Sunday in Ordinary Time – Aug. 1st/2nd, 2015
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. email@example.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
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
LAST WEEK’S COLLECTION was $4,454.25
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
black flare pens glue sticks pencil case
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.
ST. JOHN’S GOLF
Kinderhook Golf Club
Few Spots still available!!!
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.
CONCERT FOR VOCATIONS
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
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!
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
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.
THIS WEEK’S MASS SCHEDULE
4:00 Alice Berneri by the
St. John’s Elves
& Mary Rutherford by the
7:30 Roseann Purcell by
& Pauline Davis by
Bernadette Stockunas &
10:30 Frances & Raymond
Kaminski by their family
& A Special Intention by
Mon 8/3 11:00
Shayley Estes by friends
of her family
Wed 8/5 11:00
4:00 J. Peter Harvey by his
& Margaret & Thomas
Accuosti by Donna
7:30 Fred & Lucie Keil by the
& A Special Intention by
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.
in your prayers the sick and homebound of our parish and those who care for
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.
Bread was baked this weekend by
Eucharistic Bread will be baked next