Catholic churches around the world are closing, with Masses and other parish services cancelled by many bishops. These are prudent and necessary measures designed to keep people healthy. But they come at some cost: For many people, this removes one of the most consoling parts of their lives—the Mass and the Eucharist—and isolates them even more from the community at a time when they most need support.

What can one do instead? Well, there are many televised and live streamed Masses available, as well as ones broadcast on the radio. But even if you can’t find one, you can pray on your own. When you do, remember that you’re still part of a community. There is also the longstanding tradition in our church of receiving a “spiritual communion,” when, if you cannot participate in the Mass in person, you unite yourself with God in prayer.

from Faith in the Time of Coronavirus by Fr. James Martin, SJ

friday check-in from st. james the apostle parish: 05.31.20


Pentecost Sunday

We invite you to participate in this weekend’s Mass online celebrating Pentecost Sunday. Click the link below to watch and as always you will find the order of service, Fr. David’s homily and the Sunday bulletin available for you to download and/or print. 

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Join Us for a Parade to Celebrate Fr. David’s 36th Anniversary of Ordination on Tuesday, June 2nd at 5:30 P.M.

All are invited to join us as we wish Fr. David a happy 36th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood on Tuesday, June 2nd at 5:30 P.M. In the interest of creating a safe pattern of traffic, we will line up our procession of cars at Parkview School on Park Blvd. beginning at 5:20 P.M. The parade of cars will drive slowly past the parish rectory, where Fr. David will be standing in his driveway on Prince Edward Road.

We ask that everyone please remain in your cars, but take a moment to honk your horn as you pass by and express your gratitude to Fr. David for his ministry to our parish.

If you aren’t able to join us, but wish to express your gratitude to Fr. David for his ministry, well wishes may be emailed to frdavid@stjamesge.org or mailed to him at St. James the Apostle Parish, 480 S. Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.

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Join Pope Francis in Praying the Rosary Saturday at 10:30 A.M. CST

Pope Francis is once again urging all of humanity to pray together for divine help during the coronavirus pandemic.

On Saturday at 5:30 P.M. Rome time the Pope will lead the recitation of the Rosary from the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican Gardens.

The Decades of the Rosary will be recited by men and women representing the various categories of people who have been particularly affected by Covid-19.

These include a doctor and a nurse; someone who recovered from the illness and someone who lost a loved-one to it; a priest, a hospital chaplain, and a nun who is a nurse. Other participants include a pharmacist, a doctor, and a journalist; an Italian Civil Protection volunteer; and, a young family who welcomed a baby into the world during the pandemic.

As the Marian month of May draws to a close, Pope Francis is bringing the trials and tribulations of people around the world to the feet of Mary.

The event will be broadcast live throughout the world on a host of Vatican channels, with English-language commentary provided.

–          Via the Vatican News portal: click here

–          Via the Vatican News English YouTube channel: click here

–          Live-streamed on our Facebook page: click here


wednesday check-in From St. James the Apostle Parish: 05.27.20


Reopening Update

The parish Reopening Leadership Team continues the necessary work to complete the requirements set forth by the Diocese of Joliet so that we may apply for certification to open for Phase I. Phase I permits us to celebrate Baptisms, Funerals and Reconciliations with 10 people or less.

A letter will be mailed by the end of this week from Fr. David outlining the process and requesting much needed help from volunteers in order to move forward.

In the mailing you will also find a brochure from the Bishop’s office explaining what parishioners may expect when the time comes to reopen for celebrations of daily and weekend Mass. Please familiarize yourself with the new guidelines every parish in the Diocese will follow when we are permitted to gather in the church again at limited capacity. Stay posted to your Flocknotes where we will share all updates about reopening.

Congratulations Graduates!

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We would like to congratulate all parishioners who are celebrating a graduation from pre-school, kindergarten, middle school, high school or college. Even though we cannot celebrate in the ways we anticipated, be assured of our pride in your accomplishments and our prayers for your future!

Prayer for Graduates

Gracious and loving God, You have guided our students on their journey, and provided the light for their paths to the future. We thank you for your abiding presence with each of our graduates, from the child completing pre-school to those who seek educational opportunities as adults. Continue to bless our graduates with the gifts of your Spirit as they look forward to new and sturdy growth in life.

For those who begin new paths in daily work and living, guide them in your truth. Grace them with the strength and support to carry out their new responsibilities. For those who will move on to high school or college, we ask you to bless them with open hearts and a thirst for knowledge. May they embrace this passage not as an end, but as a beginning. For those who remain in the circle of this loving community, we ask you to help us continue to support their efforts and endeavors, that they may always know your love and continue to grow in wisdom.

May all of our graduates in every stage of life be strengthened in the hope of a new future and give praise for the many gifts and blessings you give them. Amen.

News from the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry

The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry distributed 6,185 bags of food during April, which is an increase of 48% from last year. The food is going out as fast as we receive it. Although a lot of the basic food we distribute is purchased from the Northern Illinois Food Bank, donations are still needed. Donations can be dropped off inside the entrance of Grace Lutheran Church at 493 Forest Ave. Monday-Friday from 9 am-1 pm. A special table has been set up marked for donations. Because of the virus, donated food is held for approximately 72 hours and wiped down before distributed again. The staff has been working hard and doing an extraordinary job in providing food to those in need. All donations are appreciated. Call the Pantry at 630.469.6988 if you need to arrange another drop off time.

Upcoming Food Drive: May 30th Hosted by Village Green Baptist Church

Join us from 9-11 am on Sat 5/30 in the parking lot of Village Green Baptist Church, 200 S. Lambert Road in Glen Ellyn – there will be volunteers helping with a contact-less drop off.

Top Needs List

Below is a specific list of items that are in the highest demand. You’ll notice non-shelf stable items on this list. Due to COVID-19, we’ve had to suspend grocery recovery from local stores so we haven’t been able to get our regular meat, produce, and frozen items. We’re hoping you can help.

Frozen/Refrigerated: ground beef, chicken, pizza, frozen veggies

Produce: potatoes, onions, apples, oranges

Staples: flour, sugar, pancake/syrup, dried/canned beans (pinto, kidney, white), canned peas/mixed veggies, peanut butter/jelly, white/brown/flavored boxed rice, hamburger helper, canned chili, canned pasta ravioli

Personal Care: laundry detergent, shampoo

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Prayer for a New Bishop

As the Diocese of Joliet enters into a time of selection and appointment of a new bishop, our Apostolic Administrator, Bishop Pates, invites all parishioners to pray the prayers below:

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friday check-in from st. james the apostle parish: 5.22.20


Ascension of the Lord

We invite you to participate in this weekend’s Mass online celebrating the Ascension of the Lord. Watch below and as always you will find the order of service, Fr. David’s homily and the Sunday bulletin available for you to download and/or print. 

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A Prayer for Memorial Day

With Gratitude and Honor

Gracious God, on this Memorial Day weekend,

we remember and give thanks

for those who have given their lives

in the service of our country.

When the need was greatest,

they stepped forward and did their duty

to defend the freedoms that we enjoy,

and to win the same for others.

O God, you yourself have taught us

that no love is greater than that

which gives itself for another.

These honored dead gave the most precious gift they had,

life itself,

for loved ones and neighbors,

for comrades and country – and for us.

