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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Aug. 22/23, 2015




MINISTRY SCHEDULE has been updated and available in the resource room, on the website and in the mail for those who receive it in that form.

Altar Servers please remember to sign-in.  There is a red folder in the sacristy. 



Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus

Saturday, September 12th         9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

St. John’s Parking Lot

Hot breakfast & lunch items will be available.

Table rental – $10.00

Please call Chris Anderson at 469-1916


BLOOD DRIVE will take place at Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building, in the gym, on Monday, Sept. 14th from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.  To make an appointment please call 1 800 RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org



Saturday, September 19th

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Donations Accepted -9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 Tuesday Sept 15th through

9 - Noon.  Friday, Sept.18th 

    Items we do not accept are:  Products that are not dishwasher safe, computer & pc products, typewriters, magazines, luggage, clothing, shoes, large furniture, air conditioners, microwaves, and sports equipment.


BISHOP’S APPEAL - 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: 151 families have pledged/gifted to reach our goal of $58,517.00




      We are getting there.   $9,216.32 needed


Thank you to all who have been able to pledge to date.

Please send pledge payments directly to the Diocese.  We thank you for fulfilling your pledge.



Same week last year was $5,156.64.

Catholic Home Missions was $842.25



  - Please turn off your cell phone before Mass.

 -  If you choose not to take a bulletin home with you,    

    please return it to the entrance of the church. Thanks.





VIRTUS TRAINING is a must for anyone planning to participate with youth in our parish as a chaperone, driver, coach, teacher, summer lunch program volunteer etc.   Once a certificate is on file and background check completed no additional course is required.  Training will take place on Wednesday, September 2nd at

7:00 p.m. in the lower level gathering space.


REGISTRATION FORMS are on the way to families who have had children in the program last year.  Forms will be available at the entrances of the church for new students.  For those who prefer, in–person registration will take place on Catechetical Sunday, September, 20th after the 10:30 a.m. Mass.


                       CLASS SCHEDULE

Elementary Program begins Sunday, Sept. 27th

                    9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Middle School Program begins Thursday, Oct. 1st

              7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

High School Program begins Sunday, Oct. 4th

             11:30 a.m. -1:00p.m.



School Supplies Collection

for local students

ends next weekend September 6th




FAIR TRADE COFFEE & CHOCOLATE SALE takes place after all masses this weekend.  Refill your supply. Next opportunity will be Sept. 26th/27th..


                                                       SPORTS SALE - September 12th

Cleaning up? Clearing out?  Donations of clean/gently used sports, camping, exercise, leisure/entertainment items will be needed for the sale. Place items under the coat rack.  Collection will begin next weekend, Aug. 29th/ 30th.  Sale benefits the NCYC trip. Sunday,



                                                                            CAR WASH

                                                       September 13th     1:00- 4:00 p.m. 

                                                                   Free will donation to

                                                                  support youth ministry




Sunday, September 13th

4:00 - 6:30 p.m.

½ chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, roll,

 Dessert and drink

Tickets now available in the office

and after all masses

$10.00 adults,   $9.00 Child

($1.00 more at the door)


Pastor’s Blog,

  This weekend, our second reading comes from the Letter of St. James and the passage begins:  “Dearest brothers and sisters:  All good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights, with who there is no alteration or shadow caused by change.”   In light of God’s goodness that never changes, we realize that all of our churches have faced changes over the last several years.   As difficult as aspects have been, I am hoping that as we enter into yet another season, we find all of our churches working together and promoting God’s love.

     I was back in the Northern Warren County in the Adirondacks (where I served as pastor for seven years from 1999-2006) last weekend and will be returning this Sunday to join in the 20th Anniversary of the Northern Points Cluster, a group of communities that inspired me most when we came together for a common mission.  My hope and prayer is that our churches in the Northern Columbia County will continue this similar path.  Already, I have seen incredible cooperation and good will, whether we are working on joint endeavors like the Vacation Bible School or supporting each other’s events such as the recent Golf Tournament sponsored by St. John the Baptist.  Watch for more exciting opportunities for us to come together, including a Women’s Prayer Service in Valatie on Tuesday, September 8th.  We are also going to be joining all the churches in Columbia County when the Bishop Scharfenberger joins us in Hudson on October 18th for prayer and refreshments as well as questions and answers.  More information on these and other events, next week.

      The Bishop last joined us last January when he joined us for liturgies at St. John the Baptist and St. Joseph in Stuyvesant Falls; celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation at the latter.   We will be blessed to host Bishop Edward Scharfenberger once again at our parishes, as he will be presiding at the special liturgy commemorating the 150th Anniversary of St. James in Chatham.   Please join us for this special celebration beginning at 2:00 p.m. on September 13th.   You are welcome to join us at this incredible celebration.  Please keep us all in our prayers and let us continue to be Light for one another as to better illuminate the Father of Lights who brightens us all.



Year of Consecrated Life

Open House at the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm  - 600 Woods Rd., Germantown N.Y.

September 12, 2015                   1:30-5:00 p.m.

1:30 - Meet & Greet

2:00 - Conference on Carmelite Contemplative Prayer by  

           Fr. Ashley Harrington, O.Carm.

2:30 - Time to Tour the Grounds, Chapel, Heritage Center,

          or Gift Shop, and a Treasure Hunt for Children

4:00 - Candlelight Evening Prayer in the Chapel, followed

           by light refreshments

For more information: www.carmelitesisters.com or call Sr. Mary O’Donovan, O.Carm. at 537-5000





Sat   8/29  4:00 Thomas & Ozella Aiken by

                 Marietta Friess

               & Alice Berneri by Thomas &

                 Janet Gregory

Sun   8/30  7:30 Ruth O’Bryan

               & Ellen Geary by Cecylia

                 Brzuska & Mariola Pratt

           10:30 A Special Intention by

                 Paul Arndt          

               & Kathleen Gerardi by Lynn


Mon   8/31 11:00 Yvonne & Russell N Norton                                                                          

                 by Jeanie & Lee

Wed   9/2  11:00 Theresa Accuosti by Donna


Sat   9/5   4:00 Pauline Davis by Fran


               & Ozella Aiken by

                 St. John’s Elves

Sun   9/6   7:30 Frank Gaschel by his


               & Special Intention by Paul


           10:30 Mary Rutherford by Pete &            

                 Mamie Brahm

               & Ruth M. Tymocko by Frank

                 & Eileen McHugh-Szepessy



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

Elmer Allen, Isabel Arndt, Bob Babirad,  Kim Bellosi, Andrew Borsa, Eileen Bracone, Alfred Carpentier, Charles Cotsonas, Zoe Covey, Clarence Dennis,  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, Judy Martino, Connor McCagg,  Mark McIntosh, Cindy McRae, Catherine Meyers, Damian Monahan, Clarke Morgan, Melissa Ann Murray, Amelia Nabozny, Madi Panfilloff,   Pappalardo Family, Helen Rayve, Tim Renn, Kathy Rosbrook, Maryann Rotter, Rita Ryan, Alice Salvatore, Max Schilling, Helen Schneider, Magdi Sidarous, Caroline Simpson, Special Intention, Sean Spicer, Kevin Sutton, Tricia Stampfli,  Edwin Strehler, Rev. Ed Van  Kampen, Jackie Waterhouse and Erica Wordon.


                                                           Eucharistic Bread was baked this weekend by

                                                                                     Marilyn Kuhner.

                                                          Eucharistic Bread will be baked next weekend by

                                                                                       Debra Scalzo.



Next Sunday’s Readings:                                

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8             The one who does justice

James 1: 17-18, 21b-22, 27        will live in the presence

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23                    of the Lord   



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