The month of August is dedicated to The Immaculate Heart of Mary. The entire month falls within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time. The last portion of the liturgical year represents the time of our pilgrimage to heaven during which we hope for reward.
August is often considered the transitional month in our seasonal calendar. It is the time of the year we begin to wind down from our summer travels and vacations and prepare for Autumn-back to school, fall festivals, harvest time, etc. The Church in her holy
wisdom has provided a cycle of events in its liturgical year which allow the faithful to celebrate the major feasts in the life of Christ
and Mary. Most notably, we celebrate the feast of the
Transfiguration on August 6th and the feast of the Assumption on August 15th.
St.James Parish strives to be aware of the unique nature of our Roman Catholic tradition and our call to be a Christ-centered community. As baptized members of this faith community in a diverse Christian environment, we strive to promote the kingdom of God on earth. We achieve this through the scriptures and by celebration of the Eucharist which draws us into a deeper personal relationship with Christ. Through this relationship with Christ we share our faith with all the people of God. We strive through Catholic education, the Family Formation Program, evangelization, and good stewardship to mirror Gospel values as we reach out to serve the larger community.