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This Thursday, May 25th, 2017 is THE FEAST OF THE ASCENSION, a holy day of obligation!
Catholics are bound to attend Mass, unless seriously impeded. We will observe the following Mass schedule:
Wednesday, May 24th at 6:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church
Thursday, May 25th at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Knock Shrine
Thursday, May 25th at 6:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church
*There will NOT be Mass at 9:00 a.m. today at St. John the Baptist

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inspiring!!!

Kindergarten Open House Saturday, January 21st at 10AM
“I do not believe you can put a price tag on what St. Thomas the Apostle School has to offer.  What children learn at St. Thomas is so much more than just academics. The children learn about love, honesty, kindness, trust in God and their faith.  What St. Thomas has to offer is not tangible; it is seen in the hearts of the students and will last a lifetime. Yes, it’s an investment, but I believe you will receive a lifetime of dividends.” ~Jewelie Koutelis, Parent. Financial Aid available. Transportation provided in most districts.  To learn more about Kindergarten at St. Thomas the Apostle School and to RSVP for the Open House, contact Carmel Foltan at 518-439-5573, cfoltan@stthomas-school.org, or visit www.stthomas-school.org

Preschool – Gr. 8 Open House and Learning Expo Sunday, February 5th 10AM - Noon:
The annual observance of Catholic Schools Week: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service begins on January 29th. For St. Thomas the Apostle School, Catholic Schools Week is extra special this year as we celebrate our 60th year. This year’s Catholic Schools Week theme centers on community, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” The theme highlights the fact that schools are not only communities themselves; they are also part of many other communities, including families, parishes, towns/cities, and our country. All are welcome to join us for our annual Preschool-Gr. 8 Open House and Learning Expo on Sunday, February 5th at 10:00AM. For more information, call Carmel Foltan at 518-439-5573 or cfoltan@stthomas-school.org

Find Your Pot of Gold at the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party! We hope you’ll join us for our annual St. Patrick’s Day Party on Saturday, March 4th. In addition to music by Get Up Jack, featuring former members of Hair of The Dog, you will be treated to an Irish Step Dance performance, 50/50 raffle & fun with friends all night! Doors Open at 6pm. $25 per person, includes dinner. Cash dessert & beverage bar. Must be 21 & over. For tickets, call (518) 439-5573, info@stthomas-school.org or stop by the School between 9am & 2pm Monday-Friday. 

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Wish List

Listed below are items “wished for” by the Agency and our programs. By fulfilling one of our wishes, you will have a direct, immediate, tangible impact on our programs and the people we serve. Wishes come in all shapes for all budgets. Try one on for size!

Gas Gift Cards ($25 and up)
Gently used Children's Book for our Lending/Giving Library
Diapers size 3, 4, or 5
School Supplies for Back to School Assistance in the Fall
Adopt-A-Family gifts for Christmas
Food and hygiene items for the Pantry

FAITH FORMATION HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR SUNDAY OCTOBER 23, DUE TO POWER OUTAGE ON RT 81, CAUSED BY CAR ACCIDENT

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FROM THE GREENVILLE AREA INTERFAITH COUNCIL
Hunger in our area:
In the documentary, A Place at the Table, a young school girl cannot pay attention to her teacher. She is thinking about food. She wants to listen to her teacher -- but images of food fill her mind. The teacher asks her to pay better attention; but, she cannot. She is too hungry. According to the Feeding America organization’s statistics she is one of 13 million food insecure children across our nation. A few of these children can be found in our Greenville Central School.
Fortunately, members of our community have sought out an answer to the problem: the BackPack program organized by the Regional Food Bank of the Northeast in Latham. NY. Consequently, each school year, in our Greenville Elementary School, many weekends of the school year, 12 – 15 food insecure children take home food filled backpacks. The Food Bank’s website says: “Research has shown the BackPack Program helps improve attendance and academic performance and reduce disciplinary actions for participating students.”
One of those community members asked the Greenville Area Interfaith Council of Churches (GAIC) to support the program this year. Consequently, beginning in October, on Wednesday of each school week, the group needs a volunteer driver to be at the Food Bank in Latham at 8:30 a.m., to pick up food for the backpacks and then deliver that food to the elementary school by 10 a.m. On Friday, 12 – 15 children will take the backpacks home so that they will have food for the weekend.
You may read more about the backpack program at the Food Bank’s website: http://www.regionalfoodbank.net/backpack-program/
A question concludes this article:
Could you drive to Latham at least one of those Wednesday mornings? If so, or if you have questions about the program, please call Maureen at 518-966-8919.
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