Vacation Bible School
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL IS COMING TO CHRIST OUR LIGHT!
JULY 25 - JULY 29
$35 FOR THE WEEK, SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
For details on how you can sign up a young person or volunteer to be part of the fun contact Kari at [email protected]
Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 21 and 22, 2022
From Ann McCauley
“Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with (abide with) them” Biblical scholar Andre Brower Latz points out that “abide” (“make our home with”) is John’s “preferred and primary” way to characterize discipleship.
This abiding is based on the relationship between Jesus and the Spirit and God.
This verse from the Gospel of John describes how we are to prepare our homes to host a guest who is going to take up residence within our lives: Jesus, in relationship with the Spirit and God. John indicates that the Spirit of truth is already present within the disciples. John tells us that we know him because he abides with us. But at the same time, there is also a push to prepare for a future move-in date. We are charged with preparing for his taking up residence.
How do we prepare for Jesus to abide with or in us? By keeping Jesus’ commandments and by loving Jesus, which inevitably and inextricably means keeping his word. We prepare for Jesus to abide in us by welcoming his gift of peace and responding to his presence with faith in the absence of sight. Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”
Abide can have a literal meaning of staying in one place and at the spiritual level, it describes what God does in our lives. God abides in Jesus and Jesus abides in God. Jesus abides in and with us. We cannot bear fruit unless Jesus abides in us. Jesus’ words abide and the Holy Spirit abides with Jesus. Therefore, disciples abide with or in Jesus.
How are we doing in the abiding department? What’s our hospitality quotient? Have we prepared our inner life to be a hospitable home for Jesus? One in which he will find faith and love and bountiful fruit?
God of love,
our world is wrought with war and violence,
as brother turns on brother,
and the innocent awake to gunfire and bombs.
May Your compassion and healing
move hearts and bring a new day to Ukraine.
Fortify your children to resist agression
and instead become instuments of peace.
We ask this in the name of the One
who is the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.
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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Children's Worship Bulletins
- Deacon Richard Thiesen, Parish Life Director
- Ann McCauley, Pastoral Associate for Administration
- Laurie Luizzi, Pastoral Associate for Parish Services
- Kari Kurtz, Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation, Youth Ministry and Evangelization
- Shirley Myers, Music Ministry
- Pastoral Care Ministry, (Click for more detail)