Sunday, January 1, 2017
St. James Bulletin

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Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God

Eucharistic Minister Schedule

Through August 2016

Altar Server Schedule

Through December 2016

The SANCTUARY LIGHT burns as a reminder of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the tabernacle. The light burns this week for Jane Pauline.

The flowers next to the in front of the Blessed Mother this week have been requested in memory of John Hoffman as requested by his parents.

May they rest in peace...
Please pray for the souls of our recently deceased

Please pray for those in need.

Parish Support
The collection for December 18 was $ 13 ,780.00.
The Military Collection was
$1 ,279.00.
Thank you to those of you who write the amount of your conthbution on the envelope: it is a great help to our volunteer counters.
God bless you and thank you for your donations.
Please remember to write the amount of your contribution on the envelope. This is a great help to our volunteer counters.

Please pray for: vocations to the priesthood and religious life, especially for our own seminarian, Samuel Miller, who is discerning the priesthood, and Tom Owsinski as he discerns his vocation to be a Deacon.

Remember all of our service men & women in your prayers.

Parish Meals Ministry

Many parishioners are not aware that we have a Meals Ministry here at St. James. We are a group of volunteers who delivers home-cooked meals to parishioners after surgery, in times of illness or mourning, and also meals to new mothers! If you or someone you know could benefit from this service, contact Aimee Taylor, at 627-0388 or

Gluten Sensitive?

Here at St. James, we have hosts available during Communion that are practically gluten-free. They have a gluten content of 0.01%, which is a negligible amount for most. They are made, stored, and shipped in a dedicated gluten-free environment.
How can I go about receiving these hosts? All you have to do is ask the priest or extraordinary minister for a gluten-free host and they will be happy to oblige!

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

All are encouraged to join us for Adoration every Thursday, following 9am Mass until 4pm. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy and accompanying prayers are prayed every Thursday at 3pm during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.


Anyone who has concerns, questions or might be seeking advice regarding pregnancy has a place to call. Jesus challenges us to follow His example and be there for one another at anytime.
A volunteer, Lourene Reynolds, R.N., is available for any individual who needs a listening ear. Lourene has extensive experience and believes we live in a complex and stressful society. It is often found that people are isolated when they experience the blessing of a pregnancy. This ministry will be provided with compassion and empathy.
All information is strictly confidential. Lourene is available anytime and can be reached at home (717)-569-3649 or cell (570)-417-3209. God bless us as we embark on this journey.

Till the 2017
Christmas Bazaar?

November 17&18, 2017

Prayer Group

Meetings are held every Tuesday from 7:00-8:30pm in Our Lady's Center. The evening includes Scripture reading, contemporary music, a brief teaching, and intercessory prayer. You are welcome to participate or sit back and observe. "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in their midst." Matthew 18:20. For further information or to request prayer, please contact Frank or Alberta Turcio at 569-6163.

Find the Redemptorists Online at

Looking for a few bytes of spiritual food during the week?
Want to know more about what the Redemptorists do?
Curious about how to join us?
Visit There you'll find daily audio homilies preached by Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province. This is also the place for province news, vocation retreat schedules, and a gift shop.
Follow the Redemptorists on Facebook and Twitter, too.
All this and more at!

Pray for Redemptorists!
In this Year for Priests, we invite you to pray for our priests, for the Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province who serve our parish. Brochures are available in the narthex. Learn more about the Redemptorists at: - listen to daily audio homilies, visit our gift shop, and find our how you can join the mission!

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Our Lady of the Visitation will be hosting a pilgrimage to the Holy Land next March. Catholic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. March 21 - 31,2017, $3,749.00 per person including air from Harrisburg. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Daily Mass daily at the Holy Sites.
For a Flyer or more detailed information please call Cathie or Mike Milano at 1-800-773-2660.

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, our Lady's greatest title. This feast is the octave of Christmas. In the modern Roman Calendar only Christmas and Easter enjoy the privilege of an octave. According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the Solemnity of Circumcision of Our Lord.
"Mary, the all-holy ever-virgin Mother of God, is the masterwork of the mission of the Son and the Spirit in the fullness of time. For the first time in the plan of salvation and because his Spirit had prepared her, the Father found the dwelling place where his Son and his Spirit could dwell among men. In this sense the Church's Tradition has often read the most beautiful texts on wisdom in relation to Mary. Mary is acc laimed and represented in the liturgy as the "Seat of Wisdom."

