Doers of the word, Living for the Lord.
A word from our pastor....
Dear Parishioners and Ministry Leaders of Saint James,
Blessed Solemnity of the Annunciation—the highest degree of feast day in the Church when we sing GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST AND PEACE TO HIS PEOPLE ON EARTH!
This day has always been an important day in the life of the Church. It is a commemoration of the moment in human history that changed everything—for God so loved us that He took on human flesh to reveal His love. At the Annunciation, God the Father announced His will to Mary through the Archangel Gabriel, God the Spirit became the spiritual spouse of Mary, God the Son became incarnate in Mary. Mary’s receptivity to the Father’s will is a model for each of us. Like Mary, we seek to be receptive to God’s will and allow our lives, our family, our marriages and our work to reveal Christ to the world.
Today we reflect on this feast in the confines of our homes perhaps. I can imagine this to be the same case for Mary when the Angel came to ask her to be the vessel for God to make his home among us. On this Solemnity, therefore, we want to let you know that you are in our prayers and we thank God that our paths have crossed at the parish of Saint James where we strive together like Mary to be “Doers of the Word Incarnate.” .
Also, as we celebrate the Solemnity during this worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, we thought we would share the following resources we have stumbled upon as well as ideas generated by our team members and staff for this time period.
Please know that we are praying for you, your family, our country, and our world during this difficult time. And, we thank you in advance for any prayers you offer for us at the parish on this our feast day!
May the love of God, made flesh through Mary’s yes, continue to bring each of you peace and continue to radiate from your lives. May Mother Mary help each of us to receive God’s love, with the purity and devotion with which she received it. May she also help each of us to share that love with others, uniquely, within our sphere of influence. May she place her loving maternal mantle around the world, and bring the comfort that only a loving mother always does.
Heavenly Father, pour out Your Spirit into the world. Fill the hearts of Your faithful and kindle in them the fire of Your love. Comfort those who have lost loved ones. Heal those who are ill. Restore them quickly to good health. Protect us from new cases. Bring peace to anyone worried or experiencing fear. Be with all in the medical field, law enforcement, government, Church leaders and leaders in all fields having to make decisions, and all who work in other areas serving the common good today—food supply, childcare for children of those working, research for cures and vaccinations, public safety, economic stability, etc. Give them all wisdom, skills, peace, and rest. Please end this pandemic soon and help us find a cure. In the meantime, draw all people ever deeper into an awareness of Your love and peace, and Your good and loving will to share Your divine life of love with us now and forever. Help us to know and experience what Your Son’s life, death, and resurrection revealed, namely, that suffering and evil does not come from You yet, in Your Divine Providence, You permit it and can bring a greater good from it than had it never happened in the first place. Help us trust You. Help us find our peace and joy in You, come what may, in good times or in bad, knowing You only will our good and love us immensely.
St. Gabriel, help us to know the will of God.
Mother Mary, help us to live the will of God.
St. Joseph, intercede for our families.
Holy Family, protect our families.
Holy Spirit, be with us.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
Sincerely in faith and with much love on this Solemnity,
Msgr. Chanel Jeanty
DOERS OF THE WORD, LIVING FOR THE LORD!
Our Mission Is to be a vibrant community of faith centered on the word and the Eucharist, proclaiming the good news of love and service, and living as true disciples of the lord...
Doers of the Word living for the Lord
Nuestra mision es ser una comunidad dinamica de fe centrada en la palabra y en la Eucaristia, que proclama la Buena Nueva de amor y de servicio, y que vive Como verdaderos discipulos del Senor.
Obren lo que dice la palabra y vivan para el Senor
Misyon nou se pou kominote lafwa nou an santre sou pawòl Bondye a ak sou Ekaristi an, antan nap pwoklame Bòn Nouvèl renmen ak sèvis ki ede nou viv tankou patizan Jezi Kri tout bon vre.
Fè tout sa Pawòl la di, viv pou Granmèt la.