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St. James Parish
A special message from our Pastor, Fr. Rey:
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.
Rather than live in fear, let us together approach this challenge in faith. We have an opportunity to model each other what a faith-filled and faithful response can be. We must remain rational, reasoned and to approach this pandemic in a spirit of trust. It may well impact our families and the lives of those we love. Be careful. Be cautious. Be wise and practical in what you do. But do not live in fear.
What I do fear, more than COVID-19, is that will forget who we are and to whom we belong.
Yes, we need to rely on health professionals for advice and best practices. Yet, we need to entrust our lives to Christ. Have confidence our Faith gives us the strength to overcome the challenges confronting us today. And then we need to step back - stay centered and remind each other we belong to Christ.
The pandemic has changed so much of our daily lives for the time-being. But it has not changed our need to carry on as the St. James community, supporting our Catholic faith and ministries.
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.
I encourage you to go to peruse this website and review the various ways you can help support our Community of Faith.
One of the easiest ways to donate is to follow the Diocese of Sacramento link: https://www.scd.org/catholic-foundation/support-your-parish .This will take you to “Support Your Parish”, a diocesan online giving platform providing parishioners of St. James the opportunity to contribute in lieu of the support you graciously give during the weekly offertory in Mass.
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~
Remembering Christ in Communion
The Source and Summit of our faith! – so said Vatican Council II in the first document issued, clearly a prominent proclamation. Today, the universal Church stands in solidarity as it revisits its Traditions and waits. While a long-standing practice in our Church, questions regarding the effectiveness or even legitimacy of Spiritual Communion emerge. A good look at the origins of our faith surface as the best starting point to lead our understanding. Jesus didn’t write anything when He established His Church. He left it up to the Apostles and those who followed to sort things out. So, what did the early liturgists determine regarding Eucharist? Succinctly, it turns out that worthy reception of the Eucharist offers a spiritual benefit only to those who are properly disposed to receive it. In other words, spiritual reception is more important than physical reception – we are talking far beyond the constraints of the things of earth. Imagine the discussions regarding handling of Eucharistic crumbs leading to, “What does a mouse eat?”. The fruit of the Eucharist lies in an ever-deepening union with the Holy Spirit uniting us to Christ in the Trinity - the overall point of our faith i.e. “Follow me”. Just as Passover is celebrated as an act of “remembering” it is through the Eucharist (Thanksgiving) that Christ comes as our food and the memory of his passion resides in us at all times. Whatever we do at prayer, work, reading scripture, charity, everything in our journey – we remember Jesus. The intimacy of the spiritual life reaches its climax in the Eucharist, but is not restricted to it. Rightly understood and practiced, spiritual communion outside of Mass is that moment when we receive the Holy Spirit in our souls, eating love in memory as we wait in solidarity with all Catholics constrained by pandemic illness, rural isolation, persecution, disasters or anything else, all waiting to receive consecrated bread and wine. We wait, with patience. We wait in hope. We wait in trust. We wait for Jesus as His Church always has.
Peace be with you.
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