St. Christopher Church
3350 Union St. P.O. Box 399
North Chili, NY 14514

Mass Times:
Daily Mass, Monday- Wednesday & Friday
9:00 am.

Thursday 9 AM. Communion Service. 

Saturday 4:30.
Sunday 9:00 & 11:00 am.

Sunday: 10/23/16                 
9:00 & 11:00 AM.- Mass

11:00 AM.- Faith Formation  3 year old- K.

12:00 PM.- Youth/ Young Adult Choir Rehearsal

6:00 PM. -  Faith Formation Classes for Grades 1-6

9:30 PM. -  Golden Agers Trip

4:15 PM. -  Faith Formation Classes for Grades 1-5

11:00 AM.- Bible Study in the Faith Formation Hall

6:00 PM.- Faith Formation Classes for 7th Grade

6:00 PM.- Faith formation Classes for Confirmation Program- For grades 8 and up

7:00 PM.-
Folk Group  Rehearsal

Thursday :  
7:00 PM.- Choir Rehearsal

4:30 PM.- Mass

9:00 & 11:00 AM.- Mass

11:00 AM.- No Faith Formation  3 year old- K.

11:00 AM.- Family Mass

12:00 PM.- Youth/ Young Adult Choir Rehearsal

Thank You for Visiting Our Site.  May God Bless You.
2016 is the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Click on the link to the left to find many resources the  USCCB has provided.
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Mercy is a virtue. It compels us to alleviate the suffering of another. It brings a sense of the Divine in the ordinary movements of life itself.  The Church presents us with 7 spiritual and 7 corporal works of mercy. These are ways in which we can practice charity to others and thus bring about tremendous good in the world. The practice of these works is required of all of us to live by these works when possible.
The 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy:
1.        To instruct the ignorant;
2.        To counsel the doubtful;
3.        To admonish sinners;
4.        To bear wrongs patiently;
5.        To forgive offenses willingly;
6.        To comfort the afflicted;
7.        To pray for the living and the dead.
The first work is to instruct the ignorant.  By this we are called to instruct others in the faith. This involves teaching formally and dispelling misconceptions and fallacies when they arise. How often do we hear people speaking as if they had authority, only to spread false teachings about Christ and His Church? When these situations arise, we must spring to action. We must therefore, be firm and informed about our faith so that we may properly teach it to those who do not yet know the fullness of the truth.
Having a better understanding about some of the Catholic teaching that I disagree with.
                       Mentoring people who are trying to change their lives.
                  Be attentive to people who are going through difficult times.
                       Mentor someone who is trying to make major changes in their lives.
When we encounter those who doubtful, we must affirm them in the midst of their doubt and help them grow. Everyone's faith is tested, as that is the only way it can grow. Untested faith is a house of cards, waiting to collapse. Our faith must be tested in fire so that it may be strong. There are times, however, when that fire causes the faith to be soft and malleable on its way to solidifying. During these times when our loved ones are suffering loss, persecution, or anger, and their faith is in doubt, we must stand by them and offer show them the way. We must show them the ultimate source of strength, Jesus.
Be a friend to someone who is bullied.
                   Offer advice and help for someone who seems lost.
                   Reach out in an act of kindness to someone you don't know.

