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12/21/2017 9:00:00 AM
PARISH NEWS
From Sunday bulletins
THE KINDERGARTEN Christmas pageant at St. Mary's parish in Waterford.
THE KINDERGARTEN Christmas pageant at St. Mary's parish in Waterford.
SINCE THERAPY DOGS Yogi and Goose attend the children's Liturgy of the Word each Sunday during 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Clare’s parish in Colonie (read a previous story at www.evangelist.org), it was only fair that artist Mary Lou Samaha included them in a drawing of the Nativity. Copies of the drawing were given to the children during Advent as they learned about the birth of Jesus. 
SINCE THERAPY DOGS Yogi and Goose attend the children's Liturgy of the Word each Sunday during 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Clare’s parish in Colonie (read a previous story at www.evangelist.org), it was only fair that artist Mary Lou Samaha included them in a drawing of the Nativity. Copies of the drawing were given to the children during Advent as they learned about the birth of Jesus. 
YOUTH EDITION
To prevent overcrowding at Christmas Masses, Mater Christi parish in Albany will have two 4 p.m. Masses on Christmas Eve: one in the church and one in the gym. The Mass in the church will be the family Mass; the one in the gym will also have Christmas music and singing....

Teen carolers from All Saints on the Hudson parish in Mechanicville/Stillwater who visited an area convalescent home and the homebound got a special thank-you: DR. STEPHEN SGAMBATI SR. and his wife, OPAL, were so thrilled that they offered to make a donation toward the teens attending the 2019 National Catholic Youth Conference. Dr. Sgambati passed away Dec. 13, and his daughter made sure that item on his "to-do" list was fulfilled....

Our Lady Queen of Peace parish in Schenectady brought four-year-olds in faith formation to visit the church to see the Advent wreath and stained glass windows and learn why the Advent wreath is special....

Holy Trinity parish in Cohoes had a great and helpful idea that involved the youth of the parish: "Need help with your smart phone or tablet? Are you frustrated by your own attempts to use your impressive device?" the bulletin said. "If so, you are invited to a special event hosted by the faith formation program. Tech-savvy program participants will be available to help you with some of your questions, including loading the recently-available My Parish app"....

ROBERT HAYES has been named interim principal of St. Mary's Institute in Amsterdam while MAUREEN DAURIO in on medical leave. He has 20 years of experience as a teacher in the Greater Amsterdam and Johnstown School Districts and attends St. Joseph's/St. Michael's/Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish in Amsterdam....

The pastoral council at Our Lady of Grace parish in Ballston Lake has been looking for youth representatives. "This is a great opportunity for a high school student to be an integral part of our parish community. It will also look great on your college applications," the bulletin noted....

Teens in youth ministry at Holy Trinity in Johnstown and Holy Spirit in Gloversville did service projects during Advent. Seventh- and eighth-graders and the confirmation class rang Red Kettle Salvation Army bells; ninth-graders filled "go bags" for victims of human trafficking, a program through Catholic Charities, and filled the shelves of Mother Teresa's Closet with donations....

St. Mary's parish in Oneonta received letters from students in Guatemala whose education is funded by parishioners. They wrote about Independence Day celebrations in Guatemala in September. All of them passed their courses this last school year. ANA, ABNER, MARIA, EDSON, MIREYA, ALDO, LESLY, MARCO and SELVIN will begin the new school year in January....

Fourth-grade faith formation students DOMINIC LETZRING and RYDER WINCHELL of Notre Dame-Visitation parish in Schuylerville collected food donations for the SAFER food pantry with their soccer team for the holidays. They collected $35 toward additional food, as well....

Pre-kindergarten students at St. Jude the Apostle School in Wynantskill donated 49 pairs of pajamas to the Scholastic Book Club's pajama drive for children in area shelters. The school chorus has released a third CD. The "2017 Christmas Collection" features songs for Advent and Christmas performed by the chorus, with artwork created by students. The CDs are $10....

St. Henry's parish in Averill Park got a visit from St. Nicholas at Mass Dec. 10; the saint told a story and led a sing-along and stayed while people made Christmas ornaments, also posing for photos. St. Henry's will celebrate Christmas with performances at the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass by the youth ensemble and children's choir. BRIDGET BALL SHAW will sing and play guitar at the 6:30 p.m. Mass on Christmas eve; the adult choir will offer 45 minutes of prelude music before the 9 a.m. vigil and sing at 9 a.m. Mass Christmas morning....

At St. Stephen's parish in Hagaman, REV. ROBERT DEMARTINIS, pastor, blessed a "prayer gazebo" donated by Scout Troop 5048; Eagle Scout candidate MILES COMPANI and the scouts were thanked for helping to complete the gazebo, as were parishioners who helped with a bottle drive, and Lowe's, which helped with the cost.


St. Paul the Apostle parish in Hancock placed a basket of items people had brought to church to share, like ornaments and religious booklets, in the church for parishioners to take home as stocking stuffers....

St. Ambrose parish in Latham will have a "night of praise" Dec. 28, 7 p.m., with songs of praise and songs of the season....

St. Mary's parish in Ballston Spa celebrated the 150th anniversary of its church Dec. 17 with a Mass with BISHOP EDWARD B. SCHARFENBERGER, followed by refreshments....

St. Thomas the Apostle parish in Delmar thanked everyone who made fleece blankets and ornaments for its pastoral care program and ornaments to be used as favors for the Bethlehem holiday senior luncheon....

