Ministry Lead: Rev. Derek Ho
Contact Phone: (224) 345-7201
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Adult Faith Formation ministry provides opportunities to deepen one’s faith in the areas of theology, prayer, and spirituality.
Come to the Quiet – Catholic Meditation/Prayer Course
“Prayer is the ascent of the mind to God.” –St. John Damascene
In prayer, we experience God. But sadly many Catholics have not been taught how to pray. It is said that Catholics are good at teaching how to recite our prayers, but not how to pray. As a result, many have concluded that God does not exist when in reality, they just do not know how to experience or talk to Him.
Are you Catholic and attend Mass but want to learn to pray?
In the spring of 2016, a wonderful group of 53 people came together in the chapel of St James for a six – week Catholic meditation course. They discovered that meditation is a deep, profound part of prayer within our faith and that you do not have to look for it in other religions. They also discovered that if you are quiet and listen, you will be receptive to God graces and will be gently resting in His presence.
What exactly is Catholic meditation? It is a very special method of praying. Prayer is bringing your mind, soul, and spirit to God’s presence. In a regular prayer, you use words to articulate your thoughts. But when you meditate, instead of only using your voice, you are sitting with God and listening to Him. How else can we know what God’s Divine plan is for us if we are always busy?
In this Catholic meditation course you will be introduced to three meditation methods so every one of you can find his/her unique way of prayer: Ignatian Contemplative Prayer, Lectio Divina, and Contemplative Prayer. We offer the course in fall starting middle September and again in springtime when we will follow a Lenten meditation journey. This meditation/prayer course is offered in a six week series on Monday evenings or Tuesday mornings in the chapel . Check back for next session start date.
We truly hope you will join us!
“Joy’s meditation today stirred my soul and calmed the waters ever so gently. I pray to the Holy Spirit to keep inspiring you for the greater good of our women, men, and children at our Catholic country parish of St. James.” – D.A.
“I wanted to tell you when I got home tonight I smelled roses and there are no roses or flowers in my house. I looked on the internet and it says, ‘People regularly report smelling the fragrance of roses while communicating with angels in prayer or meditation.’ It is also a sign our Blessed Mother is present. How amazing is that?! Thank you so much! See you next week.” – V.S.
A note from a confirmation youth leader: “Many shared how they experienced God in a new and deeper way through the meditation experience you led them through. One boy recounted how he saw in colors and that just amazed him. He felt God’s presence in that moment! Another girl shared how Jesus was so real for her in that prayer. They remarked how there was such peace in the quiet. Students in my confirmation group also commented on how much they loved sitting in the quiet in adoration and experiencing the meditation. Thank you!” – J.M.
If you have questions please contact Father Derek Ho: email@example.com or Joy Anderson at 224.315.9507 or firstname.lastname@example.org
St. James offers Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, on Thursdays, following 7:30 a.m. Mass, through 8:00 p.m. Jesus is waiting for you in this Sacrament of Love! we will pray a 2:30 pm rosary for Life each Thursday. Eucharistic Adoration concludes with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3 p.m., The Hour of Great Mercy, recalling the time of Christ’s death on the cross. At 3 p.m., we pray for the sick, the suffering, and all those who will die this day, especially those unprepared for death. Your private prayer intentions are also included. Praying for the living and the dead is a Spiritual work of Mercy.
Join the Saint James Adoration Team! We are in need of regularly scheduled adorers. Join teh SJ Adoration Team! We are seeking Substitute adorers, as well. Please contact the Saint James Adoration team, Sue or Jim McPherrin, at (847) 506-1618. Email: email@example.com Click here for more info on joining the team.
Why Adoration? “Because Christ himself is present in the sacrament of the altar, He is to be honored with the worship of adoration…to visit the Blessed Sacrament is…a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ our Lord.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1418).
Can’t attend daytime Adoration? All are invited to Thursday evening Holy Hour in the Church, 7 – 8 p.m., with Deacon Matt Hahn. For more information on Parish Consecration to Mary Click this link:Parish Consecration to Mary . For more information on Divine Mercy Click this link: What is Divine Mercy?
Divine Mercy Image on display at SJ
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What is Alpha?
- A series of 11 weekly sessions that explore the basics of the Christian faith in a relaxed, welcoming setting where no question is too simple, no answer is pre-packaged, and no one has to talk.
- Fun, food, friendship, good video & discussion
- A parish tool for sharing the Good News
- All about relationships
- guests come because someone invites them
- guests stay because they like the discussion & people
- most discover or rediscover the beauty of a relationship with the Lord