1st Sunday of Lent – Mar. 8th /9th, 2014
WITH SADNESS we share the news of the death of
Fr. Thomas Powers our pastor, from 1993-1998. He died March 5th at Teresian House where he resided for the past several years. He was a dedicated priest serving God’s people for 51 years.
His time at St. John the Baptist, was dedicated to deepening our faith and active participation in programs for the youth of our parish.
Reception of the body took place at St. Vincent DePaul Church, Albany thisn Sunday, March 9th at 2:00 p.m. with visitation till 5:00 p.m. Fr. Power’s funeral will take place at St. Vincent’s on Monday, March 10th at 11 a.m. Please keep Father Tom and his family in your prayers.
SPECIAL COMBINED COLLECTION this weekend for the Black and Native American and Latin American Missions – We ask for your continued support. This collection will support a range of pastoral projects, and is used to help catechesis and evangelization programs as well as help rebuild the church in Latin America and areas struck by natural disasters like Haiti and Central America. There will be a second pass of the basket.
REVISED MASS MINISTRY GUIDELINES are available in the office and on the website at the ministry tab.
GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY will be celebrated this Sunday,
March 9th at the 10:30 Mass. Please keep our scouts and their leaders in your prayers.
ELVES, St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon – members planning to attend the pot luck lunch on Tuesday,
March 11th are asked to call Marilyn @ 758-8058.
Don’t forget to wear green!
RETIREMENT CELEBRATION FOR FATHER GARY takes place on Saturday & Sunday, April 26th
& 27th at St. James. Since he is now our pastor, an invitation is extended to all at St. John’s & St. Joseph’s.
Please take a copy of the invitation located at the entrances of the church. Further information will be passed along as plans evolve.
FOOD PANTRY - Suggested items for March are jelly, spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, cake and brownie mix.
All items should be unopened with expiration dates in the future. Items can be left in the bin across from the kitchen.
TAX STATEMENTS - If you use parish envelopes and would like a statement of your donations from the past year, please contact the parish office.
Contribution statement for your donation to the Bishop’s Appeal will come directly from the Diocese.
GRADE 4 FAMILY RETREAT DAY has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 26th 1:00 - 4:00p.m.
DRESS for LESS
March 9th, March 30th
April 6th, April 27th
Lower level of church 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Many styles & sizes Great prices
Prom Gowns Evening Wear Party Dresses
Place them on the coat rack at the parking lot entrance of the church.
by Susan Vogt, www.susanvogt.net
Although we should respond to those in need all year round, Lent can be a time when parents teach their children about the 7 Corporal Works of Mercy. The first two are to feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty. Of course as parents you do this for your family every day, but what about eating more simply during Lent or serving at a soup kitchen.
Our Parish in January
Said Farewell to:
May he rest in God’s peace.
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU
to Mary & Brian Fay
They were familiar faces at the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass, Christmas and Easter celebrations, and often provided music for many of the faith formation services, just to name a few. They recently resigned their position as music leaders at St. John’s.
For many years they have dedicated their talents to our music ministry. We hope, after they take a respite from planning, rehearsing and lugging equipment, they will enjoy joining in song with their fellow parishioners at our liturgies. The parish appreciates all the time and devotion they gave to enhancing our liturgies. We know the music in their hearts will continue to enrich their lives.
We thank them and ask God’s blessing upon them.
OPERATION RICE BOWL –Participating in this special Lenten project puts our faith into action. Let us be mindful that our Lenten sacrifices help to give hope to many in need. Rice bowls are available at the entrances of the church.
EASTER CHOIR – Calling all voices! You are invited to join in song as we prepare music for our Holy Week liturgies. Rehearsals are held weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30 pm in the Sanctuary. Please contact Justine by phone at 986-9800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All are welcome!
RECITATION OF THE ROSARY takes place on Wednesdays at 6:00 P.M. in the church.
LENT in Northern Columbia County
A flyer is available at the entrances of the church with some of the activities that will take place.
Knights of Columbus
St. Patrick’s Day
Saturday, March 15th
Corned beef & cabbage begins at 7:00 p.m.
Catered by Spice of Life
Cost is $20.00 per person.
Tickets available this weeknd, Mar. 8th /9th
or call Jerry at 755-5050.
BLOOD DRIVE takes place at the Church of St. Joseph, Rt. 9, Stuyvesant Falls in loving memory of Cash David Graham on Monday, March 17 12:30 to
7:00 p.m. Please contact Carol Qualtiere at 799-2133 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins welcome.
Are You Caring For Someone With Mental Illness?
NAMI Family to Family Education Program is offering a free 12 week course that teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively with mental illness. Classes begin Wednesday, March 19th at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, March 9th at 1:00 pm is and introduction to the course at the Valatie Library at 1:00: p.m. Please call Pat at 518-336-0.246 for more information. See flyer or handouts at entrances of the church.
HUMOR IN HARD TIMES - Coping with Loss through Laughter. Wednesday, March 19th at the Hilton Garden Inn Albany Airport $5.00 Fee and reservation due by March 14th. See handout at church entrances for all the information or go to
Parishioners interested can call our office for the possibility of a ride share.
THIS WEEK’S MASS SCHEDULE
Sat 3/8 4:00 George R. Murynec by
Ed & Marilyn Kuhner
& Joseph Gamello by Guy,
Janis & family
Sun 3/9 7:30 Special Intention by Paul
& Health of Fr. Jack by a
& Idell Aidala by Ann Marie
10:30 J. Thomas Accuosti by
& Hilah Grenci by Patrick
Mon 3/10 11:00 Irene Hochreiter by Gerry
& Betty Weber
Wed 3/12 11:00 Health of Fr. Jack by a
Sat 3/15 4:00 Dolly Bogardus by Jeannie
& Isabel Heald by the
& Peggy Butcher by her
Sun 3/16 7:30 Francis Ready by friends
10:30 Fr. Thomas Powers
& Special Intention by Paul
DURING LENT - Mass at St. James will take place on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. followed by individual confession.
TABLE OF THE LORD, the Albany Diocese’s Sunday televised Mass, moved to a new time and station. It will now be broadcast at 7:00 a.m. on CW15, on most cable systems on
Channel 15. For indoor and roof antenna CW15 is received on Channel 45-1.
Next Sunday’s Readings:
Genesis 12:1-4a “Lord, let your mercy be on us
2 Timothy as we place our trust in you.”
Eucharistic Bread was baked this weekend by
Mary Margaret Cronin.
Eucharistic Bread will be baked next weekend by
Please keep in your prayers the sick and home
bound of our parish and for those who care for them:
Elmer Allen, Isabel Arndt, Kim Bellosi, Alexandra Bennett,
William Dupuis, Nancy & Michael Ferrari, Dan Furey, Theresa Garland, Joseph Goodine, Margaret Gorke, Elizabeth Guiden, Joanne Hanson, Michael Harrison, Owen Hogan, Joseph Hyson, Special Intention, Joanne Jakiela, William Lindberg, Ida Loebart, Laurie Maul, Damian Monahan, Betty Moore, Melissa Ann Murray, Elizabeth Pinkowski, Tim Renn, Alice Salvatore, Bob Secovnie , Sean Spicer, Linda Stallmer, Edwin Strehler, Christopher Stroh, Erica Wordon.