September 11, 2021 Let us pray together for the souls who perished in the attacks of September 11, 2001, and for those who still struggle twenty years later because of that day. May God grant us peace and strength.
August 11, 2020 Dear parish family, I am pleased to announce some administrative changes for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, St. Adalbert Parish, and St. Paul the Apostle Parish. Some of our dedicated staff have new functions, and there are new office hours for each parish office. This realignment takes effect Monday, August 31, 2020. Click here to read further details: Administrative Changes.I hope you are remaining healthy and safe in these times. God's peace be with you, as we are praying for you. In Christ, Fr. Frisoni
August 25, 2021 Pray with me for all of the sick, that they do not lose hope in the healing power of the good Lord, and that he lift their spirits in times of despair.
August 15, 2021
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Bryah Gifford, the owner of Giffy’s Bar-B-Q, who died on August 12. He assisted our three parishes and many other groups and organizations with chicken dinners. May he rest in the peace of the good Lord.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.
August 4, 2021 This past week Mr. Stephen Mawn joined the staff of our three parishes as the new Pastoral Associate for Administration. While some of you may be acquainted with Steve from his many years with the Diocesan Office of Evangelization, Catechesis & Family Life and the Catholic School Office, he has also been involved at the local or parish level both in the Albany Diocese as well as the NY metropolitan area. <<Click here to read more.>>
August 13, 2021
FAREWELL TO DEACON JIM O’ROURKE Two and one-half months do pass by rather swiftly. This weekend, we say farewell to our seminarian, Deacon Jim O’Rourke, who has ministered with us for the summer. Deacon Jim has proclaimed the Good News to you and me in various ways and has enriched us greatly by his presence. He returns to Pope St. John XXIII Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts, outside of Boston, for one more year of formation on the road to the priesthood. Let us pray together that the good Lord may continue to enlighten Deacon Jim’s journey of sacrifice for God’s people.
PS: Be sure to join us for a farewell reception for Deacon Jim, following the 4:00 PM Mass on Saturday, August 14th.
July 29, 2021
Thank you to all of our volunteers who made our drive-through chicken dinner on Tuesday, July 27 a successful and fun event for all. And many thanks to all of our patrons -- we hope you enjoyed the chicken! God bless you.
July 3, 2021 Dear family, I wish to apprise you of a long-term difficulty in our parish. As you may know, I have assumed residence at St. Paul the Apostle rectory, since it is the closest rectory to the Pastoral Center in Albany, the seat of the Tribunal where I minister full-time. The rectory has living space for the priest, as well as offices on the first level for the parish. The building has a heating and air conditioning system that is original, installed in 1969 when the rectory was erected. The heating function is decent, but the problem is with the air conditioning... Click here to read full message.
SEMINARIAN ASSIGNMENT We have been assigned a seminarian who will be with our three parishes from June 1 to August 15. Many of us will remember Deacon James O’Rourke. Deacon Jim was assigned to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Paul the Apostle Parishes with Fr. Peter Pagones for several years before discerning a vocation to the priesthood. He will be with us in residence at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Rectory until he returns for his final year of formation at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts. We are very blessed to have him back with us. Welcome, Deacon Jim!
WELCOME BACK, MARCO I am pleased to announce that Marco Spataro, who interned with us during the summer of 2020, will be returning to be with us during the summer of 2021. He'll also be assisting with the ministry of the Tribunal of the Diocese of Albany. We are very pleased to have him back with us in our family of parishes and the Tribunal. Welcome back, Marco! Fr. Frisoni
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June 20, 2021 From Father Frisoni's homily today..."It’s Between You and God" by Saint Teresa of Calcutta -- Do It Anyway
June 12, 2021 Blessed Virgin Mary, teach us the motherly love of your Immaculate Heart, and pray for us to be closer to your Son, Christ Jesus. Amen
June 11, 2021 Sacred Heart of Jesus, incline our heart to yours through renewed charity and service. Amen
May 21, 2021 After hearing the pandemic safety team, and in accord with the current diocesan liturgical guidelines, those fully vaccinated against the coronavirus are now welcome to enter our churches and buildings without a mask, effective Saturday, May 22, 2021. God’s peace to you.
April 18, 2021 Jesus meets his disciples on the road to Emmaus.
April 16, 2021 Easter joy: what are some blessings you have been given in life? The struggles and trials easily come to mind, but it is important on the faith journey to recall and ponder the joys and blessings! God is good.
April 4, 2021 Happy Easter, everyone! As Christ Jesus defeated death, may you hope in the Lord always. He is Light for the darkness. Peace.
