Irondequoit Senior Ministries

Making the Connection

A faith-based ministry enriching the lives of all adults through spiritual growth, health and wellness, education and culture.
The Irondequoit Senior Ministries (ISM) is a collaborative ministry of Saint Kateri Parish and St. Ann’s Community in Irondequoit, New York.

For more information and or interested in volunteering in any of the ISM ministries, contact:
Georgiana (Gigi) Bondi, Pastoral Minister, (585) 544-8889 x 2105, e-mail:

Communion Service Ministry
Offers those who are no longer able to worship in our churches the opportunity to worship as a community, receive the Holy Eucharist and pray and sing together.
Under the guidelines of the Dioceses of Rochester the communion ministers volunteer in pairs. together they conduct weekly services in our Irondequoit nursing homes, day centers, assisted living facilities and senior apartments.

Irondequoit Homebound/Visitation Ministry
Trained volunteers serve the members of our community who are not able to attend Mass on a regular basis because of long term disability or a short recuperation time. Our Homebound/Visitation Ministers receive training and support in this ministry as members of the Body of Christ, bringing the Body of Christ to residents in their homes and or facilities along with, fellowship, news from our parish and prayer.

Good Samaritan Transportation
Serving God by helping seniors enhance their quality of life by providing free, dependable transportation to seniors 60 and older, who reside in Irondequoit, in private homes, apartments and are parishioners of Saint Kateri Parish. All seniors must be ambulatory-able to get in and out of a private vehicle.

All of our drivers are volunteers and are trained under the guidelines of the Dioceses of Rochester. We provide transportation to medical appointments, long-term care facilities and physical therapy. In Irondequoit we provide transportation to grocery shop, hair appointments, bank, Irondequoit Town Library and Mass.

Alpha for Mature Adults
Alpha for Mature Adults is an opportunity to explore life and the Catholic faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. We gather for a light lunch, video and discussion in a small group setting.

Alpha is a tool for the New Evangelization that is being used by thousands of Catholic parishes in over 70 countries around the world. Alpha creates an environment and opportunity for an encounter with Jesus. As Pope Francis likes to say, “it’s a chance for “Jesus to find them.”

Music Ministry

Weekend Music Ministry
The Music Ministry of Saint Kateri parish is comprised of both vocals SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) and various instruments which together lead and support the sung prayer of the gathered congregation.

The Ministry of Music serves to nourish, strengthen and express the commitment and community of faith in Jesus Christ. There are many opportunities available at the different Churches/Masses.

All are invited to consider joining the music ministry at Saint Kateri. No Auditions!!

                                              Music Ministry Schedule (Sept – June)
Sat. 4:30 pm Mass Christ the King -  Music Ministry - Rehearsals - Wednesdays 6:00 pm Christ the King Church. Rehearsals begin Wed., Sept 4.

Sun. 8:00 am Mass St. Cecilia - Music Ministry – Rehearsals - Thursdays - 6:30 pm St. Cecilia Campus Music Rm 103.  Rehearsals begin Thursday, Sept 5

Sun. 9:30 am Mass Christ the King – Music Ministry – Rehearsals - Wednesdays 7:30pm - Christ the King Church. Rehearsals begin Wed., Sept 4

Sun. 11:00 am Mass St. Margaret Mary – Music Ministry – Rehearsals - Wednesdays 7:30 pm - St. Margaret Mary Church. Rehearsals begin Wed., Sept 4

For further information or any questions, please contact: Jean Grizard, Director of Saint Kateri Music Ministries, 544-8880 ext. 1119, or email:

Tone Chimes
Are you looking for a way to get involved in our parish? How about joining our Inter-generational Tone Chimes Group!

Why Tone Chimes?

  • This group provides opportunities to learn, grow and actively participate in our parish's music ministry!!
  • Participation in this group unites us as a community and allows us to work together in "harmony" as a team! J

What exactly are Tone Chimes? 

  • Tone chimes are musical instruments that look similar to hand bells. They are easy to learn and fun to play, even if you do not have any previous musical experience!

When can you start?

  • Contact Jean Grizard for rehearsal information.

Jean Grizard, Director of Music Ministries 544-8880, ext. 1119 or email:

Resurrection Music Ministry
It is always difficult to lose a loved one. Saint Kateri Resurrection Music Ministry offers a tremendous support to families for parish funeral liturgies.

We invite you to consider this ministry, which offers comfort to those gathered for funeral liturgies at all Saint Kateri worship sites.