Keep Schenectady Warm thanked Immaculate Conception parish in Glenville for donating 352 hats, mittens, scarves, ear warmers and more the needy in Schenectady in November. A donation box is still available for more. The Glenville Knights of Columbus and St. Vincent de Paul Society have been promoting "25 Cans for Christmas," asking parishioners to donate one can of food a day for 25 days to help feed the hungry in the community....

Blessed Sacrament parish in Bolton Landing thanked JASPER ZARCONE for delivering giving tree gifts to North Country Ministry, and for repairing the kneeler in front of the tabernacle....

Blessed Sacrament in Mohawk participated in Advent interfaith luncheons with a nearby Methodist church....

St. Paul's parish in Schenectady noted that its Christmas giving program was a success: 208 families received food and 372 children received gifts. The St. Vincent de Paul Society and parishioners of St. Paul's, Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish in Schenectady and St. Margaret of Cortona Church in Rotterdam Junction contributed; volunteers MARTIE HULETT, FRAN MENZ and MAUREEN KUCHARSKI coordinated....

RON KASZUBA built a stand for the Advent wreath at St. Stephen's parish in Hagaman; the stand was donated by the parish's FUND committee....

St. Michael's parish in South Glens Falls held a a special daytime penance service during Advent to give an additional opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. St. Mary's in Glens Falls had an evening penance service parishioners could attend, as well.

St. Michael's is starting Monday-evening gatherings for prayer and faith-sharing, including the Rosary, reading and discussing the previous Sunday's Mass readings. JOHN O'BRIEN and others are facilitating the group....

GENE CASELLA will once again recite "One Solitary Life" at Masses Dec. 23-24 at St. Mary's in Glens Falls....

A fall concert at Our Lady of Grace parish in Ballston Lake, led by music director PATTY DOLEZAL-NEUMAN, with RACHEL BOWCUTT, JOAN SUDA and other musicians, was a hit and raised more than $1,400 for the helping hands ministry....

Our Lady of the Annunciation parish in Queensbury now has an "Augustine Institute kiosk:" a display of CDs, books and pamphlets on faith. Donations are used to purchase more materials....

St. James parish in Chatham noted that parishioners would have a Christmas party at the Whittier Adult Home. The Marion Stegmann Fund committee thanked the parish for donating hundreds of books for children in Northern Columbia County....

In Amsterdam, St. Stanislaus parish's recent Heritage Weekend included a concert of Polish Christmas carols and other music of the season, sung by the St. Stanislaus choir and the choir from St. Stephen's in Hagaman....

All Saints on the Hudson parish in Mechanicville/Stillwater plans its annual "Midnight at Nine" New Year's Eve party Dec. 31 in the parish center, after a 4 p.m. vigil Mass. For $20, attendees get dinner and entertainment. Call CARM HEIN, (518) 664-5950....

The Rosary Society at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Watervliet has been selling angel ornaments for $5 each after Masses. IHM plans a Christmas party Jan. 7 after 11 a.m. Mass, with food, games and singing.... Annunciation parish in Ilion and Our Lady Queen of Apostles in Frankfort encouraged praying a Christmas novena through Dec. 24; the prayer begins, "O adorable infant Jesus"....

Our Lady of Hope parish in Whitehall and St. Ann's in Fort Ann noted that REV. RENDELL TORRES, pastor, is available to bless parishioners' homes and religious articles.

On Dec. 31, 6 p.m., St. Ann's will host a Mass in Spanish. Starting Jan. 7, the Spanish Mass will be on the first Sunday evening of the month....

At the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, SALLY EASTERLY has concluded decorating the church for the season; LOUIS BANNISTER of The Enchanted Florist will step in....

St. Anthony's in Troy congratulates REV. RICHARD DONOVAN, OFM, pastor, on the 30th anniversary of his priestly ordination....

Christ the King parish in Westmere, Albany, announced that KATHY NOLLES is retiring after 38 years as administrative assistant. LINDA CARDUCCI will replace her....

St. Joseph's in Broadalbin noted that STEVE NAPLE agreed to be the chairperson for St. Joseph's summer festival in 2018....

St. Kateri Tekakwitha parish in Schenectady shared good news from its sister parish in Mexico: Thanks to the generosity of St. Kateri parishioners, the main village has installed a 22,000-liter cistern and pump, giving the entire village of 1,000 people clean drinking water....

Members of the Corona Self-Help group, a new residential addiction recovery program in Sullivan County, visited St. Paul the Apostle parish in Hancock to talk about themselves and ask for financial support. The organization has had houses in Queens, Staten Island, Florida and Mexico for many years....

At St. Mary's in Oneonta, where the church was just renovated, it was noted that Catholics are used to genuflecting to the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle, but, since the parish's new tabernacle is not yet finished, people should bow to the altar as a sign of reverence instead.

St. Mary's also pointed out that its front pews are now shorter to allow room for people using wheelchairs or walkers. The parish hopes to provide rocking chairs for parents with infants, too. For parishioners who have difficulty walking and need communion brought to them, some front pews are reserved and a barrier removed. Self-guided tours of the church are available to explain all the changes. Memorial cards and programs from the rededication Mass are also available.... St. Michael's parish in Troy has a new LED-lighted sign, with research and installation help from parishioners TONY SLEAS­MAN and LOU SANTABARBARA....

Holy Trinity parish in Cohoes inherited candlesticks adorning its altar from the former St. Joseph's parish in Cohoes; each time they're lit, parishioners from St. Joseph's are prayed for....

Our Lady Queen of Peace parish in Schenectady notes that it has a hearing loop: If parishioners have T-coils in their hearing aids, they can switch over to them in church and better hear the Mass. A hearing aid has a T-coil if the user changes his or her hearing aid mode when talking on the telephone.





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