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Third Sunday of Lent – March 18/19, 2017
 
PARISH
 

THE PASTORAL COUNCIL invites interested parishioners to participate in the first of several different focus group discussions about the parish survey results on Sunday, April 2 from 9:00 - 10:15 AM.  Two small focus groups will be formed in this first phase: one to discuss Liturgy and the other to discuss the Parish Community. Participants will be asked to share their thoughts on each topic and discuss suggestions to bring forward to Father George. This is short term commitment and you are not required to participate in the following phases. If you are interested, please sign up on the hallway bulletin board or call Cathy Kittle at 518-758-6992.

RECITATION OF THE ROSARY will take place on Mondays immediately following the 11:00 a.m. Mass during Lent.  All are welcome.
 
COMMUNITY DINNERS - All are welcome Meals are served at St. Luke’s, Rt. 9, Valatie, on Tuesdays, from 5:30 -7:00 p.m.  The Kinderhook Seventh Day Adventist is preparing and serving on March 21.  The last community dinner is March 28 prepared and served by the Kinderhook Reformed Church.
 
NEVER ALONE Grief Support Group meetings are on Tuesdays.  Next gathering is March 28 from
2:30 - 4:00 p.m., in the rectory. For more information or to let us know if you are interested in attending, please call the office at 758-9401.

 

LAST WEEK’S COLLECTION was $4,239.50.
Same Week Last Year was $5,324.20.

 

BISHOP’S APPEAL 2016 – WE MADE OUR GOAL l of $59,687.00.   Thank you for you support!!
Pledges are a part this achievement.  Please fulfill your pledge, otherwise funds will be drawn from our working accounts to meet our assessment.

 
 
SENIOR CITIZEN LUNCHEON
at St. John’s
Tuesday, March 28
12:00 Noon
Roast pork, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, roll & butter, coffee & dessert
Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board or call the office
before March 26.
 

 
Elves Easter Gifts and Bake Sale
April 1 & 2
Before and after Masses
Sat: - 4:00 p.m.
Sun. - 7:30- 10:30 a.m.
 
Handmade gifts for all ages.
 

FAITH FORMATION
 

CONFIRMATION PRAYERS PARTNERS – Please take a red slip with the name of a confirmation candidate from the basket by the organ. Pray for the candidate as he/she prepare for confirmation. Confirmation will take place on Sunday, April 30
at Holy Trinity Church.
 
SOW GOODNESS– A Lenten Activity
Each week, write your “Sow Goodness” deed(s) on a square of paper and attach to the bulletin board across from the kitchen.  Using the squares, we will create a quilt of our actions. A handout with suggestions is by the bulletin board.

 

FACEBOOK - What to prepare on the Fridays of Lent?  A question that comes to mind for many.  Do you have favorite meatless recipe?  Please send it to faithformationatstjohns@yahoo.com.  We will share it on Facebook.  Photos of the dish are welcome too!
 
ROSARY BEADS REPAIRED – Nancy Gabriel is accepting Rosary Beads to be repaired during Lent. FREE unless parts are needed, then there will be small fee. Drop them off to Chris in the Parish office with your name & telephone number.  Nancy will contact you.
 
FOOD PANTRY EASTER BASKET DONATION  There are special envelopes  in the pews and at the
entrances of the Church for this annual outreach.
Your generosity aids the food pantry to provide
a holiday meal for many local residents.  Last year 80 families (321 people) celebrated Easter with a special family meal.  Please return the envelope to the office by the collection baskets or mail.  Checks should be made payable to the Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry.

 

LEBANON VALLEY COLLEGE CONCERT CHOIR is performing From Hardship to Harmony on Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. It will take place at Holy Trinity Parish, Church of St. Mary, 429 E. Allen St., Hudson. 
All are welcome.

 

RECONCILIATION: FROM STRANGERS TO FRIENDS presented by Fr. Dan Quinn, Thursday,
March 23 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Stuyvesant Falls worship site.  Immediately following Fathers Dan, George and Jorge will hear confessions. 
 
