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Livestream Ministry

Volunteers bring Mass to the sick and homebound members of our parish, by livestreaming Masses on Sundays, Holy Days of Obligation, and special holidays. Stephen Hotard

Parish Picnic

Next Sunday, we will have our Annual St. James Parish Picnic! The Men’s Club will be grilling hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken. Sides and deserts will be potluck and there will be activities that everyone can enjoy! It is a time to be together, get to know one another better, and simply have fellowship with …

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Labor Day

Happy Labor Day weekend to all of you! I pray that this weekend is one of rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation for you, your families and your friends. We are reminded that rest from our labors is a necessary part of our humanity and helps us become more of who God has created us to be …

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Sr. Stephanie Gabriel

St. James welcomes Sr. Stephanie Gabriel as our new Director of Evangelization and Religious Education! She comes to us from teaching high school in Arlington, Virginia. A few years ago, we created this position to assist the parish to grow in our relationship with God and in our knowledge of Him. Sr. Emily Vincent was …

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School Returns!

Monday, August 8th, we welcome back our students and families to St. James School! After a few months away, life returns to a normal schedule of getting up earlier, going to bed earlier, classes and bells, uniforms, haircuts, etc…. I think the children are looking forward to it! I am certain the parents are more …

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Thank You!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for all the continued prayers and cards and good wishes sent to heaven for me and to me! Y’all have been so generous in thoughts, prayers, and gifts to help us get through this! It is a beautiful thing to experience such love and support! My goodness, when I …

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Thank You!

My St. James Family, Greetings and blessings! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, for all the prayers and cards and good wishes sent to me and for me! It is a beautiful thing to experience such love and support! My goodness, when I stop and think about it I am speechless. Thank you all for …

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Letter from Fr. Firmin

My dear St. James Family, What a Week It’s Been! As many of you know, I had emergency surgery last Saturday after going to the ER with severe abdominal pain. The surgery revealed that I have a very rare – and treatable! – type of cancer. A one-in-a-million cancer for your one-in-a-million pastor! 😉 My …

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Is speeding a mortal sin? There was a stretch of a road I think I drove over the speed limit. Should I confess this sin before I receive Holy Communion, or is saying the Confiteor Prayer at the being of Holy Mass and also reading the Act of Contrition prayer enough to forgive my sin of speeding, and therefore, be in a state of grace for me to receive Holy Communion?

No, driving over the speed limit is not a mortal sin. It would not be considered serious matter in the moral life. That being said, if the lives of others or your own life is intentionally or unintentionally (while intoxicated, for instance) put in danger by the choice to drive recklessly, than it would be …

Is speeding a mortal sin? There was a stretch of a road I think I drove over the speed limit. Should I confess this sin before I receive Holy Communion, or is saying the Confiteor Prayer at the being of Holy Mass and also reading the Act of Contrition prayer enough to forgive my sin of speeding, and therefore, be in a state of grace for me to receive Holy Communion? Read More »

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