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PASTOR: Rev. George P. Fleming


Energized by the Eucharist and Scripture, we are a welcoming and affirming community that celebrates Christ Jesus in our midst. We value prayer, education, art, music, and the beauty of God’s creation in our quest for spiritual growth and social justice in the world.

Accepted at Liturgy by the St. James Parish Community, April 12th and 13th, 2014

Parish Message from Father George


part of the Tri-Parish Catholic Community of Northern Columbia County

respects His human family. He is also imaging the people in a spousal relationship and this understanding will be developed by Saint Paul and others into our understanding of the Church as the Bride of Christ and how all of us make up the Body of Christ with Jesus representing not just head of the body but the head of the household. All of us in turn, our beloved children of a God who understands what it will mean to inherit equally from the Father, including everlasting life.

As God respects and cherishes His children, for the first time, fathers are challenged to love and cherish their family, treating them not as slaves but as friends. Wives and children are called to respect and care for the fathers not as slaves but free men and women who are motivated not solely by circumstance but love.

I pray for our families every day. This week, I am feeling overwhelmed by the number of funerals lately because I naturally become emotionally involved. I am also reminded of the pressures facing families today. As I try to juggle my responsibilities between multiple

communities, I also recognize how families are pulled in multiple directions. I hope and pray that the Church, despite all its family struggles, becomes a place where everyone feels at home.

In the coming weeks, we will be addressing not just leadership opportunities at our parishes but also the desire for people to come forwarded, no matter how much or how little time and attention they are able to provide. We will also be addressing some of the issues that our facing our church and I hope you will continue to pray for me and each other. I hope that God blesses all of you and in a special way brings peace to your families. Thank you and God bless you.

Fr. George This weekend’s Gospel in which Jesus addresses

whether it is lawful in Mosaic law for a man to divorce his wife makes all of us uncomfortable. While as Catholics we believe in the sanctity and sacramental nature of marriage, there is not any of us in our close network of family and friends that has not been affected by divorce or, in some cases, the unhealthy

consequences of unhappy couples staying together. It is important to pray over these issues but to also realize what Jesus is actually addressing in this revolutionary understanding of the relationships within the family as well as our relationship to God.

In Moses and Jesus’ culture, the patriarchal society dominated women and limited the rights of sons whose fathers were still living. An elder son would inherit the father’s estate and would determine how, if he felt inclined, to share this bounty with younger siblings while also determining how the widows would be treated. I imagine he would have loyalty toward his birth mother and less concern for other wives of his father. While living the father of the family treated wives and children as possessions and he had domination over them as if they were his personal property. If he tired of his children, he would discard them and if he tired of a wife for whatever reason, he could divorce. Children had no claims against the father and women were forbidden to leave their husbands.

The people of Israel accepted these relationships and humbly saw themselves as children of a Patriarchal Father-Figure God that had control over their lives.

They saw God as merciful when God wanted to be but felt they had no claims. Jesus is imagining a different kind of Father for the people, One who loves and

Website: www.stjameschatham.org



Saturday, 5:30 PM Sunday, 9:00 AM

Weekdays: Tuesday & Friday at 8:00 AM Holy Days: To be announced

PARISH OFFICE: at Colbert House 129 Hudson Ave., Chatham, NY 12037 STAFF:

Office Assistant: Judy Thornton E-mail: sjofficeassistant@gmail.com Phone: 518-392-4991

Open: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Hours: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Please Note: The office will be closed on Monday, 10/8/18 In Case of Emergency: 518-303-3636

Website: www.stjameschatham.org Music Director: Justine Rodriguez Phone: 518-986-9800

E-mail: justinejrodriguez@gmail.com

Saturday Oct. 6

5:30 pm For the Parishioners of St. James Sunday Oct. 7

9:00 am For the Parishioners of St. James Monday Oct. 8

11:00 am No Mass Tuesday Oct. 9

8:00 am For the Parishioners of St. James Wednesday Oct. 10

11:00 am at St. John the Baptist Friday Oct. 12

8:00 am Helen Wilhelm Peggy Wilhelm Birthday Remembrance

Saturday Oct. 13

5:30 pm For the Parishioners of St. James Sunday Oct. 14

9:00 am David Flynn Marge Robinson

If you have scheduled a Mass Intention and would like to bring up the gifts, please see an usher before Mass.




