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HERE’S THE SCOOP!

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There is no better way to kick off the summer than with an ice cream social!  On June 15, many of us gathered at the West Albany Pocket Park where we loaded up on ice cream with favorite toppings from sprinkles to chocolate syrup.  It was wonderful to see everyone’s smiling faces in our first time together since the pandemic.  We all enjoyed reconnecting and getting to meet a few of our newest members.  A special shout out to Katie Kloss and Theresa McMahon who reminded us of our mission when they canvassed the park and invited families to share in our fun.  We look forward to more such occasions. 

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VIRTUAL NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and out of respect for members who travel to the Assembly, the LCUSA Board has postponed the Knoxville Assembly until 2022. In the alternative, they are hosting a virtual assembly on August 27-28, 2021.

Some highlights include:
Fathers Dick and Bob Gielow reflecting on “Humility”, “Simplicity” and “Charity”;
Learning about the Vincentian charism internationally with Fr. Joseph Agostino, CM;
Uniting in daily prayer with Sr. Claire Debes, DC and Sr. Grace Hartzog, SC (Vincentian Spiritual Moderators);
Hearing updates on LCUSA
Meeting AIC International President, Rose deLima Ramanankavana from Madagascar;
Attending Rosary each day

Registration fee is $50 and includes a program and Zoom meeting link, both of which will be sent to you closer to the assembly. Register at https://aic.ladiesofcharity.us/register-assembly-2021/ Payment is due July 26.

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MARY’S CORNER DISTRIBUTION CENTER HAS MOVED

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Due to the sale of the Daughter’s of Charity campus, it was necessary to move our Mary’s Corner distribution center to another location. We sincerely thank the Daughters for the generous and kind hospitality they showed us these past many years.

The Sisters of the Presentation in Watervliet have graciously opened their doors to us and offered generous space at St. Colman’s Home. In the Spring, many Ladies, along with their families, worked together in the monumental task of moving all inventory from one place to the other. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all who lent time, not the mention their strong backs, in making this happen. Enjoy the photos below which showcase much of the day.

The Whole Gang

UNLOADING THE PODS

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BEST POSSIBLE LENT

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Sr. Joanne Donovan and Ann Rose invite you to tap into one of the following options to make this your best possible Lent. Prepare yourself for the wonders of Easter.

  • DYNAMIC CATHOLIC
    Best Lent Ever with Matthew Kelly
    https//www.dynamiccatholic.com/lent/best-lent-ever.html

    Feed Your Soul with Prayer This Lent. Nothing will transform your life so
    completely, absolutely, and forever like really learning how to pray.
    That’s why this year’s BEST LENT EVER journeys through Matthew Kelly’s
    latest book, I Heard God Laugh: A Practical Guide to Life’s Essential Daily
    Habit.


    Beginning on Ash Wednesday and continuing through all forty days of
    Lent, you will receive a daily email with a short video to help you
    reconnect with yourself and your God.

    If you are interested in purchasing I Heard God Laugh: A Practical Guide
    to Life’s Essential Daily Habit
    or using the BEST LENT EVER JOURNAL,
    please contact Ann Rose as she may be to get copies for you at no cost.

  • LITTLE BOOKS from Saginaw, Michigan Diocese This is the little black book that many parishes have been known to offer during Lent. They contain reflections beginning from Ash Wednesday through Easter
    Sunday.
    The cost is $4.00.
    You may either call the number below or write to request a copy:
    P.O. Box 6009, Saginaw, Michigan, 48608-6009
    989-797-6653

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The Ladies Working with Catholic Charities

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On November 5, the Ladies of Charity assisted Catholic Charities Mobile Outreach Vehicle Extension (CC MOVE) with a food distribution in Watervliet. CC MOVE teamed up with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and offered a drive-thru food pantry which provided a package of fresh, frozen and shelf-stable items for our neighbors in need. What a beautiful day to lend a helping hand.

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ADVOCACY IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND

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Dear CAN member,

The Catholic Action Network now puts the tools to make your voice heard right in the palm of your hand. Sign up now to receive our most critical action alerts via text message. Just text the word CAN to 50457 to sign up. You’ll immediately receive a one-time link to complete your registration, which is free.

