Our Staff

Father John Gathenya, Our Pastor

Father John Gathenya, Our Pastor

Father Michael Brown, Parochial Vicar

Father Michael Brown, Parochial Vicar

Kathy Timerson, Secretary

Kathy Timerson, Secretary

Shawn Gillen-Caryl, Regional Finance Director

Shawn Gillen-Caryl, Regional Finance Director

Sandi Mettler, Regional Bookkeeper

Sandi Mettler, Regional Bookkeeper

Helen Delaney, Pastoral Minister

Helen Delaney, Pastoral Minister

Cheryl Farrington, Housekeeping

Cheryl Farrington, Housekeeping

Bill Stott, Maintenance and Grounds

Bill Stott, Maintenance and Grounds

Tony Nedza, Maintenance and Grounds

Tony Nedza, Maintenance and Grounds

Parish Office

85 North Street
Auburn NY 13021

Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 9:00 am-5:00 pm Closed on Fridays 315-252-9576                                                              


Contact Us


Name *

Holy Family of Auburn Parish Office 315.252.9576

Pastor Father John Gathenya, ext. 10, email: Fr.John.Gathenya@dor.org

Parochial Vicar Father Michael Brown, 315.252.7271, ext. 205

Secretary, Kathy Timerson, ext. 14. Kathy.Timerson@dor.org

Faith Formation Volunteer Coordinator Barbara Quinn, ext. 16, email: Barbara.Quinn@dor.org

Pastoral Minister Helen Delaney, ext. 13, email: Helen.Delaney@dor.org

Auburn Churches Business Manager Shawn Gillen-Caryl, 315.252.7271, email: Shawn.Gillen-Caryl@dor.org

Bookkeeper Sandi Mettler, 315.252.7271, email: Sandi.Mettler@dor.org



Get Involved

We encourage you to get involved in our ministries and programs. 



  • Faith Formation Sunday Morning Classes:

  • Held 10 am to 11 am, after 9am Mass September 15, 2019 through April 26, 2020

  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 9 am Mass September to May

  • · Faith Formation students bring up the gifts at 9 am Mass and hold Class Masses throughout the Faith Formation school year, September to May.

·  Fee is $35.00 per student, maximum $50.00 per family

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  • Sacraments are meant to be an encounter with God, sign of His sharing His life with us (grace). They are an attempt on the part of the Church to extend into the world the actions of Jesus in His humanity (Ray R. Noll, Sacraments: A NEW Understanding for A NEW Generation).

  • Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist. By Baptism, we become children of God, are cleansed of original sin and are called to holiness. Confirmation completes baptism; we are sealed with the Holy Spirit and reaffirm our baptismal vows. The Eucharist is the “source and summit” of our faith, and is the center of the worship of the Church as well as the “living bread” and His body and blood that Jesus promised us to sustain us and strengthen us.

  • Baptisms by Appointment, Call to Register 315-252-9576

  • Marriages by Appointment, Contact the Parish Office 315-252-9576

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The program supported by Parish donations and Volunteers, serves free bagged lunches to needy members of the Auburn Community on Tuesdays between 10:00am and 11:00am. Often over 130 lunches are served in a session. Interested Volunteers can contact the Parish Office at 315-252-9576

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Parish Life

The Parish Life Committee is a vibrant group of Parish Members who plan a number of activities to support a number of great works.

The committee has awarded over $10,000 in scholarships, purchased Altar Cloths, given support to CSCAA and much more. The committee is only able to do this with your support.

Our  April Family Fun Day is our largest fundraising event. We sponsor Coffee Hours and Parish events throughout the year. If you are interested in working with us, contact Kathy Timmerson at the Rectory for further information. 


Parish Council

 The Council is a decision making body composed of  at least nine members selected from the Holy Family faith community.  Selected members shall serve for a term of three years.  Total number of terms shall not exceed two within a ten-year period.



LiturGy Committee

.The Liturgy Committee is concerned with bringing the parish community and others closer to God through faithful observance of the Church's liturgical norms and guidelines, especially the Mass and other liturgical rites.  It seeks to nurture and deepen the parish's public and private prayer life by encouraging full and active participation through well-planned and well-celebrated liturgies including providing for appropriate liturgical settings and the proper participation of liturgical ministers during all parts of the liturgies.


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Clothes Closet

The Clothes Closet offers free clothing to members of the Community. Donations are sorted by Parish and Community Volunteers. The Clothes Closet is open to the Community on Tuesdays from 10am to 11am and Thursday evenings from 6pm to 7pm.  Volunteers are needed to sort and hang clothing. Donations of gently used clothing are welcome. We can especially use towels and sheet sets. 

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CYO Athletics is part of the diocesan Department of Evangelization and Catechesis and part of Youth Ministry outreach. There is an obvious component of evangelization in CYO Athletics; an opportunity to strengthen the connection of baptized Catholics to their Church and an opportunity to be a witness of what a Catholic Christian believes and lives to those who are not Catholic. For these reasons we enforce the following principles.

  • CYO Athletics are built on mutual respect
  • CYO Athletics celebrate the dignity of each individual person
  • CYO Athletics encourage the unique gifts of each participant
  • Principles of fair play and sportsmanship govern all games, practices and scrimmages
  • Participants, both youth and adult, model Christian values and virtues
  • CYO Athletics allows the gifted to excel, and the less gifted to participate and improve
  • Playing is more important than winning
  • Winning well is more important than winning

Altar Servers,Eucharistic Minister, and Lectors


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