NYC BUS TRIP 2019

St. Augustine’s is hosting a Bus Trip to NYC on Saturday, August 24th  for lunch at Tony’s Di Napoli and then to see the Broadway show, Beautiful The Carole King Musical.  The cost is $190 dollars and will cover the lunch and Broadway premium seating tickets as well as the bus, the tip for the driver and a snack on the ride down.  Seating is limited so reserve your spot today!  You can choose to pay the total or a nonrefundable deposit of $100 will reserve your seat now.  The rest of the total amount is due by July 15th.

NYC BUS TRIP

COST $190 per person

August 24th, 2019

 

Trip Itinerary

6:45 am Board bus at St. Augustine’s
11:30 am Tony’s Di Napoli for Lunch
2:00 pm Beautiful The Carole King Musical
10:00 pm Approximate arrival at St. Augustine’s

For further information contact the Parish Office at (518)235-3861

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“For five years, Beautiful, the Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning Carole King musical, has thrilled Broadway with the inspiring true story of one woman’s remarkable journey from teenage songwriter to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

From the string of pop classics she wrote for the biggest acts in music to her own life-changing, chart-busting success with Tapestry, Beautiful takes you back to where it all began – and takes you on the ride of a lifetime.

Featuring over two dozen pop classics, including “You’ve Got a Friend,” “One Fine Day,” “Up on the Roof,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” and “Natural Woman,” this crowd-pleasing international phenomenon is filled with the songs you remember – and a story you’ll never forget.” (Excerpt is taken from beautifulonbroadway.com)

 

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“Tony’s has served up some of the best Old New York Italian favorites since 1959. To truly appreciate this restaurant, come with a large family and a large appetite. Portions are huge, designed to serve two to three people.

My cooking comes from Southern Neapolitan traditions, and are served up in huge family style platters that serve 2 to 3 people. My recipes have been handed down to my children who have continued to bring our traditions to you. We have watched thousands of New York families grow up with us at our dinner table, and we invite you to come and see us anytime or give us a call and we’ll deliver our delicious food to you.” (excerpt is taken from https://www.tonysnyc.com/)

Bishop’s Appeal 2019

 

The Bishop’s Appeal 2019—Commitment Weekend—as a parish, we are very grateful to all who participated in the 2018 Bishop’s Appeal. The weekend of May 4th and 5th is the 2019 Bishop’s Appeal Commitment Weekend! Through this important Appeal, we follow the example of Christ to serve our brothers and sisters here in the Diocese of Albany.  This is our opportunity to unite together as one Catholic Family, to answer the challenge given to us by Jesus Christ to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the afflicted, and to promote justice for every person.  This Appeal supports all of the vital ministries and programs throughout the Diocese of Albany.  It is our one opportunity during the year to reach out in support of all the people of God beyond the boundary of our own Parish St. Augustine’s.  During the week, please take the time to prayerfully reflect on the gifts that you have been given by God and respond to the Bishop’s Appeal as generously as you possibly can.

If you never participated or are considering what to offer, may we urge you to stand with St. Augustine’s this year. You may use your offertory envelope marked The Bishop’s Appeal and drop it in the basket at one of the Masses.  Our fair share goal is $51,050 dollars and we hope to make that goal.

Other options to donate include the myparish app for your smartphone. Just download the app (for instructions for downloading the Myparish app) then log in to St. Augustine’s Church and then choose the giving option or Donate to Bishops Appeal Online and choose St. Augustine’s Parish so you can be added to the other donations made in our parish’s name.

Update First Report – 84 gifts were received at the Masses last weekend totaling $13, 825.  We are well on our way to our goal!  Thank you!

Update Second Report – An additional 22 gifts were received at Masses last weekend, May 12th and 13th, bringing our total to $18, 981 which is 37% of our fair share goal of $51,050.  At this time last year, we were at 45% of our fair share goal.  Please help us push to reach our mark!

Update Third Report – So far, 115 pledges have been received amounting to $21, 826 which is 43% of our fair share goal of $51, 050. We were a bit more ahead at this time last year, reporting 53% of our fair share goal. Thank you to all who have already participated and let’s keep moving toward our goal!

Update Fourth Report – Out of the 122 pledges received have brought us to $22,296 but we are only halfway there! Please keep striving toward that fair share goal! Thank you to all who have already participated and let’s keep moving toward our goal!

Update Fifth Report – 125 pledges received have brought us to $22,901.  We need to keep striving toward our Goal.

Update Sixth Report – 132 pledges received have brought us to $38,486 and to 76% of our Fair Share Goal.  Please keep striving forward and work towards our fair share goal!

Update Seventh Report – We now have 137 pledges that total $38,916.  We are a behind on our fair share goal this year.  This time last year we were at 92%.  Please remember that 50% of any overage of our assessment comes back to the parish.  We thank everyone who have helped us reach this goal so far.  Please help us meet our fair share goal.

