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GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE - Hoxworth Blood Drive

Hoxworth will be here in the Church Hall on Thursday, November 20 from 1-7 pm for blood donations.  WE NEED NEW DONORS.  Most healthy individuals, 17 years of age and older, are eligible.  The whole process takes less than one hour.  One donation can help save many lives.  Appointments can be made starting in November. Watch the bulletin for details.

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Advent Penance Service and First Reconciliation

Monday, December 1st at 7:00 pm, St. James will have their Advent Penance Service and First Reconciliation for the 2nd Grade this is their first celebration of the sacrament.

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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - December 8, 2014

Patronal Feast Day of the United States of America - Holy Day of Obligation.

Mass Schedule:  6:30 am, 8:30 am and & 7:00 pm

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St. James LIFE Ministry (Life is For Everyone)

Lights for Life - The Lighting of Luminaries for Life is a witness to our community about the importance of life and faith in our parish. Our goal is to have over 1500 luminaries line our school and church properties!!!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Bishop Joseph Binzer will celebrate 4:30 Mass after which we will process to the LIFE Garden to bless our luminaries.  Following the Blessing there will be refreshments in the Church Hall.  To order a luminary or a number of luminaries, you can click on the form below to download and return.

Lights for Life Luminary Order Form

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Living the Eucharist is a program that St. James will be participating in this coming Lent.  We are excited to invite people into a deeper Eucharistic experience at Mass, and their faith.  If you wish to grow deeper in your Faith through the Eucharist, check out www.livingtheeucharist.org, or you can sign-up for the program on January 18th, or January 25th after the Masses.  Brochures will be available so you can get a fuller look at what it entails.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nic Kovatch at nkovatch@stjameswhiteoak.com.  Attached below is the Lenten Activities Sign-up Sheet which needs to be returned by February 1st.  

Living the Eucharist Lenten Activities Sign-up sheet

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Lenten Services and Prayer

Taize Prayer, Monday, February 23rd at 7:00 pm - Gathering before the Blessed Sacrament, we pray in the quiet and calm of the music created at the Taize monastery in France. 

The Light Is On For You, Tuesday, March 3rd - 6:00-9:00 pm
Throughout the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, priests in each parish will be available for confessions this evening. Please take this opportunity if you have not celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation for some time. At St. James, we will begin hearing confessions at 6 pm; other parishes will begin at 7 pm.

The Way of the Cross, Monday, *March 9 & 23 at 7:00 pm - Over the centuries "praying the stations" has been a traditional Lenten practice. This devotion began as something people could do to mediate on the Passion and Death of Jesus without going to the Holy Land.

The Great Holy Week, Monday, *March 16 at 7:00 pm - In this talk, Fr. Nolker will give a guided tour through the liturgies of Holy Week, describing some of the history of each liturgy as well as the meaning of the special parts of each liturgy, especially of the Sacred Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.  This will be held in the church hall.

*Note: these dates were wrong in the Parish Life Newsletter that was mailed to parishioners.

Lenten Reminders - Fast & Abstinence

Wednesday, February 18 and Good Friday, April 3 are days of abstinence from meat and also days of fast that is limited to a single full meal. The other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat. The law of abstinence binds all Catholics 14 years and older.  The law of fasting binds all Catholics from their 18th birthday until their 59th birthday (canons 97 and 1252).

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HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SCHEDULE

Holy Thursday - April 2nd at 7:00 pm Mass of the Lord's Supper
As our tradition, there will be a collection of non-perishable food items during Mass to be shared with the food pantry at St. Leo Church.

Good Friday - April 3rd
8:30 am - Morning Prayer
12:00 Noon - Liturgy of the Lord's Passion

Holy Saturday - April 4th
9:00 pm - Easter Vigil (incense is used at the Vigil)

Easter Sunday - April 5th

Masses are 8:00, 10:00 am and 12:00 noon (incense is used at the 10 am and Noon Masses)

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FEAST OF DIVINE MERCY - April 12 at 3:00 pm

"There is nothing man needs more than Divine Mercy," John Paul II

Are you searching for peace?  Suffering in any way? Having a hard time being able to forgive? Do you know someone who is dying or have children that have fallen away from the faith? If you answered yest to any of these questions, find peace, hope and healing by experiencing Jesus as The Divine Mercy 

Information about Divine Mercy Sunday can be found at: 

www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/index.htm or call Jerry Schmitt at 385-0513 to receive copies of prayer cards, etc. 

Join us on April 12th to celebrate this important feast day!

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FIRST COMMUNION -  This weekend, May 2nd and 3rd, our Catholic 2nd Graders will be making their First Communion at our Saturday 4:30 pm Mass and Sunday at the 12 Noon Mass.  This is always a great weekend our our parish.  We see the excitement the children have at being able to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus for the first time.  Please pray that these children will always feel the joy of receiving Communion.

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RIGHT TO LIFE MOTHER'S DAY FLOWER SALE

       MAY 9TH and 10TH      

The St. James L.I.F.E. Ministries will be selling carnations once again in the lower vestibule after all Masses on Mother’s Day Weekend May 9th and 10th.   The cost of the flowers has increased to $2 each, 3 for $5, 6 for $8 and a dozen for $15.  We are again including 10 inch hanging baskets.  These beautiful baskets will have assorted annuals and cost $17. Because we are including the baskets we are cutting the number of carnations, if you know that you will need a number of carnations, please call me and I will reserve some for you.  

All profits go directly to Right to Life. What a great way to celebrate life and remember Mom, Grandma or any other special woman in your life. Anyone wishing to help with this sale please call Mary Lackman 385-7409 or email klackman@cinci.rr.com.

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St. Mary's Ladies Society Annual May Crowning

St. Mary's Ladies will hold their annual crowning of the Blessed Mother on Monday, May 11 at 7 pm in Church with refreshments to follow in the Church Hall.  All are welcome!



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St. James Parish School of Religion (PSR) - Monday Evening

The PSR Program begins on Monday, September 14, 2015 and runs through April 25, 2016.  Classes begin promptly at 6:45 pm.  Please REGISTER NOW.  Click on the form below or they are available in the Parish Office.

PSR Registration Form 2015-16

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St. James Sunday Preschool Program

The Preschool Program is during the 10:00 am Mass in the school and runs from September 20, 2015 through March 20, 2016.  The program offers the opportunity for 3, 4 and 5 year-old children to learn more about the gifts of God's creation, the Holy Bible, communicating with our Creator, the saints and angels.  Please REGISTER NOW by clicking on the form below or they are available in the Parish Office.

Sunday Preschool Registration Form

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Evening Prayer 

Sunday, November 8th at 4:00 pm

Special Intentions are for those whose funeral Mass has been at St. James in the past year (October 1, 2014 thru September 30, 2015). All families, friends and parishioners are invited to come to remember the memory of your loved one, along with all the faithful departed of St. James Parish and to celebrate the gift of eternal life.

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Holiday Bonanza - Giant Split-The-Pot-Plus

Great Prizes  - Total Prize Money - $21,000 (Estimates based on income from previous Holiday Bonanzas. Actual prizes adjusted in proportion to that amount)
        Grand Prize - $10,000
        8 Prizes - $500 each
       30 Prizes - $200 each
   10 Early Birds - $100 each (2 drawings per week, 5 Mondays starting October 19)

Donations:  $30 for 1 Entry, $50 for 2 Entries and $100 for 5 Entries

Click below for tickets, mailing address and additional information.

HOLIDAY BONANZA TICKETS

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Advent Penance Service and First Reconciliation for our 2nd Graders

Join us on Monday, November 30 at 7 pm for St. James Parish Penance Service and First Reconciliation.  Several Priests will be available for confessions.  Our second graders will receive the sacrament for the firt time as part of the service, but everybody is invited to receive God's mercy.

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AMERICAN GIRL DOLL RAFFLE

"GRACE"

AND AN ALTERNATE PRIZE OF $300

Two names will be drawn on December 1, 2015.  The first will receive their choice of the doll or the money. The second will receive the alternate prize.  Raffle is given by St. Mary's Ladies Society.

CHANCES ARE $1.00 EACH, or 6 FOR $5.00 or 12 FOR $10.00
Click below for Raffle chances.   They can be returned in an envelope marked St. Mary's Ladies/Chances and put in the Sunday collection or mailed to the Parish Office, 3565 Hubble Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45247. 

Raffle Chances

St. Mary's Ladies Society Annual Membership Drive

The oldest organization in our parish is having its annual membership drive. All ladies of the parish are welcome. We do many things for the parish, such as pay for the laundry of church linens, participate in the festival, help in cleaning the church, etc. Our membership fee is only $5.00. Won't you consider joining? Meetings are the 2nd Monday of the month at 1 pm in the Seniors Room.  Please attach the following information with your membership fee in an envelope marked St. Mary's Ladies/Membership and drop it in the Sunday collection, or mail to the Parish Office, 3565 Hubble Rd., Cincinnati, OH  45247.  If you know someone who needs prayers or who could use a Get Well Card, please call Ann Umberg at 385-0694.  Thank You.

Name: _____________________________

Address: ____________________________

Phone Number: _______________________

I would like to participate in one of your activities:  Yes _____  No _____


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LIGHTS FOR LIFE

sponsored by St. James L.I.F.E. Ministry

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Lighting of Luminaries for Life along Cheviot Road (Our Goal is 2,000 luminaries) to
Witness to our community the importance of valuing and protecting life.

Blessing of Luminaries in Church after 4:30 pm Mass
Following the blessing, refreshments in the Church Hall

Click below for donation/order form:

Lights for Life order form


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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Holy Day of Obligation - Tuesday, December 8 - Mass Schedule

6:30 am, 8:30 am and 7:00 pm

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Christmas Masses

Christmas Eve, December 24, 2015

3:00 pm Mass - The Adult Ensemble and Youth Choir will lead a carol program at 2:45 pm

5:00 pm Mass - The Children's Choir will lead a carol program at 4:45 pm

10:00 pm Mass - The congregational carol program at 9:45 pm will include the Blessing of the crib


Christmas Day, December 25, 2015

10:00 am Mass - The Adult Choir will lead a carol program at 9:45 am

12:00 Noon Mass

Note:  Incense is used at all Christmas Masses, except 3:00 pm on Christmas Eve

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Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God - January 1, 2016

Mass Schedule
4:30 pm - New Year's Eve- December 31st

10:00 am - New Year's Day

Note:  Both Masses for this feast will include the use of incense.

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Parish Volunteers Dinner, January 31st

A Reservation is required. The parish wants to THANK all volunteers at the Volunteers Recognition Dinner on Sunday, January 31st, at 5:00 PM and dinner at 6:00 PM, in the church hall. There is no cost to attend, but a reservation  is required and needs to be in the Parish office by January 26th. A reservation form will be in the church bulletin or click below to download a reservation form. The completed reservation form can be put in an envelope and dropped in the Sunday collection basket or mailed to the Parish Office.


Reservation Form

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Ash Wednesday and 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.

