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Second Sunday of Advent – December 3 & 4, 2016
 
PARISH
 
Our thanks to all who contributed to the Used Books for Children Collection.
 
Our thanks to the Dreisbeck Tree Farm on Tuczinksi Road for providing the parish with a tree.
 
MASS MINISTERS – Christmas & New Year’s Day Mass sign up is in the resource room.  Ministers are asked to sign up as soon as possible.
 
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will meet this Sunday,
Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m., lower level of church hall.  For membership information, please contact Jerry Minot-Scheuermann at 755-5050.
 
NEVER ALONE Grief Support Group meetings are on Tuesdays.  Next gatherings are Tuesday, December 13,
January 10 & 24 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., in the rectory.
 
CEMETERY - Christmas saddles, wreaths or blankets can now be placed on the gravesites.  Please, no potted plants.  A reminder that the cemetery road will be closed when there is ice and snow and will be reopened when weather permits.
 
PARISH CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPE BOXES for 2017 will be available for pick up beginning this weekend Dec. 3/4.  Please contact the office if you wish to be removed from the list or would like to use envelopes.  They are not mailed out.
 
LAST WEEK’S COLLECTION was $5,931.60.  Same week last year was $4,665.00.  Thank you for your support.
 
BISHOP’S APPEAL 2016 –To date: 155 families have pledged/gifted $52,001.97 to reach our goal of $59,687.00.
We are getting there.   Only $7,685.03 needed.
Thank you to all who have been able to pledge to date.
                                                    

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Our Parish in November
 
Said Farewell to:
            Bernadette Stockunas & Barbara Gibson
May they rest in God’s peace.
 
Welcomed through Baptism:
                     Madelyn Elizabeth Weber
           
May she grow in God’s love.
 
 
Eat at Applebees at 420 Fairview Ave. Hudson on December 7, the Eve of the Immaculate Conception, from 11:00 a.m. to closing and 10% of your check will help support the Church of St. Joseph.  The Orange voucher at the church entrance (or last weekend’s bulletin insert) is needed to receive credit.
ADVENT HAPPENINGS
 
 
 
Advent Candles are still available for purchase this weekend on the kitchen counter.  Cost of Set of Candles $4.00.  While supplies last.
 
Advent Prayer & Reflection Booklets are at the entrances of the church to take home with you.  We hope it brings you the guidance to make this Advent Season a special one.
 
Traveling Infant Jesus is available to take 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.
 
Bethlehem Tree Tags are on the parish tree this weekend
Dec. 3/4.  The unwrapped gift with the tag should be returned by next Sunday, Dec. 11.
Sorting and bagging party will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 6:00 p.m.  This is a wonderful opportunity to share the joys of Christmas with those less fortunate in our area.
 
Fair Trade Coffee & Chocolate Sale takes place after all Masses this weekend Dec. 3/4.  Stop by and get those delicious stocking stuffers.
 
Advent Book Sale will take place on Sat., Dec 10 after the 4:00 p.m. Mass & Sun., Dec. 11 after the 10:30 Mass.
 
Evening of Caroling will take place Friday, Dec. 9 at
7:00 p.m. at St. James Church presented by the combined choirs of St. James, St. John the Baptist and St. Joseph.
Fr. Jack Molyn will emcee and give a narrative on the history of caroling. There will be a guest choir from the New Lebanon School and soloists from our communities. 
 
Cookie Walk at St. Joseph’s – Stuyvesant Falls
Saturday, December 17 before and after the 4:00 p.m. Mass.
Sunday, December 18 before and after the 10:30 and 12:30 Masses.  Holiday cookies baked by talented members of the faith community will be sold by the pound.
 
ADVENT RECONCILIATION SERVICES
Anointing of the Sick and Individual Confessions
 
Dec. 11 10:30 a.m. St. Joseph, Stuyvesant Falls
Dec. 12   7:00 p.m. St. James, Chatham
Dec. 14   6:30 p.m. Our Lady of Hope, Copake Falls
Dec. 15   7:00 p.m. St. John the Baptist, Valatie
 
FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
 
Dec. 7   Vigil Mass   4:00 & 6:00 p.m.
                                    St. Joseph’s, Stottville
 
Dec. 8      8:00 a.m. St. James, Chatham
                9:00 a.m. St. Joseph’s, Stuyvesant Falls
              11:00 a.m. St. John the Baptist, Valatie
                7:00 p.m. St. John the Baptist, Valatie
                                  Tri Parish Youth-Led Mass 
 
FAITH FORMATION
 
COMPREHENSIVE YOUTH MINISTRY MEETING -  this Tuesday, Dec. 6 at St. James from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
 
FOURTH GRADE PARENT MEETING will take place on Sunday, December 11 at 9:20 a.m. in the church.  All parents should attend to learn about your part in your child’s preparation for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation.
Anyone unable to attend should call the office at 758-1828 or email the faith formation office at faithformationatstjohns@yahoo.com to schedule an individual meeting.
 
