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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 30th /31st, 2014





From the Pastor’s Desk,


  It’s hard to believe that the unofficial end of summer arrives with Labor Day weekend (and the Columbia County Fair!) while for me, it feels like a new season has just begun.  Thank you so much for my warm welcome and I am looking forward to getting to know our communities more as people return from vacations and enter into the rhythm of our lives.

  In the coming weeks, I am hoping to host gatherings which will serve as listening sessions to hear about members’ concerns as well as hopes and dreams for the future.  I am particularly interested in hearing about the origins of several of our ministries and the histories of our parishes, including St. Mary’s in Stuyvesant where my friend, mentor and founding pastor of St. Bonaventure Church, Speigletown, Fr. Jim O’Neill, once proudly served.

Watch for more information soon.

                              God bless you, Father George



OFFICE CLOSED - September 1st for Labor Day.

Have a safe and special holiday.


KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS - will meet next Sunday, September 7th at 7:30 p.m. in the area by the office.  For membership information, please contact Jerry Minot-Scheuermann  at 758-1893.


FOOD PANTRY - Suggested items for September are, pasta sauce, cake mix, brownie mix, soup and cereal. All items should be unopened with expiration dates in the future.  Items can be left in the bin across from the kitchen.  Thank you for your donations.


ALight BABy bottle coin drive – Please return the bottle which you picked up, to the office. Thank you.



Same week last year was $3,855.25

Catholic Home Missions was $867.50




$ 18,841.00 to go!


To date: 146 families have pledged or gifted $38,529.00  



                                                   $38,529.00                      $57,370.00


Has your gift /pledge gotten us closer to our goal?








                       GRADES Kindergarten through Grade 5

                       CLASSES  BEGIN September 14th !!!

                      Return completed forms to the office ASAP. 

Forms for Kindergarten and new students are at the entrances of the church or call the office at 758-1828. They are also available on our web site under faith formation


 School Supplies Collection – Our thanks to all who were able to contribute to the collection. It helps youth in our community start the new school year with needed supplies. 


AT HOME WITH OUR FAITH is a free monthly handout geared to help busy parents raise Catholic children.  Grandparents will also find the topics interesting.  You can find them at the entrances of the church.  This month - “Worth the Sunday morning sprint


VIRTUS TRAINING - a diocesan mandated program for adults volunteers who work with children in our parishes.

St. James - Tuesday, September 2nd at 6:00 p.m.

St. Joseph’s ( Stuyvesant Falls site) – in Spanish

          Sunday,   September 14th at 10:30 a.m.



Plan your Sunday dinner for

Sunday, Sept.14th

4:00 – 6:30 p.m.


Tickets available after masses and in the office

$10.00 Adults,   $9.00 Child

($1.00 more at the door)

½ chicken, baked potato, cole slaw, roll, dessert, drink



Congratulations to

Doug & Barbara McGivney

on your

50th Wedding Anniversary!




From the Parish Secretary Vol. 17, Issue 3

     As we deepen in our love of God and learn to be better disciples, we will also find that we will face opposition-sometimes even from other disciples.  The Spirit will show us the way.  Even Jesus faced opposition, sorrows and even death.  How could a disciple desire better treatment than the Master?  Trust in God and allow the Spirit to lead you and give thanks for God’s blessing.



by Susan Vogt, www.susanvogt.net

    As our children move out of the home and into young adulthood, our style of parenting changes.  Although they will always be our sons and daughters, there comes a time when we are no longer responsible for their relationship with God or morals.  All we can do is hold them in prayer, let go, and let God.



“Peoples Prayer Event”

Saturday, Sept 6th at 7:00 p.m.


Spiritual Music performed

by members of local parishes and community.

Admission is a free will monetary or non-perishable food donation to the Valatie Food Pantry


Community Yard Sale

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus

Saturday, September 6th    9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

St. John’s Parking Lot

Hot breakfast & lunch items will be available.



