MARCH 25 & 26, 2023
FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
Lenten Theme: “Take up your cross daily and follow me.” (Lk 9:24)
From Deacon Dick
These days we, as the People of God, are challenged to take up our crosses in ways heretofore unimaginable. You and I know that all too well. We may be tempted to lose hope … to withdraw and stand on the sidelines. And yet, the mission of Jesus the Christ continues to call us.
People share with me their hesitancy or, in some cases, refusal, to participate in our annual Diocesan Appeal. While it is understandable to react that way initially, I invite us to step back and reflect on who Jesus calls us to be as his followers. We are to be good stewards of His mission in our time! The mission of Jesus the Christ is to be the inviolable center of our lives and does not cease when times are hard. Someone once said that the church does not have a mission … the mission has a church … and the church is us!
Our participation in the Diocesan Appeal helps to keep Jesus’ mission alive not only in our Diocese, but also in our parishes. Believe me, both the Churches of St. Clare and Christ Our Light depend heavily on Diocesan resources to operate on a day-to-day basis … from Human Resources & Safe Environment, Information Technology, and Building Management to Faith Formation, Pastoral Care, and Youth & Young Adult ministry … we are partners. AND your support helps educate those on the path of ordination as priests and deacons!!
Now for the elephant in the middle of the room … All funds raised for the Diocesan Appeal are used for programs, services and ministries for parishes. No contributions are used for the settlement of legal cases. For more information, go to www.rcda.org.
May we truly heed the adage: Stewardship is what happens after I say: “I believe.”
Synod: a definition
“Despite the odd-sounding words, the vision is very simple: it’s about experiencing our faith as a journey together, accompanied by Jesus and the Apostles,” writes Bishop Scharfenberger in his Evangelist column. Essentially, the Synod, as Pope Francis has outlined it, will be about mutual listening and dialoging. It will be about reflecting and journeying together. Don’t get scared off by the unusual words. (Synodality isn’t even in the dictionary!) This local synod process is simply going to be an opportunity for you to share your thoughts, your hopes and your needs as a Catholic. We want to hear from you. We want to know what you need from the Church – both local and universal – to help you on your journey of faith. Together we will take the next steps toward greater unity, greater collaboration, greater faith!
Read Bishop Scharfenberger’s full column on the opening of the Synod in the Diocese of Albany
Dominican Retreat and Conference Center
The Dominican Retreat and Conference Center in Niskayuna, New York offers retreats for women and men, workshops and presentations to enhance your spiritual life and growth. We offer retreats for persons in 12 step programs on topics of alcoholism, abuse, and eating issues. Be sure to check out the Windmill, a private hermitage, available for private individual retreats. If you need a place to hold a retreat or conference, we have just the spot for you!
(Search Christ Our Light Church Loudonville)
Sunday, 10 AM
Tuesday, 9 AM
Updates, changes, and resources can be found on myParishApp on your mobile device by texting App to 88202. It’s FREE.
Click on to Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany website for details http://www.rcda.org/
Children's Worship Bulletins
Deacon Richard Thiesen
Parish Life Director
Pastoral Associate for Administration
Pastoral Associate for Parish Services
Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation, Youth Ministry and Evangelization
Pastoral Care Ministry
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Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent
03/29/23 8:30 am
Reading 1 Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95
Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent
03/28/23 8:30 am
Reading 1 Nm 21:4-9
Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent
03/27/23 8:30 am
Reading I Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13:41c-62