COVID Guidelines from the Chancellor's Office
May 26, 2021
We have received the following update from the Chancellor's Office:
The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation will end on the weekend of August 14/15, 2021.
The Church(Diocese) is not enforcing the wearing of masks or social distancing. Some parishioners may still wish to personally continue these practices, but the Church (parish) will not be enforcing them.
However, clergy and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should continue to wear masks when distributing Holy Communion until further notice. The policy of the Parish of St. James is to continue to ask communicants to receive in the hand; anyone choosing to receive on the tongue must come up at the end of the communion line and be the last to receive, thereby removing the possibility of contamination of the fingers of the minister which would require them to interrupt the distribution of the eucharist in order to sanitize their hands.
Please also note that the Precious Blood of the Lord is not to be distributed until further notice.
Holy Water Fonts are to remain empty until further notice.
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.
Parish News and Upcoming Events
Posted in Weekly Video Masses 2021 on 06/13/21
Posted in Weekly Video Masses 2021 on 06/07/21
Live Stream Mass Schedule Change Begins on June 6
Please note that in order to provide virtual access to the families of our First Communion candidates, our schedule for live streaming of weekly Mass will move to Sunday 11:30am Mass on the following dates:
Please keep the children in your prayers in the coming days and weeks as they prepare to receive the Precious Body of Our Lord for the first time.
RECTORY OFFICE HOURS
Our Summer Office Hours will be in effect Monday, June 14 through Friday, September 3 as follows: Monday-Friday 9am-2pm, Saturday 9am-12noon.
Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, September 7 as follows:
Monday-Friday: 9am-4pm (closed for lunch 12-12:30)
Have a safe and enjoyable Summer!
Looking for our virtual Masses during the COVID 19 Health Emergency? Click on the "Worship" tab to find links to our weekly Masses as well a selection of homilies by Fr. Jim and Fr. Fitz.
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.
ATTENTION ALL YOUTH OF ST. JAMES PARISH!
We need your input!
As of now, there is no “formal” ministry to the youth of our parish, with no specific gatherings as such. However, there ARE, even as we slowly come back together in the aftermath of the virus a number of young people in our parish who are active in their faith, and involved in a variety of ministries here including sacristans, musicians, leaders of song, youth choir members, religious education volunteers, altar servers, and ushers, and those who attend liturgies on Sunday.
We also have, as well, some college-aged parishioners who are involved in Diocesan youth programs, Young Adult Groups, and Campus Ministry.
The typical practice regarding young people or Youth Ministry, while well-intentioned, is to create some type of group or program and then try to get people to come.
Another common practice, also well-intentioned, is to create a way to try to evangelize those who just completed their Confirmation program. And while the issue of how to Evangelize non-practicing Catholics is a significant issue and a tremendous challenge, perhaps it’s beyond the scope of what the young people who are already here might need.
Therefore, what we would like to do here at St. James is to determine what the young people in the parish would like to see developed for them by asking them what they want and need.
A survey was assembled by some young parishioners, along with some adult parishioners involved with youth work in the past. Please click on this link: Youth Survey 2021 to complete the survey which can then either be emailed to: [email protected]; or brought to the office; mailed to the office, or put in the collection basket at Mass.
There are no preconceived plans or notions about what to do and no formalized leadership structure is in place. Our hope is to be able to offer something to benefit our young parishioners but we need to hear from you! PLEASE help us help you by filling out the survey.
We are starting with youth who would be contactable through Mass, but feel free to pass the info onto your peers as well.
One Family in Mission, Called to Evangelize
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. Mass will be available on the website as well as the parish Facebook page as well as the Religious Education YouTube Channel.
Beginning on Sunday, June 6, 2021, through mid-August 2021, our live stream Mass will change from 5pm Saturday to 11:30am on Sunday, as we celebrate the First Holy Communions of some of our youngest parishioners.
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)
Filing a claim with DRVC
On October 1, 2020, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York (the “Debtor") filed a petition in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York seeking relief under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. The Debtor's Chapter 11 Case is pending before the Honorable Judge Shelley C. Chapman under Case No. 20-12345. The Docket can be accessed through the website maintained by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (http://www.nysb.uscourts.gov).
The Diocese has posted information on its website: https://drvcreorganization.com.
For additional information and inquiries about this case, please call the numbers listed below. U.S. and Canada based parties should use the toll free number below. International parties should use the non-U.S. number below. Toll Free US (888) 490-0633 … Non US (503) 520-4459
Deadline to File Claims
Information regarding the deadlines for filing proofs of claim in the Diocese’s chapter 11 case and the forms to use can be found by clicking on the following link to the Diocese’s bankruptcy website and scrolling down the page: https://dm.epiq11.com/drvc
Give On-Line Securely
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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