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Lent 2019

 

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Once again, we find ourselves on the precipice of a very full and active time in our life together at St. James, as Lent is just around the corner. I am writing today to encourage you to participate in any or all of the following events, as you are able. Remember, your participation matters! You are important to the life of St. James, and I hope St. James is important to your life in faith as well.

This year, Lent starts this Wednesday, March 6, two days from today. As you begin to contemplate how you will observe this Lenten season, here are a few resources and options to consider:

  • Commit to Come: Many of you will remember that, in my report at the Annual Meeting, I challenged the congregation to commit to come to church. Lent is the perfect time to step into this challenge. Special services of note:

    • Ash Wednesday, March 6: Services at 7:30 a.m. and noon are without music, while the 5:30 p.m. service will have music. If you are unable to join us due to travel or work, then find the closest Episcopal church to attend for this service.

    • First Sunday in Lent, March 10: Our guest preacher will be the Rev. Morgan Allen, one of my personal mentors, and we will observe the Great Litany at all services to mark the beginning of our Lenten journey together. 

    • Third Sunday in Lent, March 24: Our guest preacher will be the Rev. Janet Vincent (see Lenten Quiet Day, below)

    • Holy Week & Easter: Please see future announcements for all Holy Week service times. However, please note that service times on Easter Sunday will be 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. (with flowering of the cross), 11:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m.

  • Fast: You can abstain wholly or partially from something for the purpose of spiritual growth. As a spiritual practice, fasting is an act of contrition, cleansing, and preparation. Part of fasting is to focus on God in those times you long for the thing from which you are fasting.

  • Acts of Piety: You can also take on an action that helps you grow spiritually, as we seek for actions to become habits and, in turn, habits to become virtues. For instance, you might Commit to Come, as mentioned above, attend Sunday School, do a daily devotional, join a Bible Study, or participate in acts of charity and outreach (e.g., Hearty Breakfast on Sunday, March 31, at 8:00 a.m. in Bishops Hall for our neighbors on the streets and in local shelters).

  • Lenten Quiet Day: Consider a morning to slow down and take in the message of Lent in a deeper way by meditating on the theme, "Light in the Darkness."  Join us on Saturday, March 23 from 9:00 a.m. until noon for a silent retreat led by the Rev. Janet Vincent. Janet was a chaplain at the World Trade Center immediately after 9/11. She will use excerpts from her journal of that time as she explores questions of doubt, faith, hope, and companionship. You can register HERE.

  • Gumbo: Our Lenten Friday Gumbo lunches, started in 1951, have now been tradition for generations. They are truly an occasion for fellowship and hospitality, and, a great opportunity to invite a family member, neighbor, and/or friend to come to St. James. Join us every Friday for lunch, from March 8 through April 12, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Volunteers are also always needed. See our weekly emails and bulletins for more details.

  • Bowling Night: Halfway through the Lenten season, the whole church family (all ages) is invited to an evening of bowling at All Star Lanes, from 6:00 'til 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 29. Register for this fellowship event HERE.

Each Ash Wednesday, we are invited to observe a holy Lent as we prepare our hearts and souls for the coming Easter celebration. I invite you to be mindful and intentional in how you will observe Lent this year. Thank you for all that you do for St. James and may this next season in our life together be full of grace and love.

Blessings,

Fr. Chris

 

 

 

2019 Annual Meeting Recap

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday for our 2019 Annual Meeting. There was a lot of good information shared and we want to ensure everyone has an opportunity to stay informed. Here are various materials from the meeting:

Please do not hesitate to call or email if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for all that you do for St. James.

Blessings,

Fr. Chris

 

 

Glory into Glory

Merry Ninth Day of Christmas and Happy New Year!

On the last Sunday after the Epiphany and before the start of Lent, we pray in our collect:

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

We know so many blessings here at St. James. We have a legacy of being a vibrant community, reaching out with new ministries in service of our parish family and out into the world as the hands and feet of Christ. To continue celebrating this rich inheritance of blessing, we at St. James need to continually open ourselves to transformation: clearly not from failure to success, or infidelity to faithfulness, but pray that we might be changed “from Glory to Glory.” 

