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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

The Pastor's weekly message

Our Family Faith Development begins this weekend. This year our theme is Eucharist, our participation at Mass, what it means and why the Mass is so central to the life of a Catholic. The first document to be written and promulgated at the Second Vatican Council in the 1960's was Sacrosanctum Concilium, the document on the Mass (the Sacred Liturgy). That document has two passages that many find significant and helpful as we learn about the role of Sunday Mass in the life of a Catholic Christian. The first is that we all celebrate Mass, not just the priest. Full, conscious, and active participation by everyone is critical to the celebration of Sunday Mass by active listening, joining in song, reflecting on the Word, praying the prayers, etc . The document says:

Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that full, conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy, and to which the Christian people, ‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a redeemed people’ (1 Pet. 2:9, 4-5) have a right and obligation by reason of their baptism.In the restoration and promotion of the sacred liturgy the full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else, for it is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian spirit (SC 14).

Our second reading for this Sunday from the Letter to the Hebrews says He who consecrates and those who are being consecrated all have one origin. In other words we and Jesus Christ are one, united, brothers and sisters of God, our Father. So, who are we really? We are brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ and of each other. We are not isolated human beings lost in a frightening world. We are loved, forgiven, chosen by the God of the universe to be a family of our loving God.

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