Rev. George Fleming-
Pastor and Spiritual Director
Pastoral Council Mission Statement
The Mission of the Corpus Christi Pastoral Council is to promote the work of Jesus Christ in our community by assisting the pastor in providing pastoral planning for the parish that fosters a Catholic Community of Faith, Worship, and Service.
*Meetings are open to all parishioners
Meet Our Pastoral Council
Kerry Stapleton -
I am Kerry Stapleton. My wife and I have been members of Corpus Christi for about 15 years, having been members of St. Edwards previously and Our Lady of the Assumption in Latham before buying our house 21 years ago. I’m also a Eucharistic Minister and have been for some years.
I am excited to be a part of the Pastoral Council as I want to be more involved in the church, and specifically want to be part of the visionary team looking forward at how we can best continue the church’s work utilizing both its human and financial resources within the walls of the church and in the greater community we are a part of.
My name is Christine Delaney. My family have been members if Corpus Christi parish for over 20 years. I enjoy serving as a sacristan on Sundays and also at daily mass. I also serve at the welcome table on Sundays when not working as sacristan. I find it rewarding to serve on the Bereavement team as well, doing what I can to help families through the loss of their loved ones. I look forward to learning more about parish life and operations by serving on parish council.
My husband and I have been married for over 48 years. We have 3 wonderful adult children - 2 girls and 1 boy - 5 grandson and 1 great grandson
My name is Bill Schultz. I’ve been a member of the Corpus Christi Church since 2019.
I’m currently involved in our Spiritual Direction ministry.
My wife Suzanne nominated me for the Pastoral Council and I’m very happy she did. I’m excited for this opportunity to serve our church in a way I never thought of.
Sue and I have two daughters. One is married and lives in Dublin, Ireland. The other is single and lives in Philadelphia. My mother in-law, Barbara Gray, is also a member of Corpus Christi and often joins Sue and I attending mass.
I’ve worked in the heavy construction industry for my entire career. I’ve owned and operated my own heavy construction company since 2000, currently employing 85 construction professionals.
I’m a graduate of the University of Buffalo, BE; Russell Sage College, MS; and currently matriculated in Master’s degree program in pastoral studies at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry. My Corpus Christi ministries are: Vocation Ministry, Bereavement, Thurifer, Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Morning Coffee, Table of Plenty, assisting Knights of Columbus at special events. Volunteers are needed and one ministry led to another. My passion is Ignatian Spirituality, begun when now Fr. Matt Duclos had composer Dan Schutte at Corpus Christi presenting his Mass and gospel music, “Here I Am Lord”. Dan introduced St Ignatius of Loyola’s Contemplative Prayer, using your senses to imagine being in a gospel scene, as in his book, “Walking the Sacred Path”, spiritual exercises for today. I fund raised and was trained to be a lector with the Jesuits at the Auriesville Shrine. Corpus Christi’s Eucharistic Adoration Chapel attracted me in 2014. Friends wanted me on the Pastoral Council and here I am. I’m on the Board of Directors of the Moss Creek Golf Cottages in Hilton Head, SC.
I’ve been the President and held all the chairs of the Saratoga Springs American Association of University Women and the Saratoga Springs Business and Professional Women’s Club including the NYS Business & Professional Women’s Public Relations Chair; member of Saratoga Springs Chamber of Commerce and was on the committee with Public Safety Commissioner; co-chaired the Saratoga Springs Historical Society and the Rotary Club Home Show program books. I established and chartered a preschool which was registered with the NYS Education Department for Early Childhood Education thru K.
Golfing, I’ve been the Ladies Golf Club Champion several times of the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club. First words of Pope Francis’ “Laudato Si” are from St Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of the Creatures” praising God. Human and animal welfare concern me. My pets included a blue fronted Amazon parrot, Capuchin (organ grinder) monkey, German Shepherds, mixed breeds, and cats. My family and I owned harness horses and were a part of the racing scene. Our loving family, especially my mother and father, were most influential in our formation, as was my deceased husband.
