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7th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Feb. 18/19, 2017
 
PARISH
 

MEMORIAL WALL OF CROSSES - Members of the
Bereavement Ministry extend to Joan McNamara,
one of our dedicated members, a heartfelt thank
you for all her effort in coordinating the entire
process that has made our Memorial Wall of Crosses
a reality.  Given the direction to “run with it,” Joan did
indeed run with it coordinating all members of the team –
painters, electrician, and all other members on her “work team” – that enabled the project to be completed within a remarkably short period of time. Thank you again Joan for an incredible job well done as coordinator of the entire project. Now we all can enjoy the fruits of this effort.
 
THE MONDAY NIGHT STITCHERS will take
February 20 off for Presidents Day and be back Monday, February 27.
 
CAPS for CANCER – will be taken to St. Peter’s in the latter part of March.  Patterns are available in the office.  Your hand knitted or crocheted caps can be dropped off to the office.
 
PLEASE HELP US KEEP OUR RECORDS UPDATED - if you have had /or will have any changes in your address, telephone, etc. please let the office know.   Keeping our records up to date will make sure any parish correspondence will reach you.  Thank you for your help.
  
NEVER ALONE Grief Support Group meetings are on Tuesdays.  Next gathering is Tuesday, February 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.
 
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.  Church of St. Joseph is preparing and serving on February 21, 2017. Christ Our Emmanuel Lutheran
Church is preparing and serving on February 28.  
 

FAITH FORMATION

 
CLASSES RESUME on the March 5 for elementary and high school students
 
FACEBOOK members – keep in touch with parish activities by checking out our facebook page.  We are listed as St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Valatie NY
 
MUSIC FOR THE CHRISM MASS on April 6 at
7:00 p.m. - Choir will be composed of young people from grades 7 through college.  Two rehearsals will take place:  Sat., March 25, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and Sat., April 1, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany.  If you are interested, registration forms are on the bulletin board or contact 453-6645 or prayer&worship@rcda.org by March 10.
 
MUSIC AND LITURGY @ PYRAMID LAKE XVII -
an experience for Catholic youth grades 9 and up that sing or play an instrument, Sunday, July 23 – Thursday, July 27.  Registration forms are in our office or contact Marie & Dan Bernadett at mbernadett@nycap.rr.com or 518-464-0970.
 
FEBRUARY IS CATHOLIC PRESS MONTH! Do you know what’s going on not just at your own parish, but around the Diocese? Get information and boost your faith through The Evangelist, the weekly diocesan newspaper. If you know someone who’s not getting it and should be, call us at 518-453-6688 or email ann.egan@rcda.org! The Evangelist is an important way to keep up on what’s happening all over our 14-county Diocese and far beyond.
 
FOOD PANTRY - Suggested items for February are
cold cereal, tuna, canned fruit, canned vegetables, coffee and tea.  Thank you for your continued support.
 
LAST WEEK’S COLLECTION was $3,996.70.
Same Week Last Year was $3,237.50.
 
BISHOP’S APPEAL 2016 – To date: 183 families have pledged/gifted $56,187.00 to reach our goal of $59,687.00. We are getting there.   Only $3,500.00 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.
 
 
Special Pastor’s Note
We have awesome news!!! We are only $3,500 short of our Bishop’s Appeal goal for 2016/17. 
An amazing parishioner has seen this and has offered to match any donation given before March 13th in anticipation of ensuring that we make our assessment.  If you would consider donating, we would all sincerely appreciate it.  Thank you and God bless you!
 

