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Happy Easter!

CONGRATULATIONS! It is the time of year for Graduations! Seniors and 8th graders have been looking forward to these days since the end of last school year! Mothers and Fathers are excited and nervous and teary eyed as they see their babies growing up and moving on to high school, college, and life! Congratulations to …

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Christ is Risen!

He is Risen, indeed! First Holy Communion Over 40 young boys and girls of St. James received Holy Communion for the first time Saturday, May 7th! Dressed in their finery as an outward sign of their readiness to receive Jesus, their faces and souls glowed with anticipation and then with joy! Congratulations to each of …

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Christ is Risen!

HE IS RISEN, INDEED! EASTER TRIDUUM My goodness, what a beautiful celebration of the Paschal Mystery, that is, the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of the Lord! Everything was magnificent! The liturgies were beautiful and prayerful! The choir and the servers were extraordinary! The decorations were gorgeous! Because of everyone and everything, we were able to …

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Christ is Risen!

He is Risen, indeed! Rejoice! Jesus is Risen from the dead! During Holy Week, we walked with Jesus through His Passion and Death and it culminates here, today, as we celebrate the mystery of the Resurrection! Each liturgy brought us deeper into the mystery of God’s super abundant love for each of us – not …

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Prayers for One Another

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, …

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Looking to the Future

About a week and a half ago, I presented to the Parish Pastoral Council, the Parish Finance Council, and the School Advisory Board some issues that we are facing at St. James and some possible solutions to them. We discussed needs at the School, the Church, and the Offices. Some of these needs included increased …

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Laetare Sunday

It is good to be home after being away for two Sundays in a row! Thank you for the prayers for my retreat. You and your family were lifted up in prayer on retreat as well. The retreat was amazing and there was an abundant amount of grace and peace throughout! It took me a …

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Retreat & Confirmation

This is again written before I even begin retreat! If it were written in the normal cycle, I would still be on my Silent Retreat and not write this! So, it is written 2 weekends in advance! That is how prescient your pastor is! Haha! Confirmation On Wednesday evening, March 23rd, Bishop Stephen Parkes will …

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On Thursday, March 10th, I entered an 8-day silent retreat with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. (So, this Pastor’s Corner is obviously written before!) My final year in Seminary, 2003, was the last I went on an 8-day retreat like this. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius are powerful and a wonderful experience of …

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Lent is Here!

Ash Wednesday, even though it is not a holy day of obligation, is one of the most well attended days in the Church year! So many people want to receive ashes and begin this Holy Season of Lent with Holy Mass. Our 40-day Campaign of Christian Charity has begun. Many of us are doing penances …

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