My favorite quote, daily mantra, and reminder :
“...You may be the only Christ someone meets”, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger
Being nominated to the Corpus Christi Parish came as a complete surprise to me. I am humbled by the number of folks who nominated me for this position. I hope to fulfill my term with helping Fr. George and Corpus Christi Parish, as a whole, by bringing Spiritual contemplation to what matters most – “Each other”
I have been a parishioner at Corpus Christi since 2016. Prior to that I was a parishioner at St. Edward’s the Confessor since 1985 when I converted from the Dutch Reformed faith to Catholicism via the RCIA ministry. I’ve been a 40 year resident to Clifton Park, along with my wife- Marian, my two sons Michael and Ryan, who are now 42 and 40 years of age respectively. By way of Michael and his wife Jennifer, Marian and I have two wonderful granddaughters – Cameron who is 15 and her sister Ava who is 12.
Currently I serve as a Spiritual Director to Corpus Christi along with being a member of the Vocations Committee, Eucharistic Minister, and serve on the Residents Encounter Christ (REC) Council as Treasurer. The REC is a very special ministry serving the incarcerated, (both State Prison facilities as well as the Saratoga County Jail), bringing the word of Christ to the inmates through semi-annual Retreats, Communion services and Bible Study.
I am retired from a 39 year career in the Computer Industry working for a few Fortune 100 companies in various positions as Systems programmer/analyst, Sales Engineering & Product Marketing to my final assignment as the Executive Account Manager for NYS Government agencies with Sun Microsystems/Oracle Corporation. Upon my retirement I took some time to discern what my next vocation was going to be. I had never seen myself as retiring “FROM something” - but instead retiring “TO something.” By way of prayer, contemplation, and guidance from several spiritually rich mentors, I enrolled in the Kateri Institute for Lay Ministry Formation which was an Albany Diocesan program for Lay Ministers who desired more Liturgical knowledge and a deeper encounter with Christ. This experience opened the door to an even more comprehensive Liturgical experience, I enrolled in a Graduate program at St. Bernard’s School of Theology & Ministry where I received a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies/Theology in 2015.
Having an advanced degree in Pastoral Studies/Theology opened the door to teaching at the Kateri Institute which has become my #1 favorite passion. It also allowed for me to enroll in the Holy Ground / Spiritual Direction Certification Ministry where I can facilitate an avenue of assisting other people in seeking a closer relationship with God. My ultimate goal is to provide encouragement and service to others in the Corpus Christi community that has enriched my live and ministries.
I have been a parishioner at Corpus Christi since moving here in 1990 with my husband Woody and our two daughters. Carolynn and Christine are both married now and raising their families as part of this parish as well. We are blessed with two wonderful son in-laws and 3 amazing grandchildren,with another expected this spring.
My involvement outside of Sunday mass all started when I joined one of the small groups offered during Lent. Sharing in these groups really helped me grow and strengthen my faith. My desire to be involved evolved from there.
Currently, I am co-chair of the Liturgical Environment ministry This has been such an enriching learning experience about preparing our church throughout the year. On Sundays I also help with the Welcome Table, serve as a Eucharistic Minister and Sacrastan at mass. Three years ago I started co-chairing the Adopt A Family program. This ministry is an annual program that provides to families at Christmas time. I do this with my daughter Christine and we feel so blessed to be part of it. As well I am a Catechist this year with Faith Formation teaching 4 th grade. I was a bit nervous but encouraged by my daughter Carolynn who teaches as well, and I am teaching my granddaughters class. I love bringing the gospel message to them and listening to their responses. In addition to all the wonderful people I have met along the way I get back much more than I give being part of these ministries.
All these things together have led me here, to be a part of the Pastoral council. My goal is to give back and serve the Corpus Christi community that has enriched my life so much and to encourage others that may be thinking about being part of a ministry.
Jack Norton -
My name is Jack Norton. I have been a member of this warm & inviting Parish for the past 8 years and currently a part of the Alzheimer’s Care Team from Corpus Christi.
For almost 40 years, I owned and operated a Travel Company and have had the pleasure of organizing trips from this parish under Father Rick Lesser.
It is my pleasure to be a part of the Pastoral Council at Corpus Christi and hope we can increase parish involvement in the near future.
