November, 2017



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Nov. 24:

Black Friday Book Signing with Kelly Grimaldi, Menands

Nov. 30:

Mary Immaculate, Patroness of America Community Mausoleum Dedication & Grand Opening, Niskayuna

(see article)


Dec. 8:

Christmas Carols by the Glee Club of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish School, Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna (see article)


Jan. 27:

"Christ Reveals Himself in Tears" presentation, Pastoral Center (see article)


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




Christmas Decoration Program



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 Parish



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'




"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.



Director's Reflection


Pausing 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
"Christ Reveals Himself in Tears"


Please 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, PhD


"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 -

Mary 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.


Dedication & Grant Opening! 

You Are 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 not necessary.


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


"The 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.






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