NEWS & EVENTS
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
Bring your pets to the Shrine for a special blessing immediately following the 10:30AM Mass. Please keep your dogs on a leash and other pets in crates or cages.
2020 QUILT SWEEPSTAKES
Annual quilt raffle to benefit the Shrine's pilgrim ministry
Handcrafted locally in the Amish community
Queen size, 64” by 86” *** Throw-style quilt
Drawing will be held after the last Mass of the season on November 1st at 10:30 a.m.
**This year's quilt was donated in memory of JACKIE SWATT by her family**
SAINT MAXIMILIAN KOLBE PAVILION OPEN FOR MASS
We are so pleased that we have been approved to begin holding Mass again! Services will be held in our outdoor Saint Maximilian Kolbe Pavilion rain or shine. We will be holding 4:30 vigil Mass on Saturday and 10:30 Mass on Sunday every week, contingent upon sufficient volunteer help. Please call the Shrine office to confirm services and preregister for seating (see below).
Please be aware that the following guidelines are in place in accordance with State and Diocese regulations to prevent virus spread:
· The number of attendees will be limited, and people will be asked to register in advance by calling the Shrine office by noon on Friday. Registration will consist of providing your name, address, and telephone number; you will also be asked to choose a seat from spaces available. These practices are meant to ensure adequate social distancing, as well as our ability to inform you if someone in the congregation later is diagnosed with COVID-19.
· Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of Mass. When you arrive, greeters will confirm your registration and your ability to attend service, and ushers will guide you to your chosen seat before service starts. You are also welcome to bring chairs or blankets to hear Mass from the hillside or lawn by Kolbe Pavilion, so long as you maintain 6-foot distance from others.
Ability to attend service will depend on your answers to the following questions, which our greeters will ask you:
- Have you or has anyone you have been in close contact with tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks?
- Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, diarrhea, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, chills, muscle pain, headache?
- In the past two weeks, have you attended any large gatherings where social distancing or the use of masks was not followed?
- In the past two weeks, have you travelled anywhere that is experiencing high levels of virus transmission (Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, or Utah)?
· Congregants will be required to wear masks while in Kolbe Pavilion if they are over 2 years of age. If possible, we also ask that you bring hand sanitizer to use before receiving Communion to help protect our celebrant and others receiving the host.
· Singing and the use of hymnals, missalettes, and Bibles, whether provided by the Shrine or brought from home, are temporarily suspended, as is the Sign of Peace.
· Holy water fonts will not be filled, but you may bring a container of water from home to be blessed.
· Communion will take place at the end of Mass. Please use the chalk marks in the center aisle to keep a 6-foot distance while you wait to receive the host. After receiving Communion, you will be asked to exit the Pavilion on the sides, rather than down the center aisle.
· We ask that you refrain from gathering in the parking lot after service is concluded.
· PLEASE REMEMBER that dispensation from Mass is still in place! If you are unwell or simply uncomfortable with attending, we encourage you to stay home. The “Spiritual Resources” section of our website has links to places you can attend Mass virtually online, as well as the prayer for Spiritual Communion and similar religious guidance that you can take advantage of while staying safe – it even has nature webcams to help you stay connected with Creation from home!
Please also remember that you are always welcome to pray in our Candle Chapel, walk our Stations of the Cross, hike our trails, and visit the spring where Saint Kateri was baptized and the village where she spent most of her life, so long as you follow public-safety guidelines. We look forward to seeing you at the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine!
Freshly cut pine tree trunks, 6 foot long and 1.5 foot diameter available on the Shrine property near the picnic grove. Yours for the taking. Donations appreciated.
SEARCHING FOR VOLUNTEERS
We are in great need of more volunteers to help us keep the Shrine running smoothly and looking beautiful. The areas we need the most help with are cleaning the Pavilion before Mass on Saturday (sweeping the floor, vacuuming the altar, & dusting off the benches); taking up the collection during Mass; and helping out with monthly mailings. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out a form available at Mass, the gift shop, and the office. Or you may call the office at 518-853-3646. Thank you!!
BECOME A SAINT KATERI PRAYER VOLUNTEER
Become a Saint Kateri prayer volunteer. We are all busy. There are many times during our busyness when there are pauses, such as driving, waiting in line, waiting for someone to join us. During these pauses we can pray Hail Mary's to our Blessed Mother through the intercession of St. Kateri and join her in prayer for a special intention for healing, peace, relationship building, personal intentions, etc. Let me start, "Saint Kateri, I want to quit smoking, make me brave enough to achieve this goal." "Hail Mary, ..." ~Fr. Tim
SEEK A CAREER AND A LIFESTYLE AS A FRANCISCAN PRIEST OR BROTHER
God is still calling. Answer that call. Spend a weekend with the friars to begin your journey. Contact Friar Russell Governale, Vocation Director for Our Lady of the Angels Province.