Listening Post

Our communion lines seem long and this means the mass is that much longer. Is there any way to shorten the line? Perhaps we can put some Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion towards the center of the church.

Thank you for your question and your suggestion.  The logistics of serving the numbers of people we have been seeing can be daunting.  It does not surprise us that we will need to make some adjustments to our traffic pattern during Holy Communion.  There are guidelines in place In this diocese addressing the manner in […]

Posted: December 13, 2019 / Categories: Listening Post, New Church
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Question about scheduled confession times.

Q. Hello I had a question pertaining to the church. Now that we have a new facility and we want to continue to grow in holiness together as the body of Christ can we get some other confession times?  I am aware father will make himself available by request but that takes forethought and planning. […]

Posted: December 9, 2019 / Categories: Listening Post, New Church
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A Second Question about Sound

Q. We read the comment in the bulletin about not being able to hear at mass. We’ve heard–including us–that the organ/piano are so loud you can’t hear the cantor. We also hear “why does it echo so much.” We sometimes think why people can’t hear is because of these sounds. Yes, people do have different […]

Posted: December 9, 2019 / Categories: Listening Post, New Church
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Regarding the old Divine Mercy picture, will it be used in an office/meeting room or put into storage?

As you may have seen we have an icon of the Divine Mercy vision in one of the alcoves in the Daily Chapel.  Therefore the old Divine Mercy picture will not be used in either the new Church or the Chapel. If someone from our staff would like to display it in their office they […]

Posted: November 25, 2019 / Categories: Listening Post, New Church
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Do the Dedication Candles get lit every Sunday?

There are four candles that are placed in sconces high up on the four main support beams of our worship space.  If you were at the dedication you may remember that these candles required tall ladders in order to be reached.  It was a glorious sight when the Bishop blessed our Easter Candle thus initiating […]

Posted: November 21, 2019 / Categories: Listening Post, New Church
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Has St. James ever considered listing the reading number on the song board too? (Question shortened for brevity’s sake)

As with many things in our Catholic faith the suggestion you propose has some implications that must be considered.  In our Diocese, and in most Catholic dioceses, the Liturgy of the Word is taken literally. In this setting of the liturgy The Word of God is meant to be “heard” if at all possible. In […]

Posted: November 18, 2019 / Categories: Listening Post, New Church
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Sometimes the Psalm we sing is not the version of the one printed for the Sunday readings. Can we have the number of the psalm on our song boards if it is different?

You are correct at certain times the Psalm chosen may not coincide with the one printed in our hymnal.  When that occurs, it has been our policy to post the number on the song board. We plan to continue that practice once we get the song boards installed in the new church

Posted: November 18, 2019 / Categories: Listening Post, New Church
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In some sections of the church it is hard to hear everything. Can that be adjusted?

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.  The answer is yes, is can be adjusted and we will be doing so over the next month or two.  One of the nice features of our sound system is that the space is divided into zones. We have the ability to modify the level of each […]

Posted: November 8, 2019 / Categories: New Church
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The choir and music were great at the dedication. Who are all the musicians and choir members? Are they all from St. James?

Thank you for your nice compliment.  St. James is blessed with a pool of many dedicated and accomplished vocalists and musicians.  When we were in our old church the number of seats available for the choir was limited, which meant that the size of our choir was limited. In our new church we have plenty […]

Posted: November 7, 2019 / Categories: Miscellaneous
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In the new church are we going to have something that tells us the song numbers?

Song boards are in the process of being designed.  We know we want two of them and depending upon the final size etc. we have two locations in mind.  Meanwhile, the cantor will announce each song number so be listening for that.

Posted: November 7, 2019 / Categories: New Church
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