Call to Prayer Safety Issues
Mask It or Casket! A reminder about the importance of wearing a mask in church.
Please be advised that in accordance with CDC guidelines and our previously announced requirement that all who choose to attend Mass at St. James MUST wear either a mask or other face-covering that covers the mouth and nose is mandatory and no exceptions will be made.
Anyone observed not wearing a mask/face covering will be asked by an usher to either don a mask or immediately leave the church. Should that individual refuse to comply with the usher’s request, the ushers have been directed to interrupt the presider, who will publicly address the situation with the offender.
The wearing of face coverings has been shown to reduce transmission of droplets that may carry the coronavirus or other illnesses. As such, it is a simple and effective sign of courtesy and respect towards others in our midst.
Your cooperation is vital in order for us to continue to publicly celebrate Mass during the ongoing pandemic.
Sunday Mass has resumed at St. James
From the Pastor’s Desk
I am pleased to share with you the latest information from our diocese relative to the resumption of public worship in our churches. We have resumed our full schedule of Masses: Saturday at 5pm; Sunday 8am, 9:30am nd 11:30am with the following restrictions:
- We are limited to 120 people at each Mass. All in attendance MUST wear a mask or face covering and all are required to practice the current CDC guidelines to maintain social distancing and remain 6 ft apart. You will find that certain pews have been roped off while others have been marked to indicate where you may be seated. In the interest of safety, please sit only in those pews that are open and appropriately marked.
- Entrance to the church will be only through the new sacristy entrance, where you will find ushers at the doors keeping count of people entering the church. While we prefer that you exit via the sacristy doors as well, the other doors may be utilized for this purpose.
- Please feel free to utilize the hand sanitizer stations located throughout the church.
- The 5pm Mass will be live streamed and taped for broadcast on our website and Facebook pages.
- Daily Mass will continue at 8am, Mon-Fri; no morning Mass on Saturday.
- We have also been given the go-ahead to resume private baptisms (one family at a time), an adjustment to our previous practice of celebrating the sacrament with multiple families; if you are interested in scheduling a baptism, please call the office as soon as possible to discuss the schedule and available dates. Weddings and funerals will also resume, again following CDC guidelines related to masks, social distancing, and reduced attendance in the church.
As I’ve mentioned in earlier communications, the church we are returning to is, in so many ways, different from the church we attended a few months ago. We have endured physical separation from each other and had some of our most beloved traditions upended, specifically surrounding the Triduum days and Easter. Yet, throughout this entire ordeal, our faith has sustained us and we will once again be able to gather around the Table of the Lord within the walls of our church.
Some physical changes to the church include the long awaited replacement of our air conditioning units which took place this week; the electrical work will not take place until next week, so we ask for your patience as the workers make every effort to complete this job as quickly and safely as possible.
In addition, the new/refurbished tabernacle is in place, having been pulled forward from the alcove in which the previous tabernacle was housed. A wall has been installed that now encloses the alcove, allowing us to create additional much needed storage space. The finishing touches on this project will soon be in place, but again, I ask for your continued patience.
Amidst all of this good news, we unfortunately are faced with a deficit of $85,000 in our collections (year to date). These past months have been challenging for all of us, and the financial issues brought about by the pandemic cannot be taken lightly. As our economy begins to reopen, please continue to remember how vital your financial support is to the survival of our parish.
Finally, please allow me to not only thank all of your for your support and prayers, but to also ask you to remember that the resumption of in person celebration of Mass and all that is associated with it, is a process, and will, of necessity, continue to evolve as the weeks unfold before us. We will make every effort to keep you informed of additional changes, and invite you to regularly visit the parish website for the latest information on this rapidly developing situation.
Pax et bonum,
Looking for our virtual Masses during the COVID 19 Health Emergency? Look at our banner at the top of this page where you will find links to Holy Week celebrations as well as our weekly Masses.
