Religious Resources For Parents

All Saints Catholic Academy and it's parish All Saints Catholic Church want to support it's families as they seek to teach their children about their faith in God. This page is dedicated to providing our parents resources to assist parents help their child grow in their faith as well as help the family grow in faith.

Why We Celebrate Halloween at ASCA

Some fun reading about why we celebrate Halloween a.k.a.  All Hollows Eve!

Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats. In England, saints or holy people are called "hallowed", hence the name "All Hallows’ Day" (All Saints Day 11/1). The evening, before the feast became popularly known as "All Hallows' Eve" or even shorter, "Hallowe'en". Many recipes and traditions have come down for this evening, "All Hallows’ Eve" (now known as Halloween), such as pancakes, boxty bread and boxty pancakes, barmbrack (Irish fruit bread with hidden charms), colcannon(combination of cabbage and boiled potatoes). This was also known as "Nutcrack Night" in England, where the family gathered around the hearth to enjoy cider and nuts and apples. In England "soul cakes" are another traditional food. People would go begging for a "soul cake" and promise to pray for the donor's departed friends and family in exchange for the treat, an early version of today's "Trick or Treat."

All Saints Parish

All Saints Catholic Church

16 Homestead Street
Albany, New York  12203

Office Mailing Address: 
12 Rosemont Street
Albany, New York  12203

Phone: (518) 482-4497 
Fax: (518) 482-4719

Monday - Thursday
9:00 - 12:00 & 1:00 - 4:00

9:00 - 12:00

Mass Schedule

Saturday: 4:00 pm Vigil
Sunday: 8:00 am & 10:30 am
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday:   9:00 am

Bringing Lent to Life

Our religion and faith as Catholics encourage us to prayerfully consider the purpose of our lives. Along this path will be an ongoing pursuit of the richness of Catholic Theology as well as growth in prayer, growth in understanding the dynamics of community living as well as a deepening involvement in the ministries of the Roman Catholic Church. Personal growth is also necessary along the road of Christian and Religious Life vocation discernment. 

More information to strengthen your christian vocation and to explore the thought of religious life are available. at   Student Access Code is JesusCallMe or at