 

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“The Bishop’s Appeal of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany was envisioned 65 years ago by the Most Reverend William A. Scully, Bishop of Albany to financially support the growing services and ministries of the Church.

Ever since thousands of people across the fourteen counties of our diocese have come together each year to generously empower their parish’s contribution to support the work of the Church to help those in need and to keep our Catholic faith alive and flourishing in our homes, schools, and communities.

Today while the main mission of the Bishop’s Appeal remains the same, the need is greater than ever, to financially empower the Church to serve all the people of God, regardless of belief.

Among those who benefit from your gifts to the Bishop’s Appeal include:

  • People who are poor, homeless, living at the margins of society
  • Senior citizens needing care, companionship, love and dignity
  • Young people in Catholic schools and religious education programs
  • Families wracked by poverty, domestic violence, and substance abuse
  • Young single mothers who need help raising their children and finding a job
  • Men and women called to a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life
  • Those seeking to serve in the diaconate or as lay ministers

The Bishop’s Appeal also serves your local parish by providing services such as technical support, financial guidance, and training for parish ministry.

A parish may keep 50% of any amount raised above and beyond its appeal goal.

A dollar back in 1955 is worth $8.46 today. The cost of building the Kingdom of God has grown proportionately over the decades. Every gift to the Bishop’s Appeal no matter the amount makes a difference in the lives of others.”

This excerpt is taken from the Bishop’s Appeal website.

For more information go to the website thebishopsappeal.org

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER

Holy Week and
Easter Schedule

Palm Sunday 2019 Highlights

 

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HOLY THURSDAY 2019 Highlights

 

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GOOD FRIDAY 2019 Highlights

 

Paschal Triduum

Please join us as we observe the Paschal Triduum beginning with Holy Thursday Evening Mass.  On Holy Thursday we will be joined by the Waterford Knights of Columbus during the Mass, and the Washing of the Feet and stripping of the Altar will take place.  The Blessed Sacrament will process to the Altar of Repose at our St. Nicholas Shrine and everyone is invited to prayer near the Altar of Repose into the later evening.  The Knights of Columbus will even walk you to your cars if you would like to spend time with the Blessed Sacrament. The next evening, while the Blessed Sacrament is in the Altar of Repose we will have a Good Friday Service of the Lord’s Passion with Adoration of the Holy Cross at 7:00 pm.  Holy Communion will be distributed to the faithful.  And the final Paschal Triduum evening, the holiest of nights, is the Easter Vigil, the first Mass of Easter beginning at 8:00 pm Saturday, April 20th.  This Mass begins with the Easter new fire kindled, the Paschal Candle is blessed and then lit and that flame is then passed to the faithful’s candles.  Salvation history is recounted in the readings of the Liturgy of the Word and Mass commences with the reintroduction of the Gloria and the Alleluia.  This mass reminds us that…” we are an Easter People and alleluia is our song!” (Pope St. John Paul II Angelus; Sunday, 30 November 1986?)

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Paschal Triduum Offerings:

HOLY THURSDAY  – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper & the washing of the feet
April 18th 7:00 pm

GOOD FRIDAY – April 19th
Stations of the Cross at 3:00 pm

Service of the Lord’s Passion and Holy Communion
 7:00 pm

EASTER VIGIL – The First Mass of Easter
April 20th 8:00 pm

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EASTER SUNDAY

Celebrate Easter and the Resurrection of the Lord, with us on Sunday, April 21, 2019.

Alleluia, alleluia.
Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed;
let us then feast with joy in the Lord. (CF. 1 COR 5:7B-8A)

EASTER MASSES:

SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2019
8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am

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RAFFLE BASKET BONANZA

Raffle Basket Bonanza

April 13th and 14th

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Sacred Heart Sodality is replacing their usual Bake Sale with a Raffle Basket Bonanza. More than ten themed baskets are in the raffle each made with love by the Sacred Heart Sodality members.
Raffle tickets will be available for sale at the Masses the weekend of Palm Sunday, April 13th and 14th.

This is a major fundraiser for Sacred Heart Sodality and the work that they do in our parish and in our community.

Themed Baskets

If you are interested in joining Sacred Heart Sodality and the important work that they do please visit their page here:

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CHRISTMAS MASSES

Our Christmas Masses have been posted.  Please save the times for this very holy night.

There will be two Vigil Masses offered on December the 24th at 4:00PM and 6:00PM.  The 6:00PM Mass is with a Children’s Pageant.   There will also be a Midnight Mass which begins promptly at Midnight with a procession of the Christ Child to the St. Nicholas Altar where there will be a Blessing of the Crèche. Please join at us 11:30 pm to enjoy a Service of Carols presented by our Choir and Choir Director, Michael Musial.

On Christmas Morning, December 25th, there will be one Mass offered at 10:00 am

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DECEMBER 24th

4:00pm – Vigil Mass

6:00pm – Vigil Mass with Pageant

11:30pm – Service of Carols
Midnight – Mass with the Blessing of the Crèche

DECEMBER 25th

10:00am – One Mass for Christmas Morning