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
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.
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.
Crossing the Red Sea: An Interfaith Passover Celebration Wednesday, April 8th
On Wednesday April 8 at 6:00 pm, please join us for a very special evening. Father Bob and Rabbi Aaron Benson from North Shore Jewish Center invite family and friends from both communities to ‘Crossing the Red Sea: An Interfaith Passover Celebration.’ Make this Passover and Easter holiday season a time of understanding and new friendships! The event will take place at NSJC, 385 Old Town Road, Port Jefferson Station, NY, and will include:
A chance to learn about shared stories and values around the Passover holiday
The musical talents of Father Bob, with Rabbi Benson as back-up singer
Creative games and fun prizes
A yummy and family-friendly dinner of kosher for Passover food
An opportunity to help the non-profit ‘Birthday Wishes,’ which enables local homeless kids celebrate their birthdays
Don’t miss this chance to celebrate with old friends and make some new ones, too!
Suggested donation is $13 per adult, $7 per child over 6 (children under 6 are free), or $40 per family. Also, please bring one new, unwrapped toy or book as a donation for Birthday Wishes. Please RSVP to Isabel Smith by Wednesday, April 1 at Isabel@Barker-PR.com or 818-922-5520. Checks should be made out to North Shore Jewish Center, and sent to NSJC: Interfaith Passover, 385 Old Town Road, Port Jefferson Station, NY, 11776; alternatively, payment can be made at the door (but please remember all RSVPs MUST be received by April 1).
Spring Bereavement Support Group – April & May
Spring Bereavement Support Group now forming at St. James Parish.
The St. James Parish Bereavement Ministry will offer a free 8-week peer support group for adults struggling to cope with the death of a loved one. Registration is required for this group, which will begin on Thursday, April 16, 2015. For additional information and to register, please call 941-4141, ext. 341.
Please note that in order to participate in this group, the loss must have occurred prior to January 16, 2015.
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!