Albion, New York 14411  
Parish Office: (585) 589-4243  
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Mass Times

  • Church is open for private prayers:
    Weekdays: M - Th. 7:00am - 2:30pm
    Fridays 7:00am - 12:30pm
  • Adoration: Fridays 8:30am - 6:00 pm
    in the Chapel
  • Confessions: Tues. 6-6:45pm
    Sat. 4-4:30pm in Sacristy
  • To Livestream Sunday Mass click here.
  • We now have WiFi in the Church.
    WiFi Name: Holy Family
    Password: W1fi4u#777

Office hours Monday-Thursday 9-3 and Friday 9-Noon

 

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A message from our Pastor

Dear Parishioners & Friends,

I left Sunday evening for my annual retreat (which I missed during 2020 due to the Pandemic) and spent the time of reflection at Mercy Spirituality Center in Rochester. What a blessing a time of retreat isÐas we get a chance to spend time with the Lord without a lot of the normal distractions of life, and have the chance for a Spiritual Director to guide us along and help confront us with challenges we need to face in life. On Monday I will be participating in a week.long workshop on the Spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Saint Ignatius’ pattern of reflection has been a great gift to the Church for over 500 years. It has become more available to the laity also over the past 40 years. If fact, you hear some of this in my homilies. Please pray for the 20+ deacons, priests, sisters and laity who will be a part of this time of sharing and learning.

With Love and Prayers,
Father Dick

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Mark your calendar (if you haven't already) for Sunday, August 22nd.

To work towards another successful event, we will need your help this year, more than ever! Due to the uncertainty of where we would be with the Covid-19 restrictions this summer, the committee has decided to do our annual event, again this year, here on the Parish grounds

We will have the CASH PRIZE RAFFLE - 2 prizes of $500. & 5 prizes of $100. as well as Early Bird drawings of $25.

A 50" Vizio TV has been donated for the raffle and 2 Kwik Fill gas cards - $250. each. We hope to have additional prizes donated for the raffles.

We are planning to do our Theme Basket Raffle. We need your help with your amazing Basket Creations for this event. The Office is accepting Basket items for us to create baskets or you can drop off your Basket Creations for the Raffle. The planning stages are underway, so please join us and bring your ideas to our next meeting July 28th at 6:30pm in the Lyceum.

Festival Trees are located near the entrances to the Church. Please help by taking a tag, and bring back a toy/prize for the children’s games!

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED… we will need help the day of the event with set-up, assisting at the various food booths, raffle booths and the Rummage Sale. Please call the office if you can help. Community
Service hours are available for Students.

 

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PLEASE NOTE: Recorded Masses are now available on our parish YouTube channel. These Masses may be edited due to copyright restrictions. They can be accessed by going to YouTube.com and typing Holy Family Parish Albion NY in the search bar. Right now the image is a blue circle with an H in the center. If there are accessing issues, please send an email to holfampar@yahoo.com.

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July 11.24, 2021
Ursula Gadsby by Harold Gadsby
July 18.31, 2021
Richard Hapeman & Laura Dibley
by Francis Dibley

For your convenience

Our 10:30 Mass can be streamed at anytime in the McCabe Room. Please be sure to contact the office ahead of time so the equipment can be set up.

An elevator and nearby rest room make this an option for those who wish to attend Mass but have difficulty getting into the church.

Rather than miss Mass because of active little ones, parents may wish to bring their youngsters to the Resource Room where they can share in the service with them without the constraints of a pew. There is room to move around and a library of children's bible stories for them to enjoy.

All are welcome. Please suggest this to family and friends who may be looking for an opportunity, even temporarily, to attend Mass at Holy Family.

What's Happening

Upcoming Events

Tues. 7/20 - Social Jusƽce meeting - 10am ,Lyceum
Tues. 7/20 - Knights of Columbus, 7pm, B6
Tues. 7/20 - Support Group, 1pm, Lyceum
Wed. 7/28 - Cemetery Committee Meeting, 1pm, Lyceum
Wed. 7/28 - Lawn Fete Meeting, 6:30pm, Lyceum

 

July Is Devoted To The Precious Blood Of Jesus | Mark Your Calendar!


Now scheduling Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Greeters and Ushers for assistance at weekend Masses. Please call the Parish Office if you would like to resume your ministry and your availability to serve. Thank You.

