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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Aug. 1st/2nd, 2015





 Congratulations to


    Fr. George

        who is celebrating his 1st Anniversary

 as the pastor

    of the Northern Columbia County Parishes of

  St. John’s, St. James’ and St. Joseph’s



BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY MEMBERS – please remember an important meeting of the ministry will

be held this Sunday, August 2nd after the 10:30 Mass.


THE MONDAY NIGHT KNITTERS will take a recess until Monday, Sept 14th at 7 p.m.  If you are interested in joining this group, please save the date.  Participants would gladly show novices the stitches in crochet or knitting.


KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS - will meet this Sunday,

Aug. 2nd at 7:30 p.m., downstairs.  For membership information, please contact Jerry Minot-Scheuermann at



CANTOR INTENSIVE WORKSHOP - Last opportunity to register.  Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 9AM-3PM  St. James Church in Chatham, NY   Cost: $40/person – lunch included.  See flyer at entrances of the church and contact Justine to register or for more information at 518-986-9800.  justinejrodriguez@gmail.com


FOOD PANTRY – Suggested items for August are:  cereal, canned fruit, brownies, cake mix, tuna & catsup.  All items should be unopened with expiration dates in the future.


BISHOP’S APPEAL - Are you among the 134 families who have generously participated in the appeal to date?  Please consider joining them by making your gift/pledge soon.  Any shortfall in our assessment responsibility will come out of regular parish accounts.  Your gift/pledge will get us to our goal.   Return your envelope in the collection baskets or to the office. You can make your gift online, at www.TheBishopsAppeal.org  

To date: 134 families have pledged/gifted



                                                                 $45,645.51         $58,517.00

Thank you to all who have been able to pledge to date.

The Diocese will be sending a pledge payment reminder this month.  Please send pledge payments directly to the Diocese.  We thank you for fulfilling your pledge.



Same week last year was $ 5,638.50

Peter’s Pence collection was $770.46





School Supplies Collection

for local students

ends Labor Day weekend


                             Items to consider                           

backpacks                    erasers                     rulers 

1 ½ binders                  folders                      pens/pencils

black flare pens           glue sticks               pencil case

children’s scissors       markers                   post its

                                  composition books                          


If you wish to make a monetary donation it will be used to buy the needed supplies.  Please make checks payable to St. John the Baptist marked – School Supplies, place in collection basket or bring it to the office.

Drop the school supplies into the box marked school supplies at the ramp entrance or to the office.





Friday, August 14th

at Olde Kinderhook Golf Club


Few Spots still available!!!


Registration forms are on the ramp bulletin board display.


 GREEN CONTRIBUTION FORMS are available for those who wish to support the event but do not play golf.


All contributions are tax deductible and support Youth Ministry programs like the Baccalaureate, NCYC, Midnight Run, VBS & others.




Priests and seminarians from the Albany Diocese will offer a “Concert for Vocations” (preceded by a Holy Hour and followed by a light reception) on Thursday August 13th, at St. Edward the Confessor Church in Clifton Park (569 Clifton Park Center Rd.).

The purpose is to praise God through sacred music and pray for vocations! All are invited to Adoration of the Eucharistic "Lord of the Harvest" at 6:00 p.m., and to then enjoy sacred music in thanksgiving for vocations to the priesthood and in petition that the Lord would "send more laborers for the harvest." The 7:00 p.m. concert includes priests, seminarians, and men discerning the vocation to Christ's ministerial priesthood, and will be followed by a light but delicious reception.

Entrance is free, and many seats are available; please spread the word and bring a friend or family!




Pastor’s Blog,

     In my Pastor’s Blog this week, I thought I would get personal and share with you two people who have inspired me as a person and in the priesthood.   I couldn’t help but think of them while watching “Cinderella” presented by the Valatie Youth Theatre with cast and crew representing all of our parishes.

     I grew up with ‘a Fairy Godmother’, my aunt, Ellen Harmon who actually had that title long before she and her husband, my Uncle Tom, were my sponsors at the baptism of my twin and me.  For many years, she was the ‘good fairy from somewhere over the rainbow’ and hosted a children’s program on local radio.  Her persona was based on the Wizard of Oz’s Glinda at a time when it was deemed inappropriate to say the word ‘witch’ over the airwaves!  While she would eventually go back to her love of teaching, she gave up her career to be a wife and mother at a time when that was common, even if you didn’t have ten children in twelve years like my godparents!  Church was a place where she truly was able to share her talents, first as a lector proclaiming the Word of God and then in support of many aspects of parish life, including Bereavement Ministry and the Food Pantry.

