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Third Sunday of Advent – Dec. 13 & 14, 2014





(Mass will be celebrated if there is a delay)


Altar Christmas Flowers – The church is decorated through your generousity. Donations in memory of loved ones may be made by using special envelopes that are at the entrances to the church.


MASS MINISTERS – the Christmas & New Year’s Day Mass sign-up sheet is in the sacristy. Ministers are asked to sign up NOW.


LECTORS: your new work book is in the resource room (off the sanctuary).  Please take your copy.


Parish Contribution Envelopes for 2015 – are available for pick up across from the kitchen.


SAVE THE DATE:   St. John’s will prepare and serve the community meal at St. Luke’s on Tuesday, January 27th.  Watch for more information.





St. John the Baptist


Dec. 24th    4:30pm  Children’s Liturgy

                              (4:00 Youth choir performs)

                              7:30pm   Mass 

                            10:30pm  Mass

                             (10:00  Adult choir performs )

             Dec. 25th   10:30am  Mass


St. Joseph’s

             Dec. 24th       4:00pm Stottville

                   6:00pm Stuyvesant Falls

             Dec. 25th     9:00am Stuyvesant Falls

                 11:00am (Spanish) Stuy. Falls


St. James

            Dec. 24th         4:00pm  Mass

                    5:30pm (Children’s)

                   10:00pm  Mass

             Dec. 25th      9:00am  Mass


New Year’s

                 Dec. 31         4:00pm  St. James       

            Dec. 31          4:00pm St. Joseph’s                                  

            Jan. 1st        10:30am   St. John the Baptist










“To Everything there is a Season, a Time for Hope-Today” has been rescheduled for Thursday, Dec. 18th

At 7:00pm.



Communal Reconciliation

St Joseph’s  (Stuyvesant Falls)  Dec 16 – 9:30am


                        Individual Reconciliation

St. John’s  -  Saturday’s:   3:00-3:45pm



Advent Prayer & Reflection Booklets are still available at the doors to the church. Take one home with you for daily Advent prayer.


Traveling Infant Jesus – There are still openings to sign up to take the infant  home overnight.  Families are invited to share the prayer and make this a special time during the Advent Season.  The  sign–up sheet is on the ramp bulletin board.  The infant will be on the table across from the kitchen.


Bethlehem Tree Boxing & Wrapping Party will take place on Sunday Dec. 14th at 6:00 p.m. in the lower level of the church.

Delivery to Catholic Charities in Hudson will take place on Mon., Dec. 15th,   Volunteers with large vehicles are needed. Call Ruth Ellen at 758-1828 if you can help.




SPECIAL Youth Choir practice this Sunday at 1:00pm

followed by a party (ends at 2:45pm)


The Youth Choir will practice Tuesdays at 6:30 pm

The Adult Choir will practice Tuesdays at 7:30pm             

Please contact Choir Director, Stephanie Caradine at 361-4160 or Music Director, Justine Rodriguez 758-9401 if you have any questions.


CHRISTMAS  BOOK SALE  - will take place in the hall the weekend of December 20/21.


Work of Human Hands:  THIS WEEK-END, Dec. 13th & 14th, after all masses.  We will have the opportunity to purchase high quality, reasonably priced crafts from developing countries at our fair trade sale in the parish hall  after all  masses.  Plan to do some Christmas shopping here.


Fifth Annual Celebration of Lessons & Carols, Sunday, December 21st, 4:00pm at Kinderhook Reformed Church.  Come and hear Maria Clark, Kate Delp, Ruth Moore, Fr. Dan Quinn, Justine Rodriguez and Mark Wilson, along with many talented community singers.








                     Sunday, January 4th

                                          10:30am Mass

                   Nativity Tableau


Children interested in participating please sign up on the ramp bulletin board.


High School youth interested in being a singing King contact RuthEllen @ 758-1828



CONFIRMATION Candidate/Parent meeting will be Monday, January 12th at 7:00pm.  This meeting is required for all candidates.


FOOD PANTRY – Suggested items for December are: soup, cereal, macaroni, pasta, pasta sauce, baked beans and jelly.  All items should be unopened with expirations dates in the future.  In November, the pantry served 87 families – 317 people.



Fourth Annual Cookie Walk


Sunday, December 21st

The Church of St. oseph



Delicious holiday cookies baked by talented members of the faith community will be sold by pound




Next Sunday’s readings:

2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16    Forever I will

Romans 16: 25-27                               sing the goodness

Luke 1:38                                                              of the Lord.




Same week last year was $4,962.00


CONGRATULATIONS to Brian Monahan and Megann Rice who were married Saturday, Dec. 13th in Averill Park. 





Sat   12/13 4:00  Deceased members of the

                   Shields Family by family

                   & Peter Avery by Ed and

                   Marilyn Kuhner

Sun   12/14  7:30  Walter & Anastasia

                   Egnasher by their family

                   & Cindy Engel by her 


                   & Donald Norton by the 

                    Mass Ministry

             10:30 Isabel Heald by Mamie


                   & Special Intention by

                   Paul Arndt

Mon   12/15 11:00  Dolores Hutchinson by


Wed   12/17 11:00  BARNWELL-All are welcome

Sat   12/20  4:00  Dolly Bogardus by Jeanne

                   & Shane Wenz

                   & Frances Kaminski by

                   her family

Sun   12/21  7:30  Frank Gaschel by his


                   & Ernest & Maria Ruppe

                   by their family

            10:30  Bob Kelly by Nancy Kelly

                   & Thomas & Theresa

                   Accuosti by Donna




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

Elmer Allen, Isabel Arndt, Bob Babirad, Kim Bellosi,  Alfred Carpentier, Martin Casey, Gerard Cimon, Zoe Covey, Jane DiMura, Marian Dobert, Dorothy Drew, Beth Drzymala, William Dupuis, Charlie Flatt, Sr., Dan Furey, Donald Gaylord, Margaret Gorke, Elizabeth Guiden, Catherine Havelka, Owen Hogan, Susan Hovak, Special Intention, Joanne Jakiela, Morey Lampson, Pinky Laviano,William Lindberg, Damian Monahan, Andrew McDermott, Chris Murynec, Melissa Ann Murray, Valery O’Brien, Madi Panfilloff, Barbara Prezdpelski, Tim Renn, Alice Salvatore, Mr. Edward Scharfenberger, Glenn Simmons, Sean Spicer, Kevin Sutton, Tricia Stampfli, Edwin Strehler, Janet Van Leuvan, Lyn Vail, Erica Wordon and Mary Yates.


Used Books for Needy Children – collecting gently used children’s  books until Monday, Dec. 15th. Please leave in boxes under the coat rack.  NO scribbles or ripped pages




CHRISTMAS wreaths, saddles or blankets may now be placed on the gravesites.  Please no potted plants.

A reminder, the cemetery road will be closed when there is ice and snow and will be reopened when weather permits.





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