Letter from the Pastor

February 17, 2019

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

It’s not too late to sign up for the Light of the World retreat here at the
parish. If you are too busy for a retreat, then you need one more than
ever! Spend time hearing the Lord’s voice, adoring Him in the Most
Blessed Sacrament, going to Confession, socializing with other
parishioners, eating great food and sharing fellowship and grace. Some
people will not sign up because they are unaware of what the retreat is
all about. I thought I would provide a brief summary of the weekend to
allay any fears about coming.

The retreat is in Connolly Hall (the church basement) and begins Friday
night @ 6:00 p.m. with a welcome and socializing. After you hear an
inspiring talk about God’s love, you will be joined to other parishioners
to hear how the Lord is acting in many beautiful ways in their lives.
The evening ends with prayer as you go back to your homes until
Saturday morning.

Saturday is filled with more opportunities including: morning Mass,
reflections on Baptism, Holy Communion, adoration of the Blessed
Sacrament in church, more great food, and the Sacrament of
Confession. The day ends about 3:00 p.m.

On Sunday we begin with the 8:00 a.m. Mass, breakfast, and more
inspiring talks on how to put Jesus first, the role of the Holy Spirit in
your life and how you can stir up the grace of the Sacrament of
Confirmation. Sunday ends in time for you to return home for dinner.

The retreat ends on Monday night as the retreatants return @ 6:00 p.m.
to share the graces they received on the weekend. Come to experience
the Light of Jesus Christ! He dispels fear and casts out darkness. He
calls us to be His light for others. Please say ‘yes’ to your pastor’s
invitation to experience a Light of the World retreat. Call the office or
visit our website to sign up.

God bless you,
Fr. Geary


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