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.
St. Vincent De Paul Society Assistance Line: (530) 979-4338
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St. James Mass Schedule and Information
Yolo County was recently changed to the purple tier. That means we can no longer hold indoor Masses to be in compliance with state and local health guidelines, and with the Bishop’s directives. The weather does not permit outdoor Masses at this time.
We still want to still be able to worship together and receive the Holy Eucharist. Beginning this week parishioners may park in the St. James parking lots on B Street or 14th Street (under the solar panels) during Mass times. You can watch or listen to Mass in your car. You can listen to the Mass on FM station 89.1 beginning five minutes before the Mass begins.
You do not need to preregister. For those who wish to receive Communion, our Presider and EMs will come to your car. Parishioners are asked to stay in their vehicles. They are asked to turn on their hazard lights, and to keep them on until they receive communion. Communion will be distributed during the Mass at the appropriate time.
Please stay in your vehicle.
We are live-streaming the following Masses on our YouTube channel:
Sunday, 8:00 am and 10:00 am in English
Sunday, noon in Spanish
Monday through Friday, 7:00 am
Saturday, 8:00 am
The Saturday 5:30 pm Mass is cancelled until further notice due to darkness.
You may watch the Mass from your car in the parking lot at the church:
If you prefer, you can still watch Mass at home by livestream or taped.
Note: Bishop Soto’s dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday for all Catholics is still in place, and will continue until further notice.
Thank you for your understanding and flexibility during these unprecedented times. We hope you will join us at St. James for Mass and Holy Communion. We will continue to update this information as needed.
If you have any questions, please call or email the office.
Debido al cambio de nivel (púrpura) por la pandemia en el condado de Yolo, tenemos que adaptar las Misas por nuestra seguridad, para cumplir con las pautas del estado y con las directivas del Obispo.
Estaremos transmitiendo en vivo en nuestro canal de YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZv2BnRL_wYNLKnWeUlKVgw) las siguientes Misas:
- lunes a viernes 7am (inglés)
-sábado 8am (inglés)
- Domingo 8am y 10am (inglés)
-Domingos 12pm (español).
Usted puede ver las Misas desde el estacionamiento De la Iglesia y para los que lo deseen recibir la comunión, el Sacerdote o Ministro de Eucaristía irán a su carro. Por favor permanecer en sus carros. Se les pide que enciendan las luces de emergencia y dejarlas encendidas hasta que reciban la Comunión. La Comunión será distribuida durante la Misa en el momento apropiado. Por favor no salir antes de la bendición final y llegue a tiempo.
El obispo Soto ha concedido una dispensa a la obligación de atender a Misa los domingos, a las personas mayores de 60 años, al igual a los que tienen problemas de salud. Debido a las nuevas instrucciones dadas por el Estado y los oficiales de salud pública local, este decreto ahora se extiende para incluir a todos los feligreses católicos de la obligación de asistir a Misa los domingos. Esta dispensa continuará hasta nuevo aviso.
WELCOME TO MASS IN THE ST JAMES CHURCH PARKING LOT
Smart phone or tablet: Make sure your data is turned on: go to Settings, Cellular, and Turn Cellular Data ON. Charges will apply. With the camera of your smartphone, take a “picture” of the QR block above, then tap the white box that appears at the top of the image. That should take you to the St. James YouTube channel. Today’s live stream video will be at the top of the listed videos.
Radio option: If you do not have a smart phone or tablet (or if you do not want to use data): Tune your radio to FM 89.1.
For those who join the mass virtually in the parking lot, you may receive Holy Communion at the appropriate time in your parked car or while standing, socially distanced, at one of the pillars in front of the Memorial Center.
To receive Holy Communion at the appropriate moment of the Mass, turn on your blinking hazard lights (usually a red button on your dashboard with a triangle symbol) to signal the presider or minister. Roll down your window with your mask on; hold out your hand, palm up to receive; consume; roll up your window; and turn off your hazard lights as a signal that you have received. Those standing at the pillars should wait for the minister to come to you.
After the final blessing, please use the exit closest to the school. There will be a volunteer at the exit with a donation basket. You may put your envelope, check, or cash in the basket as you depart the parking lot. Or you can send your check to
St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B Street, Davis CA 95616-2003.
