2nd Sunday of Advent
December 4- 5, 2021

The stream will be archived & available to all during the weekend after the live event.

Music: Justine Rodriguez     Recorded: Aaron McGuirk
FRIDAY @ St. James
 9:00 AM Rosary Prayer Service
 before morning communion service.
                    9:30 AM Morning Mass
10:30 Advent Prayer - Dec. 3, 10, 17

We celebrate Mass on the Second Sunday of Advent at
St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie, NY. 

Please click option for CAPTIONS if you have trouble hearing today's liturgy.


Mass Intentions at St. James Church
will be offered for the following loved ones

Sunday, December 5, 2021 

 Victoria Gibb requested by Ann Marie Coleman

St. James Church Haiti Committee Silent Auction
Dec. 5 and 12

Advent Prayer & Scripture Study
St. James Church 10:30AM
Friday Dec. 3, 10, 17

Please join us for weekly scripture study and prayer after Friday morning Mass at St. James Church this Advent. The group will meet at 10:30AM Friday Dec. 3, 10, and 17th. Workbooks will be available for purchase at the parish office for $10 each. All are welcome, bring a friend!

CCNCC - Family Formation & Youth Ministry

CCNCC - Family Formation & Youth Ministry

Help our Seminarians this coming Christmas!

It’s that time of the year when we start to think of buying gifts, perhaps even donating items or gift cards for a “Giving Tree” or “Bethlehem Tree” at each of our four worship sites. While there will be more information about what gifts are needed, I would like to ask you to consider buying a small dollar amount ($5, $10, $15 or $20) gas card (from Stewart’s, Cumberland’s, or another gas station), or CVS or Walgreen’s for our Seminarians. While there are over thirty men currently studying, I am looking for our One Faith Community to help those who are studying on the Graduate Degree level. These nine men are in their final years of preparation before ordination and should not have to worry about finances or finding the time to work part time instead of praying and studying. Any help is appreciated. I will ensure that each receives the same gift amount. Please place the gift card(s) you buy in an envelope marked Seminarians.
                                                                         Thank you for your consideration!

Diocesan Appeal 2021/2022 announcement from Fr. Steve

As you know, each year we are asked to help support the financial needs of the diocese. On behalf of the bishop and Fr. George, and Deacon Andy, thank you to all who donated in last year's appeal. While you will be hearing more about the appeal in the coming weeks (and you should be receiving information in the mail), I wanted to give you a heads up and ask that you pray about the amount that you are willing to donate this year.  If you've donated in the past, would you please consider giving the same amount or even a few dollars more.  If you haven't donated, would you please consider giving even a little?  Every dollar helps!  
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and generosity!  - Fr. Steve 

Updated Guidance on Masks at Mass
Regardless of Vaccination Status 

COVID precaution update from Fr. Steve 8.4.2021

 Going forward, I think it prudent and charitable to now update our policy and procedures. Therefore, going forward, we are requiring anyone coming to our church properties to wear masks indoors. This includes coming to any of our parish offices and church buildings, as well as coming to mass. So, when you arrive you will be required to sanitize your hands and to wear a mask throughout mass, except when receiving holy communion. (If you do not have a mask, one will be provided.)


For more information contact Denise Barry, Coordinator, (518) 929-4369

St. James Church Gift Tags (formerly on the Giving Tree)
 will be handed to interested parishioners at the foot of the staircase in the Gathering Space as they leave the 9:15 AM Mass.  Wrapped gifts with tags should be returned to the Gathering Space on Sunday, December 12. Your generosity will help bring a bright Christmas to school children, hospice patients, social work clients, elderly needy, and a few members of private families including migrant families. 
Thank you!

St. James Church “Adopt-A-Family”
 If you would like to “adopt" a family this Christmas, please call OutReach at (518) 929-4369. The extent of commitment is at the donor's discretion. St. James usually “adopts” 25 families each Christmas. Please consider helping us share Christmas cheer with our neighbors! 

Holiday Food Drive
The annual Food Drive is underway through December 25 to benefit the Chatham and Ghent food pantries. To contribute, please write a check payable to St. James Church with “Food Drive" on the memo line and drop it in the collection basket or mail it to St. James Church, 129 Hudson Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037.
Thank you!

Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA
Anyone in need of cat or dog food for their pets is welcome to avail themselves of the shelter's supply from 11:30 AM-4PM daily (seven days a week).

Please note that bedding is accepted year-round by OutReach.  Please call the OutReach number to arrange delivery of donated items.


