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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Printable Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
June 14, 2020
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
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.
Reintegration Plan for Schenectady
June 6, 2020
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.
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