April 3, 2021 Happy Easter, dear family. May the resurrection of Christ the Lord give us much hope and joy in our lives. If you may be feeling lost or sad in these times, I pray that Jesus’ Light offers you great potential and possibility to see a path forward. Keep hope in Christ alive! Many blessings to you in this Easter season. Gratefully, Fr. Frisoni
March 25, 2021 Happy Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord today. When asked by the angel of the Lord to bear Christ Jesus, she said yes: “May it be done unto me according to your Word (Luke 1:38).” Has our response to God’s call been as courageous as the Blessed Mother’s?
March 19, 2021 Happy Solemnity of St. Joseph today. Please join me in praying for the intercession of St. Joseph in our Holy Father’s words:
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen.
(Pope Francis, Patris Corde )
March 12, 2021 Whoa, before you eat that bacon and sausage this morning...how is our Lenten observance of abstaining from meat on Fridays going? During Lent, we traditionally abstain from meat on the day of our Lord’s death to help us grow rich in Christ and to follow him more faithfully by our sacrifices.
March 9, 2021 Mid-Lenten check in: How is our almsgiving this Lent? Are we hoarding, afraid of the future, or can we let go of our possessions and share for others, to trust more in God's providence?
March 6, 2021 A mid-Lenten check-in: how is our quiet time in the presence of the Lord? Can we practice the presence of God near us today?
February 25, 2021 A prayer during Lent to Our Lady of Czestochowa
Holy Mother of Czestochowa, You are full of grace, goodness, and mercy. I consecrate to you all my thoughts, words and actions -- my soul and body. I beseech your blessings and especially prayers for my salvation. Today, I consecrate myself to you, Good Mother, totally -- with body and soul amid joy and sufferings to obtain for myself and others your blessings on this earth and eternal life in heaven. Amen.
February 17, 2021 Many blessings to you as we begin our annual Lenten “campaign of Christian service” (from the Opening Prayer of today’s Mass) of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. How might we make this year’s journey with the Lord in the desert meaningful and unique?
February 10, 2021 Thank you to all for your most kind messages on my birthday yesterday, February 9. You are great, and blessed by the good Lord! Every day (and year) is a gift from God. Take good care -- Fr. Frisoni
February 6, 2021 Yesterday was the memorial of St. Agatha, Martyr. Today is the memorial of St. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs, who lost their lives announcing the Gospel to the people of Japan. A reflection question in light of these feasts: would we be willing to lose our lives today for the sake of the Name?
January 22, 2021 "Our defense of the innocent unborn needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development" (Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate , no. 101). The Church prays on this day for the legal protection of unborn children.
January 20, 2021 Let us pray to God for all of our new and returning civic leaders and government officials, that they promote the dignity of the human person in working toward peaceful and just solutions for the challenges ahead.
January 18, 2021 Life begins at conception and deserves to be protected. Sign up to pray with thousands of people during the Nine Days for Life novena, starting this Thursday and concluding on Friday, January 29.
January 9, 2021 Isaiah 40:28,31 "Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is God from of old, creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny. They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint."
January 1, 2021 Happy new year! Today is the octave of Christmas, the day on which the Church honors Mary, the Mother of God. As declared by St. Paul VI in 1968, today is also the World Day of Peace. Today, we pray that the Mother of God and Mother of the Church leads us to follow more closely her Son, the Prince of Peace and the Light for the world.
December 26, 2020 Today is the second day in the octave of Christmas. The Church marks the feast of St. Stephen, the first martyr of the Church, stoned to death in Jerusalem about two years after the resurrection of Christ Jesus from the dead.
December 25, 2020 God’s blessings and joy to you throughout this Christmas season. God is with us. God is for us.
December 19, 2020 Urgent! Please use the link below to contact Senator Schumer today who has yet to commit to supporting a bi-partisan provision of the new COVID Legislation that will help our Catholic schools. https://www.votervoice.net/NYSCATHOLIC/campaigns/78896/respond
December 12, 2020
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and Mexico, points us to her Son, who loves and prefers the lowly, healing those in despair. May Our Lady help us open our hearts to hear Jesus' message.
December 7, 2020 Please remember in your prayers today those souls who lost their lives in the Pearl Harbor attack in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, as we also pray before the Prince of Peace for peaceful resolution to all conflicts.
December 4, 2020 Can we admit to ourselves that sometimes (maybe most of the time?), we are spiritually blind? If we have the courage, ask: how might our eyes be opened this Advent to God's steadfast presence?
December 3, 2020 "It is impossible to find a saint who did not take the two Ps seriously: prayer and penance" (St. Francis Xavier).
November 26, 2020 Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. In the words of President Abraham Lincoln in a proclamation dated October 3, 1863:
“I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next , as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”
November 21, 2020 Today is the memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, honoring the encounter when Anna and Joachim, the parents of Mary, presented Mary to God in the Temple. Dear parents, be not afraid to approach Mary and ask for her intercession, who brings us close to the heart of her Son, the divine Word made flesh.
