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Third Sunday of Easter- April 18th& 19th, 2015

 

PARISH

 

                                          

                                          To our dear pastor

                                             Fr. George

 

 

 

THE LITTLE WHITE BOOKS are available at the entrances of the church.  It will continue with reflections throughout Pentecost.

 

CARE PACKAGES for our students away at college will be prepared for mailing Tuesday, April 28th at

6:00 p.m. in the large gathering space in the church basement.  These, thinking of you, packages remind our youth away from home that they are thought about.  Coordinators:  Beth Downing, Sue Shank & Debbie Halpin invite available parishioners to come and help.

For additional information call Beth at 784-4172

 

ADDRESSES ARE NEEDED – Please provide the Office of Faith Formation with updated mail and e-mail addresses for our young adults who are away in college or in the military, so they will receive their care packages.

 

OPERATION RICE BOWL - Rice bowls should be returned now. There will be a special collection container in the church for them.

 

LAST WEEK’S COLLECTION was $4,056.25.

Same week last year was $4,849.10

 

CROP WALK - Representatives will be at the hall entrance this weekend April 18th and 25th for those interested in signing up or donating.  Join Fr. George in the walk which takes place on Sunday, MAY 3rd. 

 

FOOD PANTRY – Suggested items for April are: soup, tuna, baked beans and canned fruit.  All items should be unopened with expirations dates in the future.

Should you choose, a monetary donation would always be welcome.  Just use a separate envelope labeled food pantry and put it in the collection basket. Checks should be made payable to the Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry.  In March, the pantry served 90 families – 342 people.

 

 

Our Parish in March

 

Said Farewell to:

 

Roseann Purcell, Kathleen Gerardi, Thomas McIntyre,

Glenn Simmons, David Dudley, Ruth O’Bryan,

Alice Berneri and Sylvester Brasswell

 

May they rest in God’s peace.

 

 

 

FAITH FORMATION

 

CONFIRMATION – Sunday, April 19th, 4:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity in Hudson

          PLEASE keep Confirmation candidates in prayer. 

 

NCYC – There are still 2 openings for the National Catholic Youth Conference, November 19th – 21st

in Indianapolis.  We are looking for students who will be in 11th or 12th grade in the Fall 2015 to join us.  Please contact Ruth Ellen at 758-1828 or faithformationatstjohns@yahoo.com if interested.  We need to let the Diocese know the names of those who will be attending.

 

 

First Communion Schedule

 

Saturday, May 2nd    4:00  Laura Squillante Pozzi’s

                                         Class 

Sunday, May 3rd     10:30 Tracy Farrell’s Class

 

Please keep our communicants in your prayers.

 

Adults or families are needed to host receptions after the Masses.  Supplies will be provided.  Please contact Ruth Ellen at 758-1828 for details or to volunteer as soon as possible.  Thank you

 

 

DRESS FOR LESS

 

Come                    April 19th & 26th                 Nothing                            

    shop!             1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.                 over                          

                                                                          $25.00!

 

  Prom Gowns         Evening Wear         Party Dresses

 

 

 

SPRING ENRICHMENT

 The Church: our Family our Story   

    May 11th - May 14th

at the College of St. Rose, Albany

 

Early applications are due by April 24th for discount of $12.00 per course session.  After, the April 25th courses are $15.00 per session.  For more information check the flyer at the entrances of the church or go to www.rcda.org/spring_enrichment

 

 

PASTORAL CARE MINISTRY Annual Day of Retreat & Spiritual Renewal takes place on Wednesday, June 17th at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs.  Pastoral Care ministers are invited to attend.  See the handouts at the entrance of the church or call the office.   

 

Pastors Blog

 

Last week’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles (from Chapter Four), shared that the earliest disciples, filled with the Holy Spirit, and “were of one heart and mind.”

“The community of believers was of one heart and          

  mind,

And no one claimed that any of his possessions was 

   his own

      But they had everything in common.”

 I joked at the liturgies at which I preached that this was all over, “by Chapter Five.”  In all seriousness, I would like to thank our entire community for the incredible generosity of not only your sacrificial giving financially, but of your time and talent as well, especially during Holy Week and Easter.  This gratitude is echoed by Catholic Charities of Columbia/Greene who recently wrote, thanking us for our “continued support…and our work to serve, empower, and advocate for those in need.  You provide a valuable link…in bringing to life the message of mercy and the means to participate.”

