SOLEMNITY OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD JANUARY 11, 2004 VOL. LV 2 vocation, God also speaks to the heart of a parent, asking the parent to listen, as did Mary at the Annunciation. Just as From the Pastor’s Desk in the case of Mary’s Annunciation, God still can ask the surprising. God asks us at times to evaluate our dreams and hopes in the light of how the Holy Spirit is acting at any given moment. All that the Lord desires of us is a mind and heart that is open to whatever may be moving a young per- son in terms of discerning his or her fundamental choice of a vocation. A few weeks ago I attended the blessing of St. Isaac Jogues House, the home for men discerning a vocation to priest- hood. It is administered, as you probably know, by Fr. Walsh. Located in the former rectory for St.Anne’s Parish This week is observed as National Vocation Awareness in Waterford, it is a very happy place and those in residence Week. All of us through our baptism are called to seek are a wonderful example of young men whose hearts are out ways to live the Gospel in a core vocation to which we open to whatever the Lord may be asking of them. These commit our lives. The fundamental vocations within men have the support of their families and friends, and their which we live out our baptismal life are traditionally ex- prayers as well. They are well adjusted, mature and very pressed through commitment to the Single Life, Marriage, eager to pursue a calling that may one day, please God, Holy Orders, and the life of a Vowed Religious. Within place them at the altar of sacrifice where they will lead you these basic life options, we seek to live the style of life and me in praise of the living God. As Bishop Hubbard Jesus described in the Beatitudes. During this week, I ask blessed the residence, assisted by the residents, I could not you to think especially in terms of Holy Orders and the help but experience a great feeling of comfort and hope for Vowed Religious Life. I do this not because we have a the future. At the end of the blessing rite, Bishop Hubbard shortage of priests and women religious. Rather, I ask this congratulated everyone involved in the establishment of St. because I know that the Lord is calling to hearts to serve Isaac Jogues House. In a special way the Bishop singled him in these special ways. Even if we had ten times the out Fr. Walsh for his vision and patience in seeing his number of priests, sisters and brothers that we now have, I dream come to fruition. To the Bishop’s words, I add my would still ask you to pray especially hard this week for own sentiments of admiration for Fr. Walsh’s work. He is a those vocations. Usually the Lord speaks to hearts very blessing to the priesthood of our diocese. quietly, almost imperceptibly at times. A vocation to priesthood or the religious life can begin with something The Church and its ministries are, in faith, the life that is heard almost in passing. It also can be a constant of Jesus in our world today. Priests and religious are called urging that tugs at the mind and heart, not overpowering by the Lord to give servant leadership to those ministries, and often confusing, yet always there, like the sentiments and to empower all persons of faith to embrace the message expressed in the poem “The Hound of Heaven.” and mission of the Gospel. Jesus came as one who wished to serve and not to serve. He calls apostles and disciples I want to address a special word to parents. Occasionally today, just as he did in his own day, to serve God’s people. a young person will approach a priest about a vocation to To embrace priesthood and religious life is to respond to priesthood or religious life and express the fear that if his that special call to servant leadership at a time when this or her parents knew, they would not be very supportive. world desperately needs such a witness. We pray for reli- That has been the case at times. Parents always want the gious and priesthood vocations every day. During this best for their children. They want them to be happy. If week, I ask that we pray extra diligently that the Lord of the the home from which children come is a happy place, if harvest, who still calls workers for the harvest, finds a will- there is love and support, and if children are treasured, ing and joyful response. The call is there, for sure. You then parents naturally want their children to enter the Sac- and I need to encourage the response. Peace to you always. rament of Marriage and experience for themselves that same wonderful life-giving way of living. When God Fr. Farano speaks to the heart of a young person about a religious PARISH CALENDAR MASS SCHEDULE JANUARY 12– JANUARY 18 DAY DATE EVENT TIME PLACE SUN 1/11 Sunday Eucharist 8, 10, 12 Church Mon 6:30 Deirdre Dooley req. The RCIA Team RCIA 11:00 am Conf A Iris Rawlins req. Lou & Lorraine Murray