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Rite of Welcome

This Sunday, we announce to the parish and publicly that people will be preparing for Baptism, Confirmation, and reception into full communion with the Catholic Church! What a wonderful and beautiful thing to witness! These men and women, each with their own reason and history, come to the church requesting the Sacraments of Initiation and …

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Christians With Integrity

In the Rite of Ordination, the Bishop gives the Book of the Gospels to the newly ordained deacon and says, “Believe what you read. Live what you believe. Practice what you teach.” This exhortation can be given to each and every one of us! We call ourselves Christians. We claim our Catholic faith. Do we …

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All Saints Day

Wednesday, November 1st, is the Solemnity of All Saints! This is the day on which the whole Church celebrates our brothers and sisters who have gone before us and are in heaven. We all know people who have passed away and were wonderful examples of the faith. They are probably now in heaven! In other …

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War and Violence in Israel and Gaza

Saturday morning, October 7th, the terrorist organization Hamas committed atrocities in the state of Israel killing many innocent people and kidnapping, torturing, and murdering men, women, and children, young and old alike. It is difficult to believe that human beings can be capable of such cruelty! Israel’s response was immediate, necessary, and ongoing. Then they …

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We Begin

St James begins to bustle with activity in August and September. School is back in full swing and this past week our apostolates, ministries, and faith formation opportunities started back to life! Our Parish Picnic was a wonderful time and the Lord held off the rain until the end! The hamburgers and hotdogs were excellent …

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Financial Accountability

As the Pastor of St. James, one of my responsibilities is to see to the good administration of the temporal goods of our parish – the facilities, grounds, and the finances. This week in the bulletin you find an insert of the Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2023. I never cease …

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Stewardship Weekend

We are blessed at St. James with so many opportunities to know and live our faith and develop our relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church. In the Narthex, you will see tables with signs and sign-up sheets for all the opportunities for ministry and growing in knowledge of our faith and deeper in prayer. …

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Hurricane Idalia

I hope that everyone weathered Hurricane Idalia and that there wasn’t too much damage to trees and property. Tis the season for preparation and weather watching and prayers that everyone will be safe. Prayers will continue for those most heavily affected by the hurricane and all that comes with it. If you, your family, or …

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Faith, Science, and Truth

About fifteen priests and both bishops from the Diocese of Savannah (including yours truly) attended a conference in Raleigh on Faith, Science, and Truth. Priests and bishops from the other dioceses in our province joined us. It was a wonderful time of learning, discussion, and fraternity! Our presenter was Dr. Chris Baglow from the McGrath …

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Liturgical Updates

During this parish phase of the Eucharistic Revival, we will be enhancing our liturgical worship in different ways. Two aspects and parts of the liturgy which are given to us by Holy Mother Church that will be incorporated into our Sunday liturgies later this month are the Entrance Antiphon and the Communion Antiphon. These Antiphons …

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