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

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The Pastor's weekly message

Our Lent begins. How will you spend these next forty days preparing for the holiest days of the Christian calendar year, the passion (suffering), death, and resurrection of Jesus? How will the death and resurrection of Jesus affect or even change your life this year? What should we do with these forty days?

I have always liked Mark's Gospel of all the synoptic (Matthew, Mark and Luke) Gospels. I like the very human Jesus that is portrayed by Mark. I like the basic, raw nature of Mark's writing and story-telling. I like the spare and sparse way that Mark tells his stories and then leaves so much to the reader. This Sunday, our first Sunday of Lent, is no exception. Where Matthew and Luke tell us about the temptations that Satan places before Jesus during his forty days in the desert, all Mark says is, "The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him". Period. What were those temptations? What do the wild beasts symbolize or signify? How did the angels minister to him?

Mark seems to want to leave Lent in our hands. Make of these days what you wish. Take the next forty days and see what wild beasts you will encounter, what temptations will be placed before you, what angels God will send to minister to you. Our parish has provided opportunities to add to your forty days, daily Mass on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; Friday evening prayer with a soup supper; Monday yoga and meditation and the recitation of the rosary; Tuesday Bible study and adult education sessions in March, and the celebrations of the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday - April 2, 3, 4 and 5). As Mark suggests by saying very little about Jesus' forty days, how we spend these days will depend on us.

Have a blessed and grace-filled Lent.

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