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

St. James Roman Catholic Church

Virtual Masses

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.

EYES

EYES on Riverhead

LOOKING INTO THE EYES OF HEALTHCARE WORKERS AS THEY FACE THE CORONA VIRUS

by Rev. Larry Duncklee

And God saw every thing that he had made,
and, behold, it was very good.

God looks at you and me all the time,
but only through the eyes of divine love.

The eye is the window to the soul,
And OH how our souls and your souls have been revealed.

With hair and head and face covered,
With nose, and mouth unseen I can still see

Who you are, what you are and why you are
Through the windows to your soul.

Your eyes looking down say, “I am exhausted”
Your eyes looking up say, “Is it time to leave”

But more, much more has been revealed by
Your eyes, by what lies behind those human windows.

I have seen in your eyes a word of fear,
A cry of hopelessness with our inability to save them.

Yet there is No hiding your endless supply of compassion
behind those wide open eyes revealing kindness and love.

So often the soft glistening of watery eye not allowing a tear, and again at times not being able to stop the flow of sorrow for the one you are caring for;

says so clearly that you are an extension of God’s love and care for them, for those who are God’s daughters and sons.

Oh how I laughed when your eyes cut quick and head shifted in response

To those who just cannot help being or acting without any common sense.

Oh the frustration shouting out from behind those eyes when
it is not enough, enough support, materials, protection, answers.

Those eyes simply shout out, “Please help me”
Please help us, please help them, please help their families.

You look into their eyes via Facetime and your eyes offer them
hope, companionship on the journey, and firm assurance
that the one the love is not alone, will not die alone.

Once again I see so clearly the joy and hope singing out
When one is on the way to being healed,

Your eyes twinkle with humor at the necessary joking and laughter;
with all your strength your eyes say, I will continue to do all I can.

Without giving it much thought your eyes have been saying it all,
Writing words, a book of accomplishments, desires, hopes and more.

I can see se definitively your desire for those lying in bed,
Your desire for their healing, your desire for their comfort,

Your desire for what is best for them, even if it is death.
A desire that they leave us in the company of saints both here and there.

I have seen and I have cried for you and with you.
I have laughed and danced among you.

I have been so proud to see your heart, your mind;
and your soul behind your beautiful eyes.

God has indeed seen who and what and why you are…
and God says, “you are very good.”

And I say, “Thank you” for letting me see
behind your eyes and into your souls.

Strengthened by who you are and what you are and why you are.

Father Larry Duncklee is pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Riverhead. He has spent a lot of time visiting patients and staff at Peconic Bay Medical Center during the coronavirus crisis.

And God saw every thing that he had made,
and, behold, it was very good.

God looks at you and me all the time,
but only through the eyes of divine love.

The eye is the window to the soul,
And OH how our souls and your souls have been revealed.

With hair and head and face covered,
With nose, and mouth unseen I can still see

Who you are, what you are and why you are
Through the windows to your soul.

Your eyes looking down say, “I am exhausted”
Your eyes looking up say, “Is it time to leave”

But more, much more has been revealed by
Your eyes, by what lies behind those human windows.

I have seen in your eyes a word of fear,
A cry of hopelessness with our inability to save them.

Yet there is No hiding your endless supply of compassion
behind those wide open eyes revealing kindness and love.

So often the soft glistening of watery eye not allowing a tear, and again at times not being able to stop the flow of sorrow for the one you are caring for;

says so clearly that you are an extension of God’s love and care for them, for those who are God’s daughters and sons.

Oh how I laughed when your eyes cut quick and head shifted in response

To those who just cannot help being or acting without any common sense.

Oh the frustration shouting out from behind those eyes when
it is not enough, enough support, materials, protection, answers.

Those eyes simply shout out, “Please help me”
Please help us, please help them, please help their families.

You look into their eyes via Facetime and your eyes offer them
hope, companionship on the journey, and firm assurance
that the one the love is not alone, will not die alone.

Once again I see so clearly the joy and hope singing out
When one is on the way to being healed,

Your eyes twinkle with humor at the necessary joking and laughter;
with all your strength your eyes say, I will continue to do all I can.

Without giving it much thought your eyes have been saying it all,
Writing words, a book of accomplishments, desires, hopes and more.