The third of these works of mercy is to admonish the sinner. This can be the most difficult to carry out. We know that sinfulness is a very secretive and explosive matter. A sinner frequently recognizes his/her sins, but is defensive about them. Neglect of this particular work of mercy has led to our society being so morally relativistic, especially in the area of social justice.   Though it may cause strife at times, we must bear this cross and carry on. We must tell people when they are sinning. They will likely counter with the line "Stop judging me!" Of course we should not judge others, but sins are committed in plain sight, and so they must be addressed. 
  Identify with a social justice which the Church endorses. Educate yourself about the issue.
                   Support a cause that reaches out to people in crisis.
                   See the best in people and compliment them
We must bear wrongs patiently. This is also a very difficult task. Our pride gets in the way.   Truly, when others offend us, injure us, attack us, or undermine us, we are called to "turn the other cheek". We can do no better than to imitate Christ, the silent victim, who by His patient, courageous endurance of all forms of bodily and mental torture. He was beaten, insulted and killed, yet in His acceptance, He purchased our redemption. How marvelous would our reward be if we could just bear the slightest wrongs with joy and hope in our eternal reward?
Inseparably bound with the patient endurance of offenses, is the forgiveness of them. When our heart is filled with bitterness and grudges, we find no room for the love of Christ within it. Forgiveness requires heroic virtue at times. Mercy dictates that we forgive others' faults and wrongs, even when it pains us greatly and gives us no temporal satisfaction 
               Think of something good about a person who has hurt you.
                  When someone really, really makes you angry thing of some other way to respond
                         instead of getting even.
              Celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation - allow God mercy to heal the brokenness in your

There are times when all we can do is to give a thoughtful word to someone in pain or sorrow. We must comfort the afflicted. In doing so, we help others cope with difficulties. We build up the dignity of our brothers and sisters in Christ when we give them our time and comfort. Especially for those who suffer, sometimes suffering the most painful of ordeals is overwhelming when they find no one who is willing to help them in their struggles. When one finds their dignity and self-worth crushed, let us never leave a person in misery without some heart-felt words or a loving embrace to lift them out of their affliction.
Set an example of right behavior through your own life so that other might change their lives.
                   Support someone and be thoughtful to people who have few friends.
                   Bring a dinner to a family you know who going through a difficult

Finally, the greatest and most powerful form of mercy is Prayer, for though we can provide physical and emotional aid to our neighbors, the Lord God can provide the greatest aid, which is spiritual. Our prayers are the most important form of mercy we can give. It shows our ultimate dedication to the alleviation of the burdens of others. Our private intercession for our in conflict and for the departed may bring us admiration from others, but in the end, when we stand before God, we will be able to give an account of our prayerful mercy to others, and so Jesus will in turn show us mercy.
               When you tell
someone you will pray for them, follow through on that promise.
               Pray the rosary for peace or another just cause.
               Take time each day to renew you relationship with God.
These works are not optional. They are indeed binding and necessary for our eternal salvation. We are called to be merciful. The opportunities are frequent and urgent. Let us not pass by the afflicted in their times of trial. Let us love others through these spiritual works so that through our sacrifice, we may bring others to the greatest joy, which is the vision of God in all His splendor in Heaven.
The 7 Corporal Works of Mercy
1. To feed the hungry. Everyone needs food for their body. It is an act of love to help
    others to obtain their bodily nourishment, especially those in greatest need. 
              Bringing food to the poor in our community on the 1st week of the month.
              Donate money to buy food for the poor, sharing your resources.
              Help to shop for groceries for someone who is homebound.

2. To give drink to the thirsty. What is said of food also applies to drink. People thirst for so  
    many things in life more than just something to drink.
                        Reach out to someone who is lonely.
                        Support a social cause that bring relief into people's lives.
                        Pay for the drink for the person behind you in line

3. To clothe the naked. Everyone needs clothing for warmth, protection, modesty and
    dignity. It is an act of love to help others obtain clothing, especially those who need help.
    Clothing is more than just comfortable clothing.
                      Bringing clothes to a needy family or a clothing drive.
                      Knit for our parish Eucharia ministry outreach.
Go through your closet and give away what you don't need.                      Encourage and affirm someone who feels like a failure.

