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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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Pastor's weekly message

Thank you. Your prayers, notes and cards were all much appreciated as I celebrated my 40th anniversary as a priest of the Diocese of Albany. I have been abundantly blessed in so many ways. I have enjoyed every one of my assignments and now find myself in the best one yet. I am truly happy to be your pastor and to bring the message of Jesus' love to our beautiful, little piece of the world.

This Sunday, the 6th Sunday in our celebration of the great Easter mystery of the death and resurrection of the Lord, reminds us that Jesus said to his disciples: 'If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will send you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of Truth...' Too often when we hear Jesus admonishing us to keep the commandments we think of the ten commandments or perhaps we think of our own sins against one or another of those rules we have broken. But remember that when Jesus was asked which commandment was the greatest he said, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind'. This is the greatest and foremost commandment. The second is like it, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments depend the whole law and the prophets. (Mt. 22:37) Jesus central teaching, his primary request of us as we accept the role of being his followers, is that we love God and one another. It is that simple and that difficult.

But we are not simply charged to love our world without any assistance. As Jesus says, I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me because I live and you will live. On that day you will realize that I am in the Father and you are in me and I in you. You and I live enlivened by the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, that allows us to see Jesus alive and among us in one another, in God's Word and in the sacraments, in creation, in our community, in the poor, the needy and the grieving, ... The Spirit of God the Father in Jesus his Son is also in us and in all those we are asked to love and serve.

In my 40 years as a priest nothing has been more clear to me. God is alive and among us in the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, if we can just open our eyes and hearts to see more clearly what God can see. Our Gospel this Sunday ends with Jesus words...whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him/her and reveal myself to her/him. Jesus keeps his promise. His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, is alive and among us. We are beloved of God. The more we can accept God's love in us, the more we will see God's love in each other. Over my 40 years as a priest God's love has become clearer and clearer to me in you. Thank you!

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)
Reconciliation
Saturday at 4:00 PM
(or by appointment)
Office Hours
Monday - Friday 9 AM to 3 PM