Pastor's Corner

Fr. Daniel F. Firmin

July 4th!

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Happy Independence Day! We celebrate that day on which representatives from the 13 original colonies declared our independence from Great Britain. That day in 1776 came during the Revolutionary War which began in 1775 and ended at the Battle of Yorktown in 1781 (though it took 2 more years to for a treaty to come about). We look back to July 4, 1776 as the birthday of our nation.

Vacation!

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Sunday I will leave for a little time away with my family! Vacation is needed! My parents (2), a brother and sister (2), a sister and her family (5), a brother and his family (4), and another brother and his family (7) for a total of 21 will descend on North Myrtle Beach this week! It is basically a Firmin invasion of the town for a week!

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi Sunday

What a beautiful Feast we celebrate! Jesus gives us His Body and Blood to transform us and help us become one with Him so we can have life within us and bring Him to others. We are nourished by this spiritual food, the bread of heaven, the bread of angels. The whole Christian life and faith finds in the Body and Blood of Christ it’s source and summit. Everything flows from and leads to this most blessed gift!

End of the School Year!

Trinity Sunday

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit!

End of the School Year!

The last day of School was Wednesday this past week. We ended with a beautiful mass! I cannot tell you how proud I am of Sr. Joan, the teachers and staff, the children, and the parents of our St. James School!

Congratulations Graduates!

Pentecost Sunday

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful!

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to all of our Graduates from 8th Grade, from High School, and from College! This milestone in your lives is a stepping stone towards fulfilling God’s plan for you in your life. Your parents, your friends, your pastor, your parish, and your God want you to be fulfilled and live an abundant life. The only way this happens is when God is consulted in the decisions we make about our future.

Ascension of Our Lord

Ascension Sunday

Christ is Risen!

He is Risen, indeed!

Ascension of Our Lord

This Sunday, we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord Jesus into Heaven. The Apostles, the early church, and every Christian including ourselves receive from Him in His last words a commission – Go and make disciples! Immediately, we think of great missionaries throughout the history of the faith – St. Paul, St. Francis Xavier, St. Junipero Serra, St. Isaac Jogues, and others. Men and women throughout the centuries have gone into foreign lands and preached the Gospel to so many people.

Mother's Day

6th Sunday of Easter

Christ is Risen!

He is Risen, indeed!

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! Today we celebrate and honor our mothers who are such a gift to each of us. We set aside this day to pray for our mothers whether living or deceased. Pray also for those whose mothers have gone to the Lord this past year, that the Lord would bring them comfort and consolation in their grief.

Retreat

4th Sunday of Easter

Christ is Risen!

He is Risen, indeed!

Retreat

Beginning Sunday, I will be on retreat. The last time I tried to take a personal retreat, I had to turn right back around after checking into the monastery retreat house and make the announcement that our bishop was transferred to Atlanta! Please pray that nothing like that happens again!

Christ is Risen!

Divine Mercy Sunday

He is Risen, indeed!

Rejoice the Lord has conquered death and lives again!

The Octave of Easter ends today with Divine Mercy Sunday. The last 8 days we have celebrated each day as if it were Easter Sunday! Our Easter Season has just begun. On Tuesday of last week, I wished someone a “Happy Easter!” and they responded, “Happy belated Easter!” Being the priest I am, I launched into a short teaching (catechesis) on why the greeting “Happy Easter!” is still quite appropriate and proper! (I don’t think the young woman was too pleased, but maybe something sank in!)

Christ is Risen!

Easter Sunday

He is Risen, indeed!

Rejoice the Lord has conquered death and lives again!

What a gift to celebrate the Sacred Mysteries of our Redemption, the Paschal Mysteries – the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of our Lord – with you and with a full St. James Church! We were unable to gather physically together last year in celebration of this Feast, but this year we came together in joy!

Prayers for One Another

Palm Sunday - 6th Sunday of Lent

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Throughout this Lent, we have been praying an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for our fellow parishioners each day! Let’s continue during this Holy Week! Each of us need these prayers that we might have the fortitude and grace to persevere in our Lenten exercises of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

Reminder

5th Sunday of Lent

Only 1.5 weeks left of the Lenten Season. It ends on Holy Thursday with the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and the beginning of the Sacred Triduum (the Sacred 3 days) culminating in Easter Sunday. Please continue to pray for your fellow St. James parishioners each day during this Lenten Season!

