Shrine Church of
Our Lady of the Americas
Join us for Mass on Sundays at 9:30 AM (English) and 12:00 PM (Español).
Who we are
W e are a multicultural, Catholic community in the heart of the City of Albany. Our community is committed to exercising our bold faith through pragmatic actions. We follow both a Jesus that lives and transforms the lives of others with unconditional love and unstoppable hope and a loving Father that calls us to do more for each other. Our church welcomes families from diverse cultures, languages, and ethnic backgrounds. We have been blessed with the opportunity to bring the word of God to English, Spanish and Filipino speakers. We are grateful that we are able to celebrate God’s love for us through many different cultures. One God, one Love, many expressions of the same love. We invite you to participate in this enlightening experience.
News & Events
We are happy to share that Masses will resume at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Americas this coming Sunday, August 2nd at the usual times: 9:30am in English and 12:00pm in Spanish.
Please remember to wear your mask and to use the side entrance located on N Lake Ave where you will need to sign-in, use hand sanitizer and be greeted by one of our ambassadors.
There is still no obligation to attend Mass. Persons who are vulnerable are encouraged to stay home. Both Masses will be live-streamed on our Facebook page.
What to Expect When You Return to Church
There is still no obligation to attend Mass because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Even though we will resume Masses this Sunday at the usual 9:30 am and 12:00 pm, persons who are vulnerable are encouraged to stay at home. Since all will not be able to attend Mass at church, our Masses will continue to be available on Facebook. Fr. O’Connor has named Don Arnold as our Shrine Coordinator of “Returning to Mass Safely”.
No one should come to church if they have a fever of 100˚ or higher, are experiencing any Coronavirus symptoms, or have been exposed/tested positive for the Coronavirus.
1. All must enter the Church using the Lake Avenue entrance and have their name and phone number taken at the door. Face masks must be worn from the time you leave your vehicle to come into Church until you return to your vehicle after Mass.
3. All will be escorted to a place to sit, directed during communion, and dismissed to exit the church.
4. Singing can cause the virus to travel longer distances so all should listen, not sing to the beautiful music.
5. At all times, six feet social distancing must be observed.
6. Do not gather in groups before or after Mass. After leaving Church, go directly to your car.
The advice from the health community and the Albany Diocese strongly encourages us to receive the Body of Christ in your hand. Then as you turn away from the minister of the Eucharist lower your mask, consume the Body of Christ, and then raise your mask again. This helps protect not only you and but others who distribute and receive the Holy Eucharist.
Facebook Live Stream of Sunday Masses at 9:30 am (English) and 12:00 pm (Spanish)
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See the Homilies Page for Father O’Connor’s Weekly Homilies
Please save the dates for our Annual Parish Weekend at Pyramid Life Center is August21-23. Applications will be made available once the final CDC and state regulations for overnight camps become available to determine final recommendations. All will be required to follow social distance guidelines (masks, etc.) for the gathering areas. This year you will not be required to prepare or clean up after meals, the team at camp will assist in this to ensure the best safety control possible. The cost will remain the same $50 for adults, children under 18 free, camper ships will be available. But space will be limited. For any questions please reach Don Klose at 518 986 0280. We hope to see you there!!
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Congratulations to the Shrine Church graduates!
Kathryn Giordano ~ Guilderland High School
Yesenia. L Rios, Gabriana Mcbride, and Julian A Rodriguez ~ Albany High School
Noel Omar Molina ~ Tony Clement Center Education
Jalisa M Stella ~ Delaware Community School
Xavier Khushnood and Aboud Abbas ~ Hudson Valley Community College
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