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JLOC 2020 GRADUATES

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Congratulations to our Junior Ladies of Charity from St. Matthews Parish in Voorheesville and Academy of the Holy Names on their graduations. We wish you the best of luck in all you do. May all your dreams come true! And remember, we Ladies will be waiting when you are ready to return to us!

FROM ST. MATTHEW’S PARISH

Megan Burke
Megan Burke – SUNY Oneonta
Evie DeAngelis
Evie DeAngelis – Rutgers University – New Brunswick
Ayla Morwin
Ayla Morwin – Hudson Valley Community College
Sophia Stampalia
Sophia Stampalia – University of Vermont
Major: Nursing
Celia "Cece" Whalen
Celia “Cece” Whalen – Penn State University
Ellie Whiteman
Ellie Whiteman – Vassar College

FROM THE ACADEMY OF THE HOLY NAMES:

Stefania Bonanni
Stefania Bonanni – Fordham University Major: Biological Sciences
Delaney Cummins
Delaney Cummins – University of Rochester
Major: Physics and Astronomy
Sarah Franchini
Sarah Franchini – Wofford College
Major: Biology
Madison Geddes
Madison Geddes – SUNY Geneseo
Major: Osteopathic Medicine
Olivia Poole
Olivia Poole – George Washington University
Major: Biology
Mary Grace Roohan
Mary Grace Roohan – College of Holy Cross
Major: Biology
Claudia Vogel
Claudia Vogel – St. John Fisher College
Major: Nursing

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Our Board is in need of a Corresponding Secretary. 

As the Corresponding Secretary, duties include, but are not limited to, dissemination of communication via e-mail to the membership on behalf of the President, purchasing and mailing cards, thank you notes and Mass cards to our membership or their families, ordering/sending flowers (reimbursement will be provided by Ladies of Charity). 

If you are interested in this position, or if you would like to nominate someone, please contact Kim Seitz at kimseitz313@gmail.com or (518) 469-7811.  Thank you!

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Feast day of St. Louise de Marillac – May 9

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Saint Louise de Marillac’s Story

Reflections of Sr. Cara, Daughter to Charity, as presented on The God Minute: http://traffic.libsyn.com/godminute/LOUISE-srk.mp3?dest-id=688434

Born near Meux, France, Louise lost her mother when she was still a child, her beloved father when she was but 15. Her desire to become a nun was discouraged by her confessor, and a marriage was arranged. One son was born of this union. But Louise soon found herself nursing her beloved husband through a long illness that finally led to his death.

Louise was fortunate to have a wise and sympathetic counselor, Francis de Sales, and then his friend, the bishop of Belley, France. Both of these men were available to her only periodically. But from an interior illumination she understood that she was to undertake a great work under the guidance of another person she had not yet met. This was the holy priest Monsieur Vincent, later to be known as Saint Vincent de Paul.

At first, he was reluctant to be her confessor, busy as he was with his “Confraternities of Charity.” Members were aristocratic ladies of charity who were helping him nurse the poor and look after neglected children, a real need of the day. But the ladies were busy with many of their own concerns and duties. His work needed many more helpers, especially ones who were peasants themselves and therefore, close to the poor and able to win their hearts. He also needed someone who could teach them and organize them.

Only over a long period of time, as Vincent de Paul became more acquainted with Louise, did he come to realize that she was the answer to his prayers. She was intelligent, self-effacing, and had physical strength and endurance that belied her continuing feeble health. The missions he sent her on eventually led to four simple young women joining her. Her rented home in Paris became the training center for those accepted for the service of the sick and poor. Growth was rapid and soon there was the need for a so-called “rule of life,” which Louise herself, under the guidance of Vincent, drew up for the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.

Monsieur Vincent had always been slow and prudent in his dealings with Louise and the new group. He said that he had never had any idea of starting a new community, that it was God who did everything. “Your convent,” he said, “will be the house of the sick; your cell, a hired room; your chapel, the parish church; your cloister, the streets of the city or the wards of the hospital.” Their dress was to be that of the peasant women. It was not until years later that Vincent de Paul would finally permit four of the women to take annual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. It was still more years before the company would be formally approved by Rome and placed under the direction of Vincent’s own congregation of priests.

Many of the young women were illiterate. Still it was with reluctance that the new community undertook the care of neglected children. Louise was busy helping wherever needed despite her poor health. She traveled throughout France, establishing her community members in hospitals, orphanages and other institutions. At her death on March 15, 1660, the congregation had more than 40 houses in France. Six months later Vincent de Paul followed her in death.

Louise de Marillac was canonized in 1934 and declared patroness of social workers in 1960.

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Cancelation of Installation Mass & Dinner 2020

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Due to the current pandemic, we have had to cancel our Installation Mass and dinner which usually takes place in May. We hope to reschedule some time in September and will keep you posted.

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Cancelation of 2020 National Assembly

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We are deeply saddened to announce that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 National Assembly has been cancelled. The assembly is rescheduled for next year, August 27-28, 2021.

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Stations of the Light

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Stations of the Light

Between Easter and Pentecost, we are able to enjoy Stations of the Light

Taken from the Diocese of Manchester: 

The Stations of the Light is a spiritual journey with Christ that takes one through fourteen of the most inspiring events of His post-Resurrection life on earth.  In the early Church, this practice was known as the Via Lucis, or Way of the Resurrection.  It invites participants to walk along a path of transforming joy by following in the footsteps of the Risen Christ and his friends.

Click the link to view them.  They are beautiful.   https://www.catholicnh.org/worship-and-sacraments/faith/liturgical-calendar/stations-of-the-light/

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ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

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Eucharist

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. 


I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.   

(Saint Alphonsus Maria de’ Liguori)

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SUNDAY MASS AT ST. PIUS X

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St. Pius X

While we are unable to attend Sunday services during the Coronavirus pandemic, you will be able to access Mass through St. Pius X by logging into their website at www.stpiusxloudonville.org Father Walsh will have Mass available for viewing every Saturday after 4:00 p.m.