A Note From Father Kevin:
Every year we extend our commitment to those in need by working together to achieve our Hope Appeal Goal.
The gifts that are given, great and small, fund the work of many other committed members of our Catholic faith who are working to serve the needs of others whom we cannot reach. Whether it’s the chaplains at Upstate or other hospitals, the work of Catholic Charities to provide emergency help to families in need or the assistance the Faith Formation Office has been providing here at St. James for the purpose of updating our catechists by helping some to reach certification, Hope Appeal makes all of that happen.
Our goal this year is $45,212.81. Every gift, no matter how small, makes a big difference. More than the monetary part of this appeal, what we contribute together gives witness to our support of so many important ministries close to home and throughout the Diocese.
I would so appreciate your support of this years’ goal.
Our first In-pew donation/pledge weekend will be next weekend, May 16/17 at all Masses. Donation/pledge envelopes will be located in the pews and on the bulletin stands for your convenience. Please prayerfully consider helping us to reach our assessed goal.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
We thank Thee for the morning and the singing of the bird.
We thank Thee for the quiet and peace of eventide and the blessing of sleep which comes with the night.
As we rise in the morning to work in our gardens, grant that the toil of our bodies may bring tranquility to our minds; that the growth of our plantings be exemplified in the growth of our souls; that the fruit of our trees be the perfect attainment, the crowning glory of a life dedicated to Thee. Amen.
From Hidden Hills Garden Website posted by Peggy Hill.
Over February break, five of our teens traveled to the Germantown section of Philadelphia to help with different projects. Under the direction of Sr. Rose along with Paul & Debbie Amidon as chaperones, Alicia Clarke, Claire Dudley, Emma Groff, Graham Demo and Noah Race spent their week helping those less fortunate. This week Claire will tell us about what she did and what she most liked about her trip to Philly!
When I first saw the flyer for the trip, I immediately knew that it was something I wanted to do. Not knowing who was going or what we would be doing, I emailed Sr. Rose saying that I was interested in the trip. On our way to Philadelphia I didn’t really know what to expect, I had volunteered before within our own community, but I never had been to Philadelphia, or been fully immersed in a multi-day volunteering excursion. While I was in Philadelphia I saw, heard, and felt things that I had never experienced before.
As we first entered the city, my eyes were wide with the site of non-stop hectic traffic; cars zoomed around us as we found our way to the Vincentian Center for Youth & Young Adults, where we would be staying during our time in Philadelphia. As we exited off the highway, I saw how run down the buildings and homes were where some of the people of Philadelphia lived. Even though the plurality of the buildings were dilapidated, I could imagine in my mind what the row houses looked like during the golden days of city life. While we were driving through the city, to the various destinations where we going to help, I saw many different kinds of people. Continue reading