Be doers of the word and not hearers only. - Letter of James 1:22

Fr. Jim's Weekly Message March 29, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

My thanks to all of you who were able to participate in our live streaming Mass on Sunday, March 29, whether on Facebook or here on the parish website.  As I'm sure you can appreciate, preparing for that Mass required numerous meetings and planning sessions, which took time away from the time I generally set aside for homily preparations.  So, I offer my apologies and a commitment to return to the writing of a weekly homily which will be posted here. In the interim, please continue to pray for all those affected by this insidious virus, and to participate in the live stream Masses (Wednesday and Sunday)  here at St. James.

Please feel free to contact us either via email or phone if you are in need of additional guidance or support.

Click here to read my homily for last  week: Fr. Jim's Weekly Homily

Click here to view the live stream Mass from March 29, 2020:https://player.vimeo.com/external/402433020.hd.mp4?s=ddd566ba694f367dcfe2cbe8a4fa41f142b175db&profile_id=175

 

Livestream Mass Wednesday, April 1, 2020

St. James Roman Catholic Church

April 3 First Friday Nocturnal adoration CANCELLED

In keeping with the current NYS and DRVC mandates that have suspended all public worship during the COVID 19 Crisis, please note that our April 3, 2020 First Friday Noctural Adoration service has been CANCELLED. 

Soulcore Classes via ZOOM

Please join us  for these  FREE,  live stream classes on ZOOM to be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1pm.

Soulcore is a unique Catholic movement born out of the desire to nourish body and soul by combining core-strengthening, stretching and functional movements with the prayers of the Rosary and other devotions. 

Simply click on the link, which will allow you to download the ZOOM app for free if you don’t already have it.

Wear comfortable,  loose fitting clothes, situate yourself and your viewing device ( computer, iPad or cellphone) in an area that has a rug or a mat and ample space to move and stretch. For some exercises, light, 3lb. weights or even soup cans can be used but are not necessary. No footwear needed- socks or barefoot is best.

Mondays:  Divine Mercy Chaplet (30 min)

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9915284832 

Wednesdays:  Glorious Mysteries Chair Workout (35 min)

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9915284832

Fridays: Mary's Seven Sorrow's Rosary Workout (45 min)

 

 

 

Fr. Fitz's Reflection March 29,2020

Help for Our Daily Bread

A special request for help from the staff at Our Daily Bread

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

May God bless and protect you and your families during this challenging time.  While we are all impacted by the changes to our lives caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, some people are particularly vulnerable.  Among those are the homeless, the poor, and the unemployed.  Additionally, many of the small businesses in our community are facing severe hardship. 

In an effort to help our struggling friends and neighbors, if your financial means allow it, we ask that you please consider donating a gift card (in denominations of no more than $20 each please)  for one of our local restaurants or bakeries to Our Daily Bread.

We will then distribute these cards to the people who visit our soup kitchen/pantry.

We will do this for the foreseeable future, but would especially like to be able to provide the gift cards for Easter.  If you are able to help, please drop the card in an envelope marked “ODB” into the mail slot at the rectory office.

Thank you for your generosity, and stay safe and healthy.

Our Daily Bread Volunteers

Spiritual Reading during the COVID 19 Crisis

Msgr. Charles Fink, Rector, Seminary of the Immaculate Conception has offered a number of prayers and meditations that you may find helpful during this unsettling time. Please click here to read:Prayer of Spiritual Communion

 

Also from Msgr. Fink:

Dear Friends,

Given the situation we’re in, I thought you might be interested in this as a diversion and as an alternative to whatever it is you’re doing otherwise to cope.  I recently gave a parish mission at Notre Dame, New Hyde Park, and a talented young college student video-taped it and put it on YouTube.  Give it a try.  If you hate it, offer it up as Lenten penance, as if we needed more!

Google “YouTube Msgr. Fink Spiritual Warfare.”  The order for viewing:

  1. “Who Are We Fighting?”
  2. “What Are Our Weapons?”
  3. “Who’s on Our Side?”

Seriously, I hope you enjoy them and find the ultimate message (last video) a comfort and source of strength.