November 3, 2020 Questions for prayer and reflection toward Election Day: -- What future leaders will best protect and promote the dignity of all human persons, both born and unborn? How? -- What future leaders will best respect and live the Gospel of life? How? -- What future leaders will best allow us to do the good works our faith calls us to do, without having to compromise that very same faith? How?
Please exercise your right to vote.
November 2, 2020 Questions for prayer and reflection toward Election Day: -- What future leaders will best protect and promote the dignity of all human persons, both born and unborn? How? -- What future leaders will best respect and live the Gospel of life? How?
One more question on Tuesday...
November 1, 2020 Questions for prayer and reflection toward Election Day: -- What future leaders will best protect and promote the dignity of all human persons, both born and unborn? How? More questions tomorrow and Tuesday...
October 29, 2020 Guess what, friends?
We're now on Twitter -- our thoughts, messages, and prayers to you in 280 characters or less! Check us out at twitter.com/olmcsacspac
God's peace to you, Fr. Frisoni
Our Pastor's Messages
Rev. Matthew H. Frisoni
October 22, 2020 Dear friends, Let us ask for the intercession of St. John Paul II, whose feast day is today in the Catholic Church, to help us take comfort in the living God:
"It is Jesus in fact that you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle" (St. John Paul II, World Youth Day Vigil of Prayer [August 19, 2000], no. 5).
Fr. Frisoni October 20, 2020 Almighty God, Father of all nations, for freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1). We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good. Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties; by your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all who live in this blessed land. We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness, and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Committee for Religious Liberty, 2012 October 15, 2020 Let nothing ever trouble you, let nothing make you afraid. All things pass away. God never changes. Patience obtains everything. God alone is enough.
Words of wisdom from today's saint, St. Teresa of Avila
November 17, 2020
Let us pray that we may remain close to the Lord, our protector, in these times, as more are struggling with the virus. Be not afraid.
October 8, 2020 I’m sorry you may have lost your power yesterday, with no television or internet, and may still be without it. Turn this “problem” into a spiritual advantage: why not try praying the rosary, quietly before the Lord?
What a gift from God in honor of the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7).
Fr. Frisoni October 3, 2020 We continue our prayers as a family of faith for all those affected by this virus, including our President and First Lady. May they stay close to the Lord as they recuperate. We pray also for all health care professionals and emergency personnel, that God will keep them safe as they assist those who are ill. Mane nobiscum, Domine: Remain with us, Lord (cf. Luke 24:29). September 23, 2020 Wisdom from today’s Saint, Pio of Pietrelcina (known as Padre Pio before his canonization): “The greater your sufferings, the greater God’s love for you.” September 22, 2020 Six weeks from today is Election Day. It is time to begin reflecting on forming our consciences to prepare for our voting. Here is a link to Faithful Citizenship from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to help.
September 17, 2020 A prayer for today: Father, help us to rain down our love upon the good and the bad, the just and the unjust alike, that we may be like you, who love us when we are least worthy. Amen.
September 11, 2020 We are in communion today praying for the repose of those souls who died in the terrorist attack on America nineteen years ago today. We pray for peace and strength for their families, asking the Lord for an end to senseless violence in our world through the conversion of hearts.
Fr. Frisoni September 5, 2020
Please join me today in praying for the deacon about to be ordained a priest today for the Diocese of Albany, as well as for the thirteen men to be ordained deacons. Five of these will be transitional deacons, meaning that they are on the path, Lord willing, toward the priesthood. Click here to watch the ordination -- www.rcda.org/livestream .
August 22, 2020
Greetings from our production team! Best wishes Marco, on your return to college studies. Thank you for sharing your talents and energy for the Catholic Faith with us.
May God continue to bless you abundantly!
August 11, 2020
Dear parish family,
I am pleased to announce some administrative changes for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, St. Adalbert Parish, and St. Paul the Apostle Parish. Some of our dedicated staff have new functions, and there are new office hours for each parish office. This realignment takes effect Monday, August 31, 2020. Click here to read further details: Administrative Changes
I hope you are remaining healthy and safe in these times. God's peace be with you, as we are praying for you.
This weekend's Gospel.
Description: Lluís Borrassà, Jesus Supports Saint Peter on the Water, 1411
August 7, 2020
As Christians, we contemplate and practice the presence of God in our lives. However, we respect the mystery of not ever having the complete picture of divine providence. In the words of St. Augustine, the Doctor of Grace: “Si enim comprehendis, non est Deus” (“If you understand it, it is not God.”).
What is our vision of Jesus the Lord? May you have a blessed feast of the Transfiguration today, August 6.
