COOPERSTOWN – Father Peter Pagones, who retired from St. Paul the Apostle and Our Lady of Mount Carmel churches in Schenectady last July, will be interim pastor at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Catholic Church here, according to Diocese of Albany spokesman Mary DeTurris Poust.
He will fill in while a permanent successor is sought for Father John P. Rosson, 71, who retired Sunday after 19 years as pastor locally. He plans to be at St. Mary’s every weekend, and for Holy Week.
COOPERSTOWN – Funeral arrangements have been announced for former Cooperstown Central Superintendent of Schools Paul J. Lambert.
Calling hours will be 3-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home. The funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Catholic Church in Cooperstown.
The former superintendent, who passed away Wednesday, Dec. 27, at Bassett Hospital, also served as principal and, later, Clark Foundation Scholarship Program director. He was also a coach and well-respected community member.
The Most Rev. Edward B. Scharfenberger, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Albany, paid his first visit to Cooperstown this afternoon since his April 10 installation to confirm 20 young parishioners at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Church.
At top, Bishop Scharfenberger prepares to confirm a young person with sacred chrism (oil). Father John P. Rosson, pastor, is at right, and Cantor Steve Markusen, Oneonta, in the background.
In smaller photo, the bishop deliveries his homily to the confirmation class, recounting how St. Augustine lived a riotous life as a young man. Such living, he said, “leaves a hole in our hearts.” When Augustine discovered that, he turned to the church. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)