Weekly Musings from the Priest Administrator
Saint James Church, St. Augustine, FL
A Catholic Community of the Personal Ordinariate
of the Chair of Saint Peter

St. Luke the Evangelist

Mid-Week Greetings to all of you!

Our saint today is often referred to as a one-time professional physician, and such folk did exist out of the Greek tradition of science notables of the pre-Christian era, but most likely he was as much an ancestor of our modern day pharmacists (or "chemists" as they like to call them in Great Britain) as anything else. In any case, he was a careful observer of the world around him, and Luke is singular in his story-telling as regards, for instance, the parable of the Prodigal Son. Keen insight into the human dimension of things. May his prayers assist us always in the healing of our souls, as well as our bodies.

Not a whole lot to relate this week, other than to especially invite you to experience the blessed priestly ministry of Father Ivan Carrillo-Paris, rector of the Shrine church at the Mission, this coming Sunday, as I make my way to Los Angeles for the annual assembly of Ordinariate Clergy as prescribed by Canon Law. This occasion will be special, insofar as Cardinal DiNoia of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the direct reporting entity in Rome for our own bishop, Steven Lopes, will be in attendance for the proceedings.

Needless to say, this is an important occasion for the entire Ordinariate, but especially for a few congregations like St. James, who have been asked by Bishop Lopes to report as to the state of health and development of our church. We recently had a very good consultation of key lay leaders of St. James in which the beginnings of a formal vision for St. James' future was discussed. I am pulling together the high points of that meeting so as to brief our bishop and the vicar-general of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, and soon after I return, we will be meeting again to talk about the feedback we are receiving from the national HQ chancery folks. Please stay tuned as we work forward into 2018 to articulate and implement an intentional plan to fulfill the Lord's vision for St. James in days to come.

And please don't forget to email Tadzia Alexander if you are interested in being included in our first picture directory! You can contact her at tadziaa@gmail.com, and she will send you an info form that she will utilize to populate the new directory, which will be available ONLY to members and friends of St. James. None of your personally identifiable information will be promulgated to anyone outside of our community of faith.

I will be returning to town on Saturday, October 28th, and will be back at Mass on the 29th, just in time for our monthly after-Mass coffee and fellowship time, commencing roughly around 11:30 a.m. I hope many of us can get together then as I share my first-hand observations of the Ordinariate assembly from which I will have just returned.

I am going to try and write next week's Musings on-site from the retreat center near L.A. next Wednesday, but no promises, as I don't know what Wi-Fi arrangements will be like until I arrive there. In any case I'll have my smartphone with me (well, at least the phone is smart, don't know so much about its user Smirk) and so I will be monitoring my emails (presumably AT&T has a better coverage map there than here!). Please feel free to write me if you are so inclined while I'm out of pocket.

Okay, getting late . . . blessings to all of you, and please, please do avail yourselves of the unique ministry of Fr. Ivan this weekend, he's a truly awesome priest!

God bless and love you all,
Fr. Nicholas A. Marziani, Jr., D.Min.