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Fr. Rich's Weekly Ramblings

As part of my studies in the seminary I spent a semester in Israel which was a great experience but I became desperately homesick.  This was before the internet and cell phones so my only communication with the family was snail mail and a once a month collect call from a payphone. After that semester I was so anxious to get home but I had purchased a month long  "eurorail" pass before the semester so I felt like I had no choice but to travel to Europe to spend four more weeks abroad and use the month long train pass.  My first intended stop was Rome because I had never been there before and I had a couple good friends who had been studying at the American seminary there; it was on that occasion when I fell in love with that city.  Even though I had a train pass that would get me anywhere and everywhere in Europe I chose to spend three of the four weeks in Rome, so bewildered was I of the capital of Italy.

My love affair with Rome has never abated, I love that place unlike any other place on earth, it is also at that time when I caught the bug to collect anything that has to do with the Vatican City State and the pope.  It has been my love for Rome that has caused me to spend the vast majority of my meager priestly salary on all things associated with the Eternal City and the popes.  I have long referred to my collection as my life's work (besides the priesthood) and have always wanted this passion to serve a greater purpose and now that time has come on a pretty  large scale.  The Vatican Unveiled will give you a chance to experience what I experience when I visit Rome and the Vatican and I hope you will take advantage of this.  The things you will see at this event you will see nowhere else and if seen through the proper lens it should inspire you in the faith and teach you about the history of the Catholic Church in the most unique way.
St. Thomas Aquinas tells us that God speaks to us through our well ordered desires; that the things that we have a pure desire for is a means by which God will communicate to us.  This passion for collecting things directly associated with the person of our past Holy Fathers has been a life long journey for me and I want you to be able to share in it.  Besides inspiring us in the faith and educating us this event serves another purpose of raising funds for two laudable causes in our local community.  Half of the profits will go to Stella Maris and the education of our children while the other half will go to Star of the North Maternity home which is a home for homeless mothers of young children.  I have a dollar amount goal in my brain and I hope we make that goal happen.  Your purchasing of a ticket will both inspire you and also support two very worthy endeavors. 
You are my parishioners; you are the ones I most want to experience this opportunity.  Tickets will be for sale again after Mass on the weekend of the 6th and 7th of August.  These tickets are cheaper if you buy them here than if you were to buy them at the DECC.  Between now and the 18th of August tickets will also be available at the parish office for this reduced rate.
Come and see Rome!  Come and experience the history of the Catholic Church by seeing the things that helped make that history. 




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Weekly Schedule

Weekday Mass
Monday | 8:00am | St. James
Tuesday | 8:00am | St. James
Wednesday | 8:00am | St. James
Thursday | 8:00am | St. Elizabeth
Friday | 8:00am | St. James

Weekend Mass
Saturday | 4:30pm | St. James
Sunday | 8:30am | St. Elizabeth
Sunday | 10:30am | St. James

Saturday | 3:30pm | St. James
By Appointment

Eucharistic Adoration
Wednesday | 8:30am-8:00pm | St. James

Bishop Daniel Felton

Just a word about  the vestment the bishop will be wearing at Mass this morning; it may look familiar because it is the same vestment St. John Paul II is portrayed as wearing in our stained glass window.  Our former bishop, Bp. Schnurr was the executive director of World Youth Day Denver in 1993, when Pope John Paul II said the closing Mass for that event he wore this very vestment.  At the end of the program the Pope gave the vestment to Schnurr as a token of appreciation for the success of the program.  Fast forward many years later, when Schnurr became our bishop he showed me the vestment which I immediately salivated over!  The bishop had appointed me to be his point person for Vocations for the diocese and he told me that as soon as we get 25 seminarians studying for our diocese he would give me the pope's vestment!  We got there!  And when we did we had the highest number of seminarians in the country per capita of any diocese in the country, and the bishop gave me the pope's vestment which now is a major second class relic of my favorite saint and favorite pope.  The last time it was worn was ten years ago after JPII was beatified, and at that time I decided never to wear it again, but it seems most appropriate to have it worn today by our new bishop at the blessing of the sanctuary that portrays the great saint wearing this very vestment.  St. John Paul the Great, pray for us!

Diocese News from The Northern Cross

Betsy Kneepkens: Healing the family is essential to stopping the violence

It was about 92 degrees outside, gas prices were nearing $5 a gallon, I needed groceries, and the store was about one mile from my home. I was frustrated, and I can get stubborn sometimes. I grabbed a water bottle, put on my walking shoes, and headed out that door. No way would I fill up my gas tank at that price. 

Betsy Kneepkens

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Editorial: The extraordinary attack on pro-life pregnancy centers

In the aftermath of the June 24 Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade, perhaps nothing has so perfectly encapsulated the inarticulate rage against America’s pro-life community as the targeting of pro-life pregnancy centers. 

Not only have they been the target, across more than 20 states, of vandalism, firebombing, or threats of violence, they have also been denounced by governors and U.S. senators. In some places, laws have been proposed targeting these facilities. Members of Congress have pressured Internet search giant Google to doctor its search results and ads to suppress them. And of course there has been plenty of biased media coverage joining in the pile-on. 

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Bishop Barron installed as bishop of Winona-Rochester

By Edie Heipel 

Catholic News Agency 

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Sanctuary Restoration Update

Conrad Schmitt Studios

Conrad Schmitt is the company working on the Sanctuary Restoration. 

Check out their website to see some of their previous work. 

Meet the Artist

Corbert Gauthier is the artist working on the angels for the Sanctuary Restoration. 

Check out his website to see some of his amazing work. 

Parking Lot Update

We are excited to announce that the St. James parking lot is completed and open to park in! This is such a great improvement to our church and school! 

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