RECONCILIATION AND ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Tuesday, March 28     St. James                      7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 5    St. John the Baptist     11:30 a.m.

 
A VISIT WITH ST. PAUL
Sunday, April 2
St. John the Baptist Church    1:30 p.m.
It is portrayed by Glenn Smith whose performance as Paul is powerful in shedding light on who Jesus is and always was. Why should we follow Him?  Why does it matter?  You don’t want to miss this. 
                      Adults and youth are welcome.
 

Pastor’s Blog  
  When the Samaritan Woman at the Well who questions Jesus’ assertion that his offer of living water was different and would satisfy her thirst in ways she did not understand, he answered,
 “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
     There is a time in all our lives when our faith lives feel dry and even when without realizing it, we somehow need a refresher.  This week offers us an opportunity to enter into a three night ‘mission’ spread over three different sites that will quench our spiritual needs.  On Tuesday, Fr. Jack Molyn will speak on the Eucharist at St. John the Baptist.  On Wednesday, St. James is hosting the CAPA Lenten Series with special guest preacher, Pastor Nancy A. McClure-Long who will bring to life the Woman at the Well.  On Thursday, Fr. Dan Quinn will return home and share a special talk on the Reconciliation at the Church of St. Joseph in Stuyvesant Falls.  More information is available in this bulletin and in the additional fliers available at church and on-line.  Please consider joining us for this special time.  Whether you can make one event or consider the three nights a mini-retreat, we know that your presence will bless us as much as you will be blessed to participate.   God bless you.
 

 

SUNDAY TABLE, A FAMILY MEAL,
THE EUCHARIST
In many ways, our families tell us who we are. 
St. Augustine says that the Eucharist tells us who we are.  We share a meal in the caring Presence of Jesus Christ, a part of the human world as we are, and also the Son of God.  He is with us always as He promised.
Join us for a BREAD AND SOUP POT LUCK SUPPER from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. and then attend the presentation by Fr. Jack on Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. 
Please Sign up or call the office before March 19 on the sheet located on the bulletin board.
 

TURNING POINT ON THE ROAD TO THE CROSS–
CHOICES THAT JESUS MADE
presented by The Chatham Area Pastors Association.
6:00 p.m. Soup and Sandwich Supper at the host church
7:00 p.m. Reflection,    Every Wednesday of Lent

Mar. 22    St. James  Catholic Church, Chatham
                       Samaritan Woman at the Well –
                                    Rev. Dr. Nancy McClure-Long
Mar. 29     St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church
                       The Blind Man Cured by Jesus –
                                  Rev. Carl Franson
Apr. 5       Chatham Reformed Church
                The Raising of Lazarus – Rev. Dr. Gloria Jimpson

 
 
 

THIS WEEK’S MASS SCHEDULE
 
Sat   3/18  4:00   Edwin Strehler by his family
                      & Thomas Halpin by the Barnwell
                           Ministers
                     &  Sylvester Braswell by Lois
                          Strehler
Sun   3/19  7:30  Raymond Burdick by Jack &
                           Connie Smith
                      &  Paul Butcher by James & Ann
                           Marie Egnasher 
                      &  Thomas Moore by Anthony &
                           Kerry Nancinovich
                     &  Theresa Garland by her family
                10:30  Isabel Arndt by Paul Arndt
                      & Josephine Rohrer by Mamie &
                           Peter Brahm
                      & Susan Mata by Karl Vehlies,
                          Carol Calabrese & Carl
                          Cappello
Mon   3/20 11:00 Dolores Wynne by Mary Margaret
                              Cronin
Wed   3/22 11:00 John Luckhurst by Joan
                             McNamara
Sat   3/25     4:00 Ruth O’Bryan by Jackie Fischer
                       & Thomas Harmon by St. John’s
                            Elves
                       & Robert Ricci by Claire Renn
Sun   3/26  7:30 Linda Boll by the Boll Family
                      & Mary & Donald Rutherford by
                          Charles & Andria Rutherford
                10:30 Isabel Arndt by Paul Arndt
                       & Frances & Raymond Kaminski by
                           their family
 

