August, 2017
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Caregiver Information
Spiritual Assessment for Early-Stage Dementia Patients
Pastoral Care to the Sick, Elderly and Homebound Formation And Skill Building Training
Have you thought about volunteering as a pastoral care visitor to the sick, elderly and homebound?  Do you have an extra hour each week or two to visit someone in a nursing home?  Are you contemplating retiring soon and looking to volunteer in your parish? 

Pastoral Care Ministry is
offering a Pastoral Care to the Sick, Elderly & Homebound Formation & Skill Building training for Pastoral Care Visitors on Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017 at The Church of St. Joseph, 1820 Route 9, Stuyvesant, NY.

You can find more information and registration hereFor those who are planning on joining us, please register by August 22.
Hospitalized Children and Their Families Need Spiritual Care
"The father of a very ill hospitalized child told me recently that it would not have occurred to him to ask to see a chaplain, yet having a chaplain with his family during care conferences and meeting with their family during times of stress was a source of great strength.  He said that meeting with a chaplain helped their whole family articulate their core values, hopes, concerns, and fears, and helped them to make the best decisions possible throughout their daughter's medical treatment." 
Bereavement Support Group Facilitator Training

Loss & Grief, Dying & Death... they are all part of our lives and as parish communities we have the ability to offer support to our parish family members who would benefit from coming together with others who are experiencing bereavement in a support group setting.  If your parish is thinking about starting a Bereavement Support Group, please join us on September 22, 29 & 30 at Our Lady of Assumption Parish in Latham. You can get more information here, or contact the Pastoral Care Ministry Office at 518-641-6823 or 518-641-6818. 
Rest, Hope, and Strength: A Gentle Retreat Day for Pastoral Caregivers
On June 14, 2017, 168 people from our diocese involved in Pastoral Care Ministry gathered at the Carondelet Hospitality Center for our Annual Day of Retreat & Spiritual Renewal.  We wish to thank our presenter, Dr. Melissa Kelly, from Boston College.  Besides having glorious weather after many days of rain, the sun shining brilliantly, the flowers in bloom, and the outdoors beckoning participants to wander in God's beauty for prayerful reflection, Dr. Kelley led all present in soft spoken, gentle prayer and meditation, encouraging needed rest, giving birth to new hope and restoration of strength for ongoing involvement in ministry.  

Director of Pastoral Care Harley McDevitt, with guest presenter Melissa Kelley, PhD and Albany Diocesan Cemeteries Executive Director Rick Touchette
168 people involved in Pastoral Care Ministry gathered at the Carondelet Hospitality Center

Sister Lucille greeted everyone at the door with a big smile! Here she is on the right with a few lovely ladies from Immaculate Conception Parish.

Some of the participants comments included:
"Excellent presentation. Very soothing and relaxing.  I really liked the outdoor time as I walked the grounds and appreciated the earth.";
"A truly gentle day-so much to reflect on during the coming days; "She is an inspirational presence who emits love of God in a very real way."; 
"Dr. Kelley did a wonderful job guiding us on this spiritual journey today.  I feel so relaxed and loved.  Thank you."; 
"The topic of "Rest, Hope & Strength addressed my needs & provided opportunity to reflect, rest, and know the importance of "stopping & listening to God."

Visit the Pastoral Care Ministry   Facebook page to view more photos from the Retreat.
You Are Invited to Our Celebration!

One hundred and fifty years ago on May 19, 1867, Right Rev. Bishop Conroy of Albany stood on a wide platform high upon a hill, clad in Episcopal robes, mitre on head and crozier in hand, pronouncing words which converted 50 acres of land into consecrated ground named St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands. Over the next 150 years, thousands of families have buried their beloved dead in her consecrated grounds. Since its founding as a rural, park-like cemetery, Historic St. Agnes Cemetery expanded to nearly 115 acres of rolling hills and winding roads.
A late summer cocktail party will be held in celebration of Historic St. Agnes Cemetery's  150th Anniversary on Sunday, September 17th from 2 - 5 PM. Location details will be provided in mailed invitations.  The celebration will feature fine foods, select wines and beer, a string trio, silent auction and historic cemetery trolley tours.  It will also be the premier of our beautiful book,  These Sacred Grounds: 150 Years of St. Agnes Cemetery and book signing. The celebration will begin at 2 PM with a blessing by Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger.

Proceeds from the event directly benefit the cemetery and help ensure these sacred grounds remain well kept and safe for future generations.

We hope to share this celebration with you! Please contact Kelly Grimaldi at (518) 350-7679 or for an invitation.