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"What's the Buzz About Holy Week?"
Fr. George shares how we will be celebrating Palm Sunday and Holy Week

A Moment with Fr. George Fleming 3.31.2020 
Fr. George shares reflections on separation, interruptions to our daily rhythms, and
the importance of personal prayer.

"Deep Within"
A beautiful Lenten hymn by David Haas, performed by Edgar Acevedo & Justine Rodriguez
at St. James Church

Pope approves new
"Mass in Time of Pandemic"
& Good Friday coronavirus intention 

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2020/04/01/pope-francis-approves-new-mass-time-pandemic-and-good-friday-coronavirus-intention

 

 

You may also click on the Vatican's press office website for more information:   https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-03/pope-calls-for-christians-to-unite-in-prayer-for-end-to-pandemic.html 


ALL MASSES IN THE DIOCESE OF ALBANY CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE,
FAITHFUL URGED TO TAKE TIME TO PRAY AT HOME

Due to growing concerns and medical advice related to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in social settings, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has announced that all regularly scheduled public Masses in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany — except weddings and funerals — will be canceled until further notice. Churches will, however, remain open for private prayer, pending further regulations.

In addition, all Confirmations have been canceled until further notice and will be rescheduled. Funerals and weddings may be attended only by close family and in accordance with social distancing and capacity requirements. Further restrictions may force a change in those guidelines as we go forward.

 “Although we know how difficult it is for Catholics to be without the Mass and without the Eucharist, we must do our part to help ‘flatten the curve’ and stop the spread of COVID-19 in order to protect the most vulnerable among us,” Bishop Scharfenberger said when making the announcement. “I encourage the faithful to pray and fast as we continue our journey through this season of Lent. Try to include at least 15 minutes of daily intentional prayer, with family where possible and safe. Use the Bible, say the Rosary, watch Mass on TV, and please remember to pray for those who are suffering from the Coronavirus worldwide and for all those in the medical community who are on the front lines.

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

 

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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 

A CHANGE: Following guidelines from the Diocese & State, we will NOT be holding services in the church during Holy Week, including on Palm Sunday & Easter. Importantly, we will NOT be distributing Palms because of the potential of spreading the virus.  They are boxed & in a cool place, & we may be able to distribute them in the future.


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. 

Office CLOSED - phone messages & emails will still be checked by staff

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday

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

Church doors will be closed beginning 3/25: "Due to National & State mandates St. James will NOT be opened for private prayer.  We are hopeful that our Church will be open in the near future."

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.

On Wednesdays & Fridays during Lent, we traditionally pray the Stations of the Cross. This video is for children & adults so that everyone can continue to pray as a community united in faith:   https://youtu.be/wW1t7M8HKT8<<​​​​

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