Father Mike’s Weekly Message

                                Third Sunday in Ordinary Time     

I grew up in the inner section of the city of Schenectady called Bellevue. I went back there a few years ago and found very little as I remembered it. Things change so fast over time. The beautiful house I lived in for many years was run down and in need of repairs. This week, we hear in the Gospel, that Jesus returned to the place where he had grown up. He enters the synagogue and reads from the scroll of the book of the prophet Isaiah. Then he says a remarkable statement that what Isaiah wrote was all about him, that “this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing”. The people were confused because they had known Jesus as a boy. How could this be possible?

We can look back in time and understand what Jesus meant, but would you have believed if you were there?

Let us all give thanks and praise to our God for living in a time where we know that Jesus is Lord and savior of us all. Thank you God. I believe!


 ********  Inclement Weather Notice *******        

If Schools in the Coxsackie/Athens School District, or Catskill School District are delayed or closed, then no mass that morning at either church.

If inclement weather on a Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning, please check the three major networks on your television, or on their APP on line, or their web page for church closings.

We will determine the cancelling of our church masses, and notify channels 6, 10, and 13 (WRGB6, WTEN10, WNYT13).

You can also call the office number and listen to the updated voice message – 518-943-3150. 

Please stay safe.

Fr Mike




News & Events

Starting immediately, our NEW memorial wall at St Patrick’s in both Catskill and Athens, will have a cross placed on it for each soul that was burred from St. Patrick’s Church. The cross will have the deceased name and date of death on it and will remain on our memorial wall to be honored at every mass for one year. 

At the end of one year from the death of that person, it will be taken down and given to the family of the deceased.

Please stay tuned for future announcements.