St. James the Apostle Parish

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Trivia Answer: Letter D) St. James the Greater

July 25 is the feast day of St. James the Apostle, our parish patron. There were two apostles with the name James.  To distinguish the two we often refer to them in terms of the order in which they became disciples.  Our patron, St. James was the first of the two to follow Jesus and so is called “the Greater.” He was a brother to John, the son of Zebedee and the first of the Twelve to be martyred for his faith, being decapitated by order of Herod Agrippa around the year 44.  He is the patron saint of pilgrims, Spain, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

The other St. James, “the Less,” is recognized by the church on May 3 along with St. Philip. The son of Alphaeus and thought to be the cousin of Jesus, he is sometimes referred to as “the Just” for his piety. He was the leader of the Jerusalem Church and is believed to have been beaten or stoned to death.

Several feast days of saints we recognize occur in July around this time. St. Camillus was July 18, St. Anne is July 26, St. Martha is July 29, and St. Ignatius of Loyola is July 31.

On Sunday, July 22, we as a parish observe the feast day of St. James with a special celebration including Mass, a festive dinner together and entertainment.

What will you do to celebrate our parish feast day on Wednesday, July 25?  Pray together as a family?  Read a passage from the Bible, perhaps one of the Scripture readings for the day?  Go online and find more information about St. James?  Gather with some other parishioners to pray and have a meal together?  Put your faith into action with a deed of charity for someone? Choose a way that works for you and your family, even if it’s simply enjoying an ice cream treat together in honor of St. James!  Happy Feast Day! 

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