You are Invited to Visit Our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament
As of this morning, the tabernacle with our Lord’s presence has been placed just inside the church narthex, adjacent to the front doors of the church. Parishioners are invited to drive up outside and pause for a short prayer and perhaps to make the sign of the cross. If you are walking along Park Blvd and Fawell, you may want to stop and say a brief prayer from the outside looking in. Please do not gather there, but instead keep your visit short. Most importantly, if you do stop, please be sure to keep social distancing between yourself and others.
The tabernacle will remain in this place until we are able to open the church again.
Below is a beautiful prayer by St. Alphonsus Ligouri that may be prayed during your brief visit:
A Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament
My LORD Jesus Christ, Who because of Your love for men remain night and day in the Blessed Sacrament, full of pity and of love, awaiting, calling and welcoming all who come to visit You, I believe that You are present here (on the altar). I adore You, and I thank You for all the graces You have bestowed on me, especially for having given me Yourself in this Sacrament, for having given me Your most holy Mother Mary to plead for me, and for having called me to visit You (at) in this church.
I now salute Your most loving Heart, and that for three ends: first, in thanksgiving for this great gift; secondly, to make amends to You for all the outrages committed against You in this Sacrament by Your enemies; thirdly, I intend by this visit to adore You in all the places on earth in which You are present in the Blessed Sacrament and in which You are least honored and most abandoned.
My Jesus, I love You with my whole heart. I am very sorry for having so many times offended Your infinite goodness. With the help of Your grace, I purpose never to offend You again. And now, unworthy though I am, I consecrate myself to You without reserve. I renounce and give entirely to You my will, my affection, my desires and all that I possess. For the future, dispose of me and all I have as You please.
All I ask of You is Your holy love, final perseverance and that I may carry out Your will perfectly. I recommend to You the souls in Purgatory, especially those who had the greatest devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and to the Blessed Virgin Mary. I also recommend to You all poor sinners.
Finally, my dear Savior, I unite all my desires with the desires of Your most loving Heart; and I offer them, thus united, to the Eternal Father, and beseech Him, in Your name and for love of You, to accept and grant them.
Post-Surgery Update from Fr. John Sebahar
Fr. Sebahar wanted to thank all of the parishioners of St. James who prayed for recovery from his surgery to receive a pacemaker. He is home, getting stronger each day and happy to be using his cane again after needing a walker for some time after surgery. Fr. Sebahar would also like to express his gratitude to all who sent him cards and well wishes. Your outreach has been a blessing!
Thank You for Answering the Call!
Last Wednesday we asked for help from you so that we will be able to provide parishioners with face masks if needed when we are able to reopen church again. WOW did you show up again with your generous hearts!
To date we have received loads of fabric, thread, ribbon and some elastic (which is hard to find right now), 70 completed masks and over $1000 for supplies to make more! Thank you so much to all who have contributed in these many ways.
Can You Help Sew Masks for St. James?
A big thank you to those of you who contacted us offering your time to sew, both by hand and on your sewing machines. If you can help, we have left supplies in baskets in the covered area outside of the Ministry Center front door for those who want to sew. There are 2 baskets filled with gallon size plastic bags full of fabric and coordinating thread, as well as suggested patterns if you don’t already have one. There is another basket with extra thread and yet one more with some elastic and ribbon. If you can help, please stop by at your convenience and take what you are able to sew. We will leave out the baskets until the supplies are gone for this round of mask making.
When you are finished sewing the masks, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for drop off. Thank you!
Come See the Difference! Our transition and adjustment to Remote Learning has been a huge success in 2020. Our School Family has been drawn closer together as we work together intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally. Our teachers and staff have gone above and beyond during this unprecedented time and our children and families have met us at the top! We are looking forward to the day when our school hallways are filled with laughter and learning.
Consider joining our family as we inspire your journey with Christ. Visit our website www.stjamesge-school.org and give us a call at 630-469-8060 for information about our Preschool through 8th grade. Seats are filling fast for Fall 2020.