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

Upcoming Events

Movie Night – Saturday, August 27th

Join us for Movie Night on Saturday, August 27th at at dusk on the lawn of the parish grounds to view The Letters in anticipation of Blessed Mother Teresa's canonization. The Letters is an inspiring portrayal of the life of Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata. The title of the film refers to the private letters she wrote to her spiritual advisors, published under the title Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta. The movie is PG and runs for 1 hour, :59 mins. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket or refreshments. Admission is free. In the event of bad weather, the movie will be shown indoors in room 101 of the parish center. For further information, contact Jeanine Morelli at (631) 246-9630 or j3pmore@optonline.net.

White Mass – October 1st at 11:00 am in the church

All are invited to celebrate the liturgy of the white mass to pray for those who provide health care.

Please take an invitation for this mass which you will find at the doors of the church to invite someone who has provided you health care.

The history of the white mass began with physicians, but this liturgy is not limited to physicians or to Catholics.

In 1932, a plan for a national organization of Catholic physicians was formulated .The National Federation of Catholic Physicians Guilds (NFCPG) began in New York City with the collaboration of seven existing guilds. The NFCPG’s objectives were to foster Catholic physicians’ faith and relationship with God and His Church, their knowledge and practice of moral and ethical medical principles, and mutual support and solidarity.The NFCPG introduced the celebration of White Masses (so named for the white coats of the physicians) to the United States.

Liturgical Ministry Training

Those who wish to be Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion or Lectors must register for and attend training sessions. Please see the attached flyer for details.

Alpha: Begin the Journey...Explore the Meaning of Life

What is Alpha? Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone is welcome.

Alpha is designed for individuals who do not go to church. However, it also provides a fresh opportunity for EVERYONE to look at the basics of the Christian faith and deepen that faith. It has benefited:

If you would like to be a participant, call Veronica Groth at (631) 327-5395 or Barbara Jaeckel at (516) 313-4029. For more information visit the official Alpha website.

Golden Wedding Jubilee Celebrations

This fall, couples that have been married fifty years or more will be honored at liturgies on Sunday, October 23 at the Church of Saint Rose of Lima in Massapequa and on Sunday, November 6 at the Church of Christ the King in Commack. Both liturgies will begin at 2:30 pm. Couples may register for ONE liturgy. Registration forms and complete instructions can be obtained at the rectory. Registration must be received by the Office of Worship by October 7th for the October 23rd liturgy and by October 21st for the November 6th liturgy. There will be additional celebrations in the spring for those who may find that more convenient. If you have any questions you may call 516-678-5800, extension 207.

Thoughts Along the Way / Pensamientos en el camino – Spring/Summer Issue

It’s in the mail!

The Spring/Summer issue of “Thoughts Along the Way/Pensamientos en el camino” was mailed on July 18, 2016 to all current subscribers. We thank all of you for your support of this publication; your subscription fees help offset the cost of producing a quality magazine for your enjoyment.

If you haven’t yet subscribed, please stop by the rectory office during regular business hours; we printed a few extra copies of the Spring/Summer issue so you can start enjoying “Thoughts” right away – get yours while they last!

Catholic Ministries Appeal 2016

Every year through the support and commitment of individuals and organizations, Catholic Ministries are able to serve more than 600,000 people in our Long Island community. The Catholic Ministries Appeal enables our Church to continue to form our youth and adults in the faith, promote the dignity of life, provide quality education to our young people, feed the hungry, and foster vocations to the priesthood. Your generosity helps to make all of this, and so much more, possible! For more information and to make a donation please visit the Catholic Ministries Donation Web Page.

From the Desk of Fr. Jim

Be sure to make your calendars for our First Annual “End of Summer, Welcome Back Family Festival” which will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016!

This new date is a result of input provided by parishioners and conversations with members of the Pastoral Staff and Parish Council. Our tradition here at St. James has been to hold our annual Parish Family get together on or near the July 25 feast of our patron, Saint James. Attendance at that event has steadily declined in recent years however, due in no small part, to family vacation schedules, and the intense heat of July.

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So, in an effort to nurture anew the original intent of bringing the parish family together to strengthen our bonds, we are delighted to present a new and exciting format to the St. James Parish Festival:

3:00 pm : We will gather on the Great Lawn – feel free to bring your own snacks with enough to share with your tablemates! Our energetic and hard working young people will have tables and chairs arranged on the lawn, or you can bring your own. Come on in and get comfortable! For the first time, we also invite you to BYOB (beer and wine only please) *– we will provide the ice and cups.

3:45 – Outdoor Mass: our new associate pastor, Fr. Gerry Cestare will preside. (Good news – this Mass will fulfill our Sunday obligation, as the readings will be the same as for Sunday!)**

4:45 – As a special treat for the youngest members of the parish family, pony rides will be provided for approximately one hour immediately following the outdoor Mass. Artists will be on hand throughout the event to do face painting for kids of all ages.

We’re especially happy to announce that our “Grille Masters Extraordinaire”, aka members of our Mother Theresa Council of the Knights of Columbus, will once again provide us with quality BBQ fare of burgers, hot dogs and all the “fixins” as well as watermelon, ice cream, soda and water. A special thanks in advance goes to these dedicated men who have once again offered to sweat it out over a hot grill for the rest of us!

And, for our entertainment pleasure, we have hired a DJ to provide us with an incentive to “get up and dance” after we’ve enjoyed all the food and each other’s company.

In keeping with the family theme and spirit, we also invite you to bring along a dessert, to be placed on a communal table for all to enjoy; so, whether you would like to bring along a home baked family favorite, a fruit salad, or prefer to pick up something from your favorite bakery, we hope you will contribute as you would when attending a family gathering.

We hope everyone has been enjoying the summer and we all look forward to reconnecting at the Festival in September. Be sure to watch the parish bulletin for further updates!

Please note the following practical considerations:

* Please note that in order to ensure the safety and comfort of all guests, we will have security personnel on hand to provide assistance to anyone who may over indulge.

**For those who are unable to attend the 3:45 Mass, our regularly scheduled 5:00 pm Mass will take place in the church; please note however, that the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) will not take place as scheduled.