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Palm Sunday 2013 at St. Edward the Confessor, Clifton Park

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We had a spectacular Palm Sunday at St. Edward the Confessor. It was so crowded at the 11am mass, all I could think of was the people lining the way as Jesus made his entry into Jerusalem. We were full and many people were standing, all around the perimeter of the church, even in the gathering space, and in the corridor that is near the sacristy, as you head over to the Faith Formation wing.

People say that the Catholic church is dying, but you would not know that if you came to our parish!

I was also at the 4pm mass on Saturday, which was comfortably full. On Saturday we had a full choir and bell ringers; it was beautiful. We had lovely music at 11am also; we are richly blessed with remarkable music ministry in our parish.

Here is a slide show of photos from the mass; there are a lot of pictures, so it will take a few moments for them to all float by.

Hosanna!

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Lenten Reflection, Thursday, February 14 – By William Thornton

edenI noticed something remarkable the other day.  The Old Testament Mass readings for Monday and Tuesday, the two days immediately before Lent, together make up the Creation story from Genesis.  (Gen 1:1–31; and 2:1–3)  I do not know whether this is what happens every year or whether this year is unique.  What makes this fact remarkable?  Well, the first reading at the Easter Vigil is the very same Creation story.  Therefore, the seven weeks of Lent are set between two tellings of the seven days of Creation.

The liturgical readings for Lent form, in effect, the life and teachings of Jesus, the Word of God. This is the same Word of whom John said:

“All things came to be through Him, and without Him nothing came to be.” (Jn 1:3)

So if the Genesis story represents the all-powerful God, the Lenten liturgical readings tell us that that same all-powerful God lived in the same world as we do, and suffered the same pains as we do, and finally died for us, and for Continue reading

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Advent Reflections and Evening Prayer in Advent 2012

Our annual parish Advent Reflections begin on Sunday, December 2. This marks our 6th year of doing them at St. Edward the Confessor!

If you wish to contribute to our reflections, please say so in the comments or send me an email. We welcome all contributors who might submit posts for consideration and publication. If you are interested please contact me first and we will work on the details.

Beginning on Tuesday, December 4, we will offer Taize evening prayer in Advent; all are welcome. We gather at 7pm at St. Edward the Confessor on Clifton Park Center Road, in Clifton Park, NY. If you wish to reserve one short hour a week for song, prayer and a contemplative prayer environment,  please join us. Our music ministry offers us rich gifts, we hear a reflection, as we enter the quiet waiting that Advent promises.

Thank you and blessings of Advent to you!

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Spartan Women Care Packs

Nicole Kasdorf is a determined woman. Tall, warm and with an easy smile, she is filled with palpable sense of mission and spirit. After having spent time in the US Army, deployed in Iraq, she knows that there are special needs for the women who serve our country. Upon returning home, she and her husband started a family and a small business, The rOUgh STORE bY KASDORF’S, where they sell homemade bath and beauty products.

If you were at any of the masses at St. Edward the Confessor this weekend, you heard Nicky speak – and I don’t think that anyone was left unmoved by what she said!

While we here tend to think of the war in Iraq as over, and the Afghanistan conflict as winding down, Nicky reminds us that there are many who are still deployed. With her focus on women stationed on a remote base in Afghanistan, she began to form a vision.

After teaming up with our pastor at St. Edward the Confessor in Clifton Park, NY,  Father Pat Butler, “Spartan Women Care Packs” is becoming a reality. Life in the harsh world of a remote base in Afghanistan, possibly without indoor plumbing, a long walk to the shower, and no PX to procure supplies from means that there are great needs. Add to that, the message that all care packages to soldiers bring – we have not forgotten you. Life goes on for us over here, but for those who serve and protect, things are very different. As someone who did serve, Kasdorf is more than well aware of this and her passion to help fellow soldiers will not be deterred.

A Spartan Woman Care Pack – ready to go!

Fr. Pat got our Youth Minister, Sister Rosemary Casaleno CSJ involved, and things have been moving ever since. The goal is to put together these “Spartan Women Care Packs.” Each pack will include a shower caddy, flip flops and a number of bath and beauty products. Currently we are collecting the caddies, and items for inclusion.

Reaching out to Philosophy cosmetics, Sister Rose procured 100 tubes of “The Supernatural,” a tinted primer. Parishioners have been donating goods and financial support to make this a reality. At this point, cash donations start to become particularly important, because of costs associated with buying US Postal Service approved boxes, packaging materials, and to pay for postage.

Nicole Kasdorf is a woman with a vision of helping others, helping others that serve and protect. Along with the people of the parish community of St. Edward the Confessor, she is reaching out to seek help from many sources. Given what she has already accomplished, it looks like the women deployed in Afghanistan will have something to look forward to by time Christmas comes.

(Interested in helping? You can donate directly through Nicky Kasdorf’s website, The rOUgh STORE bY KASDORF’S, or by contacting Sister Rose at ymsteds@yahoo.com, or email me at stedwardsblog@gmail.com.)

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