Help us to honor their memory

by caring for the family members

they have left behind,

by ensuring that their wounded comrades

are properly cared for,

by being watchful caretakers of the freedoms

for which they gave their lives,

and by demanding that no other young men and women

follow them to a soldier’s grave

unless the reason is worthy and the cause is just.

Holy One, help us to remember that freedom is not free.

There are times when its cost is, indeed, dear.

Never let us forget those who paid so terrible a price

to ensure that freedom would be our legacy.

Though their names may fade with the passing of generations,

may we never forget what they have done.

Help us to be worthy of their sacrifice,

O God, help us to be worthy.

– J. Veltri, S.J.

A Note for Those Dropping Off Your Offering at the Ministry Center

Thank you for your ongoing support of the parish! If you are among those who have been dropping off your offering at the Ministry Center, please be sure to utilize the gray metal lock box located to the left of the front door, not the wooden mailbox that is located to the right. The gray box is locked and secured and will be checked daily. The wooden mailbox is not secure. We truly appreciate your ongoing generosity and sacrificial giving! May God bless you!

Please note there will be no Monday Check-in Flocknote on Memorial Day. Have a blessed and enjoyable holiday weekend!


wednesday check-in from st. james the apostle parish: 5.20.20

A Friendly Reminder: NO, Fr. David Did NOT Send You that Email Today Asking You for Help

Many parishioners have contacted us to let us know they received an email from Fr. David asking for help. The email was NOT from Fr. David. We advise you to delete it, and all others like it without responding.

If Fr. David ever needs your help, he will most likely give you a call or send you a letter ; )

If you want to offer Fr. David your help or just let him know you miss him or are praying for him, he can be reached at his REAL email address: frdavid@stjamesge.org.

This week we celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home).

In the encyclical, Pope Francis teaches us that “everything is connected.” Come together in unity with Catholics from all around the world for Laudato Si’ Week.

Learn more at www.laudatosiweek.org

The Holy Father and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops invite us to pray this Common Prayer at noon on Sunday, May 24th.  May we join with Catholics globally to thank God for the gift of all Creation and pray that we might be good stewards of the world He has entrusted to our care.

TAKING ACTION

Questions for consideration: (Taken from Renewing the Earth: An Invitation to Reflection and Action on Environment in Light of Catholic Social Teaching, 1991)

For Catholics

• How are we called to care for God’s creation?

• How may we apply our social teaching with its emphasis on the life and dignity of the human person, to the challenge of protecting the earth, our common home?

• What can we in the Catholic community offer to the environmental movement, and what can we learn from it?

• How can we encourage a serious dialogue in the Catholic community—in our parishes, schools, colleges, universities and other settings—on the significant ethical dimensions of the environmental crisis?

For more information on the issue, go to www.usccb.org/environment.


monday check-in from st. james the apostle parish: 5.18.20

Our New Reopening Leadership Team

As communicated in last Thursday’s Special Communications Flocknote, all parishes in all dioceses in the state of Illinois have been tasked by the cardinal and the bishops to create a Reopening Leadership Team. By Friday of last week, Fr. David had created this team and today all members completed online training hosted by the Archdiocese of Chicago. The webinar provided an overview of the phases of opening and very specific guidelines we must be able to implement in order to be certified by the diocese to begin with Phase I.

Tomorrow, the team will be meeting together for the first time to begin creating our implementation plan. We ask you to please pray for Fr. David and the team members as they work at the steps required for certification. May the Holy Spirit give them wisdom and discernment as they set forth to create a plan which cares for the utmost safety and well-being of our parishioners.

Keep an eye on your Flocknotes for updates from this team. If you missed last Thursday’s communications, the letter from the Bishop and the Executive Summary on the Phased Reopening of the Diocese of Joliet may be found below for download and or printing.

May Crowning by the Eighth Grade Class of St. James the Apostle School

Earlier this month, in lieu of the May Crowning normally celebrated in the month of May by St. James the Apostle School, each eighth grader and their family was invited to come individually to our outdoor statue of the Blessed Mother at different times and add a rose to the vase found at her feet, as well as take a photo of the experience.

By practicing responsible social distancing, together they created a beautiful shared experience as you see in their collage of photos below. We thank all who participated and made this special experience a reality.


friday check-in from st. james the apostle parish: 5.15.20

We invite you to join us online for Mass at St. James for the Sixth Sunday of Easter. The Order of Service, Fr. David’s Homily and this Sunday’s Bulletin may be found attached below to download and/or print.

Click Here to Watch Mass for the Sixth Sunday of Easter:


Wednesday check-in from st. james the apostle parish: 5.13.20

Tools to Keep Your Marriage Healthy

The Eastern DuPage Deanery Marriage Ministry is providing several YouTube videos demonstrating communication “Tools” to help keep your marriage relationship with love ones emotionally and peacefully connected during these stressful times. In this way, families are experiencing the “Domestic Church” which is a tangible expression of Christ’s mercy, acceptance, and love in our very homes!

Please access our YouTube videos via the  Eastern Dupage Deanery Marriage Ministry Facebook Page, or Eastern DuPage Deanery Marriage Ministry YouTube Channel.  If you have questions, please contact us at Easterndupagemem@gmail.com. Please stay safe and know that you and your families are always in our prayers.


Register to Participate at: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=o6RE-5_1SU2EXQaSblAGqnFfuQreI3pKvXdzrc6VK2hUODYyUlo4U1AxRUlIUkdPN1E5UUVDUDNGQy4u

monday check-in from St. james the apostle parish: 5.11.20

Thursday, May 14th: A Day of Prayer, Fasting and Works of Charity

Pope Francis has accepted the proposal from the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity for May 14, 2020, to be a Day of Prayer and Fasting and Works of Charity, to implore God to help humanity overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

“And, as prayer is a universal value, I have accepted the proposal of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity so that next May 14 believers of all religions unite spiritually in a Day of Prayer and Fasting and Works of Charity, to implore God to help humanity overcome the coronavirus pandemic. Remember: May 14, all believers together, believers of different traditions, to pray, fast, and do works of charity.”

All parishioners are invited to take part is this special day in any ways in which you are able.

We Mourn the Passing of our Beloved Parishioner and Longtime Ministry Center Volunteer Marie Kohler

On Saturday, May 9th, beloved parishioner and longtime Ministry Center volunteer Marie Kohler passed away at the age of 95. Marie was a bright light who could be found just about every weekday seated in the chairs at daily Mass. She was a prayer warrior, a faithful member of the daily Rosary group and a former CCW Woman of the Year.

Marie served regularly as a volunteer in the Ministry Center for over a decade. Throughout the years she worked in the front office, she cheerfully assisted with all of our parish mailings, answered phones and spread her love and joy to numerous visitors, many staff members and two pastors. She became a beloved adjunct member of our parish staff. In the picture above, she was celebrating her “retirement” at the age of 93.

Marie will be greatly missed by so many who came to know and love her. She had a gift of making every one of her friends feel as if they were her most favorite person in the world.  Marie leaves behind her son John, grandsons Jason (Marina), Adam, Ryan (Kelly), granddaughter Sarah, great granddaughter Sophia and friends as countless as the stars. The family plans to celebrate Marie’s life at a Memorial Mass when we may gather in church again.

