The Colbert/Calabrese Family: Before joining St. Pius X my husband, Mike, and I were parishioners of a small parish located in the south end of Albany—St. John’s/St. Ann’s. We continued to attend St. John’s/St. Ann’s even though our older daughter, Leah, was attending St. Pius X School. It wasn’t until we attended midnight Mass at St. Pius X one year that sparked our desire to become parishioners; that was about 20 years ago. Eventually my parents, Rosario “Rocky” and Anna Mary Calabrese, and sister, MaryAnne Calabrese, moved from Albany to Colonie and joined my family (Mike, Leah, Alayna and I) at Mass often, ultimately making it their parish. Three years ago, my brother, Chris Calabrese, joined. I read that praying as a family brings you closer to the happiness God wants you to have.
The decision to stay at St. Pius X is simple—Fr. Walsh’s sermons—short and relatable. My family and I are regulars at the 5pm Mass and his sermons keep us talking at our Sunday dinners; they have made me become a better Christian and we look forward to his message every week. The many parishioners we have met over the years have shaped our lives and we are forever grateful. We feel all our spiritual needs are met at St. Pius X – the parish is open to new ideas, numerous opportunities to get involved, and offers outreach to the poor. “A life not lived for others is not a life.”-Mother Teresa.