February 10 Ash Wednesday
Masses: 6:30 am, 8:30 am, and 7:00 pm
There will be a prayer service for kindergarten and 1st grade students at 1:30 pm
Ashes will be blessed and distributed at the Masses and prayer service.

February 15 Taize and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Monday We will use the gentle music from the monastery at Taize for our prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.
7:00 pm In this candlelight service we are able to "rest in the Lord" and feel his comfort.

February 23 "The Light Is On For You"
Tuesday This evening every parish in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will be celebrating the Sacrament of Penance
6:00-9:00 pm from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Our priests will be available for confessions from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  
"The Light Is On For You" is especially aimed at those who have not been to confession for a long time.

February 29 Way of the Cross
Monday On this evening, we will participate in this traditional meditation on the suffering and death of
7:00 pm the Lord.  For centuries praying the Stations has been one of those "Catholic" things that mark
the season of Lent.

March 7 Way of the Cross
Monday Again we pray on the sufferings and death of the Lord
7:00 pm

March 14 "Prayer and Praise for God's Mercy"
Monday This prayer service is part of our celebration of the Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy. It will include
7:00 pm readings from Sacred Scripture, reflections on God's mercy and music celebrating God's great
gift of mercy in our lives. Many of the reflections will be from Pope Francis.

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PLEASE mark your calendar!  

Our Fish Fry begins with the first Friday of Lent on February 12 and will continue each Friday until March 18.  Please plan to join us in the Church hall from 4:30 till 8:00 pm.  You will be able to enjoy fried or baked fish dinners, shrimp dinners, sandwiches, North College Hill Bakery bread, LaRosa's pizza, Servatii's pretzels and so much more.  In addition to the good food, come and enjoy the companionship of fellow parishioners.  It is always a nice social occasion and we hope to see you there! Please bring your friends, neighbors and family.  Click the Menu below for items and prices.  For Carry-out orders, you may call the church hall between 4-7:30 pm to place an order by phone at 741-5311. Remember, we will not have a Fish Fry on Good Friday.

We look forward to our 8th Annual God & Cod Fish Fry.
www.stjamesfishfry.org

Fish Fry Menu

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Lent - Adult Faith Formation Lecture Series

We will be doing a lecture series to grow deeper in our understanding of the Holy Scriptures.  We will be doing a video series called "The Footprints of God" come and Join us on Thursday mornings at 9:30-10:45 am in the Seniors Room. We will be learning about the Exodus event and Moses, as well as the rising of the Kingdom of Israel (namely the story of David and Solomon). This will be a four week series, with an optional fifth week round-table discussion.

Feb 18  Moses (chapters 1 and 2)
Feb 25 Moses (chapters 3 and 4)
Mar 3 David/Solomon (chapters 1 and 2)
Mar 10 David/Solomon (chapters 3 and 4)
Mar 17 Round-Table discussion about the role of Old Testament people in our lives today.
Any questions can be directed to Nic Kovatch at nkovatch@stjameswhiteoak.com or 741-5325.

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NATURALIZATION CEREMONY

On Friday, February 19th at 11:00 a.m. St. James will have the privilege of hosting a Naturalization Ceremony for individuals who will become new American citizens. This is our 16th year to sponsor this momentous occasion. On this day the Church Hall will become an official court of law presided over by Magistrate Judge Karen L. Litkovitz, who will administer the oath of citizenship.  Typically we have up to 100 candidates for citizenship from countries all over the world.  This is an important and memorable day for these people, many of whom travel quite a distance to be here.

St. James students participate in the ceremony in a number of ways. The children’s choir opens the ceremony with enjoyable music and the St. James Scouting groups help direct the morning’s traffic and post both the American and Ohio flags. 7th and 8th Grade students will have the honor of attending the ceremony in conjunction with their study of Citizenship.  They will also assist with the morning refreshments, clean up, and provide congratulatory cards to the new citizens.  The 8th Grade students will also have the opportunity to hear the story of, Sacha Bellman, a member of our community who became a Naturalized citizen. She will do a presentation the week before the ceremony during school hours.

It is inspirational to hear each applicant stand and state their name and country of origin before declaring their Oath of Allegiance to the United States.  They make the promise to “support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States.”  Finally, they face the United States flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance for the first time as United States citizens.

With the support of Mrs. Hinton, Mr. Fulmer, Fr.Nolker, PTO, the Hospitality Committee, and the staff and teachers of St. James we are proud to show our support to the wider community in which we live. Thank you to all who make this special event possible.

If anyone would like information or have questions about the ceremony please contact Christina Sillies @ 513-741-8747.

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Food & Feet on Holy Thursday

At the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (7:00 pm, March 24) we will again be collecting non-perishable food items for the poor in addition to our monetary collection.  Everyone will be invited to come forward to present both the money and food which will go to a local pantry. 

We will also have the Washing of Feet as part of the Mass that evening. This is a very simple and a great way to participate in a special way in this great Mass. If you want to participate, you need to call the parish office by Monday, March 21 and you will need to be at Church by 6:30 pm for instructions.

Speaking of feet, we are also looking for people who are willing to walk in the procession with the Blessed Sacrament to the reservation chapel at the end of this Mass.  If you want to participate, please call the parish office by Monday, March 21.  You will need to be at church by 6:30 pm to receive instructions.

 

Holy Week

Holy Week is not a theatrical play depicting the events of Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection.  The Church’s intent is not to re-enact the entry into Jerusalem, the washing of the disciples’ feet, or His Death on the cross.  That would be a Passion Play.  The liturgy focuses on the saving mystery unfolded by the events in Christ’s life.  The unique liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday each help us recall the single mystery of our redemption.  In each we are reminded of how we are changed by the Lord’s institution of the Holy Eucharist, His Death and His Resurrection. 

 

This week we celebrate the most essential feasts of the Catholic faith.  On each day there is a single liturgy (the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and the Easter Vigil) so that the whole community can gather as one in remembrance of Him.  While we may have other prayer opportunities on these days, other traditions, nothing is more important to us than celebrating these three liturgies as a full community.  All of us should participate in these liturgies.     

  

Palm Sunday, The Passion of the Lord

March 20 

Masses: Saturday 4:30 p.m.

Sunday 8:00, 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon

Incense is used at the 4:30 p.m., 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. Masses.

 

Holding palm branches we begin Holy Week.  The palm is a symbol of the victory and hope that we celebrate during these most sacred days.  Each Mass will begin with the blessing of the palm and then a “solemn entrance” to the altar.  At the 10:00 a.m. Mass, the young children will be part of the blessing before going to their Liturgy of the Word.  The main focus of the Liturgy of the Word is the proclamation of the Passion Narrative according to Saint Luke.


Holy Thursday—March 24

7:00 p.m.    Mass of the Lord Supper

                 Incense is used throughout this Mass.

 

Today no Mass can be celebrated in parishes except the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  This evening ends Lent and the Church begins the Sacred Paschal Triduum, the celebration of the Paschal Mystery.  This Mass commemorates the institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood.  Most people recall two unique parts of this liturgy.  The first is the washing of feet by the priest as a remembrance of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples (which is the Gospel passage for the Mass) and his call to service of others.  The second element is the solemn procession to the reservation chapel with the Blessed Sacrament that will be used for Holy Communion on Good Friday.  Both special elements are very moving as we pray together. We are all encouraged to spend some time “keeping vigil” before the Blessed Sacrament this evening. Everyone leaves the church in silence.


Good Friday—March 25

8:30 a.m. -  Morning Prayer

12:00 Noon -  Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

 

On this day the Church recalls the Death of the Lord.  Our day will begin with Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours as a way to prepare ourselves for the solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion.  Morning Prayer consists of a hymn, psalms that are sung and intercessions. 

 

On Good Friday the Church does not celebrate Mass but a unique ritual to recall the Death of the Lord and to venerate the Cross as the sign of God’s mercy.  The Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion is not a funeral-type liturgy; its solemnity comes from the realization of the great Mystery we recall, the meaning of the Lord’s death for us.  It is a somber, stark liturgy which begins with the ministers prostrating themselves before the altar for silent prayer.  The Liturgy of the Word is highlighted by the reading of the Passion according to Saint John; then follows the General Intercessions, the Veneration of the Cross, and a Communion service.  The atmosphere begun on Holy Thursday permeates Good Friday, too, as everyone gathers and leaves in silence.


Holy Saturday—March 26

9:00 p.m. - The Easter Vigil

Incense is used throughout this Mass.

 

The Easter Vigil is the most beautiful and most important liturgy of the year.  The quiet of Holy Saturday is broken when the Church gathers around the Easter fire outside the church building.  Here the Paschal Candle is inscribed, blessed and lit.  It is the light of the Paschal candle that leads everyone into the darkened church.  The Light of Christ dispels the darkness! 

 

After the deacon sings the Easter Proclamation, the Liturgy of the Word follows.  Since this is a Vigil, there are more readings from Scripture than usual.  With each, the story of our salvation is unfolded until the Gospel proclaims that

Jesus is risen from the dead.  Then we celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation: baptism, confirmation and Eucharist.  This is the evening when those 7 years old and older are fully initiated into the Church.  It is so significant that on the night we celebrate new life in Christ’s Resurrection that these people get to be fully immersed in His divine life.  In the course of the liturgy the entire congregation renews their own baptismal promises.

 

Easter Sunday—March 27

Masses: 8:00, 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon.

Incense is used at the 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon Masses.

 

The celebration of the Lord’s resurrection continues on Easter Sunday.  Today we begin the 50 days of the Easter season.  Masses will include the renewal of baptismal promises and the sprinkling of the congregation with holy water to recall our life in the Risen Christ.

 

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DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
April 3, 2016

3:00 pm in Church

Join us today at 3:00 pm when St. James Church will celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy.  This is a great opportunity to obtain the complete forgiveness of all sins and punishment - a straight ticket to Heaven!

This Feast of Mercy is God's great gift to humanity in preparation for the Second Coming of Jesus. We need to recognize that this Feast of Mercy is a preparation for the Judgment and a modern-day Feast of Atonement, just like in the Old Testament. To be prepared to receive this incredible and beautiful Mercy of Our Lord Jeasus Christ: 1) go to confession within 20 days before/after Divine Mercy Sunday, 2) receive Holy Communion on this day, 3) perform an act of mercy and 4) venerate the image.  Visit www.divinemercysunday.com for more information.

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2016 Pastoral Council Nominations

Over the next few weeks, the parish is asking for nominations for three new members of St. James Pastoral Council. The council is a visioning and planning body of parishioners who foster full participation of the parish in the life and mission of the church. In consultation with the pastor, Pastoral Council actively listens to and identifies the needs and concerns of the people and reviews the parish pastoral plan to respond to these needs. Pastoral Council meets once a month and the term is three years.

