Meet our Pastor
Rev. Jerome R. Gingras
Rev. Jerome R. Gingras
In the words of Fr. Jerry...
"I am privileged to be allowed to enter into the lives and hearts of people, and to offer them consolation, share in their joy, and walk with them on their journey. Also, as a priest, I am humbled to provide the Eucharist for my people each week, and to offer the Lord's sacraments to them."
Fr. Jerry can be reached at the Parish Office by calling (518) 399-9168 or via email
As published in the July 1st Bulletin
From the Pastor's Desk:
When we gather together as a faith community to give glory to God, we expect that our experience will be similar to what it was the week before, or the week before that. Most likely, this is how the faithful of Nazareth felt when they went to synagogue. Then one day, Jesus, son of Mary and Joseph, a tekton, or carpenter, whom some may have known when he was just a boy, stood up to preach. Imagine what they thought! Imagine the comments flying around that community! Unlike the crowd in today’s Gospel, may we hold our comments and be open to the Word of God entering us in unexpected ways and from unexpected sources.
Next weekend, we welcome Peg Vamosy who will be speaking on behalf of the Maryknoll Lay Missions. Peg has local roots in the Albany area and is currently a missionary in El Salvador. Each year, every parish in the diocese is required to invite a missionary into our midst. This is a good thing as it helps us to remember the many who are less fortunate around the world that need our support. There will be a second collection for the missions.
Last Saturday, our brother +Ed Grega was called home to heaven. Ed had taken a fall and succumbed to his injury. A longtime member of Immaculate, +Ed prayed with our community every Sunday at the 11 am Mass. He was actively involved in the St. Vincent de Paul Society, an “errand boy” for the parish office, and a member of our Resurrection Ministry. He hardly ever missed a funeral, most often carrying the cross to the gathering space to greet the casket and lead the casket to the doors of the church at the end of the funeral. He was a kind and gentle soul; truly a just man. As the Book of Wisdom tells us, the “souls of the just are in the hands of God.” Ed leaves behind his wife, Ann. May he rest in peace.
To the right, we see parishioners Tom Bigos, Matt Melsert and Rodger Brodeur, who recently risked life and limb to install new energy efficient LED bulbs in the church. Thank you, men! And a tip of the hat to Katie Dobies, who took this picture, along with a number of other wonderful shots of the church with its enhanced lighting.
Remember to send us a postcard postcard from your summer travels. Three postcards will be drawn at our parish family picnic September 9 from all the cards received. You can win some fabulous prizes just by thinking of us on your vacation!
Until next week, be well, do good deeds, and say your prayers!
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