March 25, 2017
News & Events

Calendar for Lent

Fasting and Abstinence - Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics.  In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence from meat and meat products.
     The norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding from age 14 on wards.

Lenten Prayer at St. James

March 1 - Ash Wednesday
Masses: 6:30, 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
There will be a prayer service for kindergarten and 1st grade students at 1:30 p.m.
Ashes will be blessed and distributed at the Masses and the prayer service.
Monday, March 6 - 7:00 p.m.
"Saints of the Lenten Season: It's not only about St. Patrick, St. Joseph, green beer, pasta
                  and giving
up chocolate"
Fr. Matt Gamber will help us discover the blessings and graces of the Holy Season of Lent by taking a closer look at the Saints whom the Church celebrates during the sacred 40 days of Lent. There are martyrs, married people, a Mogrovejoan, and even a millionaire among them! Come and hear how the Holy Ones of God can help us grow in holiness during this Holy season.
Fr. Gamber, a Chicago area native is a Jesuit priest and Associate Pastor at St. Francis Xavier Church.  He's been ordained for 20 years and has worked in high schools, colleges, retreat houses and parishes of the jesuit order throughout the USA. He's no saint, but he's working on it.  Come and join him on the quest as we together"hunger and thirst" for holiness during Lent 2017.

Tuesday, March 14 - 6:00-8:00 p.m.
The Light Is On For You
Across the Archdiocese of Cincinnati all the parishes will be open on this night to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance (Confession). While the Archdiocese recommends that this happen between 7-9 p.m. Fathers Nolker and Tozzi will be hearing confession from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We have found that this is a more popular time for our parishioners. This is a great opportunity especially for those who haven't been to the sacrament for a long time.

Monday, March 20 - 7:00 p.m.
Vespers for the Feast of St. Joseph
Because it falls on a Sunday of Lent, the feast of Saint Joseph moves to Monday. We celebrate this feast in honor of the foster father of Jesus and patron of the church with the psalms and hymns of Vespers, the Church's evening prayer.

Monday, March 27 - 7:00 p.m.
The Way of the Cross
Once again we use this ancient tradition to walk with Jesus through his Passion and Death. The Way of the Cross is a great way to grow in our appreciation of the suffering Jesus endured for us.

Monday, April 3 - 7:00 p.m.
Taize Prayer Service

We close exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with this prayer service using the music of the monastery at Taize, France.  This prayer has been one of the most popular services each Lent.


St. James Fish Fry

 Please join us for good food and fellowship every Friday, from March 3-April 7 from 4:30 - 8:00 pm in the Church Hall. (Not Ash Wednesday or Good Friday) We will once again be serving our delicious baked and fried fish, shrimp, LaRosa's Pizzas, North College Hill bakery bread and Servatii's pretzels. Click on the MENU below for a full list of delicious items available.  Desserts will be available from the Girl Scouts.  The American Heritage Girls will be providing a craft room for children from 5-7 pm each Friday.  Visit the parish website or our fish fry website at:      www, for volunteering information.  Also, the Click below for a full MENU.  For carry-out orders, you may call the Church Hall between 4:00-7:30 pm to place an order by phone at 741-5311. 



Baby Bottle Campaign 2017 to benefit the Pregnancy Center West, Inc.

On March 11 & 12, St. James Church will again participate in the Baby Bottle Campaign benefiting the programs of Pregnancy Center West.  The funds collected are urgently needed in order to continue to provide free pregnancy testing and life-affirming guidance to women who may otherwise think abortion is their only option.  The Center also provides many other free services including parenting classes, referrals for professional help including pre-natal care, the “In Control” chastity program presented in local Catholic schools, and diapers, formula, and baby supplies to more than 1,000 clients each year.  For more information about Pregnancy Center West, visit Return the baby bottles during the weekend of March 25 & 26.


Holy Week and Easter 2017

Palm Sunday, April 9
Masses:          Saturday - 4:30 pm
                         Sunday - 8:00, 10:00 am, 12:00 Noon
The 10:00 am Mass will include the procession with the children.
Incense will be used at the 4:30 pm, 8:00 and 10:00 am Masses.

Holy Thursday, April 13
7:00 pm Mass of the Lord's Supper
Incense is used throughout this Mass.

Good Friday, April 14
8:30 am          Morning Prayer
12:00 Noon    Liturgy of the Lord's Passion

Holy Saturday, April 15
9:00 pm The Easter Vigil
The Easter Vigil will begin in the Hubble Road driveway by the church.
Incense is used throughout the Vigil.

Easter Sunday, April 16
Masses: 8:00, 10:00 am, 12:00 noon
Incense will be used at the 10:00 am and 12:00 Noon Masses