The members are selected by a discernment process, which is decision making rooted in prayer. By using discernment, Fr. Nolker and Pastoral Council acknowledge that God is at work in our lives at all times, especially when making important decisions. This year we are in need of three individuals who are willing to meet once a month during the year, and have these qualities:

·        A desire for spiritual growth in themselves and the parish

·        An enthusiasm about the future direction of the parish

·        A willingness to listen, to speak honestly and to work toward consensus

·        The ability to inspire and empower others to delegate

·        Flexibility and openness with people and ideas

Nominations will be accepted from April 17 – April 29. Those identified as nominees will be invited to attend an information night on May 4. At this information meeting night, all nominees will learn about the role of the council and will have the opportunity to ask questions. After this evening, all nominees will be asked to reflect and pray on this information and discern whether or not he or she feels called to this ministry of service and leadership. The formal discernment night will be held on May 11 to determine the new council members. These new members will be blessed by the community in early June. To download the form, click on the nomination form below.

Sincerely,

St. James Pastoral Council 

Pam Collins, Member at Large Mark Russell, Mamber at Large
Judy D’Amico, Member at Large Joe Schneider, Chair
Michael Harlow, Member at Large Devin Sillies, Member at Large
Tim Meyer, Vice Chair Nancy Thomas, Member at Large
Mary Jo Reiners, Member at Large Laura White, Member at Large

2016 Pastoral Council Nomination Form



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First Holy Communion Weekend
4:30 pm Mass on Saturday, April 30
and
12:00 Noon Mass on Sunday, May 1

Our Catholic 2nd graders will make their First Holy Communion this weekend.  Please feel free to join us in celebrating this Sacrament.

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Right to Life Mother's Day Flower Sale

May 7th and 8th after all Masses

The St. James L.I.F.E. Ministry will be selling carnations once again in the Church Hall after all Masses on Mother's Day Weekend, May 7th & 8th. The cost of the flowers are $2 each, 3 for $5, 6 for $8 and a dozen for $15.  Also, we will sell 10-inch hanging baskets containing assorted annuals for $17. If you know you will need a number of carnations, please call Mary Lackman to reserve them for you at 385-7409 or email klackman@cinci.rr.com. All profits go directly to Right to Life and is a great way to celebrate life and remember Mom, Grandma or any other special woman in your life.

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May Crowning Service and Raffle Drawing

Monday, May 9th at 7 pm in Church

Please join us for May Crowning sponsored by the St. Mary's Ladies Society. Refreshments will follow in the Church Hall along with the drawing for St. Mary's Ladies Society Raffle. 

Help support the St. Mary's Ladies Society by purchasing raffle tickets. They take care of the altar needs for our Parish, purchase and maintain all the altar linens and Baptism garments.  Tickets are $1/each, 6 for $5 or 12 for $10.  Prizes are $150 - 1st, $75 - 2nd and $25 - 3rd and can be found at the church doors, parish office or click on the form below to download. Drop an envelope in the Sunday collection marked St. Mary's Ladies with your donation and tickets.

St. Mary's Ladies Society Raffle Ticket Form

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FILL THE BUS.......AGAIN!!!

Let’s fill the bus again! In a food drive run by the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and American Heritage Girls, we are trying to fill the Boy Scout bus with food items that will be taken to Little Flower to be shared with other St. Vincent de Paul food pantries. Kroger bags were handed out, but you can use any bag or box you have. Nonperishable food items such as canned corn, green beans, carrots, spaghetti sauce/noodles, etc. can be used to fill these bags. Also, the food pantry is in need of paper towels, toilet paper, tissues etc. These items will be collected in the lower lot before all Masses on the weekend of May 14th & 15th.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact Gena or Aaron Porotsky at email:

genaporosky@gmail.com or by phone: 741-7504

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Grief Support Group

Have you lost a loved one?

There is a grief support group starting on May 26th at St. James.  Please join us from 7-8:30 pm once a week for 8 weeks to share memories of our loved ones and explore the stages of grief. Feel free to participate if you would like or just come as often as needed and listen. The purpose is to bring the grieving process into focus, as well as to provide support for each other during this journey of sorrow and pain of loss.  If you have any questions, please call Vicki Jung at 260-2373 or Julie Schneider at 741-1194.  

 
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St. Vincent de Paul Society - Bundle Sunday Weekend

Bundle Sunday Weekend is Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12. 

We will be collecting your donations of gently used clothing and household items at all Masses that weekend.  A truck will be parked in the west parking lot. Remember, items you no longer use are a blessing for a neighbor in need.  For free pickup of large donations and vehicles, call 421-CARE. 


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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

This year St. James the Greater Vacation Bible School is scheduled on Monday through Friday, June 13-17 from 9:30 am-Noon.  Students will participate in uncovering archaeological treasures that will lead them to discovery of God's gift of Bible stories.

Children entering Kindergarten through Grade 4 will sing, dance, listen to or watch stories, and learn lessons from Holy Scripture.  They will pray, create reminders of important concepts and enjoy snacks and games.  Lessons will focus on increasing knowledge of the Catholic Faith, as well as that of the call to service of family, friends, neighbors, community and most importantly, God.  The cost is $20.00 per child and registration forms are available online (click below), in church, or in the Parish Office. 

VIRTUS ® approved volunteers are needed and welcome!  Adults are needed to lead groups, and to help with refreshments.  This is a great opportunity for junior high and/or high school students to accumulate needed service hours!

Please contact us in the Religious Education Office (741-5335) to volunteer or for additional information.  We hope to see you at this year's St. James Vacation Bible School!

Vacation Bible School Registration Form



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FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM
June 21 to July 4

The US Bishops have asked us to pray, fast and witness for Religious Freedom. St. James L.I.F.E. Ministry will be leading a public Rosary in front of school on Sunday, June 26 after the 12 Noon Mass.  If not attending Mass, just meet us around 1:15 pm. Help us pray a patriotic rosary. Bring your rosaries and voices! Feel free to bring folding chairs, umbrellas for sun, or flags. We would love to see a crowd of witnesses.  Pray for good weather, thank you and God bless you all.

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St. James Parish Festival 2016
Friday, July 22nd - 6 pm till Midnight
Saturday, July 23rd - 5:30 pm till Midnight
Sunday, July 24th - 4 pm till 10 pm

Come join us for the fun! There will be live music, games, food, fun and prizes.

Visit: www.stjamesfestival.com for additional information. You can preview the bands, volunteer and visit our sponsor links to see what they are up to.


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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary remains a major Feast, BUT the Mass obligation is dispensed.  We will have our regular Mass Schedule for Monday, August 15th. 6:30 am (if there is no funeral that day) and 8:30 am.

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St. James Parish Picnic
August 26th

St. James Parish Picnic will be held at Stricker's Grove Amusement Park.  The park opens at 5:00 pm with rides beginning at 6:00 pm.  The rides and park close at 10:00 pm.  There will be corn-on-the-cob, metts, brats, pop, ice cream, popcorn, cotton candy and beer available for purchase.  You can also bring a picnic lunch.  Volunteers are needed for working for door prize table & selling split-the-pot tickets.  Please contact Jim Day at 245-9524 or golfguy64@yahoo.com to volunteer.

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St. James Youth Ministry

Are you a youth who is longing for something more? Come hang out with some teens your age who get your struggles? Our kick-off youth event is on Sunday, August 28 from 4-6 pm. We will be in the John Paul II room, downstairs in the parish center, 2nd room on your right. Be sure to have your parent sign our Release Form below and bring with you.  If you have questions, please contact Nic Kovatch, Youth Leader at 741-5325 or nkovatch@stjameswhiteoak.com

Release Form

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Young Adult Ministry

New West Side Young Adult Group (age 18 (high school graduate) - 40 years old)
Are you tired of what this culture has to offer and hungry for more? We will walk this journey together through prayer, fellowship, discussion, service and fun. Meetings will take place at St. John the Baptist - Dry Ridge every Tuesday night starting  August 30th.  We will meet in the Youth Ministry room (Parish Office basement) at 7 pm and then we follow this up with a trip to a local eatery for some social time. For questions, contact Nic Kovatch at nkovatch@stjameswhiteoak.com or 741-5325.  See below for Calendar of Events.

Calendar of Young Adult Nights

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St. James White Oak Seniors Meeting

St. James White Oak Seniors monthly meeting is Wednesday, September 7 at 11 am in the Church Hall.  Artis will provide lunch.  Please bring nonperishable food items for the needy.  Call Ed Henn for more information or questions at 385-0837.

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RCIA

Thinking about becoming Catholic?  Or know somebody who might want to be?  RCIA, is the process to become Catholic. The welcome night was August 22nd. Classes start on September 12th, so if you are interested and missed the welcome night it is not too late, please email:

Nic Kovatch at nkovatch@stjameswhiteoak.com, or call 513-741-5325. 

RCIA Calendar

 


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Adult Faith Formation Fall Lecture Series

What are the Sacraments?

Want to learn about these awesome avenues of grace?  Come to our Lecture Series this Fall.

Baptism & Confirmation Wednesday, October 5th from 7-8 pm or
Thursday, October 6th from 9:30-10:30 am

Eucharist Wednesday, October 12th from 7-8 pm or
Thursday, October 13th from 9:30-10:30 am

Confession &  Wednesday, October 19th from 7-8 pm
Anointing of the Sick Thursday, October 20th from 9:30-10:30 am

Marriage Wednesday, October 26th from 7-8 pm
Thursday, October 27th from 9:30-10:30 am

Holy Orders Wednesday, November 2nd from 7-8 pm
Thursday, November 3rd from 9:30-10:30 am

Presented by Nic Kovatch, and guest lecturer

Wednesday Evening will be presented in the Marian Room (Parish Center)
Thursday Morning will be in the Seniors Room (Parish Center)

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SPECIAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION will be held on Monday, November 7th at St. James Church with intentions for a Pro-life outcome to the November 8th Election.  Jesus will be present in the Monstrance 9 am to 9 pm, closing with Benediction.  God knows our situation. He only needs to hear our plea for mercy to restore the sanctity of life and return our country to “One Nation Under God".

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Evening Prayer is on Sunday, November 13 at 4:00 pm in Church

Special Intentions are for those whose funeral Mass has been at St. James in the past year (October 1, 2015 thru

September 30, 2016). All families, friends and parishioners are invited to come to remember the memory of your loved one, along with all the faithful departed of St. James Parish and to celebrate the gift of eternal life.

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Advent and First Reconciliation

PENANCE SERVICE - Monday, November 28th at 7 pm

Begin Advent by celebrating the Sacrament of Penance.  This service is for the whole parish.  Our Catholic 2nd graders will receive the sacrament for the first time as part of this service.  Several extra priests will be available for private confessions during the communal service.

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AMERICAN GIRL DOLL RAFFLE

"RAE"

AND AN ALTERNATE PRIZE OF $300

Two names will be drawn on December 5, 2016.  The first will receive their choice of the doll or the money. The second will receive the alternate prize.  Raffle is given by St. Mary's Ladies Society.

CHANCES ARE $1.00 EACH, or 6 FOR $5.00 or 12 FOR $10.00
Click below for Raffle chances.   They can be returned in an envelope marked St. Mary's Ladies/Chances and put in the Sunday collection or mailed to the Parish Office, 3565 Hubble Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45247. 