Eternal rest grant unto Marie, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


friday check-in from st. james the apostle parish: 5.8.20

Happy Mother’s Day!

We would like to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all women who have given us life and to all women of faith who have shared life-giving love with us! In a special way we also remember with gratitude our mothers who are deceased, whose legacy of love endures within us.

A Message from Fr. David Hankus

Dear Parishioners,

So many of us long for the opportunity to return to our churches and attend Mass in person. The Bishops of Illinois as well as the priests of the Joliet Diocese are working on how that can happen in the safest way possible. The rules and guidelines put forth for our state will certainly be followed and as soon as we are permitted and able to accommodate people safely we will do so.  Let us continue to pray and ask our Lord to guide us during these difficult times. Please also know that you are remembered in my daily Masses and prayers. May God bless us all!

Fr. David

Mass for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

This weekend’s Mass includes a Blessing for all Mothers, prayers for our deceased mothers and the liturgy concludes with May Crowning and special prayers to our Lord and Our Blessed Mother. All of the prayers and songs may be found in the Order of Service below.

Our Seven Super Sewers

Currently we have seven super sewers who generously continue to give of their time and talent to create fabric face masks. Since the State of Illinois will require us to wear masks when we are able to attend Mass in church again, we will provide a face mask to any parishioner without one until supplies run out.

We also are so grateful for the countless individuals who have donated supplies like fabric, elastic, thread and money to enable us to expand this project.

Materials are available for pickup in baskets outside the front door of the Ministry Center. We invite anyone who wants to be a part of the project to stop by and take some supplies to make masks. Finished masks may be left in the mail box at the Ministry Center.

If you want more information or have any questions, please contact lisa@stjamesge.org

monday check-in from st. james the apostle parish: 5.4.20

Pope Francis Accepts the Resignation of Bishop Conlon

This morning, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop R. Daniel Conlon, who has been on medical leave since December 27, 2019.  Bishop Pates will remain our Apostolic Administrator until we are appointed a new bishop. Below you will find a statement by the Diocese of Joliet and one from Bishop Conlon. Let us continue to pray for Bishop Conlon as he transitions into retirement.

Mother’s Day Cards for Charity

Project Love is a program of Illinois Right to Life. Our mission is to provide grants to pregnant women and new mothers who are in a financial crisis. We help with rent, utility bills, and other urgent expenses. We are a 501(c)3 charity. You can read more about us at the IRL website: www.IllinoisRighttoLife.org

Last year our parish participated in providing beautiful Mother’s Day cards in the Narthex the weekend before Mother’s Day. This is one important way we raise money for our grants. Since we are not able to offer the cards this year in person, we are offering you an opportunity to not only receive these beautiful cards, but also support Project Love in the process. Just view the desgins above and then complete the form attached for download below and mail it to Eileen McGleam (address on form). A Mass is said for all the Mothers, and the Project Love Committee prays for the Mothers who receive these cards. (Can’t get that at Hallmark!) Thank you!

Mother’s Day Card Order Form

May Crowning this Weekend

This weekend, following the online Mass, we will crown the statue of Mary and pray special prayers in honor of the Blessed Mother. We will also crown the outdoor statue so if you pay a brief visit to this statue in this month of May, you will be able to see it. When we send out the link to Mass in Friday’s Check-In, we will include a link to the Order of Service for the crowning.

May Crowning at Home

Below is a link to an excellent article from Word on Fire on how to crown Mary in your own home:  https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/blog/crowning-mary-in-a-covid-19-lockdown/27293/

We Pray for Our First Communicants

Let us remember in our prayers the parish children who were to celebrate their First Eucharist this past weekend.  May the Lord give them patience to wait in joyful hope for when they may receive His Body and Blood for the first time.

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friday check-in from st. james the apostle parish: 5.1.20

Today is the 1st May and May is the month of Mary. Mary is our Mother who guides & comforts us. When we pray the Hail Mary, we remember that Mary prays with us & for us. Why not pray a Hail Mary or a decade of the rosary to begin the month of May?

A Message from Bishop Pates, Apostolic Administrator of our Diocese

As we embark on the month of May, Bishop Pates has a message for all parishioners. Click on the link to watch: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2839674586108300

Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

You are invited to join us online this weekend as Fr. David celebrates the Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Easter. Click on the link below to watch. We also invite you to download and/or print the Order of Service, Fr. David’s Homily and this Sunday’s bulletin which are found below.

Snail Mail Coming Your Way!

Each registered parish family will be receiving a prayer card in the mail next week. It is the Prayer of Spiritual Communion that you may use to pray during the time of communion while watching Mass online. We hope you will enjoy receiving it!

Join the Bishops today as they Consecrate North America to the Blessed Mother

As we mentioned in Monday’s Check-In, today the bishops will consecrate North America to the Blessed Mother. Watch live today at 2 PM today at facebook.com/usccb

Today We Celebrate St. Joseph the Worker

Do you find yourself in need of prayer looking for work these days? We offer this prayer to St. Joseph for Employment printed below in the hope it might provide some relief and comfort to those of you caught in this position.

Prayer to St. Joseph for Employment

Dear Saint Joseph,

You were yourself once faced with the responsibility of providing the necessities of life for Jesus and Mary.

Look down with fatherly compassion upon me in my anxiety with my present inability to support my family.

Please help me find gainful employment  very soon, so that this great burden  of concern will be lifted from my heart and that I am soon able  to provide for those whom God has entrusted to my care.

Help me guard against discouragement, so that I may emerge from this trial spiritually enriched and with  even greater blessings from God. Amen.

—FROM OURCATHOLICPRAYERS.COM


wednesday check-in from St. james the Apostle parish

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!


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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 lisa@stjamesge.org to arrange for drop off. Thank you!


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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. 

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monday check-in from st. james the apostle parish

A Letter from Father David Hankus

Dear Parishioners,

It is my prayer and hope that you doing well during these difficult and challenging times. So many of you have commented via email on how meaningful the “on line” liturgies have been for your spiritual nourishment. Our parish staff has been working hard to make sure that we can offer you the best spiritual materials available as well as communicating to you the latest news regarding the Church and its guidelines during this time.

Please know that all of the scheduled Masses are being celebrated privately both by Fr. Sebahar and myself.  Your intentions are always included in these Masses. If you have any prayer requests that you would like prayed for during these Masses, please go to: prayerrequests@stjamesge.org and write out your intentions. I check the list daily.

Finally, I would like to sincerely thank you for your continued financial support of the parish. It is truly inspiring to see our parish family being faithful to stewardship despite financial difficulties so many people have these days. I can also assure you that we are trying to keep our expenses down as much as possible.

Please know that you are remembered in my Masses and prayers every day. As St. Padre Pio tells us, “Pray, hope and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.” 
God’s blessings to you!

Father David

Honoring the Blessed Mother in the Month of May
In the coming month of May, Mary’s month, and at this time of pandemic, Pope Francis is encouraging us to pray the Rosary. He has added two prayers that we may say at the end of the prayer.

Below for download and/or printing we share with you his letter and the two prayers.