    Another woman whom I admire and respect is Sister Francesca Husselbeck, a Sister of Mercy, whom I was honored to serve for seven years in the North County.  It was an exciting time for me and I do believe we accomplished much as partners in ministry.  While she isn’t that much older than me, I remember thinking of her in context of ‘Cinderella’.   I would wish for something to happen in the parishes we served and as ‘impossible’ as some of the ideas seemed, she would see the potential and make things ‘possible’!  She thought out of the box and did her magic to transform ordinary things into something quite extraordinary.   The Church was a place where Sister Fran was able to use her many gifts and talents, as well, especially when she journeyed into new dimensions of her vocation, ‘midway through her career’.  After years of teaching, she focused her counseling and pastoral skills toward youth struggling with homelessness, drugs and alcohol.  Along with the support of others, she founded North Country Ministry which served the rural poor and their communities in amazingly varied ways.   At a time when others thought she should slow down, she joined me and eventually became a Parish Life Director serving all aspects of church life.

     This weekend marks my first anniversary with the “Catholic Community of Northern Columbia County” and I see women and men of all ages who remind me of Sister Fran and Aunt Ellen.  Let us work together to make the impossible happen.  Let us inspire the best in each other and share freely of our gifts and talents.   All it takes is for us to believe in ourselves and know that, even in times of doubt, we have people that believe in us.  Let us, especially, not forget that Jesus believes in us, too.






Sat   8/1   4:00 Alice Berneri by the

                 St. John’s Elves

               & Mary Rutherford by the

                 Barnwell Ministers                  

Sun   8/2   7:30 Roseann Purcell by

                 Cecylia Brzuska

               & Pauline Davis by        

                 Bernadette Stockunas &

                 Anne Davis

           10:30 Frances & Raymond

                 Kaminski by their family

               & A Special Intention by

                 Paul Arndt   

Mon   8/3  11:00 Shayley Estes by friends

                 of her family

Wed   8/5  11:00 Special Intention

Sat   8/8   4:00 J. Peter Harvey by his


               & Margaret & Thomas

                 Accuosti by Donna


Sun   8/9   7:30 Fred & Lucie Keil by the

                 Keil Family

               & A Special Intention by

                 Paul Arndt         

           10:30 Margaret Gorke by Diane


               & Kathleen Gerardi by Pete

                 & Mamie Brahm        



Next Sunday’s Readings:                                

1 Kings 19: 4-8                  Taste and see the

Ephesians 4:30-5:2                   goodness of the Lord.

John 6:41-51                                 


Please keep in your prayers the sick and homebound of our parish and those who care for them:  

Elmer Allen, Isabel Arndt, Bob Babirad,  Kim Bellosi, Andrew Borsa, Eileen Bracone, Alfred Carpentier, Charles Cotsonas, Zoe Covey, Clarence Dennis, Jane DiMura, Marian Dobert, Beth Drzymala, William Dupuis, Charlie Flatt, George Foutch, Dan Furey, Donald Gaylord,

Fr. Gary Gelfenbien, Elizabeth Guiden, Harry Hall, Mary Hayes, Owen Hogan, Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard, Joanne Jakiela, Janet Kerr, Pinky Laviano, Anna Le Nguyen, William Lindberg, Caroline Martone, Marianne Martinez, Connor McCagg,  Mark McIntosh, Cindy McRae, Catherine Meyers, Damian Monahan, Clarke Morgan, Melissa Ann Murray, Madi Panfilloff,  Helen Rayve, Tim Renn, Kathy Rosbrook, Maryann Rotter, Rita Ryan, Alice Salvatore, Helen Schneider, Magdi Sidarous, Caroline Simpson, Special Intention, Sean Spicer, Kevin Sutton, Tricia Stampfli, Edwin Strehler, Lyn Vail, Jackie Waterhouse, and Erica Wordon.


Eucharistic Bread was baked this weekend by

Lauren Bertrand.

Eucharistic Bread will be baked next weekend by

                                                   Carol Kelley.

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