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Respect Life Sunday October 7th

May we show by our words and actions that every human life is cherished and chosen by God;

We pray to the Lord.

A "Reflection for Pastoral Leadership" will be held at St.

James on Tuesday, October 23rd, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

St. James ministry committees, Pastoral Council members, and those who are interested in parish leadership are invited to participate in this special session. The presentation will be given by Mary Harrison, former Director of Youth Ministry

for the Albany diocese.

Refreshments will be served. (If this date does not work for your schedule, identical sessions will also be held on Sunday, October 14th, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Valatie (1025 Kinderhook Street) and on Sunday, October 21st, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at St. Joseph's in Stuyvesant

Falls (1820 Route 9).

Please RSVP on the sign-up sheet located in our Gathering Space, by calling (518) 755-3695, or by sending an e-mail

to: lisanne.jensen@gmail.com.


Please pray for the Sick, Homebound, and those who care for them; Needs of the Community; Peace in the World; and for all

men and women in our armed forces and their families.

Lorinda Ackley, Harper Adkins, Morgan Alexandrov, Mary Artese, Paul Davis, Mike Denick, William Farrell, Paula Frederick, Billy Glasser, Doug Haines, Carolee Harrell, Leah Hennessy, Linda Hess, Peggy Keough, Julia Kilcer, Emily Lanphear, Barbara Laspada, Jim Martin, Lori McLaughlin, Melissa Murray, Susan O’Connor, Terry Okolowich, Bob Riegel, Kathleen Scherer, Thomas Snowden, Brother Tim, Paul Veillette, Erica Wager, Alice Wettach

Please Note: Please contact the Parish Office (518-392-4991) if new names need to be added or deleted. After two months, the names are written in the Book of Prayer Petitions unless otherwise requested.



#1. Save the Date: "Food and Film" at the Chatham Synagogue on Saturday, October 13 at 6pm. "Watermark" is the story of the champion female swimmers of the legendary Jewish sports club, Hakoah Vienna, founded in 1909 in response to the notorious Aryan Paragraph that forbade Austrian sports clubs from accepting Jewish athletes. In the 1930's Hakoah's best known triumphs came from its women swimmers who dominated na- tional competitions in Austria. In 1938 the Nazis shut down the club but the swimmers all managed to flee the country before the war broke out. Told by the swimmers now in their 80's, the chronicle is about a group of young girls with a passion to be the best. It is the saga of seven outstanding athletes who still swim daily as they age with grace. Above all it is a celebration of life.

Bonus: One of the swimmers will be at the synagogue for a Q & A session after the film. (Information provided by the Chatham Synagogue) To facili- tate the planning of food, a sign-up sheet is on the Gathering Space table for those who wish to attend.

#2. Pet Supply Weekend is scheduled for October 13-14 at St. James to benefit the Columbia-Greene Humane Society. Donations of dry and canned cat and dog food, paper towels, cloth towels, treats, toys, and litter are need- ed. Your support is much appreciated. A "Pet For Adoption" board will be on display in the Gathering Space.

#3. Sixth Annual "Dining Out For Others" --- November 7, 14, 21, 28 --- Annual fundraiser coordinated by Catholic Charities of

Columbia/Greene in collaboration with restaurants and other supporting businesses in the twin counties to benefit Catholic Charities'

"Emergency Assistance Program". Informational booklets will be hot off the press soon. This year a total of seventeen restaurants have agreed to donate a portion of their earnings on Wednesdays in November in exchange for extensive advertising. "Dining Out" is one of the three most financially suc- cessful fundraising endeavors conducted locally by Catholic Charities.

Contact: Denise Barry, 518-392-5731, with any questions.


Total Collection Sept. 30, 2018 $ 4,414.50

Oct. 1, 2017 $ 4,125.00 Thank you for your generosity!

Starting with September, collections will be listed as a monthly total for the previous month.

Bishop’s Appeal 2018 — St. James The Appeal is well underway! Our 2018 Bishop’s

Appeal Assessment is $54,334.00. Total Gifts/

Pledges for the 2018 Appeal (to date) are: $48,861.00 from 130 families.

Please help us reach our goal!! Thank you!