For a refresher on how to pray the Rosary, go to: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/rosaries/how-to-pray-the-rosary.cfm

Consecration of the United States and Canada to Mary, Mother of the Church
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has announced the U.S. bishops will join the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops May 1 in consecrating the two nations to the care of the Blessed Mother under the title “Mary, Mother of the Church.”

“This will give the church the occasion to pray for Our Lady’s continued protection of the vulnerable, healing of the unwell and wisdom for those who work to cure this terrible virus,” said Archbishop Gomez in a letter to the U.S. bishops. Each year, the church seeks the special intercession of the Mother of God during the month of May. “This year, we seek the assistance of Our Lady all the more earnestly as we face together the effects of the global pandemic,” he said.

This consecration reaffirms the bishops’ previous consecrations of the United States to Mary. In 1792, the first bishop of the United States, Bishop John Carroll, consecrated the nation to Mary under the title Immaculate Conception, and in 1846, the bishops unanimously chose Mary under that title as the patroness of the nation.In 1959, Cardinal Patrick O’Boyle of Washington again consecrated the United States to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This was the year when construction of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington was completed. The national shrine was elevated to minor basilica status by St. John Paul ll Oct. 12, 1990. This was renewed by the U.S. bishops Nov. 11, 2006.

Archbishop Gomez will lead the prayer of reconsecration May 1 at 3 p.m. (EDT) and has invited the bishops to join in from their respective dioceses and asked them to extend the invitation to the faithful in their dioceses for their participation.This reconsecration follows the Latin American bishops’ council who consecrated Latin America and the Caribbean to Our Lady of Guadalupe on Easter.

To watch this event live on Friday, May 1st, visit the Facebook Page of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: https://www.facebook.com/usccb/


Friday check-in from st. james the apostle parish

We invite you to come home to St. James this weekend through attending Mass online for the Third Sunday of Easter. Click on the link below to connect.

To follow along at home we offer the following files for you to download and/or print:

STAY-AT-HOME EXTENSION

As we were anticipating, yesterday Governor Prizker announced the extended Illinois’ stay-at-home order through the end of May. The new order extension takes effect May 1st. 

As a result, St. James the Apostle Parish, Ministry Center Offices and facilities will remain closed. We will work hard to continue to keep you connected and provide spiritual resources, including Sunday Mass, each week. We invite you to check us out on Facebook: St James the Apostle Parish in Glen Ellyn Illinois and on Twitter: St James Glen Ellyn for additional daily updates of resources cultivated from many Catholic and local community sources of great information.

If you have any suggestions as to how we may better serve your needs during our days apart, please don’t hesitate to share them by emailing lisa@stjamesge.org

ARE YOU IN NEED OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?

In these unprecedented times, many find themselves in need of financial assistance for the first time ever. Our St. James St. Vincent de Paul Society serves those in need in our local community. If you are in need of assistance, please call us: (630) 984-5433

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED GENEROSITY!

We want to thank the many parishioners who have found themselves still able to contribute financially to the parish. It truly makes a difference.

In response to those who continue to inquire about how to give their normal Sunday offering during these days when the church and offices are closed, we are now offering an easy way to contribute using E-Giving.

Click the link below to give on a one-time basis -OR- sign up for E-giving on a more regular basis:

https://gp.vancopayments.com/gpo/#/donateNow/6993f0ab-5c86-4804-b0b2-00e0247

If you prefer not to give online, contributions to the parish may be mailed to St. James the Apostle Parish, 480 S. Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137—OR—dropped off in the lock box outside the Ministry Center door. Both the mail and lock box will be checked daily.

Thank you for your ongoing support. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and needed.


wednesday check-in from st. james the apostle parish

Good afternoon!

Although we live with many unknowns at this time, what we can count on as unchanged is the love of God for us and our desire to be reunited with Him in the sacramental life. Absence certainly does make the heart grow fonder!

New Parish Project

As we dream of the days when we can gather again for Mass in the church, we are thinking of ways we can begin to prepare now. We imagine that much will look different in our post-quarantine life together, including our gatherings at church. In anticipation of the possibility it may include the wearing of face masks for all participants, we would like to invite those interested to participate in a new parish project.

We are looking for donations of time, talent and goods to create fabric face masks we can provide for parishioners that may be in need of one when we are able to return to attending Mass in the church.

Ways in which you can get involved:

Do you have some time and sewing skills to make fabric face masks?

Do you have any fabric you can donate to those who will be sewing?

Do you have elastic you can donate to those who will be sewing?

Do you have any thread you can donate to those who will be sewing?

Do you want to donate funds to buy the products we need instead?

If so, we want to hear from you! Please email lisa@stjamesge.org to let her know if you want to participate in this parish project and in what capacity.

Once the masks are made, we will sanitize them and bag them in ziploc bags to be available to those in need once our doors reopen. 


Bible Study for Teens, Led by Teens today and every Wednesday at 4:30 PM

All parish teens are invited to participate in this week’s Bible study which will be Luke 24: 36-53, and Acts 1: 1-12.  Please have these passages read ahead of time.

We are excited to say we will be led through these passages by three of our awesome teens, Joey, Hans and Jaden!!

Here is the Zoom info to log today, April 22nd, from 4:30-5 PM:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86318016901?pwd=VXBSVjZTLzlYYlFZWVVST0VKS29JUT09

Password:  216182


Tonight at 7 PM ET — Fr. Mike Schmitz on Baptism and Belonging: Being Part of the Family of God When the Family of God Can’t Gather

In these strange and challenging times, we all find ourselves separated from our extended families, from our brothers and sisters, our parents and grandparents.

We also find ourselves separated from our Christian family, from our brothers and sisters in Christ.

We all feel these losses. And we are all suffering from them, because we are united in the family of God by virtue of our baptism.

We belong to each other, and together we belong to God.

Tonight at 7 PM ET, Fr. Mike Schmitz will join us live on Facebook to discuss the topic of belonging as it relates to our identity as children in the family of God, especially in times of fear, stress, and uncertainty.

You don’t need a Facebook account to see the video. All you have to do is click the link provided below! Visit Ascension’s Facebook Page

P.S. If you aren’t able to catch Fr. Mike’s presentation live, no need to worry. All of the videos will also be saved to our Facebook page for later viewing.

If you have any questions or needs you think the parish can help with, please feel free to contact Lisa Gilligan: lisa@stjamesge.org and she will direct your inquiries to the pastoral staff person at St. James who may best be able to assist you.

May God bless you and your loved ones with the grace you need most to endure the challenges of these days.

monday check-in from st. james the apostle parish

Some Things Have Not Changed
Although the landscape of our world looks so very different than it did a mere 6 weeks ago, there are some things that have not changed at all. One of those things is the generous and selfless spirit of our St. James parishioners, poured out in acts of loving service of others. 

The week before Palm Sunday, when we were learned that we could not distribute palms, we were hoping to find a way to save the delivery of fronds we had already received, so they would not go to waste. Fun fact: palm fronds mold if they aren’t separated from each other, and as you all probably know from experience, once they are separated, they dry out pretty quickly.

We put a call out in a Flocknote to invite parishioners to pick up some bags of fronds to weave so that at a later date (which is still to be determined) they could be blessed and distributed to all St. James parishioners. I am happy to report we had a wonderful and immediate response from many! 

