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Deacon:
Religious Education:
89 Main Street
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Baptism is celebrated on the Third Sunday of the month at
12:00 PM. Call the rectory to make arrangements.
SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE
one year prior to the wedding date.
CARE FOR THE SICK
Please contact the rectory if you know of anyone who is
hospitalized or confined to home because of age or illness.
WELCOME NEW PARISHIONERS
and serve you. We hope you become active members of
our parish community.
TIME TALENT TREASURE
508 839-5354 • FAX 508 839-5430 • Religious Education Office 508 839-6800 • Web: stjamesgrafton.com
Saint James Parish
Saturday, November 3
John Duy Tran by Tina Ponce
Sunday, November 4
By Peter & Elaine Wojnar & family
5th Anniversary, Joe Morin by a friend
10:30 AM Parishioners of Saint James
Monday, November 5
Tuesday, November 6
Wednesday, November 7
Next Saturday, November 10
Maria Tam Kieu by Tina Ponce
6th Anniversary, Roger Isabelle and
Alphonse & Lillian Isabelle by Janet Isabelle
Next Sunday, November 11
By Carol Ziemba
10:30 AM Parishioners of Saint James
October 27 & 28 $5,763.00
Deficit of $997.50
Daniel W. Adams
of the faithful departed
There is a prayer box for prayer intentions located near
the main entrance of our church on the left-hand back pew
shelf for anyone who would like to ask for a special prayer.
Please fill out one of the index cards with your request and
drop it in the box or email your prayer request to
saintjamesprayforus@yahoo.com. You may also express
your interest to be included in the prayer ministry at this
web address also. Matthew 21:22 “And whatever you ask
in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Grafton Catholic Youth Group Schedule for 2018 We are using St. Mary’s Flocknote to communicate
about Grafton Catholic Youth Group events and other
notices. To join, text YthGrp to 84576. Text STOP at any
time to discontinue.
After both Masses
If you weren’t able to attend our Harvest Fair, come
over to the Parish Center after Mass on Sunday and do
some shopping! If you are the lucky winners of one of our
raffles or the winning bidder on a Silent Auction item, you
can pick up in the Parish Center until noon on Sunday, or at
the rectory after that.
A wrap-up meeting for the Harvest Fair Committee will
be held on Tuesday, November 13th at 6:30 PM in the
Parish Center.
Saint Mary Church
SAINT JAMES ANNUAL CLEAN UP DAY
Please hold aside Saturday, November 17th, to help our
homebound parishioners clean up their yards. Plan to meet
at the church at 8:30 AM to get your assigned yard. Please
bring tarps, rakes, etc. A sign-up sheet is available in the
main vestibule. If you are housebound and would like help
with your yard, please call the rectory at 508-839-5354 so
we can place you on our list. We will provide the raking if
you will provide a place to put your leaves or large bags for
us to fill! Thank you.
THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME NOVEMBER 4, 2018
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4
9:00 AM PM Grades 1 & 2 Religious Ed classes
10:15 AM Youth Choir
6:00 PM High School Religious Ed
6:30 PM Confirmation Religious Ed
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5
NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11,Veterans’ Day
No Religious Ed-Holiday
ANNUAL LITURGICAL MINISTRY DRIVE
who would like to serve St. James parish as lectors,
Eucharistic Ministers or altar servers. There is a great need
at the 4:30 and 7:30 masses. You can find sign-up sheets in
the main vestibule. These ministries not only promote
better liturgy, but also are a very visible projection of who
we are as Christians. We hope for a great response and
Father Hanlon is looking forward to the training sessions.
New liturgical ministers will be installed at the
Thanksgiving Eve Mass.
4TH ANNUAL
VETERANS DAY BREAKFAST On November 17, 2018, Cadette Girl Scout Troop #30222
would like to invite Grafton Veterans and their immediate
family members to a complimentary breakfast. The
breakfast will be held at St. James Parish Hall, Main Street,
South Grafton at 9:00 a.m. Please place your reservation
at: nashc150@gmail.com. Please include your family name
and how many will be attending as soon as possible. If you
do not have access to email, you may leave a message
at: (508) 839-6196. Thank you for your service and we
hope to see you there!
GOSPEL MEDITATION
"You are not far from the kingdom of God." What does it
mean to be close to God's kingdom? In today's Gospel,
Jesus is in a dialogue with teachers of the law. They know
well the Law of Moses, with its complex codes,
expectations, and punishments. What will Jesus say? "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with
all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your
strength ... You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Jesus
effortlessly distills all the books of law into two commands.
The simplicity of the Gospel message doesn't mean it's easy
to follow. Far from it! The simplicity of the Gospel
indicates its totality. Anything that requires the passions of
our heart, the choice of our soul, the reason in our mind, or
the strength of our body - all of this ought to be animated
by love. As you can imagine, that means pretty much
everything! The love of God and love of neighbor is meant
to flow into our entire lives.
The Gospel can appear complicated because life is
complicated. Not every outcast is easy to love. We lack the
knowledge or compassion to heal everyone who suffers.
Personal sacrifice is not always noticed or valued. In the
face of the unknown, fear can be easier than faith. Life's
circumstances can seem like obstacles to God's love, not
opportunities. And yet Jesus' command still stands. As you
reflect this week, examine those areas where it's easy to
love. Thank God for them! But take some time to consider
the people and circumstances that challenge you. Ask God
to show you what it means to love there. How is He
inviting you to enlarge your heart, strengthen your soul,
open your mind, and persevere in your strength? How is He
inviting you to love?
Saturday, November 17, 2018
9:00—11:00 AM Please bring your items to the St. James garage on this
day. For pick-up, please call 774-243-3805.

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