Raffle Chances

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Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass Schedules

December 24, Saturday - Christmas Eve
No morning Mass
3:00 pm
5:00 pm
10:00 pm

December 25, Sunday - Christmas Day
10:00 am
12:00 noon
NOTE:  Incense is used at all Christmas Eve and Day Masses


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Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God

Mass Schedule

December 31, Saturday - Vigil of the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

4:30 pm

January 1, Sunday, The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

8:00 am
10:00 am
12:00 Noon

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St. James L.I.F.E. Ministry's "Baby Shower"
benefiting the precious babies and moms served by

Pregnancy Center West*

Donations will be gratefully accepted in the lower west vestibule after all Masses on January 21 and 22.

Items accepted include:

Formula and diapers are always greatly needed! Please consider purchasing a donation - any brand/style is acceptable.

Infant shampoo, lotion, baby wash, diaper wipes.

Gently used car seats, strollers, high chairs, cribs (stationary sides only), etc.

Infant to toddler baby blankets, clothing, and miscellaneous in good condition.

Monetary donations graciously accepted.

*Pregnancy Center West helps mothers choose LIFE for their babies by providing much-needed assistance to those families.

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St. James Volunteers' Recognition Dinner

Sunday, February 19th

DOOR PRIZES - GREAT DINNER - ALL DRINKS

In appreciation for all the volunteers who selflessly donate their time and talents to our Parish Organizations, you and your spouse are cordially invited to attend the 2017 volunteer's Recognition Dinner.  This is for St. James parishioners ONLY.

All ministries and volunteer organizations are welcome.  Come celebrate with your fellow volunteers on Sunday, February 19 in the Church Hall. Drinks and appetizers will begin at 5:00 pm and dinner at 6:00 pm.

There is no cost to attend, but you must make a reservation by February 14th.

Click below to download the Reservation Form.

2017 Reservation Form 

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Liturgical Minister's Retreat

Calling all Liturgical Ministers…lectors, distributors, music, ushers, bereavement, and CLOW.  If you assist our Liturgies here at St. James in anyway, and want to grow more deeply in your faith and your ministry, then please mark your calendars for the Liturgical Minister’s retreat on Saturday, March 4th It will start with the 8:30 am Mass and end around noon.  You are invited to go to Confession at 12:30 if you so desire.  Please RSVP by February 26th to Nic Kovatch at 741-5325 or by email: nkovatch@stjameswhiteoak.com


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FILL THE BUS

Sponsored by St. James American Heritage Girls and Boy Scouts

Once Again this year the American Heritage Girls and Boy Scouts will be working together to FILL THE BUS with non-perishables for local food panties.  Bags will be passed out after Mass on March 4/5 and will need to be returned the weekend of March 18/19.  

Your help is greatly appreciated.

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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 www.pc-west.org Return the baby bottles during the weekend of March 25 & 26.

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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

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Lectors and Distributors Training Session - New Ministers Needed!

Do you want to help serve St. James by doing a Liturgical Ministry?  We need more Lectors and Distributors.  If you would like to be trained for one of these ministries, please contact Nic Kovatch at nkovatch@stjameswhiteoak.com or 741-5325.  Our Training Session will be on Thursday evening, April 27, 2017 at 7 pm in Church for the Lectors, and 7:30 pm for Distributors.  If you have questions, please call or email Nic.

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Fr. Tony Tozzi Farewell Reception

Please join us on Saturday, June 24th at 4:30 pm Mass. A celebration will follow in the Church Hall.  We want to THANK him for all he has done for our Parish during his time here. We also wish him the best of luck in his new assignment at Immaculate Heart of Mary, in Anderson (7770 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45255).

 

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St. James Parish Festival 2017
Friday, July 21st - 6 pm till Midnight
Saturday, July 22nd - 5:30 pm till Midnight
Sunday, July 23rd - 4 pm till 10 pm

Come join us for the fun! There will be live music, games, food, fun and prizes.

Visit: www.stjamesfestival.com for additional information. You can preview the bands, volunteer and visit our sponsor links to see what they are up to.

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Blessing for Expectant Parents and their Unborn Children

On Sunday, September 10th immediately following the Noon Mass, we invite all expectant parents to gather for this special blessing.  This is a new blessing the Church has approved and plan to offer this several times during the year.

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Sacrament of Reconciliation Parent Meeting

ATTENTION: Parents of 2nd Grade St. James Catholic students (i.e. School and Parish School of Religion).  One of the greatest gifts that Jesus has granted us is the Sacrament of Reconciliation, through which we receive His undying love, mercy and forgiveness.  To help prepare their children to receive this gift for the first time, parents of Grade Two Saint James Catholic students (i.e., School and Parish School of Religion) are asked to mark their calendars for Tuesday evening, September 12th at 7:00 pm in the Church Hall for the First Reconciliation Parent Meeting.   Thank you!

 

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Confirmation Parent & Candidate Meeting

Date:   Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Time:   7:00 pm

Location: Church Hall

The meeting is for all Parents and 7th Grade Catholic Students of St. James (School and Monday Evening Parish School of Religion). Contact the Religious Education Office for questions or additional information at 741-5335.

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St. Mary's Ladies Society is Celebrating 170 Years
at the 10:00 am Mass on October 8th with a reception to follow.

The Ladies Society was established in the year 1847 making this the oldest organization in our parish!

Currently, there are over 100 members. These ladies help with the church linens, dusting the church, provide Baptism robes, cards for the Confirmation and First Communion students, cards for the sick parishioners, have Masses said for parishioners that have passed, the May crowning of the Blessed Mother and provide homemade doll clothes and an American Girl doll for the festival.

They also provide two $500 scholarships for current St. James students. This is made possible by raffling off an American Girl Doll.

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Advent Confession Opportunities Here and Surrounding Area

St. James the Greater

Saturdays from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Saturday, December 16, both Fathers Nolker and Reif will be available during this time.

Surrounding Area Churches

St. Clare - Wednesday, December 13 at 7 pm
Our Lady of the Rosary - Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30 pm
St. Ignatius - Monday, December 18 at 7 pm
St. John the Baptist, Dry Ridge with Corpus Christi - Tuesday, December 19 at 7 pm
St. Matthias - Wednesday, December 20 at 6:30 pm
St. Clement - Wednesday, December 20 at 6:30 pm


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Holy Day 
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mass Schedule:  6:30 am, 8:30 am and 7:00 pm

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Fourth Sunday of Advent Mass Schedule
December 24th

Masses:  4:30 pm on Saturday

                           8:00 & 10:00 am on Sunday

NOTE:  There will NOT be a 12:00 Noon Mass this Sunday so that preparations can be made for the Christmas Masses that begin in the middle of the afternoon.

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Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God - January 1st Mass Schedule

Mass:  10:00 am

The obligation to participate in Mass on this Feast is dispensed this year!

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St. James White Oak 175th Anniversary
1843 - 2018
Spreading the Word

St. James Church is celebrating its 175th Anniversary in 2018 and we want you to be a part of it!

Such a significant milestone in our history deserves a lot of attention. We've planned a variety of activities and events so everyone can join in the celebration during our anniversary year. Help us to give thanks for our past and ask for God's blessing as we continue to keep "Spreading the Word" into the future! Here's a peek at the upcoming activities:

Commemorative Anniversary Items: Car Magnet, Grocery Bag, Ornament, Coffee Mug and St. James Church Print will be sold after all Masses the weekends of Dec. 2nd-3rd and 9th-10th.

St. James Church Tour - Sunday, January 14th, after 12:00 Mass

Join Fr. Tom and Fr. Bryan as they take you on a historical and informative tour through St. James Church. Learn the meaning behind some of the special features of our Church as well as some fascinating stories about our history.

175 St. James Facts - throughout the Anniversary year

Check the Bulletin every weekend (it can be found also under Resources, Publications here on our webpage) for a new installment of interesting facts and figures associated with St. James Church - including our history, our community, our families and much more.  175 facts will be revealed by the end of the Anniversary Year!

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Sacrament of Confirmation

On Tuesday, January 16th at 7:00 pm our 7th grade Catholic students will be making their Confirmation.  The Most Rev. Joseph R. Binzer, Auxillary Bishop, will be the presider.  Please keep them and their families in your prayers.

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Volunteers’ Recognition Dinner

is

January 28th

 

Mark your calendar. This is the one chance that the parish has to THANK all our volunteers. The dinner is free, but a reservation is needed. Don’t miss this fun filled evening. Drinks and appetizers will begin at 5 pm and dinner at 6 pm.  Make your reservation by January 24th.  Click below for the Reservation form, which can be dropped in the Sunday collection marked Volunteer Recognition Dinner or mail to the parish Office.

 

Reservation Form

 

 

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St. James Fish Fry

Please join us for good food and fellowship every Friday, from February 16th  - March 23rd 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,stjamesfishfry.org 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. The phone is only attended during those hours of the Fish Fry. For any other questions, you can call the parish office during their regular hours Monday-Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

Menu

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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

Monday, March 19 - 7:00 p.m.
Vespers for the Feast of St. Joseph

See Listing for March 19 for Additional Information.


Monday, March 26 - 7:00 pm in Church
RCIA Presentation of the Liturgies of Holy Week

See Listing for March 26 for Additional Information.

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FILL THE BUS
MARCH 3RD AND 4TH

FILL the Bus is a parish wide food drive sponsored by the American Heritage Girls and the Boy Scouts. We want to FILL the Boy Scout bus with 500+ food and toiletry items that will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at Little Flower Church.  Kroger bags will be handed out at the doors after the Masses on February 24th and 25th. Fill them with non-perishable food items such as canned vegetables, spaghetti sauce, noodles, etc. The food pantry is also in need of paper towels, toilet paper, toiletries and tissues.  Return your bag to the bus in the lower parking lot before all Masses on March 3rd and 4th. Fill the Bus has been a huge success in past years; let's make it even bigger and better this year! Thank you in advance for your generosity.

If you have any questions, please contact the AHG troop at:  ahg1843@gmail.com.

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Have you ever wanted to go on a pilgrimage?
Have you ever wanted to visit some of the holiest sites in the history of Christianity? 
Have you ever wanted to re-trace the footsteps, and the route of a famous saint who took the Gospel to new lands for the first time?

Joe Olding, has done it! 

Please join us for an informative evening in the Church Hall, on Tuesday March 6th at 7 PM, as Joe Olding presents to us his experience of being a pilgrim walking the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James.

Joe Olding is a Computer Sciences teacher at Our Lady of the Visitation School in Mack, who, along with his son, walked the 500 miles of the Way of St. James from the Pyrenees Mountains, across the north of Spain, to the Shrine of St. James the Greater in Santiago.  For many who make this trek to the purported tomb of St. James, this pilgrimage is a life changing experience.  Please plan to come and hear how Joe’s pilgrimage on the Way of St. James affected him, his life of faith, and his relationship with Our Blessed Lord.  This will be a very informative, spiritual, and interesting evening, please join us.

Mark Your Calendars, and plan to join us in the Church Hall on Tuesday Evening, March 6th at 7 PM for this Lenten Event!



