Lord, You have called all of us to a path of freedom and justice; a restoration of relationships and the recognition of each person’s human dignity.
Enter into our hearts and minds and enflame our souls to see in each person another self. Grant that we may look past outward appearance to the essential relationships that prevail in Your kingdom. Help us to be more human. Restore and reconcile all relationships and enable us to take up our calling to restore a global human community, a single family fashioned in Your image.
Help us today to recognize and bless all those who have labored so diligently to establish a new equality of participation in our community and across the globe. Bless the work of all who labor to end the sources of human conflict — race, class, wealth, gender, servitude, forced labor, wage theft, military opposition, indebtedness, imprisonment, coercion, despair, anxiety, self-centeredness, alienation, anxiety, greed, separation, prejudice, and injustice— so that we may rise above our baser selves. Fashion us into images of Your Divinity and justice.
Finally grant us a freedom that surpasses personal autonomy and help us to recognize our continuing dependence on You as our Creator and Your call to see each other as another self through lives committed to knowing, loving and serving You and each other. Amen
The Churches of Mont Pleasant in Schenectady are holding a Good Friday Cross-walk on Friday, April 18th starting at 10am. There will be a brief (approx. 15 minute) message or prayer at each church, with a theatrical performance by “The Living Gospel Experience” and refreshments at the conclusion of the Cross-walk.
10am Begin at Holy Name of Jesus National Catholic Church, 1040 Pearl St., Deacon Jim Konicki;
The North Colonie Ecumenical Group is holding its annual Thanksgiving prayer service on Sunday, November 20, 3 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, 15 Ridge Place, Latham, NY. Those who wish to participate in the joint choir are asked to join the rehearsal that day at 1 p.m. The service will include a collection of canned goods and money for the Northeastern Regional Food Bank.
A Memorial Service for the deceased Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and Polish delegation that perished in the plane crash in Smolensk, Russia will be held at Albany’s Polish Community Center, 225 Washington Ave Ext., Albany, NY 12205 on Friday, April 16, 2010. Doors will open at 7pm and the Service will begin at 7:30pm. This event is open to the entire Capital District community. Please join us.
+Lech Kaczyński Prezydent RP
+Ryszard Kaczorowski, ostatni Prezydent RP na Uchodźstwie
+Krzysztof Putra, wicemarszałek Sejmu RP
+Krystyna Bochenek, wicemarszałek Senatu RP
+Jerzy Szmajdziński, wicemarszałek Sejmu RP
+Władysław Stasiak, szef Kancelarii Prezydenta RP
+Aleksander Szczygło, szef Biura Bezpieczeństwa Narodowego
+Paweł Wypych, sekretarz stanu w Kancelarii Prezydenta RP
+Stanisław Jerzy Komorowski, podsekretarz stanu w MON
+Tomasz Merta, podsekretarz stanu w Ministerstwie Kultury
+Maciej Płażyński, szef Stowarzyszenia Wspólna Polska
+Mariusz Kazana, dyrektor protokołu dyplomatycznego MSZ
+Gen. Franciszek Gągor, szef sztabu generalnego WP
+Mariusz Handzlik, podsekretarz stanu w Kancelarii Prezydenta
+Andrzej Kremer (trzeci od lewej)- podsekretarz stanu w MSZ
+Andrzej Przewoźnik, sekretarz generalny Rady Ochrony Pamięci Walk i Męczeństwa
+Piotr Nurowski, prezes Polskiego Komitetu Olimpijskiego
+Janusz Kochanowski, rzecznik Praw Obywatelskich
+Prezes NBP Sławomir Skrzypek
+Janusz Kurtyka, prezes IPN
+Janusz Krupski, kierownik Urzędu ds. Kombatantów i Osób Represjonowanych
+Ks. bp gen. dywizji Tadeusz Płoski – ordynariusz polowy WP
+Miron Chodakowski – prawosławny ordynariusz WP
+Ks. płk. Adam Pilch – ewangelickie duszpasterstwo polowe
+Ks. ppłk. Jan Osiński, ordynariat polowy WP
+Ks. Prałat Bronisław Gostomski
+Ks. Józef Joniec
+Ks. Zdzisław Król
+Ks. Andrzej Kwaśnik
+Kapelan prezydenta ks. Roman Indrzejczyk
+Gen. broni Bronisław Kwiatkowski – dowódca Sił Operacyjnych
+Gen. Andrzej Błasik – dowódca Polskich Sił Powietrznych
+Gen. Tadeusz Buk – dowódca Polskich Sił Lądowych
+Gen. Włodzimierz Potasiński – dowódca Sił Specjalnych
+Wiceadmirał Andrzej Karweta – dowódca Marynarki Wojennej
+Gen. Kazimierz Gilarski – dowódca Garnizonu Warszawa
+Bronisława Orawiec -Loffler
+Andrzej Sarjusz -Skąpski
+Anna Maria Borowska
+Zenona Mamontowicz -Łojek
+Joanna Agacka Indecka
+Ppłk. Zbigniew Dębski
+Gen. bryg. Stanisław Komornicki
+Janina Natusiewicz – Miller
+Ks. Ryszard Rumianek
+kpt. Arkadiusz Protasiuk,
+mjr Robert Grzywna
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and may the perpetual light shine upon them.
May their soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
Wieczne odpoczynek racz im dać Panie, a światłość wiekuista niechaj im świeci.
Niech odpoczywają w pokoju, Amen.
For the third year, St. Adalbert’s R.C. Parish and Holy Name of Jesus PNC Parish joined together on the Sunday within the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity to jointly offer our petitions and prayers for Christian unity. Fr. Carl Urban of St. Adalbert’s and Fr. Stanley Bilinski Jr. of Holy Name jointly planned the service. They invited His Grace, the Most Rev. Howard Hubbard, Bishop of the R.C. Diocese of Albany to join in prayer and to be the guest homilist.
The theme of this year’s service was: “You are witnesses of these things.” (Luke 24:48). The Gospel reading was Luke 24. This year’s service fell on the centenary of the Edinburgh Mission Conference which began the Ecumenical movement. Fr. Bilinski and Fr. Urban offered prayer during the service using the texts adapted and published for use in the United States by the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute. Deacon James Konicki offered the Gospel, and Mr. Lawrence E. Panfil and Mrs. Claudia C. Bertasso, the Chairman and Treasurer of Holy Name Parish, offered the petitions. Music was offered by Holy Name organist and choir director Liz Battaglia.
Bishop Hubbard’s well elucidated talk focused on the centrality of prayer and local action as the starting points for ecumenism. He noted that unity will not be achieved by a forced unanimity in prayer and organization, but by a mutual sharing of the gifts, liturgical life, and organizational structures found in the Churches.
Following the service, Fr. Bilinski led the congregation in the Exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament according to the Rites of the Polish National Catholic Church. Bishop Hubbard offered a blessing.
A festive repast was held in the Parish hall following the service where a large selection of delicacies, pastries, and drinks was served. As Fr. Bilinski noted, this event has now become part of our shared experience and something that stands along major events in our yearly calendar. We look forward to joining with the congregation of St. Adalbert’s at their Parish in 2011.
For the third year, we shall be sharing a prayer service on the Sunday within the Octave and prayer for Christian Unity. The parish community of St. Adalbert’s R.C. will be joining us here in our humble parish. We shall be further humbled to receive His Grace, Most Rev. Howard Hubbard, Bishop of the Albany R.C. Diocese, as our guest and homilist. Let us gather together for this time of prayer.