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11/16/2017 9:00:00 AM
From Sunday bulletins
Holy Spirit parish in East Greenbush has been looking for a teen to chair a Dec. 16 service project for its youth ministry team. "Jazzy Sun Birthdays" hosts birthday parties for children in homeless shelters; a teen and parent would attend a party to see how it's run and then plan Holy Spirit's party.

The parish also thanked all the Girl Scouts who worked to rake the leaves on the church and school grounds....

REV. TOM MORRETTE of St. Mary's parish in Glens Falls asked for parent volunteers to staff a children's Christmas party during Advent, as he's had in all his past parish assignments. The party is usually held after a Sunday Mass and is followed by a buffet family lunch, with kids' activities, a Nativity pageant and a visit from Santa Claus....

WILL FLORIO, a former student at St. Mary's/St. Alphonsus School in Glens Falls, was highlighted in The Chronicle newspaper for winning the Class C sectionals in cross country. "He plays multiple sports and regularly volunteers in his community, all while maintaining a 95-percent average. Will is ranked eighth in his class of 140," St. Mary's parish bulletin noted. "We are honored to say that SMSA played a role in educating this fine young man and we are extremely proud of Will's accomplishments"....

St. Michael's parish in Troy is proving that it "rocks:" Parish children and families have been decorating rocks with positive words and symbols and placing them around St. Michael's and their neighborhoods, a random act of kindness to "bring joy and inspiration to the finder." Finders can keep the rock or re-hide it for someone else to enjoy....

REV. SCOTT VANDERVEER of St. Patrick's parish in Ravena and St. Mary's in Coxsackie noted that, when he visited middle and high schoolers in faith formation classes recently, they asked "fantastic questions." Those questions included: "How many years of education does it take to be a priest?" "How do I know if I've done something to disappoint God?" "Has God ever saved you and how?" "Do you go to hell for committing suicide?" "What was the first religion?" "Do you think many people go to hell?" "By what age should a Catholic have read the whole Bible?" "Why do nuns cover their hair?" "What is your opinion of religions other than Christianity?" "What is your favorite all time thing about being a priest?" "Why is it wrong to stick up your middle finger?" "Which parish do you like better: Ravena or Coxsackie?" "Why does God not answer your prayers when you or your family need it the most?" "How does someone decide what is appropriate to wear to Mass and what is inappropriate?" "What is the difference between God and Jesus?" "Are you happy with your decision to become a priest?" "Why should we pray for the dead? Shouldn't the dead pray for us? We need it and they don't, right?"

"Many of us don't give our young people enough credit and fail to see their depth and sincerity, but those of us who teach and mentor and work with today's young people know that they have many gifts to give that the world needs," the pastor continued. "Many of us mistakenly think that they don't care about faith and religion, but perhaps we rather need to find new ways to help them get to the deeper questions and share what's inside of them.

"Any of us who have gotten to spend time with them know that there's a lot in there. I know beyond a doubt that if we mine the richness that's inside of them, so it can enrich us and the world, the yield will be well worth any effort we could make."

St. Mary's parish in Waterford and St. Augustine's in Troy, overseen by Augustinian priests, welcomed MOST REV. ALEJANDRO MORAL ANTON, OSA, prior general of the Augustinian order. He was visiting all Augustinian communities in the order's eastern province.

St. Mary's in Waterford is having an indoor farmers' market Nov. 18, noon-6 p.m., and Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., with local vendors....

On Dec. 1, 7 p.m., St. James parish in Chatham will offer a free Christmas concert, "An Evening of Carols." Guest choral ensembles, soloists and choirs from several parishes will participate....

St. Henry's in Averill Park is having a ziti dinner Dec. 2, 6-8 p.m., to support parishioners going on a mission trip to Guatemala in March. Before the dinner, there will be a presentation on the Shadow of His Wings orphanage and what the volunteers will do there. The evening also includes raffles....

After a harvest festival at Sacred Heart parish in Sidney, parishioners were invited to stop by the parish center to pick up any leftover items donated for the festival's "treasure chest" sale....

On Nov. 19, 3 p.m., Transfiguration parish in Speigletown/Schaghticoke will host a Thanksgiving ecumenical service at the Speigletown worship site with five other area Christian worship communities....

A Christmas tree will be erected at Our Lady of Knock Shrine in East Durham and lit from Dec. 8-Jan. 6. Names of people that parishioners wish to be remembered can be placed on an angel hanging on the tree....

