Fr. Christopher Malatesta

      

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ST. AGNES - MY PARISH APP!

                   

THE NEW PARISH APP IS HERE!

St. Agnes is launching our own app for iPhone and Android smart phones. This will allow us to better communicate with you throughout the week and keep you updated with relevant parish news or updates. The app is very well designed and very intuitive. It will be a great resource for parishioners by providing daily Mass readings, Catholic news and prayers, convenient prayer and Confession reminders, our bulletins and more. We hope for our new app to be a tool for fostering stronger parish life at St. Agnes and better engaging the New Evangelization. The links are on our home page and will take you to the marketplace appstore where they can download the myParish app.  Your feedback as we move forward with this new exciting tool is greatly appreciated.  Please let us know your thoughts!

Fr. Chris 25th Year Celebration! Follow Link or call Rectory to RSVP.

"JESUS", The New Musical Stage Show

DIOCESAN PROGRAMS ON THE AIR

Diocesan TV programs on the air in Berkshire county.

Tune in Sunday mornings for “Real to Reel” and the “Chalice of Salvation” on Albany TV station WXXA, Fox23. “Real to Reel” airs Sunday mornings at 5:30am followed immediately at 6am by the weekly televised Mass the “Chalice of Salvation.” In addition you can view full episodes on “Real to Reel” and homilies from the “Chalice of Salvation” on the diocesan Catholic news website, www.iobserve.org. Both programs are produced by the Catholic Communications Ministry, funded in large part by the Annual Catholic Appeal.

News Broadcast

2017 TAX CUT AND JOB ACT INFORMATION

Dear St. Agnes Academy and Parish Families,

We are pleased to bring your attention to changes to the federal tax code that will make it easier for Catholic school families to meet annual tuition obligations.  Per the 2017 Tax Cut and Job Act, effective January 2018, families can withdraw up to $10,000/year/student from that student’s 529 plan to pay for K-12 tuition.  The primary benefit of a 529 plan is that earnings in the plan are tax-free if used to pay qualified education expenses.  Attached for your review is a primer from the US Catholic Conference of Bishops on the changes to 529 plans occasioned by the recent legislation.

The change to the federal tax code follows upon changes to the MA tax code.  Effective January 1, 2017 through the 2021 tax year, contributions to Massachusetts 529 plans of up to $1,000 per year by an individual, and up to $2,000 per year by a married couple filing jointly, are deductible in computing Massachusetts taxable income.  Please be aware, in order for the contribution to be tax deductible on your Massachusetts state income tax return, the contribution must be made to a Massachusetts state sponsored plan.

Please note that St. Agnes Academy or Parish does not provide tax advice and we recognize that each family’s financial circumstance is unique.  We recommend that you consult your financial advisor or tax consultant to select the best options for your family.

Thank you,

Fr. Chris

PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS

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    ANNUAL YOUTH RETREAT I ACT X 2018

    Attention All Students Grades 8-12: The I ACT (I'm A Christian Teen) Youth Ministry Group is inviting you to our annual weekend retreat at Camp Holy Cross in Goshen. It will be held May 18 - May 20.Take advantage of this opportunity to step away from your everyday life and spend some time with your peers in a quiet environment to look at your life from a new perspective. We promise laughter, good conversation, good food and a great time. Retreat activities include: large group activities and games, small group discussion, skits and free time including swimming and boating. The cost for the weekend is $45. For registration forms, and more information, please visit: www.olveasthampton.org (see I ACT on the homepage) or call Justin Brown at 413-362-5064. Bring your friends too, and don't forget to ask about how you could come for free.

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    HELP NEEDED!

    Opening of Season Work Day at Camp Holy Cross on Saturday, April 28th from 8am-3pm. We have a great need for volunteers to handle the cabin clean-up, painting, annual repair work, and a great amount of brush clean-up and wood splitting. Lunch will be provided. Please bring tools if you have them. For more info. email Justin Brown at jbrown@saintagnescc.com. Mark your calendar!

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  • BEGINNING EXPERIENCE WEEKEND

    For all who are divorced, widowed or separated, there is a special heartache in finding oneself alone again. The Beginning Experience weekend is designed for those who wish to resolve the pain and grief of the marriage relationship that has ended and who wish to create a more peace-filled future. This weekend is taking place on May 4-6, 2018 at the Archdiocesan Conference Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, CT. The weekend begins Friday evening, May 4th and continues through Sunday afternoon, concluding with Mass. The fee is $265 per person and includes the program and materials, meals, two nights stay and a follow-up event. For more information and an application, please call Maureen at 860-285-8685 or Victoria at 860-993-2384, or go to: www.beginningexperience.org.

