|Dear St. James Family,|
This Sunday during the homily I will be explaining what we do during Mass. If you are curious about how the liturgy is structured or why the priest traditionally says the prayers with his back to you or how to pray the Mass well rather than moving through what feels like empty ritual, this Sunday is for you. Come and learn how the resurrected Lord becomes present during the Mass in order to set your heart on fire!
At the beginning of the primary Mass (10:15 AM) I will also be welcoming a number of people as candidates. These are individuals who have been attending classes and learning about the Catholic faith, who are now taking the next step to make public their discernment about whether or not to become part of the Catholic Church. They and their sponsors will be asked to come forward at the beginning of the Mass so that the community of St. James can know who they are and can pray for them and support them during this part of their journey.
Keep Meatless Fridays Going
Why do we fast? Just as Jesus fasted and prayed (Mk 1:13) so we too from time immemorial have set apart Friday, the of Christ’s crucifixion, for special penitential observance. Through this we gladly suffer with Christ that they may one day be glorified with Him. The Friday penance is a little participation in Jesus death for us on cross (Col 1:24).
Our bishops also encourage other ways of exercising the Friday penance: volunteer work in hospitals, visiting the sick, serving the needs of the aged and the lonely, instructing the young in the Faith, participating as Christians in community affairs, and meeting our obligations to our families, our friends, our neighbors, and our community, including our parishes, with a special zeal born of the desire to add the merit of penance to the other virtues exercised in good works born of living faith.
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Finance Update for MarchGiving for March: $7,522.18 | Monthly Average Giving for past twelve months:$7,083.19 (average giving at this same time last year: $5,135.61)March Expenses: $5,589.45 | Covers quarter of priest’s support, half of pension, travel, liturgical supplies, music, building rent and liability insurance, advertising, bishop’s tax, almsgiving, hospitalityOur Own Space: help us increase our monthly average giving to $11,000 in order to move into a leased space allowing for daily Mass, 24/7 tabernacle access, classes, gatherings, meetings, space for children’s ministry, an office for Fr. Mayer. At our current growth rate, we hope to meet this goal during 2024.
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|Faithfully, your pastor,
St. James Catholic Church
A Community of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter
www.StJamesCC.org | 904-999-1423 | office@StJamesCC.org
Worship Location: 12447 Mandarin Rd, Jacksonville, FL