Altar Servers Ministry
The role of the Altar Server is to assist the Priest in the celebration of the liturgy during Mass. This ministry is open to boys and girls in grades two through twelve. Training sessions are held regularly. Young people may join at any time during the year. Altar Server responsibilities include the following: Attend training sessions and is willing to take direction. Arrives early enough to carry out tasks without hurry and prepares for the liturgy. Dresses appropriately according to parish norms. Is faithful to the schedule and substitute list. Is willing to substitute when necessary. Able to stay focused and avoid distracting movements so as not to draw attention away from the Liturgy (sit straight, feet on floor, etc). Is comfortable in front of people. Can show the proper attitude while performance of tasks with Respect, Reverence, Attention, and Care. Caring for altar candles, bearing the cross and candles in the entrance procession, assisting with holy water, water wine and offertory gifts at Mass.
The Bereavement Ministry presently consists of three members who, on a rotating basis, contact the families of the deceased to assist with the arrangements for the funeral Mass. This includes choosing the reading, music and designating participants to place the pall, read, bring up the offertory gifts, eulogy, etc. The committee members also participate in the annual Mass remembering those who passed away during the year which is held in November. Anyone interested in joining this committee is asked to contact Barbara Rieth at the parish office (518) 725-3143.
Hospital Ministry is a ministration providing Holy Communion to the sick and in firmed of our community while residing in our local hospital. We bring the Eucharist to patients and visiting family members present. Training is provided for all who wish to serve. If this is something you would like to do, please contact the parish office at (518) 725-3143.
Sisters of the Holy Spirit
Our purpose is to strive to be leaders among God's people to give witness to Him by service to Church and community; to promote devotion to the Holy Rosary and partake of the Eucharist weekly; to work for the material progress of the Church; to give expression of a bond of unity and spirit of friendship. All Christian women are welcome. Meetings are scheduled monthly except for July, August, January, and February and are announced in the Sunday church bulletin and on the web site calendar. If you would be interested in joining us, please contact Jean LaPorta through our parish office at (518) 725-3143.
Daily Rosary before Mass
Before 8:30 weekday Mass, we pray the Rosary for many intentions, including religious liberty, vocations, and especially the sanctity of all life from conception until natural death.
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration
The Blessed Sacrament is exposed and adored by volunteers who sign up for one hour or more to pray before the Lord Jesus--truly, really, and substantially Present in His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. The Perpetual Adoration Chapel is sponsored by the churches of Fulton and Montgomery Counties and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Please contact Ann Jones at 725-5989 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to schedule an hour to pray before the Lord.
Advises the Pastor on financial matters of the parish and school. Responsible for monitoring all income and expenses, and approving the annual budgets.
Parish Pastoral Council
Working in an advisory capacity, the Parish Pastoral Council listens to its fellow parishioners and assist the pastor in providing leadership and fostering growth of the parish ministries, programs and activities.
There are seven members on the Council who serve a three year term.
The Council meets once a month on the 3rd Thursday. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mary Knapik at (518)725-0258 or email@example.com.
Two trustees are appointed by the pastor. They advise & assist the pastor as requested. Trustees verify & certify to the Diocese that the financial statements & reports are true and accurate.
Senior Altar Servers
Men and women who assist at Mass or Funeral masses to enhance the worship of our faith community.
Stations of the Cross
Held Friday afternoons at 12:10 PM during Lent.
Volunteers who assist people to their seat if necessary. They also take up the collection.
Bingo is held each Saturday @ 6:45 in the Ottaviano Hall located next to the Church of the Holy Spirit. This program provides much needed financial support to the parish as well as social activity for the community. Workers are needed to continue to run the program. Please consider volunteering just one night per month.
REC - Residents Encounter Christ
The Rec program is sponsored by the Albany Diocese. A group of volunteers present a three day retreat for the inmates at Hale Creek Correctional Facility. These retreats follow a theme-based format and proceed with Bible readings, prepared talks and table discussions and poster drawing. The weekend also includes Reconciliation and a Mass. Usually about 23 volunteers from all around the diocese make up a weekend team.
REC gives interested Catholics an opportunity to serve the men at Hale Creek (a Corporal Work of Mercy) in a structured setting and with the support of the prepared team. Weekly meetings and preparation begin about eight weeks before each scheduled weekend, one in the spring and one in the fall. After the REC weekend, some team members have the opportunity to reconnect with the residents each month for about an hour and a half on a chosen evening.
Also on the Saturday night of each weekend, outsiders (people not on the team) come to a Hootenany...a time of music and socializing with the inmates and a chance to see first hand a little of the REC weekend experience. Some people from our parish have enjoyed coming to several of these "HOOTS". In addition, we distribute letters, prayer cards and written prayers to the inmates during the weekend. If you want to support the REC program but cannot be physically involved, you could write a card or a letter expressing prayers for the success of the weekend.
If you are interested or would like more information about REC, call Ann or John Jones at 725-5989.