August 5, 2020 WELCOME TO THE PASTORAL COUNCIL We have a new pastoral council member discerned for our joint pastoral council: Konrad Drzymalski from St. Adalbert Parish. Konrad is going to be a senior at Union College, majoring in biology. He has many gifts, and we are thankful to God that he has responded to this invitation to help us all with his advice and guidance. Thank you, Konrad!
August 1, 2020 Friends,
I hope yesterday was a day of good works in God’s way for you. May today’s saint, Alphonsus Liguori, help us in our progress toward the divine vision, even when we have difficult days. Here is his reflection on the second station — Jesus carries his cross.
“Consider how Jesus, in making this journey with the cross on his shoulders thought of us, and for us offered to his Father the death he was about to undergo. My most beloved Jesus, I embrace all the tribulations you have destined for me until death. I beseech you, by the merits of the pain you suffered in carrying your cross, to give me the necessary help to carry mine with perfect patience and resignation. I love you, Jesus my love; I repent of having offended you. Never permit me to separate myself from you again. Grant that I may love you always; and then do with me what you will.”
July 31, 2020 Dear friends,
Here are some words of wisdom from St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, whose feast day is today, July 31:
“We should never postpone a good work, no matter how small it may be, with the thought of later doing something greater. It is a very common temptation of the enemy to be always placing before us the perfection of things to come and bring us to make little of the present.”
Happy Friday, and happy day of doing good,
July 30, 2020 In the genesis of history, God brought life from an empty womb. In the fullness of time, Mary gives birth to Jesus Christ. Then, Jesus is placed in a virgin tomb. Three days later at the beginning of our salvation history, this empty tomb is a sign that God has delivered on his promise of eternal life.
Dear Lord, may I not fear emptiness in my life, for from these experiences, you will fill me with life and hope.
July 22, 2020 Please join us in praying and fasting(if your health permits) for the end of abortion in this Country on Friday 24th July, the Vigil of the Feast of St James. Read Prayer and Fasting for Life for more information.
Mr. Marco Spataro
July 21, 2020 OUR NEW INTERN Please welcome to our three parishes Mr. Marco Spataro, who will be with us completing an internship. Marco, who will be a sophomore at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts in the fall semester, is also an intern in the Tribunal department of the Diocese of Albany. In his internship, he will be learning more carefully the ministries of the priest, the Diocesan Tribunal, and our parishes. He will have a busy summer here! When you see him, please extend your gratitude and encouragement to him for his willingness to enter into this experience.
Thanks very much. Fr. Frisoni
July 20, 2020 NATIONAL NFP AWARENESS WEEK JULY 19-25, 2020 This week is Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week for the Church here in the United States. Live the truth and beauty of God's plan for married love! Natural Family Planning -- It's about love. It's about life. It's about freedom. It's about gift. Check this out.
July 12, 2020
This message was received from the Diocese of Albany Catholic Schools Office today. Please take a few minutes to respond and share this message with your friends.
Dear Catholic School Leaders,
Please take a brief moment to respond to the following action alert and strongly encourage your stakeholders (school board, teachers, parents, parishioners) to do the same. COVID-19 knows no boundaries when it comes to public or private schools. As such, we, too, deserve an equitable share to ensure the safety of our learning environments. Your message to legislator could make all the difference.
Giovanni Virgiglio, Jr. | Superintendent of Schools Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany | Catholic School Office 40 North Main Avenue | Albany, NY 12203
July 10, 2020
FR. AUGUSTINE TUFAIL Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Augustine Tufail, a priest of the Diocese of Multan, Pakistan, who lived in the Boston area and regularly helped the pastors of our diocese with celebrating Masses on weekends, especially covering for vacations. Many of you will remember “Fr. Gus” helping us out here in our three parishes; despite driving very far to be with us, he never complained. He fell asleep in the Lord on July 6, 2020; may his soul rest in God’s peace. Please thank God in your prayers today for the gift of his service to the people.
July 10, 2020 A LETTER TO OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL PARISH July 1, 2020
Dear Fr. Frisoni,
I wanted to express a sincere thank you from SICM for allowing us the use of your Parish Center [at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel] this summer. The Summer Lunch Program is preparing to distribute over 60,000 meals -- breakfast and lunch -- to the children in Schenectady. Mt. Carmel is the perfect prep site -- location is central to our sites. We look forward to the distribution of the breakfast/lunch program and some mass food distribution. Again, thank you.
Dear parishioners, if a family you know has a child who might need to be fed in these challenging times, please invite them to reach out to Jo-Anne at 518-374-2683 (x108) or JRafalik@sicm.us for referral to the nearest meal site. God's peace be with you.
Fr. Frisoni July 8, 2020
In these times, in whom is our true hope? Follow the Lord closely, for only "in him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).
June 29, 2020 Dear friends,
Consider today the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul, who fearlessly defended the Christian faith and offered their lives for the Name. Pray that you and I may have the same courage of these early Apostles in our proclamation and defense of the living God.
June 24, 2020
"If God is for us, who can be against us" (Rom 8:31)? Through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we have been protected by God through this virus epidemic. We can withstand the impact of any storm in our lives. God is with us.
This weekend was a very powerful experience being back together around the altar of the Lord, carefully following public health protocols. For those who could not join us just yet, no worries, as you too were in communion with everyone through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Many thanks to our pandemic safety team and officers who spent considerable time behind the scenes to prepare a safe and healthy environment for our liturgies, and the time after each Mass to disinfect all surfaces, door knobs, light switches, handles, pews, etc. The list goes on and on...
In order to maintain this safe environment for public liturgies, the pandemic safety team and I are in unanimous agreement: regrettably, it is no longer possible to keep our churches unlocked for prayer outside of the times for Masses. We do not have the human resources or wherewithal to supply enough products to disinfect and sanitize every surface in three churches every day after a five-hour block of time for private, silent prayer. Thus, effective immediately, our churches cannot be unlocked any longer except for the celebration of sacred liturgies. Remember that our churches are unlocked for silent prayer about thirty minutes before our Masses begin.
The apex of the Church's prayer is the Eucharistic banquet; praise God, a congregation can now be admitted inside of our churches for this most august sacramental encounter. Everyone's health and safety must be carefully safeguarded to ensure that we can continue this public worship of the living God.
Peace to you,
June 11, 2020
Dear friends, Great news: I am pleased to announce that, with the permission of our Bishop and diocesan officials, we are beginning this weekend, June 13-14, to celebrate Masses inside our churches, with a congregation. All parishes have agreed that their churches are to be places promoting a healthy and safe environment; thus, we must all follow strict guidelines designed to keep us free from the COVID virus. Here are some bullet points that highlight our re-entry, which ushers will assist us with: -- As of this writing, 25 percent of the maximum capacity of the church can be inside -- If more than this number appear for Mass, we will serve communion to those waiting outside in the parking lots right after Mass (like we have done for the past two weekends) -- Except for persons who reside together, we maintain a minimum six-foot distance from others at all times -- Mandatory masks except for the point of reception of holy communion -- Certain doors or restrooms are closed for entry -- Hand sanitizing for all who enter the church -- Required written contact tracing forms to be completed in church before being seated for all who participate in Mass -- For now, we cannot have holy water, missalettes, choirs, ministers other than the priest in the sanctuary, processions of the gifts, chalices offering the Precious Blood to the faithful, physical signs of peace, hand-shaking, greetings by the priest at the door following Mass, and any congregation of persons after Mass (we pray that hopefully one day, these practices can be restored). -- Also suspended for now is the administration of holy communion by extraordinary ministers to any homebound person. -- Please arrive to church earlier than your usual arrival time.
If you wish to read all of the details, click on the link below this message to read the comprehensive safety plan for our churches. Again, our Bishop has dispensed us from the obligation to participate in Mass on Sundays or holy days of obligation. If you are in a high-risk category due to age or underlying health conditions, or if you are feeling sick, you do not have to attend the Mass and you ought not to if your health would jeopardize others. Don't worry: we'll still continue our streaming Mass on the websites and our Sunday television Mass at 9:00 AM on Spectrum cable and Verizon Fios for Schenectady subscribers. Let us thank God in prayer that we can now participate in Mass again in our churches, as we offer our prayers for those who still labor under the effects of this virus. God's peace be with you, and I'll see you soon.
June 6, 2020 Friends, Let us pray today for the souls of all service personnel who died on Tuesday, June 6, 1944 in the Normandy landings; pray also for a peaceful resolution to any conflict, that all people can find the Truth and the Way toward reconciliation: Christ Jesus.
June 4, 2020 Dear friends,
Some updates for you:
PANDEMIC SAFETY OFFICERS Each parish in the diocese was asked to name a "pandemic safety officer" who will guide our re-introduction of Masses. Our officers are Regina Jendzeizyk from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Viola Metz from St. Adalbert Parish, and Diana Busse from St. Paul the Apostle Parish. They have my blessing and permission to guide and correct us on our path to remain as healthy as possible while gathering as the Body of Christ.
In addition to Toni LaFond, our Pastoral Associate for Administration, and our fine ushers, the pandemic safety officers provided us with excellent guidance and direction for our first experience of the plan to receive holy communion outside, which was on Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the Church. Thank you to all for making it flow very smoothly. Great energy was expended in short time to make this Pentecost experience possible: thank God for this gift that will continue for the time being.
