“But this I will call to mind; therefore I will hope: The LORD’s acts of mercy are not exhausted, his compassion is not spent; They are renewed each morning—great is your  faithfulness!”


As the sun rises on a new day, we remember that God’s loving presence and compassion are ever new and we call upon Him to hold us, our loved ones and the world in His mercy. In today’s edition, we will give you an update on a few prayer resources, as well as help you prep for this Sunday with the list of readings, Fr. David’s homily and a link to your Sunday bulletin.

Pope Francis Invites Us to Pray at 12 Noon Today

Join Pope Francis on Friday, March 27 for a special Urbi et Orbi blessing live from St. Peter’s Square. The prayer and blessing will be broadcast on the Vatican News website (https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html) at 6pm Rome time, 12 pm CST. The Holy Father will grant to all participants who participate in the live stream a Plenary Indulgence before imparting the Urbi et Orbi Blessing.

Our Diocese is offering Daily Masses Online at:

9:00 a.m. celebrated by Fr. Burke Masters and Fr. Ryan Adorjan at https://www.youtube.com/user/dramadude12; and
11:30 a.m. celebrated by Bishop Pates, at https://www.youtube.com/c/DioceseofJolietIL

Other Ways to Attend Mass from Home

EWTN.com has daily Mass as well as recitation of the Rosary and other devotional programs. Mercy Home for Boys and Girls also televises Sunday Mass (you can go to mercyhome.org/Sunday-mass for more information. The televised Mass is normally on Sundays at 9:30 AM on WGN – channel 9.) Relevantradio.com is also a good source of Catholic devotional material.  They also have Masses streamed from their website. For more local options from within our diocese, visit http://www.dioceseofjoliet.org/bishop/content1.php?secid=74

Act of Spiritual Communion by Saint Alphonsus Ligouri:

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Lent:

Reading One:  Ezekiel 37:12-14

Reading Two:  Romans 8:8-11

Gospel:  John 11:1-45

This Sunday’s Bulletin:

To access this Sunday’s bulletin, click here: https://stjamesge.org/sample-page/bulletin-archive/

Father David’s Homily

To access Fr. David’s homily for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, click here: https://stjamesge.org/fr-davids-sunday-homilies/

Questions? Needs? Suggestions?

If you have any questions you would like answered in Monday’s check-in, please email lisa@stjamesge.org. Needs? Suggestions? Let us know!
May God bless us all and keep us close to His heart. Have a blessed weekend!