November: A Season for Gratitude
A Prayer of Gratitude
Thank you, Father,
for having created us
and given us to each other
in the human family.
Thank you for being with us
in all our joys and sorrows,
for your comfort in our sadness,
your companionship in our loneliness.
Thank you for yesterday, today, tomorrow
and for the whole of our lives.
Thank you for friends,
for health and for grace.
May we live this and every day conscious of all that has been given to us.
The Catholic Prayer Book
, compiled by Msgr. Michael Buckley
A Prayer for a Season of Change
Dear Heavenly Father,
Just when we settle into a pattern,
things change far too quickly.
One door opens; another closes.
We rise, we eat, we sleep.
We smile, we laugh, we cry.
Change itself is ever changing and
Lord, if I’m truthful,
I don’t like change.
Because I desire the control.
Will you forgive my lack of understanding
that Your creation of seasons is exquisite?
Would you remind me that the ebb and flow of life
is rippled by the gifts of love and laughter?
And that life is measured by memories, not minutes?
May the season of change fuel me forward
to another beautiful season of
the blessing of Your Almighty hand.
In Jesus’ name,
Assumption welcomes RAIHN Guests this week.
During the day, some of our visitors go to school or to jobs. Others work with RAIHN to find work and housing. In the evenings, members of our parish communities make dinner and eat with our guests. Some volunteers come to play with the kids, help with homework, or just to enjoy some fellowship with the adults. If you want to learn more about this program which provides temporary housing for homeless families in the Rochester area, visit
. If you want to get involved when we host at Assumption, call Sue Owens 734-5085) to learn how you can help.
Both our churches serve as voting sites on Tuesday, November 6.
If you're voting at Assumption, please stop by the
School of Religion Bake Sale
! Bring home a yummy treat and support our Faith Formation program.
Both Assumption and Resurrection parish offices are closed on Monday, November 12 in honor of our nation's veterans.
God of peace,
we pray for those who have served our nation
and have laid down their lives
to protect and defend our freedom.
We pray for those who have fought,
whose spirits and bodies are scarred by war,
whose nights are haunted by memories
too painful for the light of day.
We pray for those who serve us now,
especially for those in harm’s way.
Shield them from danger
and bring them home.
Turn the hearts and minds
of our leaders and our enemies
to the work of justice and a harvest of peace.
May the peace you left us,
the peace you gave us,
be the peace that sustains,
the peace that saves us.
Christ Jesus, hear us!
Lord Jesus, hear our prayer!
the Concord Pastor
More November Opportunites
All are welcome!
Sunday Dinner Ministry Brunch
Sunday, November 11:
All are invited to join us in Emmaus Hall after each Mass. So many choices: sausage, ham, scrambled eggs, made-to-order omelets, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, sweet breads and muffins, juice, milk, coffee, tea! Your free will donations support the Sunday Dinner Ministry which provides hot, nutritious meals to about 100 people every month at no cost to them.
We need many more generous folks to provide Thanksgiving dinner ingredients for area families in need! We will match you with a family size of your choice and provide contact information. You then call the family to discuss any dietary restrictions and to arrange a convenient delivery time in the week before Thanksgiving.
Sign up NOW in Assumption's foyer.
All are invited to attend a Perinton Ambulance presentation at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, November 7 in Resurrection's Emmaus Hall. This will be the first of several presentations sponsored by the Assumption Health Ministry.
Assumption School of Religion Fall Service Project:
Warmth for those in need:
We are collecting NEW hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, and warm socks until December 10. Please leave them in the basket in the school hallway. Thank you!
Adult Faith Enrichment at Assumption
Friday, November 9, beginning at 6:00 pm in the Assumption Chapel
Join us for some prayer, followed by fellowship at a local establishment. Contact
for more information.
Adult Faith Enrichment at
Movie Night for Adults:
The Nativity Story
7:00 pm, Friday, November 16 in Emmaus Hall.
Bring your folding chair for comfort. Complimentary snacks will be provided, and a discussion will follow
Adult Faith Enrichment at
Gospel of Luke Review:
Wednesdays, November 28 to December 19, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Community Room. Join us as we prepare for the
Gospel of Luke
this coming year! We will have "guest participants" such as Father George and Sister Barbara and others. Stay tuned on how to prepare. Contact
. for more information.
Notes for Early December
Advent Penance Services
each followed by the opportunity for individual Confession:
December 10 at Assumption, following the 11:15 am Mass
December 11: 7:00 pm at St. John of Rochester
December 18: 7:00 pm at Resurrection
Advent Evening of Prayer, with guest speaker Fr. Ed:
7:00 pm, Tuesday, December 11
It's not unusual for people who are not Catholic to attend our liturgies and social events with Catholic friends or family members for years without considering becoming Catholic themselves. Sometimes, all that is needed is a personal invitation! If you know anyone like this, please let them know that the first steps do not require any commitment other than the desire to learn more about our faith. Contact
for more information about the RCIA process.
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