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Monday, September 5, Noon to 4:00 pm, Cook Park, Colonie, Labor Day Celebration.  After long years of the pandemic, the Solidarity Committee’s Labor Day Picnic and Celebration is back.  There will be awards given to the organizers of Starbucks and Amazon and others.  There will be some short speeches and there will be music.  It is a pot luck picnic, so bring a dish to share: an entree, salad or dessert.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, (vegetarian also available) and soft drinks provided. This year’s theme is Organize a Union at Work!  This event is free and open to everyone.  Directions:  In the Village of Colonie, take Lincoln Avenue, off Central Avenue, for about a mile, the take a left on Shambrook Parkway, look for the Solidarity Committee pavilion.

Friday, September 16 – Saturday, September 17,St. Kateri Tekakwitha National Shrine Fonda, NY The First-ever Pax Christi New York State Gathering and The 24th Annual Kateri Peace Conference. On Friday, September 16th, join Pax Christi New York State in beautiful upstate New York for a gathering at the St. Kateri National Shrine in Fonda, NY, working cooperatively with the Shrine and the Kateri Peace Conference (to be held Saturday, September 17, 2022).

We are extending this invitation to all who are interested in healing past transgressions and affirming a future with justice and compassion. Many Catholics are aware that the Doctrine of Discovery served as a legal, moral, and spiritual justification for colonialism, the oppression and destruction of indigenous cultures, and the theft of land along with the right to land ownership and cultural identity. We are delightedly and deeply appreciative of Syracuse Bishop Douglas J. Lucia who has addressed the need for a papal apology and complete and thorough renunciation of the Doctrine of Discovery.

Our gathering will be a day of community-building as a state region of Pax Christi and an opportunity to learn (more) about the Doctrine of Discovery from a Native American on indigenous land and to tour the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha National Shrine.

Then on Saturday, the 17th, at the 24th Kateri Peace Conference, we will be informed, inspired, and activated. The Conference will include a tour of the National Shrine of North American Martyrs in Auriesville, NY, with a special presentation at the grave of Fr. Daniel Berrigan. We will watch “Voices For Peace,” a new documentary movie, meet the director, Michael Kennedy, and discuss the film with her and several of the activists in the movie.

We are also inviting some very special speakers and will share more details in our next announcement coming soon. Remember please save these dates. You won’t be disappointed!

To register please notify both Rosemarie Pace at nypaxchristi@gmail.com and John Amidon at jajaja1234@aol.com. Please indicate if you are registering for the Pax Christi NYS Gathering, the Kateri Peace Conference, or both. Check one:

I am registering for _____ the Pax Christi NYS Gathering

______ the Kateri Peace Conference _____ both the Gathering and the Conference.

The Kateri Peace Conference has always been a labor of love. Anyone can attend for free; however, we ask for a modest $20 – $40 donation.

If you are also attending the Pax Christi NYS Gathering or only attending the Pax Christi NYS Gathering, please consider a donation/additional donation of $20 or whatever you are able to pay, but know that no one will be turned away.

As we’re sure you understand, there are expenses for both days. Your donation helps cover the cost of lunch, a donation to the Shrine, speaking honoraria, and other refreshments.

Donations will be accepted at the events. Checks can be made to Veterans for Peace.

Driving Directions to the Saint Kateri National Shrine and Historic Site: Take the NYS Thruway to exit 28, Fonda/Fultonville. Turn left after exiting, then right over the bridge. Turn left on Route 5. Proceed approximately 1½ miles (through Fonda, staying on Route 5) to the National Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine. The Shrine is on the right with good parking.

Information:  John Amidon at:   jajaja1234@aol.com