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Meet Our Staff

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Parish Life Coordinator

Andy Grebe

Deacon Andy and his wife have been parishioners at St. Mary’s since moving to the area from Long Island in November 2001. Ordained to the diaconate in May 2013, Deacon Andy was originally assigned to another parish and returned to St. Mary’s, his “home parish”, in August 2015 as Permanent Deacon.  In February 2024 Deacon Andy was appointed as the Parish Life Coordinator.

deaconandy@stmaryscrescent.com  |  Tel: 518-371-9632 x13

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Sacramental Minister

Rev. David Berberian

Father David is our parish's Sacramental Minister.  He presides over most of the weekend Masses and funerals as well as assists with sacraments.

 Tel: 518-371-9632

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Sacramental Minister

Fr. Thomas Hayes

Fr. Tom Hayes serves as Sacramental Minister at St. Mary's, Crescent. Before retiring from his role as Pastor at St. Thomas in Delmar, Fr. Tom served as Pastor at St. Mary's from 1999 - 2010. 

Tel: 518-371-9632 

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Pastoral Associate for Pastoral Care

Jeanne Gracon

Jeanne Gracon joined the staff of St. Mary’s as Associate for Pastoral Care in July of 2012. Previously, she had taught for eight years and then worked as a Guidance Counselor at Bishop Maginn High School for eleven years and at Shaker High School for twenty-two years. In her role as Pastoral Care Associate, she coordinates the various pastoral care ministries which include visiting/bringing the Eucharist to the homebound and those in nursing homes, visiting local hospitals where parishioners are patients, being present to those in hospice care, assisting families with funeral liturgy planning, and serving as a resource for grieving families.

pastoralcare@stmaryscrescent.com  |  Tel: 518-371-9632 x11

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Faith Formation Director

Rachel Collet

Rachel joined our team as our Faith Formation Secretary in July of 2012. Since then she has been an invaluable part of the Faith Formation Team, becoming our Faith Formation Director in January of 2019. Before coming here, she was the Guidance Secretary at Waterford-Halfmoon High School. She grew up in Waterford, where she currently lives with her son, TJ. Rachel’s favorite hobbies include watching her beloved Dallas Cowboys and reading a good book!

faithformation@stmaryscrescent.com |  Tel: 518-371-9632 x12

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Administrative Coordinator

Sarah Moreau

Sarah will be rejoining the team in a newly created role: Pastoral Associate for Young Families. She will be focusing on reaching out to our young families and helping them to connect with each other and with the parish during this crucial time in the life of a family: birth to pre-K. Sarah lives with her husband, David, and their two daughters Eva and Clara in Charlton.

smcfam@stmaryscrescent.com  |  Tel: 518-371-9632 x16

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Administrative Assistant

Mary Ellen Sochor

Mary Ellen joined the staff of St. Mary's, Crescent as an Administrative Assistant in June of 2024. Previously she served in a similar position at Mater Christi Church in Albany. Prior to that she taught secondary math for 40 years in schools in New York and New Jersey. Mary Ellen grew up in Troy, she moved to New Jersey with her husband and two children. She presently lives in Rotterdam.

welcome@stmaryscrescent.com |  Tel: 518-371-9632 x16

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Director of Music

Richard Putorti

Richard has a passion for music and liturgy. He has directed music for various parishes over his many years serving the church in liturgical music. His mission is to serve the faithful yet to seek the lost and to bring them home to the church. In particular his ministry reaches out to the youth as he directs our Music Ensemble at the 10:30 mass and as of Sept. 2021 is our Director of Music. In addition to his work at the parish, Richard serves as the Associate Director for Recruitment in the local chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM). He founded Music and Liturgy and Pyramid Lake, a formational experience for Catholic Youth, and has music published with GIA Publications, Inc. (“Follow the Light”) and International Liturgy Publications (“Instruments of Christ”).  Richard is a native of Rotterdam, NY and resides there with his wife, Loretta, and their two children, Richard, Jr. and Anna.

music@stmaryscrescent.com  |  Tel: 518-371-9632 x21

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Maintenance

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas is our head of maintenance, overseeing facilities management, custodial work and grounds keeping. Mike lives in Clifton Park and has a background in addictions counseling and also does work for senior citizens through Umbrella of the Capital District, Inc.. Mike loves listening to and playing music, specifically rock and blues.

 Tel: 518-371-9632

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