We gathered the bags into plastic tubs, labeled for each family and they each came to pick theirs up from outside of the Ministry Center. We left extra bags in large box for those who wanted to take on extra work and when all was said and done, only about 3 of 40 bags (with about 100 fronds in each) were unclaimed.

Thank You to Our Palm Weavers!
We would like to thank and acknowledge the individuals and families whose act of loving service will be a blessing to all of us!

The Baehl Family
Terry Barbato
The Barrera Family
Pauline Briggs
Joyce Carey
Josh and Eric Cope
The Geissal Family
Sadie Gilligan
Sheila Williams
Laurie Witort

We requested for our participants to send in photos of their experience
and we have a few to share:

While we don’t know when we will gather again in church, we will seek a way that is sanitary and safe to bless and distribute these woven palms when we are able. 

If you have a story of St. James Parishioners being a light in these difficult days, please send it to lisa@stjamesge.org, so we may share the good news!

watch mass for divine mercy sunday


easter friday check-in from st. james the apostle parish

“Let us #PrayTogether for the elderly, especially those who are isolated or in rest homes and are afraid of dying alone. They are our roots. They gave us the faith, tradition, and a sense of belonging. Let us pray that the Lord might be near to them.”
 -Pope Francis
PRAYERS FOR OUR ELDERLY & FOR FR. SEBAHAR
In communion with the Holy Father, and his beautiful reflection, today in a special way we lift up in our prayers all the elderly in our lives and those in our parish.

We also invite you to pray for our beloved Pastor Emeritus, Fr. John Sebahar, who will be in surgery today to receive a pacemaker in order to remedy some of the heart problems he has been experiencing.

If you would like to send him a get well note, it may be addressed to him at:
Rev. John Sebahar
St. John Vianney Residence
1464 Green Trails Dr., Apt. 5
Naperville, IL 60540

UPDATE ON THIS SUNDAY’S MASS
Keep an eye on your email tomorrow for the link to watch Mass for the Sunday of Divine Mercy (2nd Sunday of Easter). In addition we will include the link to Fr. David’s Homily and our Sunday Bulletin. 

DAILY MASS OFFERED ONLINE AT THE DIOCESE OF JOLIET
The Diocese of Joliet is one of the many resources for participating in daily Mass. Connect to Mass at: https://www.youtube.com/c/DioceseofJolietIL 
YOUTH MINISTRY WEEKEND EVENTS
Join us Sunday, April 19, at 6 pm for our Zoom-eeting! We will have some fun with Kahoot! Prizes will be awarded!! After we are done Kahoot-ing, we will join together to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, as it is Divine Mercy Sunday.  Please have your Rosary handy as we pray.  
 
Here is the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83299814508?pwd=ZDdxNmw3RWxxUUtDbWhvQURvYXUrZz09

Contact Gina for the password: gina@stjamesge.org
FR. STEVEN BORELLO ON FACEBOOK
If you haven’t yet had the opportunity, check out Fr. Steven’s short inspirational videos and Bible Studies with Fr. Burke Masters on the Diocese of Joliet Vocation Office Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JolietVocations.

Fun Fact: Fr. Steven is quarantining with family in Glen Ellyn, so you will see our church in his videos!
WHAT TO DO ON DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
And as we approach the weekend, learn more about extra ways to participate in Divine Mercy Sunday by viewing the video below.

Have a blessed weekend filled with an outpouring of our Lord’s Divine Mercy!

EASTER WEDNESDAY CHECK-IN FROM ST. JAMES THE APOSTLE PARISH

Happy Wednesday in the Octave of Easter! We hope this finds you continuing your Easter feasting ; )

Easter Sunday and the following seven days present a special time to bask in the glory of the resurrection. The Octave of Easter is one of the lesser known liturgical celebrations in the Catholic Church. It includes Easter Sunday and the seven days that follow, culminating in the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday (also known as the Second Sunday of Easter).Starting from at least the 3rd or 4th century, Christians began to extend certain feasts beyond the initial day. This meant that the joyous celebrations of Easter Sunday were prolonged and lasted a full eight days.” -READ THE FULL ARTICLE FROM ALETEIA.ORG

Thanks to you and your positive feedback Masses will continue online!We would like to thank all of those who took the time to offer feedback in regards to our online Masses for Palm Sunday, the Triduum and Easter Sunday. Thanks to the positive input, we have decided to continue filming weekend Masses at St. James so that you may stay connected to our spiritual family and home while we are sheltering in place. We will send the link to the Mass via Flocknote before Saturday at 4 p.m. each week.Once the Mass is uploaded to our YouTube channel, you may also find the link at our parish website listed in the headers. www.stjamesge.org 

This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday
To find out everything you need to know about this wonderful celebration, Click Here to Visit TheDivineMercy.orgRegistration for 2020-21 Religious Education Classes Now Open
Our online registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now open. To complete your RE registration and payment plan, follow the FACTS link below:https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/4LLY6

On the welcome page click the appropriate option: (1) ‘Create a username & password’ if you are a new FACTS User, or (2) ‘Sign in’ if you already have an account. Select the appropriate school year and complete the steps as prompted. 

Looking for a way to share your faith? If you are interested in becoming a Catechist or Aide for Religious Education for the upcoming school year, please contact the Religious Education office. Catechists and Aides receive fee discounts of 50% and 25% and can ensure their first choice of class day/time for their child(ren).

The Religious Education office will be closed.
 Please email us: reo@stjamesge.org if you have any registration related questions. 


St. James Youth Ministry Begins Weekly Bible Study Today for Teens
Beginning this afternoon, our Youth Minister Gina will offer a Wednesday Bible Study on Zoom. Email her at gina@stjamesge.org to get the link and password to join today at 4:30 p.m. 
This week read Luke 24: 1-35.  Bring your Bible, a good snack, and let’s crack open the Scripture. Be sure to read the passage ahead of time.  
STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS
We have invited our staff to share with you a spiritual resource that each has found helpful during our shelter-in-place days. Today we feature the recommendation from Joanne DeZur, who works 2 days a week in the Ministry Center front office. 

She writes, “In this time of having to stay at home just me and the dog Fozzie Bear, I have found what helps me might help others. On the computer I can pull up The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops which has a calendar for every day in the color of the day that gives me the 1st, and 2nd readings and the Gospel.

The 2nd reading usually starts with “Brothers and Sisters” which makes me feel like I am with my friends, neighbors and others as we handle this trying time. Take a look at it, it helps you to feel not alone.”


Brothers and sisters:
Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh;
on the contrary, you are in the spirit,
if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
But if Christ is in you,
although the body is dead because of sin,
the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
the one who raised Christ from the dead
will give life to your mortal bodies also,
through his Spirit dwelling in you. 

Click Here to Read Each Day’s Readings
How can we be of help to you? As we continue to shelter-in-place, is there any way we can be of help to you? Please email your thoughts and ideas to lisa@stjamesge.org.

A Happy AND blessed EASTER TO YOU!

We invite you to join us as we celebrate the great feast of Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord with Fr. David Hankus at St. James the Apostle. We would have gathered at 7 a.m, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., but the Mass is available now to watch anytime today. Click on the blue button below to connect. In addition, we have provided the Order of Service, Fr. David’s Homily and this Sunday’s bulletin for you to download and print.

