Synod News

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

The Next steps in the Synod

We've listened, now let's have a conversation!

Bishop Lucia will host four Mornings of Recollection across the diocese, on the first Saturday of December, January, february, and March, from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon, followed by a simple lunch. The format will be more "conversatinal" than the Listening Sessions of Phase 1, annd be a further opportunity for prayer, reflection, and conversation as we continue to learn and to practice the way of synodality in our Church. Each session will consist of an opening prayer, a brief presentation on the Document for the Contienental Stage, small group and large group sharing based on reflection questions and a closing prayer and blessing.

Please indicate which of the four sessions you plan to attend & whether or not you will remain for lunch.

Please register by emailing

No later than one week prior to the session you plan to attend.

The Next Sessions are as follow:

  • Saturday, February 4 in the Utica/Rome area at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel - Salerno Room
    (particulary for Vicariates 4 and 5 but open to all).
  • Saturday, March 4 at St. Vincent de Paul/Blessed Sacrament in Vestal
    (particularly for Vacariates 6 and 7 but open to all).

Please indicate any Dietary Restrictions.

For more information + to register | (315) 470-1426 |

Faith Formation

Friday, January 6, 2023

Faith Formation Program

Faith Formation classes will resume on Sunday, January 22nd for Grades K-10.

Registered families will receive cal-endars for the Winter/Spring of 2023 including dates of sacraments and related Direct Preparation sessions.

Click here to download the Registration form
Contact or call (315) 724-3155x2226

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Friday, January 6, 2023

RCIA or the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a program offered for those who would like to learn more about the Catholic Faith and those who are interested in becoming Catholic.

If this is you, please call the parish office at (315)724-3155 or email the office at

Sanctuary Memorials

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Monthly Memorials for January

  • The gift of Bread has been given in memory of Augusto & Rosa Cecilia by their daughter Maria and Family.
  • The gift of Wine has been given in memory of Ciara Jekel by Joseph & Marie Parisi, Grandma and Grandpa.
  • The gift of Candles has been given in memory of Anna & Jospeh Parisi by the Parisi Family.
  • The Sanctuary Lamps for the week of January 29th James Powers by the Parish.

Join the Altar Society

Thursday, December 8, 2022

What is the Altar Society?

It is a group of parishioners, both men and women, working in teams of two or three in a given month during the year. collect the linens used by the priests during Mass, take them home and launder them.

We also do light dusting in our church. Both of these are usually done once a week to fit your schedule. This ministry has been in existence for many years. We have many members who have been doing this for a long time, but for one reason or another are unable to continue. This is a wonderful way of getting involved in our parish and meeting fellow parishioners.

For more information please call JoAnne Hughes at (315) 736-5710.

Blanket Drive

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

The Outreach Ministry will be conducting a blanket drive the weekend of February 11th and 12th.

There is a need for clean, new or gently used blankets and throws, especially at this time if year. Please put the blankets in bags and place them in the side altar or in the back of church. They will be donated to Thea Bowman.

Last year we collected around 185 blankets and throws. Thank you for your compassion and generous giving.

A Message from Sister Lois

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Dear Friends,

It is with joy and gratitude that I thank each and everyone of you for the gifts and messages of love and peace during the Christmas Season. Know that I remember you with a gift of prayer during this time.

May you all enjoy a Holy, Happy and Healthy New Year filled with the Lord’s blessings!

In Jesus’ Love,
Sister Lois Mary

Address for Sr. Lois:
Sr. Lois Mary Paciello,
CSJ Provincial House, 385 Watervliet Shaker Rd. Room 110A, Latham, NY 12110


Friday, September 23, 2022

Volunteers and Players Wanted for Bingo at the Irish Cultural Center 623 Columbia.

  • St. Utica Doors open at 2pm
  • Games Begin at 4pm

Sponsored by the Hibernians

From the Blog of Ronald Rolheiser

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Ronald Rolheiser, a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.

He is a community-builder, lecturer and writer. His books are popular throughout the English-speaking world and his weekly column is carried by more than seventy newspapers worldwide.

The Christ-Child of The Year

The motif of “no room at the inn” wants to make a much larger point, described by Thomas Merton in this way: Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for Him at all, Christ has come uninvited. But because He cannot be at home in it, because He is out of place in it, and yet He must be in it, His place is with those others for whom there is no room.

