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Lent-Fasting & Abstinence

Customarily, fasting required that a person take only one meal a day, but current Church discipline permits one to take a main meal and two lesser meals which together do not equal the main meal.  All persons who have reached their 14th birthday are bound by the law of abstinence.  All adults are bound by the law of fast from their 18th to their 60th birthday.  Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat and meat products as well as days of fast.  The other Fridays of Lent remain days of abstinence from meat and meat products.  The Fridays of the year outside Lent remain days of penance, but the traditional abstinence from meat may be substituted with some other practice of voluntary self-denial or personal penance.  This may be physical denial, self-restraint or acts of religion, charity or Christian witness.

Lenten Book Study

Two small groups are scheduled to meet during Lent to do a book study of “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis, on Mondays and will last 90 minutes.  Sessions will be offered at 2pm & 7pm on Mondays and will last 90 minutes.  Sessions will be facilitated by Susie Horter.  To arrange to get a book and study guide, and join a group contact Susie at 414-520-0563, or psjjzep@aol.com or Pastoral Associate Gerry Worf at 262-253-2213 or wolfg@archmil.org.

Soup & Substance: “Living Lent”

Come to a 4 week series offered on Tuesdays during Lent (March 12, 19, April 2 & 9).  We will begin with a simple soup supper at 6:00 followed by a talk from 6:30 – 7:30.  Topics will be Prayer – Fasting – Almsgiving & Forgiveness.  Please RSVP by calling Sue at 262-253-2904 or devinesimons@archmil.org.

Stations of the Cross Offered For Lent

Pastoral Associate Gerry Wolf invites parishioners to pray the Stations of the Cross with him this Lent on the following Friday evenings:  March 8th, March 22nd and April 5th at 7:00 pm in the Historic Chapel for 30-45 minutes.  Let us pick up our daily crosses to walk with our Brother and Lord, Jesus Christ, in His journey through death to new life!

SOAL – Spring 2019

Twice a year St. James hosts a program for older adults called SOAL.  The spring session will begin on March 22nd and run for 6 consecutive Fridays (with Good Friday off) from 9:00 – 1:30.  Each participant is able to attend 3 classes and enjoy a nice lunch.  All sessions are taught by volunteers who share talents and time.  The cost for the program is $30.  A few classes have an additional fee for the cost of supplies.  Anyone in the community is welcome to participate.  See the SOAL brochure below for classes and the registration form.  If you have any questions call 262-251-0897 or email Sue at devinesimons@archmil.org.

SOAL brochure Spring 2019


Transforming Men’s Groups

New Study Beginning on the Gospel of John 6:30-7:30 am Every Friday in the Great Room

Men, Dads, Husbands … we invite you to join us Friday mornings as we begin a study of the book of John for the next 8-10 weeks.  We are a group of fathers with kids ranging from wee littles to young adults.  The study is for deepening our faith, whether as a beginner or experienced in the Word of God.  Our group’s greatest success is that anyone can share on the topic, and it doesn’t matter that it’s your first time or 10th time with the group.  We gather to encourage, support and share our faith experiences.  We welcome you to join as we learn from the life of Jesus in the Gospel of John.  Our study begins February 8th.  Questions, contact Bryan Ramsey: ramseyb@archmil.org or 262-253-2915.

Adult Confirmation

Did you miss being Confirmed when you were younger?  Do you want to be fully initiated into the Catholic Church?  Would you like to learn more about your faith?  We have a process for those who want to be confirmed.  It begins Sunday, February 3rd at St. James at 9:30 in Room #4.  Please call or email Sue at 253-2904 or devinesimons@archmil.org for more information.

Scripture Groups

Each week 3 different groups meet to look at the readings that will be proclaimed at the upcoming mass.  Feel free to attend the following:  Tuesday at 9:00 am, and Thursday at 9:00 am or 6:30 pm.  All are welcome.  Each group meets in the Great Room in Church.  Call Sue at 253-2904 for more information.

St. James Playgroup

Do you have little ones at home?  Join us for Playgroup!  We meet at 9am on the first and third Thursday of the month in Room 5 of the school building.  Playgroup is open to all young children, parents, grandparents and caregivers.  Our playgroup is informal with unstructured playtime and no registration is required.  For more information, contact Brigitte or Kristin at playgroupatstjames@gmail.com.