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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Jan. 21/22, 2017
 
PARISH
 
THE ELVES are meeting again Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m.   New members always welcome. Whether you are a crafter, baker, etc. your skills are welcome.  Stop by and meet the members of this group or call the office for contact information.
 
 COMMUNITY DINNERS -All are welcome to a warm and delicious meal.  Meals are served at St. Luke’s,
 Rt. 9, Valatie, on Tuesdays, through March, from 5:30 -7:00 p.m. 
St. John’s Community Dinner Team will be preparing and serving on Tuesday, January 24.
BSA Troop 113 is preparing and serving on January 31.
 
BAPTISMS will not take place during Lent.  Last Baptism before Lent is scheduled for Feb. 19. . First scheduled Baptism after Easter will be May 21. Please plan accordingly.  Call the office at 758-9401 to schedule.
 
NEVER ALONE Grief Support Group meetings are on Tuesdays.  Next gathering is Tuesday, January 24 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., in the rectory.
 
FOOD PANTRY for January - Suggested items are:
macaroni & cheese, tuna, canned fruit and dinner helpers.  Thank you for your continued support.
 
AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE -will offer free tax help to low and moderate income taxpayers, especially 60 and older, February 1 to April 7Please call 758-9342 to sign up for help.  Meetings will be at the Valatie Village Offices, 3211 Church Street on Tuesdays, 1:00 -5:00 p.m., and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. 
 
ROAST PORK DINNER for “STRIDE” -
Sponsored by the John J. Curran Knights of Columbus
Will take place on Saturday, February 11,
 5:00-6:30 p.m.  Enjoy roast pork, potatoes, vegetables, salad & dessert. Adults $10.00, children under 12, $7.00.
Reservations help with the planning, call 784-2235.
Walk-ins welcome.  Take-outs available.
 
BISHOP’S APPEAL 2016 – To date: 179 families have pledged/gifted $53,203.74 to reach our goal of $59,687.00. We are getting there.   Only $6,483.26 needed.
The 2016 Appeal closes March 15, 2017.  There is still time to close the gap. Thank you to all who have been able to pledge to date.
 
LAST WEEK’S COLLECTION was $4,317.00.
Same Week Last Year was $4,258.95.
 
LOOKING AHEAD
 
Feb 18/19  Treasures & Trifles Sale at St. James.
FAITH FORMATION
 
GRADE 2 RECONCILIATION is Monday, Jan. 23.  Miss Susanna's class will meet for Reconciliation at 5:30 p.m., and Miss Lauren's class will meet at 7 p.m.
 
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION classes begin Sunday, January 29.  All candidates should attend 10:30 Mass, followed by gathering downstairs until 1:15 p.m.  Any prospective candidate and parent who did not attend the October meeting or meet with Ruth Ellen must do so prior to the first class.  Any outstanding paperwork needs to be turned in as soon as possible.  If you have any questions, please call the Faith Formation office at 518-758-1828, or email faithformationatstjohns@yahoo.com.
 
9th AND 10th GRADERS will begin classes on Sunday, February 5, when they will share donuts and conversation with Father George, followed by the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
 
GRADE 8 RETREAT is Saturday, February 4.
 
CELEBRATE NATIONAL MARRIAGE WEEK –
Feb. 7-14.  This is an opportunity “to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage and to affirm and support engaged and married couples.”  See handout at entrances of the church and bulletin boards for suggestions.
 
DO YOU HAVE 2-3 HOURS PER MONTH TO HELP
SOMEONE IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
Caring for someone with dementia can be both isolating and exhausting for family members. These families need your help! Join us for training on Sunday, January 29, from  
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at: St. Joseph Church, 1820 State Route 9, Stuyvesant Falls, NY. The Care Team, made up of parishioners from St. James, St. Joseph’s and St. John the Baptist, is in need of additional care team members. Currently only one family is benefiting from the care team’s visits. In order to help more families we need your help.  Come join us! The bigger the team the greater the love!! It’s an opportunity to meet more people in your church, help your fellow parishioners or members of your community who are tirelessly caring for their loved ones who are suffering from dementia. To register for the training session, please contact Renee Mandarano, Eddy Alzheimer’s Services (518) 238-4162/ e-mail renee.mandarano@sphp.com.
 
