In the life of every person, there comes a time when we
are faced with the death of someone we love. At that moment we rely upon our
faith in Jesus and His promise of resurrection to all who believe. At that same
time we are surrounded by individuals and a community of believers wanting to
express comfort and consolation.
Since the time of Jesus, the burial of the Christian faithful has been a part
of our Church experience. Catholic Cemeteries exist because of our belief in
the resurrection of the body, in some new shape or form, at the end of time.
We have some fun Fall 2019 art and painting classes at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery planned to help us transition from the hot summer months to the cool, crisp days of fall and early winter. Join us for relaxing, professionally guided painting classes at: The Living Room Art Gallery, Located in Historic St. Agnes Cemetery’s Visitors Center: 48 Cemetery Ave., Menands, NY Classes include paints (acrylic & oil), brushes, various sized canvas, and delicious baked goods from the famed Schuyler Bakery, gourmet coffees and teas and wonderful, positive energy. Prices are $25 for an 11 x 14 inch canvas or $20 for an 8 x 10 inch canvas unless noted otherwise. Sept. 13, 10am – Noon: County Road with Old Mailbox (A lesson in linear perspective) Sept. 27, 10am – Noon: Lavender Field in Provence (A lesson in Impressionism) Oct. 11, 10am – Noon: Copper Vase with Forgotten Flowers (Capturing the beauty of fading blooms) Oct. 25, 10am – Noon: Harvest Moon (A lesson in light and dark contrast) Nov. 15, 10am – Noon: Noreen’s Magpie (Adapted from Monet’s original Magpie) Nov. 22, 10am – 1:00 (3 hour class): Nature in the Abstract with Dorothea Osborn Nov. 29, 10am – Noon: Gray Barn in a Field on a Gray Day Nov. 30, 10am – 1:00 (3 hour Saturday class): Van Gogh’s Autumn Avenue Dec. 6, 10AM – Noon: Iced Grape Vine (A lesson in translucent light) Dec. 20, 10AM – Noon: Painting in the Style of Mary Cassatt (Lesson in shape and highlighting) Seating is limited so register early. To register call Kelly Grimaldi at (518) 350-7679 or email [email protected] As with all our classes, no experience is necessary. Come, learn, paint, relax! To register call Kelly Grimaldi at 518-350-7679 or email [email protected]
Pastoral Visitation to the Sick, Elderly and Homebound Formation and Skill Building Workshops The Pastoral Care Ministry offers skill building and formation workshops for those interested in volunteering as a visitor to the sick, elderly, and homebound. The weekly sessions are offered for those who are currently involved in the Pastoral Care Ministry as a Coordinator, Parish Visitor, Faith Community Nurse, or Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. The sessions will be a combination of presentations, interactive exercises, and readings. Presentation topics include: The art of pastoral visitation Communication skills Theology of pastoral care Ritual and sacraments in pastoral ministry Spiritual assessment Illness issues Care giving issues Grief and loss Death and dying Suffering and faith When: Mondays – September 16, 23, 30 and Saturday, October 5, 2019 Time: Mondays 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM and Saturday 8:30 AM-3:00 PM Location: Church of St. Mary at Clinton Heights, 163 Columbia Tpke., Rensselaer, NY 12144 Cost: $40.00 (Includes cost of book and all handout material) Attendance is required at all sessions in order to receive a certificate of completion. The Presenters will be: Margaret Anderton, MDiv, D.Min., received her Doctor of Ministry from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and a Master of Divinity from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry. She completed 5 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Albany Medical Center. She is currently Pastoral Associate for Parish & Urban Ministry at St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church in Schenectady. Margaret Griffin, M.A., received a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry and a Master of Science from Abilene Christian University, Texas. She completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Albany Medical Center. Margaret retired from active duty Air Force after 22 years of service. She returned to the area and has recently retired after a total of 40 years working as a nurse practitioner. She is currently a volunteer lay chaplain at Albany Medical Center and Samaritan Hospital. For more information contact Maria Schollenberger at [email protected] or at 518-641-6818 or call Harley McDevitt, Director, at 518-641-6823
September 19, 2019
Sep. 19, 2019
4:30pm - 7:30pm
September 19, 2019 4:30 – 7:30 PM Tickets: $35., please RSVP by 9/1. Featuring trolley rides and live graveside skits with Albany Civic Theater on Founders’ Hill in Historic St. Agnes Cemetery. In celebration of the restoration of the home once belonging to the Menand Village’s namesake and once world-famous horticulturist, Albany Diocesan Cemeteries will host a very special garden party on the grounds of the Louis Menand House built circa 1846! Join us for a late summer gathering of friends and supporters of historic preservation and enjoy good food, wine and beer before boarding a trolley to Founders’ Hill to watch upbeat and amusing skits highlighting some of the notable people interred in St. Agnes Cemetery. All proceeds go towards the restoration and beautification of the Menand House and surrounding grounds. For information or reservations, contact Kelly at [email protected] or (518) 350-7679.
