbatical. Until her return on September 15th, all communication must go through St. Thomas’ Church Office, either by phone at (585) 442-3544 or by email at


Sue Chazan (Senior Warden) and Vicky Rupley (Junior Warden)

Would You Host a Hospitality Hour?

We invite you to consider signing up to host a hospitality hour (or to wash dishes afterward) on a Sunday in June or July. All snacks and drinks are stocked in the kitchen. Set-up and clean-up are pretty quick. If this is something you’d like to do, please sign up by clicking here. A to-do checklist will be emailed to you the week before. If you have any questions, please email Anne Bauer at Thank you!

Get Ready for Sunday

Read the Revised Common Lectionary for The Third Sunday After Pentecost: Click here

Parish Weekly Deadline

The deadline for submitting articles for the Parish Weekly is Monday at 2:00 p.m. Please send articles to Patty Corvaia at

At Home Resources

  • Sunday Live Stream Service at 10:00 a.m. is available on our YouTube channel - St. Thomas Episcopal Church of Rochester, NY. This can be viewed any time after 10 a.m. throughout the week. 
  • Daily Devotional (Forward Day by Day): click here for link.
  • For prayer requests click here or on the gray box at the right of this page. 

The Monroe County Department of Health recommends the following:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Practice physical distancing and stay home when sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze using a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched services.

Emergency Contacts

  • New York State Mental Health provider hotline: (844) 863-9314.
  • Rochester AA support: (585) 232-6720.
  • Rochester Domestic Violence hotline: (585)222-SAFE.
  • National Child Abuse hotline: (800) 342-3720.
  • National Suicide Prevention: 988.
  • The Trevor Project (for LGBTQ youth (13-14): 1-(866) 488-7386.
  • Interpersonal Violence Hotline: (585) 275-HEAL 
  • Centers for Disease Control:
  • Monroe County Department of Health:
  • Episcopal Relief & Development, faith-based response to epidemics:
  • NYS Office of Addiction Services: 

The Pandemic of Racism

St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church of Rochester, New York stands behind the “Racism is a Public Health Crisis” declaration by the Greater Rochester NY Black Agenda Group. As a community of faith and followers of Jesus Christ we believe that every person is continually made in the image of God beautifully and wonderfully. We are committed to do the hard work of love. We are dedicated to the practice of growing and learning how to know and love our neighbors as we seek to create community. We hold the hope that love does win through forgiveness, kindness, and transformation. We desire to be a people who work for the equity of all. We work to acknowledge our complicity and part in racism, and we are committed to work together to tackle injustice in our life, in our church, in our community and in the world. We are proud to stand with the Greater Rochester Black Agenda Group and its declaration that “Racism is a Public Health Crisis". 

Useful Links


2024 Online Pledge Card

Altar Flower Request

Prayer Request

Name Tag

Order Form

Update Your STC Profile

Hospitality Hour Sign Up