December, 2018
Pastoral Care Ministry Newsletter
"I am with you always…” (Matt. 28:20)

Ministering in Times of Spiritual Distress
On January 12, 2019, from 9AM-12 PM, Sr. Kitty Hanley, CSJ and Fr. Joseph Mali will be presenting a free Pastoral Care Mini-Presentation.

The crisis of our time has left so many people in spiritual distress. In pastoral ministry, sadly, we often encounter such people. As pastoral care givers, let us not lose sight of the “treasures” in darkness.    

 This program is open to everyone and it will be broadcast live from the Pastoral Center to the following Diocesan parishes: St. Henry’s, Averill Park; Our Lady of the Annunciation, Queensbury; St. Mary’s, Oneonta; St. Edward the Confessor, Clifton Park; St. Patrick’s, Catskill; and St. Francis de Sales, Herkimer.

Joy & Hope 
With Advent and Christmas coming soon, I thought I would share with you a meditation on Generosity of Spirit, which Richard Rohr recently shared from his Action & Contemplation, Daily Meditations. It is an interview which took place in April 2015 between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.  This eventually became part of a book called “ The Book of Joy ”.

Suffering is inevitable, they said, but how we respond to that suffering is our choice. Not even oppression or occupation can take away this freedom to choose our response."

As our dialogue progressed, we converged on eight pillars of joy. Four were qualities of the mind: perspective, humility, humor, and acceptance.   Four were qualities of the heart: forgiveness, gratitude, compassion, and generosity. Continue .

Dec. 8:
Memorial Mass -  St. Agnes, Menands

Dec. 15:
Historian's Open House, St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands

Jan. 11 - May 17:
Winter/Spring Art Classes, St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands

Jan. 12:
Ministering in Times of Spiritual Distress , Pastoral Care Ministry mini-presentation

Jan. 15:
Christmas  Cemetery Clean-up begins

April 27:

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NEXT RETREAT: April 27th
St. Clements Church, Saratoga, NY

Losing a child under any circumstances is horrendous. Focusing on the spirituality of the grieving process can help tremendously. 

Join other Emmaus Parent Companions and our St. Clement’s Church Emmaus Ministry Retreat Team in a warm and loving place—
to think, to talk, to feel, and to pray. Find compassion, rest, and peace… at least for a time.

If you or someone you know might benefit from this retreat day, please let them know about this special retreat.
Highlights from our November Emmaus Ministry Retreat
Planning for an Emmaus Ministry retreat in the Diocese of Albany, NY began more than a year ago, and an early Nor-ester snow storm nearly derailed it. But on November 17th, more than 35 people gathered at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Schenectady. Read highlights and see photos from the retreat.
Realizing The Impact Of Mental Illness On My Family
By Trish Richert
"I had been looking for an opportunity to become involved in volunteerism. I wanted to do something to feel as though I was contributing to my community and making a difference. And there I was, sitting in a waiting room next to a woman who had devoted decades of her life to volunteerism for mental health education, advocacy and support."...

...  " It wasn’t until I attended training for my state’s adaptation of  NAMI Family-to-Family  that I realized mental illness was very much a part of my life. I was naïve to think that mental illness had nothing to do with me. My maternal grandmother had died by suicide following years of depression. My mother struggled with depression and social anxiety throughout her life. I myself had been diagnosed with depression and my teenage daughter as well.” Continue .
Pastoral Care Visitation Training
On November 26, 2018, eleven parishioners from St. Joseph’s Church, Greenwich & Notre Dame Visitation Church, Schuylerville received certificates of completion after 12 hours of classes given by Peg Anderton and Peg Griffin at St. Joseph’s Church. Father Marty Fischer, Pastor gave participants a prayer shawl made by parishioners with a booklet by Joyce Rupp and a Poinsettia plant to take home.
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