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.

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~A Message from Ursula Arnold~

Dear Denise,

Spiritual Direction: Having a "soul friend" on our journey to God.

Anam Cara are the Gaelic words for "soul friend." In the Celtic tradition, an Anam Cara is a teacher, companion or spiritual guide. The ministry of a spiritual director is often referred to in this manner. The beautiful relationship in spiritual direction is like having a "soul friend" on our journey to God.

I believe that the desire to share one's deepest longings for God with a spiritual director starts and ends with two important fundamentals. The first is of finding God in all things and all things in God, or the recognition that nothing in our lives is considered outside the realm of the spiritual life. The second is that God is loving, self communicating and wants to be in relationship with us.

Spiritual direction can be an opportunity that opens the door to a deeper awareness of God in the ordinary of our lives and in the intimacy of relationship with the divine. Having this "soul friend" who listens compassionately, as we speak honestly and freely, gives the directee the spiritual space necessary to experience God in unexpected ways.  The ordinary of life becomes opportunity for encounter. During our times of inner silence and reflection we recognize that we are God's beloved.

There are many topics to explore in spiritual direction. A person might want to explore the image of God in one's life, explore or deepen his/her prayer life, increase self awareness and insight, or explore a deeper intimacy with Jesus.

If you are interested in finding a spiritual director or "Anam Cara" you can contact Sue Gerber in the parish office to get contact information for spiritual directors who meet with folks at Mary Magdalene Church.

From John O'Dononhue's book Anam Cara

In everyone's life there is a great need for

anam cara, a soul friend.

In this love you are understood as you are

without mask or pretension.....              

Love allows understanding to dawn.... where

you are understood, you are at home.

Love Links

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

Prayer Concerns

  • Mike Rogers
  • Margaret
  • Anita
  • Fr. Jim Callan
  • Bishop Denise
  • Fr. Frank O'Connor
  • Judy Seppen
  • Ginny Janas
  • Binnie
  • Susan Reichani
  • Mary Lou
  • John Pelc
  • Eric Ekstrom
  • John
  • Bill Smith
  • Linda and Mike Stell
  • Ed M.
  • Jim McCarthy
  • Marion McElvey
  • 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 Mason
  • Family and friends of Tara
  • 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.

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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 .   

Things to do at MMC!

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!

East Rochester Resource Center - May Pantry Needs

Click here for a list of May's 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.

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!

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.

East Rochester Resource Center - May Pantry Needs

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

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.

Local Support Group Offerings

Grief Support Group: May 7, 11am-12:30pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (48 Perrin Street, Fairport). Pastor Abigail Zang Hoffman, LMSW facilitates this time of sharing and conversation open to those who have experienced loss. There is no specific agenda other than connecting with others who are walking a similar road. The group gathers bi-weekly and you are welcome to come as often as is helpful to you. Questions? Contact Pastor Hoffman or 585-223-0634.

Caregivers Support Group: May 21, 2pm-3:30pm, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (48 Perrin Street, Fairport). Pastor Abigail Zang Hoffman, LMSW facilitates this opportunity to share with and learn from each other about the joys, challenges, and practical matters of caregiving. If you are a caregiver for anyone (elderly parent, spouse, relative or someone dear to you), you are welcome! Questions? Contact Pastor Hoffman or 585-223-0634.

Healing Circle

The healing circle is open to everyone! We join together with others to offer healing through connection to the Holy Spirit/Jesus/God. This healing circle offers healing for anyone or any situation in need of healing. We will spend thirty minutes in prayer offering names of people and situations to God/Jesus/ Holy Spirit for healing....this is a time of reflection and communion!

We meet via Zoom the first Friday of every month. Contact Dory Deisenroth at for more information and the Zoom link.

Please email Dory if you have someone or some situation in need of healing that you would like us to pray for. Our next healing circle is May 4th at 8am.

Finding the Wild Goose

Journeying Together in Faith


Join us for our next meeting on May 22nd 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.

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

Join us for a night of celebration in support of Trillium Health on June 1st. 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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