HOLY COMMUNION OUTDOORS Even though we cannot gather for Mass as of this writing, there is a path by which we can receive holy communion. While the usual weekend Mass is taking place inside (but without an assembly right now) it is possible for you to drive into our parking lots, participating by streaming the Mass on your portable devices. But, it is important that you remain in your cars while in our parking lot until directed by an usher to come forward for communion.
The unconsecrated hosts are opened from a plastic sleeve and go right into the disinfected ciborium untouched by anyone. Then, the lid goes on top of the ciborium where it remains even during Mass and consecration. After Mass is over, I go to the sacristy and wash my hands in warm water while singing two verses of, "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name" (aren't you glad that there's no crowd inside the church to hear me attempt to sing?). Then, I put on a mask and walk back into the church, taking up the ciborium; lastly, I walk outside to serve you holy communion.
We all practice social distancing (six feet of distance at least) and wear masks. During the playing of the streamed Mass in our vehicles, we don't play other music or audio so as not to disrupt the experiences of others. We also do not leave our cars until instructed by an usher. Eight people at one time are invited to come forward to receive our Lord in holy communion. Then, we return to our cars and depart.
Please join us at 4:00 PM on Saturday or 8:00 AM on Sunday at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 9:30 AM on Sunday at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, or 11:00 AM on Sunday at the Church of St. Adalbert.
God's peace be with you, Fr. Frisoni
June 3, 2020
O Lord our God, Defender, protect us from the evils that assail us in this life's wilderness and bring us safely to dwell in your presence, through the power of Christ our Lord. Amen. St. Charles Lwanga and companions, pray for us.
May 29, 2020 Dear friends,
Greetings to you. For about the past two and one-half months, we have prayed and participated in the celebration of Mass virtually but without the benefit of being able to receive our Lord in holy communion due to the virus epidemic. I am pleased to now be able to share with you a path forward that is consistent with all civil regulations presently in force.
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday: the birthday of the Church and the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It is very appropriate that a new beginning commences this weekend, May 30-31 -- here is an outline of this gift of the Spirit.
-- Mass inside the church will now be celebrated by the priest alone at the usual weekend Mass times. In the Diocese of Albany right now, a crowd is not permitted in church for the Mass (hopefully, this will change very soon). The church doors are locked during this Mass.
-- However, you can come to our parking lots at the usual weekend Mass times and participate in the Mass by streaming our Mass on your portable electronic devices; you must remain in your vehicles so that there is no congregation of persons to comply with state regulations.
-- Then, the priest emerges after Mass to stand outside at the door of the church with a ciborium containing holy communion from Mass. Ushers and parking lot attendants then permit only eight persons at one time, wearing masks, to receive communion by walking over to the priest standing at the door, observing a minimum of six feet distance from the next person. Communicants remove the mask to receive communion, return the mask to their face, and then return to their cars to depart the lot. (In this sense, our congregation of those in line to receive communion is ten or fewer persons as permitted in New York.)
-- Our Bishop has continued to suspend the obligation to participate in Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation. Those who are ill, experiencing symptoms of illness, or those in a vulnerable situation -- the elderly, those with weakened immune systems, underlying health conditions, etc. -- are NOT obliged to attend Mass or receive holy communion, and out of concern for others, ought not to attend.
In sum, at least we now have a path to receive our Lord in communion as food for the journey. This is not perfect, or "like it was before," but it is a way forward for those who have been longing to receive the Lord sacramentally. Our streaming and television Masses continue as before.
Thank you for your prayers; in answer to our prayers, the Lord has provided for our needs and has given us wisdom and strength.
God's peace to you,
Fr. Frisoni May 22, 2020
An update--the diocese has now permitted us to move to a planning stage to prepare a written plan to gather for Masses. The bad news for now is that even after the plan is approved, there are no more than ten persons permitted at any Mass (thus the need for a re-introduction plan for each church).
Before Masses can resume, we are preparing that design for review, which includes safety measures designed to keep you healthy. After approval, the plan must be shared with you publicly before any church is reopened for sacred liturgy (please visit us back here).
I am very pleased we can take these small steps to return physically to the altar of the Lord, although we know we have been united to Christ's sacrifice all along.
We'll keep praying together for an end to the virus and our gradual re-introduction of Masses in the churches that we love and cherish.
God's peace, Fr. Frisoni May 21, 2020 Dear friends,
Here is a bulletin received from the Chancery of the Diocese of Albany that I wish to share with you (in italics below).
Dear Parish and School Leaders,
We are very glad to hear that Gov. Cuomo supports the resumption of church gatherings of 10 or fewer people, as well as parking lot gatherings. That being said, we are proceeding with caution to ensure the safety of our parishioners.
We currently have guidelines for parishes in our 14-county diocese and are in the process of preparing a second document that will address liturgical and sacramental issues in light of social distancing and safety precautions.