How to support
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~
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Spero-Formerly Pregnancy Support Group is hosting our annual St. James Parish
Baby Bottle Campaign—virtually this year, of course!
Please join us as generously as you have supported our efforts in the past.
Last year we brought our mobile unit to St. James and we are now bringing our services to more rural areas than ever before in this year of unparalleled upheaval.
Although we are all in different boats, we’re all in the same storm. Your generosity will help us weather whatever storms await the moms and babies who so desperately need your support.
Please make your donation today!
You can mail in a contribution to Spero at 120 Court Street, Woodland, CA 95695 Attention: St. James or by by clicking below to provide life-affirming services to Moms and their babies in Yolo County:
Small faith sharing groups are about to begin. Everyone is invited to join. We will have 15 groups meeting weekly for six(6) weeks. Some meeting outside and others via ZOOM. Lot’s of different times to meet your needs. Sign up sheets are in the pews, fill them out if you are interested and drop them in the baskets on the altar or at the entrance to the Church. Call Tom Kesinger @ 530-758-6566 if you have any questions.
MORE RANDOM THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FROM DEACON SAM
--Can we accept God’s answers to our prayers even if we don’t get what we want? Trust based on conditions will only make us feel discouraged. Sometimes we want things so badly that we don’t allow ourselves to be happy if we don’t get them. It is fine to ask God for what we want but we should trust God enough to leave things in His hands. “God’s will be done.” Unconditional trust says “You are God and I am not. If I don’t get what I want, I will still have an attitude of faith, I will still thank God.”
--Sometimes the challenge of helping others wears us out. But, Jesus encourages us to do more, to work with each other, to help
those in need. We humans crave relationships-we can root for each other by our words and action. During these particularly difficult times, may we keep each other in our prayers. The lesson we learn from the Gospels is to sit down with Jesus and listen to His word. May we have ears to hear what Jesus wants from us and hearts that love. And, may we continue to grow in our love of God and of one another.
--The change of lifestyle for many of us during this pandemic has given many of us a chance to do some extra learning. Learning should be a way of life for each of us regardless of our age. It has been said that the wealthiest places in the world are cemeteries people often go to their graves with their greatest treasures and potential in them. God put skills and talents in each of us which we can develop. Try turning off the TV for 15 minutes each day and do something to improve your skills—don’t settle for where you are and coast with what you have. Listen to educational tapes and pod-casts. Search out people on the internet who inspire you, people who can teach us because they have learned from their mistakes. See time as a gift—we have 86,400 seconds of life each day. Will Rogers once said: “Even if you are on the right track, if you just sit there you will be run over.” We have more inside of us which we can develop with focus, discipline and self-control. These are tools which God gives us which will help us to do His will on earth and which will give Him praise.
--Praise is faith at work-it is an attitude of life. Sometimes our prayer time is a complaining session. I think that in tough times like these which we are presently experiencing, we need to turn up our praise of God. Start the day with praise, thanking God with enthusiasm for His many gifts to us: the sunrise, birds singing, God’s greatness, our life and the presence of God in it, etc. God is always bigger than our problems. God hears us when we whisper. Keep a song of praise in your heart. Keep the words of this wonderful hymn near at hand and pray it often:
“Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Praise Him all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heav’n-ly host, Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. From all that dwell below the skies. Let the creator’s praise arise! Let the Redeemer’s name be sung, Through every land by every one. Eternal are thy mercies, Lord, and truth eternal is thy word; Thy praise should sound from shore-to shore. Till suns shall rise and sit no more.”
--Fans of the Swedish pop group ABBA will recognize this beautiful lyric from one of their songs: “I believe in angels, something good in all I see.” Angels protect, guard and give us the message that God loves us. Even a secular song can give us an “oomph” to carry on!
--My menu for living a Christian life 24/7:
Keep God as the priority in your life.
Make time for God
Praise God with enthusiasm
Reflect on Jesus’ life, death and Resurrection
Read the Gospels
Keep Mass and Eucharist central in your life
Trust in God’s goodness
Embrace where you
Keep a good attitude
Forgive others; forgive yourself. Accept God’s forgiveness
Love unconditionally as God loves us
Be good to others
May God bless the St. James Parish Family and all our loved ones, wherever they may be during this time of pandemic.
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