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"A Tough and Honest Reflection"

Fr. George Fleming speaks to his parishes of the horror of the tragic death of George Floyd & the sin of racism & violence. He also reflects on the need for individuals & institutions to awaken, reform, & renew themselves, on our duty to listen & support each other, & Christ's call to cherish the breath of life in each brother & sister      among us.

Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen
in Wake of Death of George Floyd & National Protests

May 29, 2020
WASHINGTON
– Seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have issued a statement in the wake of the death of Mr. George Floyd and the protests which have broken out in Minneapolis and in other cities in the United States.  Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism; Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez of Philadelphia, chairman of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church; Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development; Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities; Bishop Joseph C. Bambera of Scranton, chairman of the Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs; Bishop David G. O’Connell, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, chairman of the Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development; and Bishop Joseph N. Perry, auxiliary bishop of Chicago, chairman of the Subcommittee on African American Affairs have issued the following statement:

We are broken-hearted, sickened, and outraged to watch another video of an African American man being killed before our very eyes. What’s more astounding is that this is happening within mere weeks of several other such occurrences. This is the latest wake-up call that needs to be answered by each of us in a spirit of determined conversion.

Racism is not a thing of the past or simply a throwaway political issue to be bandied about when convenient. It is a real and present danger that must be met head on. As members of the Church, we must stand for the more difficult right and just actions instead of the easy wrongs of indifference. We cannot turn a blind eye to these atrocities and yet still try to profess to respect every human life. We serve a God of love, mercy, and justice.

While it is expected that we will plead for peaceful non-violent protests, and we certainly do, we also stand in passionate support of communities that are understandably outraged. Too many communities around this country feel their voices are not being heard, their complaints about racist treatment are unheeded, and we are not doing enough to point out that this deadly treatment is antithetical to the Gospel of Life.

As we said eighteen months ago in our most recent pastoral letter against racism,  Open Wide Our Hearts , for people of color some interactions with police can be fraught with fear and even danger. People of good conscience must never turn a blind eye when citizens are being deprived of their human dignity and even their lives. Indifference is not an option. “As bishops, we unequivocally state that racism is a life issue.”

We join Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis in praying for the repose of the soul of Mr. George Floyd and all others who have lost their lives in a similar manner. We plead for an end to the violence in the wake of this tragedy and for the victims of the rioting. We pray for comfort for grieving families and friends. We pray for peace across the United States, particularly in Minnesota, while the legal process moves forward. We also anticipate a full investigation that results in rightful accountability and actual justice.

We join our brother bishops to challenge everyone to come together, particularly with those who are from different cultural backgrounds. In this encounter, let us all seek greater understanding amongst God’s people. So many people who historically have been disenfranchised continue to experience sadness and pain, yet they endeavor to persevere and remain people of great faith. We encourage our pastors to encounter and more authentically accompany them, listen to their stories, and learn from them, finding substantive ways to enact systemic change. Such encounters will start to bring about the needed transformation of our understanding of true life, charity, and justice in the United States. Hopefully, then there will be many voices speaking out and seeking healing against the evil of racism in our land.

As we anticipate the Solemnity of Pentecost this weekend, we call upon all Catholics to pray and work toward a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Let us pray for a supernatural desire to rid ourselves of the harm that bias and prejudice cause. We call upon Catholics to pray to the Holy Spirit for the Spirit of Truth to touch the hearts of all in the United States and to come down upon our criminal justice and law enforcement systems. Finally, let each and every Catholic, regardless of their ethnicity, beg God to heal our deeply broken view of each other, as well as our deeply broken society.

http://usccb.org/news/2020/20-83.cfm

It's Pentecost Sunday!
May 31st 
 St. James Church, Chatham, NY

Fr. George introduces Dan McHale,
a young seminarian who will be interning with us this summer.

Music: Fr. Gary Gelfenbien and Justine Rodriguez 

Filmed & edited by Aaron McGuirk & Justine Rodriguez.

"Father George is pleased to announce the arrival of seminarian Dan McHale and is looking forward to his serving in our three parishes.  Born and raised in Stuyvesant, Dan knows the area well & will provided much needed & appreciated assistance as we begin plans of reopening in the near future.  Dan was going to be serving as a deacon but the ordination that was planned for May 16 has been rescheduled for Labor Day Weekend.  We will introduce him more fully this week but I thought (he thought) that this link to the Albany Vocations website will serve as an initial introduction." http://www.albanyvocations.org/Dan%20McHale.html 

News From the Vatican
https://www.vaticannews.va/en 

  
Sunday, May 31st @ 11:00 AM 
Pentecost Sunday
Mass will be livestreamed from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany, NY
please visit:
 
https://www.rcda.org/livemass 

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:
https://www.rcda.org/coronavirus
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"

https://youtu.be/jGGROhMxeFs

 

 

 

 

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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 

Art by Brother Mickey McGrath
http://www.bromickeymcgrath.com/

Emergency 

 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 CLOSED - staff will still be checking the office
 phone voicemail messages & emails

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday

9:00 AM until 1:00 PM      
PHONE NUMBER: 
               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: sjofficeassistant@gmail.com.
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.

SAINT OF THE DAY  https://www.vaticannews.va
/en/saints.html

ALL UPCOMING EVENTS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Masses
CANCELLED
 

SATURDAY: 5:30PM
SUNDAY:      9:00AM
           WEEKDAYS:             
Tuesday & Friday 8:00AM     

 Confessions at these times are
CANCELLED 
 

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