Peter Hamilton -
My name is Peter. I have been a member of the parish for 3 years. I have served in the past as the buildings and grounds chair at our last parish. My family has been in Clifton park for the last 17 years. I have been married to my wife Susan for 31 years. I have 4 children and 1 grand child. I have been a coach for each of my children as they have grown up playing multiple sports in Clifton Park.
I am looking forward to being an active part of the Council. Over the last two years we have all been separated due to the pandemic. I look forward to helping bring the community back to Corpus Christi as a community.
Mary Buck -
My name is Mary. I have been a member of Corpus Christi for eleven years and a member of the Pastoral Council for four years.
I retired last year from teaching high school math. With more free time, I was looking for new volunteer opportunities. I joined the Church Mice ministry and am knitting and sewing items for the craft fair. I also joined the Eddy Alzheimer's Care Team, giving needed respite to a caregiver. I am enjoying this very much.
My husband, Bryan, and I have been married since 1983. We have two sons and four grandchildren, with a fifth on the way. My eldest grandson often accompanies me to mass.
David Dombkiewicz has been a member of Corpus Christi since 2010 when he moved to the area from Connecticut with his wife and has two children. He is a third degree Knight of Columbus and is the charter organization representative for our Boy Scouts of America Troop 4042 and Cub Scouts Pack 4044. David is excited to serve on the Pastoral Council to support our pastoral mission through our parish members and ministries.
Lorraine De Cuyper and her husband of 52 years, Conrad, joined Corpus Christi Parish in early May 2019. They raised their two daughters and three sons in St. Madeleine Sophie Parish in Guilderland, NY, where they were very active in both the school and the church. A product of Catholic Schools herself, Lorraine received both her elementary and secondary education from Vincentian Institute, Albany, and her Bachelors ‘of Science degree in Elementary Education and English from The College of St. Rose in Albany in 1969. She taught first grade for a year in Ravena, NY before starting a family while living her first three years of marriage in St. Lucy’s parish in Altamont, NY where she was also a second grade catechist.
Lorraine was blest to be a Stay-at-Home Mom for 22 years while her children were growing up. During that time she continued to learn and grow in faith while volunteering in many ministries and services in St. Madeleine Sophie Parish and school. Among these, beginning with “lunch mother” library aide, and substitute teacher, were High school Faith Formation and Youth Ministry, Adult Faith Formation/Enrichment and Sacramental Preparation, Liturgical Ministry and Planning, and Pastoral Care and Outreach. Lorraine and Conrad together also served on the Parish Pre Cana Team for many years.
It was the 1986-88 experience of the Formation for Ministry Program that empowered Lorraine for much of her life in volunteer ministry. In 1990, at the insistence of her Pastor, Rev. Frank Gilchrist, Lorraine was also privileged to participate in the first courses offered through the St. Bernard’s Institute satellite program in Albany. She completed her studies in 1994, receiving her Master of Arts in Theology. While working as a part time and then full time staff person in various capacities at St. Madeleine Sophie, Lorraine was called by Bishop Hubbard, in 2002 to serve as Parish Life Director of St. Joseph Parish in Cohoes, NY. She served in that position until October 2008 when she retired to rededicate herself to her first Vocation of Family in the new role of Grandmother. Her five children and their spouses have since blessed her with ten wonderful grandchildren who now range in age from eight to fourteen.
While Lorraine and Conrad now spend much of their time travelling to spend time with their children and their families in various parts of the US, they are very happy in Malta near their youngest son and his family, and sharing time and talent with their Parish Family at Corpus Christi.
Dick Cody and his wife Jeanne have been members of Corpus Christi since 1972. Their four children received the sacraments, attended Faith Formation classes and their oldest son and daughter-in-law were married at Corpus Christi. Dick and Jeanne taught Faith Formation Classes for 30 years. Dick is a past member of the Parish Council, a Eucharistic Minister, a trustee, member of the building committee and along with Bill Malloy co-chair of the Church Building Committee. Dick is excited to be a member of the Pastoral Council and looks forward to the working with our Pastor, fellow members of the Council and the Parish community.
William Vartuli -
Youth Ministry Representative
Photos taken by Robert Stockton