Today is HOLY FAMILY SUNDAY! This is the day we recognize the gift of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Theywere three unique persons and they formed a unique relationship, based on mutual love and respect.But, today is also about each of our families, and the parish family. Our families were also formed out of love andrespect for one another. It is in our family that we first learned how to care about others, and how to interact withone another with mutual love and respect. The family is also where we discovered how unique each of us is, andtogether formed a strong relationship among all the members. This doesn’t mean that we always agreed with eachother, but that we could get along, even when we disagreed with one another. We also learned how to share whatwe have with each other, whether they be our thoughts and feelings, material goods, or our talents and abilities. Itis in the context of the family that we also learned the values that have formed us all these years. Yes, maybe ourparents weren’t perfect, but they taught and gave us what they thought was best for us. Hopefully, we can do thesame for our own family members. In the family called the church we learned about the gift that Jesus is for us, how he taught us how live together asfellow travelers on the road to salvation. The foundation of our faith, though, was set by our parents as they notonly taught us the faith but lived what they believed. Now it is our responsibility to pass this on to one another bythe way we live our lives in following the example that Jesus has set for us.Too many of us think that we can’t be as good or as holy as the Holy Family. The truth is that we can, onlydifferently. We are all made holy, including our families, by the presence of Jesus within and among us. Hispresence allows us to not just be good but to do good for our family and for one another. We always have theopportunity to reflect the love of Jesus for one another, which emulates the love that Jesus had for Mary andJoseph. as they had for each other. Today, at all the Masses, we will bless all our families present, no matter how large or small. Each of you and eachof your families are an important part of the life of Saint James the Apostle.On behalf of the entire parish Staff: FR. TONY. FR. JOHN, DEACON JERRY, DEACON DAN, NANCYCAPUTO, ANN MARIE GESUALDO, KAREN COCCO, MATT WILSON, CAROLINE PONTERIO,OUR SUPPORT STAFF AND MYSELF, I want to extend to you and your families our best wishes for aHAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR!! May 2020 be a year of grace for all of us! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! BUON CAPO D’ANNO! FELIZ ANO NUEVO! ~ FR. JOE
“JUCUNDARE, FILIA SION,EXSULTA SATIS FILIA, JERUSALEM, ALLELUIA.DAUGHTER SION, BE GLAD!DANCE, DANCE, DAUGHTER JERUSALEM! ALLELUIA.(An Advent Sourcebook, p.29) Today begins the Season of Advent, the new church year. This year is the Year of Mark, and Cycle B of the Sunday readings. Also, we have changed the color of the season from green to blue, which…
The Christ who lives in you not only gives you the direction for your life but also gives you the capacity to say “yes” to follow what is best for you – THAT’s FREEDOM!
To be honest with you, I don’t know a lot of people who are really happy. It isn’t as common as one may think. People are much sadder than they seem. Oh, and a lot of us – I know – put on a happy face. Most of us know how to look happy, but are we really happy?
Advent is here and well underway. I hope you notice this year that the environment in the church will slowly develop as we progress further and further into the Season of Advent, ultimately culminating at Christmas. This slow yet methodical development is what’s called progressive solemnity.
The image of the shepherd is always one of comfort and care. Shepherds have a serious responsibility to watch over, lead and care for the sheep. Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the one who has shown us how much he cares for all of us by giving us an example of his concern and love….
Sometimes today’s gospel message can be confusing. You see, in praising the widow who gave her last two coins to the temple treasury, Jesus is not suggesting that you and I need to give away our last penny. Rather, Jesus acknowledges that it is often the poorest of the poor who show the greatest charity, who risk the most to be loving.