Father Scalia’s Parish Emails

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Pray for the Nation

Our Lady of Fatima”

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Dear Friends in Christ, 

As some of you know, last week’s leaked Supreme Court opinion prompted a number of protests throughout the country. There was also an online initiative to target Catholic churches in particular for protest and even to disrupt Masses. Little seems to have happened last weekend, although a few Catholic churches in the nation were vandalized and in one case a tabernacle was stolen. It is a great sadness that politics has been made so personal that those who desire to worship in peace have to be vigilant against demonstrators and protestors.

In response to the sometimes-violent responses to the leaked opinion as well as to the tension surrounding the issue of abortion in general, the bishops in the United States have asked the faithful to fast and pray – especially the Rosary – this Friday for the following intentions:

  • For our nation, for the integrity of our judicial system, and that all branches of government be dedicated to seeking the common good and protecting the dignity and rights of the human person, from conception to natural death. 
  • For the overturning of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in the Supreme Court’s final decision in Dobbs v. Jackson.
  • For the conversion of the hearts and minds of those who advocate for abortion.
  • For a new commitment to building an America where children are welcomed, cherished, and cared for; where mothers and fathers are encouraged and strengthened; and where marriage and the family are recognized and supported as the true foundations of a healthy and flourishing society.
  • For Our Blessed Mother’s intercession and guidance as the Church continues to walk with mothers and families in need, and continues to promote alternatives to abortion, and seeks to create a culture of life. 

In response to this request, I have scheduled a Eucharistic Holy Hour at 7:30pm tomorrow, Friday, May 13th. There will be a reflection, time for silent prayer, and the praying of the Rosary. It’s significant that tomorrow is also the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. She appeared to the shepherd children over a century ago to warn the world of the political upheavals to come and to exhort them – and us – to pray the Rosary for peace. Her warnings and exhortations still hold true today. So, please join us tomorrow to pray for our nation, for an end to abortion, and most of all for a conversion of hearts.


Farewell, Deacon Ed!

As you know Deacon Ed and Jean Gliot are in the process of moving back up to Pennsylvania. The noon Mass on Sunday, May 15th will be Deacon Ed’s last Mass at Saint James. Following that Mass, we will have a reception in Heller Hall to celebrate his contributions to our parish and to wish him well in his retirement. Please join us in saying goodbye and thank you to Deacon Ed for his many years of service.

Saint James School Gala

The Saint James School Gala and Auction is May 21st. You can order raffle tickets for the three amazing baskets of wine, spirits, and accoutrements. Each basket comes with two Saint James wine tumblers. To register for the gala, purchase raffle tickets, buy a tumbler, and more, visit sjsptova.ejoinme.org/2022GalaRegistration.

St. Lucy Project Food & Hygiene Drive

On June 4th, from 10am to 2pm, Saint James Social Outreach is teaming up with Catholic Charities Saint Lucy Project to help families throughout the diocese. The pandemic and inflation have made it harder for families living on the margin to buy essential food and hygiene items. Click here for more information on how you can help.

Substantial Humor

Q: What should you do when chemists die?

A: Barium.

Through the intercession of our Lady and Saint James, may the Lord bless and keep you.

Sincerely in Christ, 

Fr. Scalia