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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

A friend e-mailed me about a service that a Protestant church held every Advent as Christmas approached. They called the service "Blue Sunday". It was a prayer service that acknowledged the fact that for many this season of joy is far from it. For many, this season is full of loneliness, loss and even despair. "Blue Sunday" was an attempt to recognize the sadness of many and give them a time and a place to bring their sorrow and receive some solace and comfort. My friend suggested we think about doing something like that at St. Matthew's for those who find this season difficult.

Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday is our "Blue Sunday". Why? Because Christian joy is much more than a happy feeling. Christian joy is not the same as happiness. Happiness is circumstantial and fleeting. Joy is a gift from God. The Virgin Mary in the Magnificat says, "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior..." Joy is rooted in the soul. Joy is deeper and more profound than the emotion of happiness which sometimes accompanies joy and sometimes does not. St. Paul, in his letter to the Thessalonians (and to us) says, "Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks..." Christian joy is much more than a happy feeling. Christian joy is what we celebrate this Sunday in all of us whether we are happy or sad, alone or surrounded by loved ones.

Christian joy is that deeper, soul-centered grace given us by God in good times and in bad. Christian joy is God's assurance that we are never alone, never abandoned, never forgotten. Christian joy provides peace in troubled times and promise in the darkness. Catholics use rose as the color of the vestments for Gaudete Sunday. We could use blue as we do on all other Advent Sundays. Perhaps our blue Advent vestments can remind us of those many who find this season so difficult. Perhaps as we reach out to them in support we can also offer an invitation to join us in prayer for a deeper sense of joy in all our lives. Not happiness only, for happy feelings come and go. But real joy which lasts through all our good times and our bad. Rejoice always!

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