Advent and Christmas Holy Mass and Event Schedule

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Keeping Advent and the forty days of Christmas at your neighborhood church. All are welcome to join in prayer and celebration as we come to know, love, and serve the Lord and each other. He came to give us abundant life!

Advent

  • December 14: 3rd Sunday of 
 Advent: Holy Mass at 9:30 am. Parish Vigil Pot-luck dinner and Youth Christmas Performance
  • December 21: 4th Sunday of 
 Advent: Holy Mass and Confirmation at 9:30am. Greening of the Church and Free Lunch on Sunday

Christmas

  • December 24: Vigil of the Nativity
  • December 25: Nativity of the Lord, Holy Mass at Midnight and Morning Holy Mass at 10:30am. Festive Repast follows each Holy Mass
  • December 26: Feast – St. Stephen, Proto-Martyr
  • December 27: Feast – St. John, Apostle & Evangelist. Holy Mass at 5pm with the Blessing of Wine
  • December 28: Solemnity of the Humble Shepherds. Holy Mass at 9:30am
  • December 31: New Year’s Eve
  • January 1: Solemnity of the Circumcision. Holy Mass at 9:30am. Happy 2015
  • January 2: Solemnity of the Holy Name of Jesus. Holy Mass at 7pm
  • January 4: Feast of the Holy Family. Holy Mass at 9:30am
  • January 6: Solemnity of the Epiphany of our Lord. Holy Mass with blessing of chalk, charcoal, and incense at 7pm.
  • January 11: Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord. Holy Mass at 9:30am

December Newsletter (delivered on Thanksgiving)

December, a journey through Advent and on to Christmas. Will you be going to church? If so, do you expect condemnation and judgment or joy? We should be expecting joy! This December is jam packed with events, from an ordination to our vigil dinner and children’s Christmas presentation, free lunch on Sunday, Christmas decorating and the joy of beginning the forty days of Christmas. Be an active part of the church this December, discover joy, and greet the Lord.

You may view and download a copy of our December 2014 Newsletter right here.

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2014 VA “Adopt -A-Vet” Holiday Program

remember-vetswithbow_225x225_thumbThe annual Holiday gift donation program for HUD-VASH & Veterans in need is now underway. Each year has been more successful; the first year the VA helped 8 Veteran families, last year, VA employees and many other community groups and agencies helped a total of 40 Veteran families in HUD-VASH and other programs. This year the VA has a list of over 40 Veterans in need who have requested items for their families this Holiday Season.

This donation program is part of Voluntary Services Holiday outreach for Veterans. A “needs” list of gifts that can be donated is being be maintained by Mike Fitzpatrick and Noney Grier. If you wish to fulfill a Family’s needs or a portion of it, or have any questions, please contact Mike Fitzpatrick at 518-626-6919 or Noney Grier at 518-626-5507.

All gifts must be brand new in original packaging and unwrapped. Gifts can be dropped off at the: Stratton VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Avenue, Room 304 or 305 “B” wing (Voluntary Services), Albany, NY 12208

In addition, rolls of wrapping paper will also be accepted and the VA will be scheduling volunteer “working parties” to help wrap the gifts at the VA prior to distribution out to Veteran families.

Thank you in advance for your continued support of our Veterans!


Bookmarks 2014/15 Call For Submissions

The Memoir Project, a program of The Arts Center of the Capital Region, invites submissions for Bookmarks, an annual series of group readings and performances featuring work that is grounded in personal experience. We encourage both experienced writers and creators, as well as those whose work has not previously been presented publicly or published, to submit work.

Bookmarks is a thematically differentiated group reading and/or performance. Each event is curated and hosted
by a different individual, hand selected from our region’s richly diverse community. Chosen for their unique personal experiences and professional expertise, the curators decide on their theme. Details about the submission criteria and schedule for each curator are listed here and on our website. Each individual reading category has a separate submission date approximately 3/4 weeks prior. Works will be evaluated on quality, creativity, and relevance to the broader Memoir Project theme (i.e. Does the work mine the personal to express the universal?) as well as the individual themes set by each curator.

Submission Guidelines

  • Interested writers/creators are to submit online.
  • All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM on the date indicated in the online brochure which can be downloaded here.
  • The submission window will close at that time.
  • Submissions should not exceed length specified on the submission form.
  • You may submit to multiple curators, but only once per theme.
  • All applicants will be notified at least ten days before the event, or once the curator has chosen readers/presenters.
  • Keep the date OPEN in case you are selected!

