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Vol. 5, No. 13

Friday, March 27, 2015

Last Sunday Drop-off

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

The Rev. John Moloney Preaching Series Finale

Glory & Gumbo

Be rejuvenated with 25 minutes of music, meditation, and message -- in the church, with the Rev. Brady Whitton of First Methodist Church. Starts at 12:05 p.m. so you can enjoy your Gumbo lunch before or after the program!

Sunday's Leaflets in PDF:LeafletImage

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11:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

The Messenger issue for April 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.

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc Study Group gathers on Wednesday, April 1,  at noon, hosted by Fannie Compton. Linda Bowsher will present the lesson and art. R.s.v.p. to Nina Broyles.

Outreach Grant Applications

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!

LoveMe CD Kickstarter

Quiana LynellQuiana Lynell, a member of the St. James choir for many years, has a kickstarter project, the Love Me Initiative. She writes, "I am a singer and songwriter who uses songs to tell stories and relate to people at the simplest emotional level. I have written songs with a common theme: learning how to love yourself and that includes not accepting anything less than what you give." She'd like to share her message via CD. Read more here.

Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

Christ at Gethsemane

The Year B Passion Gospel is not an easy story to hear. About a third of the way through, we read that, upon reaching the Garden of Gethsemane with his disciples, "Jesus said to them, 'I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.' And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him." The human side of Jesus faces us. He had spent his ministry showing us how to love God and to love one another: feeding the hungry; healing the sick; and, inviting the women (including the one who had just oiled his hair), and the children and the tax collectors and the sinners to come to his table, where he broke bread and shared the cup of redemption with them all. And, now he faced the cross because of it all. As we hear the Passion Reading this Sunday, and play our part in crying out, "Crucify him!" remember that Jesus chose his fate, following God's will. We choose ours, as well.

Michael O'Brien is a Canadian artist, specializing in what he calls incarnation of a word, a statement of faith in art and prose. This is his "Christ in Gethsemane."

Weather permitting, services will begin in the Meditation Garden (near the columbarium) and process into the church/chapel after blessing of the palms.

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 cantors.

10:00 a.m.* - No classes this Sunday - gather in the Parlor for fellowship and palm frond folding and Ed Henderson unveils his book, Why God? After Easter: Christian Formation for children three - fourth grade is on the second floor of the Parish Hall. For older youth and adults, Amy-Jill Levine's popular DVD course on The Old Testament returns Sundays at 10:00 a.m. -- each in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center.

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!

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.

Children are always welcome in church, and also in our professionally-staffed nursery which is open Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for children six weeks to four years old.

Final Gumbo Friday: 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!

Youth Calendar & Info:

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

2015 Mission Trip

Information Meeting: Wednesday, April 1 at 6:00 p.m. in the Youth Room on the first floor of the Ministries Center. Contact Marvin McLennon for more information.

Reminder: iConfirm reception planning on Tuesday evening, March 31 at 6:00 p.m. in the Youth Room, first floor of the Ministries Center.

Deadline is Today 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. 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.

Easter Listings Should be Submitted Today!


Bad Girls Book ClubOur book selection is We are Called to Rise: A Novel by Laura McBride, and we will be meeting in the private room at La Madeleine's on Jefferson Hwy. on Monday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m. R.s.v.p. by email to Monica Murphy, or at 225-335-3572, and don't forget to bring a sweater!

Graduation CapGraduating Seniors: We'd like to share your news, accomplishments and future plans with the parish. Please send a photo and brief bio by Monday, May 4, to Sylvia Rabalais for inclusion in the June issue of The Messenger. A form (not required) is here. Graduate Recognition: High school graduating seniors, both parishioners and/or Day School alumni, will be recognized at the nine o'clock service on Sunday, May 3, and at a reception immediately following, in the Parish Hall parlor.

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

Agape Meal


The Great Vigil of Easter - the lighting of the Paschal candle and first celebration of the resurrection - at 6:00 p.m. in the church. (Nursery care available.)


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. The nursery is open 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 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!)

If circumstances prevent your attendance at St. James Holy Week or Easter services, please consider an Episcopal webcast. The National Cathedral will have live webcasts of nearly all their Holy Week services. Read the schedule, here.

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

Registration 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 open now!
  • 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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