Parenting Pointers by Susan Vogt, www.SusanVogt.net.
All of us procrastinate at times.  Perhaps we are busy or want to avoid doing something.  The Christian Family Movement has a saying that I often use to help me decide if the procrastination is warranted or and escape.
If Not Now, When? If Not Me, Who?  If Not Here, Where?  Is there something that you’ve been putting off until the kids are older, the house paid for, your teeth are flossed?  Relationships don’t always wait for some day or one day.

 
Pastors Blog
 
Anguish has taken wing, dispelled is darkness:
for there is no gloom where but now there was distress.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.
 
   Today’s first reading from Isaiah is referenced by Jesus in the Gospel to illuminate that those who have lived in darkness, gloom and distress are now being invited into the healing light of our Lord and Savior.
This is so much deeper than what we often experience when someone tells us that “things are going to get better”, “cheer up”, or to quote the old song, “don’t worry, be happy”.  The Church recognizes the pain and suffering that is a part of our human existence but offers consolation and healing grace in the name of Jesus.  It is interesting that the Gospel first shows Jesus carrying on John’s mission even using the words attributed to the Baptizer who stressed that the people repent.  Seamlessly, Jesus moves forward, calls forth Apostles and brings healing to others regardless of their status.
     As Jesus united John the Baptist and the first Apostles with His Mission, so too does Paul call for our unity in doing the work of discipleship  “I urge you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, and that there be no divisions among you.”  There will always be disagreements among people of good will, between different parishes, churches and even across the aisle at the same Mass.  Let us not forget that what unites us, the actual Mission of Christ, is stronger than anything that divides us and let us work more closely to bring the Kingdom of God a little bit more to light in the Catholic Community of Northern Columbia County.  God bless you.
 
 
WINTER ART CLASSES at Historic St. Agnes Cemetery,
located in Menands with instructor Noreen Powell.  Classes are on scheduled Fridays at 10:00 a.m.  Costs include paints, brushes, various sized canvas, baked goods, coffee, tea and positive energy.  No experience necessary. Subjects may include Squirrel in an Oak Tree, Cottage in the Snowy Woods, Tulips in a Bunch.  Flyer on bulletin board has additional information, or go to the website
www.CapitalDistrictCemeteries.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THIS WEEK’S MASS SCHEDULE
 
Sat   1/21  4:00 Edwin Strehler by his family
               & Thomas Halpin by St. John’s
                 Elves
               & Frank Graziano by Guy, Janis &
                 family
Sun   1/22  7:30 Linda Boll by the Boll Family
               & Phillip Burkart by his family
               & Anna & Dit Bandura by their
                 family
           10:30 Margot Curran by Dolores &
                 John Winkler
               & Raymond Burdick by Andria
                 Barkley & family
               & Isabel Arndt by Paul Arndt
Mon   1/23 11:00 Bill Wrigley by his mom,
                 Deidre
Wed   1/25 11:00 Health of Fr. Jack by a friend
Sat   1/28  4:00 Frederick Geneway by John &
                 Mary Lynn Cimon
               & Thomas Harmon by Sharon &    
                 Terry Maul
               & Johanna Lombardo by Barbara
                 Chesley
Sun   1/29  7:30 Isabel Arndt by Paul Arndt
               & Janet Gregory by the Faith
                 Formation Catechists
           10:30 Diane Vantassel by Steven &
                 Ruth Ellen Berninger
               & John Monahan by Frank & Eileen
                 Szepessy 
 
 
Next Sunday’s Readings:             
Zephaniah 2:3, 3:12-13        Blessed are the poor in spirit:
1 Corinthians 1:26-31          the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
Matthew 5:1-12a                               

 
Please keep in your prayers the sick and homebound of our parish and those who care for them:  
Paul Amyot, Bob Babirad, Jennifer Beebe, Eileen Bracone, Michael Boyce, Fran Campeta, Alfred Carpentier, Ann Lynn Connally, Sandra Critelli, Stephanie de Lancastre, Michael Doyle, Beth Drzymala, William Dupuis,  Mary Fleming, Lauren Gawron, Donald Gaylord, MaryAnn Gregorio, Tito Grenci, Mary Hayes, Nancy Kelly, Cathy Kelly–Owitz, Noreen Kennedy, Dennis Knoll, Carol Lahut, Pinky Laviano, Charlene Leach, William Lindberg, 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, 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, Erica Wordon, and Paul Worlock.
 
Special Thanks to Walter Simonsmeier of Wild Horse Wine & Liquor for his monthly donation of altar wine in memory of Wayne Pulver.