Now you don’t have to worry about important alerts getting buried in your inbox. After signing up, we’ll deliver links to fully editable pre-written messages to lawmakers right to your phone. A couple of clicks is all it takes to let your elected officials in Albany and Washington, D.C., know where you stand on the issues that concern us all as Catholics.

And don’t worry, we promise we won’t share you cell phone number with anyone. We know all too well how annoying it is to receive spam phone calls and texts!

Thank you in advance for helping us to become even more efficient at shaping public policy on behalf of the common good.

God bless you,

Dennis Poust
Director of Communications
NYS Catholic ConferenceP.S. If you haven’t done so already, remember to exercise your sacred obligation to vote. Election day is this Tuesday, November 3.
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♥️LADIES OF CHARITY IN ACTION♥️

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Despite the best efforts of the COVID pandemic, the Ladies of Charity have maintained our mission and found ways to meet the needs of those we serve. In addition, we welcomed seven women as new members in a virtual installation ceremony. Please continue reading to see all the good works that have been done. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

“Faith in action is service. We try to be holy because we believe. In most modern rooms you see an electrical light that can be turned on by a switch. But if there is no connection with the main powerhouse, then there can be no light. Faith and prayer are our connection with God and power of that connection is service.” ~ St. Teresa of Calcutta

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SATURDAYS WITH THE SISTERS

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Unfortunately, due to the COVID pandemic, our time with the Sisters at St. Louise House has been suspended. We hope to gather again once it is safe. However, this has not stopped us from letting them know they are in our thoughts. This year, we remembered each Sister at Easter and Halloween with a homemade card. In addition, we are dropping off Christmas cards for them to continue the tradition of sending holiday greetings to the soldiers. And, as always, we keep them in our prayers. Hopefully we will be back together very soon.

2020 Halloween card

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BRIDGES OUT OF POVERTY UPDATE

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By Kathy Kavanaugh

Covid-19 continues to guide our efforts with Getting Ahead in a Just-Getting’-By World classes. We usually offer our classes in the Watervliet Housing community room and the office has not yet opened for public meetings. The office, however, has expressed its continued dedication to starting a community organization with the purpose of supporting Bridges Out of Poverty and the Getting Ahead classes and graduates. Executive Director Matt Ethier, supported by Mary Clinton, reports he is working to enlist community support and initiate a meeting soon, depending on the development of the virus.

Covid-19 has not prevented us from keeping in touch with our graduates and reaching out to a number of people living in poverty. Community-minded people continue to give us money so that we can give it to families or individuals who are struggling financially especially during this economic downturn. To date we have received $2700. When we were distributing these past few weeks, two mothers were brought to tears as they had just lost their jobs due to a slowdown in the companies they were working for and were struggling to purchase food and keep their apartments. We called to offer the gift within a day of their becoming so vulnerable. It was another little miracle of our work, bringing joy to EVERYONE involved! Along with the cash gift we gave one mother, we gave her two gorgeous sequined dresses. She sent me a picture of her dressed in one of them. She was glowing as she readied herself to visit her husband in prison and was going to give him a picture. We hadn’t seen her smile like this in quite some time. We had a garage sale to raise tuition money for another woman and when we called to tell her we had $400 to give her, she said, “and you didn’t even know I just came from the doctor yesterday being diagnosed with a severed tendon in my ankle and another slight fracture as well.” She had to quit school and work and was in a terrible place emotionally until she learned of our gift. She kept saying, “can’t believe you didn’t know!” God just keeps sending us to the people who need it the most. We continue to keep in touch with Getting Ahead grads by phone and by bringing them items such as food, furniture, household items, coats and other clothing. Most of all, we come as someone who listens and cares. Allies/mentors have offered to help previous graduates, if they desire, get out to vote in the November election This fits so well into one of the goals of the Getting Ahead students of becoming involved in their communities and making positive changes.

We are so looking forward to eventually gathering in person with these fine women and hopefully some of you will be able to join us!