WELCOME! Christ welcomed all who were searching for truth, peace and joy! We, the Roman Catholic faith community of Our Lady of Sorrows welcomes all people to come and find truth and peace within our walls. A joy filled community based on Sacred Scripture, Tradition, and the Sacraments seeks to provide an inviting and spiritually fulfilling faith journey for all who seek a deeper, truth filled relationship with the risen Christ. We sincerely hope to offer hospitality and friendship to everyone in the name of Christ our Savior. Please come join us!
May God’s peace be with you,
The parishioners of Our Lady of Sorrows
Since we cannot attend Mass physically in our churches, our collections aren’t there to still pay expenses. While we are financially stable, this will have an impact on our parish budget. We pray and hope to maintain the upkeep of our parish, just as our parishioners do with their homes, at this trying time. We hope you will celebrate Sunday Mass from your homes by watching it on television or on our Facebook Page. We ask that if it’s in your budget to please continue contributing to Our Lady of Sorrows by mailing your donations to our parish office: PO Box 326, Vestal NY 13851 or taking advantage of on-line giving!
Be sure to get the new OLS App to keep up to date on everything going on at our Parish!
Our Food Pantry plans to remain open during this Coronavirus pandemic at the regularly scheduled hours of:
Tuesdays from Noon to 2:00 pm
Thursdays from 4:00 to 7:00 pm
Saturdays from 9:00 am to Noon
During this time the we will be taking the following precautionary measures:
Call the Food Pantry at (607) 785-3214 and leave your name, phone number and the number of people in your household. Please tells us which day you are planning to come to the pantry or if you need to inquire about alternate methods of getting your food. We will call you back if needed.
When you arrive at the pantry, please park in a line along the curb and remain in your car. We will be doing curbside distribution of food so someone from the pantry will meet you at your car and give you further instructions. Please do not get out of your car until your food is delivered to you.
As the Coronavirus pandemic evolves, we may need to make alternate arrangements so please continue to monitor the website or call the pantry for more information over the next few weeks.
Please follow all health recommendations to ensure not only your safety but the safety of others. May God bless you and your families with good health.
We thought this would be a good way to review as we move closer to First Communion. We have many options for our upcoming First Eucharistic Celebration, and we are just waiting to see when we are allowed to gather together again, so until then, this is a good spot to review topics, vocabulary and ask questions.
Watch the video and work on the puzzle below for vocabulary building and we'll see if everyone likes this. You can even set up your own home altar to practice. Send me a picture of your altar at the email below.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me here.
You may need to do this on a separate sheet of paper but unscramble these very important words to help review.
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With the beginning of Phase 1 of reopening in areas of our diocese, the question has been asked, what does this mean for our churches? Worship sites do not fall into Phase I. Public gatherings are still restricted. Bishop Lucia has formed a Task Force for the development of parish protocols once we are able to regather. You can watch Bishop Lucia's most recent message HERE. Please continue to keep Bishop Lucia and all those working on these plans in your prayers!
Laudato Si’ Week honors the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for our common home. The theme of the week is “everything is connected.” This week launches a year-long journey of transformation, as we grow through the crisis of the current moment by praying, reflecting, and preparing together for a better world to come tomorrow. Following Pope Francis’ invitation to join Laudato Si’ Week, Catholics everywhere will reflect and prepare for action 16-24 May. We’ll put our preparation into action during the Season of Creation this September, when Pope Francis has invited Catholics to pray and act for our common home.
We invite you to join us during these webinars we have prepared to honour Laudato Si Week 2020. Visit laudatosiweek.org for more information and resources.
*Laudato Si' at 5: As Prophetic and Relevant As Ever: Mon., May 18 at 11:00 AM
* Eco-spirituality: Deepening our Communion with Creation : Tues., May 19 at 9:00 AM
* Sustainability: Time for the Church to Lead by Example : Wed., May 20 at 9:00 AM
* Advocacy: Wed., May 20 at 11:00 PM
* Social Action: Fr., May 22 at 9:00 AM
Daily Televised Mass will be streamed through Syracuse Catholic Television at noon! You can access it HERE.
St. Faustina was intuitive enough to listen to her heart and believe in the visions she had. Her story is quite phenomenal. Did you know that most days at 3 pm you can view the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on EWTN. It is no coincidence that the chaplet is said at 3 pm. Why would you think that was important?
Jesus appeared to the fishermen who must have been exhausted and when he told them to cast their nets out the the "right hand side" - did you hear that "right hand side"? Who sits at the right side of the Father? Just checking to see if you caught that.
The reaction from Peter and the interaction with Jesus is simply heart warming. A reaction we are all praying for if we reach the gates of heaven. In these days of uncertainty, a warm welcome (with social distancing) is what we need for each other. Let our hearts be like Peter's today and listen to the Father as he tells us try one more time.
In the Gospel of John the burial cloths are discussed specifically. There is a very important message in this scripture that many overlook. The napkin that was placed over Jesus' face was very intentionally placed in the empty tomb. It was said that at the end of a Jewish meal the man of the house would crumple up his napkin and toss it on the table - showing that he was done and would not be returning to the table. In a situation that the man of the house was not done eating but needed to leave the table for some reason he would fold his napkin neatly. This would signify that he was indeed returning to the table. The napkin in the tomb was rolled and placed in a specific location. Some say the meaning is that Jesus intended to return.
A more classical sound.
A different view of the same story in grateful celebration that Jesus is risen today. We Are An Easter People and Alleluia is Our Song. Happy Easter everyone.