Back on the early newsletter streak.
February is here and we will quickly transition from Pre-Lent to Lent. As we begin this journey we naturally ask, why increase prayer, sacrifice more, be in church more, extend myself to others more? What will come out of this? Won’t I just end up grumpy? God has a game plan, an end game in mind for us. Lent helps us to reconnect to that plan, to wash ourselves clean of everything that clouds our vision of the Paradise He has promised us and has provided to us through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus. Lent is about recapturing Eden.
February – we do Lentopoly and celebrate some really special events. There’s a Confirmation, the Bishop’s attendance at out annual parish meeting on February 14th (want to ask a question, here’s your chance). There is an invitation to a Polish Mardis Gras celebration. Lots of other great stuff too. Also, important news on CONVO 2016 and this Special Year Reverence Across our Holy Church.
You may view and download a copy of our February 2016 Newsletter right here.
The on-time (sorry, but not early) newsletter streak continues.
January – a time of new beginnings. What better way to start the new year than with circumcision? St. Paul told us that works like circumcision in the flesh are meaningless. What is required is a true dedication – a circumcision of the heart. We get there by faith. We cannot do things for God or achieve heaven by works, but we can dedicate ourselves by faith, and from that flows great deeds born out of joy and heaven.
January – the midst of the Christmas season. Tons of events and a real quick turn-around into the pre-Lenten season. It is going to fly by. Get updates on the work of the Church’s Future Direction Committee. Read about a new year dedicated to reverence, and a local theme focused on joy. Important information on our Church’s democratic process (yes, we really do need your help to keep it alive) is included too. Read up and remember – be joy filled in Jesus.
You may view and download a copy of our January 2016 Newsletter right here.
A schedule of our Holy Masses and other services during the Christmas season:
- December 24: Vigil of the Nativity. Children’s Vigil Holy Mass at 4pm.
- December 25: Nativity of the Lord, Holy Mass at Midnight and 10am
- December 27: Solemnity of the Humble Shepherds/Feast – St. John, Apostle & Evangelist. Holy Mass at 9:30 and 11:30am with Blessing of Wine (bring a bottle or two to be blessed)
- January 1: Solemnity of the Circumcision, Holy Mass at 9:30am. Happy 2016!
- January 2: Solemnity of the Holy Name of Jesus – Holy Mass at 4pm
- January 3: Feast of the Holy Family. Holy Mass at 9:30 and 11:30am.
- January 6: Solemnity of the Epiphany of our Lord. Holy Mass with blessing of chalk, charcoal, and incense at 7pm.
- January 10: Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord. Holy Mass at 9:30 and 11:30am.
The on-time/early newsletter record goes on… Well sort of, posted here a few days later but delivered in church on the 29th.
December – that time for going to church for Christmas. St. Paul told us that through the Church something amazing will happen in our lives. Going to church is great,but becoming through Church is so much more. Check it out.
December continues our Advent journey of preparation and expectation. Tons of news on so many great events (2 dinners, Christmas preparation, St. Nicholas, Parish Committee nominations – get your name in. Get clued in by reading through the newsletter.
You may view and download a copy of our December 2015 Newsletter right here.
The on-time/early newsletter record goes on…
In November we offer up prayers for all of our dearly departed, those who have proceeded us in holy death. This process of praying in holy memory of our beloved must serve some purpose, correct? It is right to ask, what are we praying for? If everyone goes straight to heaven (as so many think today) there really is no purpose in praying for them. They certainly don’t need our prayers – we need their’s. If we are praying just to keep them in memory, we should pray for ourselves. If, however, our loved ones journey goes on, prayer for them is necessary. Read more about prayer for our departed in our newsletter. Remember, The Lord is patient toward us, and does not wish that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
November also brings Thanksgiving, a continuation of our Holy Masses for Healing and our Bible study, and lots of other news.
You may view and download a copy of our November 2015 Newsletter right here.
śp. Theodore T. Zebrowski, 96, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, October 19, 2015, at Baptist Health Nursing and Rehab Center. Born in Schenectady, he was the son of śp. Lawrence and śp. Mary Zebrowski. He was a graduate of Mont Pleasant High School, and a member of the Holy Name of Jesus Parish. Ted retired from the General Electric Co. in the large motor and generator division after 44 years of service. Ted was an avid bowler, golfer, sports fan, and enjoyed watching the New York Yankees and Giants games. Ted was the beloved husband of śp. Helen Koza Zebrowski for 70 years; loving father of Judy DiSorbo of Latham, and James (Janice) Zebrowski, of Guilderland; brother of the late Chester and Casmier Zebrowski, Mary Carbone, Regina Wieczorek, and Pauline Zebrowski. He was also survived by seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours and interment at the Holy Name of Jesus Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104, or to the Kidney Foundation, 99 Troy Rd., East Greenbush, NY 12061.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and may the Perpetual Light shine upon him.
May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace.
An on-time newsletter again. The record is unbroken…
Fall is here and we take a look at prayer. For whom and for what do we pray? Do we dare to pray big? We are encouraged to trust in God’s promises and to lay before Him more than our most immediate needs. We should be praying big – for all the saints, for the Church, and for the wealth of blessings God offers to His elect. Let’s trust in Him.
This month we will celebrate another one of our Holy Church’s great Solemnities – the Solemnity of the Christian Family. October also brings our Seasonal Craft Fair and Polish Food Kitchen, our Rummage Sale, a continuation of our Holy Masses for Healing and our Bible study, and many other events.
Also in our newsletter – congratulations to our young people who made their First Holy Communion.
You may view and download a copy of our October 2015 Newsletter right here.
We welcome you Back to Church. We have been participating in this movement since 2013 because we, as a parish and the Church, want you to know that you are always welcome. Whether you have never been, have not been in a long time, or are just wondering – you are welcome here. One person who encountered the Church on this special day stated: “As a brand-new Christian, I needed a loving, accepting, forgiving community. I needed open-mindedness like [my pastor’s].”
We encourage you to take things at you own pace. The true key is to know that in accepting Jesus Christ and being regenerated in Him you will find a peace that cannot be taken away and a promise that is forever.
An on-time newsletter once again. The record continues…
Summer is coming to an end and Fall is around the corner. We look to one of the greatest Feasts established by our Holy Church – the Solemnity of Brotherly Love. September brings the first ever national webinar on Brotherly Love (register here), a continuation of our Holy Masses for Healing, Back to Church Sunday, a new Bible study, and prayerful recollection of the 14th Anniversary of the Tragedy of 9/11, and many other events.
Also in our newsletter – congratulations to our young people who won music scholarships, the start of Sunday School classes, and a report on our summer activities. Get updates on Church-wide events for this year of regeneration and much more.
You may view and download a copy of our September 2015 Newsletter right here.
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Check out IdentityTheft, bookmark it, and print out the checklists, as your first line of defense against identity theft.