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

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Pastor's weekly message

This Sunday we celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity. A friend once told me that the definition of a mystery is better understood as that which is eternally comprehensible rather than that which is incomprehensible. I like that distinction. A mystery is something that continues to invite deeper and deeper understanding no matter how long we ponder it or how completely we think we understand it. Since I like that definition of "mystery", I also like any experience, book, movie, Bible passage, ... that challenges my usual way of understanding something. I like it when my ideas are challenged by new ideas and ways of understanding.

This week our psalm response to the readings is Psalm 8, How great is your name, O Lord our God, through all the earth. Several years ago I found a translation of this psalm by Stephen Mitchell, a world renowned translator of classic literature. Mitchell's translation has become a favorite of mine because, I believe, it not only captures the essence of the psalm but also challenges us to hear it in another, deeper, more mysterious way. I share it with you for your prayer and meditation as we all grow into the mystery of God's trinitarian love.

Unnameable God, how measureless is your power on all the earth and how radiant in the sky!

When I look up at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the multitude of stars,
what is man, that you love him, and woman, that you gladden her heart?
Yet you made us almost like angels and crowned us with understanding,
You put us in charge of all creatures and placed your whole earth in our hands:
all animals, tame and wild, all forests, fields, and deserts,
even the pure air of the sky, and even the depths of the ocean.

Unnameable God, how terrible is our power on all the earth!

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