Fishing with St. James

August 18, 2019

This past week, Sheila Gawrych began her position as our part time secretary. Sheila’s responsibilities include office hospitality, Faith Formation secretary, ministry scheduling and other office work. Brenda Marshall has worked in this position for the last two years and had worked here for five years previously. I am grateful for Brenda’s excellent work for our parish, it has been an honor to have her as part of our ministry team. Please extend a warm welcome to Sheila as...  continue reading

August 11, 2019

This past week scammers have been sending emails to parishioners pretending to be “Fr. Joe” and using a fake email account. Most of the emails ask you to reply as soon as possible and that I have a favor to ask or need help. Some emails even had a photo of me from our website. The next email directs you to buy gift cards for a fake charitable cause or for a family member of the priest. Scammers claim these gift cards are needed, but insist that the person cannot pick up...  continue reading

August 4, 2019

Please welcome Bishop Emeritus William Dendinger to our parish this weekend. I will be on vacation until next Friday. I want to thank the Social Committee and everyone else who helped make our parish feast day celebration a great success. Last weekend I spoke at Mass about why we will now be using the title Faith Formation in place of the former title Religious Education. There are many reasons for this important change, recently Bishop Hanefeldt made this statement:...  continue reading

July 28, 2019

Fishing with St. James on our Feast Day Pescando con Senior Santiago en el dia de la fiesta This weekend we will honor our parish’s patron, St. James the Greater (July 25 is the actual feast day). In the west hallway, you will find the title “S. Jacobus Maj.” above the stained glass window with his image. James is a variant of Jacob derived from the Latin meaning to supplant or replace. “Maj.” is an abbreviation for the Latin word Major, which is...  continue reading

July 21, 2019

At our parish staff meeting this week, I began our time together using elements of the ancient practice of Lectio Divina (Latin for “Divine Reading”). First, we all read the Sunday readings silently and then different individuals read them out loud while the rest of us listened. I asked, “What image, phrase or feeling stayed with you after reading and hearing the scriptures?” When I read it silently, the hospitality of Abraham and Sarah was the predominant image for...  continue reading

July 14, 2019

A scholar of the law asks Jesus two questions in today’s Gospel. “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? and “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus answers with the two great commandments of loving God and our neighbor and the story of “the man in the ditch.” Most people listen to the parable from the view of its usual title “The Good Samaritan.” However, the parable begins with “A man fell victim to robbers.” I invite you to pray...  continue reading

July 7, 2019

Sounds of BOOM, BANG, ZING, FIZZ, WHIZ, WHISTLE, SNAP, CRACKLE, and POP will still echo in our ears this weekend after a whole week of observing the fourth of July. Flashes of fire, bright colorful light and plumes of smoke will continue to be visual memories that linger on long after we celebrate Independence Day. These are some of the myriad of sounds, sights and smells experienced in our country this past week as we celebrated our freedom. In the letter to the Galatians 5:1 the...  continue reading

June 23, 2019

Dear Parishioners- Today’s Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ invites us to appreciate anew the gift that is ours as members of the Catholic Church. Dating back to the night before Jesus died – the night that he shared his last meal with his apostles – the Church has believed in the real presence of Jesus in the consecrated bread and wine. This gift of Jesus to us speaks volumes. Jesus has Risen from the tomb and has Ascended to his, and our father, but he...  continue reading

June 16, 2019

Dear Parishioners, Fr. Joe has passed on the fishing pole to me for the next two weeks for his weekly “Fishing with St. James” bulletin column. This gives me a chance to hone my fishing skills. Yea! How appropriate that we set aside a day each year to honor our mothers, and now, this weekend, a day to honor our fathers. Not one of us would have life – not one of us would be here without our parents. Today we simply take time to be grateful for the good things and...  continue reading

June 9, 2019

The next two weeks I will be on vacation. The first week , I will visit with my ordination class from 35 years ago and for the 50th ordination anniversary of my seminary spiritual director and mentor during my years as a priest. The next week, the “Hannappel’s” are having a family reunion. It will be a large gathering since my dad, Wallace, who died in 2011, was the oldest of ten children, seven of whom are still living. I will see you again the last weekend in June. Fr....  continue reading


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