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Parish Information

Coming Soon:

Jan 14 - The International Dinner in SJH after the 5PM Mass

Jan 21 & 22 - Boy Scout Troop 142 Pancake Breakfasts

Mar 5 - Pro-Life Prayer Breakfast After the 9AM Mass
News from IMPACT Catholic Youth Group


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Bazaar Thank You Note Corrections
Our sincere apologies for neglecting to thank the
following individuals for their hard work with the
Christmas Bazaar - Chris Gingrich (Parking
Committee), Rose Barnas & Carroll Feldman.
E-Giving Renewals for 2017-
If you wish to make any changes to your electronic giving contributions, please contact Melanie in the church office. The best form of contact is email, Or call at 626-5580 x 2. Updated debit schedules are being prepared now
and will be emailed or snail-mailed shortly. New sign-ups for 2017- Take advantage of the new year and sign up for electronic giving if you haven't already done so. 2017 sign-up forms are available in the Narthex or by contacting Melanie in the church office.
The 2017 St. James Catholic Church Calendars are here compliments of Charles F. Snyder Funeral home & Crematory, Inc. They are located in the Narthex. Please be sure to pick one up on your way home.
Question of the Week
As part of our 100th year celebration, each week we will have a question that relates to our 100th year. The first person to answer the question correctly to the Parish Office will receive a $5.00 gift card to Starbucks. The question for this week is: What is the name of the Priest that offered the first Mass in Lititz?
Save the Date!
Sunday, March 5, 2017
The 6th Annual Pro-Life Prayer Breakfast
Guest Speakers: The Sisters of Life
Hosted by The St. James Respect Life Committee
For young adults (21-30 something) of all faiths and walks of life. Come for fellowship, prayer, and personal growth.
Join us for the first installment of "BREAKING BREAD," as a Theology on Tap Community in Lancaster. All young adults in the area are welcome to meet at different parishes throughout the year on the 4th Sunday of each month. For more details, check out Facebook Lancaster Theology on Tap
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
All are encouraged to join us for Adoration
every Thursday, following 9am Mass until 4pm.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy and accompanying
prayers are prayed every Thursday at 3pm
during Adoration of tile Blessed Sacrament.
Boy Scout Troop 142 Pancake Breakfasts
Save the Dates:
January 21 & 22, 2017
March 25 & 26, 20 17
St. James Hall I 8-11AM

Knights of Columbus

Have you wondered what the Knights of Columbus are about? Are you a Knight who is looking to get more involved? Do you have an event you would like us to be involved in? Are you interested in joining the Knights of Columbus? Joe McGrath is available to answer your questions. He can be reached at or at 717- 371-3523. Our Next Meeting is Sunday, January 8th. The Rosary begins at 7:15 and the Business Meeting begins at 7:30.

St. James Monthly Family Mass 2016-2017 Schedule Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Saturday January 7, 2017 5PM Mass with reception following in OLC
Saturday February 4, 2017 5PM Mass with dinner following in SJH
Saturday March 4, 2017 5PM Mass with a reception following in OLC
Saturday April 1, 2017 5PM Mass with a reception following in OLC
Saturday May 6, 2017 5PM Mass with dinner and a movie following in SJH

St. James Parish Advocacy Program Members

Members are needed to join your parish Advocacy group. We would love to have more programs for parishioners with disabilities. We get lots of ideas from other parishes, i.e., a respite evening or morning for parents of children with disabilities; visiting shut-ins more often; etc. Please contact Jeannette Crnkovich at 626-4647 or Phyllis Schwartz at 627-0138 if you would like to get involved in this ministry. God bless you!

Bulletin Deadline
Bulletin is due Friday at noon (10 days prior to the desired bulletin date.) All articles must be submitted in writing, e-mail preferred. Please send your information to Jackie Zajac at Thank you.

St. James Social Justice Network News

St. Mary’s Meals - Our next meal will be Friday Dec. 23rd. If anyone would like to help with this ministry, either just one time or on-going, please contact Kathy Cardos at 627-1201 or Renee Billow at 575-8142.