Beginning the weekend of Nov. 11-12, St. Madeleine Sophie parish in Schenectady started praying for vocations with an "Elijah cup." It's a chalice that parishioners can take home after Mass for a week to use as a focal point while praying daily for an increase in religious vocations. Call MARIE MONTONE, (518) 355-7676....

Our Lady of the Americas Shrine Church in Albany, a mission of Blessed Sacrament parish, is planning its annual "Las Posadas" Mexican Christmas celebration for the last nine evenings before Christmas. Parishioners can host a posada in their homes, with singing, the Rosary, Scripture and food....

Sacred Heart parish in Troy will host its first Christkindlmarket this winter. Parishioners can donate or lend Christmas decor and materials, from lights to tents....

PAMELA GRABICKI has joined the parish staff at Immaculate Conception parish in Glenville, assisting full-time maintenance person CHRIS BELROSE.

Immaculate Conception presented a performance by the Auriel Camerata of the music of RALPH VAUGHAN WILLLIAMS. The parish also had a cancer awareness fundraiser Nov. 12, since parishioner JOYCE MADDALONE has been diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer and wants to assist others with any type of cancer who are met with unexpected expenses due to their treatments. Call or text TERRI MADDALONE-RISTAU, (518) 429-9097....

St. Patrick's parish in Ravena just celebrated its 100th anniversary, and also noted the interesting history of its tabernacle, which was rededicated for the anniversary: "The pedestal and tabernacle go back 20 years and were handmade for St. Patrick's (as was our baptismal font) by BILL AHERN of Rensselaer County, a master woodworker, who died in 2012. It was constructed of red oak, purchased locally. The boards were edge-glued to obtain the proper width and then stacked and laminated for proper height. The centers of each of the larger layers were removed so that clamps could apply pressure in both directions. The assembled sections then looked like a set of steps. The 'steps' were then ground and sanded to obtain the final smooth shapes.

"The stainless-steel liner was built by a local metal fabrication company. The tabernacle was designed to look like a ciborium, which was placed on top of the pedestal. The transition piece was formed with the classic metalworkers' design to raise the door to the proper height.

"The door has a raised chalice and a recessed host to symbolize the Eucharist with positive space. The five remaining panels are carved to yield negative space and draw attention back to the door. The carvings of wheat and grapes, further emphasize the bread and wine in the consecrated elements of the sacrament. The shamrock on the back panel and Gaelic cross on top were used to symbolize the church's origins. The two pieces were finally finished using golden-oak-colored Danish penetrating oil. The time from start to completion was approximately 340 hours.

"This summer, a St. Mary's parishioner, himself a master woodworker, generously offered to refinish the tabernacle so it could return to its deserved place as the home for the consecrated Body of Christ. He lovingly cleaned, sanded and stained it so it would fit perfectly into our renewed sanctuary. He also is the one who hand-constructed from scratch the pedestal for the large Gaelic cross that is mounted behind the altar. His desire to anonymously contribute his gifts and talents for his parish's sister parish is a demonstration of his discipleship"....

St. Mary's parish in Glens Falls is having an Advent brown bag food drive to help needy families for the holidays. At Mass the first Sunday of Advent, every parishioner will be given an empty brown paper grocery bag to take home, fill with non-perishable foods and return to the church to be delivered to local food collection agencies.

St. Mary's rectory renovations are nearly complete, with cleaning, painting, electrical work and the installation of LED lighting, new kitchen appliances and relocating parish offices for more accessibility. A space on the first floor of the rectory will be used for meetings. Also, a concrete walkway in front of the church was replaced. The church has a new statue of ST. KATERI TEKAKWITHA that was scheduled to be blessed at a school Mass so students could learn about her inspiring life and what it means to become a saint.... St. Paul's in Hancock has a new floor in its church choir loft....

St. Margaret of Cortona in Rotterdam Junction, a mission of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Schenectady, has fixed water leaks in its choir loft by fixing its bell tower. The bell is in poor condition and can't be rung, but the bell tower is now illuminated....

St. Michael's parish in Troy noted that a story in The Evangelist on its Project Dawn ministry to feed and clothe the homeless in Rensselaer County sparked additional donations from members of other parishes....

SALLY D'ARCANGELIS of Our Lady of Hope parish in Fort Plain celebrated her 100th birthday....

St. Madeleine Sophie parish in Schenectady totaled up the number of prayers offered by parishioners and students at the parish school to match the number of stitches in a hand-knit stole given to REV. JAMES BELOGI, pastor: 30,774, which overtook the 20,688 stitches in the stole....

St. Thomas parish in Delmar is selling t-shirts of the parish that say, "We Make a Difference."

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