CARE PACKAGES were sent to 72 of our young adults away from home.
 
FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY – calling angels, shepherds, singing Wise Men and Holy Family members:  Epiphany celebration is Sunday, January 8 at the 10:30 Mass.  Sign up on the sheet posted on the ramp bulletin board.
 
 
Pastor’s blog
     This Sunday’s Gospel begins with the first verse of the Third Chapter of Matthew, which in turn followed the infancy narratives, and now introduces Jesus’ adult ministry.  Our focus begins on John the Baptist,
 
“It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken
 when he said:
A voice of one crying out in the desert,
Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.”
 
     As we enter into the second week of Advent, my hope and prayer is that all of us will take the opportunity to discover a sense of loving healing and reconciliation in our lives.  Let it be a time when we “straighten out some things”, including our paths.  There are upcoming opportunities to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation as well as the Anointing of the Sick, in addition to other prayer and spiritual ways to prepare for Christmas.  Please pray for me as I will continue to pray for all of you.
 
     A special note of gratitude to the St. John the Baptist Parish Family!  The incredible generosity you have been showing in terms of your time and active participation has really invigorated the parish.  I am particularly grateful for all those who have given so much time and energy for our fundraisers and projects, including the beautiful Memorial Wall.  I am so looking forward to the coming weeks, and especially for our Christmas celebrations.  
 
     While I also am so grateful for the increased offertory we have been receiving, I would also like to remind people that it is not too late to contribute or pledge toward this year’s Bishop’s Appeal, especially if you would like to make a donation in this tax year.  We have exceeded gifts and pledges of over $50,654.00, leaving us $7,685.00 short of our goal but a figure that can be obtained. The Diocese has provided us with many resources this year.  Let us show our gratitude as well as pride in what the Diocese does in our name.  God bless you.
 
 
 
THIS WEEK’S MASS SCHEDULE
 
Sat  12/3   4:00 Ann Neary by Eileen Brothers
                      & Thomas Halpin by John & Jane
                           Zukowski
                       & Joseph Basile by the Harvey
                            Family
Sun  12/4   7:30 Isabel Arndt by Paul Arndt
                        & Rosa & Miguel Arista by
                            Michael & Alice Celello              
                 10:30 Diane Van Tassel by Jack &
                           Connie Smith
                         & James Verro, Sr. by Mary Ann
                             Gorke-Verro and Jay Verro
                         & Thomas Gregory by the
                              Catechists of Faith Formation
Mon  12/5  11:00 Ingrid Skeldon by Hertha
                             Johnson
Wed  12/7  11:00 Thomas Harmon by Lois Strehler
Sat  12/10    4:00 Dolly Bogardus by Jeannie &
                             Shane Wenz
                         & Edwin Strehler by his family
                         & Jim Palladino by Town of
                             Kinderhook
                        & Deceased Members of the
                            Shields Family by Fran Shields
Sun  12/11  7:30 Isabel Arndt by Paul Arndt
                        & Elmer Allen by the families of
                            the Niverville Fire Department
                           Station Two
                 10:30 Richard Cataluna by Joann &
                           Family
                      & Glenn & Arlene Wallace by         
                          their family
  
 
Next Sunday’s Readings:             
Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10                             Lord, come and save us.
James 5:7-10               
Matthew 11:2-11                                

 
Please keep in your prayers the sick and homebound of our parish and those who care for them:  
Paul Amyot, Bob Babirad, Jim Barker, Jennifer Beebe, Eileen Bracone,  Michael Boyce, Fran Campeta, Alfred Carpentier, Ann Lynn Connally, Sandra Critelli, Stephanie de Lancastre, Fr. Bob de Leon, Michael Doyle, Beth Drzymala, William Dupuis,  Mary Fleming, Lauren Gawron, Donald Gaylord, Janet Gregory, Tito Grenci, Mary Hayes, Nancy Kelly, Cathy Kelly–Owitz, Noreen Kennedy, Marilyn Kuhner, Dennis Knoll,  Pinky Laviano, 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, Pappalardo Family, Bonnie Pelizza, David Picchione, Pam Polashenski, Tim Renn, Rosemarie Rizzo, Rita Ryan, Alice Salvatore, Eileen Scott, Maddi Sidarous, Ralph Sitcer, Katy Smith, Special Intentions, Sean Spicer, Judy St. Onge, Charles Stickles, Kevin Sutton, Alice Tibbitts, Nancy Taggart Turgeon, Matthew West, Carol Wisenhunt,
 Erica Wordon, and Paul Worlock.
 


