2021 Men’s & Women’s Advent Breakfasts

On Saturday December 4th, Wolferts Roost Country Club will be hosting our annual Men’s and Women’s Advent Breakfasts! These events are a great way to kick off the Advent season, meet fellow parishioners, as well as hear from our speakers on how their Faith lives and personal lives intersect.

When: Saturday, December 4th from 8:30-9:30am

Where: Wolferts Roost Country Club

Cost per attendee: $23

The registration deadline for the Men’s and Women’s Advent Breakfasts was November 30th at 9:00pm. For questions, reach out to Neil Johanning at ngjohanning@yahoo.com

Our 2021 Speakers

Deacon Marty Dinan

Molly Poleto

Deacon Marty Dinan and his wife of over 35 years, Katrina, joined the St. Pius community over 1 year ago.  They have two grown sons, Matthew residing in North Greenbush, N.Y and Christopher, residing in Macedon, N.Y.  Christopher and his Wife, Jessica have given Deacon Marty and his wife two grandsons, Liam, 11 and Leif, 19 months.

Now retired from two professions, one as a Colonel in the N. Y. Army National Guard and also as a Sergeant in the North Greenbush police department, Deacon Marty currently serves as the Director of Veterans enrollment for The College of Saint Rose, Albany N.Y.

Those that know Marty probably observed his service to others no matter what he is engaged in at the moment.  You may see him at Mass, funerals and various other parish events.  However, he is well known in the veteran and military communities in the Capital district.  Additionally, he is known for assisting his student veterans, service members and their families with every facet of their college experience.  He has made it known that he will assist all members of the veteran community with their educational opportunities regardless of where they attend school.

Currently, Deacon Marty has initiated a new men’s ministry, called “That Man is You.” This program is a one of its kind in upstate New York, and it strives to bring men of all ages to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through a shared weekly experience over several months.

Deacon Marty also brings a solid experience of leadership to the St. Pius X Parish.  He has led and served various military units in size from 14 personnel to over 588.  Additionally, he has served in various military staff positions to include operations, logistics, military law enforcement and transportation.

With his vast experience of serving in three different wars, and as a police officer in his community, he understands human trauma, self-discipline, grief and the “shared experience” of journeying together.  Today we will hear Deacon Marty share his story of how he prayed to Jesus Christ and the Blessed Mother to walk with him on his journey of “bullets and rosary beads.”  His experiences will show how the grace of God is offered to everyone, no matter what their background is.

Molly Poleto and her husband Peter joined the St. Pius community about 9 years ago.  They have 2 grown sons, one living in Colorado and one in Connecticut.

Now a retired oncology and hospice nurse, Molly placed her nursing career on hold for a time to raise their sons, working in her most valued profession as a “stay at home mom”.

Those of us who know Molly have probably observed her service through several ministries and projects at St. Pius.  You might see her at the church door greeting mass-goers, as an Ambassador, or serving Communion as a Eucharistic Minister.  You may have talked with her about the Capitol Campaign as she helped to raise the funds needed to build our new Parish Life Center.  Others may know Molly through her leadership on our Baptism team, the Information Hub ministry, our Cornerstone Retreat teams, or more recently, projects and ministries to help girls and women in crisis pregnancies.   However, if you were to ask Molly about her time at St. Pius, she would humbly and sincerely testify that she has received far, far more than she has ever given.

Not only has she taken these the lead to launch some of these ministries, Molly and Peter make a great team!  In their commitment to the covenant of marriage, they organized and executed a one-day marriage retreat at St. Pius in 2018 — for engaged and married couples with a Dynamic Catholic speaker, Dr. Alan Hunt.  It was a huge success!  And to extend our marriage ministries at St. Pius, they participate in and have also facilitated a “Gather 10 Small Group” for married couples which has been a faithful and growing experience for each couple, but especially for Molly and Peter.   Again, receiving far more than what was given.

Molly also volunteers outside the walls of St. Pius in a couple of ways —  to serve meals and help in the Free Medical Clinic at the Capital City Rescue Mission in downtown Albany and by serving as a health care trustee on Hudson’s Columbia Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees.

Today, we will hear Molly share her story about her prayer life, how she moved from “zero to 60” in praying, and how it all happened through expected and unexpected experiences, and by the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

For questions:

Neil Johanning


(518) 459-2015