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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!

As we celebrate the Solemnity of The Annunciation 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.

 

RESOURCES: Most, if not all specifically, relate to the pandemic. We trust in the good will of God and the intercession of our Blessed Mother that they would serve for your spiritual growth. Perhaps something here will be helpful to you or those you know and love.

 

 

We will continue to work in offering more resources and opportunities to engage with you.  I pray that you continue to be filled with the Same Spirit that invaded Mary’s whole and never left Her so to be comforted always in the Lord. 

 

OTHER IDEAS YOU CAN PUT INTO PRACTICE DURING THIS TIME:

 

  • Daily Prayer Period/Prayer with Scripture/Lectio Divina: If you do not currently have a dedicated prayer time, particularly prayer with Scripture, now may be a great time begin. For those who attended our Parish Marriage Missionaries Formation Weekend, there is a guide for this in your workbooks. Bishop Barron speaks about this in this video: Bishop Barron on the Coronavirus Quarantine and in this one Hope During the Coronavirus and you can also find a short guide here: SpiritualDirection.com

  • Other prayers: Daily Rosary Walk, noon Angelus, Evening Examen Prayer. (The Shrine of Fatima in front of the Rectory is open as a place you can come and pray)

  • Support Groups: Meet online via group video conferencing (many are available for free). Also schedule extended family group chats, distant friend group chats, etc.

  • Seek out good recreation: Movies about saints, documentaries, Catholic children’s shows, etc. You can sign-up on our Website for a free access to Formed.org which has numerous books, movies, documentaries, etc.

Create activities: Scavenger hunts inside or outside, cook/bake together, read together, write letters, call extended family you have not talked to often, create a schedule, etc.

  • Recommended Spiritual books: Reed of God by Caryll Houselander; He Leadeth Me by Fr. Walter Ciszek, SJ; Soul of the Apostolate by Fr. Jean-Baptiste Chautard; Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade; any of Fr. Jacques Phillippe’s books (Searching for and Maintaining Peace; Interior Freedom; Time for God; In the School of the Holy Spirit; etc.)

 

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!

Msgr. Chanel Jeanty

Sunday's Message

March 29, 2020

Domingo, Mar 29, 2020
QUINTO DOMINGO DE CUARESMA; TERCER ESCRUTINIO DE LA ELECCIÓN
Despertar

El momento de despertar de una pesadilla está cargado de alivio. Quien fuera que te perseguía se disuelve, y lo que fuera que amenazaba dañarte ha desaparecido. Muchos entre nosotros quisieran pensar del Pandemico de la Coronavirus era tal como una pesadilla.  Sin embargo, pueden ser verdaderas pesadillas de las que no conseguimos despertar. No obstante, las oraciones y la lecturas de hoy afirman que el “horror del pecado, que distorsiona la vida” es realmente un mal del que podemos escapar. La muerte llega a su fin, y el amor tendrá su victoria. Oramos con toda nuestra Iglesia para liberarnos de todos los senderos que conducen a la muerte y por una mayor atracción hacia los caminos que restablecen la vida.

LECTURAS PARA HOY: Ezequiel 37:12-14; Romanos 8:8-11; Juan 11:1-45 (34). “Quien crea en mí, aunque muera, vivirá.”    

 

Sunday, Mar 29, 2020

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT; THIRD SCRUTINY OF THE ELECT

Awakening

The moment of waking from a nightmare is suffused with relief. Whoever was chasing you dissolves, and whatever threatened harm has vanished. These days there are many of us wishing that the Coronavirus pandemic was such a nightmare.  But it is not.  Nonetheless it gives us an opportunity to wake up from our slumber so to pay attention to our surroundings.  And if we reman vigilant we can escape its grip on us.  The prayers and reading for this Sunday affirm the “horror of sin, which distorts life” is indeed evil, but it an evil from which we can all escape. Death has an end, and love will have its victory. We pray with all of you for freedom from all paths that lead to death and a greater attraction to the ways that restore life.

TODAY'S READINGS: Ezekiel 37:12-14; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:1-45 (34). “Whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live.”