Beginning Sunday, January 6, we will undertake a deliberate and directed conversation about how God is calling St. James – now – to continue to be transformed “from Glory to Glory.” This three-week program will have two components each week: a short Sunday presentation followed by small group discussion, all during the Sunday School hour starting at 9:15 a.m. in Bishops Hall.

Your participation in this class can have an important impact on the life of the parish as the vestry and staff continuously seek to discern what God has in store for our future, and we need your participation. I ask you to make this three-week commitment – January 6, January 13, and January 20– covenanting to attend Adult Christian Formation at 9:15 a.m. in Bishops Hall. Even if you must miss one or two classes, then I hope you will still participate as you are able. Also, the nursery will be open for your infants and toddlers, and there will be regularly scheduled children’s Sunday School for your youngsters during this program.

Let us build upon our legacy as we continue to be “changed into his likeness from glory to glory.”

Merry Christmas,

The Rev. Chris Duncan, Rector

 

 

Celtic Pilgrimage 2019

 

Pilgrimage Into the West: Dingle Peninsula and Aran Islands

September 29 through October 9, 2019

Leaders: the Rev. Marcus Losack and Marsha Wade

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ITINERARY:

Day 1:  Sunday, September 29. Depart USA (Overnight on Board)
Day 2: Monday, September 30. Arrive Dublin Airport, Ireland.

  • 9am Meet at the Arrivals Hall in Terminal 2 no later than 9am.  (Please note that there are two Terminals at Dublin Airport. All USA Flights arrive at Terminal 2)  
  • When our group is collected, we board our private coach and travel to Kildare for a visit to St Brigid’s Cathedral and Holy Well.
  • Lunch will be at 1pm in the Silken Thomas Inn.
  • Rest time until 5pm Meeting for Introductions and Welcome with Evening Prayers before dinner.
  • 6.30pm Dinner O/N Silken Thomas Inn, Kildare. (LD)

Day 3: Tuesday, October 1. INTO THE WEST.

  • We check out of our hotel and transfer to Cashel for 11 am visit to the Rock of Cashel with lunch in Cashel.
  • We then travel to Killarney via Adare. Check in to our hotel, with Prayers before dinner.
  • 7pm Dinner O/N The Lake Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry (BD)

Day 4: Wednesday, October  2. 

  • Breakfast, followed by a 9am departure for a morning visit to Ardfert.
  • We will meet our local guide at 10 am for a guided tour of the ruins of Ardfert Cathedral and Abbey.
  • Lunch in Ardfert at Kate Brown’s Restaurant.
  • After lunch we return to Killarney to visit Killarney National Park and a scenic ride on the jaunting cars, followed by a short boat crossing (10 mins) across the lake known as ‘The Lake of Wisdom’ or ‘Lake of Learning’, to visit Inisfallon Island and its ancient monastic site (weather permitting).
  • 7pm Dinner followed by Reflections on the Day and evening prayers. O/N The Lake Hotel, Killarney (BLD)

Day 5: Thursday October 3.

  • Depart for full day excursion to the Dingle Peninsula including Dingle, Gallerus Oratory, view of Skellig Michael, Blasket islands and the Sleeping Giant.
  • Lunch on your own and shopping in Dingle.
  • 4pm Return to Killarney for 6pm Reflections on the Day and evening prayers.
  • 7pm Dinner. O/N The Lake Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry (BD)

Day 6: Friday October 4. THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY--BURREN, CO CLARE AND THE ARAN ISLANDS VIA GALWAY

  • Following breakfast, we check out of our hotel and depart for our journey along the west coast of Ireland.
  • We travel through The Burren via Galway with lunch en route to Rossaveel for the
  • 6pm Ferry to Inismor, Aran Islands. Transfer to Kilmurvey House for check in and
  • 7.30 pm Dinner. Evening Prayers after dinner. O/N Kilmurvey House,  Inismor, Aran Islands (BD)

Day 7: Saturday, October 5. ARAN ISLANDS (1).

  • Breakfast, then depart for a visit to Dun Aengus (pre-Christian fort and settlement circa 850 BCE). We meet our guide and pilgrimage mentor Dara Molloy (author and Celtic monk), who will share his knowledge and love of Aran.
  • After Dun Aengus we will visit remains of the ancient Seven Churches and St Kieran's Church and Holy Well.
  • Afternoon free. Reflections on the Day.
  • 7pm Dinner and optional Social Evening with traditional music in the village (subject to availability) O/N Kilmurney House, Inismor, Aran islands (BD)

Day 8: Sunday, October 6. ARAN ISLANDS (2).