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

Paul Amyot, Bob Babirad, Jennifer Beebe, Sylvia Boulger, Eileen Bracone, Michael Boyce, Fran Campeta, Alfred Carpentier, Ann Lynn Connally, Stephanie de Lancastre,  Michael Doyle, Beth Drzymala, William Dupuis,  Mary Fleming, Lauren Gawron, Donald Gaylord, MaryAnn Gregorio, Tito Grenci, Mary Hayes, Jack Law, Nancy Kelly, Cathy Kelly–Owitz, Noreen Kennedy, Dennis Knoll, Carol Lahut, Tracy Lasek, Pinky Laviano, Charlene Leach, William Lindberg, Dominic k Lizzi, Cindy Mahony, Ann MacIntyre, Mark McIntosh, Marianne Martinez, Judy Martino, Caroline Martone, Jeffrey Miller, Damian Monahan, Melissa Ann Murray, Amelia Nabozny, Raymond Novak, JoAnn O’Shea,  Bonnie Pelizza, David Picchione, Pam Polashenski, Tim Renn, Matthew Risdale, Rosemarie Rizzo, William Robinson, Rita Ryan, Alice Salvatore, Eileen Scott, Maddi Sidarous, Ralph Sitcer, Special Intentions, Sean Spicer, Judy St. Onge, Charles Stickles, Kevin Sutton, Nancy Taggart Turgeon, Matthew West, Carol Wisenhunt, and Erica Wordon.

 
 

Next Sunday’s Readings:             
1Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a        The Lord is my shepherd;
 Ephesians 5:8-14                       there is nothing I shall want.
John 9:1-41                               

 
   




 Second Sunday of Lent – March 11/12, 2017

 
PARISH
 
RECITATION OF THE ROSARY will take place on Mondays immediately following the 11:00 a.m. Mass during Lent.  All are welcome.
 
GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY will be celebrated at St. John’s this Sunday at the 10:30 Mass.  Please keep the scouts and their leaders in your prayers.
 
NEVER ALONE Grief Support Group meetings are on Tuesdays.  Next gatherings are March 14 and 28 from
2:30 - 4:00 p.m., in the rectory. For more information or to let us know if you are interested in attending, please call the office at 758-9401.
 
FOOD PANTRY - Suggested items for March are
cold cereal, tuna, dinner helpers, pork & beans.  Thank you for your continued support.
 
COMMUNITY DINNERS - All are welcome to a warm and delicious meal and nice company.  Meals are served at St. Luke’s, Rt. 9, Valatie, on Tuesdays, from 5:30 -7:00 p.m.  GS Troop 1037 & 1100 is preparing and serving on
March 14.  The Kinderhook Seventh Day Adventist on March 21.
 
LAST WEEK’S COLLECTION was $4,741.90.
Same Week Last Year was $5,554.71.
Special collection for the Black, Native American and Latin American Missions was $1,086.95.
 
BISHOP’S APPEAL 2016 – LAST WEEKEND to participate!! To date: 193 families have pledged/gifted $56,878.00 to reach our goal of $59,687.00.  We are so close.  Only $2,709.00 needed. The 2016 Appeal closes March 15, 2017.   
MATCHING FUNDS -At this time we have received $991.00 towards matching funds. If we get $627.00 more they will be matched and we will reach our goal.
Thank you to all who have been able to pledge to date.
 

 
 
 

 
Our Parish in February
 
Welcomed through Baptism:
 
Isabella Ruby Manierre
 
May she grow in God’s love.
 
 
 
09140310SENIOR CITIZEN LUNCHEON
at St. John’s
Tuesday, March 28
12:00 Noon
Roast pork, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, roll & butter, coffee & dessert
Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.
 
