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Youth Faith Formation

As we move forward, we support Fr. Steve in his mission to strengthen the CCNCC network of parishes, work begun under Fr. George.
For this reason, all faith formation and youth ministry programs will be administered through the CCNCC offices in Valatie. This helps each of the three parishes to grow in faith and service as Catholic Christians together.


Grades K-8


Safe environment is our family focus for January.  Each family with young people in grades K – 8 will receive information via email during the week of January 17 about this essential diocesan program.  

Family formation packet pickup:  

  • February Tuesday, February 1 - 7:30am to 2 pm

  • Wednesday, February 2 – noon to 6 pm

  • Thursday, February 3 – 7:30 am to 2 pm 

  • March Tuesday, March 1 - 7:30am to 2 pm

  • Wednesday, March 2 – noon to 6 pm

  • Thursday, March 3 – 7:30 am to 2 pm 

  • April Tuesday, March 29 - 7:30am to 2 pm

  • Wednesday, March 30 – noon to 6 pm

  • Thursday, March 31 – 7:30 am to 2 pm 


Information for families of children receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time:

In-person First Reconciliation Retreat for children and their families - Saturday, January 22 from 9 am to noon at St. John the Baptist.   

The Sacrament of Reconciliation -  

  • Saturday, February 5 following the 4 pm Mass at St. John the Baptist  

  • Sunday, February 13 following the 9:15 am Mass at St. James


Please call Ruth Ellen at 518-758-1828 or send an email to with the date of your Mass and Reconciliation choice.

Grades 9 & 10

Corporal Works of Mercy Group – January 9 dates for the NE Regional Food Bank will be rescheduled.

The next two Sunday family gatherings are:

January 23 Mass at 5:30 followed by light supper, and family formation at St. John the Baptist.


Information on service projects for the Confirmation candidates and their families will be shared at 

this gathering.  Families and candidates should bring their calendars.


February 6 Mass at 5:30 followed by light supper, and family formation at St. James.

Youth Ministry Team

The Diocese is creating a Youth ministry Team with
representation from each of the vicariates. If you would
like to share your faith, work, and plan with other young
people in organizing and implementing youth programs and
events, please call Ruth Ellen at (518)758-1828 or email her
at for more information. You
must be of high school age and be willing to serve at least
one year on the team.

NOTE  - In the event of inclement weather, please note the following:

Sunday Faith Formation Closed: We are part of the school closing network. 

Closings will be noted on the regular media outlets, including local television

and radio stations.

Community Service

If you need community service hours for classes, please notify the office at 518-758-1828

or email us at to leave your contact information.  

We will put you on a list and let you know as projects become available.

This will be done on a first come-first serve basis.  

Adult Faith Formation

The Roman Catholic Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a program for those interested in becoming Catholic. Those interested in exploring becoming Catholic who were unable to join the CCNCC team for the first RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) gathering are
invited to the second meeting on Tuesday, October 12 at 6 pm at the Church of Saint Joseph/Stuyvesant Falls. We presently have two interested persons and happily welcome others. Please call Ruth Ellen at (518) 758-1828 or email at to learn more.

St. John the Baptist

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