All posts by Stephanie Nolet

Seventh Sunday of Easter

To watch Fr. Joe’s homily for the 7th Sunday of Easter: CLICK HERE!

This summer marks the 50th Anniversary of just maybe the greatest scientific accomplishment in history.  At 9:30 pm Houston time on July 20, 1969, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the surface of the moon.

When President John F. Kennedy took office in 1961, America was experimenting with rocketry and space exploration.  With the Russians having already launched Sputnik in 1957; space exploration took on a new urgency.

In a speech to Congress, President Kennedy said, “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before the decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.”

Despite this ambitious goal, nothing existed to stop them from realizing the dream.  But what Kennedy did was marshall the resources and talent from the civilian, military, corporate, and educational sectors to leapfrog the Russians and take the lead in the space race.

For Kennedy, going to the moon was more than being better than the Russians.

Kennedy saw the American Space Program as the noblest illustration of the American pioneer spirit.  A journey that would not only open new frontiers but bring new technologies in: communications, medicine and transportation, among other things.  We can thank Project Apollo for our cell phones, cordless appliances, radial tires and the laser technology that makes many surgical procedures possible.   (Oh, and of course – Tang)

Said President Kennedy, “we choose to go to the moon and do other things not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because the goal will serve to organize and measure our best energies and skills; because the challenge is one that we are willing to accept, and we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.”

In his brief Presidency of 1,037 days, President Kennedy articulated a vision of America’s great space adventure that harnessed the imagination and talents of our nation as never before.

The night before his death, at supper with his Disciples, Jesus articulated a similar vision:

  • A Church brought together to realize the vision of the Kingdom of God hear on Earth, as it is in Heaven.
  • A vision centered in the conviction that, in God, we belong to another…
  • A vision that lifts up and honors the gifts and the talents, that each one of us bring to the table.

In the “High Priestly Prayer” of Jesus we hear in today’s Gospel, Jesus prays for us…

He prays that the extraordinary love that binds the Father to the Son, will bind us to one another and in the process we will realize God’s vision that can transform our world with extra ordinary peace and the mercy of God that knows no limits.

As Neil Armstrong said as he stepped on the moon 50 years ago, “one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind…”

May the small steps we take daily in living our faith individually and cooperatively, lead to giant leaps for proclaiming the Gospel to Jesus Christ today and in the days and decade ahead…

Interested in Joining a Ministry?

Have you ever considered joining a ministry?  We have so many options for you here at St. Mary’s, Crescent!!

  • Lector (proclaim the scripture readings during Mass)
  • Cantor (sing the Psalm at Mass)
  • Eucharistic Minister (serve the people of the Parish during Communion)
  • Hospitality (greet people, organize collection pickup, clean up after Mass)
  • Altar Server (boys or girls who assist Father during Mass)
  • Music Ministry (along with cantor, lead the congregation in song)
  • Cleaning the church (every Thursday morning a dedicated group of individuals cleans the church, join them)
  • Catechists (teach Faith Formation or be an aide in a classroom)
  • Pastoral Care Ministry (visit the sick and/or homebound in the parish)
  • Building Bridges (help raise money for and communicate with our Sister Parish in Guatemala)
  • Social Committee (help to plan and assist with socials throughout the year)

There are so many others, too many to list.  If you’re interested in getting involved, please reach out to Stephanie in the office and she will talk to you about your interests and get you in contact with the right person.  She can be reached at 371-9632 or via email at smcsec@nycap.rr.com.

Summer Mass Schedule

Just a reminder that during the summer, our 10:30 am Sunday Mass changes to 10:00 am.  That starts on Sunday, May 26, 2019 (Memorial Day weekend) and goes through Sunday, September 1, 2019 (Labor Day weekend).

Current weekend Mass times:

Saturday Vigil at 4:30 pm

Sunday Masses at 8:00 am and 10:00 am

Feast of the Ascension

On this Feast of the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven we are reminded that having completed his mission on Earth Jesus commissions his Disciples of yesterday and today to continue to witness to His life, death and resurrection through the lives we live daily with all.

There is no question that God wanted and wants the best for all people (past, present and future) a desire exemplified in Jesus.

Jesus changed the lives of people for the better some 2,000 years ago, as many other disciples have done of the past 2,000 years.

There is no doubt that we live in challenging times…  Yet working for a better world is possible…

Says Father James Keller, the founder of The Christophers, “Our world will change for the better when there are more people who get into the thick of things and fewer who sit on the sidelines finding fault;  when there are more people who point out what is right and fewer who harp on what is wrong;  when there are more people interested in lighting candles and fewer in blowing them out.”

It almost sounds like Jesus in the Gospel today who says to his Disciples, “Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature…”

There is no one way to do this.  But simply put it might just mean bring the goodness, the love, the mercy of God and so much more not only by the words we use, but by the lives we live daily to an always watchful, waiting and appreciative people.

Sixth Sunday of Easter

To watch Fr. Joe’s homily from the Sixth Sunday of Easter: CLICK HERE!

Today’s First Reading from the Acts of the Apostles gives us another glimpse of the early Church.  And what we see is the Early Church and its leaders were not always on the same page.  But, there was something they did agree on: when issues arose, they not only needed to talk about it, they needed to discern where the Holy Spirit was directing or pointing the Church.

And one might ask today; where is the Holy Spirit directing our Church?

Not just a good question, but a great question.

This past week, local news carried a news item put forth by a New York City Law Firm about the Diocese of Albany and sexual abuse by Clergy.  Most of the information was old news from the past and some of the information shared was inaccurate.

But what such news items do for me is remind me, and maybe all of us of something that is horrible, horrendous to say the least.  And in light of new Legislation here in New York State, it seems we may be hearing and reading more about this in the coming months…

Then on Friday, I received an advance copy of a book that maybe sums up the feelings of many, entitled “Letter to a Suffering Church: A Bishop speaks on the Sexual Abuse Crisis” by Bishop Robert Barron.

Initially, I was not going to refer to the sexual abuse crisis, but we cannot bury our head in the sand, because the the Church is suffering in many ways.

So what’s to be done?  By me, by us, by others, by the Church?

Maybe our First Reading today gives us at least a first step:  turn to God.  Pray, asking God to allow us to discern the direction of the Holy Spirit for the Church of today and tomorrow.

I think sometimes our first response to this problem, or this challenge, is personal – this is what I would say or do.  Yet what is often missing are the facts which need to be part of the conversation.  But also not to be forgotten is the question, where is the Holy Spirit in this effort or conversation?  Where is the Holy Spirit guiding not only me but where is the Holy Spirit leading the Church?

As we heard in the Gospel today, Jesus reminds his Disciples (of 2,000 years ago and today) “…the advocate, the Holy Spirit… will teach you everything and remind you of all that I have told you… Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid… Peace I leave with you, peace I give to you.”

Individuals, groups of people, the Church… maybe even ourselves are suffering…  But there is hope, peace is possible…

In these days ahead, may we prayerfully and thoughtfully seek the Spirit of God to guide us, His disciples, and to guide the Church of Jesus Christ (note that I did not say my church or our church, but the Church of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior).

In the end, we are not Catholics because our leaders are flawless, but because we find Catholicism both compelling and beautiful.  We believe that it is Jesus who is our way, truth and life.