God bless you and keep you and all who are dear to you,

Sincerely in Christ,

Msgr. Charles Fink

 

 

Televised Masses during the COVID 19 Crisis

We are pleased to announce that we expect to continue offering a live steamed celebration of the Mass from St. James Church on Wednesdays at 8am and Sundays at 10am. We also plan to offer several  key celebrations and observances of Holy Week as follows:

Sunday, April 5, Palm Sunday: Mass 10am*

* Palm will be distributed beginning at 11:30am in the church parking lot. PLEASE REMAIN IN YOUR CARS AND BE PATIENT as we deliver blessed palms to each vehicle.  Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated and will help keep us all safe and healthy. 

Thursday, April 9, Holy Thursday: Mass 8pm with Adoration to follow.

Friday, April 10, Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday): 3pm

Saturday, April 11, Holy Saturday Easter Vigil: 8pm

Sunday, April 12,  Easter Sunday: 10am

Please  be aware that due to the health emergency restrictions, (i.e., limited number of people permitted to gather) some services may be abbreviated. We suggest you check back often for further updates as the celebrations  draw closer. 

The Catholic Faith Network (CFN),  will continue to  provide televised and online daily Masses, including Holy Week and Easter liturgies. 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 and Sundays 9am-11:30am for private prayer, reading of scripture and adoration before the tabernacle

Help from our Healing Ministry/St. Corona's Brigade

During this most challenging time, the  St. James Healing Ministry is offering assistance to our parishioners  in a different context. If you are in need of any kind of help, we are open for prayer requests, grocery shopping, or just chatting via telephone, email or text. 

If you are interested/need our assistance,  please contact St. James Rectory at 631-941-4141 or email: [email protected]

If you would like to volunteer for St. Corona’s Brigade, please contact:

Barbara Jaeckel at [email protected] or (516) 313-4029 or 

Roni Groth at [email protected] or (631) 327-5395.

 

COVID 19 Update March 29, 2020

AN UPDATE ON COVID 19 from Fr. Jim

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Revised Sunday, March 29, 2020; the latest DRVC guidelines have advised that the suspension of the public celebration of the Mass will continue until further notice; Masses will NOT resume on April 14 as hoped. 

As of this date, by NYS law and DRVC discipline in this ongoing unprecedented time of pandemic healthcare emergency please make note of the following:

We will not be permitted to have funerals, attend wakes, celebrate baptisms (save emergency situations) or weddings until further notice.  This is all in an attempt to get in front of the disease and prevent the widespread mortality rate, as we are witnessing in Italy (God’s blessings upon that nation and her people).

 This is a time of great trial for all of us; a ‘happy fault’ of time, akin to the ‘happy fault’ we sing of in the beautiful Vigil Exsultet.  A time of isolation which allows us to move not in a commercial sense of time but in a monastic sense of time.  Time not of the school or workplace but a time of the hours of God’s day.  What I mean is that we can get up later, we can set time to walk, to pray- without distractions, time to sit and reflect and listen to the Spirit.

Perhaps, we can all try this:  find a comfortable place, chair, position … close one’s eyes … breathe deeply and be aware of our breathing … deep and slow, quieting thinking: ruah- Hebrew for the breath of God- the breath he breathed into the clay and gave life to man and woman … after a fashion, think-pray the psalm: Be still and know that I am God … repeat two, three times- to get into our heads that we will be still/quiet/non-rattling away in words … then the dangerous words: Speak Lord, your servant is listening

What do you think God wants to say to you, but couldn’t because you were too busy following a demanding schedule of ‘Gotta Do’s’ … What is God saying … to you?  Listen, be still … in time say thank you and offer an Our Father, or a Hail Mary.

The fasting of gathering as the Body of Christ in the assembly of the Eucharist, the abstinence from the reception  of the Body and Blood of Christ is our Lenten sacrifice that we offer in an act of solidarity and intercessory prayer for the greater good of the common good / the public square.  We offer this sacrifice in the service and sign of charity … like Jesus, giving His life for you and me to be free … like a parent, giving their blood, sweat, tears for the sake of their spouse, their child/children (I would offer my life to save my child’s) … for the health of all.

