Good morning St. Patrick Alumni Family and Friends. It has been 85 long days since we have all been able to be together. We have had a lot of circumstance that have happened in those 85 days. We were not able to be together for our St. Patrick Day Event, We were not able to share the holiest time of year together and we lost some dear friends during this tragic situation. It has been a very difficult time for everyone. When we last emailed everyone the State of New York had 173 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 as it stands today there has been 350,121 positive cases of COVID-19 and 22,619 deaths. Some will argue this totals. Saying that they were not all COVID-19 deaths that these individuals had underling conditions that caused their deaths and that it is all a political game. The fact is there were 22,619 souls taken from us during these 85 days whether or not it was linked to the virus the fact is these souls all died alone and with out their love ones. The families and friends did not get to say good bye. These souls did not have the send off that they deserved. It is now time we put all our opinions aside and pray for all the lost souls that have been taken from us and we pray that this nation can put all its difference aside to help all in need. Please know that we are thinking of all of you and you are all in our prayers and thoughts. If anyone is in need of help you can always reach out to Catholic Charities of The Diocese of Albany. We have provided a link below. Once you click on the link scroll to the bottom and click on the county you live in. Catholic Charities help with Food & Nutrition, General Help and emergency Assistance, Shelter & Low income Housing, Substance Abuse Prevention, Children & Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Service for Seniors and much more.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany
40 N. Main Ave.,
Albany, NY 12203
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We will continue to monitor the situation but for now we will not be having any services until July 12th. this is suppose to be our annual picnic. There are many factors that will be consider in whether or not we will be able to have the picnic. One main factor is if the State allows gatherings of more than 10 people. The other factor is if the venue opens for business with gatherings. Right now we are still planning to have it but we will not jeopardize anyone's health or safety.
We will continue to keep everyone updated on the situation as things unfold, so please make sure to check for updates VIA email, website http://www.stpatrickstroy.org/ , facebook pages, Community of St. Patrick's Church of Troy, NY and/or The Community of St. Patrick's Troy, New York. Please see below some tips below to prevent illness. Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and our strength. An ever present help in times of trouble. God Bless and have a great week we can not wait to see everyone again. Father Dave Jones and St. Patrick Alumni Committee.
Tips in helping to avoid the spread of Illness:
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Good Morning St. Patrick Alumni Family and Friends, Last week Rev. Thomas Saunders, MM passed away. Father Tom served our Spanish speaking community up until our church closed in 2010. Father Toms service records speaks for its self. He was Ordained June 12, 1965 and has 50 plus years of Priestly Ministry. He did outreach and parish work, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Pastor/Government housing project parish, Mexico City. Recruiting vocations, Denver, Colorado. Assistant Regional Superior, Maryknoll Regional Council; Regional Superior, Mexico. Charismatic Movement/Marriage Encounter, Mexico. Served in several parishes in Vera Cruz.
There will be a Mass for Father Tom on Monday July 22nd 2019 at 11am, at the Maryknoll Chapel, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining, NY 10562. It is about 2 hours from Albany. There are a few of us going down and all of St. Patrick Alumni Family and Friends are invited to attend. If anyone should need a ride please reach out to us and we will be coordinating car pooling.
On Friday March 8, 2019, Sharon Hepp departed this life after years of courageously battling kidney disease and ultimately succumbing to Ocular Melanoma. Born on 12/04/1955 as Leslie Sharon Elden, Sharon always strived to set the best example she could. She spent most of her life as a homemaker, caring for her three children and beloved husband. She also made time to complete a GED while caring for her family, and completed her certificate as a Certified Nurse's Assistant, which was a career choice she greatly enjoyed. In her free time, she supported her husband's devotion to sports, created art, excelled at Scrabble and other word games, and sang as she danced with what her "mama gave her". Her family, nuclear and extended, meant the world to her. In her later years, she cherished being a Nana to her three grandchildren who were the lights of her life.
Sharon is survived by her one & only, Thomas P. Hepp (married 10/26/1974) and her children Patricia (Kyle) Hepp-Miller, Leslie Hepp, & Timothy (Samantha) Hepp. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Hannah Hepp, Alex Hepp, and Jacob Hepp. In addition, she is survived by her mother, Mary Mantello Elden, her eight remaining siblings; Francis (Raymond) Maceda, Marybeth (Arthur) Durivage, Deborah (Peter) Dziamba, Leslie C. Elden, David (Heather) Elden, Darlene (Phil) Bubb, Paul (Cathy) Elden, and Carol (Joseph) Landy, and her brother-in-law, Donald Leonard Sr. She is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, uncles and aunts, and cousins.
Sharon was pre-deceased by her father, Leslie Elden; her in-laws, Valentine Patrick and Helen Hepp; her brother, Robert Elden; her sisters-in-law, Geraldine (Mauro) Hepp Mamawal, Patricia (Leo) Hepp Bouchard, Charlene Hepp, Sister Mary Lou Hepp, CSJ, and Helen Hepp Leonard, and her nephews Stephen Durivage, Donald Leonard, and Ray Scott Maceda.
Friends and family are welcome to gather for the wake at the John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home, Inc., cor. of 115th. Street & 4th Avenue in Lansingburgh (565-4th. Ave. Troy, NY 12182) on Friday from 4-7 pm.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 9:30 am at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 42 Dana Ave. Wynantskill, NY 12198.
Sharon requested that memorial contributions be made to her grandchildren's college-education fund, made payable to: "Thomas P. Hepp and mail to SEFCU 700 Patroon Creek Blvd Albany NY 12206". Entombment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Troy, NY.
CLIFTON PARK Janet E. Wells, 77, of Schuyler Ridge Residential Health Care and a long time Troy resident died Monday January 14, 2019 at her residence after a long illness. Born in Troy she was the daughter of the late James and Hazel Teal Chicoine. She was a graduate of Berlin Central Schools.
Janet was retired from the NYS Department of Health in Albany where she had worked for 10 years. Earlier she worked in retail sales in several former clothing stores in Troy. She was a communicant of the former St. Patrick’s Church in Troy. Her greatest enjoyment was vacationing in Maine with her late husband Bill. She also enjoyed crocheting, cooking, music and playing the guitar.
She was the widow of William V. Wells who died May 6, 2018. She is the sister of Hazel Ledger of Old Orchard Beach, Maine and the twin sister of the late Helen Viola Chicoine who died at birth. She is the sister in law of Catherine and George Capsimalis of Clifton Park and Heleen and David Knapp of Ballston Lake. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 am from the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St., (Rte.32), Waterford and at 11 am at St. Augustine’s Church in Lansingburgh. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Troy.
Relatives and friends may visit with her family at the funeral home on Friday prior to the funeral from 9:30 – 10:30 am.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Disease Association, 4 Pine West Plaza #405, Albany, NY 12205.
Special thanks are extended to the staff at Schuyler Ridge Health Care for the compassionate care given to Janet in her final years.