2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Jan. 14/15, 2017
 
PARISH
 
OFFICE CLOSED on Monday, January 16.
 
THE MONDAY NIGHT STITCHERS will take the holiday off  and be back Monday, January 23.
 
MASS MINISTERS SCHEDULE is out.  It is on the website and copies are available in the resource room.
 
THANK YOU to all who were able to participate in the taking down of the trees, decorations and clean up of the church environment.
 
THE ELVES are meeting again this Tuesday,
 January 17.  New members always welcome. Whether you are a crafter, baker, etc. your skills are welcome.
 
KATHY BUNCE OF LITURGICAL PUBLICATIONS is unable to make her scheduled appointment with our office 
next week. We will keep you informed of her upcoming visit. 
 
 Our Thanks to all for your contributions of items to the Hurricane Matthew Relief Appeal for Haiti.
 
LECTORS AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS are Needed.  We encourage you to consider a role in these Mass ministries. Please contact Kathie at 758-1546, or the office at 758-9401, if interested.   
 
 COMMUNITY DINNERS will be served at St. Luke’s,
 Rt. 9, Valatie, on Tuesdays, January through March, from 5:30 -7:00 p.m.  All are welcome!
St. John’s Community Dinner Team will cook and serve on January 24.
 
BAPTISMS will not take place during Lent.  Last Baptism before Lent is scheduled for Feb. 19. . First scheduled Baptism after Easter will be May 21. Please plan accordingly.  Call the office at 758-9401 to schedule.
 
NEVER ALONE Grief Support Group meetings are on Tuesdays.  Next gathering is Tuesday, January 24 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., in the rectory.
 
FOOD PANTRY for January - Suggested items are:
macaroni & cheese, tuna, canned fruit and dinner helpers.  Thank you for your continued support.
 
AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE -will offer free tax help to low and moderate income taxpayers, especially 60 and older, February 1 to April 7Please call 758-9342 to sign up for help.  Meetings will be at the Valatie Village Offices, 3211 Church Street on Tuesdays, 1:00 -5:00 p.m., and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. 
 
FAITH FORMATION
 
GRADE 2 RECONCILIATION RETREAT is Saturday, January 21 from 10 am to noon.  All 2nd graders and a parent must attend.
 
GRADE 2 RECONCILIATION is Monday,
 January 23.  Miss Susanna's class will meet for Reconciliation at 5:30 pm, and Miss Lauren's class will meet at 7 pm.
 
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION classes begins Sunday, January 29.  All candidates should attend 10:30 Mass, followed by gathering downstairs until 1:15 pm.  Any prospective candidate and parent who did not attend the October meeting or meet with Ruth Ellen must do so prior to the first class.  Any outstanding paperwork needs to be turned in as soon as possible.  If you have any questions, please call the Faith Formation office at 518-758-1828, or email faithformationatstjohns@yahoo.com.
 
9th AND 10th GRADERS will share donuts and conversation with Father George on Sunday, February 5, followed by the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
 
GRADE 8 RETREAT is Saturday, February 4.
 
CELEBRATE NATIONAL MARRIAGE WEEK –
Feb. 7-14.  This is an opportunity “to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage and to affirm and support engaged and married couples.”  See handout at entrances of the church and bulletin boards for suggestions.
 
DO YOU HAVE 2-3 HOURS PER MONTH TO HELP
SOMEONE IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
Caring for someone with dementia can be both isolating and exhausting for family members. These families need your help! Join us for training on Sunday, January 29, from  
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm at: St. Joseph Church, 1820 State Route 9, Stuyvesant Falls, NY. The Care Team, made up of parishioners from St. James, St. Joseph’s and St. John the Baptist is in need of additional care team members. Currently only one family is benefiting from the care team’s visits. However, in order to help more families we need your help.  Come join us! The bigger the team the greater the love!! It’s an opportunity to meet more people in your church, help your fellow parishioners or members of your community who are tirelessly caring for their love ones who are suffering from dementia. To Register for the training session, please contact Renee Mandarano,  Eddy Alzheimer’s Services (518) 238-4162/ e-mail renee.mandarano@sphp.com.
 