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Moments

"I desire but this one grace, and long to be consumed like a burning candle in His holy Presence every moment of the life that remains to me. For that I would be willing, I think, to suffer all the pains imaginable till judgment day, if only I should not have to leave His sacred presence. My only motive would be to be consumed in honoring Him and to acknowledge that burn- ing love He shows us in this wonderful Sacrament. Here His love holds Him captive till the end of time. It is of this one can truly say, 'Love triumphs, love enjoys, Love finds in God its joys.’ ”

+++ St. James Book Groups +++

Morning Group: Jefferson’s Daughters by Catherine Kerrison

Meeting Tuesday, Oct. 23 @ 9:45 AM

in the St. James Library Contact: Dee Winkler at (518) 392-2297

Evening Group: My Dream of You by Nuala O’Faolain

Meeting Monday, November 12 @ 7 PM at the home of Pat Dieffenbach Contact: Marie Orlando at (518) 784-2548


The next meeting is Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 7 pm at the church.

Our bus trip to N.Y.C. is a fund raiser to help our twin parish St. Cecile in Haiti. The date is Saturday, Dec. 1 and the cost is $45 which is non- refundable. We leave at 7 am from the church parking field and depart NYC at 7 pm. If you are interested, there is a signup sheet in the Gathering space.

We will disembark at Bryant Park in NYC where there are many vendors selling Christmas gifts, 6 blocks south is Macy’s and the half-price ticket booth for Broadway shows is a few blocks away on 46th St. The Christmas tree will be up at Rockefeller Center and the windows will be decorated on 5th Avenue. Also the Modern Museum of Art is a few blocks away and the Metropolitan Museum of Art is near 86 St. Perhaps there is a restaurant you heard about and now is the opportunity to experience it. So plan the day your own way and we hope you will join us.



Edited by Nick Biggs in conjunction with the Center for Faith Enrichment

"There is no place where God is not. There is no one that God will not accept into His kingdom."

In his book Spiritual Passages: The Psychology of Spiritual Development, by The Crossroads Publishing Company, Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, OFM, says:

“There is always a tendency among the devout to look for something more because they have not looked deep- ly enough into what they already have.”

St. John of the Cross (1542 – 1591), in his book, Ascent of Mount Carmel, Book II, Chapters 3 and 4, gives the following advice to those who have not looked deep- ly enough into the mystery of Christ’s life: “God, in giv- ing us, as He hath done, His Son, Who is His only Word, has spoken to us once and for all by His own and o n l y W o r d , a n d h a s n o t h i n g further to reveal ... God has now spoken that nothing remains unspoken; for that which he partially revealed to the Prophets, He hath now wholly revealed in Him, giving unto us all, that is, His Son.

And therefore, he who should now inquire of God in the ancient way, seeking visions and revelations, would offend Him; because he does not fix his eye upon Christ alone, disregarding all besides. To such a one the an- swer of God is: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear Him ye. I have spoken all by my Word, my Son: fix thine eyes upon Him, for in Him I have spoken and revealed all, and thou wilt find in Him more than thou desirest or askest. He is my whole voice and answer, my whole vision and revelation, which I spoke, answered, made and revealed when I gave Him to be thy brother, master, companion, ransom and reward... Look well unto Him, and thou wilt find that I have given all in Christ ...”

Fr. Karl Rahner, S.J., in the book of his Spiritual Writings, edited by Fr. Philip Endean (Orbis Books, 2004), echoes the above theme: “But if the concrete life of Jesus of Nazareth ... is not something added on to the Incarnation but itself the appearance, the enactment, the presence of God's own Word, of God's own life; if in this concrete life of Jesus God's innerness is opened to us without reserve and in a way that cannot be sur-

passed; innerness has here come upon us – then to become part of this life, to let oneself go into it, is already to be- come part of the inner-divine life ... If all this is so, then to look at the countenance of the human being, Jesus of Naz- areth, is already to experience the vision of God face to face … So grace, the drawing of our being into the inner- ness of the divine life, is not an abstract, arbitrary divinization, to be understood in purely metaphysical terms, as if, though 'merited' by Christ it were fundamentally independent of him ... grace is a con- crete assimilation to Christ, a becoming part of his life … We must not water this participation in Jesus' life down to a matter merely of ethics, so to speak, or of the imagina- tion. Any moral influence that Jesus has must be depend- e n t f u n d a m e n t a l l y , o n a v e r y r e a l ontological influence. As a result of our essential orientation to the Incarnation of the Word, we are drawn into the life of Jesus by the very fact of this Incarnation, and by the whole history of his living and dying. The whole world, and in particular the life of each of us, is really affected, specified, and fundamentally shaped by Jesus' existence” (pp. 112 – 113).

