“How good it is for us to pray together. How good it is to encounter one another...where we see one another as brothers and sisters, where we realize that we need one another. Today I want to be one with you. I need your support, your closeness. I would like to invite you to pray together, for one another, with one another. That way we can keep helping one another to experience the joy of knowing that Jesus is in our midst, and that Jesus helps us to find solutions to the injustices which He Himself already experienced.”
Dear friends, as we prepare for Our Lord’s Resurrection and the Easter season, I want to share with you an opportunity for us to come together as community. One of the most effective ways we have to offer encouragement, solace or aid to one another is through prayer. Prayer unites us and reminds us of a beautiful truth which we sometimes forget: God is truly our ‘Father’ and we, His family.
Prayer, as Pope Francis so beautifully states, allows us to "encounter one another." We are more than just place holders in a pew; we are a faith community. This is why I have asked my staff to design a vehicle on our website for prayer requests. The format is simple: click the button “Prayer Request” and you will be directed to a private email which the on-call priest will monitor. You will receive a response and your request will be included in the prayers of our priests at Saint James.
As your pastor, I do not want anyone to feel they must face challenges alone. I often hear from overwhelmed parishioners who have no one to talk to or to lend them a helping hand, such as giving them a break from caregiving for some personal time or even to go for a walk. At the same time, I hear from many parishioners who would love to offer this kind of assistance if they could only connect with someone. If a prayer request asks for something tangible like this, we will do all we can to assist.
We also have an incredible group of homebound parishioners who offer daily prayers for intentions left in our Prayer Request boxes located at all the exits of the Church or from phone calls to the rectory. It gives me great joy to know that our parishioners use their prayers to help someone who needs spiritual support.
This technological “outreach” hopefully will yield more personal interaction. Our goal is that this vehicle will contribute toward building a stronger community. Please let us know if you need an extra prayer sent your way - just click the button above or visit our website.
I also ask that you keep the priests, deacons, sisters and all of the people of St. James in your prayers as well. Pope Francis once again says it more eloquently than I: “I think this is truly the most wonderful experience we can have: to belong to a people walking, journeying through history together with our Lord, who walks among us! We are not alone; we do not walk alone. We are part of the one flock of Christ that walks together.”
Yours in Christ,