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Vol. 5, No. 12

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Easter Bunny Needs You!

Easter Egg Prep

A collection box will be in the Parish Hall Parlor through Palm Sunday, March 29, so you can help prepare for our Easter Sunday egg hunt (following the nine o'clock service, at which children may also help flower the cross). The Easter Bunny needs any color plastic eggs and small trinkets (stickers, bouncy balls, erasers), or individually wrapped candy for filling the eggs.

Julie McCall and Erin Irby are in touch with the Easter bunny and heading up his helpers. If you would like to help, or if you have questions, please email Julie McCall at

Today: Sister Joan Laplace, CSJ

Glory & Gumbo

You are encouraged to attend the Fr. John Moloney Preaching Series, held each Friday at 12:05 p.m., during Gumbo 2015, featuring wonderful preachers from area congregations and traditions.

Be rejuvenated with 25 minutes of music, meditation, and message -- in the church.

Final Week:

Friday, March 27 - The Rev. Brady Whitton of First Methodist Church

Sunday's Leaflets in PDF:LeafletImage

7:30 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

Easter Flower Form Here

The Messenger issue for March 2015 is here as a downloadable PDF, or click the image below to read on Issuu:

February Messenger

Limited print copies are now available in the foyer tract racks and narthex.

ECWMark your calendar for the Episcopal Church Women Diocese of Louisiana 128th Annual Gathering at St. Matthew’s, Houma, on May 15-16, 2015: Vive La Renaissance with keynote speaker, the Rev. Sharon Alexander, rector of Trinity Church, Baton Rouge. Information packet available, here; registration form, only, here. If you're interested in attending, please contact Leslie Gladney for registration info, ride share, and more!

Centering Prayer Workshop Postponed

Centering Prayer

Due to a family health emergency, Fr. Tom Ward will be unable to be with us and the Centering Prayer Workshop will be rescheduled at a future date. Please keep Fr. Tom Ward and his family in your prayers.

In the Footsteps of Saint Patrick and the Celtic Saints

Increased purchasing power of the dollar to Euro has been reflected in new pricing! The CSF Pilgrimage to Ireland and Brittany, September 14-26, 2015, led by the Reverend Marcus Losack, is even more enticing!

Read more here.

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Healing the Mother in Law

The Christian church has much to say to our time in its preaching, its ministry and mission. It has a witness to proclaim to every unjust social order, a word to speak out against bigotry and hate, a message of peace to present to individuals, families, communities, and the nations of the world, a reconciling word of forgiveness and new beginnings to bear wherever people are divided, set apart by fear or ancient grudge. Yet in all of these one constant must remain, one fundamental factor upon which all else is based, and that is Jesus Christ, his love, his grace, his offer of new life bought on the cross.
"Sir, we would see Jesus" is the cry, not just of congregations hungry for the word but of starving multitudes who need the bread he broke and shared so freely. It is the plea of young folk seeking an ideal, something to live for in a world of plastic idols, empty dreams, and of old folk too, who need his gentle, tender hand to support their failing years. From prisoners, all kinds of "failures," addicts, pushers too, prostitutes and politicians, business types, abusers and abused, that old request comes ringing down the centuries and reaches us today: Sir, we would see Jesus.
From A Pilgrim's Way by J. Barrie Shepherd. The art is by James Tissot.

7:30 a.m. - A quiet, spoken service using Rite I, in the church.

9:00 a.m. - The As You Are service gathers in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles with music by the As You Are musicians.

Children's Church Youngsters four years old through fourth grade now meet in the choir room on the second floor of the Parish Hall, starting at 8:55 a.m. for a lesson on the readings, and an activity, and music with Cherub Choir director Jody Hanet, before returning to the church in time for communion. Follow the arrows to Children's Church!

9:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the church with organ and St. James Treble Choir with Kalin Stevenson, soloist, on Fauré's Pie Jesu.

10:00 a.m. - Christian Education

Children 3-6 and 6-9 gather in the Good Shepherd and True Vine atriums on the second floor of the Parish Hall.

CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center at 10:00 a.m.: Reneé Smith-Tadie, Marsha Wade and Tom Wade will share highlights of sacred sites in Ireland and Northern Ireland visited on the 2014 pilgrimage sponsored by St. James Center for Spiritual Formation. Learn about early Celtic saints, the lands they walked, and the churches they founded, some of which are still active places of worship today. 

Fr. Mark Holland continues his series for adults considering confirmation or reception into the Episcopal Church (or others interested) at 10:05 a.m. in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Ministries Center. Please let him know if you plan to attend, so proper arrangements can be made.

Gumbo on sale in the Parish Hall parlor!

11:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the church with organ and the Adult Choir.

5:00 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles. Come as you are, leave different!

Gumbo on sale after the 5:00 p.m. service!

6:00 p.m. - Centering Prayer, CSF Library and/or Chapel of the Holy Presence, on the third floor of the Ministries Center. All are welcome. Please enter quietly. *See news on workshop change, below.

Final weeks: Enjoy lunch; stock your freezer!Gumbo 2015

Dine-in between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Phone your order to 225-387-5141 between 8 and 10 a.m., and we'll have it ready for pick-up in our drive-thru lane on N. Fourth Street! Quarts and pints will be sold on Sunday mornings during the Coffee Hour, and, after the five o'clock service this Sunday, March 22.