4. To visit the imprisoned. Those in prison and many other persons and their families
     suffer hindrances or dangers to freedom. Helping them, visiting them or protecting them
     is an act of love.
               Fighting for humane treatment for the imprisoned.
               Helping to care for the families of the imprisoned. 
               Pray for an inmate on death row who was recently executed.
               Help someone who struggles with depression and mental health issues.
               Send tooth brushes, deodorant or other care products to programs supporting those
                  people in prison
5. To shelter the homeless. Everyone needs shelter. Everyone needs shelter and care.. Some people due to personal crisis fall short of maintaining the expenses of a home. Some people are dependent on shelter and other setting for personal comfort. Some people are alone and have no sense of family.  To help the homeless obtain shelter or to preserve it is an act of love. 
              Working at or supporting a homeless shelter.
              Helping an elderly person to care for their home - dusting the furniture, making the
              beds, cleaning the floor, and cutting the grass.
              Send a care package to someone in a nursing home or college

6. To visit the sick. When they are sick, it's so easy for people to become isolated.  Helping sick  
     people in any way is an act of love.
            Visiting someone in the hospital or nursing home.
            Visiting someone who is sick at home or the elderly who are shut-ins.
            Running an errand for an elderly or sick person. Reading to the sick or elderly.
7. To bury the dead. It is an act of love to show respect for the bodies of the dead, since
    during life, they were temples of the Holy Spirit and received the Body and Blood of
    Christ in Holy Communion.
                  Going to funerals and wakes of someone you know
                  Treating cemeteries with respect. To take someone to the cemetery to visit someone
                  who has died.
                  Cutting the grass on a grave. Putting flowers on it.
                  Join the parish Peace choir which sings at funerals.                  
~ Fr. Bob


"In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue and participation in political life is a moral obligation… This Obligation is rooted in our baptismal commitment to follow Jesus Christ and to bear Christian witness in al that we do.  As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that it is necessary that all participants… in promoting the common good.  This obligation is inherent in the dignity of the human person…. As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life." (nos. 1813 1915)
             Forming conscience for Faithful Citizenship
            The U.S. Bishop's Reflection on Catholic Teaching and Political Life.

Here is the Diocese of Rochester we have a long tradition of encouraging parishioners to take part in legislative and political advocacy in order to promote the Common Good.
Each year USNCCB publishes guidelines for "faithful stewardship" to help us in our Catholic political understanding on issues of moral and social justice and the care of God's Creation.
In this year of Political agendas we would like to invite you to consider some of the basic tenants of our Catholic Faith as your form your own conscience on the future of our country's leadership.

        The Basic "Social" Church Teaching Which is Independent of Any Political Party
                                                                  Human Life
The dignity of human life from conception to the end of life is one of the basic principles of the Catholic Church. Our 1998 statement, Living the Gospel of Life, declares, "Abortion and euthanasia have become preeminent threats to human life and dignity because they directly attack life itself, the most fundamental good and the condition for all others" (no. 5).      Abortion, the deliberate killing of a human being before birth, is never morally acceptable and must always be opposed. Cloning and destruction of human embryos for research or even for potential cures are always wrong. The purposeful taking of human life by assisted suicide and euthanasia is not an act of mercy, but an unjustifiable assault on human life. Genocide, torture, and the direct and intentional targeting of noncombatants in war or terrorist attacks are always wrong.
 Our Church supports laws and policies to protect human life to the maximum degree possible, including constitutional protection for the unborn and legislative efforts to end abortion, assisted suicide, and euthanasia. We also promote a culture of life by supporting laws and programs that encourage childbirth and adoption over abortion and by addressing poverty, providing health care, and offering other assistance to pregnant women, children, and families.

