Mass, music, and cruise form reunion for Voorheesville parishioners

September 5, 2014 - Picnic Time

VOORHEESVILLE – Parishioners during St. Matthew’s Church wish to acquire new or returning members to their Back to Church Sunday jubilee on Sep 21.

“Back to Church Sunday is a inhabitant event, and it’s interdenominational,” pronounced Deacon Alfred Manzella, who is now portion during St. Matthew’s until a new clergyman is allocated by a Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. Father Thomas Chevalier was sent to clergyman in Saratoga County in June, during that time Manzella was allocated to assistance in Voorheesville.

“The goal is to strech people who have been divided from church,” Manzella said. “There’s no good approach to strech those people. This is unequivocally an invitation to people. It’s like a family reunion, if we will.”

St. Matthew’s serves about 800 families, Manzella said.

“What happens in many churches is that approximately 30 percent of parishioners attend liturgies. We’re perplexing to strech that 70 percent. We consider we have something of good value to share with them, a fun of a faith,” Manzella said.

“We’re going to have name tags that weekend,” he said. Recently purebred parishioners will wear bullion tags, and unchanging attendees will wear red tags, he said. Visitors will be given blue tags.

“The indicate is for others to acquire those who are visitors [in blue],” Manzella said. “The Holy Father encourages us to be people of joy, to be welcoming, and to strech out to others.

“In a devout sense,” he continued, “it’s like going to Sunday cooking with a family. It’s something we do frequently, and we do it to be nourished.”

The Eucharist is a physique and blood of Jesus Christ, he said, and a Eucharist provides devout nourishment.

St. Matthew’s offers 3 masses with a weekly rite during 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Reconciliation is offering on Saturday during 4 p.m. or by appointment.

“In a lot of churches, after masses are some-more well-attended,” he said. At St. Matthew’s, “The 8:30 mass has a good crowd. Both [Sunday masses] have a churned crowd, immature and old,” he said.

“One of a things that has captivated myself and others is a song ministry. They have smashing song during St. Matthew’s,” Manzella said. In further to a organ, a church musicians embody a flautist and a drummer.

“It’s really liturgical, though it’s also really lively. You’re not going to tumble defunct during mass,” he said.

Back to Church Sunday falls on a bustling day in St. Matthew’s, he said. Bibles will be sanctified and afterwards handed out to members in a Family Faith Formation program, Manzella said.

Following a 10:30 mass, a bishopric will reason a annual cruise – with a Western thesis – from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cruise includes hack rides, line dancing, and a campfire with s’mores. Tickets for a cruise can be purchased in allege and cost $10 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 10 years old, and giveaway for children underneath 5. Attendees are invited to move pies to share for dessert, Manzella said. Tickets for a sketch will be accessible with prizes of a Southwest Airline certificate, a griddle grill, and a Texas Roadhouse grill present card, Manzella said.

In his brief time portion St. Matthew’s, Deacon “Al,” as he is known, brought a Back to Church plan to Voorheesville. He schooled of a inhabitant eventuality during an ecumenical assembly final year in Bethlehem, he said.

“Maybe we should take a credit, or a blame, for it,” Manzella pronounced of a arriving day during St. Matthew’s. He asked a church legislature if members would like to participate, and a legislature authorized a event.

 By a time a cruise rolls around, Manzella said, a parish might have allocated a new clergyman to St. Matthew’s. Asked if he suspicion a timeframe was fast, he pronounced that a halt duration is ostensible to be timely. Once a full-time clergyman is reserved to Voorheesville, Manzella will be allocated elsewhere, he said.

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