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Beginning July 1, 2020 our parishioners who had the option of three separate worship sites will now worship in one building.  It is with great sadness we lose two of our buildings. An aging population and lower collections are just two of several circumstances that lead us to this difficult decision.  Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the love of Jesus and the Grace of God we pray that our community will be blessed with a newfound revival and joy.  


Fr. Michael Schramel March 5, 1952-October 25, 2020

  Fr. Michael Schramel       March 5, 1952-October 25, 2020

It is with deep regret and sadness we need to inform you that
our Pastor, Fr. Mike Schramel passed away on October 25, 2020.
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Obituary for Fr. Mike Schramel

A LETTER FROM THE DESK OF FR. BRIAN COOL 

My Dear Friends in Christ,

 When death touches our lives it is deeply painful.  When it comes suddenly the pain is  ombined with shock and bewilderment.  When it comes from within our faith it also has hope in Christ’s eternal promise.

I know today, Holy Family parish and all its members are deeply saddened, shocked and have a sense of bewilderment with the very sudden and tragic death of our beloved and deeply respected Fr. Mike. I know Fr. Mike was deeply committed to each one of you and the Holy Family parish made up of Holy Ghost, St. Helen’s and St. Jude’s families.  We have a huge hole in the heart of our faith community and within all of us. 

As someone who has known Fr. Mike from our priestly fraternity and as a priest of the Diocese of Rochester, I know of his deep commitment to bring together all of you from St. Helen’s, St. Jude’s and Holy Ghost parishes was a deep reflection of the faith he knew his entire life.  It is one we likewise must call upon ourselves not only when death touches our lives but actually each and every moment of each and every day.  From death comes life. It is the message of Jesus Christ and it is the heart of our faith. It has guided Fr. Mike’s entire life and especially when as a priest he baptized our children and grandchildren, heard confessions of the sinner, presided at the marriage rite of young people in love, anointed the sick and dying and above all presided and celebrated the Eucharist with all of us. 

So, at this time, let us pray from our hearts always, “Eternal rest grant unto him O’ Lord and may perpetual light shine on him”. 

Peace,

Rev. Brian C. Cool
Holy Family Parish, Temporary Administrator

The Parish of the Holy Family
4100 Lyell Road
Rochester, NY 14606
585-247-4322

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