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Praying for the Nation

Dear Friends in Christ, 

This coming week brings some significant events in our nation’s life. They are a reminder that, even as we look to our eternal dwellings, we should love and pray for our home on earth.

 First, Monday January 18th is Martin Luther King Day (his actual birthday is today). Given the racial tensions of this past year, it is good to recall his example of nonviolent, Christian advocacy for racial equality and harmony. I encourage you to read or listen to his I Have a Dream speech or his Letter From a Birmingham Jail

Second, Wednesday January 20th is the inauguration of Joseph Biden as 47th President of the United States. Let's pray that it is a peaceful event. 

After the 2016 presidential election some people started using the slogan, "Not my president!" I see people (needless to say, different people) doing the same thing this time around. That slogan misses the whole point of our political process, by which we accept the results of the elections and recognize the new President as ours -- whether we agreed with him or not, whether we like him or not.

 I suspect Saint Paul had some strong feelings about the Roman rulers when he wrote: “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way” (1 Tim 2:1-2). So also we should give our leaders, and the President most of all, the support of our prayers.

Third, Friday, January 22nd is the sad anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which imposed legalized abortion on all 50 states. Although there are other decisions and laws that have contributed to protecting and promoting abortion, Roe v. Wade’s anniversary represents a sad turning point in our nation’s history. In its wake our nation has suffered over 56 million abortions. That slaughter is a grave wound to the nation’s soul.

The Bishops conference has designated January 22nd as a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. It is also a day of penance, to atone for this assault on the most vulnerable in our nation. I ask you to choose some act of penance on that day as an act of atonement and a petition for God’s mercy. We will have a special Mass 7pm, January 22nd for these intentions. Join us in person or by livestream. See the bulletin for details.

 

Updates 

The First Annual Saint James Catholic School Golf Tournament

Grab your clubs and join fellow parishioners at Saint James Catholic School’s first annual Golf Tournament on Friday, April 16 from 8:00am to 2:00pm at the Westfields Golf Club in Clifton. For more information, contact Bethany Scully. Come out to support our three-time National Blue Ribbon of Excellence winning school and have a fun time on the links!

Pop-n-Go Food Drive, Saturday, January 30th

Our area has been hit severely by the pandemic with over 100K people facing food insecurity. Each month we distribute food to over 200 families. The Social Outreach Committee is holding a no-contact food drive on Jan 30th from 10am-1pm in B-lot. Put the items in your trunks, drive up, pop the trunk, and volunteers will remove the donations, and then you go! 

We need: dry beans, rice (1-2 bags), cereals, pasta & pasta sauce, peanut butter, jam/jelly, canned meat, tuna, canned fruit, and mac & cheese. Please no bulk items or glass jars. We will accept reusable bags as we use them for walkers. 

Thank you for your generous support. We need some volunteers, so if you are interested or have a 4th grader or older who wants some service hours, please contact Karen Bushaw-Newtonlittlek@hxr.us) to sign up (first 10 to respond). Please note, given COVID-19 restrictions only registered volunteers can participate. 

Rectory Ramblings

Tonight at 8pm: Miracles, Mass intentions, and Monarchies. 

Submit your questions: askrambling@gmail.com

 

Through the intercession of our Lady and Saint James, may the Lord bless and keep you.

Sincerely in Christ, 
Fr. Scalia 

 

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