Happy Father’s Day to all fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, and father figures. Thank you for being there for us.

This Sunday is Corpus Christi Sunday. Fr. Mike Roach shares his reflection. Please see attached Corpus Christi Sunday Bulletin.

In Fr. Mike’s reflection in the bulletin this Sunday, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, he mentions that St. James is in transition. Our community has the opportunity to accompany the parish of St. Therese and to welcome the parishioners of St. Louis which closes by the end of this month. From my point of view, Fr. Mike is reminding us of our mission as St. James: “We, the people of the St. James community in faith, commit ourselves to building the Reign of God for all people, serving especially our neighbors in Midtown, Kansas City.”

As a Catholic, I have been taught the universality of our church, the Body of Christ. As a Filipino in Midtown Kansas City, there is not a day that I do not think of the Catholics and the poor in the most remote barrios of the Philippines. However, the call for me and for us all these days is to focus our attention, our efforts and gifts to the family of parishes in Midtown Kansas City. May Jesus TAKE us, BLESS us, BREAK us, and GIVE us to those who hunger for His love and thirst for life in Midtown KC – to collaborate with St. Therese, St. Louis, Guardian Angels, and St. Francis.

Fr. Mike’s reflection is his “swan song” according to him. I would like to invite you to write him a note to give him thanks especially for saving St. James in 2014 when then Bishop Finn wanted to close it. There are blank cards in the back for you to use or you can bring your own. Collection of these cards will be this Sunday and the next.

Please join us for Sunday Mass remotely by clicking on this livestream link: Facebook Page of St. James Midtown KC. Recording of the livestreamed Mass can be accessed at – https://stjkc.org/sundays-at-st-james.

We continue to livestream our 10:00 AM Sunday Mass, reaching out to parishioners and friends who are in hospitals, in nursing homes or housebound. In addition, the availability of the livestream Sunday Mass is for those who may be pregnant, parents of unvaccinated children, immunocompromised and unvaccinated individuals. May we invite those who can attend the Sunday Mass in-person to join us in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist in St. James KC. As new cases of Covid infections rise, masks in St. James are strongly recommended.

Benedict L. Babaran
St. James Catholic Church
Parish Administrator

Attachments:   Bulletin