The Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 18- 19, 2021

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

Music: Justine Rodriguez     Recorded: Aaron McGuirk
St. James has added an 8:45 AM Wednesday Rosary prayer service before their morning communion service.  The 4PM Wednesday service will also take place for those who can't make the morning one. You'll see this all listed in the tri-parish worship guide.

Fr. Steve celebrates Mass at St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie, NY. 

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



You are invited to an important meeting with the
Vicar General of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
Monday, Sept. 27, 6:30PM at St. John the Baptist, Valatie

See bulletin for more information.


Letter from Fr. Steve(Click to Read)
"AOS Anointing CCNCC 2021 9.12.21"

Over the last few weeks there have been concerns about how to get in touch with a priest (more specifically, Fr. Steve) when there is a need for an Anointing of the Sick. (A new phone number for emergency use only is being researched; in the interim, please send him an email at steve.matthews@rcda.org

September 18 (St. John the Baptist) – 4:00 pm
September 19 (St. John the Baptist) – 7:30 am
September 19 (St. James) – 9:00 am
September 24 (St. Joseph’s – Stottville) – 4:00 pm
September 25 (St. Joseph’s – Stuyvesant Falls) – 10:30 am
Anointing of the Sick in Spanish will be at date to be determined.
Unción de los enfermos en español estarán en una fecha por determinar


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.)


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

Sunday, September 19, 2021      

 George Tebolt by Denise Barry
Jack Yurish by Pat & Joe Korfhage
Michael Yurish by Peggy Wilhelm


Welcome Fr. Steve Matthews to CCNCC!

Hello everyone! My name is Fr. Steve Matthews and I prefer to be called Fr. Steve. By now you have heard that there is a new pastor in town. New in the sense that Fr. Gary is retired, but helps out with mass when needed, new in the sense that Fr. George has moved and settled into his new assignment and the transition priest of Fr. Kyle Eads has moved on. New also in a sense that I have just “over 5 years” a priest and about 4 years a pastor. I will be giving bits and pieces of my history or autobiography at masses this weekend and over the next few as well but suffice it to say that someone like me is sometimes called a “second career priest.” This means that I had a “first career.”
For more details, please see the article
 “Brief Autobiography.”
(At 64, it’s difficult to have a brief autobiography, so I ask your indulgence in reading it.) 

I look forward to meeting you and leading all closer to Jesus Christ in the Catholic Community of Northern Columbia County. Please be patient with me as it takes a long time to remember someone’s name. Maybe now that we do not have to wear masks all the time, it will be easier for me to remember, but I cannot blame that on Covid! I can only blame that on my senior moments! However, I am praying that we all can become closer to God during our time together.

Lastly, I honestly believe in the power of God’s grace, the power of prayer – both asking and listening along with the greatest gift we have – the True Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist! In these coming months, may I invite you to join with me in being open to God’s Holy Spirit, the power of God’s grace and awesomeness of being Roman Catholic where we are in the presence of Jesus in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Holy Communion and in the Blessed Sacrament!

I will be adding a short Litany of Prayer after mass is over to remind us of the power of prayer and of the uniqueness and oneness of Our Catholic Community of Northern Columbia County. While this may be adjusted over the first month or so, I’d like to start with the following.

Please join me - Leader:                                Our Response:
                           Sacred Heart of Jesus           Have Mercy on Us!
Our Lady of Guadalupe         Intercede for Us!
                             St. Joseph                                   Pray for Us!
                             St. James                                    Pray for Us!
                             St. John the Baptist                Pray for Us!
                            All Holy Men and Women… Pray for Us!

Thanks everyone! Let us pray for each other! Fr. Steve (Matthews), Pastor CCNCC


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

Collection of Non Food Items - Sept. 19 - Food Pantries

 At St. James our biannual collection will benefit the patrons of the Chatham/Ghent food pantries.  Because these items are essential but generally unavailable at the pantries, we conduct theses drives twice a year, as the need is so great. A receptacle will be found in the Gathering Space. Our parishes in the CCNCC are invited to participate at their churches with the understanding that items collected will go to neighboring pantries or recipient families.       
 To read about the suggested items CLICK HERE.

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).


Our summertime collection of used eyeglasses is underway through Labor Day. Prescription glasses, sunglasses, and reading (magnifying) from the Dollar Store may be brought to the receptacle in the Gathering Space for distribution by Lions' International in Haiti, homeland of our sister parish.


 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, September 19th @ 11:00 AM
Twenth-Fifth 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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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