Letter from the Pastor

August 25, 2019

Dear Parishioners of St. James:
Praised be Jesus Christ!

How many will be saved and how many will be
damned? There are only two options: eternal life in Heaven with
God or eternal death in hell with Satan. Which place (or state)
will we end up forever? I don’t think there’s a more important
question to ask. The problem is, do we ask ourselves that
question?

Salvation comes from God alone; but because we
receive eternal life through the Church, she is our mother
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 169). Baptism makes us
children of God and children of the Church. The Sacrament of
Penance restores lost grace from mortal sins committed after
Baptism. Once washed clean we must eat the flesh of Jesus and
drink his blood in order to remain united to Him (Jn. 6:56).
Without God’s sanctifying grace we cannot be saved.
Communion with the Church means communion with Jesus
Christ, our salvation.

Please come back to the Church. Please become
Catholic if you are not Catholic. Every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
starting on September 3rd, the parish will have classes on how
we can be saved by grace through our Catholic Faith in the
Church. Do not put your salvation at risk. Life is short. Eternity
is forever.

God bless you,
Fr. Geary

 

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