The Holodak Family: It was 1951, when St Pius became an independent parish, that my parents, Jim and Edith Naughter, enrolled our family. Previously we had to drive to Our Lady of Angels in Albany. There was no parking lot for the chapel so we parked up and down both sides of Route 9.
I loved the little chapel and Frank and I were married there in May 1954. Before the wedding Father Kirwin sat us at his dining room table in the rectory, shared his words of wisdom, and prepared us for our upcoming nuptials.
We have been so fortunate to call St. Pius home all these years. Our four children , Karen, Katie, Jim and Kristin all graduated from St. Pius school – their fine education thanks to the good Sisters of St. Joseph. Our grandchildren, Michael, Dan, Emily and Grace were also lucky to be proud graduates.
We have so many fond memories – the Altar Rosary Society’s communion breakfasts and card parties/fashion shows, the Halloween dances, the haunted houses, the beginnings of the Parish Council, the parent/teachers meetings, and numerous committees – all resulted in making many cherished friendships.
We’re older (old?) now and still try to stay involved. Frank ushers and he lectures at 6:30 Mass. I’m still involved in a couple of ministries – but not quite so much anymore.
How are we so blessed to be here at St Pius at this time with Fr Walsh at the helm? Our parish has grown so much since it’s beginnings thanks in most part to Fr. Walsh’s welcoming efforts and short, to the point sermons. May God always bless him and keep him in his care
I’ll close by saying thanks to Fr Walsh for the little ceremony of renewing our vows in our present chapel before the 9:00 am Mass 65 years later.