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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

I am an Adirondack 46er. That means that I am part of a group of folk who have hiked the Adirondack mountain peaks over 4,000 feet high. I have hiked them in all kinds of weather, under all kinds of conditions. I have climbed those peaks on sunny, bright, gorgeous days and on dark, rainy, gloomy days. I have climbed in warmth and in chill, in snow and on solid, dry rock. The mountains always have something to teach you every time you go.

On this second Sunday of Lent, we are taken up two mountains. One in the book of Genesis has us going with Abraham and his son Isaac to confront perhaps one of the most frightening of all episodes in the Bible, a father thinking he needs to sacrifice his son in order to win favor with God. I cringe every time I read this pasage, hoping that the children in church do not listen to this story of the brutality that we can visit upon each other even in our families. There are so many ways to hurt and even destroy those we love. On the mountains of our own lives we can do horrible damage to each other.

But we can also have mystical and marvelous experiences on the mountain tops of our lives. We can encounter Jesus, the risen Lord. We can experience God calling us into a mystery that will change our lives forever. We can be surrounded by friends, taught by the prophets and teachers, guided by the wisdom of our leaders and our mentors. Much good and bad happens on the mountain tops of our lives.

I hike the mountains of the Catskills and the Adirondacks because they continue to call me and challenge me to confront my worst and best self. And in that confrontation, I listen for the voice and the presence of God. I am never disappointed.

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