PARISH OFFICE NEWS
The Pastoral Offices are currently closed. 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 come to the 8am or 9am outside Mass and sign up at the desk. The office is closed on the weekends.
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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~
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CONTINUED RANDOM THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
BY DEACOM SAM
--“Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible.” Anonymous
--Each of us has been given our share of God’s grace to do His
work. “Whom shall I send? Here I am Lord.” Do we tend to hang on to our comforts or respond to His calling? Are we willing to risk leaving our comfort zone and proclaim the Gospel to others with how we live our lives? Are we willing to help others, forgive others, be present to others? Following Jesus is far too important to let our comfort, fear and unwillingness to take a risk hold us back. The voice of God, even in a whisper, tells us what we can do. Life is short, time flies, some opportunities never pass by again. How sad it would be to come to the end of our life and realize what we could have done if we had tried. Our challenge is to be a Hero of Faith.
--How do we treat people who have hurt us? How do we respond to them when we have the advantage over them? Will we show mercy to others who have wronged us when we can think of at least 100 reasons not to show them mercy? How we treat people who have hurt us sets an example for our children who watch us. More than through our words, our example sets an indelible mark on their hearts. May we all sow seeds of kindness. It is easy to be good to people when they have been good to us. The challenge is to be good to them when they are not good to us. We all make mistakes. Holding grudges holds us back. We are all part of the family of God. We can do the right things – even when it is hard.
--Our challenge from Christ is to be His kingdom-builders on earth.
--May we all allow wisdom to be our guide through life.
--Pope Francis says we are “Mobile Tabernacles” carrying Jesus into the world and bringing the love of God to others. “Mobile
Tabernacles” – what a great image! I love it!
--Two voices vie for our attention: the voice of faith and the voice of defeat. Which voice will we agree with? Which voice will I choose to give life to? Negative talk often gives birth to negative results. Our words however can become our reality and propel us in the right direction.
--We need to listen to God’s word to understand. But with a lot of noise around us it is hard to focus. We know that advertisers
work very hard to get their message through to us – often with great success. The gospels show how Jesus used parables to have people follow His teachings and example using words people could relate to. Our minds are closed if we believe we know it all because we think we have heard it all before. We however are urged to be open to God’s word, to pay attention, to focus, and to open our hearts. Until we go to heaven, we are all learning and helping each other gain eternal life. God wants us to be active and participate in His life. We serve a God who is committed to us – so may we be committed to Him. “Dear God, do something in me and through me. Help me to hear and live by your word.”
--God sees our obedience, our praising, our believing, our persevering. He wants our faith and our being good to others. What compassion can we find for people of this present generation? People sometimes have a tunnel vision view of the things of this world – especially other people. We fail to see the goodness in others but we are quick to find their faults. We need to examine ourselves – are we discouraged by those around us? God’s message for each of us is also a challenge to us – be loving, be forgiving, be just. We can all grow during these tough times – we can develop more character, more integrity, more strength, more compassion. Transformation can happen in us especially if we keep a good attitude and keep faith in our all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving God who never gives up on us. God’s goodness is with us during this challenging time – He is in control and will get us safely
MAY GOD BLESS THE ST. JAMES PARISH FAMILY
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