FAITH FORMATION
 
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Our young people who volunteer for VBS chose a theme for this summer.  Lava Lava Island "where Jesus' love flows" will run from Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21 from 9 to noon for children entering grades K to 5.
Watch the bulletin and Facebook for more information.
 
SOW GOODNESS– A Lenten Activity
Members of our parish family, including our children,
are encouraged to post each act of kindness, sacrifice and prayer made during the 40 days of Lent on the bulletin board across from the kitchen. 
Each week, write your “Sow Goodness” deed(s) on a square of paper and attach to the bulletin board across from the kitchen.  Using the squares, we will create a quilt of our actions. A handout with suggestions is by the bulletin board.
 
FACEBOOK - What to prepare on the Fridays of Lent?  A question that comes to mind for many.  Do you have favorite meatless recipe?  Please send it to faithformationatstjohns@yahoo.com.  We will share it on Facebook.  Photos of the dish are welcome too!
 
Save the date! 
Annual St. John’s Golf Scramble is Friday, August 4 at Olde Kinderhook Golf Club.
 
ST. PATRICK’S DAY COMMUNITY DINNER
Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and catered by Spice of Life takes place Saturday, March 18 from
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Take-outs available.
Adults- $15, Children 6-12 - $5, Children under 5- free
 Call Jerry @ 755-5050 to reserve your dinner or
take-out order to facilitate planning. Thank you.
 
BLOOD DRIVE at the CHURCH OF ST. JOSEPH in Stuyvesant will take place March 13, 1-7 p.m. 
Contact the Red Cross at 1-800 REDCROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org for your appointment.
 
La Salle Institute Open House Sunday, March 12,
12-3 p.m. 174 Williams Rd., Troy. For info call 283-2500, ext 263 or shendry@lasalleinstitute.org
 
ROSARY BEADS REPAIRED – Nancy Gabriel is accepting Rosary Beads to be repaired during Lent. FREE unless parts are needed, then there will be small fee. Drop them off to Chris in the Parish office with your name & telephone number.  Nancy will contact you.
 
LENTEN FOOD AND FILM FESTIVAL at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Kinderhook, will take place on Friday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the McNary Center.  Free of charge and all are welcome.  See flyer for movie and meal schedule.
 
Next Sunday’s Readings:             
Exodus 17:3-7                    If today you hear his voice, Romans 5:1-2, 5-8                       harden not your hearts
John 4:5-42                               
Pastor’s Blog
     As I prepare for this Wednesday’s gathering at the Ghent Reformed Church where I will be discussing the Transfiguration, I can’t help but focus on our Sunday’s readings in a unique way.  The call of Abraham in Genesis reminds us that we truly are reborn in a new understanding of what family is and should be.  Our ties to the ecumenical community is an extension of our own community and I hope that as many of our people cross parish boundaries and take advantage of the prayerful opportunities that we will enjoy in all our churches.  As I write these words, I am mindful that some changes are going to be happening to our calendar but please look at what is going to be offered in the coming weeks.  At St. James, we are moving both the Reconciliation and Anointing Service (now on April 3rd to accommodate the invitation of priests to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bishop’s Hubbard’s installation the week before) and our community reading of Matthew’s Gospel (now on March 26th to accommodate the presentation of St. Paul at St. John the Baptist the week after.)  Watch for further updates!
     The Transfiguration received renewed interest in Catholic Circles when John Paul II included this theophany as a decade of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary.  He considered this event the ‘par excellence’ illumination of not only Who Jesus is but Who We Are in light of our role as disciples. 
     This weekend, our prayers are joined by those of the young adults preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Their day-long retreat Sunday at St. Joseph’s Spiritual Center will afford them the time to reflect and actively participate in their faith.  As we sometimes hesitate to come together in fear of losing our individual identities, their example of good-naturedly and respectfully opening themselves up to new people (whose faith journey is more similar than it is unique) inspires me.   May God bless all of them and their families today and as they prepare for Confirmation with Bishop Hubbard on April 30th.
   
