Holy Family and Happy New Year!
Sunday within the Octave of Christmas
The Sunday within the Octave of Christmas (the eight days we celebrate as if each day is Christmas) is dedicated to the Holy Family. Each year, we go back to Nazareth to the home of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. We don’t know much about Jesus’ early years growing up between Bethlehem and his trip to Jerusalem and then his public ministry. The Gospels are silent. So, it is left up to us to go there in prayer and use our imagination and our knowledge to see what their family life was like.
4th Sunday of Advent
It is difficult to believe that we are already here. The waiting is nearly over. We have prepared these last three weeks. We have cleansed our souls with the Sacrament of Confession. We have decorated and set up our homes to receive our Lord Jesus. We are ready to welcome Him into our hearts, into our souls, into our lives, into our homes. The 4th Week of Advent is only one day long and then we begin to celebrate the birth of Jesus!
3rd Sunday of Advent
“Rejoice in the Lord always! I say it again, Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)
Today is a Sunday of rejoicing! The pink candle is lit. We can call it rose or salmon, but it is pink! The focus today and this week is Joy!
Christ the King Sunday
Christ the King
I hope all of you had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving Holiday! It is always good to spend time with family and friends thanking our Heavenly Father for all he has done for us and given to us and all He is! I was able to spend a few days in Augusta with my family and what a joy that was! One of our traditions we do each year is put a poster board on the wall and write on that paper things we are grateful for.
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
On Saturday, October 27th, a man with evil intent and horrific desire opened fire at Tree of Life Jewish Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during their Sabbath service. He killed 11 people in his shooting spree.
Pro-Life Dinner and Lecture
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
1ST ANNUAL PRO-LIFE DINNER AND LECTURE
On Saturday evening, October 27th, at 6:30 PM we will host our 1st Annual Pro-Life Dinner and Lecture. This year, we will welcome Reverend John Johnson, S.T.L., priest of the Diocese of Savannah, to speak on Humanae Vitae, an encyclical of Pope Saint Paul VI.
Town Halls and More!
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
I am sorry that I could not be with you all at the Parish Dinner as we welcomed our new parishioners. The Canon Law Society of America had their annual convention in Phoenix, Arizona and I went out there as a member and for continuing education. It was a fruitful trip. But, it is good to be home and focused again on what is happening here at St. James!
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
A few Parish happenings to note. We have and will be quite busy!
This past week, the US Department of Education announced that our school, St. James Catholic School, is the recipient of the 2018 Blue Ribbon Award! This award is given for exceptional academic achievement and is only given to 50 non-public schools in the whole country! Congratulations to our IHM Sisters, our teachers and faculty, and our students and parents! Each of you have done so much to deserve this prestigious honor! Good work to each of you!
St. James' Response
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we are in the midst of a time of suffering and tribulation, a time of healing and purification in the Catholic Church we love. Here in our own parish old wounds are being torn open again and frustrations are mounting. Massive questions are being raised. Some have answers and others do not as of yet.
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
This weekend, we have our Parish Picnic at Villa Marie Center on the Isle of Hope. Each year we have this event to help build community in our parish and get to know each other better than we do now.
What Will You Do?
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
This question has been asked of me a few times this past week and in the weeks and months before I have asked this question of myself. When I ask this question, I immediately think of what I could do to make reparation for the wounds and suffering of victims at the hands of my brother priests and the bishops who harbored them and moved them. I will address what you and I can do in this area in a later Pastor’s Corner.
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
A Blessed Labor Day weekend to each of you and your families! May this extended weekend be one of rest and rejuvenation for each of you. Be safe and have a great time with your family and friends.
The Gift of Life
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
This past Friday, I celebrated my 40th Birthday! Another decade gone and another one started. Many thoughts run through my head as I meet this halfway point on the ascent of the mountain journeying towards heaven. I see it not as going over the hill, but getting to that ridge on the mountain where I can see the top, where I need to go.
Back to School
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome back, students, faculty, and staff!
Buckle up! Here we go! This past week and this Monday many of the children and teen agers of the parish have gone back to school. St. James School begins Monday morning bright and early. The parish campus will be a buzz with energy and activity once again!
