Christmas Season Thank You

Many thanks to everyone who helped make the Christmas Season at St. James so special… to all the staff and volunteers who planned, cleaned, set up. The church looks beautiful; the services and music were wonderful.

Thanks also for the socials which helped put everyone in the spirit of Christmas.

Special thanks for all who contributed gifts for the Magi Tree… your generosity is what Christmas is about. Blessings in 2018!

Parish & Community Events

There are many parish and community activities and event beginning November 17 that are worthwhile.  Please see attached list.

Reflection: “Moving Closer to the Center”

Reflection on the Gospel for October 29, 2017: Love of God and Love of Neighbor.

“The closer they are to God, they closer they become to one another, and the closer they are to one another, the closer they are to God!”

Prayer for Recovery After Disaster

Prayer for Retrouvaille Couples

Dear Lord,

This weekend, the Friday night couples are gathering in the following Retrouvaille Communities hoping to find compassion and healing.

Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Cincinnati/Tri-State, Cincinnati, Oh, USA; Cleveland, Oh, USA; Cochabamba, Bolivia, Spanish; Durban, South Africa, KwaZulu- Natal Province; Inland NorthWest, Eastern Washington & Northern Idaho, USA; Long Island/Metro NY, USA; New England (MA, NH, ME, RI, VT), USA;Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Red River Retrouvaille, Fargo, ND, USA; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; San Diego, Ca, USA; Santiago Cordillera, Chile; Trinidad and Tobago

Lord, You know how fragile these couples are right now, searching, almost beyond hope, for guidance and direction.  Please hold these couples in the palm of Your hand and cover them with Your warmth and protection so they can start on the road to recovery from their brokenness.

Lord, we also pray for hurting couples throughout the world, that they may recognize Your love in their lives.   Amen.

World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation: September 1, 2017

Pope Francis declared a World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation.

Like their Orthodox brothers and sisters, Catholics formally will mark September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Pope Francis has decided.

The day of prayer, the pope said, will give individuals and communities an opportunity to implore God’s help in protecting creation and an opportunity to ask God’s forgiveness “for sins committed against the world in which we live.”

Pope Francis appeals for World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

Video of Pope Francis on Care of Creation

Spending a Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Urgent Need to Address ‘the Sin of Racism”

Saying there is an “urgent need” to address “the sin of racism” in the country and find solutions to it, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has established a new Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism and named one of the country’s African-American Catholic bishops to chair it.

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, initiated the committee Aug. 23 “to focus on addressing the sin of racism in our society, and even in our church, and the urgent need to come together as a society to find solutions.”

He appointed Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Catholic Education, to chair the new ad hoc committee.

Reflection from Fr. Taylor: August 27, 2017, 21st Sunday in Ordianry Time

Isaiah 22:12-23    Romans 11:33-36    Matthew 16:13-20

Today’s Gospel takes up the question of leadership in the early church. When it comes to Jesus we have to learn how to think differently about many things. Jesus knew that people wanted to make Him a material king.

He performed many miracles in His own time, but He did not earn his crown by science or miracles but by suffering service, being compassionate to the poor, the lonely, and the sick and ultimately giving his own life. Jesus did not want anything to get in His way from His journey to Jerusalem and so He had to share this with His Disciples. He knew He had to come to offer a humble sacrifice and He was determined to stay faithful to that calling.

We are called to be merciful, loving and forgiving as Jesus is and let nothing distract us from that call and seeing the face of Jesus Christ in all of our sisters and brothers.


Temple Sinai: Shabbat Shalom

From Lori Melton:

Tonight Ralph, my parents, and several other parishioners from St. James attended a beautiful service at Temple Sinai. This synagogue invited the public to Friday night Sabbath (Shabbat) services in response to the terrible events in Charlottesville, VA a week ago today.

It was poignant, uplifting, and healing. I believe it followed their usual order of service, with some guest speakers and special additions. A Lutheran Bishop, a Catholic Priest, and a Baptist Pastor each spoke, and then Temple Sinai’s Rabbi read a letter to to Reform Congregations from the Rabbi of a synagogue in Charlottesville, where the Nazi demonstrators were marching. Hearing the events of last weekend as described by that Rabbi was really chilling.

The service ended with a rousing rendition of “Down by the Riverside” blended with a song in Hebrew. It was lovely, and we were all very glad to have been there.

Shabbat Shalom to all.



Thank You from Partners in Progress

Through the many generous donations of individuals and groups, Partners in Progress was was able to provide funding and building design support for the project to rebuild the Sisters of St. Antoine’s home in Fondwa, Haiti which was destroyed in October 2016 by Hurricane Matthew.

Also, the students of the 2017 graduating class from the Sisters of St. Antoine vocational school learned skills in the areas of cooking, flower arrangements, and sewing; skills that will help them find jobs and can be passed on to future generations.

Thank you for your donations through the monthly envelope: “Supporting the Mission in Fondwa.