This highlights that there’s never room in our world for the real Christ, the one who doesn’t fit comfortably into our expectations and imaginings. The real Christ generally shocks our imagination, is a disappointment to our expectations, comes uninvited, but is forever on the outside, on the periphery and sent packing from our doors. The real Christ is forever seeking a home in a world within which there’s no room for him.

So who best fits that description today?
I suggest the following: Millions of refugee children. The Christ-Child can be seen most clearly today in the countless refugee children who, with their families, are being driven from their homes by violence, war, starvation, ethnic cleansing, poverty, tribalism, racism, and religious persecution. They, and their families, best fit the picture of Joseph and Mary, searching for a room, outsiders, powerless, uninvited, no home, no one to take them in, on the periphery, strangers, labeled as “aliens”. But they are the present-day Holy Family, and their children are the Christ-Child for us and our world.

  • Where is the crib of Bethlehem today?
  • Where might we find the infant Christ to worship?

In many places, admittedly in every delivery room and nursery in the world, but “preferentially” in refugee camps; in boats making perilous journeys across the Mediterranean; in migrants trekking endless miles in hunger, thirst, and dangerous conditions; in people waiting in endless lines to be processed in hope of being accepted somewhere, in persons arriving at various borders after a long journey only to be sent back; in mothers in detention centers, holding their young and hoping; and most especially, preferentially, in the faces of countless refugee children.

Notre Dame School News

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Be a part of something Special!

After Care program at Notre Dame Elementary

Notre Dame Elementary School extends the school day with a recreatonal program that operates from 2:30-5:30. Students in all grade levels who atend Notre Dame Elementary are welcome. This program serves the needs of our working parents whose schedules go beyond the realm of school hours.

Mrs. Bridget Wenner, Director, and her staf atend to the needs of the students by providing daily snacks, and setng up games and toys appropriate for all ages. Time is also set aside to allow the older children to begin their homework assignments.

Parents pay only for the tme their child is in atendance. Applicatons are available at our school ofce.

Montessori Education Week

February 26th - March 3rd.

Notre Dame Elementary’s Montessori children and their teachers will be celebrating the 116th anniversary of the beginnings of the Montessori philosophy of education. Dr Maria Montessori, an Italian educator and physician, recognized that every child carries within him/her, the person he/she will become. The Montessori method introduces children to the joy of leaning at an early age.!

Our Lady of Lourdes/Notre Dame are proud of their 50 year commitment to Montessori. Our Program consists of 3 classes of students ranging from 3-5 years of age. Mrs. Farley, Miss. Kissel and Mrs. Kutas are preparing an assembly program to be presented to the students in Kdg-5th grad on March 3rd. It will highlight songs, prayers, pledges and lessons as performed by their children.

Visitors are welcome to call for an appointment and enrollment for the Fall has begun.

For more in-formation, please call (315)732-4374.

Devotion Hours +

Wednesday, November 16, 2022


Miraculous Medal Novena

Every Monday following 8:00am Mass. Our Lady is waiting to hear your prayers.

Eucharistic Adoration

Returns to the Seton Center Chapel on Monday thru Thursday 10:00am thru 2:00pm & Friday 10:00am thru 12:00noon.

To sign up for a specific time please call the office at (315) 724-3155.

Holy Hour/Benediction

All are welcome to Holy Hour every Thursday evening from 6:00 - 7:00 at the Genesee St. campus.

Spend an hour of Peace, Prayer, and Quiet Time. All are Welcome.


Miraculous Medal Novena

Every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm - Burrstone Rd. Campus.

Pray For... +

Friday, January 6, 2023

If you would like to add a name, please call the Office at (315) 724-3155.

Please pray for:

Arabella Zastrow, Joyce Jennings, A & C. Roberts, Ann Doolen, Monica Schmadel, Jane, Joe and Sylvia S., Mia Gorczynski, Madison Viggiano, Jennifer Pratico, Amy, Christine Williams, Bob V., Te-resa Bushinger, Mary Ann Looney, Sr. Lois, Leo James Mastin, Larry Schecter, Maryellen, Judy, Dylan G., Connie M., Lila Burkhard, Amy S., James C., Mary Jane J., Anthony C., Serena C., Gloria A. Stephen B., Joe Pogle , May M., Laurie H., Melissa White, Gary Wer-ner, Judy Williams, Phillip S., Dr. John De-Traglia, Melissa M, Anna N, Joseph E. Al-banese, Peter S., Courtney S., Grady B. , James Hamer, William Latour, James T. Kane.