November 28-29, 2020
Music: Justine Rodriguez
 Recorded & edited: Aaron McGuirk & Justine Rodriguez


 Fr. George celebrates Mass at St. James Church in Chatham, NY.





Help Sponsor a Seminarian!

Our Lady of the Rosary Knights of Columbus Council #3466 (St. James Parish) has decided to sponsor seminarian Daniel Vallejo during his studies for the priesthood. Daniel attends the Mundelein Seminary near Chicago and has three years remaining until his ordination, after which time he will serve the Albany

Seminarians have many day-to-day expenses over and above their tuition and housing, and it is the practice of many K of C councils to sponsor them. Ours is a small council, with only fourteen dues paying members so our resources are limited. COVID-19 limits what we can do in terms of traditional fundraisers, but we are thinking of creative ways of raising funds to sponsor Daniel’s vocation.

In the meantime, we invite parishioners to consider making a donation of any amount, all of which will go to Daniel. Our council has begun with a $500 donation, and we’d appreciate your support as well—$10 or $25 would help greatly.

Please make your check out to KofC #3466 and drop your donation in the collection basket after Mass, or mail your contribution to
KofC #3466, PO Box 302, Ghent, NY 12075.

Thank you for your generosity in supporting Daniel’s vocation!

Fill a box for
Operation Christmas Child

Many thanks to our incredibly generous parishioners! Thanks to you, we were able to deliver 49 Operation Christmas Child boxes for distribution to some of the world’s most impoverished communities and their children. Even amidst a global pandemic, you never cease to amaze me with your kindness.
Thank you for your prayers and support
of this project! 
May God bless you!



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

Marion Stegmann Fund

The Marion Stegmann Fund has served the needy in northern Columbia County since 1956. Families who reside in the Chatham, Ichabod Crane, and New Lebanon school districts are eligible to access this organization in order to receive toys, books for kids, etc. by submitting a form available from OutReach's Denise Barry at (518) 929-4369. The forms must be submitted by the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Used books for children will be collected at the Kinderhook Elks Club by December 9 on weekdays after 4pm and on Saturdays and Sundays after 3pm.

To donate hats and mittens for the gift bags call Marilyn Martin at (518) 392-9571.


The 8th Annual "Dining Out For Others" fundraiser, sponsored by Catholic Charities of Columbia-Greene, will be held on Wednesdays in November. Restaurants collaborate to benefit the Emergency Assistance Fund. A full list of restaurants can be found on the Catholic Charities' Facebook page and website. The information includes names of participating restaurants in both counties and the schedules for patrons who choose to dine "in" or "out". Other supporting businesses advertise in promotional materials. This is a great way to support our local restaurants, enjoy a delicious meal, and raise funds for emergency assistance.
It is clearly a win, win, win endeavor!


News From the Vatican

  Sunday, November 29th @ 11:00 AM 
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"





Sign up for the Tri-Parish Email Notifications

We are establishing a Tri-Parish Email Contact System - Signup 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.

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.

Map and Directions Sacraments

Faith Formation


      St. James' Pastor        Father George Fleming 

Online & @ Church

        SUNDAY:  9:00AM
November/December schedule of Masses at St. James Church. Because we are limited to 80 worshipers, we will give priority to worshipers in that week's cycle. We welcome worshipers off cycle whenever there is room, and will take reservations for Mass online and by phone(518-392-4991). 
We kindly ask that you register for Mass by Friday at 4 PM to allow us to plan for that weekend's service. Further, please plan on registering EACH time you wish to attend Sunday Mass. 
Click on the appropriate registration link below:  

Nov. 29th Last names beginning E-K
Dec. 6th Last names beginning L-P
Dec. 13th Last names beginning Q-Z
Dec. 20th Last names beginning A-D
Dec. 27th Last names beginning E-K

HOLIDAY                                    MASSES:                     
Thursday - Dec. 24, Christmas Eve 3PM Vigil Mass
Thursday - Dec. 24, Christmas Eve 6PM Vigil Mass
Friday - Dec. 25, 9AM Christmas Day Mass
Thursday - Dec. 31, 4PM Vigil Mass, The Solemnity of Mary

New Worship Procedure: Communion returns to the heart of our liturgy.
 Please follow the directions from your ushers who will guide you to the ministers who will distribute the Eucharist. We are grateful to everyone who has helped us continue to worship together safely.

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