All posts by Stephanie Nolet

Sept. 12- Financial Peace University begins

Looking for Financial Peace?
Want to REDUCE Your Debt?
Want to INCREASE Your Savings?
Plan on attending the “Financial Peace University” St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Crescent at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  The class will be nine Thursdays, Sept. 12 through Nov. 14.

St. Mary’s Church, Crescent will be offering a workshop entitled: FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY to assist you with reducing, maybe even eliminating your debt and assisting you in increasing savings. This FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY Workshop will be for 9 Weeks – 90 minutes to 2 hours per week at the St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Crescent.

Beginning Date:  Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm

This 9 Week “FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY” Program is open to Parishioners of St. Mary’s, Crescent; to people of the area and other churches; to family and friends; to co-workers and neighbors… to everyone!  The “FINANCIAL PEACE UNVERITY” Workshop will use video presentations by Dave Ramsey noted presenter in the field of Financial Planning, etc… Each week a trained facilitator will take us thru a 60 minute video on the “topic of the week.”

The Fee for this Workshop is: $79/kit.  Each couple only needs one kit.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – If you sign up for and pay for the class by September 5, your kit is only $59!

If you will be attending the “Financial Peace University” please contact the Parish Office and Speak with Stephanie Nolet at 371-9632 ext. 10 or via Email:   Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration will allow us to have enough kits available on the first night.

Sept 11: Bereavement Support Group at 2pm

A Bereavement Support Group is offered in the parish.  Sessions are the first Wednesday of the month at 2:00 PM in the conference room of the parish center. This group provides emotional and spiritual support for anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one through death.  Sometimes it helps and comforts to just talk with others who have undergone similar experiences.  We  offer a friendly, informal setting in which we can gain insight into the grieving process through dialogue and personal stories, drawing strength and understanding from others.  Sessions are facilitated by Mary Rose DeMarco and Jeanne Gracon.

If you are interested in participating in this group or if you have any questions, please call Jeanne Gracon, Pastoral Care Associate, at 371-9632 ext. 11.


Registration for the upcoming 2019-2020 Faith Formation Year has begun!  You can find all the forms that you need and pay any registration fees online at by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions about registration or the Faith Formation program in general, please contact Rachel in the Faith Formation Office:

Rachel Collet – Faith Formation Director –

Or call her at 518-371-9521.

Sept. 22: Faith Formation Kickoff

Join us on Sunday, September 22, 2019 as we kick off our Faith Formation Year with the first day of sessions!  Stay for the 10:30 am Mass and then enjoy a social after Mass with snacks and coffee!

If you have questions about Faith Formation or how to get your child/ren enrolled, please contact Rachel Collet (our Faith Formation Director) at 518-371-9521 or via email at


Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

To watch Fr. Joe’s homily for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time: CLICK HERE!

What is prayer?  Talking with our friend, listening to our friend: God.

Somewhere along our journey of life, we learned that there are various types of prayer: thanksgiving, petition, intercessory, praise, adoration, contrition… just to name a few.

As we hear in the Gospel, we are all called to pray.  The Disciples even went so far to ask Jesus how he prayed, and his response was a “Prayer of Petitions” we call the Our Father.

There is no doubt that prayer can be personal but Jesus also reminds us that prayer at its best is COMMUNAL.

How often do we hear about people coming together to pray for any number of reasons? After a tragedy, to celebrate a blessing, to pray for others in need, to pray before and after a sports event, prayer for a meal…

And as Jesus reminds us in the Gospel today, our prayer is not meant to be only be me centered, our prayer is meant to bring us to actively care for others.

As we pray today and every day, may our prayers be more than something we say; rather be a genuine expression of faith, hope and love – daily.

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

To watch Fr. Joe’s Homily for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time: CLICK HERE!

Today’s Gospel shares with us the appointment of 72 people by Jesus to GO OUT and proclaim the Kingdom of God to all the nations.  72 is equal to the number of nations at the time of Jesus.

Jesus did not give them a Catechism to teach from.  Jesus asked that they share his word/his words with others through their LIVES, as well as their words.

Put another way, “Preach the Gospel at all times and if necessary use words.”  A quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi.

So today and tomorrow, may our lives speak the words of Jesus the Savior of the World to the people we associate daily.  Lives that speak loudly about our faith, hope and love; love for God, love of others, our forgiveness of others, life and eternal life, comfort and care and healing,  sharing from even the little we have, welcoming, etc…

Every weekend, Jesus our Savior and friend, sends us out in the world to “bring Good News” to someone, to others, to the world…

Imagine what can really happen, as we continue to live as Jesus asks of you and me and us in the days ahead.


Finally, I feel I need to end my homily with an apology of sorts.  Most know that on some occasions, I have mentioned the driving challenges on the Northway…

Well, I had an the occasion to be a passenger to and from Long Island from Kingston, N.Y.  As I said to the driver, I was appreciative I was not driving – I would have turned around a long time ago.  The driving illustrated by many was at a level of aggression, I have never experienced.  And hope it stays that way.

So, Northway Divers, your driving techniques may not be the best at times, but it is certainly not the worse.

But to all drivers, I would suggest:

Drive Carefully … Drive Defensively … Drive Sober … No Texting

Get to where you are going safely, even it takes a bit more time!