For your convenience, you will also find above, links to homilies by both Fr. Jim and Fr. Fitz.
An Urgent Plea from our Laudato Si Ministry
Our common home needs us now - Brookhaven needs your voice
The Laudato Si’ Ministry wishes to draw your attention to an important, time-sensitive issue in our very own town of Brookhaven. Our household trash is burned at an incinerator, and the remaining ash is buried in the Brookhaven Landfill. This has led to air and water quality concerns, as well as health problems for the people living in the area. The Town agreed to close the landfill by 2024. However, plans are being considered to continue accepting ashes from burned garbage, perpetuating the existing environmental threat. Please check out the video ABC7NY report, linked below, to learn more.
In the spirit of Christian charity and stewardship, please consider adding your voice in support of clean air and water on Long Island and for our Brookhaven neighbors who have suffered the ill effects of the landfill for decades. Click this document to see how you can help
RECTORY OFFICE HOURS
Please be advised that our rectory office has resumed regular office hours and our staff will be available to assist you in person or on the phone during the following times:
Monday-Friday: 9am-4pm (closed for lunch 12-12:30)
In accordance with CDC guidelines, we ask that you wear an appropriate face covering when visiting the office.
Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe and healthy!
A new offering from Bp. Robert Barron's "Word on Fire" Institute
A new course has been added to the Word on Fire Institute!
VIRTUAL MASS SCHEDULE CHANGE!
We are pleased to announce that our virtual Masses will be available here on our webpage and our Facebook pages, at 5pm on Saturdays. This Mass is currently live streamed and taped for viewing at a later time for those parishioners who are unable to attend Mass in person.
The link will remain on our website homepage until 10pm on Sunday nights, after which it will be available via the "Weekly Video Mass" tab at the top of the home page.
We hope that this modification to our viewing schedule is helpful, especially for those who would typically attend the 5pm Mass on Saturdays.
Televised Masses during the COVID 19 Crisis
We are happy to tell you that through the kind generosity of St. James parishioner Jim Townsend and his partner Corey Arnold, and Corey's son Justin, of Bars and Tone Media Productions, we will continue to provide our weekend celebration of the Mass at 5pm on Saturday evenings. Mass will be available on the website as well as the parish Facebook page.
The Catholic Faith Network (CFN), will continue to provide televised and online daily Masses. CFN also offers other devotional and spiritual programs. (Optimum channel 29/137; Verizon FiOS TV channel 296 and Spectrum channel 162/471)
St. James Church will continue to be open Mon-Sat 8am-5pm for private prayer, reading of scripture and adoration before the tabernacle. In accordance with the latest directives provided by Governor Cuomo on April 18, please wear an appropriate face covering/mask when leaving your homes.
We, the Catholic community of the Three Village area, formed as the Body of Christ through the waters of Baptism, are a pilgrim community journeying toward the fullness of the Kingdom of God, guided by the Holy Spirit, nourished by the Eucharist and formed by the Gospel.
We strive to respond to Jesus’ invitation: to be faithful and fruitful disciples; to be a Good Samaritan to (our) neighbor and enemy; stewards of and for God’s creation and living witnesses of Faith, Hope and Charity … so that in Jesus’ name, we may be a welcoming community, respectful of life in all its diversities.
Mass Times and Sacraments
Weekdays and Saturdays: 8:00 am
Saturday: 5:00 pm Youth Mass (live-streamed and taped)
Sunday: 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am
Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Saturdays 4:00 - 4:45 pm
and by appointment.
One Family in Mission, Called to Evangelize
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During this time of uncertainty surrounding the COVID19 virus, many of us will choose to remain at home and not venture out to church or other places where large groups of people may gather. While respecting that choice, please remember that our parish still needs our financial support in order to meet regular operating expenses such as electric bills, heating/cooling, water and payroll. If you have not already signed up for electronic giving via Faith Direct, please consider doing so now.
Thank you for your continued support of St. James.
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