Project VOICE – Free Performance For High School Students

Project VOICE will hold a free performance For High School Students on November 6th at 10 AM. For information and a reservation form, contact Arlene Sampson via E-mail at Questar III BOCES or click here for more information. Download the reservation form here.

This free performance for high school students is by celebrated writers, performers, and educators Franny
Choi and Philip Kaye of Project VOICE (Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression), a national movement that celebrates and inspires youth self-expression through spoken word poetry. This special event is presented by the Riverfront Arts Education Collaborative and Questar III at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

Reservations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Transportation is not provided.


6th Annual “To Honor and Serve” Veterans Day Breakfast

Please join the Unified Military Affairs Council (UMAC) at the 6th Annual “To Honor and Serve” Veterans Day Breakfast on Friday, November 7 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Glen Sanders Mansion, One Glen Avenue, Scotia.

Local “celebrities” will serve breakfast to our honored guests, active military and veterans from around the Capital Region.

We will welcome keynote speaker Captain Jamie Pierce, a third-generation graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (1985), and a designated Naval Aviator with more than 2900 flight hours in the SH-60B Seahawk.

Assignments ashore include serving as Chief of Staff to ComNavBase Charleston, and command of Reserve Units supporting OPNAV N4 in the Pentagon, US European Command in Stuttgart Germany, and the Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence in Norfolk VA. He also served as the Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (NEPLO) to New York State. In March 2013, he was mobilized to Afghanistan for one year, serving as ISAF’s Senior Aviation Advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Defense. Upon return in March 2014, he took on the duties as the Deputy Reserve Component Commander for Navy Region Midwest.

Captain Pierce holds a Bachelor of Science degree (with distinction) in Naval Science and earned a master’s in National Security Affairs (Strategic Planning) from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1990.

In his civilian capacity, he is the GM for Customer Projects for North & South America with GE Power and Water. He is married to the former BJ Heiner of Schenectady and has three fantastic sons: Taylor (LTjg, USN, aboard the mighty warship ANCHORAGE), Garrett (a school teacher in Germany), and Cameron (a lacrosse player at LeMoyne University).

Cost is $20 per guest and $5 for active military and veterans. Register via the Schenectady Chamber of Commerce website.


Veterans Career Network Opportunities

Veterans, get assistance from human resource professionals every Thursday from 10:30—12 noon at the Stratton VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Ave, Room 603C, Albany, NY 12208

Upcoming presentations by Century Solar Supply/Questar III on November 6th and Upstate Transit of Saratoga on November 20th. For more information call 518-626-5150. Drop-ins are welcome.

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November 2014 Newsletter – Becoming Saints

Ok, the newsletter is two days late. Remember, it did take time for some to become saints…

November calls us to reflect on the lives of the saints and to pray for all those journeying toward the beatific vision. Join us in prayer for the faithful departed throughout November. Beyond remembering, we are called to become saints ourselves. Check out our newsletter and discover how to become a saint. Be an active part of the church this November because giving thanks to and praising God is not just a one-day-a-year event.

You may view and download a copy of our November 2014 Newsletter right here.

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Attention Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Brownies

PNCC Scouting

The Polish National Catholic Church has an active Scouting program and the Church’s youth and adults may earn awards as follows:

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  • Cub Scouts and Brownies: Love of God – The Love of God Emblem program is for Cub Scouts and Brownies in Grades 2 through 5.
  • Boy Scouts: God and Country – The God and Country Program is for Scouts from the age of 11 to 21 and focuses on Christian spirit and faith, fellowship, church participation and fellowship, church service and Christianity in action.
  • Girl Scouts: God and Community
  • Adult Members: Bishop Thaddeus F. Zielinski Award

For more information and detailed award program requirements please contact:

Polish National Catholic Church Committee on Scouting
Mr. Richard Daum
11 Everette Place
Wayne, NJ 07470
E-mail

Girl Scout Camp Open House

A Girl Scout camp open house will take place on Saturday, October 26th from 9:30am till 12:30pm at Camp Woodhaven in Galway, New York. For more information and directions, please contact the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York by E-mail.

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Rummage/Bake Sale and Polish Kitchen this Saturday

The Holy Name of Jesus National Catholic Church, is holding its annual rummage and bake sale now featuring our Polish Kitchen this Saturday, October 18th from 9 am to 3 pm in the parish hall at 1040 Pearl Street (between Chrisler Ave. and Crane St.), Schenectady (CDTA Route 353). A bag sale will begin at 2 pm. The sale features clothing, household items, toys, furnishings, great baked goods, wonderful homemade Polish food, and many other items. Stop by – you never know what you will find.

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