Saturday, September 20th     9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Donations Accepted during parish office hours Wednesday, September 17th to Friday noon Sept. 19th



Presented by Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

Thursday, September 18th 7:00 p.m.

at St. Joseph Provincial House Chapel.

 Advance tickets $20    $25 at the door.

 For reservations contact 783-3616 or 453-6625

Book signing and reception following the presentation


CURSILLO WEEKEND – Ladies:  Are you interested in expanding your relationship our Lord and his Church?

Consider attending the women’s Cursillo weekend, Thursday, evening, October 30th through Sunday, afternoon November 2, 2014 at the Dominican Retreat Center in Niskayuna, NY.  Deacon Warren will be the Spiritual Director. Fr. Frank O’Connor, Sr. Betsy

Van Deusen and Deacon Marty Beckman will be participating.  Complete details about Cursillo and the weekend may be found at www.natl-cursillo.org/albany/ or call Warren at 672-7185.  He will be glad to answer any question you many have. 



St. Joseph Yard Sale & Church Open House

at Stuyvesant Falls

Friday & Saturday, Sept. 26th &-27th

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

     Table Rental $10.00 - contact Rose Ann at 828-8722

Church Open House is part of the

2014 Stuyvesant Historic House Tours


Upcoming Events - watch for details


Midnight Run clothing collection begins  

Blessing of Animals      

Fashion show                                                     

Pie Sale

Diocesan Fall Gathering

Senior Citizen Luncheon





Sat    8/30  4:00 Maurice O’Brien by

                  Dorothy McVeigh

                & Loretta Rogers by the

                  Communion Ministers to


                & Pauline Morris by Bob &

                  Jan Mainello  

Sun    8/31  7:30 Isabel Heald by Cecylia

                  Brzuska & Mariolla Pratt

                & Steve Stupak by Norm &

                  Pat Jones

                & Special Intention by Paul


           10:30  Theresa Accuosti                  

                  by Donna Accuosti

                & Betty Moore by Mamie &

                  Pete Brahm            

Mon    9/01 11:00 No Mass

Wed    9/03 11:00 Marie Van Pelt by friends

Sat    9/06  4:00 George Roman Murynec by

                  his family

                & Muriel Gibbons by Lynn


Sun    9/07  7:30 Frank Gaschel by his


                & Joan Fuerst by Cecylia


                & the Health of Fr. Jack by


            10:30 Isabel Heald by Nancy


                & A Special Intention by

                  Paul Arndt

                & Yasha Khaikin by the

                  Amyot Family




Next Sunday’s Readings:

Ezekiel 33:7-9                   “If today you hear his voice

Romans 12:8-10                       harden not your hearts.”

Matthew 18:15-20                                 



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

Elmer Allen, Isabel Arndt, Bob Babirad, Kim Bellosi, Allison, Grace & Stella Brainard, Alfred Carpentier, Martin Casey, Gerard Cimon, Jane DiMura, Marian Dobert,

 Frank Doleski, Dorothy Drew, William Dupuis, Marion Endryck, Nancy & Michael Ferrari, Charlie Flatt, Richard Fuerst, Sr., Dan Furey, Donald Gaylord, Margaret Gorke, Elizabeth Guiden,  Michael Harrison, Owen Hogan, Susan Hollister,  Special Intention,  Joanne Jakiela,, Morey Lampson,  William Lindberg, Ida Loebart, Damian Monahan, Andrew McDermott, Melissa Ann Murray,

 Madi Panfilloff,  Elizabeth Pinkowski, Barbara Prezdpelski,  Tim Renn, Alice Salvatore, Mr. Edward Scharfenberger, Glenn Simmons, Anne Smith, Sean Spicer, Kevin Sutton, Linda Stallmer, Tricia Stampfli, Edwin Strehler,  Janet Van Leuvan and Erica Wordon.

Paula Pugliese wishes to thank the parish for your prayers. 

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