As part of the 3 year initiative launched by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, we are happy to announce the development of an "Amazing God" Committee here at Immaculate Conception. Our P.i.C.N.i.C. (People in Christ; Neighbors in Community) Team has been busy planning a series of Lenten Programs as a kick-off to our Amazing God efforts. If you are interested in joining the P.i.C.N.i.C. Team please email or call Maryann Haskell at 399-6706.
With his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2012, Porta Fidei, Pope Beneditct XVI declared that a "Year of Faith" will begin October 2012 and conclude November 2013. The "door of faith" is opened at one's baptism, but during this year Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it and rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church. The upcoming Year of Faith is an opportunity for every Catholic to turn towards Jesus Christ, encounter him in the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and rediscover the Faith and Church. Join us at our Amazing God events and open the door to faith.
AMAZING GOD - WINTER & SPRING 2013
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
For additional details and a printable flyer for each event, please click the event title
February 28th - Everyday Stations of the Cross with Sr. Carol Cimino
7pm in the Flicker Room
The Amazing God Team is sponsoring a bus trip to Auriesville Shrine for the Canonization Celebration of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha on Sunday, October 21, 2012.
We will leave the Church parking lot at 10am (please park in the REAR of the church).
Arrive at Auriesville with time to appreciate the grounds, view the exhibits and displays, have lunch (see below) before 2:00pm Mass in the Coliseum. We will depart Auriesville after Mass and return to the Church approximately 4:45pm.
Cost: $10.00 - reservations are a MUST - payment must be received by October 15th. To reserve, please call Maryann Haskell 399-6706 or Judy Brodeur 399-4065. You may also print a reservation form or complete this online reservation form.
If you would like you may, print this flyer for basic information.
For more information about the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs or Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, please visit the Shrine webpage.
On Palm Sunday 2012, our parish happily distributed to every family a copy of the book “Rediscover Catholicism” by Matthew Kelly. This book has been shared with hundreds of thousands of Catholics nationwide already. Here are a few things people had to say after reading this book:
If you would like to receive a copy of the book, or are interested in forming or joining a study group, please contact Maryann Haskell.
Want more information? Looking for a study guide?
Please visit the Dynamic Catholic website.
What is this “Amazing God!” initiative?
This is a three-year initiative with a goal of re-kindling the light of faith and the enthusiasm of belief for Catholics within the 14 counties of the Albany Diocese. This includes nurturing the faith of those who already are active and enthusiastic, seeking out those who have no particular church, as well as welcoming back those who have left active participation in the Church. The goal is to reach all these people, using whatever resources and approaches to faith will address their needs.
Will there be different focus areas during these three years?
Yes! Amazing God! will focus on three key themes or modes of seeing and feeling God’s amazing presence in the world and in our lives. Those themes are:
Year one: God is Love - focuses on the outpouring of God’s love and faithfulness throughout the course of history and most notably reflected throughout the Old Testament;
Year two: The Heart of Christ - focuses on the person and the work of Jesus as the ultimate gift of God’s love to the world; and
Year three: Filled with the Spirit - focuses on the mission of Jesus and the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit in our world.
Please click on the above logo to be directed to the Diocesan website for Amazing God.