Eucharistic Adoration | Rosary Altar Society | The Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet | The Divine Office | The Miraculous Medal Novena | Stations of the Cross | The Saint James Prayer Chain | Children’s Liturgy of the Word | Children’s Mass | Blessing of the Animals
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is a manner of honoring the Holy Eucharist, exposed in a monstrance, with proper solemnity, to the view of the faithful for worship and devotion. We are blessed with the opportunity to adore the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday in the chapel from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Whether you recite your favorite prayers, read the Bible, pray a rosary, or just sit in adoration, Jesus loves to spend time with you.
To insure that there is always someone in the chapel during these hours, parishioners are invited to commit to 30 minutes or an hour per week to spend in adoration and meditation, keeping peaceful, prayerful watch in the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. If your schedule cannot accommodate a visit at the same time each week, you are welcome to drop in when you can and stay for as long as you are able. To show honor and respect, one should bow and kneel on both knees, if physically able, upon entering and exiting the chapel when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed.
Rosary Altar Society
Founded at St. James in 1948, the Confraternity of the Rosary (The Rosary Altar Society) is grounded in devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and has as its purpose to secure her patronage by the recitation of the Rosary for the spiritual benefit of members worldwide. The Rosary Altar Society is also a service organization, devoted to the care of the Lord’s sacred altars.
Members gather each Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel to pray the Rosary. Special gatherings with guest speakers or performances are held on the first Monday following the first Sunday of each month in the chapel. The Society provides Rosary prayer pamphlets to parishioners and coordinates the annual May Crowning.
Membership in the Rosary Altar Society is open to all adult women of the parish. New members are inducted into the Society each October with a beautiful candle and blessing of roses ceremony.
The Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
The Rosary is recited in the chapel every day, Monday through Saturday, before the 7:00 a.m. Mass and after the 8:00 a.m. Mass, as well as every Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. under the auspices of the Rosary Altar Society. On the First Friday of each month, the Divine Mercy Chaplet is recited after the 8:00 a.m. Mass instead of the Rosary. All are welcome to join together in prayer.
The Divine Office
Divine Office is the official set of daily prayers prescribed by the Catholic Church to be recited at the canonical hours by the clergy, religious orders, and laity. Also known as the Liturgy of the Hours, the Divine Office consists primarily of psalms supplemented by hymns and readings. Together with the Mass, it constitutes the official public prayer life of the Church. The complete Office includes Midnight Matins, Lauds (dawn), Prime (6:00 a.m.), Terce (9:00 a.m.), Sext (Noon), None (3:00 p.m.), Vespers (at twilight), Complin (before retiring). At Saint James Church, the Lauds are prayed 15 minutes before the 7:00 a.m. and 8:00a.m. Masses, Monday through Saturday, during Advent and Lent. Prayer books are available for use in the chapel.
The Miraculous Medal Novena
Miraculous Medal Novena prayers are recited after the 7:00 a.m. Mass every Monday. Booklets are available to encourage everyone to participate.
Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross are prayed every Friday during Lent at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel. This traditional devotion began with Saint Francis of Assisi and extended throughout the Roman Catholic Church in the medieval period. The objective of the Stations is to help the faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer, through meditating upon the chief scenes of Christ’s sufferings and death. On Good Friday, the Stations of the Cross are prayed outdoors at 2:30 p.m., before the Good Friday Liturgy, and again in the church at 7:00 p.m.
The Saint James Prayer Chain
Mary Laing Robinson
The Saint James Prayer Chain is a community outreach designed to promote the power of prayer and create a bond of understanding between people who have suffered similar hardships or losses. Founded in 1999, the Chain uses email to allow those with busy schedules to stay connected and pray with other parishioners for special intentions. The Chain requests prayers for the newly departed and their families as well as for people who are suffering physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, or psychological anguish. Announcements of events of educational and spiritual enrichment scheduled in the parish and the surrounding area are also shared via email. The administrator keeps confidential the names of the people making requests. Requests can include the first name of the person for whom prayers are invited or the beneficiary can remain anonymous. All parishioners are invited and encouraged to join us in prayer.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
The Children’s Liturgy of the Word provides an opportunity for the young people of our parish to enhance the formation of their faith. During the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays from late September through mid-May, children pre-school through grade 5 are invited to join adult volunteers to experience the Gospel in a child-friendly format and environment. The children begin Mass with their families in the church and then are dismissed prior to the first reading to join their group leader. They return to their families after the homily.
The Seeds program is designed for ages 3–5 and introduces preschoolers to Jesus’ love for them. Seeds establishes a ritual and enables children to develop a warm and loving first memory of the exercise of their faith.
Good News, for children in Kindergarten through grade 4, engages youngsters in discussion and group activities designed to enhance their understanding of the Gospel message. Both the Seeds and Good News groups are exposed to prayers, songs, readings and an activity or discussion. Children also hear the Gospel each week in an age-appropriate format.
Adult volunteers find gratification in offering an example of their faith to the children. Confirmation candidates, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and junior high and high school students are welcome to help and to earn service hours.
The 9:00 a.m. Mass on the fourth Sunday of each month (October through April) is a special child-centered liturgy at which children in Kindergarten through grade 5 gather to worship, sing, and pray while learning about the parts of the Mass. Praisers, the children’s choir, sings at this Mass, and the homily is designed to appeal to the youngest members of the parish.
Volunteers are needed to supervise the children. Parishioners in middle school and older are urged to offer their assistance. Youth volunteers are eligible for service hours.
The Children’s Mass replaces the Good News program on the fourth Sunday of the month. Seeds is in session as usual.
Blessing of the Animals
Bring your pets on leashes or in carriers for a special blessing to celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis. Usually held on the Saturday closest to October 4, more specific details are published in the Sunday Bulletin during September. Pax et bonum.