There is no audition for this music ministry! You are invited to participate as your schedule allows, at one or all of the sites. Please contact: Jean Grizard, Director of Music, 544-8880, extension 1119, or email:

Liturgical Ministry

The “Liturgy” or Mass is the prayer of the Church and a faith community.
In ministering to the liturgy we fulfill our baptismal call of service to one another by utilizing our God given gifts ensuring life-giving, spiritually fulfilling celebrations for our faith community and parish family.
We encourage you to prayerfully consider one of the liturgical ministries. Training sessions are provided and are suited to your schedule. Saint Kateri uses an on line program for scheduling and it is a convenient way to obtain ministry information and communicate with other Saint Kateri liturgical ministers.
Here are ways we are called to serve the liturgy aiding in the prayer of our parish family:

Liturgical Ministers:

Altar Server – assists the priest at the altar. This ministry is for anyone age 10 and up. Commitment 1-2 times a month.

Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist – assists the Presider in distributing Holy Communion, the Body and Blood of Christ. The faithful coming forward to receive the Body and Blood of Christ is a powerful moment in our liturgy. Commitment 1-2 times a month

Commentator - proclaims the Announcements and the Universal Prayer (Prayer of the Faithful) at mass. A Commentator should be comfortable with public speaking and can communicate effectively and clearly. A Commentator can also serve as a Lector.

Lector – proclaims readings from Holy Scripture. A lector should have a passion for Scripture, a willingness to interpret, understand and research the readings. A Lector can also serve as a Commentator.  Commitment 1 time a month.

Sacristan – coordinates the ministers at a given Mass and prepares all the elements that will be needed for the celebration (bread, wine, sacred vessels, etc.) Commitment 1-2 times a month.

Hospitality Ministry (Ushers, Greeters and Welcome Information Center Volunteers) – assist in the important area of hospitality, ensuring that:  all are welcomed with a warm smile and friendly greeting, find a seat; know where to find what they need; seating is arranged for those with special needs; collections are taken and secured; emergencies are responded to, etc. Answers questions, sends report with collection.Contact Mark Keller, Liturgy and Adult Formation Coordinator/585-544-8880 x 1110,


Social Ministries

Catholic social teaching is … founded on the life and words of Jesus Christ, who came “to bring glad tidings to the poor . . . liberty to captives . . . recovery of sight to the blind” (Lk 4:18-19), and who identified himself with “the least of these,” the hungry and the stranger (cf. Mt 25:45). One of the Catholic social teaching we is built on a commitment to the poor.

This commitment arises from our experiences of Christ in the Eucharist. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, “To receive in truth the Body and Blood of Christ given up for us, we must recognize Christ in the poorest, his brethren” (no. 1397).

Every human being is created in the image of God and redeemed by Jesus Christ… Every person, from the moment of conception to natural death, has inherent dignity and a right to life consistent with that dignity. — from Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions

Thanksgiving & Advent Giving Tree, a Parish Outreach Program

Our Holiday Programs at Thanksgiving and Christmas are an opportunity for individuals, families, groups, and committees to come together to share the spirit with others and provide a little hope. We are blessed to be able to serve our Lord and our Community.

The work of parishioners at Saint Kateri Parish serve almost 500 individuals, adults and children from the House of Mercy, Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini Parish (SFXC) and the Villa of Hope agencies by providing them with gifts and food - a way to be Christ to the World.

Food-collection weekends are usually early November thru first week of December. Only TWO Gift-collection weekends take place, the dates will be announced each year. 

For more information: 544-8880, Mary Ann Noto x 2106, Donna Moll, or Michael Messenger at 732-9341.

Volunteer forms will be available here in early November

Food Collections 

Saint Kateri parishioners who are not able to drop food off directly at the local food cupboards may drop off off nonperishable items in the churches at weekend Masses. The food is then delivered/picked up for the following Cupboards, not in any order.

Sister Regis.

St. Andrew’s Food Cupboard.

Irondequoit Community Cupboard.

Baby Item Collection

Every Year around November the Friday Morning Women's Bible study group collects "baby items.












  • Did you know that:
    Saint Kateri is the Patroness of Loss of Parents,
    Ecology and the Environment?  









  • Approximately 130 volunteers worked on the 2019
    Thanksgiving and Advent Giving Tree Program.
  • Over 32 families received Thanksgiving food boxes.
  • 64 families received Christmas food boxes.
  • Over 108 families received gifts, nearly 500 recipients
  • Approximately 250 boxes of food were delivered