Dear St. James Family,
Apart from it being a bit chilly in the building, we had a great Christmas celebration both on Saturday evening and Sunday morning with a good number of new families in attendance. Thank you for joining us.
Are you single, divorced, or in a relationship in which intimacy is difficult or lacking? This Sunday is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, who is a reminder to us that God chose to come into the world through a virgin. Be inspired and discover the joy and meaning of true charity in the gift of celibacy as it is lived out by single people, priests and avowed religious, and all those who are chaste outside of marriage.
Why does God allow Bad Things to Happen to Good People?
Are you struggling with your faith? Not happy with God because of suffering and difficulty? Christmas provides a great context for answering the common question about why bad things happen to good people. Dig more deeply into this question than the ordinary person and find true and hopeful answers in the Christmas message. Listen to this and other homilies over at StJamesCC.org/Homilies.
Plenary Indulgence Available this Sunday for Singing Veni Creator at Mass
A plenary indulgence completely removes purgatorial punishments and is granted to the faithful who devoutly assist at the solemn singing of the Veni Creator (Come Holy Ghost) on the first day of the year to implore divine assistance for the course of the whole year. Standards conditions apply: no attachments to venial sin, sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff. The indulgence is partial if all of the requirements are not met.
Learn more about plenary indulgences by reading this article about common myths around indulgences or by listening to Jimmy Akin explain them to a caller.
Catholic Beliefs with Fr. Mayer: Every other Mon. evening, Jan 2 – February 20
Obtain an in-depth understanding of the story of salvation. Learn about the origin of creation, evil, angels, Jesus, Mary, the Holy Spirit and the founding and structure of the Church, the communion of saints the afterlife, heaven, hell, purgatory, the great tribulation and the return of Christ among other topics. This class is a great opportunity to clarify many misunderstandings of the Church. Class Location: Assumption Catholic Church (2403 Atlantic Blvd). Learn More.
Why the Last Gospel at the End of Mass?
The Last Gospel is the name given to the reading of John 1:1-18 at the end of Mass which especially emphasizes Christ becoming flesh. This practice began in medieval times when it became a common among the priests and the altar party to recite the words of this gospel privately among themselves while on their way to the sacristy after leaving the altar. They considered this an especially appropriate way of meditating on and commemorating Christ’s unique Eucharistic presence in the Mass. The practice quickly spread in popularity and was soon taken up by the people. In response to the esteem of this devotion it was added to the Roman Missal in 1570. It ceased to be used in the Ordinary form of the Mass in the 1970s, but it continues within the Ordinariate and is especially commended during Christmastide, the great seasonal festival in which we commemorate Christ becoming flesh among us.
December Finance Update
Upcoming Dates at a Glance (click an event to learn more or see All Events at the Website)
Faithfully, your pastor,