Evening Daily Mass Added to Our Schedule
Saturday, 25 July 2020
Beginning the first week of August, we will be offering mass at 5:30 PM on Wednesdays. It is my hope that people coming home from work on Wednesdays can stop by for mass on the way. It is daily mass so it will be 30 minutes or less. This mass will be in addition to the 7:00 AM and the 8:30 AM mass schedule. To accommodate this, the Pro-Life Holy Hour and confessions will be moved to Tuesdays at 5:00 PM.
Beginning the first week of August, our Weekday Mass schedule will be: Monday – Friday 7:00 AM and 8:30 AM, Wednesday 5:30 PM, and Saturday 9:00 AM. The schedule for Sacrament of Confession will be: Monday through Friday 7:45 – 8:15 AM, and Saturday 3:45 – 4:45 PM.
Special Holy Hours will be on Sunday at 4:00 PM (with Vespers) and Tuesday at 5:00 PM (our Pro-Life Holy Hour).
The teachers are coming back. The rooms are being prepared. Health and safety procedures are being implemented. We are ready to welcome our children back to School on August 10th! One of our parishioners has made it possible to have air and surface purification devices installed for all of our air conditioners at the school. We will be in discussion with him about the church, the gym, and the ELC. We take the health of our children, our teachers, our staff and all our families quite seriously. There will be a safe and healthy environment for our children as we welcome them back for another St. James School Year!
Wednesday of this week, July29th, is the feast day of St. Martha, the friend of Jesus and sister of Lazarus and Mary. We all know the story about how she complained to Jesus when he came over for dinner. Unfortunately, that overshadows the moment in the Gospel of John when she makes her statement of faith, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” That is her shining moment! She makes a statement of faith like that of St. Peter’s!
There is a common saying that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I would like to speculate that Jesus came to the home of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus because she was a great cook and he loved her food! I am certain that this was a part of it. They were great friends and Jesus spent a lot of time with them at their house in Bethany. This is a woman who had a deep friendship with Jesus.
St. Martha, pray for us! Help us all have a great friendship with Jesus like you had!
May the Lord bless you and your families abundantly this week!
~ Fr. Daniel F. Firmin