I have extended an invitation to Rev. Mark Lane C.O., a priest of the Oratory Parish of St. Boniface in Brooklyn, to come to our parish on the weekend of August 19th and 20th.  Father Lane will speak about the work being done by Unbound and how this provides a trustworthy way to actively participate in the social outreach of the Catholic Church and answer the Gospel call to serve the poor.

Founded by lay Catholics, Unbound is an organization that has served more than 600,000 children, youth and elderly in 19 developing countries since 1981, em-powering them to make more choices in their lives, live with dignity and reach their potential.

Unbound's unique sponsorship program is highly personalized.  It matches a child, youth or aging person at a project overseas with a sponsor in the U.S.; who cares about and encourages that person.  With a monthly contribution, a sponsor helps to provide much-needed nourishing food, medical and dental care, the chance for a child to go to school, livelihood programs for families and much more.  All of these efforts are directed at affirming the dignity of every person in their local community; accepting the exhortation of Pope Francis: “Meet one another doing good.”

Please join me in welcoming Father Lane to St. James.


Pax et Bonum

Fr. Jim