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14 May 2021 AD


Yesterday was the Feast of the Ascension, and we begin the 10 day period of preparation for the Feast of Pentecost.  These next days are an appropriate time to pray and prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit and the renewal, even rebirth, of the Church. 

Thus it was appropriate that on the Feast of the Ascension, I received notice from Bishop Sumner that he is removing the Diocesan wide attendance limitation and mask policies. He is doing so in light of the CDC's most recent announcement and the rate of vaccinations within the Diocese.  He is authorizing the local clergy to determine what makes the most sense in their local context.  This is effective this Sunday, 16 May.

What does this mean for St. James?

1. We have an "Open Door" policy (or maybe a "The Doors are Open" policy?).  Effective immediately all attendance limitations are removed. Come "in person" as often as you can, and as you feel comfortable. 

2.  Fellowship gatherings may now be resumed without limitation.  We have a coffee hour every Sunday after the 10AM service. Stop by for a cup of coffee, a mimosa, and a donut, but stay for the fellowship and holy conversation.

3.  We will continue to treat each other with respect and love, while honoring each individual's choice in the matter of wearing a mask.  While we will not, and cannot, mandate we do encourage you to make a decision based on your conscience and your health concerns.  We highly recommend that anyone who is immunosuppressed continue to wear a mask for their own protection.

Let us give thanks to God for seeing us through these past months and continue to pray for the renewal of the Church.



Announcements for the week of May 14, 2021 

Eucharistic Visitors: If you are willing and able to serve as a Eucharistic Visitor, please see a member of the clergy.  We will schedule a training as soon as we know who is willing to serve.

Tuesday Bible Study continues at 12:05 in the Library. We are currently studying 1 John.

is scheduled for June 2 at 6:00 pm.   The cost is $35 which includes all supplies needed.  Bring a beverage of your choice and a snack to share.  Contact Diana Daly (708)707-2777 or call the church office (903) 794-9224 to sign up.

This Sunday we will resume passing the offering plates during the Holy Eucharist.

Sunday (5/16) The Seventh Sunday of Easter
8 AM Rite I
10 AM Sung High Mass Rite II
5:30 PM Last Chance Mass

After this week, we ask that you check the Kneemail to see if a Last Chance Mass will be held on Sunday.  Due to scheduling over the summer, this service will be held on an irregular basis.

Scheduling: As we reemerge from COVID restrictions we need to know from our Chalice Bearers, Lectors, and Acolytes if you are still willing to serve.  We want to have a master calendar for the Summer and Fall produced in the next couple of weeks. Please let us know your decision so we can plan.

Graduate Recognition: We will recognize our graduates at the 10 AM Mass on May 30.

Cliff Short St. James’ Memorial Scholarship  St. James’ high school graduates who have been active participants in the life of St. James’ are encouraged to apply. Deadline for submission is June 1. Applications and guidelines are available from Sandra in the church office or from Mary Nell Short.

Men's Breakfast: All men of St. James are invited to a Men's Breakfast on Saturday, June 5th at 8 AM in the Great Hall.  This will be an opportunity for fellowship, prayer, and discerning how we can revive our ministry together as men of the church.  For those who wish to help cook, we will begin at 7:15.
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