Although we are not yet ready to open parishes for Sunday worship, we do believe this easing of restrictions will allow for baptisms, funerals and weddings to proceed, all while respecting social distancing requirements.
Our parishes will be submitting plans as to how they will be able to meet the diocesan guidelines we have issued for a safe reopening. Once we are confident we are in a position to do so in a responsible and safe manner, we will announce a reopening date.
Finally, the April 21 document entitled “A Compendium and Summary of the Liturgical Principles, Instructions & Guidelines” still remains in effect and thus retains its force. Therefore, there are to be no deviations from this compendium until official notice from the Chancery.
Please visit http://www.rcda.org/coronavirus for additional information.
So, friends, as of now, we are still under the same system, with no public celebrations for the time being. When I learn more, I will share this with you. Let us continue to pray for one another's strength and will.
God's peace, Fr. Frisoni
May 17, 2020 Dear friends,
Two weeks ago, I urged you to remain connected to God and to others, perhaps by reaching out to two or three people with whom you haven't communicated in a long time. How did that work out for you? You can try again now or soon -- stay close to the Lord and to each other.
God's blessings to you,
May 15, 2020 Dear friends,
Today, we learned that the Capital Region of our state is not yet allowed to emerge from the lockdown. But remember, we are not in a lockup! Don’t forget you can stop and pray before the Lord Jesus in our churches. Entrust your cares before the most blessed Sacrament, for Jesus’ heart sets us free.
Have a great weekend, Fr. Frisoni
May 12, 2020 Dear friends,
Perhaps we have spent great energies worrying about what we have recently lost, or what has changed in our world. Do not forget the graces God has given us throughout our whole lives. God has been very good to us.
Let our Blessed Mother show us how to express our praise to God. "'My soul magnifies the Lord'" (Lk 1:46). In these words, she [Mary] expresses her whole program of life: not setting herself at the center, but leaving space for God, who is encountered both in prayer and in service of neighbor -- only then does goodness enter the world. Mary's greatness consists in the fact that she wants to magnify God, not herself" (Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est , no. 41).
May 10, 2020 God's way is taught to us in the final chapter of Isaiah the prophet: "As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; in Jerusalem you shall find your comfort" (Is 66:13). Christ Jesus, embrace us and guide us to the eternal Jerusalem.
Don't forget to thank God in prayer for your mother. Happy Mother's Day!
May 3, 2020 Dear friends,
Stay connected to God and to each other in these times. Why not try today to reach out to two or three people you haven’t communicated with in months or years? This can make a big difference in someone’s day — and yours.
God’s peace to you, Fr. Frisoni April 26, 2020 (Read by Father during his homily today) A Poem by Laura Fanucci
When this is over, may we never again take for granted A handshake with a stranger Full shelves at the store Conversations with neighbors A crowded theatre Friday night out The taste of communion A routine checkup The school rush each morning Coffee with a friend The stadium roaring Each deep breath A boring Tuesday Life itself.
When this ends, may we find that we have become more like the people we wanted to be we were called to be we hoped to be and may we stay that way -- better for each other because of the worst.
April 25, 2020
Friends, I hope you are enjoying our great day today here in upstate New York. St. Francis of Assisi urges us to see nature and all its creatures as a "magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness" (Pope Francis, Laudato Si' , no. 12). Can we perceive the blessing of God's nature and creation in both the sunshine and in the rain of our lives? ~ Fr. Frisoni April 18, 2020
What can separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? Neither death nor life, nor present things, nor future things will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (cf. Romans 8:35,38-39). April 15, 2020 Dear friends,
I wish to share with you a prayer I offered during homily time at our Ash Wednesday Masses seven weeks ago. In our current difficulties, I hope this prayer is of great comfort for you as it has been for me. ~Fr. Frisoni
Prayer to Our Lady of Czestochowa
Holy Mother of Czestochowa, You are full of grace, goodness, and mercy.
I consecrate to you all my thoughts, words, and actions -- my soul and body.
I beseech your blessings and especially prayers for my salvation.
Today, I consecrate myself to you, Good Mother, totally -- with body and soul amid joy and sufferings to obtain for myself and others your blessings on this earth and eternal life in heaven. Amen.
April 12, 2020 "What we call the beginning is often the end And to make and end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from."
"And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time."
Today is a day for rejoicing and joy. Do not be afraid -- Christ has defeated death and is our Hope. Have a wonderful day and season.
Fr. Frisoni April 10, 2020 As a symbolic and spiritual means to connect us despite social distancing, I invite and encourage you to take part in our diocesan-wide moment of solidarity on the Easter Vigil (Saturday, April 11) by placing a light in your front window at 8:00 PM as we prepare to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Savior and the Light over darkness. April 8, 2020 We wash our hands for at least twenty seconds to prevent the spread of germs. Next time we wash our hands, try praying the "Our Father" and the "Hail Mary" prayers for someone who struggles to breathe at this moment.
