BROOKS BBQ IS COMING AGAIN! Tickets are on sale for our Brooks BBQ fundraiser. It will be on Sunday October 23.
This is one of the most popular events in our area! Every year it is a sell -out! Tickets are only $12.00 for a delicious 1/2 BBQ (NOT 1/4 as indicated previously) chicken dinner with all the fixins.
Please call the rectory at 518-792-5859 if you wish to place your order for a dinner and get your ticket — a ticket is required for each dinner purchased.
We are only able to order 300 dinners, as the company is making changes in their fundraising offerings. Also, their delicious sauces will be available for purchase too. Get your tickets ASAP!
On Sunday, October 2, we will have a special “blessing of animals” in observance of the Feast of St. Francis. The blessing will take place at 12:00 noon on the lawn between the rectory and school building.
All household pets are welcome and any large animals, too — please be sure that they are leashed/caged/controlled as necessary for everyone’s comfort and security. All are welcome!
Attention parents & kids & any adults who would like to be an altar server!
We have scheduled a training session for altar servers. It will be on Sunday October 2 at 11:00 am (after the 10:00 am Mass).
This is an invitation to all who both currently are altar servers and would like to have a refresher, but also, for anyone who would like to become an altar server.
Contact Ann Jones at (518) 792-1047 or email email@example.com if you
would like to attend the altar server training.
Please see Ann or Father Tony if you have any questions.
We are in need of NEW Altar Servers for all of our Masses. Boys and girls as well as adult men and women are all invited to sign up to participate in this important liturgical ministry. Click here to complete an altar server registration form or call the rectory to leave your name and information. 792-5859 Thanks!
St. Michael’s Faith Formation sessions begin THIS 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.
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.