Congratulations Newly Confirmed!

4th Sunday of Lent

Congratulations to the newly confirmed members of St. James! On Thursday, March 11th, nearly 50 of our 8th graders received the Sacrament of Confirmation from the Holy Spirit through the prayer and imposition of hands of Bishop Parkes. It was a joyful night! These young men and young ladies have received all three Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion!

Pray for One Another

3rd Sunday of Lent

Continue to pray for your fellow St. James parishioners each day during this Lenten Season! I ask each of you to pray an Our Father, Hail Mary, and a Glory be for your fellow parishioners. Offer those prayers for them that they might have the fortitude and grace to persevere in their Lenten exercises of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

Pray for One Another

2nd Sunday of Lent

Pray for your fellow St. James parishioners each day during this Lenten Season! I ask each of you to pray an Our Father, Hail Mary, and a Glory be for your fellow parishioners. Offer those prayers for them that they might have the fortitude and grace to persevere in their Lenten exercises of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We are in this together as one parish family of faith. We can assist each other with our prayers.

Lent

1st Sunday of Lent

40 Days of Lent has begun! What spiritual exercises will you be doing or that you need to do this Lent? Bishop Parkes is challenging us to Look for the Sacred, recognize the holiness in others, things, and situations. Seek to see God!

Lent

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Ash Wednesday is February 17! What spiritual exercises will you be doing or that you need to do this Lent? I suggest doing something in each of the following categories – Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving. Last week, I addressed Prayer. Let’s look at Fasting and Almsgiving this week.

Year of St. Joseph

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

On December 8, 2020, Pope Francis declared a Year of St. Joseph to run through December 8, 2021. St. Joseph is the spouse of Mary and the earthly father of Jesus. He is the man that Almighty God trusts the most! After all, the Father entrusted into the hands of this man the Incarnate Son and his most precious creation, Mary.

Catholic Schools Week

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, January 31st, begins Catholic Schools Week! (I wonder if it is the week after St. Thomas Aquinas’ feast day every year…perhaps!) This week we celebrate the beauty of our Catholic Schools throughout the Diocese of Savannah, but in particular, we celebrate the great gift of our parish school!

Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA)

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

This weekend, January 23-24, 2021, we kickoff the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) which supports the growth of the Catholic faith and the practice of the faith by the people of the Diocese of Savannah. These funds collected help us send young men to the Seminary to be formed and trained for the priesthood.

MLK Day!

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Tomorrow, January 18th, we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! This man fought and died for the dignity of the human person. A person’s worth and dignity is not determined by the color of their skin but by the mere fact that this person is just that – a human person.

Merry Christmas!

Holy Family Sunday

Merry Christmas to each of you and your families! As we celebrate these Holy Days, be assured that I remember and include all of you in my prayers and masses. One of the blessings of Christmas is the beautiful tradition of the Octave (eight days)! As a Christian community, we celebrate the eight days, the Octave of Christmas as if we were celebrating Christmas! Now that is a beautiful gift!

Gaudete Sunday

3rd Sunday of Advent

“Rejoice in the Lord always! I say it again, Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

Today we light the pink candle in our Advent wreathes at home and in the Church to signify the 3rd Sunday Advent known as “Gaudete Sunday”. It is so named because of the Entrance Antiphon for that Sunday is the verse above from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians. We are a people of joy!

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

2nd Sunday of Advent

Tuesday, December 8th, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This feast marks the conception of our Blessed Mother Mary in the womb of her mother Anne. When Mary was conceived, Almighty God in a singular act of grace preserved her from original sin. Another way of thinking about it is that her soul was like that of Eve – correctly ordered with the intellect and will in proper relation. There was no effect of original sin, no concupiscence. She was without sin or even the inclination to sin.

Happy Thanksgiving!

1st Sunday of Advent

I hope that you and your families had a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving! In the midst of such a crazy year, we still have much to give thanks to Almighty God for. I am thankful for the gift of life and faith and the gift of family and good friends. Faith (God), Family, and Friends got me through this year of pandemic, transition of Bishops, and disarray. Leaning on those three helped me remain steadfast through those rough waters. I am so grateful for them!

The Southern Cross

Christ the King

Thank you to all who sent me texts or emails or spoke to me about the front page of The Southern Cross in the last issue. I appreciate your candor and I am glad you feel comfortable in sharing your thoughts with me.

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