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The calendar below is a list of many of our spiritual and social events during this month of March.
ASH WEDNESDAY: March 1st – Masses in the Church at: 6:30am, 7:30am, 12:00Noon, and 7:00pm. Ashes will be distributed during each of the Masses. Ashes will also be available in the CHAPEL, on the west side of the street, from 4-7pm.
During Lent, we offer a 12:00 Noon Mass in the Church, Monday through Friday.
Confessions are available on Saturday afternoons from 3:30-4:30pm in the Chapel.
We will also offer Multi-Parish Lenten Reconciliation services in April.
March 1 – March 24 – Children’s Book Drive Month – The St. James Women’s Club is collecting books for Bernie’s Book Bank, a charity dedicated to distributing quality new and gently-used children’s books to at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicago and the suburbs. Donation bins will be in the Church and Parish Center, starting March 1st. Help reach their goal to collect 1,500 more books! Information is in the bulletin and on the website.
- Stations of the Cross – 7:30pm in the Church – St. Vincent de Paul focus.
- Youth Ministry Soup Supper – Laramie Room – 6-7:15pm
- Youth Ministry teens/adults to serve at Knights of Columbus Fish Fry – 5:30pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall. See the bulletin for information.
- Ladies, enjoy the fun and BINGO at our 2017 Ladies Night Out. This event is sold out. Doors open at 6:30 and Bingo starts at 8pm.
March 5th: First Sunday of Lent – St. Vincent de Paul Food Collection boxes available this weekend. Please see food list and volunteer request information in the bulletin and on the website.
- Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Matt Foley – Come for an informational presentation on Monday, March 6th, in the O’Brien Room at 7pm, to learn about the trip!
- March 6-April 10, or March 7-April 11 – Catholic Lenten Meditative Prayer – Sessions led by St. James parishioner Joy Anderson, who has been leading meditative prayer for 25 years. (5-week Prayer experience.) See the bulletin and website for details.
- March 6, 16, 20, and April 6 – 7:8:30pm each evening, at alternating locations – From Conflict to Communion: A Lutheran-Catholic Conversation Series (Preparing for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation) Members of St. James Catholic Church and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church will facilitate this event. See the website link lenten-series-on-500th-anniversary-of-reformation or bulletin for information.
March 9, 16, 23, and April 6: EVANGELIZATION WORKSHOPS – 7:00-9:00pm – St. James Resource Room (Library) All Ministry leaders, past and present, are invited to join us for a series of teachings on Prayer, Evangelization and the importance of Small Groups. See information in the bulletin and at this link evangelization-workshops on the website. Mark your calendar, and plan to attend!
- Youth Ministry Soup Supper – Laramie Room – 6-7:15pm
- ENCOUNTER – 7-9pm, Parish Center – Speakers: Dave and Sandra Chaplin – Dave & Sandra will share their faith journey, and how they live their lives rooted in their Catholic faith, through the ups and downs.
- Stations of the Cross – 7:30pm in the Church – Stations with a Focus on the Suffering Due to Cancer.
- A Mass with Healing Prayers – with Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga – at the 8:30am Mass in the Church. Information about this Mass, and Fr. Ubald, is available on our website, http://www.stjamesah.org/event/830-mass-in-church-with-healing-prayers-rev-ubald and in the bulletin. All are welcome!
- James Elizabeth Ministry Meeting – Saturday, 3/11, from 3-4:45pm in the St. James Resource Room. Come find out what Elizabeth Ministry is all about, and how you can share your time and talents with women in our parish and community. See the bulletin for details.
March 12th: Second Sunday of Lent
- RCIA Rite of Sending to the Bishop at 11:30am Mass
- Daylight Saving Time begins
- Girl Scouts will have a Bake Sale after the 5pm Saturday and 10am Sunday Masses
- Religious Education Reconciliation will take place at 4:30pm and 6:30pm, in the Parish Center.