The 44th annual March for Life will be held in Washington, D.C., on Friday, January 27, 2017, to protest the evil of legalized abortion in our nation. Members of Catholics Defending Life of Lancaster PA (CDL) are sponsoring four buses to the March for Life,_leaving on that date for D.C. at 8:15a.m. and returning to Lancaster at 9:30 p.m., using St. Leo the Great Church as the home-base. Mass will be celebrated, before departure, at 7:00a.m., at St. Leo's. Suggested bus fare is $10 per individual and $25 per family of three or more persons, with reduced-fare and free seats available for the mere asking. If you are unable to go to the March, consider sponsoring an individual or a family, willing to go but short-on-cash, by donating their bus fare. If you can go to the March, please phone Rosie Gross at 397-6966 to reserve a seat aboard one of the buses.

Saturday Morning Mass
Respect Life Committee encourages all to attend Mass on Saturday mornings. More abortions are performed on Saturdays than any other day. Prayer is our most powerful weapon to fight the evil of abortion. Consider signing up to pray at the Harrisburg Planned Parenthood. The abortionist in Harrisburg is named Earl McCloud. Pray for him to stop killing the unborn innocents!

In 2017
St. James Parish is Celebrating 100 years
as A Eucharistic Community of Life and Love.

To celebrate, the parish will sponsor a year long program of events intended to help us strengthen the spiritual and community bonds of our family parish, our relationship with fellow Catholic communities in Lancaster County, and with our neighbors in the greater Warwick community.

The apex event will be a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Noon, which will be celebrated by Bishop Ronald Gainer. Mass will followed by a Celebration Lundt for the Parish Family and guests who participated in the Mass. We hope that all parish members will participate in the events of this joyful year!

Communications regarding our Centennial Year Celebration will be communicated in these ways:
• this portion (Page 5) of the weekly parish Bulletin will always list upcoming news and event of the year;
• some events will be highlighted in Pulpit announcements;
• a Centennial Events Calendar will be published on the Parish website in January 20 17;
• periodic information letters or postcards announcing specific events will be sent via U.S. mail; and
• Email notifications will be sent to all parish households that provide email addresses.
Please note that the official Parish Centennial email address is "". Please adjust your spam filter, so that emails coming from this address are re-directed to your inbox. Questions about the Centennial Year can be sent to this email.
The Centennial Year Planning Committee
A core team of people have already begun planning events for the year. If you are interested in serving on any ofthe numerous committees or assisting with the year's events, please contact Terri Armstrong, who will be providing the Parish Staff Support, or Bill Armstrong, the Parish Centennial Planning Committee Chair. Terri can be reached at 717-626-5580 x2,, or Bill can be contacted at or 717-371-6228. Many hands will make the work light!
One of the special projects for this Centennial Year is to accurately identify who all of our parishioners are and how best to contact you. Beginning December 2016, all parishioners currently listed in the Parish Data System (PDS) wi ll be contacted and asked to verify/update certain info1mation. This project should improve communications and will provide a master I ist for inclusion in the Parish History book, a second special project. You cooperation with this keystone data project is appreciated! Envelopes with each family's information is in OLC kitchen.
The kick-off for Centennial Year is the weekend of January 7/8, 2017! A special blessing will be given to all Mass participants that weekend. We will also begin each Sunday Mass with a special prayer for our parishioners, community and country. After ALL Sunday Masses on the first weekend of each month, refreshments and fellowship will be available in Our Lady's Center. The hosts for each month will be the various service groups/ ministries within the parish family. On January 7/8th, the hosts will be the RE Office/students preparing to receive Confirmation. The International Dinner will be the first Family event (Saturday, January 14th).

Hershey Bears Tickets-

Everyone is invited to join our Catholic Schools at The Tenth Annual Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg Night with the Hershey Bears Hockey Team, Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 7 p.m. Tickets are discounted to $14.50 for all ages over 2. Regular admission is $20. The evening will begin with the Bishop McDevitt Choir singing the National Anthem prior to game start time. Ticket order form is attached. DEADLINE TO ORDER is Monday, January 30, 2017. For more information, contact Janet Dise at

Make Your Voice Heard

It is more important than ever for Catholics to make their voices heard in the public square. You can receive up-to-date information on the most pressing issues that affect the common good through the Catholic Advocacy Network. You will be notified of important legislative news via email and be able to contact your legislators with just a few clicks of the mouse.Visit and click on the Subscribe or Sign Up tabs.Imagine the voices of Pennsylvania’s 3 million Catholics speaking together on matters of public policy.