Religious Education #13 9:00 am School 9:00 Margaret Houlahan req. Her Husband & Children Rel. Ed. Teacher’s Meeting 8:00 am Fac.Rm. Evelyn Puleo req. Cindy, Taylor & Brandon Pettit MON 1/12 Altar Rosary Society Speaker 7:00 pm P. Hall Tue 6:30 Carol Coster req. Jeanne Selkis 9:00 Evelyn Puleo req. Mr. & Mrs. Joseph McDermott TUES 1/13 Mass with Devotions 7:00 pm Chapel Joan Chidsey req. The John Wahl Family A.A. 5:30 pm Conf A Pamela Fusco req. John & Barbara Sullivan Chime Choir ( 2:45 and 5:15) Church 7:00 Denise McCoy req. The Marusak Family Youth Choir (3:30 and 6:00) Church Evelyn Puleo req. John & Barbara Fitzgerald Cub Scouts Den 7 2:30 pm P. Hall Cub Scout Meeting 4:00 pm Art Rm. Girl Scouts Troop 105 4:00 pm P. Hall Wed 6:30 Jane S. Garrett req. Helen & John Garrett Parent’s Meeting (First Reconciliation) 7:30 pm P. Hall 9:00 Joan Chidsey req. A Friend Bereavement Committee Meeting 7:00 pm Conf A Anna Woehrmann req. The McGrath Family WED 1/14 Children’s Choir 4:00 pm Church Thurs 6:30 Gene Bronson req. Kathleen & Kevin Bette School Board Meeting 7:00 pm Conf B 9:00 Deirdre Dooley req. John & Kathy Gschwind Youth Ministry Sophomore Workshop 6:30 pm P. Hall Girl Scouts Troop 490 6:00 pm Art Rm Evelyn Puleo req. Michael & Eileen O’Connor THU 1/15 AA 7:00 pm Conf B Fri 6:30 Michael Gentile req. Nancy & Bob Benjamin Adult Choir 7:00 pm Church 9:00 Mary C. Luizzi req. Her Husband & Children Girl Scout Troop 639 6:30 pm Art Rm Michael John Seppi req. Peggy & Jack Seppi Brownies Troop 369 2:30 pm K-1 Boy Scouts 7:00 pm P. Hall Alumni Association Meeting 6:30 pm Library Sat 9:00 Denise McCoy req. Arlene & Peter Donovan Public Policy Meeting 6:30 pm Conf A Edith Naughter req. Her Family Gene V. Primomo req. His Family FRI 1/16 Adoration 9:30 am Chapel Sun 8:00 am; 10:00 am; 12:00 Noon Vigil for Sunday 5:00 pm Church SAT 1/17 Girl Scouts International Night 6:30 pm P. Hall Eucharistic Ministers & Greeters - Team 2 Hymns for the weekend of January 10th & 11th Gathering: 48– On Jordan’s Bank ALTAR SERVERS JANUARY 17& 18 Preparation: 214– Beautiful Savior 5:00 PM Annie & Amy Nardolillo Taylor Pettit, Matt Riley Communion: 561– Shall We Gather At the River 8:00 AM Going Forth: 109– Songs of Thankfulness and Praise Sarah & David Nicol Meredith Philbin, Callie Reuss Anthem: 10:00AM Bianca & Erica Pier K. Peterson, D. Robertson 12:00PM B. Puleo, C. Robinson Colleen Rosch, Michael Rossi SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME IS. 62, 1-5 1 COR 12, 4-11 JN 2, 1-11 A Call to Communal Prayer In order to respond more consistently with compas- WISDOM * KNOWLEDGE * UNDERSTANDING sion and prayer beyond our Sunday commitment, the Are you looking for informative and inspirational reading? names of those who are seriously ill are printed below. Are you trying to enliven your spiritual development? Become more knowledgeable of contemporary religious Leah Behm Lori Loggins topics or perhaps delve into some Church History. John F. Lucey, Jr. Baltus Gottschalk The books, magazines, papers and periodicals on our Peg Brown Maurice Scavullo Jr. Mildred Dooley Myrtle Corr Parish Literature Racks can provide you with all this Betty Clemente Clare Mahood and more. Discover the varied, informative publications George Fallati Kelly Bossert we have for every age group. Envelopes are provided for Betty Dorsey Frank Monroe convenient payment. Does your home have a Catholic Jeanne Fairchild Patrick Parvana Family Bible? Do your children enjoy reading? Why not Mark Farrell Joseph Pepe give someone you love the Word of God, the one gift that Eileen Purcell Jim & Alva Winne will not pass away. Kim Smith Patricia Gordon *********************************************** Ed Hensen Brandon Ross James Sierocki Ethel Foley Lucy Laver Peter Miecznikowski Eucharistic Devotion Adoration of the Blessed Sacra- Meghan Withers Lois Panetta ment is not only a means of obtaining grace, but also a Michael Killion John J. Lynch way to know more intimately our Creator and our God. Robert Cronin Colleen Carey Every Friday we offer this opportunity. Come and spend Gordon Wakeman William Mackesey some time in Adoration any time after the 9:00 am Mass Bill McGahay Kay Thornton until 7:00 pm. Thomas Welsh Gertrude Koenig La Salle School Celebrates 150 Years of serving young people. For 150 years La Salle School on West- ern Avenue in Albany has served the Diocese of Albany and surrounding areas in their care for young men and their families. It was started by the Christian Brothers in 1854 as an orphanage for boys who were orphaned by the cholera epidemic that swept through the area. Today it is a highly regarded school for young men who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. To begin the an- niversary year, Bishop Hubbard will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, January 11th at 2:00 pm at St. Vincent de Paul’s Church on Madison Avenue in Al- bany. All are invited to share in this special Mass. “ … After Jesus had been baptized and was praying… the Holy Spirit descended on him…” - Luke 3:21 “A WINTER’S NIGHT OUT IN THE CITY” Saturday, February 7, 2004 ADULT CONFIRMATION: Any adult interested in 7:00 pm receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation is invited to in- Wolferts Roost Country Club quire by contacting Peter Ranalli of the Adult Faith For- mation Committee. Please call the Religious Education Invitations and Response Cards are now available Office at 465-8068. Sessions will begin in mid– January. in the Gathering Area of the Church *********************************************** and in the Parish and School Offices. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION For more information please feel free to call Sunday School : Sunday School Class for the month of Patrick or Sheila Fitzgerald at 783-7695. January are: Jan. 11th # 13 and Jan. 25 #14. No classes on Jan 18th Martin L. King Day Teachers Meeting: Our next teachers meeting will be held on Jan. 11th at 8:00 am in the teachers’ lunch room. First Reconciliation: Our parent meeting for First Recon- St. Pius X Altar Rosary Society announces speaker. ciliation will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 13th from 7:30 to On January 13, 2004 Rebecca Smithe will speak on 8:30 pm in the Parish Center. This meeting is for parents woman’s health issues. Whether discussing health, nu- in St. Pius X School and the Sunday School Program who trition, or exercise, Rebecca will give us the best ap- have children preparing for the sacraments of First Recon- proaches to solutions in today’s society. As a member ciliation and First Holy Communion. One parent should of a nutrition team for a local women’s health center, be present for each child. Thank You. Rebecca will give us some pointers on how to live Progress Report # 1 for our Sunday School Program will healthier lives. Join us at 7:00 pm in the Parish Center. be handed out on Jan. 25th. Parents, please sign the report Refreshments will be served. Please call Kathy Lawlor and return it to your child’s teacher by Feb. 1st. Thank at 489-7143 if you plan to attend. You. PASTORAL CARE NEWS REALLY NEEDED: Co-facilitators to lead faithful sen- “Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with iors in a rosary/communion service at the Atria on Thurs- whom I am pleased, upon whom I have I have put my days at 1:30 PM (weekly from January to April only). spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, not cry- Volunteers can share responsibilities or alternate weeks of ing out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the commitment. Training is provided. Call Jeanne Pitkin at street…” 462-1336 for additional information or to volunteer. + In today’s reading, Isaiah proclaims the qualities of the Thank you! chosen servant of God. In Luke’s Gospel the chosen ser- vant is revealed in Jesus. Just for Women: Are you looking for something During the time of John the Baptist, there was a great meaningful for the New Year? Are you interested in call on the hearts of the Hebrew nation – a call to personal Scripture Study and Faith Sharing? Do you wish to repentance, a change of heart and a challenge to reform deepen your prayer life? Consider joining our one’s life. The people who gathered at the river before Women’s Scripture Study/Faith Sharing Group. We John were searching for God. It was to these that the Fa- will begin this week on Thursday January 15th, 2004 at ther revealed His Son. 10 AM in Conference Room B. Call Jeanne Pitkin in Coming with sincere humility and with a repentant the Pastoral Care Office at 462-1336 if you are inter- heart, Jesus received the Holy Spirit before all who gath- ested. ered that day. As the Holy Spirit rested on Him during prayer, the voice of God proclaimed the divinity of Jesus. NEEDED: Eucharistic Ministers and Visitors for our All saw before them the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophetic homebound parishioners and those unable to travel as eas- words. At the Baptism of Jesus, they saw the Son of God! ily during the winter months. For more information call The Humble Servant of God! Jeanne Pitkin at 462-1336. Jesus in humility received the baptism of repentance for all humanity. Through His baptism He was guided in TLC, (Tender Loving Caregivers), a Caregivers Sup- His mission of redemption for each of us. For His follow- port Group, is presenting “Understanding Respite Op- ers, Baptism has become a sign of our commitment to His tions and How to Access Care” on Tuesday January life. We ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten us to live our 13th from 7 to 8:30 PM at the Beltrone Living Center. lives reflective of His life of sacrificial love. The program is repeated on Tuesday January 20th This Sunday the church calls