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25 Mountainview Street
Voorheesville, New York 12186
Phone (518) 765-2805
Fax (518) 765-3701

Our Mission Statement
Our Mission Statement

Pastor's weekly message

Who is the church? Who are those who are called to be the Body of Christ in the world? Is every baptized Catholic a member of Christ's body, every baptized Christian? What about members of other religious communities or even those who do not believe in God at all. Could they be members of the Church, the Body of Christ, by the way they choose to live their lives? These questions have been with us, the Church, since almost the beginning of our existence.

It has been attributed to St. Augustine (although some scholars dispute the claim) that a helpful way to understand who is and who is not a member of the Church is to think about the visible and the invisible Church. The visible Church are all those who are baptized, "signed on" as members of the institutional Church. The invisible Church are all those known only to God who are the true Body of Christ, the saved, who with Christ are helping to redeem the world. If you like this theory then only God knows who in the institutional church and who outside it are saved and who in and outside the institutional church are not. This theory led John Calvin, a Protestant reformer to say, "In this (visible) church there is a very large mixture of hypocrites, who have nothing of Christ but the name and outward appearance..."

In the Gospel for this week someone asks Jesus, Lord will only a few people be saved?. Jesus tells the questioner a parable about working hard and being strong so that we can enter by the narrow gate. Jesus goes on to tell the story about the master locking the house and being unwilling to open for even those who say that We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets. Then Luke finishes this passage by saying people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.

We who are members of the visible church need to recognize that simply belonging to the church does not get us into the Kingdom of God. God's mercy does. It will be great fun to see who belongs to that great invisible church, all those saved by the love and the mercy of God. May we be counted among those holy ones.

Fr. Chris

Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil at 5:00 PM
Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30 AM
Tues, Wed, and Fri at 8:30 AM
Rosary and Novena
Monday at 6:30 PM
(September through May)
Saturday at 4:00 PM
(or by appointment)
Office Hours
Monday - Friday 9 AM to 3 PM