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artDuring this week of private retreat, consider a meditative session in which you pray with art.

Visit the Jesuit website, How to Pray with Art, for a detailed description of how you can combine prayer and meditation while gazing upon religious art.


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lentOn March 1 we will celebrate First Friday. This monthly devotional includes the following:

  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 10:30 a.m.
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 10:30-11:20 a.m.
  • Confessions are heard from 11:15-11:40 a.m.
  • The Rosary is prayed, followed by a Litany for Vocations at 11:20 a.m.
  • Benediction is held at 11:45 a.m.
  • Daily Mass follows at 12:05 p.m.

In the evening you can complete the day by participating in the Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m.

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Did you know we offer a Scripture Study Group every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. in Msgr. Carey Hall? The nice thing about this group is that you can join at any time. The focus is on the coming weekend’s scripture readings, especially the Gospel. Why not consider spending an hour of your time each week contemplating the Word of bibleGod? The group is led by Deacon Tom Picciano.

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ashesburn2013White smoke rises from palms burning on Friday, Feb. 9, evocative of the announcement on Monday, Feb. 11 by Pope Benedict XVI that he would retire from the papacy at month’s end. When the papal conclave in the Sistine Chapel elects a new pope, white smoke from their burning ballots will announce that a decision has been made. These palms were collected from last year and their ashes were used for Ash Wednesday last week. The stove used was  courtesy of parishioner Dominic Fata of Brother’s Two. Photo by Deacon Tom Picciano.

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 On Saturday, October 29, women from the Syracuse Diocese will gather at the OnCenter in Syracuse for a day of uplifting presentations, Mass and lunch. Speakers include priest & TV chef Fr. Leo Patalinghug,  America’s Next Top Model contestant Leah Darrow, Helen Alvare—Consult to Pope Benedict XVI’s Pontifical Council on the Laity, and music will be performed by Alicia Hernon. For complete information on the conference, visit the website http://syracusecwc.com/

There will be a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 15 in Msgr. Carey Hall for women of St. Ambrose Parish and their friends who would like to attend the conference and register for the early bird admission discount—a $20 savings. Hope you can amke it!

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The Basically Bach Ensemble in concert, November 23, 2010.

The Basically Bach Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. on April 12 in St. Ambrose Church. The ensemble is conducted by Fitzroy Stewart. J.S. Bach’s Easter cantata “Christ Lay in the Bonds of Death BWV 4,” and a work by the young W.A. Mozart, “Litany to the Most Blessed Sacrament, K. 243,” will be heard with chorus, soloists and chamber orchestra. The soloists will be Ghislaine Stewart, soprano; Hilerie Klein-Rensi, mezzo-soprano; Gerald Grahame, tenor; and Randolph Messing, baritone.

A free-will offering is encouraged.

The conductor is Fitzroy Stewart and a free-will offering is encouraged. This performance is funded, in part, by a project grant from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council.

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has a great post on The Lenten Season: what it means to Catholics, how to observe it and where to find specific teachings by the church.

The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ’s death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.

There are many opportunities to make this holy season a meaningful journey through exploring the links on these pages.

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