                                                                Promoting Peace
 Catholics must also work to avoid war and to promote peace. This is of particular importance, as there is a danger in the present time of becoming indifferent to war because of the number of armed conflicts. War is never a reflection of what ought to be but a sign that something more true to human dignity has failed. The Catholic tradition recognizes the legitimacy of just war teaching when defending the innocent in the face of grave evil, but we must never lose sight of the cost of war and its harm to human life. Nations should protect the dignity of the human person and the right to life by finding more effective ways to prevent conflicts, to resolve them by peaceful means, and to promote reconstruction and reconciliation in the wake of conflicts.  
                                                        Marriage and Family Life
 The family founded upon marriage is the basic cell of human society. The role, responsibilities, and needs of families should be central national priorities. Marriage must be defined, recognized, and protected as a lifelong exclusive commitment between a man and a woman, and as the source of the next generation and the protective haven for children.   "Thus the Church reaffirms . . . her no to 'gender' philosophies, because the reciprocity between male and female is an expression of the beauty of nature willed by the Creator" (Pope Benedict XVI, Address to the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, Jan. 19, 2013). This affirmation in no way compromises the Church's opposition to unjust discrimination against those who experience "deep-seated homosexual tendencies," who "must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2358).
                                                        Religious Freedom
 US policy should promote religious liberty vigorously, both at home and abroad: our first and most cherished freedom is rooted in the very dignity of the human person, a fundamental human right that knows no geographical boundaries. In all contexts, its basic contours are the same: it is the "immun[ity] from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power, in such wise that no one is to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs, whether privately or publicly, whether alone or in association with others, within due limits." (Dignitatis Humanae, no. 2)
Preferential Option for the Poor and Economic Justice
 Economic decisions and institutions should be assessed according to whether they protect or undermine the dignity of the human person. Social and economic policies should foster the creation of jobs for all who can work with decent working conditions and just wages. Barriers to equal pay and employment for women and those facing unjust discrimination must be overcome. Catholic social teaching supports the right of workers to choose whether to organize, join a union, and bargain collectively, and to exercise these rights without reprisal. It also affirms economic freedom, initiative, and the right to private property
     Welfare policy should reduce poverty and dependency, strengthen family life, and help families leave poverty through work, training, and assistance with child care, health care, housing, and transportation. Given the link between family stability and economic success, welfare policy should address both the economic and cultural factors that contribute to family breakdown
     Faith-based groups deserve recognition and support, not as a substitute for government, but as responsive, effective "partners", especially in the poorest communities and countries. The USCCB actively supports conscience clauses and other religious freedom protections, opposes any effort to undermine the ability of faith-based groups to preserve their identity and integrity as partners with government, and is committed to protecting long-standing civil rights and other protections for both religious groups and the people they serve. 
      Social Security should provide adequate, continuing, and reliable income in an equitable manner for low- and average-wage workers and their families when these workers retire or become disabled, and for the survivors when a wage-earner dies.
 The lack of safe, affordable housing requires a renewed commitment to increase the supply of quality housing and to preserve, maintain, and improve existing housing through public/private partnerships, especially with religious groups and community organizations. The USCCB continues to oppose unjust housing discrimination and to support measures to meet the credit needs of low-income and minority communities.
      A first priority for agriculture policy should be food security for all. Because no one should face hunger in a land of plenty, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or Food Stamps), the Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and other nutrition programs need to be strong and effective. Farmers and farm workers who grow, harvest, and process food deserve a just return for their labor, with safe and just working conditions and adequate housing. Supporting rural communities sustains a way of life that enriches our nation. Careful stewardship of the earth and its natural resources demands policies that support sustainable agriculture as vital elements of agricultural policy.
                                                                   Health Care
 Affordable and accessible health care is an essential safeguard of human life and a fundamental human right. Despite an increase in the number of people insured, millions of Americans still lack health care coverage. Health care coverage remains an urgent national priority. The nation's health care system needs to be rooted in values that respect human dignity, protect human life, respect the principle of subsidiarity, and meet the needs of the poor and uninsured, especially born and unborn children, pregnant women, immigrants, and other vulnerable populations. 
The Gospel mandate to "welcome the stranger" requires Catholics to care for and stand with newcomers, authorized and unauthorized, including unaccompanied immigrant children, refugees and asylum-seekers, those unnecessarily detained, and victims of human trafficking. Comprehensive reform is urgently necessary to fix a broken immigration system and should include a broad and fair legalization program with a path to citizenship; a work program with worker protections and just wages; family reunification policies; access to legal protections, which include due process procedures; refuge for those fleeing persecution and violence; and policies to address the root causes of migration. The detention of immigrants should be used to protect public safety and not for purposes of deterrence or punishment; alternatives to detention, including community-based programs, should be emphasized.
Catholic Education
 Parents—the first and most important educators—have a fundamental right to choose the education best suited to the needs of their children, including public, private, and religious schools
All persons have a right to receive a quality education. Young people, including those who are poor and those with disabilities, need to have the opportunity to develop intellectually, morally, spiritually, and physically, allowing them to become good citizens who make socially and morally responsible decisions. This requires parental choice in education. It also requires educational institutions to have orderly, just, respectful, and non-violent environments where adequate professional and material resources are available. 
Promoting Justice and Countering Violence
 Promoting moral responsibility and effective responses to violent crime, curbing violence in media, supporting reasonable restrictions on access to assault weapons and handguns, and opposing the use of the death penalty are particularly important in light of a growing "culture of violence." An ethic of responsibility, rehabilitation, and restoration should be a foundation for the reform of our broken criminal justice system. 
Combatting Unjust Discrimination
 It is important for our society to continue to combat any unjust discrimination, whether based on race, religion, sex, ethnicity, disabling condition, or age, as these are grave injustices and affronts to human dignity. Where the effects of past discrimination persist, society has the obligation to take positive steps to overcome the legacy of injustice, including vigorous action to remove barriers to education, protect voting rights, support good policing in our communities, and ensure equal employment for women and minorities.