St. John Neumann
Feast Day January 5

John Neumann was born in Prachatitz in Bohemia (now the Czech Republic) on March 28, 1811. He studied theology in the seminary of Budweis. Zealous for the missionary life and to lead souls to Christ, he left his homeland to dedicate himself to the European immigrants in America, who were deprived of spiritual support. Neumann was ordained a priest by the bishop of New York in June 1836, and gave himself to the pastoral care of people in the vast area around Niagara Falls. Wanting to live in a religious community that corresponded more to his missionary vocation, in January 1842 he entered the Redemptorists. Having filled the role of vice-provincial superior of the Redemptorists from 1846-49, he became the parish priest of St. Alphonsus Church in Baltimore. In 1852, at the age of 41 , he was named bishop of Philadelphia. Neumann had a strong effect on the religious life of the United States by founding Catholic schools and promoting devotion to the Eucharist. He founded a new religious institute - the Third Order of Saint Francis of Glen Riddle. The School Sisters of Notre Dame likewise regard Neumann as their secondary founder, their "Father in America." In just seven years, he built 89 churches, as well as several hospitals and orphanages. As a bishop, Neumann was untiring in visiting his vast diocese.

On January 5, 1860, the Bishop of Philadelphia lay crumpled in the snow a few blocks from his new cathedral on Logan Square. By the time a priest reached him with the holy oils, Bishop Neumann was dead. At his own request Bishop Neumann was buried in a basement crypt in Saint Peter's Church where he would be with his Redemptorist confreres. Neumann was beatified during the Second Vatican Council on October 13, 1963, and was canonized on June 19, 1977.

St. John Neumann is invoked as a patron of sick children and of immigrants. The National Shrine of Saint John Neumann is in Philadelphia.

Holy Family Radio Live on the Web – Don’t have a clear signal or you want to listen in the evenings? No problem, on-line streaming of Holy Family Radio AM 720 is now available. Via their website at or by an App you can hear them anytime, anywhere!Be sure to follow Holy Family Radio on Instagram and Facebook as well.

News from Our Mother of Perpetual Help School

You Can Support OMPH School without Spending Any Additional Money!
Gift Cards Are a Win-Win Opportunity for All of Us!
Gift cards are available for purchase EVERY Sunday in the narthex
following the 9:00am Mass.

Available each week are gift cards to the following stores:
Grocery Stores: Giant, SKH, Weis, Weiser's, Sharp Shopper
Restaurants: Isaac's, Panera, Red Lobster/Olive Garden/Longhorn Steakhouse, Subway, Applebee's
Gas Stations: Sheetz, Wawa
Discount: Target
If your favorite store is not listed above, we also have available an order form with which you may place an order for gift cards to over 100 different retail stores, restaurants, drug stores and other scrip providers. These may be ordered and pre-paid for pick up the following Sunday. Through the generous support of our parishioners and school families, each week approximately $160.00 is earned for our parish school through the sale of gift cards. It costs nothing extra and our school earns a percentage of the value of the gift cards purchased.
The funds raised through this program are directed to the School Support Scholarship program which provides tuition scholarships for children enrolled in Pre-K through 8th grade at Our Mother of Perpetual Help or OMPH graduates enrolled at Lancaster Catholic.

Please join us in supporting our gift card program! We all go grocery shopping,
purchase gas, and eat at local restaurants. Please consider supporting your parish
school by purchasing gift cards.
Don't forget-gift cards make great gifts for college students headed back to school!
Questions? Contact Alicia Kowitz at 773-844-8478
To learn more about our school, please visit our website at or call the school office at 738-2414 for further information. Financial aid is available to qualifying families.

News from Lancaster Catholic High School

Information about LCHS is also available on our website at

Around the Diocese
Diocesan Mass for Homeschooling Families
Bishop Gainer will be celebrating Mass for Homeschooling Families in Room 103 of the Diocesan Center the evening of Friday, January 6, 2017 at 6:30 PM. The Sacrament of Penance will be available before Mass from 5:30- 6:15 PM. After Mass, there will be a light reception with cookies, coffee, and punch in the lobby. If you plan to attend, please RSVP Jim Gontis at the Diocesan Religious Education Office by January 3 , at, letting us know the number of people from your family planning to attend. The Diocesan Center is located at 4800 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA, 17111 .

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