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DAY PILGRIMAGE TO THE CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF THE ASSUMPTION, 
AND TO THE CATHEDRAL OF ST. PETER IN CHAINS
Monday March 12 - 8:30 AM until Approx. 4:00 PM


The Group will meet and attend the 8:30 AM Mass at St. James.  Following Mass, the Group will board the bus for the trip into Covington Kentucky to visit the Basilica of the Assumption, the Cathedral of the Diocese of Covington.   Our bus will be provided by Queen City Transportation, and with only one bus, we are limited to 40 people on the trip (St. James Parishioners get first preference).  There will be a modest charge of $40 per person for the day pilgrimage.

At 10:30 AM, we will begin our guided tour of the Basilica of the Assumption in Covington.  The Basilica is providing a tour guide for us to show us, and explain all of the different symbols, and the décor to be found in the Basilica, including two magnificent pipe organs, and some of the most magnificent stained-glass windows in any church in North America.  Following the guided tour, which should last about an hour and fifteen minutes, there will be some time for private prayer, or to frequent the Basilica gift shop.  We will then board our bus again at approximately 12:25 for our drive to the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains, our Cathedral, in downtown Cincinnati.

Upon our arrival at the St. Peter in Chains, we will enjoy a boxed lunch in the Cathedral Undercroft, followed by a guided tour of the Cathedral by a guide provided for us.  After the guided tour portion of our time at the St. Peter in Chains, there again will be some time for private prayer, or to look around the Cathedral on our own before boarding the bus to return to St. James by 4 PM. 


If you are interested in going on this Day Pilgrimage to our local area Cathedrals, please send your sign-up information to the parish office with your $40 for the trip (make checks payable to St. James).  The charge covers the cost of the bus, the boxed lunch, and the tour fees at the Cathedrals.   We cannot accommodate more than 40 people, and slots for the trip are first come first served with St. James Parishioners getting first preference.  Click below for the Sign-Up Sheet.

Cathedral Tour Sign-up Sheet


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Vespers for the Feast of St. Joseph

Monday, March 19 at 7:00 pm

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. Benediction completes our prayer for this wonderful feast.

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Holy Week and Easter 2018

 

Palm Sunday, March 25

         Masses             4:30 p.m. Vigil, 8:00, 10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon

         Each Mass will include the blessing of palms.  Children are invited to be part of the procession at 10:00 a.m. before going to the Children’s Liturgy of the Word in the undercroft.

Incense is used at 4:30 p.m., 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.

Holy Thursday, March 29

7:00 p.m. Mass the Lord’s Supper

This Mass includes the washing of feet and a procession with the Blessed Sacrament from the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, call the parish office for a reservation.

Incense is used.

Good Friday, March 30

8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours (the Breviary) is prayed in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. 

 
12:00 Noon Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

This liturgy includes the proclamation of the Passion according to St. John, Prayers of the Faithful, Veneration of the Cross and Communion.

Holy Saturday, March 31

8:30 p.m. The Easter Vigil

This Mass includes the blessing of the Easter Candle, a vigil service of Scripture readings, the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation for our Elect (Catechumens).

Incense is used.

Easter Sunday, April 1

Masses 8:00, 10:00 a.m. 12:00 Noon

Incense is used at the 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon Masses.

 


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RCIA Presentation of the Liturgies of Holy Week

Monday, March 26 - 7:00 PM in Church

Have you ever wondered what the Church does, and why during the holiest week of the Church year?  Join Fr. Nolker, and Deacon Tim as they give a detailed explanation of the Church's Liturgies during Holy Week.

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FIRST COMMUNION

St. James First Communion Liturgies will be held on Saturday, May 5th at the 4:30 pm Mass and Sunday, May 6th at 12 Noon Mass.
May God bless each of our second graders!

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St. James L.I.F.E. Ministry
Right to Life Mother's Day Flower Sale - May 12 and 13

The St. James L.I.F.E. Ministries will be selling carnations once again in the lower vestibule after all Masses on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 12th and 13th.   Their cost is $2 each, 3 for $5, 6 for $8 and $15 a dozen.  We are again including 10 inch hanging.  These beautiful baskets will have assorted annuals and cost $20. Our order is baskets for 100 potted hanging baskets and 50 dozen carnations.  If you know that you will need a number of a certain color flower or are looking for a particular color basket, please call me and I will reserve some for you.   All profits go directly to Right to Life. What a great way to celebrate life and remember Mom, Grandma or any other special woman in your life. 

ANYONE WISHING TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH THIS SALE or with set up, please call.

Please call Mary Lackman 706-0698 or email klackman@cinci.rr.com.


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St. Mary's Ladies Society

Please join us for May Crowning on Wednesday, May 16th at 7 pm in the Church.  Refreshments will follow in the Church Hall.

SPRING RAFFLE
This year St. Mary's Ladies Society will be having a "Split the Pot".  tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5 or 12 for $10. The drawing will be held on May 16th in the Church Hall after the May Crowning of the Blessed Mother. The proceeds are used to cover laundry expense of the Church linens, cards for First Communion and Confirmation students and our parish shut-ins.

Tickets can be found and printed by clicking below or in the Church book racks or in the Parish Office. Chances can be put in an envelop marked "St. Mary's Ladies Raffle" and dropped in the Sunday collection basket or mailed to the Parish Office.

St. Mary's Ladies "Split the Pot" tickets

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St. James 175th Anniversary
Mass and Reception

May 20th at NOON Mass, followed by the Reception

With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God you are invited to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the founding of Saint James the Greater Parish with the Celebration of a Solemn Mass on Sunday, the twentieth of May two thousand and eighteen at twelve o'clock noon.

The Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr
Archbishop of Cincinnati
Presiding

A Reception follows in the Church Hall.


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St. Vincent de Paul Society - Bundle Sunday Weekend

Bundle Sunday Weekend is Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. 

We will be collecting your donations of gently used clothing and household items at all Masses that weekend.  A truck will be parked in the west parking lot. Remember, items you no longer use are a blessing for a neighbor in need.  For free pickup of large donations and vehicles, call 421-CARE. 


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Vacation Bible School - June 11-15 , 2018
Monday -Friday, 9:30 am to 12 Noon
This year's theme is "Angels & Saints"

Vacation Bible School is open to children entering grades K-4 and costs $25 per student and is held in the Church Hall.  See below for the Registration Form. Please complete and drop at the parish office or mail to St. James Religious Education Office, 3565 Hubble Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45247.

VIRTUS®-ready volunteers are always needed and welcome!  Adults are needed to lead groups, and to help with refreshments.  This is also a wonderful opportunity for junior high and/or high school students to accumulate needed service hours!

Please contact us in the Religious Education Office (513.741.5335) to volunteer or for additional information.  We hope to see you at this year’s Saint James Vacation Bible School!

Vacation Bible School Registration Form

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St. James L.I.F.E. Ministry

To show our Parish's support for "Serving Others in God's Love: Religious Freedom Week", June 22nd, The Feast of Sts. Thomas More & John Fisher, through June 29th which has been designated by The United States Bishops, St. James LIFE Ministry invites everyone to pray the patriotic rosary after the 8:30 am Mass on Wednesday, July 4th, starting about 9:15 am.  We will meet in the parking lot in front of the school where we will pray the rosary. This would be a great way to start your 4th of July celebration. Learn more about the Religious Freedom Week at:
www.usccb.org/ReligiousFreedomWeek. Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher were martyred in 1535 for standing up for the sanctity of marriage and the freedom of the Church. In our country today, the Church faces challenges to her freedom to serve in healthcare, child welfare services, and education.  Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher show us what faithful service looks like. May their example continue to illuminate the path for us, as we seek to faithfully serve our Church and country.

“Religious freedom remains one of America's most precious possessions.  And, as my brothers, the United States Bishops, have reminded us, all are called to be vigilant, precisely as good citizens, to preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten or compromise it.”  - Pope Francis


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Parish Directory Photos – ONLY 4 DAYS LEFT TO GET YOUR PARISH DIRECTORY PHOTOS TAKEN!

 BE SURE TO SIGN UP!

Registration INFO

The website is open to register on-line.  ALL the August photo dates are now OPEN, SEE LIST AND TIMES BELOW.  It is best for you to sign-up on line so you receive reminder notifications. Click below to go to the registration site.

 

Below is the URL to register for your parish directory photo session:
The registration site is: https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/yd35ezts/

 

You will need to provide:   Name, Phone #, e-mail, # in group

If you have more than 7 people in your family you will need to book 2 time slots.If you have multiple families being photographed together (generational photos) you will need to book a time slot for EACH immediate family and another time slot for the entire group.

 Every family photographed receives a COMPLIMENTARY DIRECTORY and a COMPLIMENTARY 8X10 portrait.  At sign-in, each family will receive a $10 off coupon toward any photos purchased.  Anyone 60 years of age or older & military personnel receive a 20% discount on any photos they purchase.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY DATES in the Church Hall:

Tuesday – Friday,  August 7 - 10,  2 pm – 9 pm
Saturday,  August 11,  9 am – 4 pm
Tuesday – Thursday,  August 21 – 23,  2 pm – 9 pm (NOTE THIS CHANGE)
Friday- August 24, 9 am - 4 pm (NOTE CHANGE BECAUSE OF PARISH PICNIC)

Your photography session will take about an hour, during which time you will check-in, be photographed and view your photos.

 

Watch our weekly church bulletin / St James Church website for more information in the coming weeks.

 

For your convenience, all photography and portrait viewing will take place in the Church Hall with no sitting fee.  You will have a variety of poses taken and one pose will be selected for the directory.  In addition to your complimentary 8x10, you will have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits on the day of your portrait session.

 

Please contact Nancy Phillips at 513-379-0754 or naptmh04@gmail.com if you have questions.

 




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St. James Parish Festival 2018
Friday, July 27th - 6 pm till Midnight
Saturday, July 28th - 5:30 pm till Midnight
Sunday, July 29th - 4 pm till 10 pm

Come join us for the fun! There will be live music, games, food, fun and prizes.

Visit: www.stjamesfestival.com for additional information. You can preview the bands, volunteer and visit our sponsor links to see what they are up to.  Click here to see the Festival Flyer.  

Our Major Award Raffle remains the same:  The Grand Prize is $10,000,  Two 2nd prizes of $1,000, Two 3rd prizes of $500, Three 4th prizes of $250 and Four 5th prizes of $200. The tickets are $5.00 per chance, 5 for $20, 8 for $30, 11 for $40 and 14 for $50. The Early-Bird drawings will occur on three Mondays, June 11th, June 25th and July 9th at 2:00 pm.  You can click the link below to print your chances. Mail them to St. James the Greater Parish Office, 3565 Hubble Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45247 and checks payable to St. James Festival.

