Saturday, 03 November 2018
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.
We as a St. James Community are with our Jewish brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh and here in Savannah as they mourn the loss of their loved ones and their brothers and sisters in faith. We, too, consider Abraham our father in faith and in solidarity with them, we pray for healing, justice, and peace. November 2nd, we remembered them in our All Souls Masses.
Thanks to all who participated and attended our events this past weekend. On Saturday, October 27th at the 1st Annual Pro-Life Banquet and Lecture, we had a wonderful presentation by Fr. John Johnson on Humanae Vitae as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of that encyclical written by Pope St. Paul VI. Thanks again to all who came and made it such a success!
On Sunday and Monday last week, we also had Town Hall meetings to discuss St. James the Less and our blessings and needs, our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. It was extremely helpful to me and the pastoral staff as we heard from over 80 parishioners about our parish and how we are and how we continue to build the Kingdom of God here at St. James. We will be following up on these meetings and all the input with our Parish Pastoral Council.
END OF LIFE ISSUES
On November 7th and 10th, we will host an hour and a half discussion on End of Life Issues which face us and our loved ones. Dr. Kristine So and Denise Thompson, both from Memorial Hospital will join Fr. John Paul Heiser and me to examine the medical questions in light of our Catholic faith. We will be discussing Advanced Healthcare Directives, Anointing of the Sick, Last Rites, Funeral Liturgies, etc…. Please join us as we remember and prepare for the end of our lives and the lives of our loved ones. November is a month we focus on praying for the deceased and preparing ourselves for our own passing.
May the Lord abundantly bless each of you and your families this week!
Fr. Daniel F. Firmin