October, 2017



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Upcoming Events



Sept. 25 - Nov. 6:


Oct. 28:

Open House event at St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands



Nov. 4:

Open House event at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna


Issues in Family Health Presentations: 

Nov. 20: Substance Abuse


Fall events at The Domenican Retreat & Conference Center


Fall events at 

Our Lady of Martyr's Shrine, Auriesville


Visit the Pastoral Care Ministry's Website for a complete list of events.






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Did You Know




St. Teresa of Avila



"Christ has no body but yours,

No hands, no feet on earth but yours,

Yours are the eyes with which he looks

Compassion on this world,

Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,

Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world."


St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), also called St. Teresa of Jesus, was a  sixteenth century Carmelite nun and mystic.  She was named a the first woman Doctor of the Church in 1970.  She lived her life of service as a mystic, a poet, an administrator, and a religious reformer. She founded 17 convents, and authored four books. 




Reverence for All Souls - All Souls Committal Service



On All Souls Day, November 2, 2017, Historic St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, NY will provide free entombment and a special memorial service for Catholic families who have cremated remains they wish to entomb. Read more




Director's Reflection


As the seasons change so has the Diocesan Commission on Pastoral Care changed.


As the seasons change it reminds me that nothing remains the same except for God's enduring love for all of creation. Change is good, or so we are told and ultimately God is in charge.  This reminds me of Ecclesiates 3:1, 9-15. 

"There is an appointed time for everything,

and a time for every affair under the heavens."




Pastoral Care Week 

October 22-28, 2017


"Hospitality: Cultivating Inclusion"- 

the theme for Pastoral Care Week 2017


We hope your parishes will take this opportunity to highlight the pastoral visitation ministries in your parish which you provide along with bereavement and funeral ministries. This is a an opportunity to thank your volunteers and recruit more volunteers for these important parish ministries. Resources can be found here.




Bereavement Support Group Facilitator Training


Congratulations to the seventeen people from 11 parishes in our diocese who completed the Bereavement Support Group Facilitator Training held at Our Lady of Assumption Parish in Latham, on September 30, 2017.  Over three years 51 people have completed this training, adding to the many Parish based Bereavement Support Groups now offered through-out the Albany Diocese. 




How To Help Someone In Crisis


"You're getting ready to meet up with your friend Jill when she sends you a text: "I can't hangout today. Sorry to bail last minute."


"Is something wrong?" You respond.


"Just not feeling life today."


"I'm coming over."


 You get to Jill's house, where you find Jill crying and hyperventilating. She tells you, "Life is too hard."


Jill is having a mental health crisis. So, what do you do? Read more




Pastoral Visitation to the Sick, Elderly & Homebound Formation & 

Skill Building Training


Congratulations to the 15 people from our parishes who completed the pastoral care visitation training this week at St. Patrick's Church in Ravena. 




What Makes Life Worth Living

in the Face of Death?


"In this deeply moving talk, Lucy Kalanithi reflects on life and purpose, sharing the story of her late husband, Paul, a young neurosurgeon who turned to writing after his terminal cancer diagnosis. "Engaging in the full range of experience -- living and dying, love and loss -- is what we get to do," Kalanithi says. "Being human doesn't happen despite suffering -- it happens within it." Read more




Capital District Senior Lifetime Achievement Award


Honoree Phyllis Ann McDonald


On October 18, 2017, 24 seniors age 85 and over were honored for their lifetime achievements at an award ceremony held at Congregation Beth Emeth.  Each honoree was given recognition by their faith community representative.   Bishop Edward Scharfenberger representing the Catholic Faith Communities, presented  awards to 16 Catholic seniors , which included the following award categories, Faith Based Service, Community Service, Caregiving, Education and Military Service.  The honorees were Francis Allen, Grayce Susan Burian, Margaret Centanni, Edward Graffeo, Patricia Keyrouze, Siegrfried Krafrost, Andrew Maloney, Jeanne Marchitto, Pyllis Ann McDonald, Muriel Opal, Frank Peters, Paul Schell, Norma Seguin, Dr. Valentino Tebbano, Mary Clare Visker, and Joan Ziarno.  We wish to congratulate and thank each and every honoree for their lifetime of dedicated service.  You are beautiful examples of selfless service for all of us to emulate.
You can view more photos from the ceremony on the Pastoral Care Ministry Facebook page.







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