First Sunday of Advent - Nov. 26 & 27, 2016
 
PARISH
 
LECTORS  – your new 2017 workbooks are in the resource room.  Please pick yours up.
 
ELVES CHRISTMAS PARTY will take place on Tuesday, December 6, at LaBella’s Restaurant at Noon.
There will be a choice of four entrees.  Cost is $23.00.
Reservation and cash payment requested by
November 29.  Please call Lou Ann at 766-0121.
 
Special Thanks from the Valatie Ecumenical Food Pantry for your participation in the Thanksgiving Basket collection. Your contribution helped to fill 136 baskets, providing Thanksgiving dinners for many in our immediate area.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
 
The ELVES extend their thanks to everyone for making the Christmas Sale special. Their thanks to crafters, bakers, volunteers and shoppers. Without All of your support the sale could not have happened.
Winners of the raffles are:
    Afghan made by Marietta Friess – Mary Bombard
   $100 – Wayne Konig
   Basket of Cheer sponsored by Tierra Farms and Wild           
        Horse Wine & Liquor – Stan Bertram
  Sugar Plum Fairy Tree Skirt made by Joan McNamara –
        Maggie Bently
 
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will meet next Sunday,
Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m., lower level of church hall.  For membership information, please contact Jerry Minot-Scheuermann at 755-5050.
 
NEVER ALONE Grief Support Group meetings are on Tuesdays.  Next gathering is Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 2:30-4:00 p.m., in the rectory.
 
CEMETERY - Christmas saddles, wreaths or blankets, can now be placed on the gravesites.  Please, no potted plants.  A reminder that the cemetery road will be closed when there is ice and snow and will be reopened when weather permits.
 
PARISH CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPE BOXES for 2017 will be available for pick up beginning Dec. 3/4.  Please contact the office if you wish to be removed from the list or would like to use envelopes.  They are not mailed out.
 
LAST WEEK’S COLLECTION was $4,355.00.  Same week last year was $4,856.50.  
Catholic Campaign of Human Development was $758.94.
Thank you for your support.
 
BISHOP’S APPEAL 2016 –To date: 152 families have pledged/gifted $51,236.97  to reach our goal of $59,687.00.
We are getting there.   Only $8,450.03 needed.
Thank you to all who have been able to pledge to date.
                                                    

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FAITH FORMATION
 
COMPREHENSIVE YOUTH MINISTRY MEETING - Tuesday, Dec. 6 at St. James from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
 
9th GRADE RETREAT takes place Sat., Dec. 3 from
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the church.  Permission slips are due in Faith Formation Office immediately.
 
FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY – calling angels, shepherds, singing Wise Men and Holy Family members:  Epiphany celebration is Sunday, January 8 at the 10:30 Mass.  Sign up on the sheet posted on the ramp bulletin board. Call Ruth Ellen at 758-1828 ,or email her at
faithformationatstjohns@yahoo.com if you wish your children to participate.
 
ADVENT HAPPENINGS
 
Advent Candles will be available for purchase this weekend.  Cost of Set of Candles $4.00. 
While supplies last.
 
Advent Prayer & Reflection Booklets are at the entrances of the church to take home with you.  We hope it brings you the guidance to make this Advent Season a special one.
 
Traveling Infant Jesus is available to take home overnight.  Families are invited to share the prayer and make this a special time during the Advent Season.  The sign-up sheet will be on the ramp bulletin board.  The infant will be on the table across from the kitchen.  Coloring sheets will be available.  Coloring sheets can be returned and posted on the bulletin board.
 
Bethlehem Tree Tags are on the parish tree this weekend
Nov.  26/27 and next weekend Dec. 3/4.  The unwrapped gift should be returned to the tree or rectory before Dec. 11.  Sorting and bagging party will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 6:00 p.m.   This is a wonderful opportunity to share the joys of Christmas with those less fortunate in our area.
 
Used Books for Children
As a joint Christian service project, the Roman Catholic Churches of Northern Columbia County will be collecting gently used children’s books (no missing pages or scribbles.) The books will be distributed through the Marion Stegmann Fund.  Please put the books in the box under the coat rack at the parking lot entrance of the church. The collection ends Dec. 4.
 
Fair Trade Coffee & Chocolate Sale takes place after all Masses on Dec. 3/4.  Stop by and get those stocking stuffers.
 
Evening of Caroling will take place Fri., Dec. 9 at
7:00 p.m. at St. James Church presented by the combined choirs of St. James, St. John the Baptist and St. Joseph.
Fr. Jack Molyn will emcee and give a narrative on the history of caroling. There will be a guest choir from the New Lebanon School and soloists from our communities.  Come and enjoy.
 