An Easter Message from Fr. David Hankus

Dear Parishioners,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a most Blessed and Happy Easter! At this time of the year new life seems to coming forth all around us. Cold gives way to warmth and sin, darkness and death give way to forgiveness, light and life. In one way or another all of us have been affected by the Corona Virus and one of the most difficult challenges for so many has been the inability to come to church. Please be assured that all scheduled Masses have been said privately and all intentions have been honored. You are remembered in the Masses I celebrate and I truly appreciate the prayers you have said for me.  

I also wish to extend my deep appreciation for your continued financial support of the parish. It is truly gratifying to see so many continuing to do the best they can, even under trying times, to help St. James the Apostle Parish carry out its mission and ministry.

Finally I am grateful that we were able to provide Holy Week services in an on-line format. Many of you have communicated how special it was to celebrate the Triduum in your own “spiritual home”, even remotely.  

With the Lord’s help, we will get through this. As St. Paul says, “I can do all things in Christ, who strengthens me.”  (Philippians 4:13.)  May God bless all of us as we move forward knowing that the tomb is truly empty and Jesus Himself dwells among us, His beloved people!

In the Lord,

Father David


HOLY SATURDAY

Happy Holy Saturday!

Tonight the entire liturgical year and the Sacred Paschal Triduum culminates in the Easter Vigil, an ancient liturgy celebrated on the night before Easter Sunday. It was initially an all-night vigil that started in the middle of the night and didn’t end until the first rays of dawn when the celebration of Mass began.

For early Christians, it was a way to welcome the rising of the Son of God, who dispels the darkness of night.

It was eventually shortened and pushed back earlier in the evening, but many of the same rituals are performed with great solemnity. The Easter Vigil is a beautiful experience, one that immerses a person into the very heart of the Paschal Mystery. Participation in the Easter Vigil does fulfill the Easter Obligation.

Tonight we would have gathered at 8 p.m. in the darkness of the church, with the Easter fire burning outside to begin our celebration. Though simplified this year, the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night remains a liturgy rich in both symbolism and beauty. We invite you to click on the white button below to link to this magnificent Mass celebrated by Fr. David Hankus at St. James the Apostle.

We especially ask you to keep in your prayers Marilyn and Andrew, parishioners of St. James the Apostle who were to be baptized and receive the sacraments at tonight’s vigil. We look forward to the time when they will be able to celebrate these great occasions and be brought fully into our community of faith.


good friday check-in from st. james the apostle parish

On this Good Friday, our Holy Father says to us, “Gaze upon the outstretched arms of Christ crucified, let yourself be saved, over and over again.”

Today we would have gathered together in the church at 3 P.M. to Celebrate the Passion of the Lord. Our liturgy is available for viewing at any time today by clicking the link below. The link which was also sent in a separate Flocknote earlier today and is posted on our parish website in the header: “Watch Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion Online Today”. Additional resources, such as the order of service and Fr. David’s homily were also sent out and are on the website, stjamesge.org

Liturgy of Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion at St. James

Watch your Flocknotes tomorrow when we will send the link for the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night.

Today is a Day of Fasting and Abstinence

Just a reminder that Good Friday is a day of Fasting and Abstinence. For more information, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s web page about Fasting and Abstinence:  http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/lent/catholic-information-on-lenten-fast-and-abstinence.cfm

Good Friday Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

As we mentioned in Wednesday’s Flocknote Check-In, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are inviting us to pray a Litany to the Sacred Heart  of Jesus at 11 a.m. today or anytime after to seek our savior’s healing and protection.

To learn more visit: https://lacatholics.org/sacred-heart/

The Holy Father’s Stations of the Cross

This year, the Holy Father asked for meditations for the Stations of the Cross for Good Friday to be prepared by prisoners, volunteers, family members and others, associated with a corrections facility in Northern Italy. You may find them by clicking on the link below:

Stations of the Cross

Divine Mercy Novena Begins Today

In preparation for the great celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday on the Sunday after Easter, today begins the nine day novena to Divine Mercy.

Jesus said to Sister Faustina: “I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that they may draw therefrom strength and refreshment and whatever grace they need in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death.” (Diary, 1209)

If you would like to participate, you can find the prayers here: https://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/novena

STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS

We have invited our pastoral staff members to share with you a spiritual resource that each has found helpful during our shelter-in-place days. Today we feature the recommendation from Paul Kirk, Principal of St. James the Apostle School.

Paul suggests this resource from Dynamic Catholic about Mother Teresa: Truth, Beauty and Goodness. Click on the link below to watch.

https://dynamiccatholic.com/best-lent-ever/lent-reflections-2020/mother-teresa-truth-beauty-and-goodness


wednesday check-in from st. james the apostle parish

Hello St. James Parish Family,

The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery.

The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.

In today’s check-in you will find the link to the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper as celebrated by Fr. David at St. James, as well as the Order of Service for you to print and follow along and finally, a copy of Fr. David’s homily.

This Check-In also includes some important information from Bishop Pates. Please be sure to read this Flocknote through to the end. A blessed Holy Week to you all!

We invite all parishioners to come home for the celebrations of the Paschal Triduum online at St. James the Apostle. We begin on Holy Thursday, April 9th with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper:

ST. JAMES HOLY SATURDAY EASTER FOOD BASKET BLESSING CANCELLED

Governor Pritzker along with his coronavirus task force conducted a conference call with religious leaders of the State of Illinois. The outcome carried some significant messages, including: Church parking lot activity of any sort is banned until the stay at home directive is lifted. Therefore, any Church parking lot activity that may have been scheduled such as confessions, blessing of Easter food baskets, etc. is now cancelled.

THEREFORE, Bishop Pates will offer an Easter Blessing of Baskets of Food and Easter Meals on Holy Saturday

After the 9:00 AM Prayer Service on Holy Saturday, Bishop Pates will bless the Easter baskets and foods in recognition of the time honored traditions of the Polish and Italians among others.

The link to that service will be available at the Diocese of Joliet YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/DioceseofJolietIL

To print one of the blessings, download the documents below:

MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM BISHOP PATES

A Dispensation from the Easter Obligation

With the state of Illinois under a “stay-at-home” order through the end of April, Bishop Richard Pates, our Apostolic Administrator has issued the attached decree dispensing the faithful in the dioceses from their Easter obligations due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The decree states that the obligation to receive Holy Communion during the Easter season is removed this year due to the impossibility of attendance by the People of God at celebration of Holy Mass.It also clarifies that the faithful initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist is encouraged to offer an Act of Spiritual Communion, in union with the entire People of God in the Diocese and throughout the world in this time of stress and difficulty.Finally, in accord with the Tradition and Teaching of the Church,  Catholic in the diocese are urged to offer a perfect Act of Contrition, in complete dependence upon the mercy and love of God, in sorrow for all sins and with a firm resolve to confess all serious sin at the next available time.

Closures Extended Until the End of April

In accordance with Governor Pritzker’s extension of the Stay-At-Home Directives until April 30, 2020, parishes will continue to be closed until we hear the order has been lifted.  Please visit your parish website for all updates stjamesge.org

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Call to Prayer at 11 a.m. on Good Friday

Join Archbishop José Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and archbishop of Los Angeles, in a national moment of prayer in the time of the coronavirus. Together as a nation, we will pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and seek our savior’s healing and protection.