  • Breakfast, then meet Dara Molloy for
  • 10am Celtic Eucharist outside at St Enda’s Church (weather permitting) followed by Pilgrimage Walk and hiking via Cromwell's Fort and St Benan's Church to the Black Fort. This journey involves a challenging walk/hike across limestone rocks along the coastal cliffs. It is not for those who have any difficulty walking on rough terrain for about four hours.
  • Alternative options for those who come to the Eucharist and Cromwell’s Fort will be walks beside the shore on smoother paths or quiet/free time in the village of Kilronan.
  • Picnic lunches will be provided for this day.
  • 5pm All meet at the Aran Islands Hotel (in the bar) for gathering and refreshment/Happy Hour.
  • 7pm Dinner at the Aran Islands Hotel (subject to availability) or alternatively
  • 6.30pm Transfer to Kilmurvey House for 7pm Dinner.
  • Meeting after dinner for Reflection on the Day with Compline/Night Prayers. O/N Kilmurvey House, Inismor, Aran Islands (BLD)

Day 9: Monday, October 7. ARAN ISLANDS (3).

  • Today we will tour places on the island that we have not previously visited including old stone forts/stone circles from the pre-Christian period, and travel ‘the road across the centre of the island’ to appreciate the stunning beauty and wildness of Inismor and the Aran Islands.
  • In the afternoon there will be free time for reflection with optional walks or bicycle hires for those who wish to explore further.
  • At 5pm we gather at Kilmurvey House for reflections with
  • Farewell Dinner at 7pm followed by Compline/Night Prayers. O/N Kilmurvey House, Inismor, Aran Islands (BD)

DAY 10: Tuesday, October  8.

  • 7am Early Breakfast,
  • 8am Check Out and transfer to Kilronan Village for
  • 8:45 ferry to Rossaveel, where we meet our private coach for travel via Wicklow Town to Bray, Co Wicklow.
  • Lunch en route and visit to Wicklow Harbour where St Patrick arrived in 432 CE to be an Apostle in Ireland. We learn more about his voyage and have a short walk beside the harbour wall to see the mural of St Patrick.
  • 4pm Transfer to our hotel in Bray for check in.
  • 7pm Farewell Dinner at the Esplanade Hotel O/N Esplanade Hotel, Bray Co Wicklow (BD)

Day 11: Wednesday, October 9.

  • Early Breakfast before
  • Transfer to Dublin Airport for departures and same day return to USA.

REGISTRATION AND FEES

  • Registration is $ 2,950 per person sharing a double or twin room. The Single Room Supplement is an additional $750 per person (subject to limited availability).
  • Price includes accommodations for nine nights, all land transportation by private coach, baggage handling, as well as local transportation on the Aran Islands as needed for our group’s itinerary, entrance to all sites as scheduled and any fees for local guides or lecturers.
  • Breakfast and dinner daily are included. In addition, lunch is provided at Kildare and at Ardfert, with a picnic lunch on Inis Mor when we hike to the Black Fort. (B/L/D in the itinerary denotes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Registration also includes all Ceile De management fees and the services of Marcus Losack, author, teacher, pilgrimage leader and St. Patrick scholar, who will introduce us to the rich spiritual and cultural heritage of Ireland.  
  • Air travel to Ireland is NOT included in the registration fee.
  • The maximum size of the group is 24 (including leaders) due to the limited number of rooms at Kilmurvey House where we will stay on the Aran Island of Inis Mor.
  • An initial deposit of $300 per person secures your place.
  • One-half of the registration fee is due by March 17, 2019, with the balance due by July 1, 2019. A $150 Discount will be given for payment in full before December 31, 2018.
  • No refunds will be made after the final balance is paid.
  • We strongly advise that you purchase private Trip Cancellation and Medical Travel Insurance to cover emergencies while traveling or cancellation for medical reasons.

Marcus Losack,  
Ceile De Pilgrimages
Tel: + 353 87 2542284

Marsha Wade
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

 

 

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