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  • CHC OVERNIGHT CAMP!

    Camp Holy Cross Overnight Camp 2018 available for children 8-15 years old. Session I—July 8-13 and Session II—July 15-20. Camp sessions are filled with fun, friends, field games, arts and crafts and water fun in an outdoors setting in nearby Goshen, MA. Cost is $350 per week including accommodations, meals and all camp materials for the week. Multi-sibling or multi-week discounts available. Registration and Health Forms, as well as pay online at www.campholycross.org. Register early! Sessions will sell out! Any questions, call 684-0125.

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  • PARISH STEWARDSHIP

    Please be generous to your parish. Stewardship of Time, Talent and Treasure is all our responsibility. Our parish is funded and operated by your generosity and  involvement. Please help us with our parish deficits by increasing your sacrificial giving amounts, joining Parish Pay, or more consistent use of offertory envelopes. Our Parish and School rely on your generosity. Thanks for all who sacrifice to help.

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  • PARISH LENDING LIBRARY DID YOU KNOW WE HAVE A PARISH LENDING LIBRARY?

    We have hundreds of books available to borrow in the parish lending library located in the Pastoral Center. Anytime CCD is in session on Sunday you are welcome to come over and browse our selections. During CCD office hours, you can ring the bell and look through the books. We have many books on saints, prayer, scripture, Catholic history, as well as biographies and theology. Come by and visit! The Pastoral Center is also open during CCD hours on Sunday morning to anyone who would like to come by, have a cup of coffee and relax while the students are in class.

    Office of Faith Formation
  • IS SOMEONE YOU KNOW INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC?

    Questions and answers in an informal setting. Classes begin in October. For more information contact Deacon George at 684-2371. All ages are welcome!

    Office of Faith Formation
  • CHC BRICK FUNDRAISER

    There are still bricks available! We invite you to support the Camp by purchasing your personalized, engraved brick that will be placed in front of the Chapel and will become a part of the CHC history. Proceeds will go to renovation efforts at Camp Holy Cross. This project will beautify this sacred space and further the mission of the Camp. For more info. or to order your personalized brick, visit the Camp website at www.campholycross.org and click on “Buy a Brick Fundraiser”. Thank you for your continued support of the Camp!

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  • PREGNANCY SUPPORT SERVICES

    Pregnancy Support Services of Berkshire County has been registered in the Amazon Smile Program where a designated charity can receive a donation of 5% of your purchase (from Amazon) on the Amazon web site. Please consider designating PSS, 34 Depot St, Pittsfield, MA. Charity EIN# 23-7288887 as your charity to receive this donation. Thank you!

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  • ST. AGNES YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY

    We meet once a month (3rd Thursday of the month) at Saint Agnes Academy Library from 7-8pm.  For young adults (ages 20-39) who seek to draw closer to Jesus Christ and His Church through worship, sturdy, discussion, fellowship and service. 

     For info. email: Fabricio.  Fernandes8@gmail.com or dwojcik@bcn.net.

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Upcoming Events

  • Spring Vacation

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  • LIFE TEEN MASS, DINNER AND EVENT

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  • CCD K-8

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  • 4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    Liturgical Dates
  • Blue Mass

    St. Joseph, Pittsfield, MA

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ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL

   

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UPCOMING ACADEMY EVENTS

  • Spring Vacation

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  • Middle School Robotics Program

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  • Admin Mtg

    Castle

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  • Middle School Movie Night

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  • MS Robotics

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HEADMASTER INFORMATION

A message to Parents About School Violence...

 parent letter about school violence 1347.pdf 

OUR STUDENTS

FAITH FORMATION EVENTS

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    ST. AGNES YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY

    We meet once a month (3rd Thursday of the month) at Saint Agnes Academy Library from 7-8pm. For young adults (ages 20-39) who seek to draw closer to Jesus Christ and His Church through worship, sturdy, discussion, fellowship and service, also social gatherings, community outreach and athletic events.  For info. email: Fabrcio.Fernandes8@gmail.com or dwojcik@bcn.net.

    Young Adult Ministry
  • Library

    ST. AGNES YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY

    We meet once a month (3rd Thursday of the month) at Saint Agnes Academy Library from 7-8pm. For young adults (ages 20-39) who seek to draw closer to Jesus Christ and His Church through worship, sturdy, discussion, fellowship and service, also social gatherings, community outreach and athletic events.  For info. email: Fabrcio.Fernandes8@gmail.com or dwojcik@bcn.net.

