UPDATE TO SCHEDULE: St. Michael’s will be hosting Father Michael Gaitley, MSC, the popular priest and presenter from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA for a special Jubilee Year of Mercy Mass on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 6:00 pm. The evening will begin with Mass at 6:00 pm (celebrating the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary). Father Gaitley will offer his remarks in the context of his homily. There will be a book signing and meet – n – greet following the Mass. All are invited to this special Year of Mercy parish event! Father Gaitley’s popular books and other items of Faith enrichment and devotion will also be available for purchase.
It is truly a miracle that we were able to secure a place on Father Gaitley’s busy speaking schedule. This is an evening NOT to be missed! Please tell all your family, neighbors, friends, co-workers and those from other parishes to be sure to be here for this amazing evening of Mercy! Call the parish office for more information at 518-792-5859.
St. Michael’s Faith Formation sessions begin on Sunday September 18. Faith Formation is an integral ministry in any parish. Evangelization – the process of sharing and passing on the Faith to others – is vital if we are to best understand & thus experience God’s love & gift of redemption. Learning about our Faith, God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit the Sacraments and all that being a Christian means is something each person should be involved in – no matter one’s age!
Faith Formation is a lifelong process and commitment. Beginning in childhood, one first develops their relationship with God and the Church and is able to come to more fully know, and thus live well, the Faith. At St. Michael’s, we provide an excellent, well rounded, family-friendly approach to Faith Formation (aka religious education). We have an outstanding and dedicated staff and wonderful volunteer lay Catechists who are committed and excited to help the children of our parish grow and learn more about the Faith.
All children who are in our parish are expected to be enrolled in our Faith Formation program – from the little ones in pre-school all the way through Confirmation – (celebrated usually in tenth grade of high school). Faith Formation is the best means for children and young people to learn about their Faith in a well structured, family-friendly setting in a parish program. All children and young people are welcome to take part in our religious education classes, even if they are not formally a member of St. Michael’s parish.
Our Faith Formation sessions meet Sunday mornings, in an effort to accommodate families & kids’ active school, sports and work schedules.
***Confirmation preparation sessions have a different meeting schedule. Contact our Faith Formation office for details.****
It is the expectation that all parish families with school age children will enroll their child(ren) in our Faith Formation program, attend Mass weekly & actively participate in the weekly Faith Formation sessions. We also have opportunities and events for older youth – in addition to Faith Formation sessions – for kids in both junior high and high school. St. Michael’s also is proud to offer special, adaptive Faith Formation instruction to families with children who may have special needs. We offer various youth ministry experiences to help round out a young adult’s Faith and life development. Parents are essential to helping ensure that their children are given a thorough Faith Formation experience. Call our office for any further information or if you have questions.
Please call Jim Gorman or Mary Stearns at 518-792-5859 to sign up your child(ren) or for more information about our parish program.
Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard will join us as main celebrant and homilist for our special 60th Anniversary Mass on Sunday, September 25 at 1:00 pm to celebrate our parish’s diamond jubilee! Also, Bishop Edward Scharfenberger has agreed to come and be the main celebrant and homilist the 4:00 pm vigil Mass on Saturday, September 24.
We will have nice receptions after each Mass in the parish hall! Everyone is asked to help by bringing something to share at the receptions — a main entree/casserole, a salad, appetizers, cold cut platter, snacks, beverages, etc. There are sign-up slips in the church or you can contact the Rectory directly.
Please let others in the community and out-of-town family members and friends know the date and time of this special anniversary celebration.
Please mark your calendars for Sunday, September 11 for our Family Fun Day — which in previous years was called our parish picnic.
It is the parish’s 60th anniversary, and we invite everyone in our parish is invited to come! We are planning lots of fun, and you’ll get a chance to meet and greet friends both old and new, and enjoy a great afternoon of food fun and relaxation.
The format remains the same as in years past but with some new effort and energy! We will have games for kids of all ages, enjoy good food and draw the winners of the Knights of Columbus summer raffle. We are planning a moment of remembrance for those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack on New York and in Washington and Pennsylvania in 2001. Please join us for this special parish gathering!
Again, we ask folks to ‘put on the apron’ of service by signing up help set up before/clean up after or to bring either a salad, dessert or other goody to share. There are sign-up slips in the church or you can contact the Rectory directly.
Everyone is invited to St. Michael’s 60th Anniversary Mass & Reception!
The date for our parish’s Diamond Jubilee is Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm in the afternoon.
Bishop Emeritus Howard J. Hubbard, DD will be the main celebrant and homilist. All are welcome for this special anniversary event! Come join us as we celebrate 60 years of Faith and love.
There will be a reception in the parish hall immediately following the Mass. Everyone is invited to join us for this wonderful occasion. Please be sure to invite other family members, friends and neighbors as well as any former parishioners, out of town family and all who would enjoy taking part in this joyous celebration. Call the parish office for more details, 518-792-5859.
The Annual Bishop’s Appeal has begun in the Diocese again. The Bishop’s Appeal provides the needed vital financial resources, generously shared by the Faithful from all across the 14 county diocesan family to ensure that the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ may continue to be effectively carried out. The funds raised by the Bishop’s Appeal enables the many programs, offices and direct services that impact and benefit the lives of all in the Diocese to be carried out and maintained. Please make a gift to the Bishop’s Appeal this year! Your generous support is truly appreciated.
Just some of the examples of how your donation is used include: Catholic Charities, Vocations support (including training of future deacons and priests), Catholic Education & Schools Office, numerous Faith Formation and Family Life enrichment and support programs as well as the various offices and personnel that each parish relies upon for support.
St. Michael’s has always responded most generously and enthusiastically, and I pray that such will be the case this year. You may make your gift online by visiting www.thebishopsappeal.org or you may mail in your envelope or place it in the weekly offertory collection basket at Mass. Please call the rectory at 792-5859 for any questions. Thank you and God Bless.