The Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 16- 17, 2021

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

Music: Justine Rodriguez     Recorded: Aaron McGuirk
St. James -  Wednesday Rosary Prayer Service - 8:45 AM before the morning communion service.  The 4PM afternoon service will take place for those who can't make the morning one.  All is listed in the tri-parish worship guide.

Fr. Joe Faletta  celebrates Mass 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, October 17, 2021 

   Douglas Burgess requested by Peggy Wilhelm
Frances Mesick 
requested by Margaret Robinson
Thomas Peter Murphy
requested by Marie & Phil Orlando
Michael Yurish
requested by Kathy & Nick Biggs

CCNCC -  Faith Formation & RCIA Announcements


Our tri-parish CCNCC is looking for a volunteer to coordinate Respect Life information and activities this October (Respect Life month) and throughout the year.  If you feel called to or curious about this opportunity, please contact the central tri-parish office to volunteer by phoning us at (518) 758-9401 or emailing mailto:stjohnthebaptistch@nycap.rr.com. Learn more about the program at Pro-Life Resources | Respect Life
Thank you!

 NEXT WEEKEND, October 23/24 - World Mission Sunday
 Pope Francis invites the entire Church to support mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, where priests, religious and lay leaders serve the world’s most vulnerable communities. Please keep the Pope’s missions in your prayers and be generous in next week’s collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. 
Links to online resources: World Mission Sunday Collection Resources | USCCB

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!  

 In the coming weeks, I'll list the goals/assessments for each parish and we'll post the progress, often. I will also be explaining how we as a One Faith Community with 4 churches in the CCNCC benefited in the past. Additionally, I'll explain how I, as a priest and pastor, have been assisted from the funds donated to the Diocesan Appeal in the past.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and generosity!  - Fr. Steve

If you missed the talk with the VICAR here is the link:

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, effective this weekend (August 7 & 8) and 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

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, October 17th @ 11:00 AM
Twenth-Ninth 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


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:


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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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Fr.  Steve Matthews



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In Person & Online

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

9AM 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, Wednesday, & Friday
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