OUR MISSION STATEMENT

The linked parish communities are committed to living the Great Commission, desiring to make disciples and share in the sacramental life of Christ's Church.

 

Serving the communities of Solvay, Lakeland, and all of Syracuse, NY for over 100 years, the linked parish communities of St. Cecilia and Our Lady of Peace have joined together to carry out the Church's mission of leading people in to real relationship with Jesus Christ. Through devout worship, sacramental living, prayer, fellowship and service, we desire to be the hands and feet of Jesus on the earth.


Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which He is to bless His people.
— Saint Teresa of Avila

WHAT SHOULD A CHURCH COMMUNITY BE?

We desire parishioners  feel a true sense of ownership in our parish community. A parish is more than just a place where you go to Mass.

1. It’s a SACRED PLACE where the human and divine meet. We intimately encounter Jesus in the sacraments and worship.

2. It’s a place where people receive SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT, guidance, inspiration and strength - from our clergy and laity called to ministry in our community.

3. It’s a SPIRITUAL HOME where people share each other’s joys, support each other in times of sorrow, offering encouragement to those who are struggling and help to those who are broken by life’s trials and tragedies.

4. It’s a SOCIAL PLACE where people make new friends, reach out to the less fortunate, invite others to become a part of the parish community of believers.

Even the best of parishes can become even better when parishioners take an active interest in making the parish grow and prosper.