Fishing with St. James

March 7, 2021

A simple memory device I use to teach about the journey of the Lenten Season through the Triduum and into the Easter Season looks like this “40>3<50.” Lent is a forty-day spiritual exercise where we discipline our lives toward a change of heart. This con-version (metanoia) is a progressive life-long process. We focus on being more open to the love of God in our lives and the salvation offered through Jesus. The forty days of Lent are like a “>” funnel or a...  continue reading

February 28, 2021

We hear the story in today’s Gospel reading that: “Jesus took Peter, James and John, and led them up a high mountain, apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them....” This encounter of divine and human beings can be understood as a spiritual map of the Christian life. We participate in the mountaintop experience every weekend when we gather for worship and seek communion with God and others. Together in our liturgy, we hear the voice from the heavens that tells...  continue reading

February 21, 2021

At St. James Parish, along with many other Christian communities, we began the communal journey of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Every Ash Wednesday, we read from the sixth chapter of Matthew, verses 1-6,16-18, listening to the words of Jesus, “when you give alms…, when you pray…., when you fast….” Lent is our journey of making and renewing baptismal promises, repenting from sin and living the good news we have received. We are reminded that each one of us is a...  continue reading

February 14, 2021

To Have, To Hold, To Honor: The theme for this year’s celebration of National Marriage Week recalls the promises that spouses made to each other on their wedding day. This exchange of consent “is the indispensable element that ‘makes the marriage’” (CCC 1626). Couples are invited to meditate on how they live out their marriage promises in their daily lives. World Marriage Day, February 14, 2021, is an opportunity for married couples to reflect on how they have...  continue reading

February 7, 2021

In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the Sunday following the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church. The Feast of the Presentation is also known as Candlemas Day recognizing that candles symbolize Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those who belong to religious communities are...  continue reading

January 31, 2021

This week, National Catholic Schools Week, is celebrated in dioceses throughout the country. This year's theme, "Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.," focuses on the important spiritual, academic and societal contributions provided by a Catholic education.   Catholic schools are an important component of our mission and message at St. James and Prince of Peace Parishes and throughout our diocese. This is an important ministry for faith formation and outreach...  continue reading

January 24, 2021

Last Sunday, our gospel was from John chapter one. Jesus’ first words in John’s gospel are “What are you looking for?” and“Come, and you will see.” We too are called to answer this question and accept the invitation.   This Sunday, we have the Jesus’ first words in Mark’s Gospel; “After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: ‘This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at...  continue reading

January 17, 2021

Bishop Hanefeldt has written a letter to the diocese marking the 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Court decision on January 22. Copies of the letter are in the Gathering Space along with information about diocesan and national prolife activities in the month of January. In the letter, Bishop Hanefeldt has asked all parishes in the diocese to join in praying a rosary for the intention of the "legal protection of unborn children” at 12:30PM. “Let us beg God for the...  continue reading

January 10, 2021

Sharing in the Baptism of the Lord This Sunday closes the Christmas Season and begins the first week of Ordinary Time. Today’s gospel story relates what is sometimes called “public epiphany number one” of the three noted “Epiphanies,” revelations of the Christ to the world. The Gospel Antiphon for Evening Prayer on the Feast of the Epiphany says: “Three mysteries mark this holy day: today the star leads the Magi to the infant Christ; today water is...  continue reading

January 3, 2021

To The Living Epiphanies at St. James Best wishes for a blessed New Year! This is the first time I am writing 2021 in the present tense and not setting a date in the future. The Christmas season continues through the Epiphany on January 3 and conclude with Baptism of the Lord on January10. The liturgical environment will reflect the “Christmas Season” until that feast day. Today’s gospel story relates only one of the “Epiphanies,” revelations of the...  continue reading


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