Mary Immaculate, Patroness of America Community
Mausoleum Dedication & Grand Opening, Niskayuna
Christmas Carols by the Glee Club of St. Kateri
Tekakwitha Parish School, Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna (see article)
Issues in Family Health
Nov. 20: Substance
Fall events at
The Domenican Retreat & Conference Center
Our Lady of Martyr's Shrine,
Visit the Pastoral Care
Ministry's Website for a complete list of events.
Albany Diocesan Cemeteries offer a Christmas
Decoration program with blankets, and wreaths available for
purchase to honor your loved ones buried in 18 Diocesan
Cemeteries. They even do the decorating for you! Click here for
more information and to see a list of cemeteries where this
program is available.
Carols by the Glee Club of St. Kateri Tekakwitha
The glee club will perform December 8th by the
lighted gazebo at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Please come and
support the students for this free event as they lend their
beautiful voices in celebration of the Christmas season. Read more.
Building Virtues in Life Leads to 'Good Death'
By: Fr. THOMAS NAIRN, OFM, PhD
"Recent years have witnessed a revival of
the ars moriendi, the early modern Christian practice of the
"art of dying" in preparation for death. Even
though this tradition formally began in the 15th century, it has
its roots in the Middle Ages. Essentially, the ars
moriendi described a series of temptations that a person
might face prior to death, along with the specific virtues that
help overcome the temptations, virtues that needed to be
practiced by the person preparing to meet Jesus in
death." Read more.
to Give Thanks
Thanksgiving for me, conjures up many memories as a
child, teen and young adult spending time with my immediate and
extended family around the dinner table, offering a thanksgiving
prayer, sharing memories and celebrating the joy of being
together. I consider myself extremely fortunate for these
memories which my parents helped create in the way they lived
their married life and valued family time together. Read more
Pastoral Care Ministry presentation
Reveals Himself in Tears"
join us on Saturday, January 27, 2018 for a FREE
presentation, 9:00 am - Noon at the Pastoral Center.
Yervant Kutchukian, instructor for Pastoral Care Ministry's
Pastoral Visitation to the Sick, Elderly and Homebound
skill-building workshop, will explore how we see Christ through
the lens of tears-both of those we serve and our own-and how
these can be a source of healing and hope for the receiver and
giver of care. Further information and registration information
can be found here.
Holding Life and Death in Dynamic Tension
By: Daniel P. Sulmasy, MD,
"Catholic health care institutions place great
emphasis on the care they render to dying patients. This has been
true for centuries, from the earliest Christian hospitals, to the
medieval practice of the ars moriendi, to Mother Theresa's
homes for the dying untouchables in Kolkata.
In recent years, this Catholic affinity for caring for the dying
has met a growing secular demand. Contemporary Western public
interest in improved care at the end of life grew rapidly at the
end of the 20th century, as manifested in the hospice
movement." Read more
Final Pastoral Care Visitation Training 2017
Congratulations to all of the people who completed
the visitation training this November at St. John's Church in
Schenectady. A big thank you for Angie Marczewski and Jack
Pudney the trainers, for their ongoing willingness to help
prepare parishioners for pastoral care visitation ministry.
Important Discussion Reminder
Thanksgiving and Christmas will soon be here and
they offer an opportunity, when many families gather together, to
start the conversations regarding illness, dying, death and
funeral/burial arrangements. Although the topic for some
may be filled
with fear and dread, it is exactly for those reasons that it
needs to be discussed so that questions can be answered and
family members will know ahead of time what their parents' wishes
are and what to expect. Our Catholic faith offers us
guidelines that can help us prepare for a happy death. Find
out more about "Death in the modern age - and how to prepare
as a Catholic" Read more
- Dedication and Grand Opening -
Immaculate, Patroness of America
Please join Bishop Edward B.
Scharfenberger on Thursday, November 30th, 10:30am for the Grand
Opening and Dedication of the new Community Mausoleum - Mary
Immaculate, Patroness of the Americas at Most Holy Redeemer
Cemetery, Niskayuna, NY.
& Grant Opening!
Invited - November 30, 10:30am
The Bishop will dedicate the new mausoleum, followed
by a light snack reception and tours. RSVP's are appreciated, but
The Adirondack themed mausoleum visible from
Troy Rd (Rte. 7) is reminiscent of the style of famed local
architect and conservationist Paul Schaefer.
To read more about the new mausoleum, and get RSVP
information for the Dedication and Grand Opening, click here.
Ways to Practice Thanks-giving
Christian writer G. K. Chesterton had the right idea when he said
we need to get in the habit of "taking things with gratitude
and not taking things for granted." Gratitude puts
everything in a fresh perspective; it enables us to see the many
blessings all around us. And the more ways we find to give
thanks, the more things we find to be grateful for." Read more.