To learn more visit: https://lacatholics.org/sacred-heart/

STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS

We have invited our pastoral staff members to share with you a spiritual resource that each has found helpful during our shelter-in-place days. Today we feature the recommendation from Rubi Garfias, our Parish Secretary. Rubi suggests this resource from the Little Sisters of the Poor: A Million Families, A Million Rosaries. To learn more, please click on the link below:

Little Sisters of the Poor: A Million Families, A Million Rosaries


monday check-in from st. james the apostle parish

Happy Holy Week! We hope you were able to enter into the sacred days ahead by coming home to St. James via attending our Palm Sunday Mass online this weekend. Thanks to all those who reached out to tell the staff how much it meant to you. 

As you seek to make Holy Week at home meaningful, besides the links we will be sharing on Facebook, Twitter and our website, here are some additional resources that may enhance your efforts.

Ascension LIVE Events

Holy Week Programming on Relevant Radio

Sign Up for FORMED.org with Our Parish Code: DHTGWY

Visit the website of the United States Catholic Bishops

In addition, we invite you to download the files below which give the scripture references for the daily readings for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week, as well as Fr. David’s homilies for each day.

In Wednesday’s Flocknote Check-In be sure to watch for the links to where you can attend Mass online at St. James for Holy Thursday and Good Friday.

STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS

We have invited our pastoral staff members to share with you a spiritual resource that each has found helpful during our shelter-in-place days. Today we feature the recommendation from Lisa Weesner, our Coordinator of Religious Education. She has found great solace and strength in the words of our Holy Father in his Orbi et Urbi Blessing on Friday, March 27th:

CURRENT NEEDS OF CATHOLIC CHARITIES, DIOCESE OF JOLIET

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet has temporarily relocated homeless shelter clients to hotels in order to keep everyone at a safe distance from one another during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Agency is in great need of monetary donations to help with the cost of hotels and food for the homeless. You may donate online at https://catholiccharitiesjoliet.org/general-donation/ or to send a check, please mail to: Catholic Charities16555 Weber Road, Crest Hill, IL 60403.

In addition, the agency’s Amazon Smile wish list has also been updated to reflect our current needs at the Daybreak Center in Joliet. Purchases from this list will be automatically shipped directly to Daybreak Center. Click here to purchase items: https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/ZHJ6JG4SUP1/ref=smi_ext_lnk_lcl_cl
Thank you for your generous support during this difficult time.

THE WORD AMONG US

For those of you who regularly utilize our monthly prayer resource,The Word Among Us, which we normally provide for parishioners in the narthex, the next issue begins with April 13th. If you would like one of our limited copies mailed to you, please contact lisa@stjamesge.org with your address and she will send them on a first ask, first sent basis until they are gone.


friday check-in from st. james the apostle parish

Good morning! Below you will find the link to watch Palm Sunday Mass at St. James with Fr. David Hankus as the celebrant. In addition, below that link you will find three things: (1) The Order of Service for Palm Sunday Mass so you may download and print it to follow along with the Passion Reading and sing the hymns; (2) Fr. David’s Palm Sunday homily, so you may download and print it; (3) An Act of Spiritual Communion you may pray.

REVISED UPDATE FROM OUR DEACON TO BE, MIKE FITZPATRICK

We inadvertently left out the link to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry website in Wednesday’s edition of the Check-In. It is: https://www.glenellynfoodpantry.org

GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION FOR THE HOLY LAND POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER

The collection that is taken annual for the Holy Land every Good Friday has been postponed until September. If you have already contributed to this fund, your donation will be processed. If you have not, we will all be invited to do so in September of this year. Thank you!

HOLY WEEK RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES FROM THE DIOCESE OF JOLIET

This week’s edition of God, Family and Friends created for all parishioners by our diocese focuses on Holy Week activities that may be enjoyed at home. Download it below:

STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS

We have invited our pastoral staff members to share with you a spiritual resource that each has found helpful during our shelter-in-place days. Today we hear from Gina Wiedman, Youth Minister:

“My Lenten resolution this year was to offer up in prayer throughout the day, the intentions of someone whom I tagged in my calendar. But I must confess, I needed to give myself a bit of a reminder through the day, so when I got via my phone the calendar reminder of who that person was, I did not delete that request. Then, every time I took a look at my phone for the rest of the day, I would see that reminder and pray for them. For my daily fill of faith, I have found sites on Facebook like Ascension for a variety of quick videos by many great speakers that give me a challenge for each day. That, along with daily Mass helps to feed my soul.”

And Gina would like to invite your teens to join Youth Ministry on Sunday Night for these online activities:

Sunday Night zoom-eeting 6:00pm-7:00pm

Show & Tell – Can you guess the cartoon game? Be sure to join us this Sunday when we will have a show & tell of one of your coolest’ items – then  break into a wild & weird game of naming cartoon characters. Prizes will be awarded. Password will be required for this meeting. Parents are welcomed to view, too:

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/319222247?pwd=dCtIeVEwMmI1ZjRlNVVabmxXMWhlUT09

Meeting ID: 319 222 247Password: 771640

Followed by………

Project YM Live

With, oh my gosh, I am SO excited….Fr. Mike Schmitz!!!!  After our Zoom-eeting, simply log in to https://live.projectym.com and be amazed & ready for prayer, music, games, and a super talk of faith by Fr. Mike!!


monday check-in from st. james the apostle parish

Good afternoon!

We begin today by sharing the photo above with some of the Holy Father’s words from his address last Friday from Rome. His message in its entirety is very powerful and moving and can be accessed in text form here: https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2020/03/27/read-pope-francis-urbi-et-orbi-address-coronavirus-and-jesus-calming-storm

The entire prayer service may be watched here:

PALM SUNDAY MASS, the TRIDUUM and EASTER

We have confirmed that you will be able to watch a recording of  Palm Sunday Mass in our beloved church, celebrated by our very own pastor, Fr. David Hankus on our new parish YouTube Channel. The following week, we will offer the liturgies of the Sacred Triduum, as well as Easter Sunday. Watch this week’s Flocknotes for more information and for a link.

HOLY SATURDAY BLESSING OF FOOD BASKETS

Fr. David to Offer Easter Food Basket Blessings on Holy Saturday at 12 Noon Utilizing a Drive-Through Method

On Holy Saturday at 12 Noon, parishioners are invited to arrive in their cars in a drive-through manner to the front of the church, where Fr. David will bless your Easter Food Baskets.

If you would like to participate, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1)      For the sake of safety, please enter the church parking lot from Fawell Blvd, not from Park Blvd.

2)     Cars should line up by 12 Noon in a line which will drive slowly by the front of church, where Fr. David will keep a six foot distance from all cars.

3)      For the safety of all people, please remain in your cars.

4)     Keep your basket on the passenger side of your car, either held by a passenger or set on the seat if you are alone.

5)     As you prepare to drive up to Fr. David, please roll down the passenger side window, pause for a short prayer and sprinkling of the baskets with holy water.

Once all the cars that are lined up at 12 Noon have received their blessing, Father will be finished.

