THRIVE is Coming to Route20Catholic for Lent! – All are welcome to join our family of parishes for our annual Lenten Parish Mission on Monday, March 27th at 7pm at St. Mary’s in Hamilton. Thrive is a night of Praise & Worship hosted by Thrive Worship, a collective of musicians from across Central New York. Their mission is to invite people from wherever they are to encounter God in Scripture, Worship, and Prayer. This Lenten Mission will feature dynamic Catholic speakers as well as talented musicians. Father Chris Ballard, the pastor of Spirit of Hope Catholic Community, and Father Nathan Brooks, their parochial vicar, will be sharing their powerful testimonies during the hour. Please don’t miss out on this opportunity to deepen your faith this Lent! This event is free and open to the public.

Mission Statement

Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Team

St. Mary’s/St. Joan’s Roman Catholic Churches & Colgate Newman Community


  • To provide a robust parish and community response to sexual abuse, including (1) acknowledging past abuses in the church and in society at large, (2) ministering to victims of sexual abuse, and (3) creating a healthy and safe community for future generations.


  • Provide resources / raise awareness to parishes and the local community on positive sexuality, respect for the body, and sexual abuse prevention.
  • Infuse all parish staff and structures with a sensitivity to past abuses and concrete steps to prevent future abuses. (For example, we are considering creating an outdoor memorial dedicated to victims of sexual abuse.)
  • Minister to victims of sexual abuse through prayers of the faithful, prayer services and educational and spiritual resources.
  • Educate parishioners and community members of all ages — children, teens, adults – and revise faith formation curriculum to better address this issue.
  • Collaborate with other local faith communities to create a safer and more healthy community.