Father Scalia’s Parish Emails

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Below is the most recent email.

Please note that any replies to the emails are sent to [email protected] and not directly to Father Scalia.

Hail and Farewell

Farewell and Hail

Thursday, June 13 , 2024

Dear Friends in Christ, 

As you know, this is the time of year for changes in priest assignments. Happily, all the priests assigned to Saint James are remaining. Unhappily, we will be saying farewell to Father Joel. He has concluded his doctorate at Divine Mercy University and will be moving to Baltimore to do his residency at Johns Hopkins. He will be missed.

Father Joel arrived here shortly after I did, five years ago. So, I guess we’ve grown up at Saint James together. I’m very grateful to him for all the assistance he has given us over the years with Mass and Confessions. He was always as generous as his grueling school schedule would allow. He is one of the hardest working men I’ve ever met – and somehow also one of the most peaceful. We will miss his quiet demeanor and infectious laugh at the rectory.  Please mark your calendar for our parish farewell for Father Joel on June 30th after the Noon Mass.

At the same time, we now say Welcome to Father Raymond Emedo, who has come to study at Divine Mercy University and will be living at Saint James. Father Raymond has been ordained six years and is from Lagos, Nigeria. He just concluded a semester at Franciscan University’s program in psychology and is awaiting word to begin at DMU. Meanwhile, he will be helping out at the parish. Please give him a welcome!


Get married! That’s the advice of Catholic sociologist Brad Wilcox of UVA. He’ll be here on June 17th to speak on The Closing of the American Heart: Why Young Adults Are Steering Clear of Marriage and Family and What We Can Do to Help Them. Mark your calendar now!

Diocesan Kings Dominion Day…is July 26th. See here for more information on tickets and the schedule. 

For the dogs:

Q: What do you call a dog that does magic?

A: A Labracadabrador.

Sincerely in Christ, 

Fr. Scalia