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

Our Mission Statement
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The Pastor's weekly message

Have you ever wondered why you were given the gift of faith? Especially in these days of rampant secularism and fewer and fewer people professing a faith tradition, why do we persist in practicing our faith? Have we been given this precious gift just for ourselves, for our own salvation? Or have we been given this gift to pass it on, to give it away, and by doing so help to redeem the world?

Our readings for this Sunday tell us about how Jeremiah, the prophet, and Jesus, the Savior were both rejected by those to whom they came to serve. It seems the fate of all prophets, perhaps of all believers, to be rejected, misunderstood, seldom appreciated for their faith and for both its promises and its challenges. Faith is a gift from God which I believe is given to all people. Some realize they have the gift and are grateful for the gifts it gives us in this world and the promise it offers us for eternal life. Others, realizing that they have received this great gift also recognize that it is not a gift meant to be hidden under a bushel basket but is to be given away to others for their salvation. But love freely given can also be freely rejected. And so in the life of the prophet Jeremiah and in Jesus it was both freely given and sometimes rejected. In some strange way, being rejected for trying to do what we see as good and right is part of life. Jeremiah hears from God, They will fight against you but not prevail over you, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord. In the Gospel, Jesus is expelled from his own synagogue but God allows him to pass through the midst of them and walk away.

Our faith is a great gift but not one simply given to us for ourselves. We are asked to share the gift, to love one another, especially our enemies, and in so doing will sometimes be misunderstood and rejected. If this has ever been your experience, take heart. You are in good company with the prophets of old and with Jesus, our savior. If you too have been rejected, especially by those you love, hear the Lord also consoling you and know that in the end, God's promise to us is that all will be well, all will be well.

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