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      Photo courtesy of Ben Mancino
      Photo courtesy of Ben Mancino
      Photo courtesy of Ben Mancino
      Photo courtesy of Ben Mancino
      Photo courtesy of Ben Mancino
      Photo courtesy of Ben Mancino
    • Thank You and Good Luck!!


                                      Saturday                       Sunday 

      Schaghticoke          5:30 p.m.                     8:30 a.m.
      Speigletown            4:00 p.m.                     10:00 a.m

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    • Welcome


      Father George’s last “Pastor’s Desk”

       As you read these words in the bulletin, I am traveling to St. Norbert Abbey in Wisconsin for four days of rest, relaxation and reflection.   I have chosen this spot because of connections I have made over the years and its relative closeness to the wedding of my godson next weekend to a wonderful young woman from that state.  You will be in my thoughts and prayers the entire journey but especially during the period in which I will enter into retreat.      Last weekend touched my heart in so many ways.  I appreciated the special effort put forth by the various ministries and the heartfelt words of consoling encouragement I received.  My Aunt Ellen, who attended the 4:00 pm liturgy with my uncle and brother was, like they were, especially moved.  She said that she doesn’t remember crying that much in a long time and yet they were happy tears because she felt the love and support surrounding me.   Jeff Hart, our Saturday evening musician for both masses, surprised me with a special song after each Communion.  He composed special lyrics to the tune of “Every Breath You Take” sung by Sting of The Police.  Several people asked for a copy so I decided to print it in the bulletin.  I can’t tell you how much this meant to me and the reaction of the congregations was remarkable.   

      “Farewell, Father George”:
      Every step we take
       Every Bread we break
       Every single day
       Every time we pray
       We’ll be missing you.
      Thinking of the day
       You were called away
       What a move to make
       What a priest to take
       We’ll be missing you.
      Though you’re leaving
       When this mass is over
       We hope you’ll hold us dear.
      For every step we take
       Every Bread we break
       Every single day
       Every time we pray
       We’ll be missing you.      


      Father George      

      ( previous week's Pastor's Desk can be found under Parish Ministries)


    • Religious Education
      The Youth Ministry will be collecting cans and bottles.  Please leave the cans at the barrels set out at each location. 

      All Registration Forms were mailed out on Wednesday, JULY 16TH. If you do not receive a form in the mail -Please Call CHERI AT 753-6228 or BETH AT 235-0337 and we would be happy to mail you a registration form.  Looking forward to seeing everyone in the Fall. 
    • Bishop's Appeal 2014: Teach, Protect, Heal & Sanctify
      Dear Friends,     

           In his letter promoting the 60thAnnual Bishop’s Appeal, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger introduced himself and used the opportunity to thank us for the warm welcome and blessings he has received.  While this is my ninth Bishop’s Appeal letter to you, I wanted to use this time to thank you all as well; by quoting Scripture: 

          “I give thanks to my God always, Remembering you in My Prayers
          For I have Experienced Much Joy and Encouragement From Your Love,       
          Because The Hearts of the Holy Ones Have Been Refreshed by You.”  

                                                                                                       (Letter of St. Paul to Philemon, vs. 4&7)     

           More than 25 years ago, Deacon Walter Rehder began serving the people of St. John the Baptist and Our Lady of Good Counsel, alongside his partner in marriage and ministry, Ann.  It coincided with the “Legacy of Love” initiative and by their witness that showed God’s love included service to the community and the local church.  Like so many trained in the Formation for Ministry program (now known as the Kateri Institute), the Diocese prepared them to minister for more than two decades to our greater community and our local church. 

           We have recently been blessed by the arrival of Deacon Charlie Valenti who comes to us as one of the last appointments of Bishop Howard J. Hubbard.  His formation was made possible by the resources funded by our Bishop’s  Appeal.  It’s important to realize that we do not know how the fruits of the Bishop’s Appeal will benefit us in the future.  In the meantime, let us be proud that we are providing for not only ourselves but all our brothers and sisters.  We are a family and our generosity through the Bishop’s Appeal is not only an opportunity to share with our brothers and sisters,  it is our birthright and responsibility as Children of God. 

           Our gift to the Diocese is also our investment in ourselves.   This year alone, we utilized their technological support and legal expertise, saving us countless thousands of dollars.  Diocesan offices and ministries helped us provide marriage preparation, faith formation, youth ministry, counseling, pastoral care and support in countless ways.  We’ve been able to support Catholic Schools, Campus Ministry in our high schools and college campuses, and provided crisis counseling to those at risk, including unwed mothers and those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.  While forced to make drastic cuts because of elimination of government funding, Catholic Charities continues to use the 1/8 of Bishop’s Appeal it receives to provide the services that are vital to our community.  You are assured that your donations to Catholic Relief Services went completely to those in need because the Bishop’s Appeal covers the local and corporate administrative costs.  When we look toward the future of our church, we know how important it is to financially support the recruitment, education and formation of our seminarians.  None of this would be possible without your prayerful generosity.  

           Please join me in this important endeavor, especially if you did not donate last year.  80% of our Bishop’s?Appeal contributions in the last few years were derived from less than 200 parishioners and despite their unselfishness, these gifts have not been enough for us to meet our goals.  In fact, we are responsible for last year’s shortage of over $6,000.00.  Our givers represent about half of our active families who attend church each week and we continue to count on them to consider a gift or pledge of $390.00 or $7.50/week.  600 additional households will receive this mailing even though they do not join us on a regular basis.  We still need your help if we are going to make our goal.  Prayerfully think about the good your donation will do!  If each and everyone affiliated with our church donated just $1.50/week or $78.00, we would reach our goal. We need everyone!  Every gift counts, whether you contribute $1.00 or $1,000.00. 

           If financial concerns keep you from donating this year, please support us with your prayers.   If you have special concerns or may have been away from the church for a time and want to discuss this, please do not hesitate to call me.  This is my twentieth?Bishop’s?Appeal?as a priest and my fifteenth in the role of pastor.   I will never stop being proud of our Diocese and I remain prouder still to be your priest.      

      May God bless you in a special way this Easter Season.
      Sincerely yours in Christ,         
      Rev. George P. Fleming, Pastor

      To continue reading about the Bishop's Appeal please visit: http://www.thebishopsappeal.org/abouttheappeal.htm 

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      Or view our Bishop's Appeal Breakdown page at:

      Wish to donate now, go to: https://rcda.thankyou4caring.org/