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Join us for our 2nd Annual Camino de Santiago. Since Medieval times, pilgrims have walked along the "Way of St. James", traveling for months to arrive at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, where the remains of the Apostle Saint James are at rest. Our parish is the only church and community in the United States that is dedicated to the Apostle Saint James, bearing the name of the Cathedral in Spain. To honor the Feast of St. James, celebrated annually on July 25th, our parish community has inaugurated a local pilgrimage along the "Way of St. James" right here in our community of Lake Forest. The walk itself is 4.1 miles, but this is a spiritual journey as well as a physical one. Last year at our first Camino Walk, 225 Santiago Pilgrims participated. We anticipate that number to increase this year since the experience was so well received last year. This is a family and community friendly event. Bring a friend, bring a neighbor, bring the whole family!
This weekend a family from Bethlehem will be selling religious handcrafted items made from olive wood after each Mass on the Church Plaza. Proceeds from the sale of these items will go towards support of Catholic families in the Holy Land who are experiencing political strife. Due to the violence and discrimination towards Christians in the Holy Land, most of the families have left their country and moved to different parts of the world. There are now less than 1.2 percent of the population left trying to support themselves. Please help support these families by purchasing their goods.
Boy Scout Matthew Martin is working towards his goal of Eagle Scout. His Eagle Scout Project is with Isaiah House, helping to build a sorting table and cabinet for sorting and storing donated clothing for the homeless. This weekend Matthew is in the Church Plaza after all Masses trying to raise the funds for his project. Anything collected above the $900 he needs to raise for his project will be donated directly to Isaiah House.
Backyard Theology is an opportunity to hear relevant topics discussed in a casual atmosphere. We have outstanding speakers lined up for this annual series. It is also an opportunity to meet your fellow parishioners and build community, increase your knowledge, and enjoy great food!
The potluck dinner is from 6pm to 7pm. Everyone is asked to bring a salad, side dish, or desert. We supply the hamburgers, hotdogs and refreshments.
The speaker starts at 7:30pm in the parish hall. Click on the image for the complete schedule of speakers and topics by date.
Our parish priests are currently hearing confessions each Friday evening from 4pm to 5pm, in addition to our Saturday confessions from 3:30pm to 4:30pm, upon their availability. We will generally have both priests available unless one is otherwise engaged in another obligation.
24 July, 2016
My Dearest Parish Family,
God be with us always.
“To get the full value of Joy one must have somebody to divide it with.”~ Mark Twain
This quote has been in mind for a while as I reflect on the activities that have just transpired: Backyard Theology, VBS, the Immigration Mass with the “walk” done by some of our parishioners, and the Camino de Santiago: “Along the Way.” My hope and prayer is that everyone who engaged in these events will experience the Joy of having encountered God and one another.
We are a Pilgrim people. This is a common theme in the life of the Church. There is only one destination that God has willed for us, that is to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Two of our parishioners have finished their “life’s Camino” and have gone home to Abba our Father.
One is Norris Rudon who was very active in our Parish, particularly with the Knights of Columbus, and was very instrumental in the growth and development of our Parish. Just last Sunday, July 17th, Georgie Moore also responded to God’s call to come home. She, among her other involvement in Parish Ministries, dedicated her life in accompanying others on their spiritual journey as a Spiritual Director. I had the privileged of “walking” with Georgie during the times I visited at her home. She also gave me the honor of ministering to her the Sacrament of Reconciliation a few weeks before she died. She is now safe in the loving arms of God is all I can conclude from each of our conversations where I emerge blessed and inspired because of her testimony. In her own words she mentioned many times: “I am ready.” That she shared this peace with me, I now experience the full value of the joy that God’s grace has given her.
I do hope that all of us as a parish family will seek, create, and participate fully in opportunities and occasions that make us experience the full value of Joy. St. Francis exhorts us to be witnesses to the Joy of the Gospel and I believe that as a Parish Family we are well on our way in doing so.
Thank you for all those who have given of themselves for the success of these activities. May the Spirit shower you with the necessary graces.
God bless and take care.
Love and prayers,
Fr. Thomas Paul K. Naval