Gaza and Israel Conflict
We Join in Prayer for Peace
The violence and warfare between Gaza and Israel impacts us.
The reports are tragic, and we unite in prayer for a peaceful resolution.
December 2 & 3, 2023
First Sunday of Advent
From Deacon Dick
As our parishes enter this Advent Season Seeking The Prince of Peace, the postures of silence and listening are immeasurably helpful.
Listening for Christmas
Have you ever heard snow?
Not the howling wind of a blizzard,
Not the crackling of snow underfoot,
But the actual falling of snow?
Have you ever heard Christmas?
Not the traffic noises of the city,
Not the bells and hymns and carols,
Not even the laughter of your children,
But Christmas itself?
Have you been by yourself and just sat
And listened to the silence within,
Patiently, without letting your mind
race to the next Christmas chore?
Perhaps if you have
You felt the pulse of all humanity
Beating in your own heart.
Perhaps you noticed an outflowing of love
For all your sisters and brothers on the earth,
A soft sense of Oneness with all that lives.
In the silence of a snowy night,
Listen intently, holding your breath,
And you may hear snow on snow.
Serene, alone, undisturbed by thought,
Listen to the silence in your heart,
And you may hear Christmas.
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!
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
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