Rensselaer, New York 12144-3521 A Roman Catholic Parish Church within the Diocese of Albany
The Church of St. Mary is a Catholic Community united in faith and Eucharist with the Diocese of Albany, New York, and the Church throughout the world.
As a Catholic Community, we believe in and model our lives on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are committed to active worship and prayer, lifelong faith formation, and the physical and spiritual support of those in need. All are welcome into our community.
Because of our belief in God’s abiding presence, and with the support of the Holy Spirit, we share a common commitment to Stewardship which invites disciples of Jesus Christ to acknowledge their gifts from God and to share those gifts of time, talent and treasure justly and charitably in the service of the parish community and the local and global community.
A Message from the Pastor:
On behalf of the one thousand parishioners who call the Church of St. Mary their home, welcome! St. Mary’s is located in the town of East Greenbush and was founded in 1927 as a mission church of St. John’s Church in the city of Rensselaer. In 1961, the small mission church burned while the building of the new parish school was underway. As a result, the gymnasium of the school became the new temporary worship space. We are still in this same space but it has truly become a wonderfully prayerful environment for our worship.
St. Mary’s is a growing parish. Employment in our area is plentiful. New and exciting companies are establishing roots nearby and many existing companies are expanding. While this new infusion of business has attributed to our growth, I like to think that it is the vibrancy of our community that has brought many our way. We are open to all people and we take our commitment to stewardship of time, talent and treasure seriously, as well as our commitment to living out the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We would love to have you stop by for a visit and perhaps even consider joining us. We are a lively, faith-filled and diverse community consisting of some young, some not so young, some married, single or divorced, some with children, and some without…but each of us has a common thread woven within us: we are all seeking the Lord and we are all seeking to be challenged in our faith. Sure, St. Mary’s is not for everyone, but perhaps it’s for you.
If you already belong to a faith community, they are richer because of your presence. I hope our Web Page gives you a little insight into our family and I hope that it somehow makes your faith in Jesus even stronger. We are a small part of the Church universal so we are all brothers and sisters.
Thanks for your visit. We would love for you to leave a message. God bless you and those you love!
Yours in Christ,
Father David LeFort Pastor