For parishioners currently working with the bereaved of a parish and/or who will be setting up a bereavement support group in the parish. Participants must be invited and pre-screened by Parish Leadership or Pastoral Care Coordinator (screening material available from Pastoral Care Ministry Office) Each Bereavement Support Group should have 2 Co-Facilitators; thus, we encourage 2 appropriately screened people to be registered for the training, either both from the same parish or 2 from different parishes within the same vicariate. 3 Day Training WHEN: Friday, 9/20/19; Friday, 9/27/19 and Saturday, 9/28/19 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. WHERE: Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 498 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY TRAINERS: Davia Boyle Davia is a graduate of Maria College Bereavement Studies Program and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Maria College since 2010. She worked as a Bereavement Services Coordinator for a local funeral home for 8 years and has volunteered for Community Hospice, Wave Riders and facilitated Bereavement Support Groups, as well as workshops on grief management. Margaret Syrett Margaret became involved in Compassionate Friends, after the death of her son in 1980. She volunteered as a co-leader of their support groups for 22 years. She worked at Community Hospice of Schenectady as a Bereavement Coordinator for 6 years and at a local funeral home as a Bereavement Coordinator for 2 years, before retiring in 2002. FEE: $100.00 (Includes cost of book, hand-out material, morning refreshments and lunch) Topics presented include: Defining normal grief: grieving is natural; not grieving is unnatural Identifying types of losses and factors that affect grieving patterns Exploring different types of grief and when to refer to a professional or another group Identifying gender differences in grieving, including styles of grieving Discussing the impact of religion, spirituality and culture on grief/grieving Identifying coping mechanisms and destructive ways of coping Exploring the answers to “How do we Heal/Reinvest in Life?” Interviewing and screening participants Discussing the basics of facilitation Discussing types of groups and environments, group dynamics and group processes Troubleshooting and dealing with problem participants Experiencing and evaluating a mock group Identifying means of self-care for facilitators Bereavement Resources Training sessions include information on discernment and boundaries, group experiences, presentations, interactive exercises, prayer and reflection. Attendance at all sessions is required for a Certificate. Limited to 13 registrants; pre-screening and pre-registration by 9/13/19 are required. For more information, please contact: Harley McDevitt, Director of Pastoral Care Ministry 40 N. Main Ave., Albany, NY 12203 [email protected] 518-641-6823
Saturday October 5, 2019 9:30am-7:00pm St. Edward the Confessor Church Clifton Park, NY Losing a child under any circumstances is horrendous. Focusing on the spirituality of the grieving process can help tremendously. Just as He comforted His grieving disciples on the road to Emmaus, Jesus comforts us and we comfort each other in this very special ministry. 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. All Are Welcome! Donation: $25 Individuals; $40 Couples Scholarships are available. Pre-registration is required. To register, go to: https://www.emfgp.org/ or contact MaryAnn Sekellick at 518-371-7372 ext. 224. Harley McDevitt is spearheading the effort to bring more Emmaus Ministry retreats to the Diocese of Albany. For more information on adopting the ministry at your parish, call Harley at 518-641-6823 or Diane Monaghan at 617-542-8057.
The Fall cemetery and lot decoration cleanup will begin on Wednesday, November 1 at all Albany Diocesan Cemeteries. Lot owners are requested to remove any decorations they wish to save before November 1st. Fresh cut flowers in an approved vase are always permitted provided they are in good condition. Also any new seasonal decoration may be left providing the decoration is in accordance with the current Cemetery Rules and Regulations. All other decorations will be removed during the cleanup. The cleanup of all cemeteries takes some time, and depending on weather and the number of burials, may take a week to complete. During the cleanups, cemetery staff removes and discards all items from graves. Operations employees are instructed to leave any permitted seasonal decoration that appears to be newly placed. Of course, this is a judgment call for our staff, so it is better to wait until after the cleanup to place seasonal decorations. Items placed in violation of cemetery rules and regulations or in disrepair may be removed and discarded at any time. In addition, the cemetery conducts a cleanup of Christmas decorations beginning January 14, time and weather permitting. Download a PDF document with more information regarding our cemeteries decoration regulations. Thank you for helping to keep our cemeteries beautiful!
In honor of All Souls Day, Albany Diocesan Cemeteries offers Reverence for All Souls – All Souls Committal Service; free entombment of cremated remains. Friday, November 1, 2019, 2:00pm Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery 2501 Troy Rd. Niskayuna, NY 12309 Albany Diocesan Cemeteries offers a wide range of options for the final disposition of cremated remains: cremation gardens and columbariums, as well as regular graves and mausoleums. However, often families just don’t know what to do when the urn containing the cremated remains is returned by the funeral director. Albany Diocesan Cemeteries provides this service to assure that the proper care and reverential disposition of cremated remains is available to all Catholics. Historic St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, NY will provide this service for Catholic families who have cremated remains they wish to entomb. Memorial butterflies are available to be installed near the crypt. “The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they come. This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, the care and attention to the appropriate placement and transport, and the final disposition. The cremated remains should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium. The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition the Church requires.” – Order of Christian Funerals If you have the cremated remains of a loved one that you would like to entomb, please contact us at (518) 463-0134 or [email protected] We encourage family, friends, and others who wish to pay their respects to join us for the All Souls Committal Mass Service.
Winter Memorial Masses in the Community Mausoleum at these 2 locations: St. Agnes Cemetery, 48 Cemetery Ave. Menands Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery- 2501 Troy Rd. Niskayuna Memorial Masses are held each Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter to honor loved ones that have passed. Family and friends are invited to attend these masses.
Winter Memorial Mass in the Community Mausoleum at St. Mary's Cemetery - 79 Brunswick Rd. Troy. Memorial Masses are held each Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter to honor loved ones that have passed. Family and friends are invited to attend these masses.