BANNS OF MARRIAGE
Announcing the upcoming Marriage of
Laura Flanagan & Ben Miller
Saturday, July 31, 2021

 

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We hope you are enjoying Summer Vacation. We are busy updating our records for this past year and would greatly appreciate it if you would forward your Child/Children's’ online course work for this past year. Please drop them off at the Parish Office or e.mail them to holyfamilyalbion@rochester.rr.com. at your earliest convenience.

Our staff and teachers met last week to begin to develop a plan for the 2021.22 Faith Formation year. If you have any ideas or suggestions please let us know.


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5 Things That Happen On A Silent Retreat

by Deacon Brenton Cordeiro

Are you feeling low? Tired? Empty? Perhaps God is asking you to go on a silent retreat. 

Retreats, particularly those done in silence, allow us to set time apart for God by disconnecting from the very connected world we live in. Retreats can be for as little as one day to as long as one month, going away by yourself to be alone with God. You can do this at a nearby retreat center, a cabin by a lake or any other place where you will be able to have some peace and quiet to pray. Your time can be used for reflection, prayer, meditating on Scripture or just being with God, especially sitting before Him in Adoration — allowing your heart and the heart of God to engage in a dialogue. When you pour out Your heart to Him, He will pour out His heart into yours.

If you have never done a silent retreat before — consider it. Whether you are coasting through life with no major complaints, or you are going through a difficult time or a major transition in your life, it is a great idea to give your spiritual life and relationship with God the space it needs to grow and deepen.

In the words of Venerable Bruno Lanteri, “There is nothing in this world so valuable as spending several days peacefully occupied only with the great matters in life: God, the soul and eternity.”

If you are married, and more so if you have kids, you might wonder how you would be able to carve out even a couple of days in your schedule. However, even if you do have a family, I will say this: the benefits of doing a silent retreat far outweigh the challenges that will arise from you leaving home for a few days. Given the demands of family life, you may need to start planning to go away on your retreat weeks or even months in advance, to ensure that your absence from home while on retreat will not lead to major disruptions/challenges at home.

Again, if this is a challenging season of life for you, then going on a silent retreat could make all the difference. The greatest blessing of going on a silent retreat will be that you will return from your retreat closer to God. And your newfound spiritual vigor will definitely flow into your marriage, family and everyday life.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta once said: “We need to find God and God cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature—trees and flowers and grass—grow in silence. See the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. The more we receive in silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life.”

And if the words from these great saints haven’t convinced you, here are five more reasons a silent retreat may be exactly what you need in your life right now.

At the same time, chances are that your retreat will involve attending Mass frequently, spending time in prayer and reading the Scriptures daily, and going to Confession at least once during your retreat. Reminding yourself of the joys and benefits of receiving the sacraments and nurturing spiritual disciplines will hopefully encourage you to continue some of the practices you first began while on retreat. 

  1. Recharge your spiritual batteries: No one plans to push God aside, but sometimes in the craziness of life, that’s what happens. We know we need God, and we know we want God, but sometimes we get so caught up with the demands of life that the opposite of what we want actually happens. Spending some days on silent retreat helps you get perspective on the important things in life. Most significantly, away from the noise and busyness of life, it allows you to recognize the hand of God in your life. He loves you up on a retreat, strengthens you, and gives you hope if you’re struggling.
  2. Clarity: If you are currently wrestling with major questions or issues in your life, a silent retreat will clear your mind of the stuff that’s muddying the waters. The prophet Isaiah said: “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’” (Isaiah 30:21). In the solitude of your retreat, you can seek the will and voice of God most fruitfully, while you sit with Him in His light and peace.  
  3. Kickstarting good spiritual habits: It is best to have a silent retreat at a retreat center that is built for such spiritual exercises. Such retreat centers usually have trained lay people and priests available to serve as spiritual directors to guide you during your retreat. And if you find that experience helpful, consider getting a spiritual director after your retreat — someone with the spiritual maturity and wisdom to talk to on a regular basis so that you keep the fire of your faith life burning well beyond any one-off retreat. 
  4. Purge something that doesn’t belong in you: Sometimes people go on their retreats with a specific goal in mind — inner healing, or overcoming some sinful habit, fear or insecurity, and so on. A silent retreat allows you to bring God into whatever wound needs His healing touch. Often, God will surprise you and reveal even more areas of your life that you need to get rid of to grow in virtue and friendship with Him. So, drop that burden you are carrying, and let Your Heavenly Father hold you, carry you, heal you and love you.
  5. Rest: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt 11:28). Those words from Jesus ring true in a very literal way while on silent retreat. A silent retreat allows you to get some much-needed sleep, along with a whole lot of spiritual and emotional rest as well. Walk into a silent retreat tired, with your mind fogged up with the craziness of life, and walk out refreshed and rejuvenated, alive in the Spirit and love of God.

