Pentecost Sunday Mass will be livestreamed from
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church at 9:30 AM on Sunday, May 28.
Click on this link to view the video.
Today, the Church marks its beginnings as Church with the gift of the Holy Spirit. Let us pray together that we may listen to the voice of God in our lives. The Spirit allows us vast possibilities for personal, societal, and ecclesial growth. Without the Spirit, there would be no faith in action, and no reason to proclaim Jesus in our lives or in our parish communities.
Thank you, Holy Spirit, for giving us your gifts to witness to your presence and love. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for enabling us to enter a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
Peace be with you,
OUR NEW YOUTH MINISTER
I am pleased to introduce to you Katie Grogan, our new Youth Minister. Her ministry in a Catholic school and parishes will serve her (and us) very well in her new mission. We are very pleased the Lord has sent her to us.
Katie and her husband David have four children, whom you will meet soon. Please welcome Katie to our parish communities and pray for her outreach to our young people.
Many of us supported the Reigniting our Faith Capital Campaign. It was the clear goal of the donors to support a reinvigorated youth ministry program. As your Pastor, it has been a blessing to assist in executing this vision for our pastoral activity. This is Good News; congratulations, Katie, and welcome!
We're now in the final stretch of our annual 2022-2023 Diocesan Appeal campaign. First, thank you very much to all our families who have made a contribution to the Appeal. You help our parishes with every dollar offered.
Each parish family is part of a larger family—the Diocese of Albany for us. Every parish contributes a fair share to support the works of the Church. If you're on the fence about considering whether to offer a gift to the Appeal, let me share with you something.
From 1999 to 2005, most of you did not know me. I left Schenectady in August 1999 to discern a call from God to serve as a priest. Bishop Howard Hubbard assigned me to St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore. (We did not have a diocesan House of Discernment then.) The annual tuition and board was $40,000. Guess how much I paid for this formation? $0.
I paid nothing because of your Appeal contributions: thank you! If you gave anything during this period, you invested in me for our parish communities. I hope you conclude that your investment has paid off! 😊
And this is how the Appeal works—fast forward to 2023. You and I do not know who will be the priest here in twenty years (he might be in our pews right now). But we need to invest in him and pray for him today. If God has blessed us with material gifts, everything we have is the Father's (from last week's Gospel). Do not be afraid to give with an eye to our future priests. I know we have many bills today...so does the Diocese of Albany operating a House of Discernment. One of our parishioners, Anthony Leo, now lives there while he prays before God about serving us as a priest.
Thank you for investing in our future and supporting men like Anthony who wish to serve the Lord. It is not too late to ponder an offering (or a second offering) to our Diocesan Appeal. Thank you for reading this appeal for the Appeal and bringing this request to prayer. God's blessing to you.