16 Jefferson Street
Nyack, New York 10960
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16 Jefferson St., Nyack
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Open for the remainder of 2016. There are immediate openings for weekday masses. Also candle requests for the Church & Chapel are available. Please call 268-4464—or stop by the office.
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St. Agnes, one of the earliest Roman martyrs, was put to death at a very young age (12 or 13) around 305 AD.
She is usually portrayed holding a lamb, which signifies her innocence. Also, her name sounds like the Latin word for lamb, "agnus." The palm branch in her hand is a symbol of her victory as a virgin martyr, remaining faithful to Christ unto death.
Each year on St. Agnes' feast day, Jan. 21, the Pope blesses two lambs. Their shorn wool is used to make the white woolen stole called a pallium, which is worn by archbishops.
Here's a video of Pope Benedict XVI blessing two adorable little lambs, who wear flower wreaths in honor of St. Agnes. Listen carefully and you'll hear one greet the Pope with a bleat the moment he steps into the room.
Oct. 18 -- George Bryant, music director at St. Ann's for nearly a half century, teacher, mentor, and master organist, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 9 at the age of 77. The cause of death was Parkinson's.
The beauty and sublimity of his music were worthy of the most magnificent cathedral or the greatest concert hall. Yet it was here at St. Ann's that he offered this gift to us. And the most humble parishioner at prayer, the joyful, young bride and groom, and the grief-stricken mourners at the requiem mass found their hearts swept up by music that comforted and consoled, gladdened and glorified, to the all-loving God and His peace beyond all understanding.
That was George Bryant's blessing.
His wake and funeral, like most, were filled with friends and stories and memories. But as his life was dedicated to music, so his final services were filled with song.
George was accorded the honor of having his wake held in the church, on Friday evening, where he lay in repose before the sanctuary near the altar of the Blessed Mother. Artists, musicians, former students, and choirs showed their love and gratitude for George by performing for the mourners who came to pay their last respects.
Hundreds came to his Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, Oct. 15, and George was laid to rest on the hillside of Oak Hill Cemetery in Nyack, above the village where he had lived his whole life.
You'll find here on this website photos taken over the past few days, a copy of the eulogy and homily from the funeral mass, tributes written by those who knew and loved George, and photos of George and parish events from years ago. Please browse through them in memory of a good man and gifted artist and beloved brother in Christ.
May he rest in peace. As parishioner Kevin Doyle said, "Heaven's music just got better."
Nancy Conroy describes the events of the past few days at St. Ann's in "A Celebration of the Life of George Bryant."
And here is a copy of the homily delivered by Deacon Luke Conroy at George's Mass of Christian Burial. It's titled "George of St. Ann."
John Patrick Schutz, delivered the heartfelt eulogy of his longtime friend and teacher. You'll find it here.
Tributes came to us from many who knew and loved George over the years. Click on the links for the full text.
Oct. 6 -- After a fruitful season's harvest of many pounds of produce, it's time to put our Garden of Faith to bed for the winter.
The closing workday will be Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 am to 2 pm. Bring your gloves, a shovel, and a wheelbarrow, if you can.
We'll be clearing the plant material and removing the hoses for storage. As the day contnues, we'll be adding compost and manure to the beds and wood chips to the pathways. Come and see our garden ministry in action. Many hands make light work.
Even if you can come for just an hour or whatever you can manage, that will make a world of difference and lessen the load for others. Rain date: Sunday, Oct. 30, at 10 am. Contact Janet Fenton, 845-535-0793, for more information.