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How Meditation On The Rosary Brings Healing

by Abby Fredrickson

We all are in need of healing.

Maybe it’s from something life-altering – the death of a loved one, a lost job, a chronic illness, a miscarriage, a hurting relationship.

Or maybe it’s from something that seems small, the thing that we want to push aside, but continues to tug at our hearts: a missed opportunity, an unkind word, a reoccurring sin we can’t seem to shake.

Whatever it is, human brokenness is universal. 

I experienced a traumatic birth with my son, and afterwards, I couldn’t bring myself to pray. I had nothing to say to God who I felt had abandoned me. 

When I did think of God, I felt a quiet understanding from Him. A feeling that He was waiting for me, but was not rushing me. Slowly, I felt a nudge towards Mary. I found in her a gentleness and an accessibility: a woman who had been through so much sorrow, someone who had seen the worst of life and yet held on to the promises of God. 

So I began to pray the Rosary. 

I could not pray in my own words, so I found comfort in the familiar prayers, the feeling of the beads in my fingers. I’d take my son on daily walks, and I’d listen to Francis pray the Rosary aloud on Hallow and feel as though I was praying alongside a friend. As I considered each mystery of the Rosary, I found a depth of emotions that spanned from complete joy to utter abandonment. I knew I was praying with a mother who understood what I was going through. Through the eyes of this woman from Nazareth, I began to see the Gospel story in a new way. As I encountered the mysteries of the Rosary again and again, I realized that at the center of each mystery was Jesus. My meditation of the mysteries went from the view of an observer to entering into each moment beside Jesus. Through this, I saw Jesus alongside me in my own suffering, a Savior who had been there, who had felt abandoned himself, and who offers us healing, if not in this life, then in the next.

In this way mediation on the Rosary can heal us. When we meditate on these moments of Jesus and Mary’s life, we are pulled out of ourselves, as suffering so often turns us inwards to the point we can see nothing but our own pain and sorrow. The Rosary reminds us of who our God is. It reminds us we are not alone, but instead are part of a larger story. A story of birth, life, death, and resurrection. A story that our own lives hope to imitate.

Grief and pain brought me to Mary, and Mary led me to Jesus. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe, a title given to Mary that is associated with her apparitions in Mexico during the 1500s, appeared to St. Juan Diego multiple times and asked him to build a church in her honor. One day, he missed meeting with her because his uncle was sick. Rather than return to meet her as she had instructed him, Juan took matters into his own hands and went to find a priest to give his uncle last rites. On his way there, Our Lady appeared to him and said:

“Am I not here, I, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you need anything more? Let nothing else worry you or disturb you.” 

And his uncle was cured. 

As he hung on the cross, dying for us, Jesus gave us Mary as our Mother. Yet how often do we still take matters into our own hands rather than turn to her for help? We run around, like St. Juan Diego did, looking for solutions when instead, we can look to Mary. And when we look to Mary, we find a woman whose trust in God outweighed her own plans for her life. We find a woman who gave birth in a stable, heard prophecies about her child, and “kept all these things in her heart.” A mother who prompted her son to act, who interceded on behalf of those in need. A mother who stood with strength and dignity at the foot of the cross and comforted her dying son. A mother who is now ours, and still speaks to us today: 

“Am I not here, I, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you need anything more? Let nothing else worry you or disturb you.”

We pray the Rosary because in it we find the comfort and healing of our mother’s arms. When we are afraid or worried, grateful or excited, tired or in pain, we can turn to her. When we feel as though all hope is lost, Mary is there, guiding us to Jesus, bringing us back to God.  

On this the feast of the Our Lady of the Rosary, let us give up worry and take up the Rosary. Let us run to the comfort of our mother and let her lead us to her Son.