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

Our Mission Statement
Our Mission Statement

The Pastor's weekly message

This Sunday we celebrate the first holy communion of thirty three of our young people. Baptism welcomes us into the Christian community. Eucharist feeds us for the life-long journey of being faithful followers and disciples of the Lord. Confirmation recommits us to the task of being the presence of God in the world. The three sacraments of initiation, Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, make us full members of the Body of Christ, the Church.

The great mystery of the Eucharist, which means giving thanks in Greek, is the source and summit of the Christian life according to the first document written at the second Vatican Council. In order to try and understand how Jesus Christ continues to be really present to us and feed us with his Body and Blood, we sometimes use the word transubstantiation. Remember that big word from your catechism? Transubstantiation simply means changing the substance of the bread and the wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus. The bread and wine still look and taste like bread and wine but, in fact, by our celebration at the Eucharist, they have been changed by the Holy Spirit into the body and blood of Christ. At the last supper of the Lord, Jesus told us that whenever we eat this bread or drink this cup that he is with us. Jesus urges us to always: Do this in memory of me.

In this Sunday's Gospel Jesus prays that we all may be one. Jesus also asks the Father that he protect us and guard us in the world as He ascends to the heavens. Then Jesus offers us the challenge to remain in the world and to bring his Word, his presence, His love to our families, our communities and our world. Fed by the Body and Blood of the Lord, we are nourished to be God's presence and to do God's work in the world. What a joy to welcome 33 young people to the Table of the Lord and to his ministry.

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