 
Pastor’s blog
 
And now, bless the God of all,
who has done wondrous things on earth;
Who fosters people’s growth from their mother’s womb,
and fashions them according to his will!
May he grant you joy of heart
and may peace abide among you;
May his goodness toward us endure in Israel
to deliver us in our days.
 
     The beautiful words above from the Book of Sirach are one of the readings we shared this past week in honor of Thanksgiving.  I could not help but think that the powerful nature of this proclamation reminds us, no matter how a holiday may have been in our homes this year, the overall message of Thanksgiving is to remind us to praise and thank our God who has bestowed on us the greatest of blessings.  My hope and prayer is that you found a certain sense of joy and contentment on this special day for our country and our communities.
     As we enter into Advent this year, let us truly be a pilgrim people on a journey with our Lord, toward our Lord.  The theme of this week’s Gospel is “Stay Awake” and the image that comes to mind is a scene from the movie, Moonstruck, in which Cher’s character slaps someone and cries, “Snap out of it!”  Advent is a time to “snap out of it” and into a deeper awareness of God’s healing invitation to move forward and begin anew.  I hope you will walk with me during this blessed season as we prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord, once more, in our hearts and in our world.
     I would like to add a special message to the people of St. John the Baptist.  I was very proud of our parish community which came together to support a bereaved family during their time of loss and the many activities that were happening.  Many of the Bereavement Team were also supporting the Elves Christmas Bazaar but continued their incredible service with the help of catechists and youth from Faith Formation, members of the Knights of Columbus and Hospitality Ministry
 to turnaround the space in record time.  Diverse members from all parts of our parish family “snapped to it” with grace and loving service.  I couldn’t be more thankful to everyone.
 
 
 
 
THIS WEEK’S MASS SCHEDULE
 
Sat  11/26  4:00 Peter Avery, Jr. by Joan &
                           Eileen
                       & Edwin Strehler by his family
                       & John Teator, Jr. by the
                           Strehler Family
Sun  11/27  7:30  Isabel Arndt by Paul Arndt
                         & Linda Boll by the Boll Family
                         & Lyle Boyce by Regina Boyce
                  10:30 Fran & Raymond Kaminski by
                            their family
                        & Robert J. Brennan by Patrick
                           Connally
Mon  11/28 11:00 Thomas Harmon by the staff
Wed  11/30 11:00 Barbara Prezdpelski
Sat  12/3        4:00 Ann Neary by Eileen Brothers
                         & Thomas Halpin by John & Jane
                              Zukowski
                         & Joseph Basile by the Harvey
                             Family
Sun  12/4   7:30 Isabel Arndt by Paul Arndt
                         & Rosa & Miguel Arista by
                             Michael & Alice Celello              
                  10:30 Diane Van Tassel by Jack &
                            Connie Smith
                        & James Verro, Sr. by Mary Ann
                            Gorke-Verro and Jay Verro
                       & Thomas Gregory by the
                            Catechists of Faith Formation
  
 
Next Sunday’s Readings:             
Isaiah 11:1-10             Justice shall flourish in his time,
Romans 15:4-9               and fullness of peace forever.
Matthew 3:1-12                                

 
Please keep in your prayers the sick and homebound of our parish and those who care for them:  
Paul Amyot, Bob Babirad, Jim Barker, Jennifer Beebe, Eileen Bracone,  Michael Boyce, Fran Campeta, Alfred Carpentier, Ann Lynn Connally, Sandra Critelli, Stephanie de Lancastre, Fr. Bob de Leon, Michael Doyle, Beth Drzymala, William Dupuis,  Mary Fleming, Lauren Gawron, Donald Gaylord, Janet Gregory, Tito Grenci, Mary Hayes, Nancy Kelly, Cathy Kelly–Owitz, Noreen Kennedy, Marilyn Kuhner, Dennis Knoll,  Pinky Laviano, 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, Pappalardo Family, Bonnie Pelizza, David Picchione, Pam Polashenski, Tim Renn, Rosemarie Rizzo, Rita Ryan, Alice Salvatore, Eileen Scott, Maddi Sidarous, Ralph Sitcer, Katy Smith, Special Intentions, Sean Spicer, Judy St. Onge, Charles Stickles, Kevin Sutton, Alice Tibbitts, Nancy Taggart Turgeon, Matthew West, Carol Wisenhunt, Erica Wordon, and Paul Worlock.
 
Advent calendar and Mass schedule for our parishes on blue flyers available at the entrances of the Church.
 
 

 

 

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