Major Award Raffle Tickets

The Bengals Season Ticket Raffle returns! The tickets cost $10 each and the winner receives one pair of 2018 SEASON TICKETS to the CINCINNATI BENGALS (Section 343/Row 13/Seats 15 & 16) PLUS a parking pass for each game for the CRG West (Central Riverfront Garage)VALUED at $1279.00. There are only 400 tickets sold.  Drawing will be held at 9:00 PM on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at the Festival.  Order forms are included in this mailing, the weekly bulletin and are sold after Masses beginning June 2 This year as an added bonus we are able to offer two tickets to Bengals Training Camp Day that will be held sometime between July 30 and August 9. The winner of these tickets will be chosen from an Early-Bird drawing of all the tickets purchased before July 23.  The date of the camp has yet to be announced but will prove to be an exciting adventure! The drawing will be on July 23 at 2:00 PM. Printing of our Bengals raffle tickets is being sponsored by Huesman Schmid Insurance Agency, Inc.   You can click on the link below to print tickets and mail them to St. James the Greater, 3565 Hubble Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45247. Checks should be made payable to St. James Festival.

Bengal Season Raffle Ticket

The Entertainment Line-up includes new and encore performances. Our featured bands this year include some area favorites. 
    Friday night will feature Final Order Band who play some of the most up to date rock and party songs in high energy.  Come out to see their show that’s guaranteed not to disappoint! It’s always a good time!
    Early Saturday (5:30-7:30) in front of our main stage we present, for the first time, two of our very own parish family, Anthony Bennett and Eric Fricke, an acoustic guitar duo also known as  BrownChicken BrownCow.  Come early and enjoy classic rock to modern alternative with an eclectic variety of acoustic sounds. Treat your ears to something acoustically different!
   
Saturday, on the main stage we bring you Pandora Effect:  a dynamic, six member rock cover band who expertly recreate some of the greatest music ever recorded. They’ll keep you moving and dancing all evening long! 
    Sunday we present for the first time “Middle Age Man Band” (MAMB) who bring a selection of rock and country music that spans the decades.
    All weekend you can look forward to enjoying the easy listening sounds of an acoustic guitar and the smooth voice of Rick Clark. You’ll hear the acoustic songs from the 60’s to the present.  He will be performing in the Beer Garden prior to each nights feature band and during their breaks. Saturday night as an added feature, Rick will be accompanied by a drummer and bass guitarist known as the Rick Clark Trio who will serenade us with light to classic rock and roll.  Dave Hils, will again entertain us during our Chicken Dinner on Sunday as he performs a variety of classics and a few popular hits with an acoustic flair. Mike Schmidt will again be joining us to create some elaborate balloon twisting creations.  It is as fun to watch as it is to receive one of his creations!  Come and be entertained!

Fried Chicken Dinners from Ron's Roost will be served in the Parish Hall on Sunday, July 29th from 4:00-6:30 PM. Pre-Sale tickets are available via the order form below. Payment may be made by check payable to St. James Festival. Mail to St. James the Greater, 3565 Hubble Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45247. Mail order tickets need to be postmarked by July 23rd. After the deadline dinner purchases made in person will be on a first come basis, due to the limited quantity of chicken allocated by pre-sale and an estimated additional amount. Confirmation receipt of orders will be sent by email only. Names will be on a list at the check-in table in the church hall. Please provide the first name of the person(s) for whom you are ordering to facilitate individual meal distribution at the dinner.

St. James Sunday Chicken Dinner Pre-Sale Ticket Order Form

  • VOLUNTEER:  We are attempting to improve the sign ups this year.  By visiting the locations below, you can sign up at individual booths for the listed divisions. You can also visit a committee member in the church hall weekends after Masses, visit our web page: www.stjamesfestival.com and sign in there or fill out and return the sign-up sheet. The earlier you sign up the better.  ON LINE SIGN-UPS CAN BE DONE AT THESE WEB LOCATIONS!

Under 18 Permission Form:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tjtzXIkXD8nEQQITkXfKK0-d--RG1SkW/view?usp=sharing 

Sign-ups for Food Booths and Games of Chance can be found at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E054BA4AA29A3FB6-20181

Sign-ups for Festival Set Up and Tear Down can be found at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E054BA4AA29A3FB6-2018

Sign-ups for General and Children's Booths can be found at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E054BA4AA29A3FB6-20182

or You can click below to download the Volunteer Sign-up form.

Volunteer Sign-up Form



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PARISH OFFICE CLOSED on Thursday, August 16th for Staff Retreat and
Morning Mass time will be at 7:30 am instead of  8:30 am

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Confession Time Changed for Saturday, August 25th
Confessions will be heard from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm 

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Grief Support Group
Have you lost a loved one?

St. James parish has a Grief Support Program to assist people working through the loss of a loved one. This group would come together  for eight (8) sessions on a weekly basis. It started on Wednesday, September 26th and the last meeting is November 21st in the Parish Center from 7-8:30 p.m. to share memories of our loved ones and explore the stages of grief. Feel free to participate if you would like or just come and listen. Attend one or all the sessions! The purpose is to bring the grieving process into focus, as well as to provide support for each other during this journey of sorrow and pain of loss. If you are interested, or you have any questions, please call Vicki Jung at 260-2373 or Julie Schneider at 377-1232.
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The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

Saturday, October 13 at 4:30 pm Mass
Sunday, October 14 at all Masses (8:00 am, 10:00 am and 12 Noon)

Who should be anointed?

Anyone is has a serious illness or the debilitation of old age.

When should they be anointed?

As soon as the illness is diagnosed and anytime it significantly worsens.  Anointing is the sacrament of the sick so we can cope with illness and be helped to heal. 

How long do the effects of the sacrament last?  

There is no “expiration date” for the sacrament.

Isn’t this sacrament supposed to be given when somebody is dying?       

The ritual book for the Sacrament of Anointing says, “The reception of the Eucharist as viaticum, food for the passage through death to eternal life, is the sacrament proper to the dying Christian…The sacrament of anointing should be celebrated at the beginning of a serious illness.” {#175, emphasis added}   The sacrament for the dying is Holy Communion. This doesn’t mean that a dying person can’t be anointed, but the anointing should happen long before that moment.  It should never be the case that receiving the Anointing of the Sick is put off until the person is dying.

Also, remember that a priest may not be available when someone is dying. 

As we celebrate this sacrament as part of the weekend Masses, those wishing to be anointed will need to sit in the front pews or along the aisles if they cannot stand around the sanctuary for the anointing.

Our priests are always happy to visit a person at home or in a care facility to celebrate the sacrament for them.  Our Catholic hospitals have priests who visit at least several days a week to celebrate this sacrament.  Do not hesitate to ask the hospital staff for the sacrament when someone is hospitalized. 


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Fall Dance for Adults with Special Needs

WHO IS IT FOR??? 

SPECIAL NEEDS ADULTS WANTING TO DANCE, PLAY GAMES OR JUST ENJOY AN AFTERNOON OUT!

DATE:  Sunday, October 21, 2018

TIME;  2:00 - 4:30 pm

PLACE:  St. James Church Hall, 3565 Hubble Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45247

The Dance has a Fall/Halloween theme which means costumes are welcome, but not necessary. It is FREE, but we ask you to bring a canned good for a local food pantry.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.  There will be dancing, board games and the chance to make a craft.  This is sponsored by the St. James LIFE Group.  To RSVP or for more information, call 706-0698 or email: missmary@cinci.rr.com.

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 Holy Day Mass Schedule

All Saints, Thursday, November 1st

6:30 am, 8:30 am and 7:00 pm

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Evening Prayer on Sunday, November 11 at 4:00 pm in Church

Special Intentions are for those whose funeral Mass has been at St. James in the past year (October 1, 2017 thru September 30, 2018). All families, friends and parishioners are invited to come to remember the memory of your loved one, along with all the faithful departed of St. James Parish and to celebrate the gift of eternal life.
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American Heritage Girls

FundraiserEat Chipotle, help American Heritage Girls Troop 1843

Calling all burrito lovers. Foil your dinner plans and stop by the Chipotle at 9430 Colerain Avenue for our fundraiser on Tuesday, November 27 from 4:00-8:00 pm. We’re raising money to support American Heritage Girls Troop 1843, so just download the flyer below, or mention the fundraiser at checkout and they will donate 33% of the proceeds to the cause!

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!

Chipotle Flyer


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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 8th - Holy Day of Obligation

Mass Schedule:    Friday, December 7th at 7:00 pm (Vigil Mass)
    Incense will be used at the Vigil Mass

          Saturday, December 8th at 8:30 am and 10:00 am

 Note 4:30 pm Mass is for the 2nd Sunday of Advent

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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Holy Day of Obligation

Saturday, December 8, 2016

Mass Times:  8:30 am and 10:00 am

4:30 pm Mass will be for the Sunday obligation.

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Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God Mass Schedule

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

 New Year's Eve, December 31st (Monday)
*  4:30 pm - Vigil Mass

New Year's Day, January 1st (Tuesday)
*  10:00 a.m. Mass
*Incense is used at Mass

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St. James School Open House

Please join us! St. James School Open House is on January 20, 2019 from 1:00-3:30 pm. Featuring School tours, classroom activities and student art show. We hope to see many familiar and new faces!  Any new or current families are welcome.


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SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr

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The John Merritt Scholarships

Each year our parish gives two (2) $2,000 scholarships to 8th grade students who will attend a Catholic high school.  These are renewable.  In addition to these, the parish gives two (2) $750 scholarships to students who will attend St. James the Greater School the following year.  These are NOT renewable. Information about the qualifications for these scholarships.  Click the link below to download the information and applications. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.

We thank those who have contributed to the John Merritt Scholarship Fund that makes this possible!  

The John Merritt Scholarships Info and Application


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St. James Volunteer's
Recognition Dinner

Sunday, March 3rd

St.James Parishioners ONLY

In appreciation for all the volunteers who selflessly donate their time and talents to our Parish Organizations, you and your spouse are cordially invited to attend the 2019 Volunteers' Recognition Dinner.

Reservation Form is due by February 27th.  Click below to print out the Reservation Form adding the volunteer organization you serve.

Reservation Form

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Ash Wednesday
March 6, 2019

 6:30 am Mass
 8:30 am Mass (School students grade 3 to 8 will be present)
 1:30 pm Prayer service (School students grades K to 2 will be present)
7:00 pm Mass
Ashes are distributed after the Gospel at Mass and in the Prayer Service in the afternoon.

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 small 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.
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Taize Prayer Service

Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 pm in Church

This year we focus on the veneration of the cross.

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The most delicious way to give back during Lent!

You're invited to celebrate the Lenten season with Frisch's and support

St. James the Greater

by coming to Frisch's at

5351 North Bend Rd., Cincinnati, OH  45247

March  19, 2019 from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Mention:
St. James the Greater

to the cashier when you
check out and Frisch's will
donate 20% of all proceeds
to the parish!

  Click here for flier

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at St. James the Greater

Once again, the whole Archdiocese of Cincinnati will participate in this opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation.
Both of our priests will be hearing confession at this time as part of the annual "Light Is On For You". This is a great opportunity for those who have been away from the Sacrament of Reconciliation for a long time to confess. All parishes in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati have scheduled confessions for this evening, many from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.


