19TH Sunday in Ordinary Time
Music: Diane Doring
 Filmed & edited by Aaron McGuirk & Justine Rodriguez, and Beth Lenahan.


Fr. George Fleming celebrates Mass at the Church of St. Joseph in Stuyvesant Falls, NY, assisted by seminarian Dan McHale.  Dan shares insights into his vocation as he prepares for ordination Sept 5th as a Deacon, and next year, into the Priesthood. 


The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Fr. George celebrates at
St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie, NY, assisted by seminarian Dan McHale.
Music: Regina Boyce & Justine Rodriguez
Recorded & edited: Aaron McGuirk & Justine Rodriguez



Next week, we will take up the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. Right now, over 40% of dioceses in the United States are considered mission territory because they are unable to fund essential pastoral work in their communities. Your support of this appeal eases the struggle and assists in forming vibrant faith communities. Please prayerfully consider how you can support this appeal. 

On August 31 from 10am-12noon at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham a Free Food Distribution Event will be co-sponsored by Catholic Charities and the Regional Food Bank in Latham in collaboration with Catholic Charities' Mobile OutReach Vehicle Extension (MOVE) and the Chatham, Ghent, and Valatie food pantries. As at the previous event in May, the public is welcome with no income limits. In addition to nonperishable foods and fresh fruits and vegetables, interagency directories will be given away so that individuals can be informed to meet future needs. Social distancing and wearing masks will be expected of walkers. 

"A Fresh, New Begining,"
Filmed in St. James Church by Aaron McGuirk and edited by Justine Rodriguez.



Fr. George gives an update on
our churches' reopening, and
looks ahead to a time of discernment and renewal.



"A Word About Reopening Our Churches"
(How It Will Be Done - Starting July 5th)


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

Annual Collection of School Supplies 

Our 23rd Annual Collection of School Supplies will be held during August, but differently than in the past due to present circumstances. Let's take advantage of the Back-to-School sales in the coming weeks and fill the receptacle in the Gathering Space.  At any time at your convenience please bring in spiral notebooks, looseleaf paper, crayons, pencils, pens, erasers, etc. to benefit the patrons of the Chatham and Ghent food pantries. Chatham-area churches, the Chatham Synagogue, and our parishes in the Catholic Community of Northern Columbia County (CCNCC) are invited to participate.  School Supply Weekend was our first major endeavor when OutReach was organized in 1998.
International Eyeglasses Campaign

Please set aside used prescription glasses,
reading (magnifying) glasses, and sunglasses for Distribution by Lions' Club International in Haiti homeland of our sister parish, St. Cecile. This campaign is part of a joint effort every summer by parishes in the Catholic Community of Northern Columbia County (CCNCC) although we accept glasses year round. Please call the OutReach number to arrange pick-up.


News From the Vatican

  Sunday, August 16th @ 11:00 AM 
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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



"Stations of the Cross:
Art and Stories with Brother Mickey McGrath"





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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.

Map and Directions Sacraments

Faith Formation


      St. James' Pastor        Father George Fleming 

Online & @ Church

           following the plan: 
Aug. 9th Last names beginning   E-K
Aug. 16th Last names beginning  L-P
Aug. 23rd Last names beginning  Q-Z
Aug. 30th Last names beginning  A-D

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


 In the event of an emergency requiring the ministry of a priest, the priests of the parish may be contacted by leaving a message at (518) 303-3636. 

Cloth Mask Resource 

Terry Ribadeneyra of
St. James Church has volunteered to collect cloth masks from volunteers who are sewing them, and will distribute them to parishioners who need one. 

Her number is
(518) 392-2499. 

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

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday

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

CONFESSIONS  People can call the office & make an appointment with Fr. George. 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