Care for Our Common Home
Care for Creation is a moral issue. Protecting the land, water, and air we share is a religious duty of stewardship and reflects our responsibility to born and unborn children, who are most vulnerable to environmental assault. We must answer the question that Pope Francis posed to the world: "What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?" (Laudato Si', no. 160). There are many concrete steps we can take to assure justice and solidarity between the generations. Effective initiatives are required for energy conservation and the development of alternate, renewable, and clean-energy resources. Our Conference offers a distinctive call to seriously address global climate change, focusing on the virtue of prudence, pursuit of the common good, and the impact on the poor, particularly on vulnerable workers and the poorest nations. The United States should lead in contributing to the sustainable development of poorer nations and promoting greater justice in sharing the burden of environmental blight, neglect, and recovery. 
Communications, Media, and Culture
 Print, broadcast, and electronic media shape the culture. To protect children and families, responsible regulation is needed that respects freedom of speech yet also addresses policies that have lowered standards, permitted increasingly offensive material, and reduced opportunities for non-commercial religious programming. The Internet offers both great benefits and significant problems. The benefits should be available to all students regardless of income. Because access to pornographic and violent material is becoming easier, vigorous enforcement of obscenity and child pornography laws is necessary, as well as technology that assists parents, schools, and libraries in blocking unwanted or undesirable materials.
Global Solidarity
The increasing interconnectedness of our world calls for a moral response, the virtue of solidarity. In the words of St. John Paul II, "Solidarity is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good" (Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, no. 38). A more just world will likely be a more peaceful world, a world less vulnerable to terrorism and other violence. The United States has the responsibility to take the lead in addressing the scandal of poverty and underdevelopment. Our nation should help to humanize globalization, addressing its negative consequences and spreading its benefits, especially among the world's poor. 
In Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis reminds us that we are all missionary disciples who are sent to change the world, transmit the values of our faith, and leave this earth "better than we found it." He writes:
  An authentic faith . . . always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this        earth somehow better than we found it. We love this magnificent planet on which God has put us, and we love the human family which dwells here, with all its tragedies and struggles, it hopes and aspirations, its strengths and weaknesses. The earth is our common home and all of us are brothers and sisters. If indeed "the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics," the Church, "cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice" (Evangelii Gaudium, no. 183)