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FILL THE BUS

March 23rd and 24th

Fill the Bus is a parish-wide food drive sponsored by the American Heritage Girls and Boy Scouts, We are trying to FILL the Boy Scout bus with food and paper products that will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at Little Flower Church.
Kroger bags will be handed out at the doors after the Masses on March 16 and 17.
Fill them with non-perishable food items such as canned meat, canned vegetables (corn, green beans, carrots) and spaghetti sauce/noodles, etc.  The food pantry is also in need of paper towels, toilet paper, toiletries and tissues.  Return your bag to the bus in the lower parking lot before ALL Masses on March 23rd and 24th. Fill the Bus has been a huge success in past years, so let's make it even bigger and better this year! Thank you in advance for your generosity.
If you have questions, please contact the AHG troop at:  AHG1843@gmail.com.

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Lay Pastoral Ministry Survey

Elaine Rasp is preparing for her final project as she completes her studies in the Archdiocese's Lay Pastoral Ministry Program. She would like to know where your faith is now and where you want it to go.  She will review the results and create a project that will satisfy a need in the parish. Please take 10 minutes to fill out this survey!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KGBS33W 

Please respond by March 27.


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Baby Shower
Please support L.I.F.E. Ministry's "Baby Shower"
Benefiting the precious babies and moms served by
Pregnancy Center West*
Donations will be gratefully  accepted in the lower west vestibule after all Masses on
March 30 and 31

Most needed items:  Diapers (all sizes), baby wipes, formula, Baby Shampoo, lotion, baby wash, Baby blankets (esp. for newborns) and "Onesies," newborn outfits, and baby clothing (up to size 5T)
Also Accepted:  Strollers, high chairs, pack-n-plays, baby seats, car seats (not expired) and small baby accessories (such as bathtubs, bumbo seats). No toys or books, please.  Also, monetary donations are graciously accepted.

Thank you for you for your generosity!
Questions?  Please contact Jan Dickman (741-0974).
* Pregnancy Center West helps mothers choose Life for their babies by providing much-needed assistance to those families.

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St. James Lenten Speaker Series

Tuesday, April 9 - Lent: A Pastoral Perspective

Presenter: Deacon Jerry Sassonwill guide us through a presentation on the spirituality of Lent and Holy Week and how it can cultivate our prayer life and deepen our relationship with Our Lord. Deacon Jerry Sasson, was ordained for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati 12 years ago and serves at St. Columban Church in Loveland. He and his wife Marilyn have been married for 49 years and have three married children, and six grandchildren. Deacon Sasson spent 40 years in education, mostly as a school administrator/principal. He is a licensed psychologist, school psychologist, school counselor, and educational consultant.

We are pleased to welcome Deacon Sasson back to St. James this Lent (he will explain that in his talk) to enrich our spiritual lives as we journey through Lent. Be sure to mark your calendar to attend this session which will be held in the Church Hall at 7:00 PM and will last about an hour. For any questions, please contact Deacon Tim Crooker at tcrooker@stjameswhiteoak.com.

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Please join us for good food and fellowship every Friday from March 8th – April 12th from 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the church hall.  We will once again be serving our delicious baked and fried fish, fried shrimp, LaRosa’s pizzas, North College Hill bakery bread, and Servatii’s pretzels. Desserts will be available from the Girl Scouts. The American Heritage Girls will be providing a craft room for children from 5:00-7:00 pm each Friday. 
Visit the fish fry website at www.stjamesfishfry.org for volunteering information. We promise you will have fun and receive a $3.00 discount coupon for working a shift!
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. This phone is ONLY attended during the hours of the Fish Fry.  For other questions, you can call the church office during their regular hours at 741-5300. REMEMBER, THERE IS NO FISH FRY ON GOOD FRIDAY!

 Click below for the Menu.

Fish Fry Menu

Hope to see you!
The Fish Fry Committee


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Holy Week and Easter 2019

   

Holy Thursday, April 18

8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer and Reception of the Holy Oils (incense is used)

7:00 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper

This Mass includes the washing of feet and a procession with the Blessed Sacrament from the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

Incense is used.

 

Good Friday, April 19

8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer (incense is used)

Service of psalms, a reading and intercession from the Liturgy of the Hours. 

12:00 Noon Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

This liturgy includes the proclamation of the Passion according to St. John, Prayers of the Faithful, Veneration of the Cross and Communion. 

 

Holy Saturday, April 20

9:00 p.m. The Easter Vigil

This Mass includes the blessing of the Easter Candle, a vigil service of Scripture readings, blessing of the baptismal font and renewal of baptismal promises of the whole congregation.

Incense is used. 

 

Easter Sunday, April 21

Masses 8:00, 10:00 a.m. 12:00 Noon

Incense is used at the 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon Masses.

 


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St. James St. Mary's Ladies Society Scholarship

 The St. James St. Mary’s Ladies Society is pleased to offer a scholarship to one deserving boy and one deserving girl currently enrolled in grades 3-7 at St. James School.  The two scholarships, $500 each, will be awarded at this year’s May Crowning on May 8, 2019.  Applications must be received by April 17, 2019.  For more information about this opportunity and how to apply, please click on the link below.

Scholarship Information and Application

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“Christ in the Liturgy”

An evening with Fr. Ryan Ruiz

 

Tuesday, April 23 at 7:00 PM in the Church Hall 

 

Fr. Ryan Ruiz is the Director of Liturgy and Assistant Professor of Liturgy and the Sacraments at the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mt. St. Mary Seminary. Father will present a talk on how we truly encounter Christ in the Mass. He will weave together Sacred Scripture especially the Gospel of Luke, with various Church documents and instructions on the celebration of the Mass. Fr. Ruiz earned his post-graduate degrees at the Pontificio Istituto Liturgico, Sant’Anselmo in Rome and has graciously accepted our invitation to speak here at St. James, taking time from his very busy spring schedule. Please join us for this enlightening talk. For any questions, please contact Deacon Tim Crooker at:

 tcrooker@stjameswhiteoak.com.

 


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Divine Mercy Sunday—April 28– Join St. James for a Divine Mercy Holy Hour, 3:00 pm Today

It is important for the faithful to come to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday in a state of grace having sincerely repented of all sins. Worthily receive Holy Communion on this day and be granted “complete forgiveness of all sins and punishment” (Diary, 300). Place complete trust in Jesus, venerate the Image of the Divine Mercy, and be merciful to others through our actions, words, and prayers on their behalf. Holy Father St. Pope John Paul II granted a plenary and a partial indulgence to the devout observance of Divine Mercy Sunday. It can be offered for the sake of souls suffering in purgatory even while at one and the same time, you are receiving for yourself the “extraordinary grace” from receiving Holy Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday.  What a tremendous opportunity it is to receive a special outpouring of God’s mercy, both upon oneself and for others, all on the same day!  (See pamphlets at the church doors or contact Jerry Schmitt at 385-0513 for more information.)


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“The Role of the Reader in our Catholic Tradition”

An evening with Deacon Dave Shea

Wednesday, May 8 at 7:00 PM in the Church Hall

David J. Shea, a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, was ordained in 1998. Deacon Shea will present a highly informative talk on the importance of proclaiming the Scriptures at Mass. Deacon Shea will touch on topics such as: good preparation; use of Lectio Divina, and how the proclamation of Sacred Scripture prepares us to celebrate the Eucharist. Having recently retired as the Associate Professor of Homiletics at the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary where he taught for 15 years, Deacon Shea holds a B.S. in Industrial Management, an M.A. in Religion from the Athenaeum of Ohio, and a Doctorate in Preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology at St. Louis University. David has been married to Jan for 49 years and conducts marriage and liturgical ministry workshops for parishes throughout the Archdiocese and teaches preaching courses for various dioceses across the country. WE are grateful to Deacon Shea for coming to talk to our Readers for Mass, as well as all of us who desire to deepen our understanding of liturgy and scripture. For more information, please contact Deacon Tim Crooker at tcrooker@stjameswhiteoak.com.


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NO CONFESSIONS on Saturday, May 18th 
Our priests will be attending the Priesthood Ordination at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral.

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BIBLE STUDY

            What:                    The Gospel according to Luke
presented by Fr. Nolker

          When:                   Friday, June 7

  Where: Church Hall
  Time: 9:30-11:00 am
  What: Gospel of Luke, Chapter 14 to 19:27
The Journey to Jerusalem, part 2

Some questions you might have:

Why the Gospel of Luke?                              This Gospel will be the one read through most of                                                                              the next liturgical year which began December 2, 2018

Do I have to come to all the sessions?           No.  Come to as many as you can.

Do I need to register for this?                        No. Just show up.

What do I need to bring?                               A Bible, or at least a New Testament.

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St. Mary’s Ladies Society

COOKBOOK - Recipes NEEDED

In an effort to find new ways to support the two scholarships we give out annually to St. James students, we are going to create a cookbook we can sell as a fundraiser!

This will only be possible with your help.  We need your recipes!! You can fill in the form below and place it in the collection basket by putting it in an envelope marked St. Mary's Ladies Society, drop it off to the parish office,  mail it to Pam Meiners, 3623 Paramountridge Lane, Cincinnati, OH, 45247 or email it to pameiners@fuse.net.

Please send us your favorite recipe(s). It can be appetizers, salads, breakfast, soups, side dishes, main dishes, quick meals, desserts, drinks, etc. If we receive duplicate recipes we will put both names in the book as contributors. Send in as many recipes as you would like.

We would like to have your recipes back by June 30, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Mick Schindler at 923-1171. Please print or type or photocopy your recipe.


Click here for Recipe Card Form.



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RECEPTION FOR FR. BRYAN REIF
In Appreciation

Fr. Bryan will leave us at the end of June.  He will preside at the 10:00 am Mass on June 30th and a reception will follow in the Church Hall. Please come to THANK him for his ministry here and wish him well in his new assignment.


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New Mass Schedule

 

As was announced on May 25 & 26, there will be a new Mass schedule beginning July 1.

 

Weekday Masses

         Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday—8:30 a.m.

                 No regularly scheduled morning Masses on Thursday or Saturday.

 

Weekend Masses

Saturday, Vigil Mass—4:30 p.m.

Sunday morning—8:00 and 10:00 a.m.

 

For those who need a Noon Mass on Sunday, if you participate at St. Ignatius they will send your St. James collection envelope to us.

 

 


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St. James Parish Festival 2019

Friday, July 26th - 6 pm till Midnight
Saturday, July 27th - 5:30 pm till Midnight
Sunday, July 28th - 4 pm till 10 pm

Come join us for the fun! There will be live music, games, food, fun and prizes.

Visit: www.stjamesfestival.com for additional information. You can preview the bands, volunteer and visit our sponsor links to see what they are up to. 

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EAT PIZZA TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ST. JAMES

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! August 5th! Join our parish family for an evening of great pizza!  Dewey's Pizza in Green Township at 5649  Harrison Avenue is offering an evening special event to help raise funds for our parish.  The funds would go toward capital improvements of our parish just like they do from the Fish Fry, Holiday Bonanza and the Festival.  These type of events help to cover the "extra" cost to the parish that are not included in the budget.  It will be promoted as a part of the festival this year.  Look for flyers available on the festival grounds and in future bulletins.  Mention this offer when visiting or when ordering takeout that evening. Bring the flyer with you, take a picture with your phone or just mention the offer.  20% of the total purchases made from 11 AM-10 PM will be donated back to St. James.  This is an easy and delicious way to help our parish!! Click below to print the flyer.

