Tri-Parish Outreach
(518) 929-4369

Catholic Charities: February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month! (#TDVAM). Dating violence is more common than you may think, especially among teens and young adults: 1 in 3 U.S.teens will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from someone they’re in a relationship with before becoming adults. And nearly half (43%) of U.S. college women report experiencing violent or abusive dating behaviors. If you are a victim of domestic violence you can call the DV hotline at 518-943-9211.—Theresa Lux, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Columbia and Greene Counties.

St. James/Haiti Treasure & Trifle Sale: The Haiti Committee is pleased to announce a tag sale at St. James to benefit our sister parish, Ste. Cécile, on February 17, 18 & 24th from 10AM - 3PM. Come find a treasure for yourself or a loved one!

Caring Cards Ministry: The Caring Cards Ministry would like to wish a peaceful and joyous Christmas to all in our tri-parish community. May you cherish the birth of Our Savior with joy in your heart! If you or someone you know could benefit from the love shared in our monthly cards, please contact either of the coordinators:
Chris Mrynec: St. John the Baptist or Sue Merrill: St. James

Sidewalk Warriors of Troy: A special thank you to the people who gifted us with new winter hats and winter jackets. Our cold weather needs continue: Hot cereal, canned ravioli, and spaghetti –o’s; seasoning packets for tacos, chili, and stew; canned soup. And of course, toilet paper is always needed. Remember, we are at 35 State Street in Troy every Thursday at 6 pm if you want to join us!


Good Works Calendar:

Friday, March 8

Food Pantry: at the Church of St. Joseph/Stuyvesant Falls Friday, March 8 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 marzo 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:


Winter Sock Drive: Let’s fill up the Sock Box at each parish to the brim with new socks for men, women, and children during the month of February! Our young people are helping Rotary International with their winter sock drive during the month of February. Socks will be distributed to Columbia County residents in need through the schools, food pantries, and the Veteran’s Service Agency during the month of March. Please help our young people help others!

Furniture/Clothing exchange:  This week the St. James OutReach Exchange program seeks homes for donated books for adults, women's clothes, men's sneakers, throw blankets, and some extra school supplies. As you do your “spring cleaning,” please think of OutReach as a means by which serviceable items can be shared. This program is by far our largest endeavor on a daily basis.

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

Annual Bedding Project: Our Annual Bedding Project is underway in the Catholic Community of Northern Columbia County (CCNCC) until the end of February. Please consider donating gently-used comforters, blankets, linens, and towels to share a sense of warmth and well-being with others. We will distribute these to families in our parishes, as well as through the food pantries and Catholic Charities' WIC program. Every week there are designated recipients. All items brought in this week will go to local food pantries. Please call (518)929-4369 if you would like to arrange delivery.

The Annual St. James Easter Food Drive begins on Wednesday, February 14th and ends at Easter time. This drive is held every year during Lent to benefit the Chatham and Ghent food pantries. If you would like to contribute, please write a check payable to your designated food pantry (Chatham or Ghent for St. James parishioners). We will mail all checks to the appropriate pantry. We will also continue to collect non-perishable foods in the large wicker basket in the St. James Gathering Space for the pantries.

Pet supplies: This week, pet supplies donated by the Columbia-Greene Humane Society (SPCA) were delivered to the Chatham and Ghent food pantries for the convenience of their patrons' pets. This service (underway for many years) is provided approximately once a month.

In support of success at school, a St James Parishioner has expressed a desire to be supportive of local school children who have specific needs during the school year. If you know of children who lack material needs to promote success in the classroom, please call OutReach at (518) 929-4369. Additionally, we will approach the school nurse at MED for advice on helping address specific student needs.

Knitters: During the winter there is need for knitted mittens and scarves to be given to children in local schools and to adults via food pantries. If you would like to share your talents, please call Marilyn Martin at (518) 392-9751. Thank you for your consideration.

Drivers needed: OutReach volunteers are needed to provide rides to local patrons for appointments of groceries on call. If you would like to join our team please call (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....

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