26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 26/27, 2020

Music: Mary and Brian Fay
 Filmed & edited by Aaron McGuirk & Justine Rodriguez.


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




October 10 Outdoor Sale to benefit our Sister Parish in Haiti
(Rain Date Monday, Oct 12)

The Haiti Committee is pleased to announce an Outdoor Sale on Saturday, October 10th (Rain date: Monday October 12) from 9 am to 3 pm on the front lawn of St. James Church.

The sale will help St. Cecile, our twin parish in Haiti. Your support permits Father Jean-Mary Borgella, Pastor, to: provide food for parishioners, meals for school students, help with damaged housing, salaries for teachers, and maintenance of the Church and the school.

Items for sale include: Kitchen Ware, Garden Items, Toys, Knick Knacks, Gift Ware, Decorative Items, Bed Spreads, Hardware & Tools, Space Heaters, a Fan, an Office Chair, Glassware, Memorabilia, Decorative Pillows, Jewelry, Holiday & Christmas Décor,  Amazing One-of-a-Kind Offerings,  plus much more!

Be sure to tell your friends and neighbors, too.

And Remember: Be safe! Masks required!


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

Collection of Non-Food Items

The month of September has been set aside for our biannual (May and September) Collection of Non-Food Items to benefit the patrons of the Chatham and Ghent food pantries. Paper goods, healthcare products, any-size diapers, laundry detergent and dryer sheets are needed but often are unavailable at the pantries. If you would like to contribute, a receptacle has been placed in the Gathering Space. Thank you for your consideration.
International Eyeglasses Campaign

Please set aside used prescription glasses,
reading (magnifying) glasses, and sunglasses for Distribution by Lions' Club International in Haiti homeland of our sister parish, St. Cecile. This campaign is part of a joint effort every summer by parishes in the Catholic Community of Northern Columbia County (CCNCC) although we accept glasses year round. Please call the OutReach number to arrange pick-up.


News From the Vatican

  Sunday, September 27th @ 11:00 AM 
26th 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



"Stations of the Cross:
Art and Stories with Brother Mickey McGrath"





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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.  

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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 

Online & @ Church

        SUNDAY:  9:00AM
September schedule of Masses for those who want to worship with us in 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. 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:  

Sept. 27th Last names beginning A-D
Oct. 4th Last names beginning E-K
Oct. 11th Last names beginning L-P
Oct. 18th Last names beginning Q-Z
Oct. 25th Last names beginning A-D
Nov. 1st Last names beginning E-K
    New worship procedure: Communion returns to the heart of our liturgy

This week we will continue to receive Communion during the usual time in the Mass. 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