CatechistCatechesis comes from a Greek word which means "to echo or re-sound the word." As a person of faith, a catechist is one who believes, not an expert in bible studies, doctrine, sprirtuality, or theology but is able to make the connection between faith and life and pass that on to others. Catechists help others to grow in their faith to a variety of age groups: Elementary age children, Junior and Senior High School Teens, Young Adults and Adults. If you feel a calling to share your faith God’s love with the children and adults in our community please contact Karen Hoose (518-773-8590) or Email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here and fill out an online form.
Holy Name Society
All men of the parish are welcome & encouraged to become active members. We meet on the second Sunday of each month (September through June) after the 8:30 Mass. At that Mass, members serve as lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, altar servers, & greeters.
We have several fund raising social events during the year such as, Lenten pizza sales, Mother’s Day breakfast, & our “famous” ziti dinner. All proceeds go back to the parish to fund various needs & youth activities. Our society has a team that participates in the Friday’s Table program several times each year. If you are interested in joining us please contact Ron Zimmerman @ (518) 725-3143.
Young Adult Ministry
Please contact the Faith Formation office at (518) 773-8590 for more information.
Adult Faith Ministry
We, the Adult Faith Formation Team of Holy Spirit Church, are led by the Holy Spirit to understand and love God through His Son , Jesus Christ. Through sharing our faith and following His example, we will attempt to educate ourselves and others,and to promote the growth and understanding of the basic truths of the Catholic faith. Our objectives are: 1. to provide ongoing opportunities to fulfill the spiritual needs of adults; 2. to help adults of the parish and other Catholics who wish to attend our programs to develop a more unwavering and fruitful faith; 3. To nurture spiritual growth in relation to God and one another; 4. To instill a desire among adults of the parish to become a community of believers thirsting for knowledge about the faith; 5. Finally, we pledge to become more effective evangelizers for our fellow parishioners and brothers and sisters in Christ. If you would like more infromation or want to join us please contact Toni Ambrosino at (518) 725-0906
Youth Ministry Program
If you are in grades 6-12, this is the program for you! We meet every Sunday evening during the school year in Spirit Central (this is the name of our youth space). Grades 6-8 meet from 6:00-7:00 PM and grades 9-12 meet from 7:15-8:15 PM. We have a team consisting of adults and teen mentors who work together to share God's love with our teens and to give them the tools they need to understand their faith, what it has to do with their daily lives, and how to live that faith. In addition to our weekly meetings, we have lock-ins, movie nights, retreats, community service and more. If you have any questions, you can contact Ann Marie Simonson (Youth Minister) at 848-1986.
Preparing parents for the formation of their child’s faith.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (sometimes called "Eucharistic Ministers") assist the Priests (the Ordinary Ministers) in distributing Holy Communion at the weekend liturgies and to the homebound. Training is provided. Assignment schedules 2 1/2 to 3 months in advance are provided. Anyone interested is asked to contact Barbara Rieth at the parish office (518) 725-3143.
Fellowship Committee (Hospitality)
Volunteers who coordinate social activities and gatherings of parishioners during the year.
Flowers and Grounds
Volunteers who care for and beautify the grounds and church.
Parish volunteers who warmly welcome parishioners as they enter the Church for Mass.
The lector proclaims the Word of God at the weekend liturgies. Workbooks and training are provided. Assignment schedules are provided for 2 1/2 to 3 months in advance. Anyone interested is asked to contact Barbara Rieth at the parish office (518) 725-3143.
Liturgical Linen Service
Responsible for the preparation and care of the altar linens. This includes the washing and ironing of purificators, corporals, and altar linens.
Rite of Christian Initiation – preparation of adult candidates for Catholic sacraments.
Duties include preparing the altar for Mass and cleaning the altar following Mass.
Friday’s Table is a community outreach program initiated and managed by The Church of the Holy Spirit. Every Friday, dating back to 1998, volunteers come together to give of their time, talent, and treasure, to serve, clothe, and feed those in need. All the food and clothing is donated. Volunteers come from our and other faith communities and service organizations. You can obtain further information by contacting Don Fleischut @ 725-5474.
Young men from ages 11-17 or have completed 5th grade. We meet once a week. Boys take part in camping, community service and becoming a responsible citizen. Contact Rich Hastings @ 725-5344 or 775-0607, or email at: email@example.com
Cursillo is a Spanish word meaning small course. The weekend experience of Cursillo is a small course in Christian Living. Cursillo is an International movement which has a large following in the Albany Diocese. The primary puroses of the movement are:
1. To develop in adult Christians a consciousness of the power and mission to become leaders in the work of Christian renewal.
2. To sustain these adults as they participate in diocesan and parish programs and as they provide leaven in civil, social and economic life.
The Cursillo is a course in Christian living, designed to train or remind people how to become effective lay apostles in the world. Candidates for the Cursillo should be active in apostolic work or have the potential to be apostolic in the parish or in the life of the world. Each person should be physically and emotionally sound.
A Cursillo weekend is offered each year for men and a separate weekend is offered each year for women. Often these are held at the Dominican Retreat House in Schenectady, though they are hosted by Cursillo, not the retreat house staff.
One of the most important benefits of the weekend is that the participants will become part of a larger Christian community and meet people from around the diocese who think and feel the same way they do about the importance of their Catholic faith in their lives.
Anyone interested may contact John or Ann Jones at 725-5989.