Regina Caeli Academy

RCA is a hybrid academy serving students in grades Preschool through 12


grade in the Catholic tradition.

RCA provides fully accredited academic and extracurricular classes for homeschoolers. Students attend classes using the Socratic method two days per week and are homeschooled the remaining days. For more information,

visit www.rcahybrid.org or contact Sister Laurie Marie Parisi, CR, Center Coordinator of Education at lmparisi.alb@rcahybrid.org. We look forward to welcoming you to RCA!

Save the Date! We are postponing Bertrand Fay's five-part series on Re-Discovering Jesus in order to

address the current crisis in the Catholic Church.

On Tuesday, October 30


, Fr. George will be joined by Bertrand in a panel discussion that will answer your questions and concerns. In the meantime, please

see Fr. George for more information or to share particular issues you would like to see raised.

Bertrand Fay will also join us for a presentation in

November that will use Graham Greene's "The

Power and the Glory" as a way of addressing the

topic "Of Faith and Failure," a creative look at this

underlying topic. Stay tuned for more information.



Readings for the Week of October 7, 2018 Monday: Gal 1:6-12/Ps 111:1b-2, 7-8, 9 and 10c [5]/Lk


Tuesday: Gal 1:13-24/Ps 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 14c-15 [24b]/Lk 10:38-42

Wednesday: Gal 2:1-2, 7-14/Ps 117:1bc, 2/Lk 11:1-4 Thursday: Gal 3:1-5/Lk 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75 [69]/Lk 11:5- 13

Friday: Gal 3:7-14/Ps 111:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 [5]/Lk 11:15-26 Saturday: Gal 3:22-29/Ps 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 [8a]/Lk 11:27-28



Hymnal numbers are noted in the following order of worship.











Entrance Hymn:

# 649 You Are Mine Hymn of Glory (on card) THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

1st Reading: Gn 2:18-24 Psalm: Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6

# 125 Blest Are Those Who Love You

2nd Reading: Heb 2:9-11 Gospel Acclamation: #260 Alleluia

Gospel: Mk 10:2-16 (The Creed is on the card)

Prayer of the Faithful


Presentation of Gifts

# 865 When Love Is Found The Lord’s Prayer


#826 The Living Bread of God

Final Prayer & Blessing Closing:

# 572 For The Beauty of The Earth

Faith Formation

St. James Elementary Faith Formation

(Pre-K — Grade 5), Sundays (10 a.m. - 11 a.m.) Angelique Hebert (518-653-6542) or (518-758-1319)

saintjamesfaithformation@gmail.com Schedule

Oct. 7 — No class

Oct. 14—Regular class; 2nd Grade Parish Friends Breakfast Oct. 21—Regular class

St. James Secondary Faith Formation (Grades 6 — Confirmation), Mondays (6:30 - 8 p.m.)

Lisanne Jensen (518-755-3695) stjamessecondary518@gmail.com Schedule

Oct. 8 — No session

Oct. 15 — Regular session; Safe Environment and Confirmation Candidate/Parent Session led by Fr. George Oct. 20 — Tri-Parish 9th Grade Retreat, (10 a.m., St. John the Baptist, Valatie)

Oct. 22—Regular session

FABULOUS FATHERS PRIEST TALENT SHOW and fundraiser, sponsored by Regina Caeli Academy, hosted by

Emcee, Fr. Rick Lesser. Friday, November 9, 2018 at Key Hall (off Proctors arcade) from 6-1pm.

The evening includes local priest entertainment, dinner, and auctions. Tickets can be purchased by visiting RCAhybrid.org. For more info call (518) 232-6070.



Enjoy time with your friends and neighbors.

Please, also, take the time to complete an updated registration form to ensure the completeness and accuracy of

the parishes records.

Our St. James Youth Ministry team is hosting it’s first-ever Fall Paint and Sip! Please join the fun on Sunday, November 4th, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Registration will happen in the Gathering Space before and after Masses at St. James or by call-

ing (518) 755-3695. The cost is $45.00, and all proceeds will go toward sending St. James youth to the 2019 National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in Indianapo-

lis. Thank you so much for helping support our St. James young people in their faith!


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