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Downsizing

Posted by Dan Hull on 5/22/19

Preparing for a move is an eye-opening experience. By my reckoning, Annie and I have moved 12 times over the course of our married life. Every time we start the task of packing we are amazed at how many “things” we have accumulated since the last move. Each time ... Read More »

Confirmation

Posted by Dan Hull on 5/22/19

On Monday, May 13th, at St. Charles Borromeo Church we celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation of young adults from St. Charles, St. Roman, and         St. James Parishes. I have been privileged over the years to have participated in Confirmation Masses presided over by eleven different bishops, two pastors, one ... Read More »

Moving On

Posted by Dan Hull on 5/06/19

By now most people know that Annie and I and  Fr. Bernie will be leaving St. James at the end of June. The reactions to our announcement have been mixed.   I know that many people have expressed some disappointment and sadness while others may be secretly breathing a sigh ... Read More »

The Son is Always Shining

Posted by Dan Hull on 5/02/19

Last Saturday as we were celebrating First Communions at Mass the sky opened up and unleashed a spring snowstorm. It was near white-out conditions for a while and completely covered the blossoming of the daffodils and magnolias. All the little girls needed to wrap their white dresses and veils ... Read More »

Easter Season

Posted by Dan Hull on 4/24/19

The Feast of Easter has come and gone. The celebrations of Holy Week are in the rearview mirror so it’s time to move on, right? Not so fast. We are still in the “Easter Season.” This will last us until we celebrate Pentecost which literally means “50 days.” During ... Read More »

Easter

Posted by Dan Hull on 4/24/19

I am writing this to the visitors who will be joining us for the celebration of Easter. 

First of all “Welcome to St. James!” It’s good to have you here. If you haven’t been to church in a while we hope you enjoy the decorations, the music, and the ... Read More »

Hospitality Sunday

Posted by Dan Hull on 4/11/19

At the end of March we ceased having the Coffee and Donut hospitality after the Sunday morning Masses. I don’t know when the practice started. I am in my tenth year here and the tradition preceded my appointment as Parish Director, so I assume it has been around for ... Read More »

“Continuing Our Transformation”

Posted by Dan Hull on 4/05/19

Last weekend we introduced our capital campaign “Continuing Our Transformation” with the goal of raising $750,000.00 to finance a renovation of our worship space. If you know anything about our history of the past 50 years this is a milestone. Over the years we have embarked on more than ... Read More »

On Becoming Catholic (RCIA) The Period of Purification and Enlightenment

Posted by Dan Hull on 3/26/19

On Becoming Catholic (RCIA)

The Period of Purification and Enlightenment 

The Period of Purification and Enlightenment is another name for Lent. During this time, those who have discerned that it is time for them to receive the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation) are making their final spiritual preparations.

The church has prayers, rites and readings designed to aid them in this process. Although Lent has the same liturgical cycles as the rest of the year (Cycles A, B, & C). The readings for Cycle “A” supersede the readings from the other two cycles whenever we have non-baptized individuals entering the church. These take place on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent. The Gospel readings all come from St. John. The first is the theme of the living water (John 4:5-42 ~ the Samaritan woman at the well), next is the theme of the light of the world (John 9:1-41 ~ the man born blind) and finally the theme of resurrection and life (John 11:1-45 ~ the raising of ... Read More »

St. Patrick’s Day

Posted by Dan Hull on 3/14/19

Most people know that March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. Over the years it has become a celebration of all things “Irish”. Unfortunately, many people simply use it as an excuse to wear funny hats, talk with a brogue, and to drink beer that has been tinted with green ... Read More »