Christmas Giving

Giving Trees at our Three Parishes


St John the Baptist

For over 30 years, the parishioners of St. John the Baptist have generously supported local families through the Bethlehem Tree. This year, the tree will be up and tagged by Saturday, November 26. You can take a tag to shop for a gift, donate a gift card to Target, or cash and the Bethlehem helpers will shop for you. Please return all gifts unwrapped with the original tag by Sunday, December 11.

St. James

St. James' parishioners who accepted “Giving Tree" gift tags should return wrapped gifts with tags attached on or before next Sunday, December 11. This enables our volunteers to help deliver the gifts in a timely fashion before Christmas. Your generosity will help brighten the season for school children, hospice patients, social work clients, and some residents at the Ghent Home and Rehab Center. Thank you!

St. Joseph

Tags with gift information for the Catholic Charities Adopt-A-Family program are available on the St. Joseph’s Giving Tree. If you would like to participate, but prefer not to shop, you may make a donation, and we will do the shopping for you. Donations may be placed in the collection basket or mailed to the church office; please mark as “Adopt-A-Family, Church of St. Joseph”. For those who are shopping, important information is included with the tag. Please call/text Nancy Leonard (518) 821-8651 or Sharon Getty (518) 929-4448 with any questions. THANK YOU!

St. James Parish “Adopt-A-Family” If you would like to adopt-a-family through OutReach this Christmas season, please call (518) 929-4369. The extent of commitment is at the donor's discretion.


Annual Christmas Food Drive

The annual Christmas Food Drive to benefit the Chatham and Ghent food pantries is underway through December 25. If you would like to contribute, please write a check payable to either pantry (memo: Food Drive) and place it in the collection basket, or mail it to St. James Church, 129 Hudson Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037. We will forward all donations to the designated pantry.


Help our Seminarians!
¡Ayuda a nuestros seminaristas!

May I ask you to consider helping our seminarians that are in the final few years of formation? When I was in the seminary (a few short years ago) one of my favorite gifts that I received were gas cards. Especially during these days of higher gas prices, I’m sure our seminarians would appreciate any amount to help offset the cost of gas. Please consider buying one (or more) gas cards for $5
to $30 and return to any parish office by December 18. Thank you, Fr. Steve 

¿Puedo pedirle que considere ayudar a nuestros seminaristas que están en los últimos años de formación? Cuando estaba en el seminario (hace unos pocos años) uno de mis regalos favoritos que recibí fueron las tarjetas de gasolina. Especialmente durante estos días de precios más altos de la gasolina, estoy seguro de que nuestros seminaristas apreciarán cualquier cantidad para ayudar a
compensar el costo de la gasolina. Considere comprar una (o más) tarjetas de gasolina por $ 5 a $ 30 y devuélvalas a cualquier oficina parroquial antes del 18 de diciembre. Gracias, Padre. Steve