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April 3rd, 2020 by John Strobl

Paschal Candle 

A large candle that symbolizes the risen Christ. It is often decorated with a cross, symbols of the resurrection, the Greek letters Alpha and Omega, and the year. The term “Paschal” concerns Easter or Passover. At the Easter Vigil, the Paschal candle is lit from the new fire. It is carried by the deacon, who pauses three times and sings or says, “The light of Christ,” and the people respond, “Thanks be to God. Read more of this article »

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March 29th, 2020 by John Strobl

Voting begins  February 27 at 8:00 am Eastern Time. Go to to cast your (one!) vote.

Lent Madness 2020  (Get your Bracket form or Print it out from link below, also signup for daily emails for the event from this link).

 The Saintly Smack Down Fundraiser  What do you get when you combine a love of sports with Holy Saints? Lent Madness of course. Based loosely on the wildly popular NCAA basketball tournament, Lent Madness pits 32 saints against one another in a single-elimination bracket as they compete for the coveted Golden Halo. But it is more than that: Lent Madness is really an online devotional tool designed to help people learn about saints.  Lent Madness began in 2010 as the brainchild of the Rev. Tim Schenck, an Episcopal priest. In seeking a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the church’s calendar of saints, Schenck came up with this unique Lenten devotion. Combining his love of sports with his passion for the lives of the saints, Lent Madness was born.  Here’s how it works: on the weekdays of Lent information is posted about two different saints on and then participants vote to determine who goes on to the next round. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time – usually 24 hours – and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the Golden Halo. The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds as we offer quotes and quirks, explore legends, and even move into the area of saintly kitsch. It’s fun, it’s informative, it’s the saintly smack down!  To win in 2018 will take grit, determination, holiness, and perhaps some good old-fashioned luck. This year Lent Madness features a slate of saints ancient and modern, Biblical and ecclesiastical as they vie to fill the shoes of the 2020 winner.  This all kicks off on “Ash Thursday,” February 27 and will continue throughout the 40-day season of Lent. To participate, log onto, where you can also print out a bracket (and sign-up for daily emails for each contest) and fill it out to see how you fare or “compete” against friends and family members. Like that other March tournament, there will be drama and intrigue, upsets and thrashings, last-minute victories and Cinderella’s.  If you’re looking for a Lenten discipline that is fun, educational, occasionally goofy, and always joyful, join the Lent Madness journey. Lent needn’t be all doom and gloom. After all, what could be more joyful than a season specifically set aside to grow closer to God?  How do I Play?

 1. Pick up a blank 2020 bracket(s) from John Strobl or print it off the Lent Madness website

 2. Fill out your bracket sheet (or as many as you wish) with your picks (be sure to put your name on top!) Make a copy for yourself and submit a copy to John Strobl, the official parish Lent Madness Coordinator with your $10.00 entry fee (per bracket sheet & booklet). We need all entries by Ash Wednesday.

 3. The entry fee will be donated for St. James’ Kitchen Supplies (Pots, Pans etc.).

 4. We will use a “simple” point system to decide the winner. There are many different ways of scoring brackets. To strike a balance between correctly picking early rounds and correctly guessing the winner, we’ll award 2 points for first round picks, 3 for second round picks, then 5, 8, and 13. This gives a total of 105 possible points, and the possible points from each round are 32, 24, 20, 16, and 13.  Starting on February 11 you can vote on the contest of the day, On the Lent Madness Website or on the St. James’ Facebook page. At the start you will vote for vote for the people you picked on your entry form, as some of them loose, you will choose from the 2 remaining Saints on future contests.

5. Our St. James’ Parish winner will be declared after the Golden Halo is awarded.  

6. We will have a large bracket posted for all to see and we will list the leaders after each round.  

 Our Lent Madness guarantee: during Lent, 2020, you will learn more about Saints than you have ever known!

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March 26th, 2020 by John Strobl

THE SUNDAY OF THE PASSION-PALM SUNDAY: April 5 9:00 am Holy Eucharist with reading of the Passion. (Blessed Palms Available)

At 10:30 am The Litugy of the Palms & Procession followed by the Holy Eucharist, Rite Two. The Children will attend a special Church School Holy Week program and return for the Eucharist.  Read more of this article »

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March 25th, 2020 by John Strobl

12:00 Noon Holy Eucharist followed by Lunch (Bring lunch).

