Tri-Parish Outreach
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Catholic Charities

As the last few restaurants provide their information we are close to announcing the final amount raised in Catholic Charities' tenth annual “Dining Out For Others" fundraising campaign which supports our emergency assistance program. Since its inception in 2013 at the
the suggestion of a St. James parishioner more than $80,000 has
been raised over the years, making “Dining Out" the highest earning
fundraiser at Catholic Charities of Columbia-Greene
- Thesesa Lux, Executive Director

Sidewalk Warriors of Troy:

It is cold and the needs are increasing each week.  Will you add a few things to your shopping cart to help friends in need?  Hot cocoa packets, mac and cheese, boxed pasta and pasta sauce, pancake mix, and syrup, canned soup, as well as individually wrapped toilet paper mean so much to those who are in need.   Please bring donations to the CCNCC office.  Thank you to all of you who continue to provide.

Good Works Calendar:

Friday, February 10

Food Pantry: at the Church of St. Joseph/Stuyvesant Falls Friday, Feb. 10 from 1:30-3:30 pm. If you are aware of anyone in need, please encourage them to visit our newly located pantry. We will inform you when food donations resume and when volunteers are needed. Thank you! In January, 13 families totaling 34 people were served at our new location.


Donations Sought for Our Ministries:
Winter Donation Drives:

February School Re-Supply Weekend: School Re-Supply weekend will be held on February 5 at St. James with distribution through the Chatham and Ghent food pantries. The supplies donated will replenish those collected in the fall. Please bring glue sticks, pocket folders, pencils, pens, markers, etc. to the receptacle in the Gathering Space. Supplies will be accepted the
following weekend as well. Teachers will be welcome to visit the pantries to acquire supplies for their students if that would be helpful.

Furniture/Clothing exchange: OutReach accepts wearable used clothing in all sizes for men, women, and children. Warm coats and warm clothes in general are especially welcome during these cold winter months. If you have clothes to give away, please call OutReach at (518) 929-4369 to arrange a
donation. Thank you

Suggested Food Pantry donations items this month: Suggested donations include winter-time favorites such as canned soup or crackers, stews, boxed macaroni and cheese, hot cocoa mix, etc. Please note that paper products, laundry detergent and dryer sheets are always welcome. A large wicker basket has been placed near the door of the Gathering Space at St. James for items to be donated to the Chatham and Ghent food pantries. Thank you for your generosity!

The Annual CCNCC Bedding Project Please consider donating gently-used comforters, blankets, linens, and towels to share a sense of well-being and warmth with others. We will distribute these to families in our parishes as well as through the food pantries and Catholic Charities W.I.C. program. Please call OutReach at (518)929-4369 to arrange delivery.

Transportation needed:  A woman who lives near Kinderhook Lake (approximately 1 1/4 miles north of the Niverville Quick Stop)  needs a ride to the supermarket once in a while. Having solicited in the local church bulletins, she now has a volunteer weekly to drive her. This present request is for a volunteer in the event that her regular driver cannot help on any given week. Can you or a neighbor give her a ride if called to do so?

 Help Wanted: requests are made periodically by senior members of our congregations for housekeepers and/or companions. If you know of individuals who perform these duties, please refer them to OutReach as our list is limited for such services.

St. James Treasure & Trifle

Doing your fall and Christmas cleaning? If you have items to discard, The Haiti Committee is pleased to announce a tag sale at St. James to benefit our sister parish, Ste. Cécile, on February 18, 19 & 20th. Click for additional information

If you are aware of individuals or families in need of OutReach services, please fill out the brief clipping in this week's bulletin and submit the information to the St. James parish office for forwarding to our OutReach team. Your input is very important and we are highly appreciative of it.

Community Events

Chatham Public Library: Winter Programs at the Chatham Library: Join musicians and storytellers on February 22 at 4 PM with songs and stories to keep you warm during these long winter days.  This program is for families with children 4 and older.  Please call the library at (518) 392-36666 if you may be interested in ongoing special programs for children and adults.

Fun Facts:

The United Stated Conference of Catholic Bishops settles between one-fourth and one-third of all refugees into the Untied States.