us to renew our baptismal from 10 to 11:30 AM. For more information and to commitment with the humility of Jesus. Are you willing register call 459-2857. to make it with a sincere heart? Will you pray for those who do not understand the gift of their own Baptism? “The Lord Delights in You”, a day of recollection with Like the Hebrew nation of John’s time, today there are Brother Sidney Halligan, CSC will be held in St. Jo- many who are searching for God within their daily experi- seph’s Center from 10 AM to 2 PM on Wednesday ence. Will you pray for them? During this new year, let January 14th, 2004. For more information and to reg- us pray that many come to God, their Father with the same ister call 784-9481. humility as those who sought out John. May they find direction in their lives to fulfill their own mission as ser- Two Simultaneous Retreats will be held January 16 to 18, vants of God. May they submit their lives to Christ and 2004 at the Dominican Retreat and Conference Center: commit their energy to revealing His love to our broken • “A Special Weekend on Henri Nouwen for Men and world. Women” directed by Sr. Maria DeMonte,OP, MA, M. Div. Celebrate your baptism. Live it out with courage! • “A Scripture Weekend for Men and Women” directed by Sr. Carol Gaeke, OP. The focus will be on the stories GOOD NEWS: Thank you to the 8 classes from St. of six biblical women. Pius X School who wrote Christmas Cards and Letters The cost of each weekend is $165 (including lodging and to their Prayer Partners/Pen-pals, our homebound and meals). For more information and to register call 393- frail Seniors. 4169. MINISTERS OF PRAYER: In JANUARY please pray THAT “A Future Full of Hope”, a Women’s Weekend Retreat, OUR LEADERS AND THOSE THEY SERVE WORK FOR directed by Rev. Tony Kall, OFM will be held January 23 PEACE IN OUR TROUBLED WORLD. to 25, 2004 at the Dominican Retreat and Conference Cen- ter. The cost of the weekend is $165 (including lodging MINISTERS OF PRAYER: The January and February Calendar of the “Apostolic of Prayer for Priests” is on the ta- and meals). For more information and to register call 393- ble by the literature rack in the gathering area outside the 4169. Chapel entrance. General Instruction to the Roman Missal Volunteers Give From The Heart! On January 10th, 2004, the Diocesan Office of Prayer and Worship will begin giving presentations on the General NEEDED: Nursing Home Visitors. The Villa Mary Im- Instruction to the Roman Missal. During the month of maculate Nursing Home is seeking new volunteers to visit January they will be held at: with selected residents on a regular basis (about once a Sacred Heart, Cairo - Jan. 10th (10:00 am -1:00 pm) week). Volunteers are especially needed for evenings and St. Bernard’s, Cohoes - Jan. 11th (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm) weekends. Contact Janette Albanese at 525-7677 for Our Lady of Mercy, Colonie Jan. 17th (9:30am-12:30pm) more information or to volunteer. The presentation will consist of an overview of the docu- ment with opportunities for questions. The people who Need to have your taxes done? Catholic Charities has a would most benefit by attending are those involved in li- FREE TAX SERVICE. Volunteers will prepare 1040A turgical ministry, lectors, eucharistic ministers, sacristans, and 1040EZ from 5 to 8 PM on selected evenings in Feb- adult servers, greeters, music directors and catechetical ruary at the Pastoral Center. Do you know if you qualify ministry. All interested persons are welcome to attend. and are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)? Those who will be attending are asked to call 453-6645 or If your household income is less than $39,000, there is a e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org at the Office of Prayer good chance to receive a significant refund. To make an and Worship to register. There is no charge; however hav- appointment for help with your taxes call 453-6650. ing an idea of the numbers attending will help us prepare a *************************************** sufficient number of handouts. *********************************************** VIRTUS TRAINING - ADDITIONAL SESSIONS The diocese has announced the following schedule for its Virtus Training. All of the sessions will be held at the Pastoral Center at 40 No. Main Ave. in Albany. It is necessary to pre-register with Sr. Marilyn Murray, Director of Human Resources, prior to the sessions. She can be reached at 453-6635. This training is required for any volunteer who works with our children. MONTHLY FOOD COLLECTION NEXT WEEKEND January 20, 2004 The January Food Collection is next weekend, Jan. 17th February 17, 2004 and 18th. Items that are needed include hearty soups, hot March 16, 2004 cereal, spaghetti sauce, individual servings of dry milk, April 20, 2004 puddings, canned fruit, canned hash, beef stew, baked May 18, 