Weekly Announcements

September 17, 2017

 OUR LECTORS — September (17th) Jane Birmingham, John Meehan  (24th) Sheila France and Spanish Lector.   If you would like to serve as a lector, please speak to or call Judy Damron (334-9646).

 HOLY CROSS DAY – This year we will celebrate the Feast of the Holy Cross on Sunday, September 24, with a bi-lingual Eucharist, at 4PM.  A Pot Luck Supper will follow.  This is one of four opportunities we have each year to gather as one family of faith to celebrate and strengthen our special identity as a multicultural parish.  Given these trying times it becomes ever more important that we affirm to each other and to the wider community the oneness in Christ that we own and that takes precedence over any other contrived identities that might be used to divide us.

ARS CHORALIS BENEFIT CONCERT – For the Ulster Immigrant Defense Fund will be held on Friday evening, October 6th at Saint James Methodist Church.  Please plan  to attend and bring as many friends as you can.

FEAST OF SAINT FRANCIS AND THE BLESSING OF ANIMALS – On Sunday, October 1, we will celebrate a children’s liturgy that will include a blessing of animals.  You are invited to bring your furry, winged,  and scaly friends to church on that day.

PEOPLE’S PLACE FOOD PANTRY —  People’s Place, a food pantry serving all of Ulster County, is hosting a FREE Farm Stand every Tuesday from now until the end of October at their location on 17 St. James Street in Kingston.  This Farm Stand distributes fresh fruits and vegetables between the hours of 9 am  12 pm. Please bring along a bag to collect the food.  For more information, please call People’s Place at 338-4030.

People’s Place   is also seeking volunteers especially on Saturdays for a few hours to distribute or deliver food.  If you have a few hours to help, please phone Christine Hein  (Director) at 845-338-4030  or one of our Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Food Deacons:  Susan Hayes at 845-336-0254 or Peter Franceschetti at 845-594-1984.

ULSTER IMMIGRANT DEFENSE NETWORK  (UIDN) – Please go on line and visit the website of the UIDN – UlsterImmigrantDefenseNetwork.org – The Ulster Immigrant Defense Fund (UIDF) which is part of the Network can receive contributions through PayPal.  You will also see this when you visit the site.  If you are interested in becoming more involved in this good work please speak with Father Frank.

ADULT BIBLE STUDY —  The next Bible Study is scheduled for September 21th at 6 pm and will continue on a bi-weekly basis through November when the schedule will be re-evaluated.  If  you are interested in more information please speak to Father Frank or Judy Damron.

 SOAP CLOSET – The Soap Closet will resume operation on September 26th  (from 10-12) and September 27th (from 12-2).  It will be open on the last full week of the month on Tuesdays and Thursdays during those same time periods until the end of June.  All contributions are a huge help and are greatly appreciated.

 COFFEE HOUR — Each week we enjoy light refreshments and fellowship after the service. When it’s your week, just bring a coffee cake or some other pastry-like item as well as something that is not sugary, such as some sort of fruit or cheese and  crackers, etc.  as an option for those of us who must or wish to stay away from sugar. Many thanks!  If you cannot make your scheduled week, please feel free to switch with someone else. To be added to or deleted from the schedule, please notify Judy Damron.  Scheduled in  September:  (3) Judy Damron;  (10) Tebbie Collins; (17) Herb Wilcox; (24) Chuck Krulis.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) CLASSES – Our program is being taught by an instructor from BOCES on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. through the summer.  If you can help in any way, please contact Mother Filomena.


BIRTHDAYS — In September:  (1st)  Carol Dederick; (3rd) Elaine Mertine; (5th) Chace Snyder; (8th) Frank Alagna; (25th) Patty Parker Longendyke; (26th) Melia Jansen.

ANNIVERSARIES  — In  September:  (11th) Jack Weeks and Tebbie Collins.

MEMORIALS — In September:   (9th) Francis Radell (candle by Betty Radell and family); (11th) Sara Moxon (candle by Betty Radell and family); Joseph Radell (candle by Betty Radell and family); (17th) Aletha Meek (candle by Karen McGeeney); (26th) John DeStasio; (27th) Lillian Wilcox; (27th) Fr. Stanley Dean.


Please continue to  keep these people in your prayers:  Brenton Bradley (brother of Shamien Jensen) and the members of his Osprey Squadron who are stationed in Okinawa, Michael Brandt, Richard Brandt (brother of Michael Brandt), Katie Brandt, Jamie Canipe (friend of Sheila France), Ben Cross, Maryann Donaldson (sister of Gloria DeFalco Hamilton), Sheila France, Maria Gagliardi (friend of Gloria DeFalco Hamilton), Gloria DeFalco Hamilton, June Lamark, Richie McDonough (friend of Judy Damron), John McGeeney, Nathaniel Ordway, Sandra Owen (friend of Tebbie Collins), B. J. Radell (daughter of Betty Radell), David Reed (Judy Damron), Paula Slater (niece of Betty Radell), Ruben Velasco, Gloria Zoda (aunt of Gloria DeFalco Hamilton).  Please continue to pray for peace and for all military personnel and civilians whose lives are impacted by war.


Bishop Dietsche today released the following statement in support of Holyrood Church’s provision yesterday of sanctuary to an undocumented mother and her children*.

August 18, 2017

The Episcopal Diocese of New York has numerous Latino/Latina congregations, and thousands of immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries who worship at our altars and live as our brothers and sisters in sacred communion.  In April I wrote a letter (https://www.dioceseny.org/bishop-writes-on-sanctuary/) to the diocese encouraging parishes to protect their members who may be in danger, and to provide legal and pastoral resources to assist undocumented people in the actions they may be facing.  I asked our parishes to explore the possibility of sanctuary, and the different forms that sanctuary might take.  My colleague, Bishop Mary Glasspool, gathered resources for churches which may be found on our diocesan website (https://www.dioceseny.org/sanctuary-resources/; https://www.dioceseny.org/bishop-glasspool-writes-on-sanctuary/) .

