3rd Annual Blue Mass

Please join us on Sunday, October 1st at 12:30pm for a special Blue Mass honoring all Police Officers, Fire Fighters and First Responders, both active and retired.

Choir Workshop

St. James Music ministry is offering a 2-day workshop for singers, beginners to seasoned, Wednesday, September 20th at St. William the Abbot and Thursday, September 21st at St. James. Both nights start at 7:30pm.

Family Movie Night

The St. James Family Ministry is hosting a Family Movie Night, Friday, August 25th at 8:00pm in the Church parking lot.
Bring your family and friends to see Despicable ME2! Snacks and water will be provided.  We hope to see you there.

 

July 30, 2017

Jesus said to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep
my commandments. And I will ask the Father,
and he will
give you another Advocate to be with you always. . . .
(John 14:15
16a)
The Sunday Scripture readings now begin to direct our attention
to the Feast of Pentecost, when we will recall and celebrate the
outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles.
The great “gift” of the Spirit is that it transformed a group of
terrified disciples into bold “proclaimers” of the Good News. The
Apostles would leave the safety of confinement to go out to
speak publically of Jesus and continue his mission by becoming
builders of the Kingdom of God.
Pope Paul VI (1975) reminded us in his Apostolic Exhortation,
“Evangelii Nuntiandi”
(On Evangelization in the Modern World)
that the Church exists to evangelize.
It is the essential mission
of the Church.
That’s just not the work of ordained clergy but the
work of all of its members. To do this “work” we need the
assistance of the Holy Spirit, whom the world neither recognizes
nor accepts.
We were given the Holy Spirit at our baptism and then the
“sevenfold” gifts of the Holy Spirit were bestowed upon us at
Confirmation. It is only with the power of the Holy Spirit that we
can hope to make Jesus known and loved by others.
This Monday, Bishop Andrzej will confer the Holy Spirit upon our
eight graders who have undergone a two
year period of study,
prayer and service in preparation for the reception of this great
Sacrament. It is our hope that they will freely accept this gift and
join us in our common mission to bring the light of the Gospel to
others, especially, their peers.
They need our support and example. In addition, they serve as
a reminder to each of us of the call that we already received and
to which we are hopefully responding as “intentional disciples” of
Jesus today.
As we make our way towards Pentecost Sunday, which we will
celebrate on June 4
th
, let us join in earnest prayer for a new
release of the Holy Spirit upon us. This Spirit will transform us
so that we in turn can work towards the transformation of the
world.
“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful ones!”

Fortnight for Freedom

Most Reverend John O. Barres Keynote June 28, 2017

Our theme for the 2017 Fortnight for Freedom is “Freedom for Mission.” As Catholics and Americans, we defend and promote the First Amendment Religious Liberty rights of all our fellow Americans.
I want to begin by thanking Bishop Murphy for his foresight in supporting the witness of Catholics for Freedom of Religion in the public square. The Liberty Bell may be physically located in Philadelphia but the members of Catholics for Freedom of Religion know that it is located on Long Island as well and you have been ringing it loudly.

“Freedom for Mission.” The very nature of the Catholic Church is missionary. The Second Vatican Council said that the Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church is the Universal Sacrament of Salvation, and our baptismal call to holiness and mission makes us instruments of dramatic missionary growth on Long Island and throughout the universal Church.

This evening in the universal Church we are celebrating the Vigil of the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. In the late 1930s, Pope Pius XII commissioned an archaeological dig beneath the Vatican and the cemetery streets of ancient Rome to find the Bones of Saint Peter. The Italian word “Scavi” means excavation and so when we have had the opportunity to do a Scavi tour at the Vatican that leads us at the end to the Bones of St. Peter, we never say the Creed quite the same way again. (more…)

Summer

I welcome our parishioners who are regularly with us and extend warm greetings to those visiting with us for the first time or here with a relative or friend.