To prevent the spread of the coronavirus to their most susceptible and vulnerable Sisters and to keep all our Sisters and staff as healthy as possible, the Provincial House (385 Watervliet-Shaker Rd.) has implemented the following procedures: 

General public access to St. Joseph’s Provincial House is suspended, effective immediately. All visits to the Provincial House are prohibited until further notice.

Visits from Sisters who live outside of the Provincial House are also suspended until further notice.

In accordance with the regulations in the Diocese of Albany, all Masses are canceled until further notice. Sisters who reside in the Provincial House may use the chapel for private prayer and are advised to follow the social-distancing measures recommended in the CDC’s mitigation strategies.

All events, meetings and programs scheduled at the Provincial House are canceled until May 31. These cancellations include the Spring Forums held at the Provincial House, the April Province Assembly and the Provincial House Jubilee celebration. The CSJ Associate Commitment Weekend remains scheduled for June 5-7, but the date will be reevaluated as the time draws near. The Province Assembly has been rescheduled tentatively to June 13-14.


Catholic Charities Senior and Caregiver Support Services has temporarily closed senior dining centers – known as “Friendship Cafes” – amid coronavirus concerns for 30 days, beginning March 16. The Cafes provide midday meals, wellness programs and social activities at the following locations: 

Our Lady of Fatima Church, 1735 Alexander Rd., Delanson, N.Y., 12053

Jewish Community Center, 2565 Balltown Rd., Schenectady, N.Y., 12309

Scotia-Glenville Senior Center, 32 Worden Ave., Glenville, N.Y., 12302

and Ten Eyck Apartments, 375 Broadway, Schenectady, N.Y., 12305

Recognizing the continued need for nutrition and meal services, Catholic Charities is working with Schenectady County to help recognize and serve seniors with unmet nutritional needs.


The 7th Annual NY Rosary Walk for Life with Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger, scheduled for May 2 with speaker Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky, has been canceled at this time due to the coronavirus outbreak. Stay tuned for more information when the event may be rescheduled.


The Center is postponing all programs until at least March 22. This will be updated on a week-to-week basis. Celtic Day has been rescheduled for June 9, the Feast of St. Columba, and the series on The Book of Ruth is pushed back a week to include April 1.


Most fish frys have been canceled or converted to takeout only. Call ahead to make sure of the new policy.