The Catholic Communities of
Schroon Lake and Olmstedville, New York

News from the Parishes

National Recognition for Our Parishes

Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Joseph parishes were selected from among 330 parishes in 113 dioceses in the U.S. for the Profiles In Giving feature in the April 2008 issue of Catholic Extension magazine. Read the full article here.

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Apostolic Nuncio - 2013

Thomas Garcia, an altar server from Our Lady of Lourdes who served at the Year of Faith Mass in Lake Placid, posed with Archbishop Vigano, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, following the diocesan celebration.

Parish Partners - 2013

The members of our parish partners from the Standing Rock Reservation and people of the Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota were guests of our parishioners when they came to visit the shrines of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha in New York and Canada.

Confirmation - 2013

Newly confirmed from St. Joseph's and Our Lady of Lourdes with Bishop LaValley and Father Sturtz

First Communion - 2013

First Communicant at Our Lady of Lourdes with Father Sturtz

Parish Scholarship - 2012

Bishop LaValley and Father Sturtz are with Will Lowe, a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes who was presented with a parish scholarship to Saint Michael's College in Vermont where he is enrolled in his Freshman year.

Bishop Terry LaValley's Visit to the Parishes - June 2012

Bishop LaValley visited our parishes on June 23 to bless the new church doors at Our Lady of Lourdes. The photos above show the blessing ceremony. Bishop LaValley also visited at St. Joseph's parish. He is pictured with a group of parishioners from St. Joseph's and with Father Sturtz.

Formation for Ministry - 2012

Included among the participants in the Formation for Ministry Program in Ticonderoga are Alisa Barror, Dorothy Bean, Cathy Greubel, Fran Mahler, Dan Stewart and Peter Winkler from Our Lady of Lourdes; Tom Grace and Darlene and Tom Luciano from Saint Joseph's.

Change for Christmas - 2011

Children from the Religious Education programs at St. Joseph's and Our Lady of Lourdes took part in Change for Christmas, a program to raise money for the North Country Mission of Hope. The children collected spare change and sent it to the Mission of Hope to be used in the Children Feeding Children program in Nicaragua. Here two of the children from St. Joseph's stand with the angel that was placed at the church doors to accept the donations.

Confirmation Class - 2010

Confirmation Class of 2010 from Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Joseph parishes with Bishop Terry LaValley and Father Sturtz

First Communion 2010 - Our Lady of Lourdes

First communion class of 2010 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

First Communion 2010 - St. Joseph

First communicant and May crowning at St. Joseph's parish

Mission of Hope Project - St. Joseph's Parish, Olmstedville

The parishioners of Saint Joseph's Church in Olmstedville have contributed money to construct a home for Nicaraguans who presently are living in cardboard houses. It will be built and blessed by Father Sturtz when he goes to Nicaragua in February. Pictures of the event will be placed on our website later.
Update - Click to see photos of the Nicaragua Mission Trip.

Altar Servers Picnic - 2009

The weather was perfect and everyone had lots of fun.

Peace Monument

Students and teachers prepare paper cranes for the Children's Peace Monument in Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima, Japan.

May Crowning - 2008

May crowning of the Blessed Mother at Our Lady of Lourdes parish.

Anniversary Celebration at Our Lady of Lourdes - February 11, 2008

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish commemorated the 150th anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes with a special Mass and parish dinner. Here Father Sturtz delivers the homily at the Mass.

Statue of Our Lady of Lourdes displayed in the sanctuary of the church.

Special cake decorated for the occasion.

Father Sturtz cutting the anniversary cake.

Parishioners at the anniversary dinner.

Why Catholic? Program at St. Joseph's Parish

Participants in the Why Catholic? program from St. Joseph's parish gather for a group picture at St. Joseph's Church.

Bible Study at Our Lady of Lourdes

Members of the Bible Study Group at Our Lady of Lourdes parish meet once a week in the Parish Center to deepen their knowledge of the Scriptures.

American Red Cross Volunteer - Michel Lee

Michel Lee has served as a volunteer with the American Red Cross in assisting hurricane victims in Louisiana and Texas as well as in emergencies in other parts of the United States.

Mission of Hope Volunteers

Bill Calmbacher, Mary Garcia, Beverly Gogola, and Brenda Flynn (pictured left to right) have served as volunteers in the North Country Mission of Hope program in Nicaragua.

Religious Education Program - Our Lady of Lourdes

Students and teachers from the kindergarten through sixth grade religious education program at Our Lady of Lourdes parish. Classes are held once a week after school during the school year.

Students Helping Others - January 2008

Students from the religious education program at St. Joseph's parish in Olmstedville prepared items to be distributed by the members of the Mission of Hope project when they visit Nicaragua later this month.

Essex Parishes Helping Others - October 2007

From the North Country Catholic - October 24, 2007

Essex parishes continue to help other parishes in need

Schroon Lake - At the time of Hurricane Katrina the American Bishops asked the United States Catholic Extension Society to coordinate a program in which parishes could assist in the recovery of churches damaged by the Gulf Shore storm. The Society organized the Parish Partnership Program and designated churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas that were in need of assistance.

The Parish Councils of Our Lady of Lourdes in Schroon Lake and St. Joseph's in Olmstedville voted to make monthly contributions for a period of one year to Saint Ann's Church in Lakeside, Mississippi in the Diocese of Biloxi.

Deacon Lucien Moragas, assigned to the devastated parish, was invited to come to the Diocese of Ogdensburg and speak to the parishioners of both churches as part of the Mission Co-op Appeal in July 2006. A total of $12,500.00 was contributed by Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Joseph's as part of the Parish Partnership Program as well as contributors to the missionary appeal.

In a recent phone call to Father Richard Sturtz, pastor of the two parishes, Deacon Moragas informed him that Saint Ann's Church has been fully restored although many parishioners are still living in temporary housing.

Following the success of the Parish Partnership Program in the Gulf Shore states, the Catholic Extension Society decided to give parishes the opportunity to assist other needy congregations throughout the United States.

The churches in Schroon Lake and Olmstedville, along with 317 parishes in 113 dioceses, are continuing in the program in partnership with the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother in Kenel, South Dakota.

The mission church is located on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in the Diocese of Rapid City. The parish consists of 53 families of the Lakota Tribe, proud descendants of Chief Sitting Bull.

According to their pastor, the weekly income amounts only to $65.00 because of the high unemployment among the Native American parishioners. Recently two Benedictine Sisters have come to the reservation to conduct a religious education program for the children in Kenel as well as other churches under the pastor's charge.

Obviously, partnership between the Catholic Communities of Schroon Lake and Olmstedville and the mission in Kenel will be an ongoing commitment, Father Sturtz said.

Read more about the mission church in Kenel, South Dakota from the Extension Society web site.