St. James Church is now holding Masses indoors at 25% capacity. We are still offering Communion in the parking lot and streaming live on YouTube as well. We highly encourage signing up on our Signup Genius for the Sunday Masses
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St. James Parish
During this period of the COVID-19 pandemic I request prayers for all who are suffering and that the financial needs of our parish and parishioners are met.
Pope Francis recently reminded us we will survive this coronavirus situation by sticking together. He invites us to live this moment with humility, penance, compassion and hope, and to demonstrate our solidarity with others; especially those who suffer.
Yes, these are dark times for many of us. Yet our faith commends us to not be consumed by fear, insecurity, and anxiety. As followers of Jesus, we put our trust in God who, in the power of the Holy Spirit, sends us to be about God’s mission of restoration, reconciliation and wholeness in the face of brokenness, alienation, and illness.
Now is the time for us to be the Church that God wants us and needs us to be.
Here at St. James our vibrant ministries, faith formation and Catholic education have been severely disrupted by the pandemic. Limitations on weekend Mass participation have impacted our sense of community with a concurrent reduction of 25% in parish income.
Understandably, this has placed a tremendous strain on our ability to operate and maintain our parish facilities.
So, my friends today I humbly ask for your generous financial support. For those having reduced or suspended contributions to our parish please resume your ongoing support. For those having not been impacted by COVID-19 and are in a position to do so, I ask your consideration of increasing your support. And, for those presently unable to contribute, please pray for all of us and a future of vibrant liturgy, ministry and service to our Community of Faith.
May God grant us a reprieve from this terrible illness through the intercession of Mary, Queen of Apostles, and through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
~YOUR generosity is appreciated~
St. Vincent De Paul Society Assistance Line: (530) 979-4338
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PARISH OFFICE NEWS
If you would like to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) please call the office for an appointment 530-756-3636.
The Pastoral Offices are currently closed for visitors. However, we are in the office for drop-offs, phone calls and available to help you however we can during the current pandemic. During this time we are in the office from 8am to 3pm only. Calls after 3pm will be answered the next day. Sign ups for the weekend Masses can fill quickly, however you are welcome to call the office to sign up.
The office is closed on the weekends.
Another Successful Baby Bottle Campaign!
Thanks to the wonderful parishioners of St. James Parish, we once again are able to report the very successful conclusion of the 2020 St. James Baby Bottle Campaign for Spero/Pregnancy Support Group. Your gifts help to enable Spero to support women and families in Yolo County who face uncertain circumstances surrounding their pregnancies.
Together we raised a life-giving $8,197.56!! This is tremendous and I am indebted to you all for your unwavering support for pregnant women in crisis … and their children. The outpouring of love and care from our St. James parishioners is a testament of Christ’s love radiating within our community. Thank you for shining your love on Spero.
For a heart-warming video about Spero and how your gifts help, please click below YouTube viewable:
Chris Dodson, a.k.a. The Baby Bottle Lady
New Virtual Coffee Hour
After our 8am Sunday livestream Mass, join us in fellowship with each other in a virtual coffee hour via Zoom to meet and talk with fellow parish members. There will be discussion questions to guide the conversation. We need to stay connected in our community now more than ever, and we hope to see you there! Please contact Sophia Fricke with any questions at email@example.com.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85302923601?pwd=eVhLNC9FWUN4eTAreW13M3VYMWQ3dz09
Meeting ID: 853 0292 3601
Let us know if you have any questions:
Thank you very much!
World Day of the Sick, 2021
In less than 50 days we will celebrate Jesus having taken on the sin of the world and brought it all to the grave for the sake of righteousness and then, defeats the isolation of death through his Resurrection and justifies our own eternal life. Great mysterious theology and mystery but how does that play out in my life today?
Did you ever think, “Why did so many people flock to John the Baptist? And why did Jesus who healed thousands actually put more emphasis on forgiveness than healing?” It took a character like John to spell things out for us. John reprimanded us to clean up our act, change our attitude, lose the self-centered pride and hypocrisy, gain humility, and both seek and give forgiveness. The first step toward forgiveness lies in overcoming fear. Intuitively, we all know that. And the people following Jesus who longed to be healed of their anxiety and fears and to be brought into a life of peace learned from Jesus that they needed to replace fear with trust in God. The vulnerability of forgiveness heals relationships. Satan’s perspective rooted in fear offers isolation and chaos. When God gathered His Chosen People He built into the Jewish faith a focus on identification of sin (think 10 Commandments) followed by restoration of relationship with neighbors and God all of which required building trust in God. That theme runs throughout the entire Old Testament. Because we are people, in any age, we fail, regularly and injure relationships and loss of peace. One begins reparation by examining one’s life and identifying one’s weaknesses. Choosing peace over fear is the most courageous challenge in anyone’s life. Ironically, once we choose to trust God more than ourselves, peace of heart is easily attained and freely given. We move from people chosen by God to people who choose God out of gratitude for His humility and sacrifice.
Lent will soon visit us. As we ponder the readings in our daily and Sunday masses, Jesus gives us the light to see the truth in our lives. With free wills we can choose a path of isolation or a path of Oneness (think Church as the bride of Christ – two become one). Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus lives humbly with us throughout the joys and sufferings of life and He dies with us all to show us the path of love if only we trust in His love.
All that mysterious theology I mentioned above circles around one point – we, the children of the God of love, were made in His image and likeness.
We are one in love as we enter lent to find the courage to see the truth of our lives with the light of Christ, to allow vulnerability as we seek and give forgiveness and to trust in God’s peace.
RANDOM THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS CONTINUED BY: DEACON SAM
May God bless the St. James Family
--“God make your love grow in me, show me how to love well. I don’t want to put my love on auto-pilot, staying the same in all situations. Help me, Dear God, to make a commitment to love.” Life changes, we change, our love needs to evolve; we need to communicate better and serve others better with our love. Our love should have wisdom and see beyond superficial outward appearance. Love makes stuff happen. The only way, I believe, that we can really love is to just let the love of God into our lives. The love and glory of God shines forth in a darkened world. Jesus calls each of us to follow Him and to continue His ministry of preaching; teaching; healing; giving care, love and concern to the needy; to be compassionate to the poor, the elderly and the marginalized, to reassure everyone that every life has value; to not have pride, selfishness and indifference; and, to not underestimate the power of prayer.
--Being vulnerable is a strength – it is OK to be real, to be authentic. There are no perfect people –true friends accept us as we are. We live in a society that values image – God does not look for the pretend you, but rather the real you. It is OK to admit, with humility, that we are vulnerable. It is OK to be at peace without being perfect. When we empty ourselves out of pride and anger, God’s love fills us up. God understands our doubts, our weaknesses and our failures. God does not wait for the perfect you – but the real, vulnerable you. There is a freedom that happens when you are at peace without being perfect. God is a Great God who always looks beyond our failures and calls us to Himself!
--Pope Benedict said, “There is nothing more beautiful than our own personal, loving encounters with Jesus.” We can trust God but can God trust us to try to keep a good attitude, to try to do the right thing, to try to keep the faith, to try to stay in hope, to live the Gospel message? In gratitude, love and thanksgiving we pray: “Dear God, thy will be done.”
--Jesus, you are always present to us in the darkness – you are the light of the world. I pray that you will shine your light on us through the darkness and warm our hearts. Amen”
May God bless the St. James Parish Family and all our loved ones with an abundance of His divine grace. Amen.
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