Our food pantry currently needs the following items:
- canned soups (chicken, vegetable, tomato)
- boxed macaroni & cheese
- canned beef, chicken and pork gravy
- canned fruit, canned broths
- canned potatoes
- assorted breakfast cereals
- canned chili and dry soup mixes (chicken, tomato, vegetable)
- packaged pudding mix and gelatin
- single microwave meals for people in motels
- canned tomatoes, beef stew, yams
If you prefer to make a cash donation or give a supermarket gift card, place it in an envelope marked “Food Pantry” and drop it in the collection at Mass or at the parish office.
*** Sturdy boxes (copier paper size or smaller) are needed! *** Sign-up sheets for volunteers’ schedules are located on the shelves in the back of church and the downstairs hallway.
Our food pantry ministry is housed at former Our Lady of Mercy Parish at 26 Wilson Ave. and is supplied and run by the parishioners of Christ Our Light Catholic Church, who give generously throughout the year to make sure that food supplies are available for those who may have a temporary need for them.
If you are interested in volunteering your time to organize or deliver food, or if your family needs food assistance, please contact:
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The following items are accepted in the big blue bin at the corner of our parking lot:
clothing, sheets, blankets, towels, drapery, paired shoes & sneakers, stuffed toys, handbags, belts, and hats.
Every Tuesday & Saturday, St. John’s/St. Ann’s Center serves a hot lunch from 11:30am to 1pm to their economically disadvantaged neighbors in Albany’s South End.
They rely on a variety of organizations, (Churches, men’s/women’s organizations, faith formation classes, youth groups, committees, Boy/Girl Scout troops, school groups, fraternal organizations, offices, etc.) to help them prepare and/or serve the meal.
They are in need of additional groups if they are to continue this service to the poor. If you have a group of 6 – 12 people who would like to help serve God’s poor, please call Leo at 439-2102 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you on behalf of the staff & volunteers of St. John’s/St. Ann’s Outreach Center and the people they serve in Albany’s South End.
Free ministry is available for traveling Catholics. The original concept of Mass times was developed in 1994 to help traveling Catholics in the USA find a nearby church with a schedule of religious services.
The information was collected from dioceses and parishes throughout the USA and made available by telephone at first, and then via the Internet in 1998. In 2002, Mass times went international.
For nationwide Mass times and locations, call 1-410-676-6000 or visit Mass Times for more information.
We would like to share letters we’ve received from recipients of the “Support Our Troops” care packages recently sent to U.S. soldiers and service personnel. Thank you for making it possible for us to send these gifts to those who serve and protect our country. The letters are below:
Dear Father Noone,
I have recently received a care package from the great people of your church. I wanted to write to you and ask you if you could thank them for me?
For some time now, we’ve had hearing assisted devices at Maria Drive to enable those needing them to hear the readings, homily, prayers, etc. We understand that sometimes people are reluctant to use these because of the ‘germ factor.’ Therefore, we’re making available for purchase the earpiece part of the device for those who would like to bring their own each weekend. The cost is $13.00. Simply call the office if you would like one ordered for you.
It has been some time since we inquired about the names of parishioners who are at home and unable to attend church. We would also like to make contact with parishioners who are presently residents of care facilities. Thank you for your help!
If you (or a member of your family) would like to receive a visit and Communion from one of our Eucharistic Ministers, please call:
The parish office at 459-6635.
Since April 11, 2010 a number of people have joined us in Adoration. However, we still have open spaces to complete our 24/7 cycle. If you are unable to commit to one-hour a week, will you be willing to commit to one-hour a month? Even if your preferred hour is filled, that is not a problem. Our goal is to have two or more adorers on each hour just in case someone is sick and can’t fulfill their time.
Hours currently open are: SUNDAY 9 – 10 p.m., MONDAY 2 – 3 p.m., THURSDAY 8 – 9 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »