The entire LaSalle, Albany community congratulates Christopher Dean on receiving the Catholic Church’s Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion during the April 15th Easter Vigil Mass celebrated at Albany’s Church of St. Vincent de Paul.
Chris has spent the last year preparing for these three joyful sacraments of initiation into the Catholic church. Highlights included his weekend college Emmaus retreat in Niskayuna and experiencing the sacramental scrutinies by confessing his faith before the church in the Apostle’s Creed. Chris presented one of the three Holy Oils to Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger at the April Chrism Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for the Bishop’s blessing. At this mass, all diocesan priests renew their vows and the blessed oils are distributed throughout the entire Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany for sacramental use during the liturgical year.
Each morning during Holy Week – the period of Christ’s greatest suffering – Chris participated at St. Vincent’s for morning prayers, carrying in the Holy Oils at the Holy Thursday Mass, holding the Crucifix for the congregation’s veneration at the Good Friday Mass culminating in his receipt of the three sacraments of baptism, confirmation and holy communion at the Easter Vigil Mass!
For his confirmation sponsor, Chris chose LaSalle’s Campus Minister James LaFave. “Chris has be both faithful and extremely joyful about all God has done for him during this past year in his faith formation,” LaFave said wishing Chris the many blessings of the Savior in his future decisions.
In May 2016, Chris was named LaSalle’s recipient of the Albany Rotary’s Annual Youth Service Award honoring his determination and perseverance to learn, grow and accomplish his goals. Chris is currently pursuing an associate’s degree in Culinary Arts from the Schenectady County Community College.
LaSalle School is a leader in programs and services for youth and families in crisis offering a variety of programs designed to meet their needs including specialized residential placement, day service education, and alternative to detention services. The Counseling Center at LaSalle is an OMH and OASAS licensed outpatient behavioral health clinic located at LaSalle School, and currently implementing ACE treatment practices with youth and families. LaSalle is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), and affiliated with the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA), and the national Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. LaSalle is a member of The New York State Coalition of 853 Schools.