St. Christopher Church
3350 Union St. P.O. Box 399
North Chili, NY 14514
585-594-1400

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: 8/21/16                 
9:00 & 11:00 AM.- Mass

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

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

Monday:
6:00 PM. -  NO Faith Formation Classes for Grades 1-6

7:00 PM. -  Liturgy Committee Meeting

Tuesday:
4:15 PM. -  NO Faith Formation Classes for Grades 1-5

Wednesday:
6:00 PM.- NO Faith Formation Classes for 7th Grade

6:00 PM.- NO Faith formation Classes for Confirmation Program- For grades 8 and up

7:00 PM.-
Folk Group  Rehearsal

Thursday :  
7:00 PM.- Choir Rehearsal

Friday:
 
Saturday:
4:30 PM.- Mass

Sunday: 
9:00 & 11:00 AM.- Mass

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

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







Thank You for Visiting Our Site.  May God Bless You.
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2016 is the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Click on the link to the left to find many resources the  USCCB has provided.
Click on the compass to the right for additional links to sits you may find helpful.
THE FUTURE

 Individuals leave poverty for one of 4 reasons:
-         A goal or vision of something they want to be or have.
-         A situation that is so painful that anything would be better.
-         Someone who sponsors them i.e..- an educator or spouse or mentor or role model who shows them a different way, who teaches them the hidden class rules, and convinces them  that they could live differently.
-        A special talent or ability that provided an opportunity for them. (the arts, sports)
                  Ruby K Payne, Bridges Out of Poverty, Ah Process, Inc, P.O. Box 727, Highlands, TX 77562)

THE OATH OF COMPASSIONATE SERVICE    
-        Never do for the poor what they have (or could have) the capacity to do for themselves.
(Personal responsibility is necessary for change. To do for others what they have the capacity to do for themselves is to disempower them)
-        Limit one way giving to emergency situation.
(Is the need, crisis or chronic. Over time survivors need to shift to expert consolation, a practical plan and loans/grants to help them rebuild their destroyed community.)
-        Strive to empower the poor through employment, lending, investing, and using grants sparingly to reinforce achievements.
(Lending done well builds trust and respect. Mutually beneficial relationships are characterized by responsibilities, accountability and respect.)
-        Subordinate self-interests to the need of those being served.
(When the agenda of church is to create an inspiring, enriching and well-planned mission experience for members, the real need of the poor may be overlooked and dismissed as too complex or time consuming)
-        Listen closely to those you seek to help, especially to what is not being said - unspoken feelings may contain essential clues to effective service.
(The poor we serve may be reluctant because of fear of judgement, intimidation, fear of losing support, fear of being inappropriate to reveal the "whole story" One must be attentive and carefully observe behaviors to hear what is not being said.)
-        Above all do no harm.
      (Every change has consequences. Are we creating dependencies that may ultimately erode    
      self-sufficiency?)
            ( Robert Lupton -Toxic Charity, Harper Collins, New York,New York, 2011, pg 8

THE ANATOMY OF GIVING
There are No simple matter, no cookie formulas for getting it right.  Emotional price tags are attached to charitable events in our lives. Even the most kindhearted, rightly motivated "giving" carries with it unspoken expectations or personal toll on one's identity.  In giving one expects gratitude in exchange for free gifts - one expects change - one enjoys occupying a superior position of making a difference.
It often becomes in some cases innocently them and us. Those who have and those who don't. It has a hidden irritation - an interaction between the superior position of giver and the expected gratitude from the receiver.  Many times we expect a change to take place in the giver because of our generosity.  My image or expectation: "This person (a victim of poverty) will receive my gift and his/her life will be different.  I, in turn, walk away with a personal conviction of my sense of goodness."
This toxic deforming relationship is not confined to our organizations or neighborhood programs. The same pattern exists from overseas mission trips to inner city service projects.  Wherever there is sustained    
In situations of relief there is a 3 step process that we must observe:
1.  Relief - happens during immediate emergency which includes life-saving intervention and some alleviation of suffering.
2. Rehabilitation - overlaps with relief stage. It increases the capacity of "local" communities, enables "them" to respond to further crisis. It seeks to promote projects that restore services or live hoods to a pre-existing or improved levels.
3. Development - long term. May for a short time overlap relief and rehabilitation. Seek to improve the standard of living by those who move forward to re-establish the community with resources.  An improved quality of life that moves them beyond poverty.

WHEN JUSTICE AND MERCY MEET
 -     Compassion - opens people to all sorts of risk.
 -     Compassion helps people to make extravagant heart decisions.                                                                                   
-        Compassion Has a stamp of the divine within our systems.
-         Compassion beckons us into unexplored territory.
-        Compassion Establishes a friendship showing that all of us are valued and loved by a  gracious God
-        Compassion is a portal through which we glimpse the heart of God
-    Mercy which flows from compassion is the force that compels us to acts of compassion
- A fairness and reasonableness, especially in the way we treat people.
- A kindness, compassion, forgiveness shown someone over whom a person has power.
- Mercy helps one develop a more holistic involvement - moves us away from dependency  
  and entitlement.
    Mercy is an invitation to touch a life - to make a difference - person moves not by our   
 expectation or the feeling of a growing discomfort with half-truths.
~ Fr. Bob


Our parish now offers Online Giving. We are providing this service so that you have the option to manage your contributions online or with your offering envelopes. This service is safe and secure. And it is convenient for you and for our parish staff. Click on the link below.
THE SPIRITUAL & CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY
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
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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
                        life.

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
time.

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
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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

St. Christopher's 5k run/walk and fun run is less than a month away!!! If you'd like to put your business on our race t-shirts, in race packets, and on the sponsor posters, let Kim know ASAP!! Costs range from $25 up to $150 depending on level of sponsorship.
Kim Winden, Youth Minister
St. Christopher's 5k Run/Walk and Fun Run
~ Saturday 9/17/2016 ~ 9am

This is a fun (and flat) 5k course through North Chili neighborhoods!  It is an annual event to get people together to celebrate healthy outdoor fun!  The 5k is followed by a brunch so you can enjoy a nice meal while we hand out awards and other fun prizes!

This 5k run/walk course is certified to be accurate by USATF NY15124KL and it is a USATF Sanctioned Event. The 5k will be timed by PCR Timing!  There will also be a free fun run in the field for children about 10 minutes after the 5k begins!