It is our conviction that decisions made to offer sanctuary must be made at the local, parochial level, and we know that what “sanctuary” means will differ from community to community.  I have made it clear that I will in every case respect the pastoral decisions and judgments made by the clergy and leaders of our parishes in their care of their people.  Providing safe refuge inside the church is only one of those possibilities, but it has a long and noble history in the Christian church.  In America, government agencies have generally respected the sanctity of the church threshold.

Yesterday, Holyrood Parish in Washington Heights held a press conference* in which they announced that they were providing sanctuary refuge in the church to an undocumented immigrant and her American-born children.  I am not unmindful of the risks that this means both for the parish and for the sanctuary family.  Yet in the changing landscape regarding immigration and deportations in which we find ourselves, I believe this is a well-considered choice marked by integrity and faith.  The clergy and people of Holyrood Parish have my full support, the support of this diocese, and this imperiled family has my prayers.

 The Rt. Rev. Andrew ML Dietsche

Bishop of New York


White Supremacy – Charlottesville in Ulster County

(This appeared as an Op Ed piece in the Times Herald and as a Letter to the Editor in the Freeman this past week.)

As we reflect on the recent events in Charlottesville, we need search no further than our own backyard to find signs of the same, ugly white supremacy.   It seems that Ulster County Sheriff Van Blarcum rules over a fiefdom systematically skewed against those whose skin is not white.

We recently met with three Ulster County law enforcement agents who have filed a Federal anti-discrimination suit against two of their superior officers and Sheriff Van Blarcum.    Their accusations are, to say the least, troubling.   As the case advances through the courts, we believe it is important to bring the substance of it to broad public attention.

The aggrieved officers have all demonstrated their skills and competence; all have long histories of good service.   Yet these officers have seemingly been passed over repeatedly for job promotions.   The officers contend that the Sheriff and his officers routinely award the better jobs to their white junior colleagues, heirs apparent to the Old White Boys Club that, in their experience, is the operational model within the Sheriff’s department.

The complaint documents numerous incidents that clearly support and give compelling credence to their accusations of a culture of systemic racism and explicit white bias.    Hopefully, the justice that has eluded these loyal public servants within the Sheriff’s domain will be delivered through the Federal judiciary.

But there’s more.   The culture of the county’s division of law enforcement seems to be wracked by systemic corruption, where white officers are immune to reprimand, even when they commit egregious offences.  There appears to be a pattern of intervention in which even major offenses are covered up or minimized; disciplinary action, if any, is token; actual felons are returned to police duty and even promoted.

In one incident, an off-duty Ulster County officer threw a glass at a woman in a bar room altercation, causing a laceration to the victim’s face that required multiple stitches.  Objectively this constitutes criminal assault.  While the officer was arrested on felony assault charges, his offense was pleaded down to a misdemeanor.   The officer was not demoted, received no more than a slap on the wrist, and when Van Blarcum became Sheriff he promoted the officer to the rank of Sergeant.

Sheriff Van Blarcum has been quite vocal about the necessity to strictly adhere to the law when it comes to civil infractions by our undocumented neighbors.   But he does no more than pay lip service to the law when his white officers are involved.

For the sake of public safety, as well as justice within the department, it would seem that the creation of an external Internal Affairs Bureau is both necessary and long overdue.  In light of the revelations that have surfaced in the anti-discrimination lawsuit, the people have cause for concern.   It seems clear that Ulster County Law Enforcement is not equipped to police itself.  Only an independent body can ensure that both the requirements of justice and the need for public safety are served.


The Rev. Frank J. Alagna, Ph.D., Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Episcopal Church

The Rev. Jim Childs, Pointe of Praise Church

The Rev. G. Modele Clarke, New Progressive Baptist Church



Presiding Bishop — The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Bishop of New York — The Rt. Rev. Andrew M. L. Dietsche
Bishop Suffragan — The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin
Assisting Bishop – The Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool

Priest in Charge, Holy Cross — Fr. Frank Alagna (845-332-8610)
Priest in Charge, Santa Cruz — Mo. Filomena Servellon (845-802-0166)
Seminarian in Residence — Steve Schunk (914-474-4330)
Volunteer Office Staff — John Boyd, Judy Damron, Chuck Krulis, Tebbie Collins

Wardens – Judy Damron (334-9646), Chuck Snyder (384-6174)
Vestry Members:
Sheila France (389-8560)
Anselmo Guerra (616-6592)
Isabel Hernandez (399-4428)
Chuck Krulis (339-3750)
Yvelisse Perez (347-666-6534)
Invited Member: Paula Perez-Francisco (430-8922)
Clerk of the Vestry: Sheila France
Officers: Finance: Tebbie Collins (338-4097)
Treasurer: Lisa Milhaven

Church Ministries
Lay Eucharistic Ministers — Joe Buboltz, Esther Lemus,
Karen McGeeney, Rigo Vivas
Altar Guild — Katie Brandt (331-3259)
Building Use — Elaine Mertine and June Lamark (255-6619)
Ministers of Music — Arturo and Lia Nieto (594-8675)
Garden Club — Tebbie Collins (338-4097) & Connie Snyder (384-6174)
Parish House Thrift Shop — Sheila France (339-8560)
Soap Closet — Betty Schoen-Rene (340-1010)
Sunday School — Tebbie Collins (338-4097) & Esther Lemus (336-4679)
Bulletin — Karen McGeeney (331-1304)
Website — Connie Snyder (384-6174)

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