Parish Mission Statement: In faith we come together to celebrate the Eucharist as a Parish Family; and as a Catholic community of faith, we are sent to be Christ to the world around us.
— — — — — Be doers of the word not hearers only... –Letter of James 1:22
Rosary Altar Society Meeting – Tuesday, March 3rd
Our Rosary Altar Society meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 3rd. We will have the recitation of the Rosary in Church after the 12 noon Mass followed by a meeting, refreshments, and a representative from St. Charles Catholic Health Services. The speaker will explain the services provided at St. Charles Hospital and have information on other facilities of Long Island Catholic Health Services. All members of the parish are invited. For information, call Carol McGeever at (631) 642-9010.
Coat Drive – February 1st through March 8th
The youth program of St. James Parish is holding its annual coat drive to benefit Our Daily Bread guests from February 1st to March 8th. Please donate your gently used, clean coats, jackets, hats and gloves to this effort. Collection boxes can be found at each of the entrances of the church and the Parish Center. Any youth, grades 9 to 12, interested in joining our volunteer group, call or text Lu at (631) 398-0417.
Lenten & Easter Events
Please take a look at the schedule of events that will be taking place during the Easter season in our parish. As you will see, there will be many events of a spiritual nature to help us grow in our Christian faith and as a parish community.
Beginning on Thursday, February 19th and continuing through Friday, April 10th – Daily Masses (Monday through Friday) will be celebrated at both 8:00 am and 12:00 Noon.
All Throughout Lent – Please participate throughout the season in reaching out to our brothers and sisters in need by way of contributing whatever you may be able to offer as we seek to assist the people of Aduamoa, Ghana, Fr. Daniel’s home town, in the building of a parish church. Envelopes for that purpose may be found at the doors and on the windowsills of our church and may be placed into any Sunday collection.
On All of the Sundays of Lent and Easter – In the bulletin each week, please find a reflection question on the day’s Gospel to assist in your reflection and prayer during the following week.
Every Wednesday of Lent – Please join us in the church at 7:00 pm for a Service of Evening Prayer.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, March 16th, 17th and 18th – Please join us as we are privileged to welcome Dr. Carol Razza, Faculty Member and Formation Advisor at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boca Raton, Florida. Dr. Razza will lead us in reflecting on our ongoing journey of conversion and transformation immediately after the 8:00 am Mass for one half hour or from 7:30 until 8:30 pm in the church.
Friday, March 20th and 27th – All are welcome to the praying of Stations of the Cross in the church at 7:00 pm.
Thursday, March 26th and Friday, March 27th – Confessions will be heard in the church immediately after the 8:00 am and 12:00 pm Masses.
Saturday, March 28th – Please join us for a time of reflection and prayer based on the Book of Jonah from 12:30 pm through 3:30 pm in the church.
Palm Sunday – Masses celebrated on Saturday, March 28th at 5:00 pm and on Sunday, March 29th at 8:00, 9:30, 11:30 am and 6:00 pm. On Saturday evening, we will begin with the Blessing of Palm in the parish center and then process to the church. Please join us in the center at 4:45 pm.
Monday, March 30th – Confessions will be heard in the church immediately after the 8:00 am and 12:00 pm Masses, from 4:30 until 6:00 pm and from 7:00 until 8:00 pm.
The Easter Triduum
Holy Thursday, April 2nd – Morning Prayer at 8:00 am. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 8:00 pm, followed by prayer before the Blessed Sacrament until Midnight.
Good Friday, April 3rd – Morning Prayer at 8:00 am. Youth Group Stations of the Cross at 12 Noon; The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3:00 pm; Evening Prayer and Veneration of the Cross at 8:00 pm.
Holy Saturday, April 4th – Morning Prayer at 8:00 am. The Great Easter Vigil at 8:00 pm. Easter Sunday, April 5th – Mass at West Meadow Beach at 5:30 am; Masses at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:30 am in the church and at 9:45 and 11:45 am in the parish center.
Monday, April 13th and Every Monday until June 22nd (with the exception of Memorial Day, May 25th) – Please join us for viewing of and discussion about the video series entitled Catholicism. The series features Fr. Robert Barron, theologian, professor and author. Each segment of the series "stands alone," so feel free to attend whenever possible. Sessions will take place in Room 101 / 102 of the parish center from 7:30 through 9:00 pm.
First Communions – Through the season, we welcome our second graders to the Table of the Lord, an excellent way for all of us to appreciate again the gift of the Eucharist. First Communions will take place on four Saturdays at 11:00 am: April 18th and 25th, May 2nd and 9th. Smaller numbers of our children will also receive their First Communions at several of our Sunday Masses.
Saturday, April 18th – As we pass the Tenth Anniversary of the death of St. Pope John Paul II, please join us in the parish center at 7:00 pm for a showing of the film Nine Days That Changed the World – a documentary on John Paul’s historic nine-day pilgrimage to Poland in 1979, which transformed Poland and, in many ways, the world. Admission is free.
The Feast of the Lord’s Ascension – Masses on Wednesday, May 13th at 7:30 pm and Thursday, May 14th at 8:00 am and 12 Noon.
Wednesday, May 20th – Vigil of the Feast of Pentecost – Please join us at 7:00 pm in the church for a reading of scripture texts and reflections on those texts as we prepare to bring the Easter Season to its close with the Feast of Pentecost.
Blood Drive – Thursday, March 12th
The next Parish Blood Drive sponsored by the Knights of Columbus will be held on Thursday, March 12th from 3:00 pm till 8:30 pm in the Parish Center. With the current critical shortage we need new volunteers to donate. If you should need any additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact John Dahl at (631) 474-1937 on evenings and weekends or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Movie Matinee – Sunday, March 22nd
On Sunday, March 22nd at 1:00 pm in room 101 of the Parish Center come see Which Way Home, a documentary that follows migrant children as they travel over 1000 miles to the American border. The movie was a 2010 Academy Award Nominee and shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children. The movie is in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. If you have questions, contact Jeanine Morelli at 631-246-9630. After the movie, Tom Hayes will give us an update on immigration reform.
Eucharistic Minister Training – April & May
We are always in need of Eucharistic Ministers to help serve at our weekend liturgies. It seems that we have many hands but in fact, we are often serving more than once or twice a month. Please consider joining us by contacting Kathy Brown at email@example.com or (631) 828-5264. You must register for the required training session(s) offered by the Diocese. These sessions are only offered twice a year so don’t miss the opportunity!
The training dates are: April 18th, April 25th, and May 6th. Mark your calendar!