I can see se definitively your desire for those lying in bed,
Your desire for their healing, your desire for their comfort,

Your desire for what is best for them, even if it is death.
A desire that they leave us in the company of saints both here and there.

I have seen and I have cried for you and with you.
I have laughed and danced among you.

I have been so proud to see your heart, your mind;
and your soul behind your beautiful eyes.

God has indeed seen who and what and why you are…
and God says, “you are very good.”

And I say, “Thank you” for letting me see
behind your eyes and into your souls.

Strengthened by who you are and what you are and why you are.

Father Larry Duncklee is pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Riverhead. He has spent a lot of time visiting patients and staff at Peconic Bay Medical Center during the coronavirus crisis

On behalf of our parishioners, the Pastoral and Support Staff of St. James Parish  wish  to offer our gratitude, thanks, prayers and blessings to all  those responding to  those in  need during  the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

Peace, Pax, Shalom, Salaam

 

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

Rectory Office to Reopen on June 1

As we gradually move to a reopening of our society and inch towards some sense of normalcy, we are pleased to let you know that our Rectory Office will reopen on Monday, June 1, 2020 on our "summer hours" schedule. 

Please make note of the following hours of operation:

Monday-Thursday:  9am-2pm

Friday and Saturday:  9:30am-12pm

We all look forward to a resumption of office activities and to once again being able to see and assist our parishioners!

VIRTUAL MASS SCHEDULE CHANGE!

We are pleased to announce that beginning on Saturday, May 23, 2020  our virtual Masses will be  available here on our webpage and our Facebook pages, at 5pm.

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.

Stay safe!

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.

Message from Bp. Barres May 24

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

In Saint John’s Gospel this weekend, the Seventh Sunday of Easter, we proclaim that “Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you...’.”

In reflecting on this passage, I immediately began to think about our priests in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, who glorify the Father by serving the faithful daily. These are enormously trying times for all of us, but our priests and pastors have risen to the occasion in so many creative ways. They serve the people of God through on-line Masses, blessing homes in their parishes, curbside adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and much more.

I am so grateful to each and every one of our priests who are working tirelessly to serve the people in their parishes while they are helping grieving families and tending to the sick. However, as they are doing all of this, we are not able to gather our congregations on weekends and therefore, are not receiving the offertory collections that are so very important to the financial health of our parishes.

Appreciating the anxieties you are facing, we urge you to please continue supporting your parish with weekly offertory donations. These funds are critical for the continued operation of your parish. Every day, your parish provides for the pastoral and spiritual care of its parishioners. It is there in the  happiest moments in your life - weddings, baptisms, first Communions - and is a source of comfort during the most challenging times such as our current crisis or the death of a loved one. There are senior services, food pantries, youth ministries, schools, and on-going religious education. All of this depends on you! We must also prepare to fully reemerge when the crisis is over and we are able to  join together again as the Body of Christ. We ask that you please consider making the sacrifice, at a minimum, to continue your current weekly level of support.

One easy way to do so is through your parish's online giving provider. Your parish may have an online giving account that can be accessed through the parish website. We have also developed a “Text to Give” option for each of our parishes enabling you to make a weekly donation on your smart phone. To access information regarding this innovative form of giving, please go to the following website https://www.drvcmissionarygrowth.org/text2give. I know that the faithful on Long Island understand this and will and respond as you always do in times of crisis.

Please know that you and your family are remembered in my daily prayers and Masses.

Sincerely in Christ,

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.

 

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)

 

 

 

Livestream Mass Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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 HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE..
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. DURING THE COVID CRISIS, CONFESSIONS WILL ONLY BE HEARD BY APPOINTMENT.

One Family in Mission, Called to Evangelize

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

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.

 

Give securely either here on-line or by texting: 631.206.5614

 

Click on the following link to make your recurring gift through Faith Direct: https://membership.faithdirect.net/NY997

Click on the link below to make a one time gift through Faith Direct: Faith Direct

https://membership.faithdirect.net/enroll/NY997/9

 

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 Seventh Week of Easter

Reading 1 Acts 20:28-38

At Miletus, Paul spoke to the presbyters of the Church of Ephesus:

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Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, priest

Reading 1 Acts 20:17-27

From Miletus Paul had the presbyters

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Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Reading 1 Acts 19:1-8

While Apollos was in Corinth,

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