Thank you for your cooperation as we seek to find ways to bring you joy, hope and love as we prepare for Easter!

DUPAGE PADS CURRENT NEEDS

As DuPage PADS continues their outreach to some of the most vulnerable in our community, they are looking for donations. To make a monetary donation, click here: https://fundraise.dupagepads.org/campaign/covid-19/c277612

To donate goods, please refer to the flyer below with an updated list of their current needs and drop off times:

RESOURCES FOR YOU

The Diocese of Joliet would like to share a wonderful resource entitled, “God, Family and Friends” in support of all families. We hope that it will offer hope, encouragement and support at this time. 

May God bless you and keep you close to His heart!


video of prayer with the holy father and the urbi et orbi blessing

We apologize that the link we provided in today’s check-in failed to link to the Holy Father’s Prayer today. Below is a corrected link where you may watch it in its entirety.

All participants who participate in the prayer receive a Plenary Indulgence before the Holy Father imparts the Urbi et Orbi Blessing.

friday check-in from St. james the apostle parish: sunday resources

“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!”

[LAMENTATIONS 3:21-23]

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 can be played back here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXTCW-WaIs4

All participants who participate receive a Plenary Indulgence before the Holy Father imparts 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!

join pope francis on friday at 12 noon cst for a special urbi et orbi blessing

Join #PopeFrancis 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 livestream a Plenary Indulgence before imparting the Urbi et Orbi Blessing.


wednesday check-in from st. James the apostle parish: resources for your use

Good Afternoon!

Today’s edition will address some of the most recent questions and requests we received through Flocknote, as well as share with you some new positive actions we can take right now to embrace this time as one in which we can make our love known in new ways.

Monday check-in from st. james the apostle parish: resources for your use

We pray this check-in finds you safe and healthy, figuring out a sort of “new normal”, while always remembering that the Lord is near and His love never changes.

Although we are apart physically at this time, the faith family of St. James has never been closer spiritually. Your light and love continue to shine brightly in these tough times and it is such an encouragement to so many.

Based upon some suggestions you’ve taken the time to generously offer, we will be checking in with you on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with some (hopefully) helpful resources for your spiritual growth as we continue the Lenten season.

Today’s edition will address some of the most recent questions and requests we received.

prayer for protection from coronavirus by pope francis

a prayer for peace from autom press

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from ascension press

A Prayer to Combat the Coronavirus Pandemic
Most Merciful and Triune God,
We come to You in our weakness.
We come to You in our fear.
We come to You with trust.
For You alone are our hope.
We place before You the disease present in our world.
We turn to You in our time of need.

Bring wisdom to doctors.
Give understanding to scientists.
Endow caregivers with compassion and generosity.
Bring healing to those who are ill.
Protect those who are most at risk.
Give comfort to those who have lost a loved one.
Welcome those who have died into Your Eternal Home.

Stabilize our communities.
Unite us in our compassion.
Remove all fear from our hearts.
Fill us with confidence in Your care.

Jesus, I trust in You.
Jesus, I trust in You.
Jesus, I trust in You.

Amen.

from the united states conference of catholic bishops website:

March 13, 2020

WASHINGTON- Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19):

With the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus, we are confronted once more with the fragility of our lives, and again we are reminded of our common humanity — that the peoples of this world are our brothers and sisters, that we are all one family under God.

God does not abandon us, he goes with us even now in this time of trial and testing. In this moment, it is important for us to anchor our hearts in the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. Now is the time to intensify our prayers and sacrifices for the love of God and the love of our neighbor. Let us draw closer to one another in our love for him, and rediscover the things that truly matter in our lives.

United with our Holy Father Pope Francis, let us pray in solidarity for our brothers and sisters here and around the world who are sick. Let us pray for those who have lost loved ones to this virus. May God console them and grant them peace.

We pray also for doctors, nurses, and caregivers, for public health officials and all civic leaders. May God grant them courage and prudence as they seek to respond to this emergency with compassion and in service to the common good.

In this time of need, I invite all the faithful to seek together the maternal intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and I share this prayer with you:  

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.


Keywords: Coronavirus, COVID-19, bishops, prayer, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Archbishop José H. Gomez.

Covid-19: A Prayer of Solidarity

For all who have contracted coronavirus,
     We pray for care and healing.

For those who are particularly vulnerable,
     We pray for safety and protection.

For all who experience fear or anxiety,
     We pray for peace of mind and spirit.

For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
     We pray for policies that recognize their plight.

For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
     We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.

For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
     We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.

For our brothers and sisters around the world,
     We pray for shared solidarity.

For public officials and decisionmakers,
     We pray for wisdom and guidance.

Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
     Grant peace.
     Grant comfort.
     Grant healing.
     Be with us, Lord.

Amen.

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From our pastor, Fr. David Hankus:

There are some wonderful resources available to you on line and on television. 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.  

We must remember that even though we are excused from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass until further notice, the time that we would normally spend in church (about one hour) should be spent in prayer, participating in the Mass online/television and spiritual reading. 

For spiritual reading materials and programming, please go to 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.

from p.praymorenovenas.com:

As churches around us have closed or canceled public Masses and if you are spending more time at home we wanted to share a few online options with you so that you can still watch Mass — and have a fruitful Lent.

Here are a few options for you:

+ You can watch Mass on EWTN’s live feed here. It looks like they have Mass at 8 am EST and 12 pm EST on Sunday. Daily Mass throughout the rest of the week is at the same time. Here’s their schedule.

+ You can also make an act of Spiritual Communion by saying a prayer like this one:

“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.”

+ You can find a live broadcast of perpetual Adoration here.

+ And you can watch, listen or read through the video presentations of our online Lenten Retreat here.

Here are some of the presentations that might be especially helpful right now:

Hope in a Faithful God

St. Joseph – Protector and Father

Overcoming Lies of the Devil, and

The Faith and Doubt of St. Thomas – a guided-meditation.

Finally you can join me (Annie) in praying the Rosary here.

to search for a mass on television:

Visit Heartofthenation.org to search for a Mass time on television near you.

a litany of trust from the sisters of life

Litany of Trust

The Litany of Trust includes the following petitions and more.

  • From the belief that I have to earn your love, Deliver me, Jesus.
  • From anxiety about the future, Deliver me, Jesus.
  • From the fear that trusting you will leave me more destitute, Deliver me, Jesus.
  • From resentment or excessive preoccupation with the past, Deliver me, Jesus.
  • From the fear of being asked to give more than I have, Deliver me, Jesus.
  • From the belief that my life has no meaning or worth, Deliver me, Jesus.
  • That your love goes deeper than my sins and failings, and transforms me, Jesus, I trust in you.
  • That not knowing what tomorrow brings is an invitation to lean on you, Jesus, I trust in you.
  • That you are with me in my suffering, Jesus, I trust in you.
  • That your plan is better than anything else, Jesus, I trust in you.

Written by the Sisters of Life (www.sistersoflife.org)

from the knights of columbus

Additional Resources

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.

There are also online resources to find the Daily Readings and Mass prayers:
http://usccb.org/bible/readings/
https://us.magnificat.net
https://giveusthisday.org/Free

On Facebook at America Magazine – The Jesuit Review they are offering a Daily Faith Sharing everyday at 3 p.m. where they break open the Gospel of the day.