Outreach Grants

Outreach LogoIt’s Outreach application time, again! As part of our tithe to the community at large, St. James funds about $62,000 in small grants to area and diocesan charities. Funding is focused on the areas of greatest need — food, medical services, shelter and education — for the people of greatest need, delivered by the most effective means. Please encourage the charities you know and love to apply. More information and the application are found here.

Part of our outreach funding is derived from the Easter plate offering, so please also consider giving generously at that time. Last year we helped cancer and hospice patients, the homeless, low-income schoolchildren and more. You can read more, here.

Youth Calendar & Info:

Confirm-not-Conform at 3:15 p.m., and EYC at 5:00 p.m., Sunday!

2015 Mission Trip

The itinerary has been completed! Look for an information meeting soon! In the meantime, contact Marvin McLennon for more info.

Registration Open for Youth Happening!

Happening LogoHappening is a youth-led spiritual formation weekend designed for high school teens. It is an amazing experience that changes the way you think about yourself and your faith.

Happening is open to teens in ninth through 12th grades of any denomination who have not participated in Happening in the past. (If you have participated in Happening and would like to serve on staff you can email Marvin McLennon at You need not be an Episcopalian to attend, however you must be committed to engage in theological reflection from a Christian perspective. 

Happening #74 will be held April 10-12, 2015 at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center. Registration deadline is March 27. Click here for more information, registration details, and permission forms.

Why, God?Ed Henderson will have copies of Why, God? Suffering Through Cancer into Faith available in the Parish Hall parlor on Sunday, March 29. A presentation and book signing will be held later in the year when his co-author/granddaughter, Margaret (Maggie) Cupit can be present. The book can be bought from Ed for $12, a 40% discount, or it can be ordered online from the publisher, here. To receive the 40% discount from the publisher, good until May 16, use the code word WHY. Why, God? will also be available through Amazon around mid-April. A portion of all royalties and profits from sales will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

March 27 is Deadline for Easter Lily/Altar of Repose Listings:

Holy Week Flowers

Day School: Covering Community - Growing Givers

The St. James Day School students recently completed a most successful canned food drive as part of their 2014-2015 outreach theme: Covering Community - Growing Givers. The Shepherd's Market food bank at St. John United Methodist Church, a food bank serving the 70808, 70810 and 70820 zip codes, received over 1,000 items, collected, sorted, bagged/boxed, and picked up Thursday, March 19. Religion teacher deSha Carter, Fr. Ralph Howe, and some of their students are pictured, below. Click each for a larger image.

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Holy Week Schedule at St. James:

Palm Sunday, March 29 Palm Sunday & Passion Liturgy at 7:30, 9:00 (church and chapel), 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. No Christian Education classes at 10. Gather for fellowship and palm-frond crosses in the Parish Hall parlor.
Spy Wednesday, April 1

Joan of Arc study group gathers at noon, hosted by Fannie Compton.

Maundy Thursday, April 2

Maundy Thursday liturgy at 7:00 p.m. (nursery care available)

Altar of Repose opens at 8:00 p.m. and remains open through the night in the Chapel of the Twelve Apostles. Come, sit, and keep awake in the Garden.

Good Friday, April 3

Good Friday Liturgy at 7:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Stations of the Cross will be walked, in the church, at noon.
Holy Saturday, April 4

The Great Vigil of Easter - the lighting of the Paschal candle and first celebration of the resurrection - at 6:00 p.m.

The Agapé Meal is at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall parlor. Bring your favorite dish, sandwiches, or dessert to share. Wine and punch provided.

Easter Sunday, April 5

The Celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. (church and chapel), 11:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m.

Children are invited to bring floral clips from their yards to flower the cross at the 9:00 a.m. service. The Cherub Choir will make a musical offering, as well!

The Easter Egg Hunt will be held at approximately 10:15 a.m. in the playgrounds (weather permitting). Follow the signs to the appropriate area for your age. (Sorry, children only!)

Community Offerings this Sunday, March 22:

LSU Chamber Music Concert at the Shaw Center at 3:00 p.m. (click the link for more information)

Lenten Evensong at Trinity Episcopal Church at 5:00 p.m. (click the link for more information)

Listening to Your Life: A Retreat with Paula D'Arcy

Registration opened March 16 and is expected to fill up fast, so please register soon.

Solomon Episcopal Conference Center
Learning to listen and see with the eyes of the heart how the thread of Divine love moves in everything, summoning us to live with a new intention. Read more about Paula D'Arcy and her foundation..

  • When: October 16-18, 2015
  • Where: Solomon Episcopal Conference Center, Loranger, LA
  • Cost: Single Room - $300; two nights / six meals
  • Cost: Double Occupancy Room - $250; two nights / six meals
  • Cost: Saturday Only - $80; lunch only
  • Registration Opens: Monday, March 16, 2015
  • Registration Link: now open!
  • Questions: Contact the Rev'd Canon John Kellogg or 504-895-6634

Hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana
Download the Paula D'Arcy Retreat Flyer here.

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