[Lenten Resources]

In Lent, the baptized are called to renew their baptismal commitmentWe are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent, but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ’s death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Below you will find some practical suggestions and resources to help answer the call to renew our baptismal commitment during this season and be lead to new life in Christ at Easter.

Take home the Little Black Book for Lent to help guide you in prayer and renew your relationship with Christ during Lent 2020. In addition, we have a limited number of Seeds of Hope prayer books which offer different, but equally enriching daily reflections. Pick up a copy of either on the weekend of February 22/23, located on the tables at either end of our narthex.

Learn More about Your Catholic Faith: Go to http://www.FORMED.org You should see the registration box for parishioners. Type in the parish code: DHTGWY. Now set up your username and a password. You will be all set to use the great programs on FORMED.org anytime, simply by logging in.

Visit our Parish Library located in the coat room of the Church and check out a Lenten themed book. Find a complete listing of these resources at www.stjamesge.org/parish-library

Register for Dynamic Catholic’s daily email program: Best Lent Ever. You may register to receive these daily reflections via email here: https://dynamiccatholic.com/best-lent-ever/#sign-up-form. In addition, this year we are offering a limited number of the companion Best Lent Ever Journal to use in conjunction with the Best Lent Ever email program. Pick up your copy the weekend of February 22/23, located on the tables at either end of our narthex.

Browse the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s website and specifically their page about Lent: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/lent/index.cfm Be sure to scroll over the right hand column which has a myriad of links to Lenten resources.

Plan a Stop at the St. James Information Rack in the Coat Room. There you will find free prayer cards, books and materials aimed to enrich your faith life.

Sign Up to Serve as a Gift Bearer at a weekend Mass during Lent. God has called us all, to participate in our parish at some level.  It takes all of us in our different roles to make this a vibrant community of faith. What an honor it is to carry the wine and bread to the celebrant at Mass for consecration! Any occasion can be a time to serve as a Gift Bearer: a birthday, an anniversary, or just a “happy day,” or maybe you would like to bring up the gifts on the memorial of a loved one.

The ministry of Gift Bearer is a time during the Mass when anyone, no matter what your level of involvement, can actively take part in the Mass. No special training is required to serve in this ministry, just your commitment to serve at any given Mass of your choosing while dressing in your Sunday’s best!  Three gift bearers are needed to carry the wine and the bread, but larger families are invited to walk up together, with some designated to carry the gifts. Individuals are invited to sign up as well. Each week you will find a Sign Up Sheet for the following weekend’s Masses on the bulletin board of the Liturgical Kiosk-the wooden bookcase found to the left of our St. James Statue in the narthex. We invite you to participate!

Participate in the ancient and beautiful prayer of Stations of the Cross. Stations are prayed every Friday during Lent at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m.

Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Reconciliation is celebrated every Saturday from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the church. In addition, we will have a Parish Reconciliation Service on Tuesday, March 24th at 7 p.m. Visit our Liturgical Kiosk in the narthex or our Information Rack in the Coat Room for some resources to assist you in preparing for the sacrament.

Pray the Rosary alone or with our Daily Rosary Group. Monday through Friday, St. James Parishioners gather at 7:30 a.m. to pray the rosary. New to the Rosary? Or has it awhile? Visit our Information Rack in the Coat Room where you will find a pamphlet on How to Pray the Rosary. Need a Rosary? Visit our statue of the Blessed Mother in church and at the base of the statue you will find a bowl filled with rosaries. Please take one!

Attend Mass during the week. Mass is celebrated at 8 a.m., Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, we offer a Communion Service. We welcome you to join the community of daily communicants.