April 5, 2020 You humbled yourself, Lord, by being obedient even to accepting death, death on a cross. Give all who serve you the gifts of obedience and patient endurance. Watch over all health care workers.
April 3, 2020 Pope Francis: "The Church is all of us, everyone. Each person has their role in the Church, but we are all the Church” (June 6, 2018). April 2, 2020 Dear friends,
It is with great regret to inform you that due to the pernicious effects of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, our annual Festa in honor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is cancelled. Preparing for our Festa at Mt. Carmel is not possible due to the current restrictions on gathering. Instead, we will be concentrating our efforts on Festa 2021.
When the dust settles from this pandemic, our parish family will be holding a great celebration to mark our reunion. I take this opportunity to thank all of our Festa volunteers who have worked very hard to prepare for the Festa -- and we need you in 2021! God's peace to you,
April 2, 2020 Dear friends,
Today, we pray for those in our neighborhoods and across our world who have lost their jobs due to the effects of the virus. Join me in pausing for a few moments to pray to our Lord, through the intercession of St. Joseph the Worker, that all unemployed and underemployed persons remain close to the Lord, and that we may assist them in meeting their immediate needs with charity and kindness. God's peace to you,
Fr. Frisoni March 31, 2020 NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE PARISH
Due to a security breach, St. Paul the Apostle Parish has moved away from the Yahoo general e-mail account, which has been deleted. The new e-mail address for the parish is SPASchen@rcda.org . Here is a list of all our linked parish e-mail addresses on the RCDA diocesan platform (you'll notice all prefixes are limited to eight letters) -- feel free to contact us anytime. Thank you for your understanding.
Here's a printable prayer to help us remain strong in faith during these times. Let us pray for each other.
Take good care,
Fr. Frisoni March 29, 2020 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE DISTRIBUTION OF PALMS In adherence to the action of Governor Andrew Cuomo executed on March 20, 2020, the Diocese of Albany on March 25 (after the deadline for preparing our March 29 bulletins) prohibited the distribution of palms during or after any Palm Sunday Masses. Regrettably, we cannot make palms available to you as we had planned. I know this is a serious inconvenience for you, but I also want everyone to keep healthy too. I am very sorry for this -- still, I hope we can welcome the Lord into our hearts as we mark his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
March 28, 2020 Dear friends,
Please check out this weekend's Mass here on St. Paul's webpage. Many thanks to David Rossi our musician and Diane Bouchard our videographer for making this Mass possible.
We may not be able to physically gather for Mass, but we are always close in communion through the Spirit. Please pray for me whenever you may have a spare moment; I'm grateful for this gift. Know that I pray for peace in your life now. I'll see you soon, and be well.
March 27, 2020 Dear friends,
Did you know that most who are in 12-step recovery programs cannot meet in person now for weekly group gatherings? At St. Paul the Apostle in Schenectady, Alcoholics Anonymous gathered faithfully every Wednesday evening for meetings until it was no longer possible. The meetings will be back soon!
Please pray with me today for all in recovery from any addictions -- to maintain sobriety through connection and support from God, family, and friends. As we progress through the stations of our crosses in life, remember that if we ever stumble or fall, Christ Jesus will help us get up again, day by day.
The best to you today,
March 25, 2020 Dear friends,
Please join me today in prayer for all who suffer from anxiety or depression, and especially those who feel more lonely or isolated in our current situation. May the Spirit of Christ's love fill us with great hope. He is near. Fr. Frisoni
March 24, 2020 Please note, on March 19, Fr. Frisoni announced drive-up confessions in his letter to parishioners. Unfortunately, on March 20, the new orders from the state government forbade any scheduling of gatherings. Thus, we regret to inform you there cannot be any drive-up confessions on Saturdays at St. Paul the Apostle Parish. We are sorry for any inconvenience. Thank you for understanding. March 22, 2020 Dear friends, Happy Laetare Sunday, everyone. At private Mass a few moments ago, I prayed that you may have a joyful Lord's day in spite of our challenging situation. Lately, we have seen or heard many reports about essential and non-essential entities that either can remain open or must soon cease functioning. Remember, with what things did we enter this world? It is Christ the Lord who is essential in our lives.
Lord, remove any blindness or fear, and let us be able to see the joy you have given us.
The very best today, Fr. Frisoni
March 21, 2020 Dear friends, I just completed Mass in private for your prayer intentions, especially for the strength of Christ in your hearts during this time public Masses are suspended. Soon, we will be back together at the altar of the Lord. Until then, know that we are all together in Christ Jesus as his Church, no matter where we are. Be not afraid. Take good care everyone.
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