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At the 10 a.m. Mass on Sundays, children experience the Word of God through the Gospel story in their own gathering space. This time allows children to hear and respond to the Gospel through scripture lessons.
Car Raffle Drawing
Thank you to everyone who supported our vibrant Catholic School by purchasing car raffle tickets. The drawing was held on October 13 and informed the lucky winner who lives in Albany!
Third Artist Series Event - October 20
Please join us at 4pm at St. Agnes on October 20th. The Trillium Chamber Ensemble will play an exhilarating program of classic, virtuosic, cross-over, Latin, lyrical, and Gypsy chamber music. The Trillium Chamber Ensemble includes Timothy Mount, piano, Janice Kyle, oboe, Marilyn Reynolds, violin, and Alison Simcox, cello. Stravinsky’s iconic “Soldier’s Tale” will be heard in a rarely performed arrangement by the composer for oboe, violin, and piano. “Tzigane” or Gypsy music by Ravel is a fiery show piece for violin. Joan Amargos’ “Canciones populares,” a set of 4 Spanish songs, are arranged for oboe, cello, and piano. Robert Planel’s “Andante and Scherzo” overflows with beautiful melodies and Ibert’s lively “Entr’acte” will be sure to delight. This performance is not to be missed!
Dinner and Concert - November 8
Join fellow parishioners for a most enjoyable evening featuring London's The Kingdom Choir best known for their show stopping performance of "Stand by Me" at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The concert will be held at St. Bernard's in Saranac Lake on Nov. 8. Our group will gather at 5:15 p.m. at Simply Gourmet's "Butler Room" for a delicious dinner (please chose one) Pepper and Garlic Crusted Bistro Steak AND Maple Herb Glazed Salmon served with baby greens with apples, cheddar and pecan salad, two vegetables, assorted homemade pastries, bread & butter, iced tea, water, coffee and tea. Limited number of tickets for our group: Dinner plus the concert $45 per person. Contact the rectory at 518-523-2200 for reservations.
Blessing of the Animals - October 4
In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the tradition of blessing animals took place at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 4 in the school parking lot. All were invited to bring their pets of all sizes and shapes.
Autumn Outdoor Mass - September 29
More than 60 parishioners hiked together and celebrated Mass on Sept.29 at Cobble Outlook. This annual celebration of God's gift of creation highlighted Pope Francis' call to greater stewardship and love of the earth.
Front of Church Renovation is Complete
The generous support of so many parishioners to our Capital Campaign last year has created this wonderful new entrance to our church. This outside gathering space has sections that are heated in order to eliminate ice and salt for the safety of all.
Second Artist Series Event: Christopher Gould & Elaine Dewar - September 29
Pianist and tenor Christopher Gould joined forces with violinist Elaine Dewar to present a concert with classics from the Great American Songbook and standards from the world of Folk, Jazz, Pop, and beyond. The performance was wonderful.
Saturday Mass in Keene
This summer there will be only one weekend Mass in Keene - 4 p.m. Saturday. Our summer social time that took place after the Sunday Mass will be moved to Saturday. "Catholic Happy Hour" will follow our 4 p.m. Mass with wine & summer drinks, cheese, crackers etc. If you would like to help please contact Nancy Kohlbecker at 518-576-2294.
First Holy Communion
Congratulations to our First Holy Communion students and their families as they continue to celebrate the sacraments together. Pictured at right is the First Holy Communion class of 2019 with Saint Agnes Director of Religious Education, Marcia Bugbee, and the second grade religion teacher, Patricia Stanton. See more photos here.
Blue Spruce Trees at St. Agnes
Two stately blue spruce trees have dominated the landscape of St. Agnes Church for over 50 years. The trees have become landmarks for many people. During the winter months they are festooned with Christmas lights marking this joyful time of the year.
Over the past few years many have witnessed the fungal disease Cytospora canker slowly damage the lower branches of the spruce trees. “The branch damage/death is quite extensive, especially in the left tree, so pruning would leave an unsightly tree” according to Consulting Forester, Tim Chick.
At the present time, a major renovation of the church entrance is taking place because the handicap ramp heaves so dramatically in the cold of winter that it blocks the door closed. The steps at the other two entrances are badly deteriorating. The question was raised as to whether this might be the time to deal with the dying spruce trees as well.
Last weekend, April 27-28, a poll was taken of the parishioners concerning the future of these trees. It was recognized that there is great emotional attachment to these trees by many in the Lake Placid Community. 87% voted to cut down the two diseased trees. Despite the strong attachment to these trees by seemingly everyone in the community, now seems to be the time to cut them down.
“What will replace them?” Since the planned renovation of the entranceway had these trees remaining, no proposal has been determined at this time.
Ghana Medical Clinic Supported by St. Agnes
In August 2017 Drs. John and Janet Asare gave a presentation to interested parishioners about the construction of a medical clinic in Ghana. The Parish Council approved this venture, and construction is underway. Dr. John Asare graduated from Plattsburgh State before beginning his medical studies, and he and Janet were married at St. Agnes. If you would like to support this important project, please make checks payable to St. Agnes with Ghana Medical Clinic on the memo line. Thank you.
A letter from Pope Francis