A Generous Heart
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Last Sunday, an usher came to me with a page from a Winnie the Pooh coloring book and handed it to me. Seeing the puzzled look on my face, he began to tell me a story from the previous mass. After the collection was taken up and the gifts already brought forward to the altar, a man brought his sobbing daughter to the back of the church to give something to the usher. She handed him a picture of Tigger that she had colored and wanted to put in the collection basket, but she couldn’t get it out in time to put it in and missed her chance. But, she still wanted to give it away in the collection.
Here to Serve
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
My brothers and sisters, it has been almost a year since I arrived at St. James the Less as your new Pastor. It has been quite an amazing year! I have much more to learn and I am still getting used to being your Pastor. I must say that I have thoroughly enjoyed being with you, growing with you, learning with and from you, and accompanying you this past year. Even in the midst of mistakes and missteps, it has been a great year!
50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 25, 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the encyclical Humanae Vitae written by Pope Paul VI. In this document we received an affirmation of the rich and consistent teaching of the Church on the beauty and dignity of married love and life. We at St. James will celebrate this anniversary by hosting a dinner and lecture on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the Parish Center (the gym). Fr. John Johnson, S.T.L., a priest of the Diocese of Savannah, who has received his degree from the Pope John Paul II Institute on Marriage and Family Life, will be our speaker. All are invited.
The Beauty of Faith
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The past two weekends I have witnessed once again the beautiful community and people of St. James! Your love and faith have been on display and it is extremely edifying to me and encouraging to see your faith come alive.
Nativity of St. John the Baptist
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the Church’s Liturgical calendar, we celebrate the Birth of only three people – Jesus (Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord, December 25th), Mary (Solemnity of the Nativity of Mary, September 8th), and John the Baptist (Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, June 24th). Usually, the feast days that we celebrate are moments in the lives of Jesus and Mary and then the deaths of the Saints (their birth to eternal life). Today is a patronal feast of the Diocese of Savannah. Which means that we all celebrate it with great festivity and ask his prayers for everyone living in the Diocese of Savannah.
Saints Thomas More and John Fisher, Martyrs
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The mid-16th century was a perilous time to be a Catholic in England. On June 22nd, we celebrate the feasts of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More. These men were martyred for the faith, giving witness to the truth of marriage and the supremacy of the Pope to lead the Church across national borders. One of their heads replaced the other on the pike on London Bridge as a sign to those who defied the King. They were brothers in arms and in faith. One a layman, the other a Bishop and Cardinal of the Church.
10th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“I’ll pray for you.” “Please pray for me.” “Keep so and so in your prayers.”
9th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, Our Lord. At each mass we obey his words, “Take and eat…Take and drink…do this in remembrance of me.” As we hear from the lips of our Lord, “My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink,” we say confidently, “Amen” when the priest or the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion says, “The Body of Christ” or “The Blood of Christ.”
The Beginning of Summer
8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
School is finishing. Graduations have occurred. Camps and Vacations are scheduled. Summer is here! What a beautiful time to recreate, rest, play, and rejuvenate soul and body!
“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirt and they shall be created and you shall renew the face of the Earth.
Let us pray. O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant by that same Holy Spirit, we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolations.”
Ascension of the Lord
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Today we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord Jesus into heaven. He has gone to prepare a place for us and to send the Holy Spirit upon us so that we may be led to all truth. It is on this day that he spoke his last words to us while on this earth. There were many things to tell us, but he gave us at the very end the great commission. He charged us to evangelize all people, make them disciples and teach them his commandments and baptize them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. This commission is our task as His disciples. Being a missionary and bringing Jesus to people and people to Jesus is an intrinsic part of being a Christian. It is essential to our Baptismal vocation.
First Holy Communion
Sixth Sunday of Easter
There is rejoicing in heaven and here at St. James! Yesterday, May 5th, we celebrated the First Communion of 59 of our parishioners! 2nd graders from the School and our Parish Religious Education Program and a few others received the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ for the very first time!