Click Here for Readings for Holy Wednesday (Spy Wednesday)


The Wednesday before Easter Sunday is the day on which the disciple Judas Iscariot made the deal to betray Jesus. In order to arrest Jesus without exciting the populace, Judas led the Jewish priests to the Garden of Gethsemane, near Jerusalem, where Jesus had gone at night to pray with the other 11 disciples after the Last Supper. Judas identified Jesus by kissing him and addressing him as “Master.” For this he was paid 30 pieces of silver, the price of a slave in the Old Testament.
The name “Spy Wednesday” is said to be of Irish origin, although the Bible never refers to Judas as a spy. His surname, Iscariot, is believed by some to be a corruption of the Latin sicarius, meaning “murderer” or “assassin.”



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March 24th, 2020 by John Strobl

The Maundy Thursday Service at St. James’ will be at 6:00p.m on  April, 18. Consisting of a  Solemn Eucharist, the Footwashing and Stripping of the Altar, followed by an Agape Meal (meatless) in the St. James’ Parish Hall & The 8pm Prayer Vigil in the Chapel before the Altar of Repose.

Click Here for Maundy Thursday readings. Read more of this article »

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March 23rd, 2020 by John Strobl

The Good Friday Liturgy will begin at 12:00 Noon on April, 10

Click Here for Good Friday Readings.

Good Friday 

The Friday before Easter Day, on which the church commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. It is a day of fasting and special acts of discipline and self-denial. Read more of this article »

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March 22nd, 2020 by John Strobl

The Next Saturday distribution is April 11 at 9:30am to 11:00 facebook-logo

The Goshen Ecumenical Pantry Inc.  Housed in the Goshen First Presbyterian Church at 33 Park Place, Goshen.  

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March 21st, 2020 by John Strobl

The Great Vigil of Easter, Saturday,April 11 at 8:00 p.m.

A Joint service with a Reception to follow.

Click Here for The Great Vigil of Easter Readings

The liturgy intended as the first (and arguably, the primary) celebration of Easter in the BCP (pp. 284-95). It is also known as the Great Vigil. The service begins in darkness, sometime between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter, and consists of four parts: Read more of this article »

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March 20th, 2020 by John Strobl

Easter Sunday, April 12 at  9:00 a.m. Family Eucharist

followed by Easter Egg Hunt.

10:30 a.m. Festal Eucharist of the Resurrection

& Special Coffee Hour to follow in the Parish Hall.

Click Here for Easter Sunday Readings

The feast of Christ’s resurrection. According to Bede, the word derives from the Anglo-Saxon spring goddess Eostre. Christians in England applied the word to the principal festival of the church year, both day and season.  Read more of this article »

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March 19th, 2020 by John Strobl

The St. James’ Easter Egg Hunt will be held after the 9am Service on Easter Sunday  April 12 ,  around 9:50am. For children through 10 years old.

Easter, perhaps the most widely recognized Christian holiday, employs pagan rituals and symbolism. Read more of this article »

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March 18th, 2020 by John Strobl

Our email is

 The next meeting of the St. James’ Camera Club is ????.

CLICK HERE  for The St. James’ Camera Club website

      The St. James’ Camera Club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the St. James’ Parish Hall from 7:00 pm to around 9:15 pm.  All are welcome.  

  All levels of experience are welcome.  Visit us on Flickr CLICK HERE,  for St. James’ Camera Club Photos.

New members are always welcome! Sign-up on the website (link above). Read more of this article »

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March 16th, 2020 by John Strobl

St. James’ provides the coffee, tea, sweeteners, cups , plates, napkins and juice. You need to bring Milk & Half & Half.  If you need any of these items, check the supply cabinet.  Coffee for the entire morning will be made prior to the 9:00am service.  Please make 40 cups of Coffee of each Regular and Decaf (add 2 cups of ground coffee to each pot) and label each pot. Hot water can be made in the silver pot near the stove.


9:00 A.M. Coffee Hour is set up in the hallway between the classrooms (tablecloths are in the cabinet by the freezer).  Platters can be found in the cabinet to the left of the refrigerator.  Serving utensils are found in the drawer under the butcher block.  Any leftovers can be passed on to the 10:30 coffee hour or wrapped and taken home.  Please clean up and put away (not in dish rack) any plates and utensils used.


10:30am Coffee Hour is set up in the Parish Hall by the doors to the kitchen.  Tablecloths are in the cabinet next to the freezer. Feel free to use any platters, plates, and utensils you need.  Verify you have enough Coffee made.  After Coffee Hour, please clean plates, utensils and coffee pots etc. (do not place coffee pots in the sink).  Please clean up tables, counters and empty garbage (garbage goes out on the back porch in cans). Please put everything used away (not in dish rack). Please take all leftovers home or freeze and label them for later use.

Milk & Half & Half can be left.



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