St. Christopher's Church

 3350 Union St. North Chili, NY 14514     585.594.1400     @stchristophernchili

Weekday Mass

Monday: 12:10PM

Tuesday & Wednesday: 9:00 a.m.

(No Services Thursday & Friday at this time.)

Weekend Mass

Saturday Vigil: 4:30 p.m.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m.

Parish Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - Noon


Saturday: 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.

The Human Services ministry will be offering  the Giving Tree for Christmas. If you know of a family that may be in a difficult situation and could use a bit of joy at the holidays there are forms available in church for the “Giving Tree”. Forms can be filled out and returned in an envelope labeled “Giving Tree” in the collection basket during mass or returned to the business office. All forms must be received no later than Nov 12th and all information is confidential.


 FUNdraising News

 The FUNdraising Committee has been busy coming up with creative ideas for our Parish Community.

To begin with, we will be initiating two fundraising opportunities this fall. After many months of tweaking the process, we are finally introducing the much-awaited Brick by Brick Campaign. Memorial bricks can be purchased for $100, to either remember someone or commemorate a special event. What a unique and thoughtful gift opportunity for any occasion! The bricks will be placed in Sister Carol’s Garden at a Spring commemoration ceremony and can be ordered online at or by using the order forms available in the back of church. For questions contact Lisa at (585) 484-9399 or [email protected]

 Looking for a stocking stuffer?  Thanks to the generosity of Jack and Debbie Marsherall, we are fortunate to be able to offer a fabulous Myrtle Beach Spring Vacation Raffle. This beach house is amazing in every way; it sleeps 13, has a heated pool and includes a 2.5 acre oceanfront recreation area as well as many other amenities. Tickets are $25 each and only 200 will be sold. The drawing will be on January 27th after 4:30 mass. There are envelopes with 5 tickets in each and we encourage you to take one envelope to sell to your family and friends or to give as a gift.  Additional information on this fantastic vacation property and tickets are available at the back of church or by contacting Lisa at (585) 484-9399 or [email protected].

 This is only the beginning! Stay tuned for more events to follow.


Join us Saturday, Dec 2 for our Advent Retreat: "Waiting for Jesus ~ from darkness into light". Take a moment between the busyness of the holidays to quiet your spirit and open yourself to the light. Come for an hour or come for the day! Sessions for Adults start at 10:30 am.  Activities for ALL ages begin at 2pm. The day concludes with 4:30 Family Mass and the blessing of the Advent wreath. Register today by the poster in the lobby or on flocknotes. Reach out to Mary Kay Doyle (293-2111) for more information.

St. Ambrose | December 7

Saint Ambrose was born to an aristocratic Roman Christian family in 339 in what is now Trier, Germany. One popular legend tells of a swarm of bees alighting on the infant Ambrose’s face and leaving behind a drop of honey which his father took as a sign that Ambrose would be an eloquent speaker with a ‘honeyed tongue.’

Ambrose was educated in law and rhetoric in Rome. Like his father, he went into public service and was made governor of Ligruaia and Emilia about 373. In the second year of his governorship, he went to moderate the election of the bishop of Milan because the heretical Arians were challenging the succession. Unbaptized and untrained in theology, Ambrose was called by popular acclamation to be bishop. Though he attempted to flee, he was found and within a week he was baptized, ordained, and consecrated bishop on December 7, 374.

As bishop Ambrose studied scripture and the writings of Church fathers, he gave his property and wealth to the poor, and became an impactful orator, hymn writer, and renowned teacher. He highly praised consecrated virginity, likely influenced by his sister who took the veil. A contemporary with St. Martin of Tours, he also defended the faith against the Arian heresy (which questioned Christ’s divinity), and against the state. Ambrose required Emperor Theodosius do public penance after the massacre of Thessalonica. His classic education contributed to his writing and sermons which attracted and converted Saint Augustine of Hippo who Saint Ambrose baptized.

Saint Ambrose is one of four original doctors of the Church. He died in 397 in Milan, Italy. His remains can be seen today at the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio, where he lays with Saint Gervasus and Saint Protasus.