Mary Magdalene Church

~Weekly Update~

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.

Letchworth Middle Falls - April 9

~A Message from Reverend Lori~

Dear Denise,

Today, it is undeniably yucky outside. That makes it the perfect day to eat something warm and tasty at Benucci's at Pittsford Plaza while you also help support an amazing organization!  Today, April 17th (until 9PM), Benucci's at 3349 Monroe Avenue will donate 20% of the entire day's proceeds to support Family Promise of Greater Rochester (take-out included). 

You probably remember that Family Promise used to be called RAIHN and that our church was one of the congregations that housed families experiencing homelessness. This organization now houses families, helps families avoid eviction, assists with rent and security deposits, and more! You can find out about the amazing work they do here, and really, their mission statement says it all.

"Family Promise of Greater Rochester (FPGROC, formerly RAIHN) assists families at risk of or experiencing homelessness to achieve sustainable independence by providing person-centered, holistic services in collaboration with the greater community."

Keeping families together and helping families thrive...that is the work you support when you give to Family Promise - today and every day. Today, that support just comes with some deliciousness as well. Please consider supporting this vital fundraiser! And thank you for all you do to be God's love in the world.

All the love,

Rev. Lori

Love Links

Click here for a little love this week....

Prayer Concerns

  • Binnie
  • Lily
  • Susan Reichani
  • Mary Lou
  • Matti and Tyke
  • Lucille Clark
  • Te and Marissa
  • Susan
  • Laura Migliore and Jeane Kennedy
  • Isabella Miller
  • Ellen Williams
  • Lochlan Mortimer
  • John Pelc
  • Eric Ekstrom
  • Mason
  • John
  • Diz PutnamTara Hawkins
  • Rebecca, Sharon, Brianna and Marilyn
  • Bill Smith
  • Linda and Mike Stell
  • Ed M.
  • Jim McCarthy
  • Marion McElvey
  • Tony, A.J. and Family
  • RoseAnne and John Cleary
  • Sue Eck
  • Connie Southern
  • Sharon and Chris Cassidy
  • Hannah and Melanie
  • David Webster
  • Michael
  • Marc K.
  • Mark
  • Family and friends of Josh
  • Family and friends of all victims of violence
  • Kate and her family
  • Aidan and his family
  • Justin
  • Lorien
  • All who are struggling with mental illness, suicidal thoughts and addiction

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 People 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.

Watch last Sunday's Mass on Facebook or YouTube here! Join us any day or time you like. And let us know you are watching by leaving comments in the FB chat or emailing

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Online Mass Attendance

Facebook Views: 82

YouTube Views: 81

Thank you for joining us!

Justice Ministry Opportunities

Join us on Thursday, April 25th at 6:00PM in the library of Mary Magdalene Church for a screening of the new film Common Ground. This film is about how regenerating the world's soils has the potential to rapidly stabilize Earth's climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. Common Ground explains why transitioning to regenerative agriculture is key to rehabilitating the climate, bringing a new sense of hope and inspiration to its viewers. RSVP to Betty Jerabeck.


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.  

Things to do at MMC!

Board of Trustees Call for Nominations


The Board of Trustees at Mary Magdalene Church meets monthly. They assist in the running of the church, address budgetary issues, and support the community in many ways. The trustees routinely serve a three-year term, and they have the option of serving a total of two consecutive terms. Once a year, we advise the community of open positions and seek nominations from the community. This year we have three positions available: a treasurer and two standard trustee positions (all three year terms). Please consider serving in this vital capacity, and we especially welcome those members outside our local area to consider service on the board.

Eligibility requirements and more information can be found here. Or you can contact Betty Jerabeck, Chair of the Board, at Nominations will be accepted through April 30th by using the nomination form here or those found on the tables at the entrances. You can nominate yourself or others. Please return your completed form to the box labeled Board of Trustee NOMINATIONS on the table at the rear entrance or submit them by email to Betty Jerabeck.

East Rochester Resource Center - April Pantry Needs

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

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

Our Food for the Journey Massage program is evolving for the 2024 season!

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 throughout the year! 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


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 Available!

Want to become more involved on Sunday? Consider one of 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!

Things to do in the community!

The offerings listed below are brought to us by members of our community who want you to know what is available!  Contact information is always provided so that you can find out more. Please know these offerings do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Mary Magdalene Church.

Rethinking the American Lawn an Earth Day Presentation

St. Joseph's in Penfield invites you to an Earth Day Celebration on Monday April 22 at 7 pm in the St. Joseph’s Learning Center! Please join us for re- freshments, prayer, and celebration of God’s Creation. Megan Meyer, Master Gardener, will be presenting Rethinking the American Lawn and National Wildlife Federation’s Sacred Grounds. Please register here.

Finding the Wild Goose

Journeying Together in Faith


Join us for our next meeting on April 24th at Mary Magdalene Church in Fellowship Hall to explore contemporary faith-based research/studies and grow in our Christian spirituality. Feel free to bring a bagged lunch, coffee and tea will be provided. Click here to view the flyer. To RSVP, please click here.

An Evening with Leigh Rubin at Fairport United Methodist Church

Join us on April 25th for an evening of hilarious comic adventure with comedian and cartoonist Leigh Rubin, creator of the nationally-sydicated cartoon, RUBES. Click here for more information. This event benefits the Perinton Food Shelf.

Faith Climate Action Week - April 19 - 28, 2024

Faith Climate Action Week is ten days in April during Earth Month when congregations focus on how we can all take action to protect our climate. This year's theme is Common Ground: Cultivating Connections between Food, Faith, and Climate. To learn more, click here.

Faith & Grief Workshop

Explore the nature of grief, share your story and explore spiritual practices designed to provide comfort as you grieve. Click here to learn more and RSVP for the Monday or Friday workshops.

Save the Date - Trillium Health's Annual White Party!

Join us for a night of celebration in support of Trillium Health on June 1st. Early bird tickets on sale now! Your contributions help support our various programs and services, and impact the lives of our patients and clients. Click here for more information.

A Course in Miracles

A Course in Miracles is a spiritual path that follows an educational program in learning how to see things differently to let go of fear, anger, guilt, judgment and choosing to forgive. Study groups are forming for Sunday and Thursday Zoom sessions. Click here for more information or contact Dory Deisenroth.

Bulletin Announcements

Do you have an announcement you would like to see included in our bulletin? Just email Sue Gerber by Tuesday at 5 pm to have your group's message or activity added to our Wednesday newsletter.

Ways to Give to MMC!


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 72 ½ years old and take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from your IRA each year, consider donating some of those funds as a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to Mary Magdalene Church and enjoy some tax savings at the same time! Questions about RMDs or 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.


Weekly Services at Mary Magdalene Church

Wednesday Reflection

Come to church for prayer, communion and reflection every Wednesday from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Thursday Morning Contemplative Prayer


All are welcome every Thursday from 7:30-8:30 am

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. 



On Zoom: 

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

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 

Sunday Morning Mass:

Join us in-person at 1008 Main St. in East Rochester, NY or join us virtually every Sunday at 10 am on Facebook Live or YouTube!


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Coffee Hour after Mass on Sunday at 11:00 am

Church 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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