 
 
Pastor’s Blog,
 
     I’ll be away all this week for some RRR…Rest, Relaxation and Retreat!...and I have to admit, I’m looking forward to winding down.  I haven’t had a weekend off that wasn’t spent celebrating a wedding in a year and I can’t think of a better way to recharge and get ready for Lent.  I will be leaving this Sunday (2/19) and will be back in the office on Monday (2/27).
     I am so excited by the many opportunities we will be offering during the Lenten season.  When you see of our parishes as a whole, there is no church in our Diocese that can match us in the variety of prayerful experiences that we offer.    A full Lenten schedule will be released on Ash Wednesday which will include all the special events at our different communities and we have tried to accommodate each other’s schedules to avoid any conflicts.  Keep in mind the week of Sunday, March 19 which we will promote as a “Retreat Mission” with something for everyone at every place, including a talk by Fr. Jack on Tuesday (3/20) and the return of Fr. Dan on Thursday (3/23).  Stay tuned for more information!
     Lent is truly a time to ‘’tune in” to the presence of God in our lives that keeps us focused and spiritually healthy, and “tune out” the distractions.  May we all come together as never before and realize the blessings of our extended family for support and encouragement.  God bless you.
 

 
TREASURE AND TRIFLES SALE at St. James Church, Chatham is to benefit their sister parish in Haiti.
Saturday, February 18 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 19 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
(Snow dates Feb. 25-26, same times.)
Find household goods, decorations, garden goods and more. 
 



 

Ash Wednesday Services Schedule
 March 1, 2017

For those on their way to work or school,
check out the early morning services.

 
St. John the Baptist  Ashes Distribution 7:15 - 8:45 a.m.
                                   Mass with Ashes 11:00 a.m.
   Ecumenical Service with Ashes at St. Luke’s in
                                    Valatie at 7:00 p.m.
 
St. James                 Ashes Distribution 7:15 - 8:45 a.m.
                                 Mass with Ashes 6:00 p.m.
                                 followed by a Soup & Bread Supper
 
St. Joseph, Stuyvesant Falls
                              Mass with Ashes -  9:00 a.m.
                              Mass in Spanish with Ashes -7:00 p.m.
 

 
 
 
THIS WEEK’S MASS SCHEDULE
 
Sat   2/18  4:00  Edwin Strehler by his family
                      & Lyle Boyce by Regina Boyce
                      & Thomas Halpin by the Kuhners
Sun   2/19  7:30 Margot Curran by Paul Arndt
                      & Isabel Arndt by Paul Arndt
                      & Raymond Burdick by St. John’s
                          Elves    
               10:30 Jane Borsh by the Dennis
                         Family
                     & Frances & Raymond Kaminski by
                         their family
Mon   2/20 11:00 NO MASS
Wed   2/22 11:00 NO MASS
Sat      2/25  4:00 Ralph Shields by Fran Shields
                        & Thomas Harmon by Marietta
                            Friess
                        & Patricia McDermott by St. John’s Elves
Sun   2/26  7:30 Isabel Arndt by Paul Arndt
                         & Mary & Donald Rutherford by
                           Charles & Andrea Rutherford
                  10:30 Bill Kellerhouse by Traci,
                           Mike & Analisa Martino
                       & Mary & Billy Dennis by the
                           Dennis Family
 

 
Next Sunday’s Readings:             
Isaiah 49:14-15                      Rest in God alone
1 Corinthians 4:1-5                                my soul.
Matthew 6:24-34                               

 
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,  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, Pinky Laviano, Charlene Leach, William Lindberg, Dominic 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, 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.
 