     Much of the generosity shared during Lent is done in the spiritual act of almsgiving while the opportunities before us, including our participation in the upcoming Annual Bishop’s Appeal, are done in the spiritual act of thanksgiving.  We are called in a small way to join the spirit of the earliest disciples who demonstrate and give thanks for our Risen Lord.  God bless you during this sacred season.

 

 

REDISCOVER CATHOLICISM starts this Sunday and this Wednesday  Book Discussion Groups at St. Joseph’s in Stuyvesant Falls. Are you struggling to see what Faith has to do with everyday life?  Is Catholicism still relevant?  What does this mean for our families and relationships?  Get these answers and so much more.  There will be 6 biweekly sessions meeting either Sunday (starting April 19th) 10 - 11:30 a.m. or Wednesdays (starting April 22nd) 7 - 8:30 p.m.   To receive a copy of the book or for more information please contact jill.rothwein@live.com

 

 

BUS TRIP to Quincy Market in Boston

St. James fundraiser for its Haiti Project will take place on Saturday, May 16th.  The bus departs St. James’ parking lot at 7:00 a.m. and departs the Quincy Market at 7:00 p.m.   Cost is $40.00.  For reservations or more information contact Pat Dieffenbach at 392-7947 or email  Jerrypatfieff@fairpoint.net

 

Eucharistic Bread was baked this weekend by

Mary Ellen Andrews

Eucharistic Bread will be baked next weekend by

Mary Leamy

 

 

THIS WEEK’S MASS SCHEDULE

 

Sat   4/18  4:00 Dolly Bogardus by Jeannie

                 & Shane Wenz

               & Mary Rutherford by

                 Marilyn & Ed Kuhner

               & Peter H. Avery by Joan &

                 Eileen Avery     

Sun   4/19  7:30 Amelia Arista Celello

                 by Alice Celello

               & Lena Graziano by Guy &

                 Janis Graziano

           10:30 Andrew McDermott by

                 Marietta Friess

               & Michael Rutherford by

                 Frank & Eileen Szepessy

Mon   4/20 11:00 Marion Endryck by Francis

                 Endryck

Wed   4/22 11:00 Health of Fr. Jack by a

                 friend

Sat   4/25  4:00 Robert Hall by Ransen &

                 Yolanda Caola

               & Andrew McDermott by Mrs.

                 Crucetti

               & A Special Intention by

                 Paul Arndt

Sun   4/26  7:30 Mary Rutherford by Connie

                 & Jack Smith

               & Roseann Purcell by Ann

                 McKeon

           10:30 Francis & Raymond

                 Kaminski by their family

               & Margaret Gorke by Faith

                 Formation

 

 

 

Next Sunday’s Readings:

 

Acts of the Apostles 4:8-12    The stone rejected by the

1 John 3:1-2                             builder has become

John 10:11-18                                the cornerstone.

 

 

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

Elmer Allen, Isabel Arndt, Stan Bertram, Bob Babirad, Donald Bellanger, Kim Bellosi, Andrew Borsa, Eileen Bracone, Alfred Carpentier, Patricia Cordato, Zoe Covey, Clarence Dennis, Jane DiMura, Marian Dobert,  Beth Drzymala, William Dupuis, Charlie Flatt,  Dan Furey, Donald Gaylord, Elizabeth Guiden, Owen Hogan, Joanne Jakiela, Janet Kerr, Stephen Kosa, Morey Lampson, Pinky Laviano, Anna Le Nguyen, William Lindberg, Connor McCagg, Chris McGuirk, Dorothy McVeigh, Catherine Meyers, Damian Monahan,  Clarke Morgan, Melissa Ann Murray, Madi Panfilloff, Barbara Prezdpelski, Tim Renn, Kathy Rosbrook, Rita Ryan, Alice Salvatore,  Patrick Sharkey, Caroline Simpson, Special Intention, Sean Spicer, Kevin Sutton, Tricia Stampfli, Edwin Strehler, Lyn Vail, Jackie Waterhouse, and Erica Wordon.

 

 


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