- James Divorce Ministry offers Divorce Care – Meeting begins at 7pm in the O’Brien Room. Topic: Financial Survival/Kid Care.
March 15th – Over 50 Events – March 15th – Lenten Talk with Fr. Bill – O’Brien Room – 12:30-3pm. Refreshments will be served. March 19th– Over 50 Group celebrates St. Joseph Day with an 11:30am Mass celebrated by Fr. Bill, and a luncheon at Toscana Restaurant afterward. See the bulletin for details.
March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day Party – Parish Center – presented by St. James SOC (Social Organizing Committee.) Join us from 6pm to 10:30pm, for a family-friendly party. Corned Beef will be served. In order to allow us to enjoy the Corned Beef dinner, Fr. Matt has asked that in the spirit of the Lenten Observation, we refrain from eating meat on Saturday, March 18th. Please see the bulletin and website link st-patricks-day-party-wearin-of-the-green for information.
March 18th & 19th:
- James SPRING BLOOD DRIVE – 8:30am-2:00pm, in the School Cafeteria. Conducted by LifeSource, the drive this year will honor the memory of Mary Jo and David Souders.
- Vincent de Paul Food Collection boxes due back.
- ADORE will take place from 6-7pm in the Church – following 5pm Sunday Mass. All are welcome to attend.
March 23rd: Join us for our LENTEN REQUIEM CONCERT – at 7:30pm in the Church.
March 25th: Earth Shepherds Prayer Service –join them to pray with them for the earth – one hour of quiet, music, and prayer, beginning at 6:15pm in the Parish Center. See information in the bulletin.
As you can see, we have numerous events, both spiritual and social, during March. We hope you will join us for many of them!
A Conversation with Fr. Matt
Tell us a little about your family.
I was raised in Libertyville, so I grew up a suburban boy, not too far from Arlington Heights. I have 4 brothers, and 2 sisters, and I fall right in the middle – – with 2 older brothers and one older sister, and 2 younger brothers and a younger sister. My parents always were, and continue to be, a big part of my life.
Are there family traditions?
We have always taken a family trip, and we still do. This summer, all of us, including my brothers-in-law, sisters-in-laws, nieces and nephews went to Georgia. I was blessed to be able to join them for a few days.
What else about your family?
It is important that we are all present for the sacraments of my nieces and nephews. I am proud that I have made it to most. Sometimes long distance and travel makes it hard, but it’s a priority for me and my siblings.
Prayer is a priority for our family too. We all pray together. It really grounds us, and binds us together.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I am definitely a morning person.
When you have free time, what do you like to do?
I really enjoy reading, especially non-fiction. Taking care of myself is important, so I run, work out, and lift weights.
Do you play any sports?
It’s rugby for me – I’ve played since college. I used to play for the West Side Condors. When I get to the Arlington Heights area I am going to seek out a team. I’ve started doing a little research. I am not sure if I’ll play with the team, or just practice with them.
What’s up with your hair, and why haven’t we seen a recent photo of you?
I am very excited to try to get what’s left of my hair to grow back. I’ve had a military cut for so long, I’m anxious to see what it will look like when it starts to grow out.
Are you ready to start wearing black again?
I really am. It’s been green for me so many years. I wore the same uniform as everyone else in the Army. The only difference is that I wore a cross too. Now I will go from green to black. As a kid I wore Garanimals (you young people will have to Google that!). The color coding helped me out as a kid, and I guess it still keeps my wardrobe in check now. I am very anxious to wear my blacks again.
Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
I have used my vacation time in a very consistent way since 1994. I have spent two weeks, most every February, at El Nino Rey – a mission in Mexico. I take a group of young people along, and we provide basic medical services to the people of that region.
What are some phrases that describe you?
I am light-hearted. I have a good sense of humor. I like stability. Traditions are important.
What makes a strong parish community?
The Eucharist. Being the Body of Christ.
look for more next week about Fr. Matt