Dewey's Pizza - Dine to Donate Flyer

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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Holy Day of Obligation

Mass Schedule:      Vigil Mass on Wednesday, August 14th at 7:00 pm

Tuesday, August 15th at 6:30 and 8:30 am 

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Letter from Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr
regarding our Nation's Broken Immigration System.

Please click below to read the letter sent to all parishes from the Office of the Archbishop, Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr asking for your help and prayers.

Letter from the Office of the Archbishop

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PARISH PICNIC - SAVE THE DATE

The St. James Parish Picnic is Friday, August 23rd at Stricker's Grove Amusement Park.  The park opens at 5 pm with rides beginning at 6 pm. The rides and park close at 10 pm. There will be corn-on-the-cob, metts, brats, pop, ice cream, popcorn, cotton candy and beer available for purchase. You can also bring a picnic lunch. 

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Day of Prayer - Friday, September 13

We will observe our second annual Day of Prayer for the Church and the Victims of Abuse across the Archdiocese on Friday, September 13thPlease make a special effort to participate in the 8:30 a.m. Mass that day.  The Mass texts will be taken from the Votive Mass of the Mystery of the Holy Cross.  The feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is September 14th.

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WELCOME
A JOURNEY IN FAITH

There's Room for You!

Sessions begin on Monday, September 16th you would like to learn about becoming Catholic. There are currently 8 people journeying to become Catholic in our parish, BUT there's still plenty of room for you! Whether you are a teen, a young adult or parent, a senior, or anywhere in between, you will find someone just like you in our current participants who are seeking and inquiring about being a Catholic. Now may be the right time for you as well! Contact Deacon Tim at 513-741-5325 or email him at tcrooker@stjameswhiteoak.com.

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The Sacrament of The Anointing of the Sick
Sunday, October 5 & 6 at all Masses

Who should be anointed?

Anyone who has a serious illness or the debilitation of old age. 

 When should they be anointed?

As soon as the illness is diagnosed and anytime it significantly worsens.  Anointing is the sacrament which helps us cope with illness and helps us to heal. 

 How long do the effects of the sacrament last? 

There is no “expiration date” for the sacrament.

 Isn’t this sacrament supposed to be given when somebody is dying?          

The ritual book for the Sacrament of Anointing says, “The reception of the Eucharist as viaticum, food for the passage through death to eternal life, is the sacrament proper to the dying Christian…The sacrament of anointing should be celebrated at the beginning of a serious illness.” {#175} The sacrament for the dying is Holy Communion. This doesn’t mean that a dying person can’t be anointed, but the anointing should happen long before that moment.  It should never be the case that receiving the Anointing of the Sick is put off until the person is dying.

 Also, remember that a priest may not be available when someone is dying. 


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St. James L.I.F.E. Group Fall Dance for Adults with Special Needs


Who is it for? Special Needs adults wanting to dance, play games or just enjoy an afternoon out.

Date: Sunday, October 13 from 2:00-4:30 PM

Location:   St. James Church Hall

The Dance has a Fall/Halloween theme which means costumes are welcome, but not necessary. It is FREE, but we ask you to bring a canned good for a local food pantry.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.  There will be dancing, board games and the chance to make a craft.  This is sponsored by the St. James L.I.F.E. Group.  To RSVP or for more information, call 706-0698 or email missmary@cinci.rr.com.



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Bethlehem Christian Families Ministries
Help the Holy Land - October 19 & 20

Bethlehem Christian Families Ministries will be at St. James the weekend of October 19 & 20 to sell their beautiful woodcarvings.  These carvings from the Christians living in the Holy Land make great gifts for weddings, First Communions, Confirmations and so many other religious occasions.  This is an opportunity to directly support Christians in the Holy Land.

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St. James PTO Rummage Sale

The Rummage Sale will be held in the Church Hall on Friday, October 25th from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday, October 26th from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be a $5.00 clothing only bag sale at noon. Start saving usable clothing, toys, books, household items and small appliances (need to be in good working order).  NO LARGE FURNITURE AND APPLIANCES. 

Drop off for these items will be in the Church Hall on Wednesday, October 23rd from 3-7 p.m., Thursday, October 24th from 3-7 p.m. and Friday, October 25th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

PLEASE DO NOT drop off at any other times, or if there is no one there to accept items.  Also, we are in need of reusable shopping bags of any size. These can be dropped off at the above stated times.  Call Janice at 385-5850 if you need more information.

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All Saints - November 1st (Holy Day of Obligation)

Mass Schedule for Friday, November 1st
8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

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St. James Memorial Service on Sunday, November 10th at 4:00 pm
For those who have gone before us, marked with the sign of faith.

Evening Prayer special intentions are for those whose funeral Mass has been at St. James in the past year (October 1, 2018 thru September 30, 2019).  All families, friends and parishioners are invited to come to remember the memory of your loved one, along with all the faithful departed of St. James Parish and to celebrate the gift of eternal life.  We also remember all the babies who have died through miscarriage or abortion.  May God grant them eternal rest!

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GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE - Hoxworth Blood Drive

Hoxworth will be here in the Church Hall on Thursday, November 14 from 1-7 pm for blood donations.  WE NEED NEW DONORS.  Most healthy individuals, 17 years of age and older, are eligible.  The whole process takes less than one hour.  One donation can help save many lives.  Appointments can be made starting in November, call Claire at 741-7943.

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HOLIDAY BONANZA

NOVEMBER 25, 2019
Just in time for Christmas shopping!

Giant Split-the-Pot-Plus
Winners Receive 50% of Gross Income

GREAT PRIZES

Total Prize Money - $17,500*
Grand Prize - $10,000
6 Prizes - $500 each
20 Prizes - $200 each
5 Early Birds - $100 each
(5 Mondays starting October 21)

*Estimates based on income from previous Holiday Bonanzas.
Actual prizes adjusted in proportion to that amount.

DONATIONS: $30 for 1 Entry, $50 for 2 Entries, $100 for 5 Entries

Click below for Rules, Tickets, mailing address and additional information.

HOLIDAY BONANZA TICKETS

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The Saints of Advent

 

        Join us for a short and lively presentation on the Saints of Advent given by Fr. Matthew Gamber, SJ. Fr. Gamber, a Jesuit priest, was with us two years ago to share with us a delightful slide show and talk on the Saints of Lent, which he created especially for St. James. We have asked him to return to explore the rich and diverse stories of the saints who mark our Advent calendar. This program will be held in the Church Hall only after the 10:00 AM Mass on

December 1, the First Sunday of Advent. Coffee and donuts will be available for the family-friendly event!

 

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PARISH PENANCE SERVICE FOR ADVENT 

and FIRST RECONCILIATION FOR OUR CATHOLIC 2nd GRADERS

Our Service will be on Monday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm in Church. Several priests will be available for confession. At this service our Catholic 2nd graders will receive the sacrament for the first time.  Join them and all the other parishioners to celebrate God's mercy and to prepare to celebrate Christmas.

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#iGiveCatholicAOC 

Giving Tuesday, December 3rd, is coming.  Our parish is participating in the Global one-day, online giving event known as “I Give Catholic”. Beginning November 18 you can make an advanced day #iGiveCatholic gift. Coming on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, “I Give Catholic” encourages the faithful around the world to come together and raise as many charitable dollars as possible for Catholic parishes, schools, and nonprofit ministries.  Please consider supporting the needs of our parish family with a financial gift on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3RDMARK YOUR CALENDAR.

 Click below starting November 18th to give.

https://cincinnati.igivecatholic.org/organizations/st-james-the-greater-church  

  

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St. Mary's Ladies Society
Raffle to Support Scholarships to St. James School
(1 Girl and 1 Boy will be Awarded a Scholarship)

1st Prize is an American Girl Doll
1st Prize Sports Basket
Donation is $1.00 or 6 for $5.00 or 12 for $10.00

Click below to print tickets.  Please indicate if you want your chances in the Sports Basket or Doll Drawing will be held at our December meeting on Wednesday, December 4th.  Tickets can be sent to the Parish Office, 3565 Hubble Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45247 or put in an envelope marked St. Mary's Ladies Society Raffle and drop in the Sunday Collection.

RAFFLE TICKETS




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Lighting Luminaries to create awareness of Life Issues on Saturday, December 7th the Blessing of the luminaries will be right after 4:30 pm Mass. (Rain date is Dec. 8th)

We would like to invite you to participate in this upcoming event during Advent as a way to get involved in the parish and to learn more about the life issues so important in our world today.

On December 7th, near the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. James LIFE Ministry is sponsoring Lights for Life. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the unborn demonstrates a witness to our community of the importance of valuing and protecting life.  Join us in this beautiful, seasonal witness to Life. There are several ways to get involved, join in for any, or all of the following:

1-3 PM Assemble and place luminaries on the grounds
3-4:30 PM Light luminaries
5:30-5:45 PM Caroling procession & Blessing of Luminaries after 4:30 pm Mass
9-9:45 PM Clean up luminaries
4:30-9 PM Drive past to view the luminaries and Say a prayer!

Consider joining us in this endeavor. Please contact Chris Tonnis at rtonnis@yahoo.com to get involved or for further information about Lights for Life.

Revenue from our fund raisers help to support group activities such as the Fall Dance for Adults with Disabilities, the flowers in our award winning LIFE garden, Mother's Day and Father's Day recognition, the Baby Shower for Pregnancy Center West, etc.

Donate a luminary by using the order form below and you can sign up to help at:   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e49aca729a7f94-lights1

 

Click here for Order Form




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Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, December 9th

 

        This year December 8th is the Second Sunday of Advent, which is more important in the Church’s calendar. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is moved to Monday, December 9th— and is NOT a holy day and there is no obligation to participate in Mass.  The only Mass will be the normal 8:30 am.

 

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The Blessing of the Bambinelli
December 15th


At each Mass this weekend the Christ Child figures from our families' Nativity scenes will be blessed as a sign our Christmas celebrations will focus on the Lord's birth.

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Christmas - Holy Day of Obligation

Christmas Eve - December 24
3:00 pm Mass Carols begin at 2:45 pm led by the Adult Ensemble and Youth Choir.
5:00 pm Mass Carols begin at 4:45 pm led by the Children's Choir. This Mass will include the
Blessing of the Crib and procession by the Children's Choir.

Christmas Day - December 25
10:00 am Mass Carols begin at 9:45 am led by the Adult Choir.
12:00 Noon Mass Carols begin at 11:45 am led by cantors.


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Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God - Holy Day of Obligation

December 31st - New Year's Eve Mass - 4:30 pm

January 1st - New Year's Day Mass - 10:00 am

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2019-20 Scripture Study
The Gospel According to St. Matthew

When: 9:30 am
First Friday of each month
 (see below for dates)
 January 3, February 7, March 6, April 3, & May 1

Where: Church Hall

Presenter: Fr. Nolker

Please bring a Bible.