Tri-Parish Outreach
(518) 929-4369

Catholic Charities: Enjoy the tastes of Fall using your WIC Farmer’s Market coupons. They can be used at participating markets through November 30th. However, if you have not picked up your coupons, please hurry as WIC clients need to pick up coupons by September 30th. Contact the WIC Program and Catholic Charities at 518-828-8660
today to make your appointment.

Caridades Católicas:

Disfrute de los sabores del otoño usando sus cupones de WIC Farmer's Market. Se pueden utilizar en los mercados participantes hasta el 30 de  Noviembre. Sin embargo, si no ha recogido sus cupones, apúrate ya que los clientes de WIC deben recoger los cupones antes del 30 de septiembre. Comuníquese con el programa WIC y Caridades Católicas al 518-828-8660 hoy para programar su cita — Theresa Lux, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of Columbia and Greene Counties

Sidewalk Warriors of Troy:

The number of friends assisted by Sidewalk Warriors grows each week. We ask especially for items like canned soup, boxed mac and cheese, and cereal, as these items are a huge help to families with children. Please bring items to the CCNCC offices at 1025 Kinderhook Street, Valatie. And please consider joining us on Thursday nights at
our distribution site at 35 State Street, Troy, NY 12180. Help is always needed!

St. John the Baptist Senior Lunch Volunteers Needed

Senior Luncheon returns to St John’s on Monday, October 30th. WORKERS NEEDED. Please contact Connie Smith at (518) 755-2982 if you are available to help

Thanks from the Elves! 

St. John’s Elves sincerely thank everyone who supported our September 23 tag sale – those who donated items, helped us set up, helped us the day of the sale, and everyone who purchased items. A special shout out to our teens – who helped throughout the day with selling and carrying boxes to cars. A very special shout out to our Knights of Columbus friends who loaded up unsold items. We are grateful for all the Knights do to assist us year-round. We look forward to our Pre-Christmas sale on November 18 – mark your calendars!

Can You Help Make Prayer Shawls? 

We are need of some knitters and crocheters for prayer shawls for All Souls’ Day. Please contact Fr. Steve for details after Mass or by email . Thank you!

Our Haiti Ministry Needs You!

Do you have an idea for a fundraising project? Would you like to help the people of St. Cécile Parish? The Haiti Ministry team at St. James needs you! Some of our members have left out area and we need new members. Our Haiti Ministry has been helping the people of St. Cécile for 13 years and our fundraising has provided food, added classrooms to the school, paid the salaries for teachers, constructed a wall around the school, built a well and provided for other projects needed to help Fr. Jumena Charles minister to his people in LaVictoire, Haiti. Please come to a meeting - we meet the 1st Thursday of the month at 7 PM. If you cannot meet, but would like to help or have ideas, please email Paula Ptaszek or email  Pat Dieffenbach 

Alight Baby Bottle Fundraiser Begins The Alight Baby Bottle Fundraiser 2023 to benefit the Hudson Alight Pregnancy Center will begin this weekend. Please pick up a bottle to fill with coins and return to St. Joseph or St. James prior to October 1st. Funds collected will assist the Center for women facing unplanned pregnancies. If you have questions, please contact Marcia Race at (518) 851-2945 or Peggy Wilhelm by email. Thank you for participating in this life-saving project!


Good Works Calendar:

Friday, October 13

Food Pantry: at the Church of St. Joseph/Stuyvesant Falls Friday, October 13 from 1:30-3:30 PM. The food pantry at Stuyvesant seeks your assistance in collecting some household and personal items for our holiday bags. We are collecting toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, bar soap, and laundry detergent. There will be a bin in the
gathering space in which to place items. Please continue to refer those in need to our pantry.

Despensa de alimentos: en la Iglesia de St. Joseph/ Stuyvesant Falls el viernes 8 de septiembre de 1:30-3:30 PM. Buscamos su ayuda para recolectar algunos artículos personales y del hogar para nuestras bolsas navideñas. Estamos recolectando pasta de dientes, cepillos de dientes, desodorante, jabón en barra y detergente para
ropa. Habrá un contenedor en el espacio de reunión para colocar los artículos. Continúe remitiendo a los necesitados a nuestra despensa.

Donations Sought for Our Ministries:
Spring Donation Drives:

Furniture/Clothing exchange:  Please call OutReach at (518) 929-4369 if you have clothes or furniture to give away. This week sheets and clothes were passed along. As you do your fall cleaning please think of OutReach as a means by which serviceable items could be passed on. This is the busiest OutReach ministry by far.

Food pantry items needed: . The food pantry at Stuyvesant seeks your assistance in collecting some household and personal items for our holiday bags. We are collecting toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, bar soap, and laundry detergent. There will be a bin in the gathering space in which to place items. Please continue to refer those in need to our pantry.

Non-Foods Collection: Appreciation is extended to all who contributed to the Collection of Non-Food Items at St. James to benefit the patrons of the Chatham and Ghent food pantries. Through your generosity, in the past, we were able to gather large amounts of healthcare products, diapers (any size), laundry detergent, and dryer sheets, which are needed but often unavailable at the pantries. Parishioners at St. John the Baptist and St. Joseph's are welcome to join in this project.

Pet Supply weekend is October 15th. In addition to food for the animals, the shelter welcomes cleaning supplies and clean towels as they take care of hundreds of animals every year.

St. James Outreach: “Schedule of Planned Events for 2023" can be viewed here. Please check it periodically (even seasonally) to gain awareness of activities, special weekends, and community services that OutReach organizes and provides. Coming soon is the springtime Collection of Non-Food Items to benefit the Chatham and Ghent food pantries.

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.

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.

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.


Fun Facts:

Did you know that....

Emperor Constantine was the first Roman Emperor to treat Christians with respect and tolerance of the Roman Catholic traditions.