2018 Lenten Journey


St. James Parish 2018 Lenten Journey - Sacraments of the Church

Sunday Evenings, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in St. James Catholic Church

February 18, Baptism and Confirmation - click here for video of presentation
February 25, Eucharist
March 4, The Anointing of the Sick
March 11, Holy Orders and Matrimony
March 18, Reconciliation


February 18, Baptism and Confirmation. Fr. Tom will show some slides showing the wonder of Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan and how it has affected human history. It was a truly extraordinary event, not only theologically but also geologically. The graces that flowed upon Him at His baptism also flowed upon you and me at ours, and it is important for us to grow in our understanding of these graces. He will also speak about how Confirmation truly strengthens these graces.

February 25, Eucharist. Fr. Michael Voithofer will be presenting on the Sacrament of the Eucharist. As most everyone knows, he has a tremendous devotion to the Eucharist and he will combine his insights with a slide presentation that will deepen our love of our Savior who remains with us in this most Blessed Sacrament. All who have an hour of adoration and all those who are open to taking an hour are especially invited to this presentation.

March 4, The Anointing of the Sick. Fr. Tom will speak about the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. This sacrament is important to us at many different levels: sicknesses, surgeries, mental illnesses, chronic illnesses, approaching death. Jesus told his disciples to anoint and heal the sick and we continue to do so. He will talk about when we can receive it, how many times we can receive it, who can receive it, what it does for us, and why it is important for us. He will also speak about the 4 last things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. He will also go into Purgatory and Indulgences. We always want to be ready for the Final Battle: we just don’t know when.

March 11, Holy Orders. Fr. Andrew Roza, Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Omaha, will give his insights on promoting vocations, not only to the priesthood but also to the diaconate, religious, and consecrated life. He is a very good speaker and will fill us in about the profound eternal significance that comes from “answering the call.”

And Matrimony. Deacon Randy Grosse and his wife Pam will talk about the Sacrament of Matrimony. They will delve into God’s eternal plan to have us share in his actions of creation and model for the world the love of Christ for His bride, the Church. They will also speak on the eternal significance of spousal and family love.

March 18, Reconciliation. Fr. Toby will speak on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. He will go into the history and the theology of the sacrament, the biblical basis for it, some concrete examples of Christ’s teachings on it, how to prepare well for it, the different kinds of sin and how it is healthy and healing to go regularly. This is one of the most misunderstood sacraments, and it is actually is a profound and wonderful gift to us to help us be always ready to answer God’s call in our lives.