 
TURNING POINT ON THE ROAD TO THE CROSS–
CHOICES THAT JESUS MADE
presented by The Chatham Area Pastors Association.
6:00 p.m. Soup and Sandwich Supper at the host church
7:00 p.m. Reflection,    Every Wednesday of Lent
Mar. 15:     Ghent Reformed Church, Ghent
                        The Transfiguration – Fr. George Fleming
 
Sunday Table, A Family Meal, THE EUCHARIST – in many ways, our families tell us who we are.  St. Augustine says that the Eucharist tells us who we are.  We share a meal in the caring Presence of Jesus Christ, a part of the human world as we are, and also the Son of God.  He is with us always as He promised.  Join us for a Bread and Soup Pot Luck Supper from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. and then attend the presentation by Fr. Jack on Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. 
Sign up sheet for the supper is on the bulletin board.
 
 
THIS WEEK’S MASS SCHEDULE
 
Sat   3/11  4:00 Robert Jette by Robert &
                 Catherine Havelka
               & Thomas & Janet Gregory by Ed
                 Kuhner
               & Emerald Herbert by Marietta
                 Friess
Sun   3/12  7:30 Dolly Bogardus by Jeannie &
                 Shane Wenz
               & Isabel Arndt by Paul Arndt
               & George & Helen Cox by Sharon
                 Hall
           10:30 Barbara Gibson by Marietta
                 Friess
               & Pat Casey by Nancy & Bernie
                 Kowalski
               & Jim Palladino by his family
Mon   3/13 11:00 Health of Fr. Jack by a friend
Wed   3/15 10:30 at Barnwell – All are Welcome   Sat   3/18  4:00 Edwin Strehler by his family
               & Thomas Halpin by the Barnwell
                 Ministers
               & Sylvester Braswell by Lois
                 Strehler
Sun   3/19  7:30 Raymond Burdick by Jack &
                 Connie Smith
               & Paul Butcher by James & Ann
                 Marie Egnasher 
               & Thomas Moore by Anthony &
                 Kerry Nancinovich
               & Theresa Garland by her family
           10:30 Isabel Arndt by Paul Arndt
               & Josephine Rohrer by Mamie &
                 Peter Brahm
               & Susan Mata by Karl Vehlies,
                 Carol Calabrese & Carl
                 Cappello
 

 
Please keep in your prayers the sick and homebound of our parish and those who care for them:  
Paul Amyot, Bob Babirad, Jennifer Beebe, Sylvia Boulger, Eileen Bracone, Michael Boyce, Fran Campeta, Alfred Carpentier, Ann Lynn Connally,  Stephanie de Lancastre, Mato Djurdjevic, Michael Doyle, Beth Drzymala, William Dupuis,  Mary Fleming, Lauren Gawron, Donald Gaylord, MaryAnn Gregorio, Tito Grenci, Mary Hayes, Jack Law, Nancy Kelly, Cathy Kelly–Owitz, Noreen Kennedy, Dennis Knoll, Carol Lahut, Tracy Lasek, Pinky Laviano, Charlene Leach, William Lindberg, Dominik Lizzi, Cindy Mahony, Ann MacIntyre, Mark McIntosh, Marianne Martinez, Judy Martino, Caroline Martone, Jeffrey Miller, Damian Monahan, Melissa Ann Murray, Amelia Nabozny, Raymond Novak, JoAnn O’Shea,  Bonnie Pelizza, David Picchione, Pam Polashenski, Tim Renn, Matthew Risdale, Rosemarie Rizzo, William Robinson, Rita Ryan, Alice Salvatore, Eileen Scott, Maddi Sidarous, Ralph Sitcer, Special Intentions, Sean Spicer, Judy St. Onge, Charles Stickles, Kevin Sutton, Nancy Taggart Turgeon, Matthew West, Carol Wisenhunt, and Erica Wordon.
 


 


                            

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