2004 beans both vegetarian and with pork. Volunteers should June 15, 2004 be at the front of the church by 12:50 pm. Thank You for Each of these sessions will begin at 1:00 pm and will your generosity. conclude at 5:00 pm. *********************************************** *********************************************** ST. PIUS X YOUTH MINISTRY Coordinator: Brian Evers Phone: 462-1336 E-Mail: email@example.com For those interested in service hours the following oppor- tunities are available: Special Olympics Dinner on Saturday January 31, 2004 The Carondelet Music Center, sponsored by the Sisters of from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm and from 4:00 pm until St. Joseph and located at St. Joseph’s Provincial House in 9:00 pm. Latham, is now accepting registrations for the Second Se- Please call or e-mail the Youth Office if you would like to mester which begins January 20, 2004. Music instruction participate. is offered for private lessons and group classes. Instruc- *********************************************** tion includes piano, guitar, voice, woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion. In addition, Kindermusik, our HAVE YOU CONSIDERED BECOMING A MEM- early childhood music and movement classes for children BER OF ST. PIUS X’S BEREAVEMENT COMMIT- ages Birth to 7 years, still has openings. Registration TEE? We will meet on Tuesday January 13th, 2004 at 7 deadline is Friday, January 16. For more information PM in Conference Room A. We welcome anyone inter- call: Sister Patricia A. St. John, Executice Director or ested in this type of pastoral care to join us as we plan Sister Damien Cushing, Associate Director at 783-3608 ways to support our grieving parishioners. TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION Merry Christmas! Share that cheerful greeting with some folks today. They may wonder if you have had any Elvis sightings lately, attended Star Trekkie conventions, or were Cleopatra in a previous lifetime. Despite the skep- tics, today is solidly within the Christmas season. In fact, in some strands of the Christian tradition it represents the clearest manifestation of the mystery of the Incarnation. On Christmas Day, for example, the Gospel reading is the Prologue of John’s Gospel, which reveals the glory of Christ shining through our humanity precisely in his bap- tism. At any rate, this is an ancient feast, celebrated first in Egypt sixteen centuries ago. More than most other ancient people, the Egyptians understood the life-giving properties of water. On this day, they drew water from the Nile, so central in the history of their people, and reserved it in honor. Many other places copied the custom, so that St. John Chrysostom wrote of people in Antioch gathering at midnight to collect flowing water into vessels they brought from home since “today there is a blessing on the water.” At home for dinner tonight, decorate the table with beautiful bowls of water and white candles, toast one an- CALLED TO SERVE other with goblets of sparkling water, and light a Christ- For many weeks now, we have been celebrating the ap- mas candle in the window one last time. pearance of the divine presence in human form. As a child, he came to Mary and Joseph, was seen by the shepherds, and then by some wandering magi from the East. Today we celebrate another showing, later in time, to a group gathered at the Jordan River. John hesitated to baptize Jesus, whom he recognized as “one mightier than I.” But he did as Jesus asked, and the “Holy Spirit descended” and heaven’s voice spoke to Jesus, “You are my beloved Son.” Jesus was beginning his public life of teaching and service. Soon he would start calling others to join him. Peter was one of the first to be called by Jesus. In to- day’s second reading, he announces the heart of the mes- sage, “peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.” Peter was called, and you and I are called to spread that message and to serve God’s word. ********************************************* Prayer for Vocations Newsletter Items: Please have any items for the next issue of the newsletter into the parish office no later than Gracious God, the end of this week. We will be editing and going to You show your favor to us the printer soon, so your items need to be submitted. Through the many gifts you gave us. Thank You. ********************************************* You sent Jesus, your beloved son, ROOTEDNESS The flower does not bear the root. As your servant of justice in our world. The root bears the flower. The rose is merely evidence Open our minds and hearts of the vitality of the root. to hear your call to us today. Guide women and men to use their gifts to serve the Church And continue the mission of Jesus. We offer this kprayer Through Christ and the Holy Spirit, Now and forever. Amen.
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