Welcome from Rochester, NY!
We welcome you to the webpage of Rochester, NY Spouse of the Holy Spirit Chapter. These are exciting times that we live in and Magnificat was begun in 1981 for such as time as this. There are now over 100 chapters throughout the United States and its territories and in many foreign countries.
Hosted by the Spouse of the Holy Spirit Chapter of Magnificat
Saturday, March 23, 2019
9:00 am – noon
Open seating, please arrive early.
Diplomat Banquet Center
1 Diplomat Way (off Lyell Ave)
Guest Speakers: Aimee O’Connell
From a very early age, Aimee O’Connell was drawn to God and the saints. She was also a precocious child: She talked at seven months, was reading by two, and doing fifth grade work by kindergarten. She also was permitted to make her First Holy Communion at the unprecedented age of four; such was her comprehension of the sacraments and her hunger to receive them. However, Aimee was not simply a gifted child. She had Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. Join Aimee as she describes how her unlikely discovery of the life story of St. Thorlak of Iceland helped identify and formulate these spiritual skills that teach “why” relationships help people relate to God.The Mission of Saint Thorlak, which she founded is an online apostolate inspired by its namesake “to understand, recognize, address and prevent spiritual starvation, letting people with autism lead us on our way.”
COME, BRING FRIENDS OR MAKE NEW ONES!
“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you ways the Lord, plans for your welfare not for woe, plans to give you a future full of hope” Jeremiah 29:11.
“Glorify the Lord with me. Let us together extol His name.” Psalm 34:4
Prayer ministry available.
8:00 a.m. Confessions
8:30 a.m. Seating begins
9:30 a.m. to Noon. – Program
12:00 Confession and Personal Prayer
To purchase your ticket: Early Registration: $20.00 Postmarked after 3/16: $22.00. Students: $12.00. Clergy and Religious: Complimentary. Please register!
Your check will serve as your receipt.
By Internet: Use PayPal ($21) on our website: www.MagnificatRochester.org
Pre-Registration required. No tickets sold at the door
Your ticket will be your Name Tag at the registration table the morning of the breakfast.
Sorry, no reserved tables. Please don’t let cost keep you away — call Diane Hayes – 585-943-4759
Your name-tag serves as your ticket and it will be available at the door.
Donations are also accepted to assist others in attending our meal.
Mail-in registration: registration form.
Guest(s) Name ______________________________________________
City ___________________________ State ______ Zip __________
Phone # ____________________
Email (Please print clearly) ______________________________
Enclosed is $ ________________ for _______________ Number of Reservations.
Please Mail Reservation Form and check payable to “Magnificat” to:
PO Box 24787
Rochester, NY 14624
UPCOMING MEALS FOR OUR CHAPTER
June 15 – Minh Huynh
Sept. 7 – Marilyn Catherine
Dec. 7 – Fr. Ed Palumbos
Upcoming Rochester Catholic Men’s Conference
Catholic women’s conference
Catholic Charismatic Renewal website:
Please join Magnificat on our Day of Prayer, the 21st of each month, as we lift up our hearts to the Lord for the intentions of New Pentecost, Magnificat, Sanctity of Life, our Beloved Priests and Religious and Families.
SERVICE TEAM MEMBERS
Spiritual Advisor: Fr. Bernard Dan
Louise Carson – Coordinator
Ann Iten -Assistant Coordinator
Karen Chin – Treasurer
Jeanne Walker – Secretary
Betty Bunce – Historian / Hospitality
If you would like to help with a Ministry of Magnificat, or if you have a question or comment for Our Service Team, or if you would like to be on our Mailing list for future events, please contact: MagnificatRochester@frontier.com
HISTORY of Spouse of the Holy Spirit Chapter
Nineteen years ago, God planted a seed in the heart and mind of a spirit-filled woman named Gert Amesbury from St. Pius X parish in the Rochester, NY Diocese. She learned of Magnificat, a ministry to Catholic women, from a program shown on the Catholic TV Network EWTN. With great enthusiasm, she began the work to establish Magnificat in Rochester. After facing many obstacles, Gert concluded that perhaps the time was not yet right for Rochester. Many years later, another spirit-filled woman, Pat Smith, rediscovered Magnificat while vacationing in Florida and was inspired to bring it back home to Rochester.
In October 1997, a small group of women, including Gert and Pat, came together to form a service team to study the Magnificat movement and to establish the necessary criteria for diocesan approval and incorporation with the National Team. After much study, prayer, and discernment by the women of the Service Team, Bishop Matthew Clark approved Magnificat-Rochester on June 5, 1998. The team met weekly in prayer, song, personal sharing, and the rosary and soon the Holy Spirit’s gifts became evident as each woman discovered what responsibility the Lord wanted her to take up.
In 1999, a letter was sent out to 40 women inviting them to join in this mission. Although only one woman responded, the team moved forward to plan a retreat focused on how the Holy Spirit works in the Church and in our lives. Thirty women attended and they became the base upon which the team began to build. Some of the team attended a retreat at Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio, and they brought back inspiration from the Holy Spirit in the form a scripture passage (Luke 5:4-11): “put out into the deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Armed with this scripture passage, two members of the Service Team went to Mario’s Restaurant to book a date for the first Magnificat-Rochester breakfast. With no money, they stepped out in faith, trusted the Holy Spirit, booked the space, and began planning. That first breakfast had 240 guests and the room was full to overflowing. Their nets were full!