As many of you discovered this morning, we now have the ability to provide live streamed  Mass from our church. Our deepest thanks to parishioner James Townsend and his partner, Corey Arnold, for their generosity in  providing us with this capability. Again, I encourage you to frequently visit the parish website for regular updates on our schedule. As of today, we will celebrate Mass at 8am on Wednesday mornings as well as on Sunday mornings at 10am. Elsewhere on this website, you will find the listing of Holy Week services that will also be live-streamed. 

Until we are able to gather around our family table (Fr Bob’s image) again to break the Bread and share the Cup of the Lord, let us not be afraid, despair, lose faith for the Lord is in our midst: ‘I am with you till the end of time’ and as Julian of Norwich, an English mystic, wrote: “All will be well.  All will be well (in Jesus).”

Stay well

Pax et Bonum (Peace and Goodness)

Fr Jim

 

Mission Statement

Formed as the Body of Christ through the waters of Baptism, we are Beloved daughters and sons of the Father.  We, the Catholic community of the Three Village area, are a pilgrim community on Camino- 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.  So that in Jesus’ name, we may be a welcoming community, respectful of life in all its diversities and beauty; stewards of and for God’s creation; and witnesses to Faith, Hope and Charity. 

 

Mass Times and Sacraments

PLEASE NOTE THAT AS A RESULT OF THE COVID 19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY, THE DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTRE HAS MANDATED THAT ALL MASSES AND GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE BE CANCELLED AT LEAST UNTIL APRIL 14.
THE PARISH OF ST. JAMES WILL RESUME OUR REGULAR MASS SCHEDULE ONCE THE HEALTH CRISIS HAS PASSED.
Weekdays and Saturdays: 8:00 am
Weekend Celebrations:
Saturday: 5:00 pm Youth Mass
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

To donate, please visit: https://www.drvc.org/cma/CMA 2020

Letter from Aux. Bishop Richard Henning

Dear Parishioners,

Earlier today (Tuesday, March 17), all pastors received the letter below from our Auxiliary Bishop Richard Henning. While we were asked to share this message with our deacons, (although our parish is currently without a deacon)   I feel  his message is especially poignant and worth sharing with all of you.  We are indeed, in uncharted waters, and we are all suffering together, especially with the news of the suspension of Holy Mass.  Yet, as Bp. Henning points out,  this long Lent presents us with an opportunity to minister to one another in different ways if we but embrace this extraordinary moment of charity.

Pax et bonum,

Fr. Jim

Dear Deacon Brother,

In this most extraordinary moment, I wish to reaffirm my gratitude for your service of the People of God in the Central Vicariate.

Yesterday, all of our hearts missed a beat to receive the news about the suspension of the public celebration of the Holy Mass. In a moment when we are all already concerned for our communities and loved ones, it seems almost too much to bear. But bear it we will.

This long Lent will be unlike any before in our lives. Right now, thousands of lives depend upon the decisions and actions of each one of us. If we heed the counsel of our medical professionals, they need time to cope with the storm that is breaking upon them – and they need us to help them slow the spread of the virus to buy that precious time. They, and we, need every medical resource for the care of those most vulnerable to this virus. Our isolation, our sacrifice of even that most dear to our hearts, will help make certain that those resources are there for those who need them.

Lent is about prayer, fasting, and almsgiving – know this, this extraordinary moment is an act of charity. We have not closed our Churches in fear, we are embracing a cross for love of our fellows. We will not be able to exercise our ministry in the usual way, but we can exercise ministry. Look for ways to connect people and connect people by other means. Help them remember in this crisis who we are and that we are a people who check on neighbors and help those in need. And, please, help the People of God understand the nature of this moment and the sacrifice that has been asked of us all.

May the Divine Physician heal you of every ill and May the Lord in His mercy forgive us, save us, and love us into eternity.

Fraternally yours,

+Richard

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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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Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (closed for lunch 12-12:30pm)
Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Phone: 631-941-4141

Daily Readings

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Reading 1 Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95

King Nebuchadnezzar said:

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Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Reading 1 Nm 21:4-9

From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road,

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Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Reading 1 Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13:41c-62

In Babylon there lived a man named Joakim,

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