February 10 ~ Ash Wednesday
6:30am Distribution of Ashes
9:00am Service of Ashes (Chapel)
12:10pm Service of Ashes (Church)
6:00pm Ash Wednesday MASS
Thursday, February 11
12:10pm Mass @ Bassett Hospital Chapel
Friday, February 12
Saturday, February 13
4:30pm Vigil Mass
Sunday, February 14 ~
First Sunday of Lent
8:00 & 11:ooam Masses
ASH WEDNESDAY -10 FEBRUARY 2016
6:30 AM Distribution of Ashes
9:00 AM Service of Ashes
12:10 PM Services of Ashes
6:00 PM Mass of Ash Wednesday
FRIDAYS OF LENT
Stations of the Cross – 6:00 PM
WEEKDAY LENTEN MASSES
Tuesdays & Wednesdays of Lent
12:10 PM Rectory Chapel
Thursdays of Lent
12:10 PM Hospital Chapel
Fridays of Lent
7:10 AM Morning Prayer, Mass, Exposition
Annual Lenten Food Drive
in memory of Maryellen Wrubleski
begins Ash Wednesday – Forty Days of Lent
More Information Below
- Week #1: Cereal, Canned Goods, Pickle, Peanut Butter, Rice & Juice
- Week #2: Baby Food and Diapers
- Week #3: Personal Hygiene Items
Please click this link for an important informational letter: 2016 Food Drive Information
Click onto this link to check the current Eucharistic Minister and Lector Schedule: http://www.stmaryscoop.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/EM-Lector-Jan-Feb-2016.pdf
To all the secret Santa’s at St. Mary…
Thank you so very much for your past and
The kindness you have shown warms my heart and
has made Christmas for our residents
so very special.
It has been a busy and FUN month for our residents
& our employees, as I’m sure it has been for your
congregation and families.
A very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year
from your friends at Focus Nursing and
Sincerely, Amy Rose/Activities Director
“To the world you may be just one person,
But to one person you may be the world”
On Sunday, December 20, 2015, St. Mary’s children, parents and teachers presented their annual tradition of “The First Christmas” for the parish via a pageant that was presented in the church and followed by supper in the Parish Hall. The evening concluded with Christmas carols being led by religious education director Rosemarie Abbate and her trusty karaoke machine, with backup by teacher Bill Weldon. The evening also included a surprise visit by Santa. Click this link to enjoy some of the photos from that most delightful day: https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=A423BAEF8BB040C5!3951&authkey=!AB–5TL-3AyIngo&ithint=album%2c
Congratulations to the following who were confirmed in the Spirit by Bishop Scharfenberger on Thursday, December10th: Keith Barlow, Tyler Bertram, Matilda Francis, Margaret Harmon, Natalie Johnson, Sophia Lesko, Kelly Mooney, Cassie Mendendez, Meaghan Perrino, and Shane Tang.
During the preparation for Confirmation, there were many people who donated their time and talents to ensure that our Confirmandi would have a memorable experience. We are grateful for Brian Wrubleski who prepared the meal for the rehearsal dinner and generously donated the food. Also, many thanks to Sally Trosset, Colette Tangle who coordinated the 9th grader team who set up and served at the rehearsal dinner. Our appreciation to Father John, Lisa Mooney, Rob Bohm, and Donna Gerard who attended to details which ensured that our Confirmation Mass went as planned. The Mass was enhanced by the beautiful music; we appreciate Lucille Gargiulo, Steve Markuson and the choir for filling the church with song. Others who assisted during Mass include Owen and John Kennedy, altar servers. After Mass, thanks to Suzy Conklin and Marjorie Landers, we enjoyed a delicious cake and punch reception. We appreciate Riley Mooney, Colette Leinhart, Sarah Johnson and Joey Bertram who served at the reception. On behalf of the Confirmandi and their families, I extend our gratitude. Submitted by Mary Dirr, Confirmation Coordinator.
We gratefully announce that Wi-Fi is now available in our Parish Hall thanks to our Parish Council leader, Robert Bohm. We thank him not only for his gift of the technical equipment but also for the installation. This availability will be a valuable asset for the religious education classes, and will also give parents and caregivers a warm “Internet Café” to use while they await their children’s release from religious education and before attending Mass. As you can see by the picture on the right, it was immediately enjoyed on it’s “opening day”, the first day of Religious Education classes. Not only free Wi-Fi is available, but also free coffee and cake while you wait for your children. This is an excellent way to stay warm and connect with your parish family during this fall/winter season!
Attached you will find a narrative describing Bishop Scharfenberger’s plan for transitioning from a Deanery-based model to the Vicariate-based model for diocesan organization. Seven regional Vicars are to be named. This is a map which depicts the Albany Diocese organized according to the Vicariate regions. St. Mary’s is located within the “Leatherstocking” Vicariate. Please take time to read the Bishop’s transition plan which you can access by clicking onto this link: Bishop Wants to Get Closer to Parishes.
With the help of a prop (an eraser on the end of a large pencil), Father John is at his teaching best, explaining how one’s sins are erased through the Sacrament of Penance, to the Spring, 2016 Communicants.