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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Announcements from our bulletin of October 22, 2017

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1942

Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in New Hartford, New York can trace its roots directly to World War II. With the war raging, the US Army selected a 175 acre farm on Burrstone Road as a site for a new hospital to treat wounded soldiers. Rhodes General Army Hospital opened in August 1943 with 180 buildings, 1,950 beds, 15 miles of corridors, its own post office, railroad & fire department, and an interdenominational chapel called St. Thomas More Chapel. There was also a housing complex called Rhodes Village for the service men & women workers and their families to live. When the war was over, the hospital was closed and the buildings used as a college for GI Bill veterans. It was called Mohawk College.

1947

In September 1947, the Rev. Alfred J. Holdredge was appointed chaplain of Mohawk College and an infant Utica College with pastoral privileges to serve the servicemen and women and their families in Rhodes Village.

1949

Fr. Holdredge bought the Chapel from the US government for $1,250 and in the spring of 1949 it was moved across Burrstone Rd.to its present site. On July 22, 1949, the Chapel was named “The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary .

1951 to 1955

In 1951 the rectory was built and in 1955 two army barracks from Rhodes Hospital were moved to parish grounds and joined to form a Faith Formation Center.

1960

In 1960 two wings were added to the church to accommodate the constantly growing congregation.

Nowadays

Today the parish has over 900 active families and one of the largest Faith Formation Programs in the area. We are closely linked to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and Notre Dame Jr/Sr High School.

Former Pastors include: Rev. Alfred Holdredge, Rev. Peter Paige, Rev. James Riley, Rev. James Fallon, Rev. Felix Colosimo and Rev.Thomas Honold. At the present time we have Rev.Joseph Salerno as our Pastor, Rev. Tom Servatius as our Parochial Vicar.

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To benefit the Rescue Mission & Thea Bowman House will be on October 28-29th.

Items needed are NEW warm socks for men & women, and NEW toiletries such as combs, shaving supplies, shampoo, soap, toothpaste & toothbrushes.

We will also collect children’s pants (boys and girls) in sizes 3T-8 and children’s sneakers.

You may bring your donations to the Church basement. Thank You for always being so generous!

Psalm 41:1 “Blessed is he who considers the poor;

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In today’s reading Isaiah is explaining that God anointed Cyrus, a Persian King who at the time did not even know God. He is totally unaware that God has made it possible for him to be in the position to carry out what he is to do for Jacob's benefit—in this case for the Jews living under the Persian Empire. So even though he was a pagan in senti-ment and practice, as an unconscious tool in the hands of the Lord, he would contribute mightily to the Jewish cause, and indirectly to the coming of God’s greater Anointed, Jesus.

God can take sinful men who have never even desired to know Him and cause them to do His will to bring about His purpose. How much more can He use those who believe in Him to fulfill His purpose! Like Cyrus, sometimes we are unaware that God is working through us in our daily life. Isaiah 45 tells us that God is always actively working, but we are usually aware of only a tiny portion of His activity in our own lives. Yet, as His children, we should be intently looking for His hand in all our decisions and interactions because as Isaiah says—He will go before us, and make the rough places

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