 
LOOKING AHEAD
 
Feb. 11      Wounded Warrior Dinner
Feb 18/19  Treasures & Trifles Sale at St. James

 
Pastor’s Blog
 
     To the Church of God that is in Corinth,
            To you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy,
            With all those everywhere who call upon the name of the Lord
            Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.
            Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
                                                                                               
     As we enter into “Ordinary Time”, a designation which means that God “orders all things in its time”, I was struck by the beautiful readings this weekend.  Isaiah the prophet reminds us we are called to be a light to, and for, one another (all nations) for the salvation and healing of all.  The testimony in the Gospel that John the Baptist makes reminds us that by virtue of our own baptism as we are called to be disciples to be holy in that we allow the Spirit to come upon us.  It doesn’t mean that we are perfect in the sense the world defines it, but it calls us to perfection in the way St. Paul describes as being fully ourselves in light of our status as children of God.
     We all could rewrite the second reading from this weekend’s liturgy (1 Cor. 1:1b-3) to focus on the hometowns of our local churches.  Still as we see ourselves as a larger community working together, the challenge is to always see ourselves as one family.  As brothers and sisters, we are each unique, but we are stronger together and our identification becomes truly broader, and in a spiritual way, bolder.
     In the coming weeks, especially as we prepare for the Lenten season, I hope we can find ways to encourage each other in a wide variety of cooperative ways.  I want to thank you all for your patience and support as we move forward.  I am blessed to be your pastor.
     I have been especially blessed to work alongside Drew Nelson who has served as our Director of Operations.  The immensity of the tasks involved has persuaded us to dissolve this position and create potentially several ones, smaller and more specific in scope.  We will look for input from our people but ask that you are patient as we move forward.   Trustees Ellen O’Reilly and Dave Pesano will continue in their leadership positions and serve as primary contacts.  We are developing an interim position that will address pressing matters.
     Personally, I want to thank Drew for his loving service to the community and the positive impact he has made for the well-being of our entire community.  His support, friendship and dedication has benefited in ways you cannot imagine.  As someone pulled in so many directions, I could count on Drew’s insights and understanding to give me encouragement.  I am grateful also for his wonderful family and their amazing witness, especially to the people of St. John the Baptist where they worship and participate in our faith formation program.  God bless you, Drew, and thank you.
 
 
THIS WEEK’S MASS SCHEDULE
 
Sat   1/14  4:00 Burton Harris by the Barnwell
                          Ministers  
                      & Deceased Members of the          
                          Murynec & Horowitz Families by
                          Andrea & Jon Horowitz
                      & Thomas Gregory by St. John’s
                           Elves
Sun   1/15  7:30 Isabel Arndt by Paul Arndt
                       & Mary & Donald Rutherford by
                           Charles & Andrea Rutherford.
                 10:30 Timi Tufano by her family
                      & Jamie Adams by Frank & Eileen
                          Szepessy 
Mon 1/16  11:00 No Mass
Wed 1/18  10:30 Barnwell – All are Welcome
Sat   1/21    4:00 Edwin Strehler by his family
                        & Thomas Halpin by St. John’s
                             Elves
                        & Frank Graziano by Guy, Janis &
                            family
Sun   1/22  7:30 Linda Boll by the Boll Family
                       & Phillip Burkart by his family
                       & Anna & Dit Bandura by their
                           family
                 10:30 Margot Curran by Dolores &
                           John Winkler
                      & Raymond Burdick by Andria
                          Barkley & family
                       & Isabel Arndt by Paul Arndt
 
 
Next Sunday’s Readings:             
Isaiah 8:23-9:3                         The Lord is my light
1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17           and my salvation.
Matthew 4:12-23                                

 
Please keep in your prayers the sick and homebound of our parish and those who care for them:  
Paul Amyot, Bob Babirad, Jennifer Beebe, Eileen Bracone, Michael Boyce, Fran Campeta, Alfred Carpentier, Ann Lynn Connally, Sandra Critelli, Stephanie de Lancastre, Michael Doyle, Beth Drzymala, William Dupuis,  Mary Fleming, Lauren Gawron, Donald Gaylord, MaryAnn Gregorio, Tito Grenci, Mary Hayes, Nancy Kelly, Cathy Kelly–Owitz, Noreen Kennedy, Dennis Knoll, Carol Lahut, Pinky Laviano, Charlene Leach, William Lindberg, 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, 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, Erica Wordon, and Paul Worlock.
 
LAST WEEK’S COLLECTION was $4,658.04.
Same Week Last Year was $5,962.70.
 



 

 

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