News From the Vatican


Sunday, December 5th @ 11:00 AM
2nd Sunday of Advent
Mass will be livestreamed from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany, NY
please visit:

Link to Diocese of Albany website - click on picture

The Diocese of Albany is keeping Catholics apprised of changes, updates and resources on its dedicated web page:
In addition, a Faith at Home page includes links to livestreamed Mass - https://www.rcda.org/livemass, daily Scripture readings, saints of the day, suggestions for creating a sacred space at home: https://www.rcda.org/coronavirus/resources


Our Lady of Victory Adoration Chapel
Testimonial Video

The Our Lady of Victory Adoration Chapel Committee is excited to announce that we have just produced a promotional video to invite area Catholics to the devotion of Eucharistic Adoration. Because Covid has placed restrictions on mass attendance in many churches, we hope that this brief sampling of testimonies from our Adorers may inspire all who may feel a longing to be with the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. The OLV Chapel is open to all and is located at St. Mary's Church, 429 E. Allen St., Hudson, NY.
For more information, visit our website at http://OLV.WeAdoreHim.com or call Rebecca at 518-799-5535.

Sign up for the Tri-Parish Email Notifications

We are establishing a Tri-Parish Email Contact System - Signup to get updates and information regarding events throughout the Catholic Community of Northern Columbia County (CCNCC), as well as 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.

Please note this information will be used solely for the use of Tri-parish activities and never sold or distributed to other groups.  

To register click below for the sign-up form:


Our Mission Statement        (Our Purpose)

Energized by the Eucharist and Scripture we are a welcoming and affirming community that celebrates Christ Jesus in our midst.  We value prayer, education, art, music, and the beauty of God’s creation in our quest for spiritual growth and social justice in the world.

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St. James' Parish 

Fr.  Steve Matthews



Brief Autobiography 
Please feel free to get in touch by emailing Fr. Steve at steve.matthews@rcda.org or calling the main office at St. John the Baptist in Valatie at (518) 758-9401.

In Person & Online

Weekend Mass Schedule as of November 28, 2021

Saturday Masses of Anticipation (for Sunday)

St. Joseph (Stottville) 4:00 PM
St. John the Baptist (Valatie) 4:00PM

Sunday Masses

St. John the Baptist (Valatie) – 7:30 AM
St. James (Chatham) – 9:15 AM (new time)
St. Joseph (Stuyvesant Falls) – English – 11:00 AM (new time)
St. Joseph (Stuyvesant Falls) – Spanish – 12:30 PM (no change)

Weekday Mass Schedule as of December 1, 2021

St. Joseph’s Church (Stuyvesant Falls) – Wednesdays: 9:30 AM
St. John the Baptist (Valatie) – Thursdays: 9:30 AM
St. James (Chatham) – Fridays: 9:30 AM

Masses are to be preceded by some time of silent prayer. Devotional prayers, with permission of the pastor, must end by ten before mass time.

 “A RETURN TO MASS” Bishop Scharfenberger issues letter on in-person Mass in the Diocese at rcda.org

9:15 AM Sunday Mass


It's important to note that although Bishop Scharfenberger is lifting the general dispensation, there is still a particular dispensation 
from this obligation for “those who are sick or at risk, or who care for those who are sick or at risk, or those who experience a significant anxiety or fear of getting sick from being in a public setting.” For those unable to join us for those reasons, online Mass will continue to be available for the foreseeable future.

Pre-registration to attend Mass is no longer required.
Church doors will open Sundays at 8:30AM.    

Worship Calendar

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Have a concern, need a mass card, or other assistance?
Office Hours

 Monday - by appointment

9:00 AM until 1:00 PM      
               518-392-4991                  EMAIL: sjofficeassistant@gmail.com

Reservation Chapel
Open to Private Worship

All are invited to visit the chapel during office hours: Mon., Wed., & Fri. from 9AM - 12PM. Please sign in when using the chapel & clean your prayer space after worship with cleaning materials left in the chapel for your use.

Art by Brother Mickey McGrath


People can call the office & make an appointment. The number to call is
(518) 392-4991.  You can also email the office at:
We will meet privately and discreetly, observing social distancing.  The same goes for requests for anointing.  Except for the anointing itself, social distancing is in place.

 Confessions at these times are

By Appointment-St James  
4:00PM - St. John, Valatie 
4:00PM St.Joseph, Stottville

Click on the following website for resources for Older Adults, Family Caregivers and Health Care Providers re Covid-19:  https://www.johnahartford.org/dissemination-center/view/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-resources-for-older-adults-family-caregivers-and-health-care-providers

You can visit the following website for some spiritual resources for covid-19 from the Catholic Health Association of America: https://www.chausa.org/newsroom/coronavirus-resources/spiritual-resources-for-covid-19

SAINT OF THE DAY  https://www.vaticannews.va