Tri-Parish Outreach
(518) 929-4369

Dear Parishioners,
Thank you very much for the lovely flowers, cards, phone calls, visits, and especially prayers that were offered for me during my recent illness. Each day is so precious as we proceed with the OutReach work to which we have been commissioned. My knee is healing but I will need a knee replacement operation in about six months. Let's look forward to what we can do to continue to help those in need. —Denise Barry

Catholic Charities: Would you like to double your SNAP dollars at the local Farmer’s Market? Starting June 15th, Double Up Food Bucks NY will match dollar for dollar the SNAP dollars you spend on fresh fruits and vegetables up to $20.00 a day. Want to apply for SNAP benefits, Catholic Charities can help. Contact Marcella at 518-828-8660. More information on this great opportunity can be found at doubleupnys.com

Catholic Charities of Columbia and Greene Counties welcomes new board members of all faiths. Please call Catholic Charities if you know of anyone who is committed to serving our community. “We welcome a diverse board to mirror our diverse community."— Theresa Lux, Executive Director

Gala for Food: On Thursday, June 20 from 5-8 P.M. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany will host “Gala For Good" at Siena College. If you wish to attend or support this annual fundraiser, please call Sister Betsy at (518)453-6650.

Haiti Ministry Jewelry Donations  The Haiti Ministry has received donations of jewelry for our tag sale over the past two years but have not been able to sort and price the items due to lack of time. We plan to work on this project in July, at which time we will also accept additional donations for a future sale that will benefit Ste.
Cécile, our sister parish in Haiti. On the Sundays of June 16th, 23rd and 30th we will place a basket on the welcome table to collect any additional jewelry donations. Thank you for your generous support!

Lending Library at St. John the Baptist Attention Readers! St. John’s Elves have set up a lending library in the church hall. Please feel free to borrow a book and return it when you are finished reading it. At this time, we do not need any additional book donations.

Gardening Help Neededat St. John the Baptist Paula Rivenburg, our head gardener, has given countless hours to planting and maintaining the Gardens at St. John the
Baptist. She is unable to give as much time this summer, and is looking for help. Are you willing to give a few hours to this ministry? If you are able to help, please call the office at (518) 758-9401.

Join the Flower People At St. James Church Over the years, parishioners at St. James have arranged flowers for our weekend liturgies. We start in May and end in October—about 20 weekends in all. Some of us work on our own, others prefer company. Volunteers usually arrange flowers for two or three weekends, and in scheduling we work with your vacation plans and other commitments. You do not have to provide your own flowers; we have
gardens where we can cut all we need. We would love some additional designers. We will hold your hand and provide basic instruction on your first (or second) outing. This is fun and artistic! To learn more, please email Rosemarie at rosemarie4241@gmail.com or sign up in the St. James Gathering Space.

Sidewalk Warriors of Troy: Thank you to those Family Faith Formation families who volunteer at Sidewalk Warriors. We are grateful for your sandwiches and help. Remember, we are at 35 State Street in Troy every Thursday at 6 pm if you want to join us. And if you are unable to join us, please bring your items to the CCNCC offices at 1025 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. They will be sure everything gets to us. We are currently asking for toilet paper, a real necessity. Contact: Sue Seymour.

Good Works Calendar:

Friday, July 19

Food Pantry: at the Church of St. Joseph/Stuyvesant Falls Friday, July 19, from 1:30-3:30 PM. Please continue to refer those in need to our pantry. The Church of St. Joseph food pantry is collecting the following items in March: canned soup; crackers; oatmeal; coffee; hot chocolate. Please place any donated items in the red wagon in the gathering space. Thank you for your assistance!

Despensa de alimentos: en la Iglesia de St. Joseph/ Stuyvesant Falls el viernes  19 de julio de 1:30-3:30 PM. Continúe remitiendo a los necesitados a nuestra despensa.


Donations Sought for Our Ministries:
Spring Donation Drives:


  Give-Away Program: OutReach is a means by which serviceable items may be shared. This week we are the process of transacting a large bedroom dresser in good condition from a family in Ghent. If you know of an individual or family who can make use of it or other donated household items, please call the OutReach number at (518) 929-4369. All items are transacted confidentially in the CCNCC at no cost.

Food Pantry: During the summer months, please consider kid-friendly lunch suggestions such as peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, tuna, and healthy snacks such as raisins. Thank you.D

The 2024 Calendar of Planned OutReach Events is posted on the bulletin board near the office at St. James. Please check the calendar periodically for news of coming events.

In addition to used prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses, the local Lions Club is happy to receive books on tape for their recipients. If you have any to share, please bring them to the Gathering Space at St James.

Calling all Gardeners! Now that the danger of frost has passed in our “zone," please consider sowing an extra row of vegetables to donate to the local pantries. Other parishioners are asked to consider offering fruits and vegetables purchased from local farm markets for donation to the pantries. Now that the danger of frost has passed in our “zone," please consider sowing an extra row of vegetables to donate to the local pantries. Other parishioners are asked to consider offering fruits and vegetables purchased from local farm markets for donation to the pantries.

The Chatham Lions' Club is willing to accept books on tape or CD for those in need. If you these items to give away, please call the OutReach number at (518)929-4369 to arrange pickup. Thank you.

OutReach volunteers are needed to provide rides to local appointments (medical, etc.) on call. If you would like to join our team, please call OutReach at (518) 929-4369 to

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.


In the Community

Save the date! Uel Wade’s BKO will present a concert featuring Ron Carbone on viola and violin, as well as Wade on piano, in his studio at 40 Church St. in Chatham. The date is Sunday, June 23rd, 3-4 pm. Admission is $25.

The theme is Hudson Valley composers, all of whom have lived and worked in this beautiful part of New York. Their names and music may not be familiar, but they have all earned an important place in chamber music repertoire. Alan Shulman was influenced by jazz (his son Jay is a local cellist), as is Marion Hunter (yes, Uel’s wife, whose 91st birthday is the next day) whose music, along with that of Paul Creston and Robert Starer, is full of humor. Robert Baksa, who has performed at St. James with Wade, passed away one year ago. Boris Koutzen and David Amram round out the program with music that is peaceful. You may reserve at uel@uelwade.org or call 518-392-4697.

The public libraries in Columbia County hold programs for all ages. From "Toddler Story time" to "Lego Club" to "Play Groups" for children to "Reading Book Clubs" to "Genealogy Roots" to "Yoga" and "Ukulele Jam for adults, there is something for everyone! Check with your local library for interesting pastimes.


Fun Facts:

Did you know....

The Baptistry of St. John in Florence was structurally completed in 1128 in Romanesque style. The Baptistry is famous for its 3 sets of bronze doors featuring relief sculptures.  The south doors were completed by Andrea Pisano and the north and east doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti.  The east doors comprise of 10 panels depicting scenes from the Old Testament and were called by Michelangelo the "Gates of Paradise".