Lent at St. James

Join us at St. James this Lent as we Journey Together


JOURNEY THROUGH LENT:  WEEKLY SCRIPTURE REFLECTIONS
Sign-up for weekly scripture reflections that will be emailed to you weekly.  If you are not able to print them, stop by the paish office to speak with someone from Religious Education who can assist you will a copy.  If you have any questions, contact Kelli Olszewski, Pastoral Associate for Religious Education, at 704-720-0600 x722 or kellio@saintjamescatholic.org.  Beginning with Ash Wednesday and then focusing on the Sunday readings through Lent, these weekly scripture reflections provide background on the Gospel reading, insights into the 3 readings, reflection and reflection questions, Lent themes and focus along with opening/closing prayer.  

This is idea for the following:
•Any St. James ministry to include with you weekly meetings 
•For couples
•Form a small group in your home once a week during Lent
•For families with children 6th grade and up and who want to delve deeper into understanding the Sunday readings.  
•For friends
•Ladies Group, Men's Group
•Young Adults 

Sign-up:  Journey Through Lent 
You will need to fill in information (mobile phone is optional); click on Sign Me Up.  This will take you to another screen and click on the heading Journey Through Lent under LENT.  


CONVERSION
In this unique study series, Bishop Robert Barron will highlight six biblical stories of conversion.  He will demonstrate how six ordinary people, like us, were met by Jesus and called to a better life.  This theme of conversion that appears in each story draws one’s attention toward an ever desire to a deeper, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  The biggest lesson for all of us that Bishop Barron reminds us all is that conversion is not so much a one-time event, but a life-long process. 

Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Begins Tues., Mar. 6
Gill Hall, Small classroom
Cost is $16 for study guide
Sign-up:  Conversion  (Registration required).  


OTHER FREE LENTEN OPPORTUNITIES:

Lent with Bishop Robert Barron and the Word on Fire Community
Join Bishop Robert Barron’s emailed Lenten Gospel Reflections.  These reflections come daily to your email inbox.  Here is the link to sign up:  http://www.lentreflections.com/


Dynamic Catholic’s Best Lent Ever

Starting Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14), you'll receive daily emails with short inspirational videos from Matthew Kelly, practical tips to incorporate into your everyday life, and personal stories from Dynamic Catholic team members.  Here is the link to sign up: https://dynamiccatholic.com/bestlentever


A Lent to Remember through FORMED

Now access FORMED without the need for a parish code; our customized parish link is:
http://www.saintjamescatholic.formed.org

Using the highly-acclaimed Augustine Institute programs Symbolon and Forgiven: The Transforming Power of ConfessionA Lent to Remember explores the ways God reaches out to each of us with his mercy. Through Christ’s suffering on the cross in the Paschal Mystery and his perpetual reception of his people in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, God makes his love, his very self, present to us in the world. By reflecting on the Paschal Mystery and making a step-by-step examination of the Rite of Confession, A Lent to Remember communicates God’s invitation to each one of us to come experience his indescribable love this Lent.  The link:  https://formed.org/study/5a4e76eea98fed14003ca4b6

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LOOKING FOR WELCOMING PEOPLE TO HOST AND FACILITATE SMALL GROUPS FOR LENT
Would you be willing to host and facilitate a small group in your home for 6 weeks? We are looking for some amazing parishioners who understand the value of small groups and would be willing to open their homes to others during this coming Lenten journey. We will be using RENEW International's Live Lent! Deadline to register your home is by Noon, Fri., Jan. 26 with Kelli Olszewski at 704-720-0600 x722 or kellio@saintjamescatholic.org. She needs to know your preferred day of the week, time and location.

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS EVERY FRIDAY
St. James has Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent at 7:00 p.m. in the Church.  The Stations will begin on Fri., Feb. 16 and go through Fri., Mar. 23.  
Good Friday, Fri., March 30, Stations of the Cross will be held at Noon in the Church.  
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FISH FRY FRIDAYS (IT IS A TONGUE TWISTER)
Our amazing St. James Hospitality Ministry hosts a Fish Fry every Friday during Lent (except for Good Friday).  This fish fry brings in the crowds and the food is outstanding and everyone gets huge helpings.  
DINNER IS SERVED:  5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
COST: $8.00 (specialized items available a la carte) 

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RECONCILIATION AVAILABLE 
Reconciliation (Confession/Penance) is held every Saturday, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. or by appointment. 
For a downloadable Examination of Conscience, click HERE.