Fishing with St. James

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Church celebrates many saints’ feast days throughout the liturgical year and you can follow them on St. James’ church calendar that our local mortuaries give as a gift to us every year during Advent. A saint’s feast day generally, though not always, marks the day the saint died and entered into eternity, their birthday into life everlasting. The Church’s universal calendar celebrates only three birthdays and two conception days. This Saturday, June 24 was the...  continue reading

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ                             (Corpus Christi) It has been reported that when St. Augustine was giving the Eucharist to a communicant, instead of saying, “The body of Christ”, he would say: “Receive what you are.” In this communion we sacrifice the things that divide us to become in reality the body and blood of Christ. We are meant to be...  continue reading

Sunday, June 11, 2017

     This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity by participating in God’s activity in the world. It is good to reflect on the many ways we have experienced God throughout our lives as Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. Here is a reflection on the mystery of the Trinity from the dialogue “On Divine Providence” by St. Catherine of Siena. It is a magnificent prayer to the Trinity that we could pray each day.     “Eternal...  continue reading

Sunday, June 4, 2017

   For the Feast of Pentecost, I will share three prayers that inspire me. The Pentecost Sequence “Veni Sancte Spiritus,” (the unusual capitalization and punctuation are from a poetic translation of the song). Come, Holy Spirit, And send out from heaven Your radiant light. Come, father of the poor, Come, giver of gifts, Come, light of our hearts. Best consoler, Sweet guest of the soul, Sweetness of cool refreshment. Rest in labor, Relief in heat, Consolation...  continue reading

Sunday, May 28, 2017

On this Memorial Day weekend we honor all those who have served our country. We pray for all of our loved ones who have gone before us in faith. Here is a traditional catholic blessing at the “Rite of Committal:” Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. R. And let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. R. Amen. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. R. Amen. Please note in the bulletin a request to...  continue reading

Sunday, May 21, 2017

On June 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Deacon Matthew Nash will be ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Island. The day after ordination Fr. Nash will celebrate the Eucharist at Prince of Peace on Saturday, June 10th at 10:00 a.m. A brunch reception will follow until noon. Everyone is invited to attend both celebrations. Fr. Nash has been assigned as the associate pastor of St. Patrick Church in North Platte. Matthew’s mother JoAnn and I worked on...  continue reading

Sunday, May 14, 2017

While our church observes May as the “month of Mary” our culture also celebrates “Mother’s Day.” Incarnational theology honors the truth that God can be found everywhere — in nature, in art, in reading and meditation and music, inside and outside of churches. This leads me to believe that God is especially found in the holy chaos and sacred order of home life. The Spanish mystic Teresa of Avila wrote, "God is found in the pots and pans." The Latina...  continue reading

Sunday, May 7, 2017

This Sunday we have been in our renovated space for one year, one week and six days (the dedication anniversary was April 24). The three year pledges to the “Come, Live in the Light” Capital Campaign will be completed this December. In January of 2018 we will begin paying off the anticipated $1.2 million remaining on the debt.  Our current 2016-2017 budget includes a $2,000 monthly interest payment which is paid from our weekly tithe. Ron Dobesh, our parish...  continue reading

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ordained into the ministerial priesthood I share in our bishop’s three-fold ecclesial ministry of teaching, sanctifying, and governing. The “governing” or administrative part of my ministry takes shape in consultation with the parish council, finance committee, other committees, groups, individuals and parish staff. This was a significant part of my ministry here during renovation of our church building. In this administrative role, I want to let you know of some of our...  continue reading

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Octave of Easter comprises the eight days which stretch from the first to the second Sunday. It is a way of prolonging the joy of the initial day. In a sense, every day of the Octave is like a little Sunday. This Sunday is also designated as “Sunday of Divine Mercy.” “Mystagogy” or "Mystagogia" is a word meaning "going deeper into the mysteries"- that is, into the truths of the faith. Mystagogia describes the ancient custom of spending the fifty days of Easter...  continue reading


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