New Tri – Parish Email List

for the Catholic Community of Northern Columbia County
Last Fall we established an account with Hotmail in order to begin an email
listing of parishioners in the three churches comprising the Catholic Community of Northern Columbia County (CCNCC). While this was initially successful, we
have decided for a number of reasons to discontinue using Hotmail, now
Microsoft Outlook. Primarily, this was due to the complexity in having
parishioners access the site to sign up and limitations placed by Microsoft on the size and use of the email listing.
We have now established an account with Constant Contact and are asking for the email addresses of parishioners. We are once again encouraging as many parishioners at Saint James, Saint John the Baptist and Saint Joseph to give us this information. The purpose is to improve communication of joint activities in the three churches while providing messages from Fr. George, alerts to changes in schedules and the ability to send links and other relevant information.
We will not make this list available to anyone other than the CCNCC. The
privacy of the list is paramount and we have taken all steps to ensure that this remains the case. At no time will anyone on the list be able to see the names andemail addresses of any other person. Finally, the list will be available to only avery few persons to be used for sending out emails to avoid unauthorized use of the list and not subject recipients to a needless number of communications.
Please consider adding your information to this list to help us communicate with parishioners throughout the CCNCC in a more efficient and timely manner.
There are two very simple ways to sign up. You can go to the websites for
Saint James at www.stjames.weconnect.com ,
for Saint John the Baptist at stjohnthebaptistch@nycap.rr.com
and for Saint Joseph at stjosephcolumbia@nycap.rr.com .
Each of our websites will have notices for the Tri-Parish email list. Click on
the link and you will be directed to an online form sign up Constant Contact to sign up. There are four fields to fill out, i.e. first name, last name, email address and company, in this last field enter the name of your church. That is all there is to it. If you prefer, you can type in from your home computer the following web
address, http://conta.cc/2koojJZ. This will take you immediately to the correct form, referred to in the previous paragraph. For those who previously signed up on the hotmail account, you do not need to do anything. We will transfer your information directly to the Constant Contact account. Thank you! 


 

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Feb. 11/12, 2017
 
PARISH

Tri-Parish Email - Sign up to get updates from Fr. George, information regarding events throughout the Catholic Community of Northern Columbia County (CCNCC), and other items of interest to parishioners delivered to your inbox. This will greatly enhance our ability to communicate with parishioners in all three churches comprising the CCNCC.  In the space marked "Company" please enter the name of your church. Thank you.
Enter the following address and it will take you directly to constant contact where it is easy to sign up.       http://conta.cc/2koojJZ 

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.
  
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will meet this Sunday,
Feb. 12, 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 Tuesdays, Feb. 14 and 28 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., in the rectory.
 
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.  Kinderhook Elks are preparing and serving on February 14.  Church of St. Joseph is preparing and serving on February 21, 2017.
 
FOOD PANTRY - Suggested items for February are
cold cereal, tuna, canned fruit, canned vegetables, coffee and tea.  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 7.  Please 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. 
 
LAST WEEK’S COLLECTION was $4,918.80.
Same Week Last Year was $6,364.45.
 
BISHOP’S APPEAL 2016 – To date: 183 families have pledged/gifted $56,187.00 to reach our goal of $59,687.00. We are getting there.   Only $3,500.00 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.
FAITH FORMATION
 
THE CONFIRMATION STUDENTS wish to thank the parish for your support of their collection  taken in the pots last weekend. They collected $927.26 to purchase supplies needed for the meals they will provide at Joseph House, a shelter in Troy.  Many thanks.
 
1st RECONCILIATION - Wednesday, Feb. 15 
   Mrs. Rivero’s learners  - 5:30 p.m.
   Mrs. Moriarty’s learners - 7:00 p.m.
 
FACEBOOK members – keep in touch with parish activities by checking out our facebook page.  We are listed as St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Valatie NY
 
MUSIC FOR THE CHRISM MASS on April 6 at
7:00 p.m. - Choir will be composed of young people from grades 7 through college.  Two rehearsals will take place:  Sat., March 25, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and Sat., April 1, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany.  If you are interested, registration forms are on the bulletin board or contact 453-6645 or prayer&worship@rcda.org by March 10.
 
MUSIC AND LITURGY @ PYRAMID LAKE XVII -
an experience for Catholic youth grades 9 and up that sing or play an instrument, Sunday, July 23 – Thursday, July 27.  Registration forms are in our office or contact Marie & Dan Bernadett at mbernadett@nycap.rr.com or 518-464-0970.
 