    Young Adult Ministry
  • Library

    ST. AGNES YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY

    We meet once a month (3rd Thursday of the month) at Saint Agnes Academy Library from 7-8pm. For young adults (ages 20-39) who seek to draw closer to Jesus Christ and His Church through worship, sturdy, discussion, fellowship and service, also social gatherings, community outreach and athletic events.  For info. email: Fabrcio.Fernandes8@gmail.com or dwojcik@bcn.net.

    Young Adult Ministry
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • PARISH LENDING LIBRARY DID YOU KNOW WE HAVE A PARISH LENDING LIBRARY?

    We have hundreds of books available to borrow in the parish lending library located in the Pastoral Center. Anytime CCD is in session on Sunday you are welcome to come over and browse our selections. During CCD office hours, you can ring the bell and look through the books. We have many books on saints, prayer, scripture, Catholic history, as well as biographies and theology. Come by and visit! The Pastoral Center is also open during CCD hours on Sunday morning to anyone who would like to come by, have a cup of coffee and relax while the students are in class.

    Office of Faith Formation
  • IS SOMEONE YOU KNOW INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC?

    Questions and answers in an informal setting. Classes begin in October. For more information contact Deacon George at 684-2371. All ages are welcome!

    Office of Faith Formation

THE 4 LIFE-GIVING GIFTS OF YOUCAT

CAMP HOLY CROSS

 

  

VISIT THE CAMP HOLY CROSS SITE!

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Information, Councilor Applications and Registrations/Health Forms as they become available!

Catholic Kids Summer

Published on Jun 26, 2015 - Father Christopher Malatesta of the Diocese of Springfield talks with Kevin Nelson and Father Reed about Camp Holy Cross, a great opportunity for kids. - Watch our video

Published on May 1, 2016 - A visit to Camp Holy Cross, a camp for youth, in Goshen, Mass. - Watch our video

Published on Aug 12, 2015 - Chalice of Salvation - Camp Holy Cross Mass - Watch our video

 

 

CAMP HOLY CROSS BROCHURE

BUY A BRICK AND GIVE THE GIFT TO LAST A LIFETIME

Brick Fundraiser supporting the current and future renovation of Camp Holy Cross We invite you to support the Camp by purchasing your personalized, engraved brick that will be placed in front of the Chapel and will become a part of the CHC History.  Proceeds will go to renovation efforts of CHC which includes the installation of an epoxy floor in the Chapel.  This project will beautify this sacred space and further the mission of the Camp.  Consider a brick for:

  • Your Name

  • Your Company Name

  • Memorial - honor a loved one

  • Special Memories

  • An inspirational message

  • Alumni / Camper

Have You or Someone you know benefited from CHC? Order Today On-line or download the form (chc_buy_a_brick_final.pdf)  and return to the rectory or deposit at Mass. Become part of our Beautiful Facility forever! 4" x 8" Brick $100 (Includes 1-3 lines (14 characters per line) 8" x 8" Brick $150 (Includes up to 6 lines (14 characters per line)

PROTECTING OUR YOUTH

   

The Diocese of Springfield and St. Agnes Parish is committed to keeping children and youth safe.  For questions regarding Child Safety issues, please contact our parish Child Advocates: Lisa Stankiewicz  684-1803 or Jim Stankiewicz 684-3143.

Information about Victim Outreach, Child Abuse Prevention, Safe Environment Programs and Training, Roles and Responsibilities, and Resources for Parents & Families are available on the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts Office of Child & Youth Protection website.

USCCB Resource:  Promise to Protect_Pledge to Heal - 2011-Charter-booklet.pdf 

Diocesan Pilgramage at Camp Holy Cross

PARISH BOARDS AND COUNCILS

Saint Agnes Catholic Community Governance

LINK TO BOARD/COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP

The healthy success of any community relies on the active participation and wise leadership of its members.  From its earliest days as a parish, St. Agnes CC has had wise, pragmatic and dedicated parishioners who stepped forward- sometimes asked, sometimes moved to volunteer, sometimes summoned- to work with the pastor and the diocese to create and maintain a parish that provided its members with liturgy, pastoral care, education and opportunities for ministry.  The Finance Council, Pastoral Council, Faith Formation Board and Academy Board provide governance at St. Agnes.