FEBRUARY IS CATHOLIC PRESS MONTH! Do you know what’s going on not just at your own parish, but around the Diocese? Get information and boost your faith through The Evangelist, the weekly diocesan newspaper. If you know someone who’s not getting it and should be, call us at 518-453-6688 or email ann.egan@rcda.org! The Evangelist is an important way to keep up on what’s happening all over our 14-county Diocese and far beyond.
 
PARENTING POINTERS by Susan Vogt, www.SusanVogt.net:
A Temper Taming Tip – Dawdling: Does dawdling drive you crazy? Start earlier to get your child ready to go. Impossible? Maybe you are crowding YOUR schedule too much.  Discipline yourself to do less, to open some space in your life.
A Temper Taming Tip – Too much squabbling between siblings – or even friends?  Remember the time honored, time–out technique. Calmly, serenely, separate the children.  This doesn’t have to be punitive.  Rule of thumb: 1 minute of time-out for each year of life.
 
 

Pastor’s Blog,
 
What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard,
and what has not entered the human heart,
what God has prepared for those who love him, 
this God has revealed to us through the Spirit.
For the Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.
                                                            1Cor2:6-10
     Our second reading today appears as confusing as it is beautiful.  Paul reminds us poetically that the Wisdom of God, and the Love of God, is unimaginable to us if not for the gift of the Spirit that allows us to instinctively know what is beyond us.  “Beyond us” holds such meaning to us as sometimes it feels like God’s Grace is out of our reach and that the blessings we seek seem far away in a distant place.  In reality, however, the reality of this world pales in comparison to the reality of God and what that means to us.
     Are you feeling the February blues?  Share the experience of a community of men and women who humbly pray together as we aspire to be true disciples.  Think of ways in which this Lent might be a time of new perspectives and new beginnings in our relationship to the Lord and our brothers and sisters.  May God bless you and may you truly understand the unimaginable depth and breadth of God’s love and consoling mercy.  God bless you.
 

 
ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST
at St. Joseph’s, Stuyvesant Falls
this Sunday, February 12,        9:00 – Noon
 $10 - Adults, $5 - 10 & younger, ages 2 and under -free
 
TREASURE AND TRIFLES SALE
at St. James, Chatham
 to benefit their sister parish in Haiti
Saturday, February 18 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 19 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
(Snow dates Feb. 25-26, same times).
Find household goods, decorations,
garden goods and more. 
 
 
 
THIS WEEK’S MASS SCHEDULE
 

Sat   2/11   4:00 Rose Barker by Jim Barker
                      & Ann Neary by Ed Kuhner
                      & Joan C. Holsapple by
                          St. John’s Elves
Sun   2/12  7:30 Lyle Boyce by family
                       & Isabel Arndt by Paul Arndt
                       & Charles Cotsonas by Rhea
                          Cotsonas
                10:30 Janet & Thomas Gregory by
                          Pastoral Council
                      & Susan Mata by Karl Vehlies,
                         Carol Calabrese & Carl
                         Cappello
Mon   2/13 11:00 Health of Fr. Jack by a friend
                         & Health of Jack Law by Marietta
                             Friess
Wed   2/15 10:30 Barnwell – All are Welcome
Sat   2/18     4:00 Edwin Strehler by his family
                        & Lyle Boyce by Regina Boyce
                        & Thomas Halpin by the Kuhners
Sun   2/19  7:30 Margot Curran by Paul Arndt
                       & Isabel Arndt by Paul Arndt
                       & Raymond Burdick by St. John’s
                           Elves    
                 10:30 Jane Borsh by the Dennis
                          Family
                      & Frances & Raymond Kaminski by
                          their family

 

Next Sunday’s Readings:             
Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18       The Lord is kind and
1 Corinthians 3:16-23                                     merciful.
Matthew 5:38-48                               

 
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,  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, 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, 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, Erica Wordon, and Paul Worlock.

 






 

 

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