Category Archives: COVID-19

Make a mom’s day a little brighter!

Saturday, May 9, our St Roch volunteers will be going out to our community to deliver a Mother’s Day box and help a mom in need have a brighter day on Sunday, May 10, Mother’s Day.  Please join your parish in celebrating Mother’s Day for all our moms.


Click on the image for a PDF of this document.

We are also inviting you to support our group of Young Adults as they seek to bring Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati to Saint James!  Their efforts are bringing us donuts, ice cream, cold brew coffee, and now Mother’s Day flowers!  You can order the flowers using their google form and they’ll deliver the flowers on Saturday before Mother’s Day.  Bring a smile to your friends and family!

Click here to visit Dynamic Do-nuts! You can order donuts, ice cream, AND Mother’s Day flowers!

Pope Francis is encouraging the faithful to rediscover the “family” aspect of the Rosary.

Pope Francis has written a short note to the faithful for the month of May 2020, offering the text of two prayers to pray at the end of the Rosary. “I myself will pray [them] in the month of May, in spiritual union with all of you,” he said.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The month of May is approaching, a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view.

For this reason, I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May. This can be done either as a group or individually; you can decide according to your own situations, making the most of both opportunities. The key to doing this is always simplicity, and it is easy also on the internet to find good models of prayers to follow.

I am also providing two prayers to Our Lady that you can recite at the end of the Rosary, and that I myself will pray in the month of May, in spiritual union with all of you. I include them with this letter so that they are available to everyone.

Dear brothers and sisters, contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial. I keep all of you in my prayers, especially those suffering most greatly, and I ask you, please, to pray for me. I thank you, and with great affection I send you my blessing.

Rome, Saint John Lateran, 25 April 2020

Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist

Pope Francis

Click here for a PDF of Prayer 1

Click here for PDF of Prayer 2

Renewing our Nation’s Consecration to Mary, Mother of Our Church

Renewing the Consecration of the United States to the Care of Our Blessed Mother

As the world continues to face the ongoing effects of the global pandemic of the coronavirus, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the USCCB has announced that the U.S. bishops will join the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on May 1 in renewing the consecration of the two nations to the care of our Blessed Mother.

Liturgy Aids for the Consecration
Through a collective dedication or entrustment of a nation to Mary, an act of consecration is meant to be a reminder to the faithful of the Blessed Mother’s witness to the Gospel and to ask for her effective intercession before her Son on behalf of those in need.

The consecration on May 1. . . follows a similar action of the bishops’ conference of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAM) who consecrated their nations to Our Lady of Guadalupe on Easter Sunday. This prayer reaffirms and renews previous Marian entrustments, and it unites us in solidarity with our Holy Father, who recently established the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, as a source of protection and strength.

Archbishop Gomez will lead a brief liturgy with the prayer of re-consecration on Friday, May 1 at 3:00 pm EDT and has invited the bishops to join in from their respective dioceses and asked them to extend the invitation to the faithful in their dioceses for their participation. A liturgy guide will be available to assist the faithful who may join in by tuning into the USCCB’s social media platforms: FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. . . .

The Liturgy Sheets for the Consecration (English, Spanish) can be found by clicking on the links below.

Liturgy Sheet (English)

Hoja de Liturgia (Espanol)



Confirmation Class KofC Essay Contest


Knights of Columbus Essay Contest

Confirmation 2020

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it; you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39).

Each year, the Knights of Columbus hold an essay contest to encourage young members of the Church to be more connected to their community and their faith.  This year, members of the Saint James the Greater Confirmation Class of 2020, participated through our Council, Saint Teresa of Calcutta #12036. This year’s essay topic was based on the quote above and the following statement from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1822:

“Charity is the theological virtue which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God.”

Religious Education teachers at Saint James and their parents provided instruction to our Confirmandi as it relates to the Corporal Works of Mercy. Thank you to the writers for the time and thought in completing the essay. Our Council would also like to thank the parents and teachers of these students for their work with the essayists.

Our Knights of Columbus Council would like to recognize the participants. Each participant will be presented with a Certificate, and the top three Essays are also awarded a cash prize (First: $75.00, Second: $50.00, Third: $25.00). Listed below are the five participants, essay topics, and place awards. Each essay follows.

Damien Cleveland: “The Joys of Feeding the Poor”

Click here to read Damien’s essay

Ryan Noll: “The Role of Catholics Living in a Free Society”

Click here to read Ryan’s essay

Thomas Schau: “You Shall Love the Lord” (Second Place)

Click here to read Thomas’ essay

Kat Spotts: “Why is Feeding the Hungry Important?” (Third Place)

Click here to read Kat’s essay

Margaret Swerda: “Manifesting Charity Through Visiting the Sick” (First Place)

Click here to read Maggie’s essay



You are invited to take a tour into the heart of Saint James!  Every day at 8 pm a new video is released in this series that takes a closer look at the small pieces of glass that make the mosaic of Saint James.  In these complex times, where the news feed can feel overwhelming or confusing, take a few minutes and take a look around at the people of your parish.  This is your family.  This is your home.

Roch-umentary… a video series on thriving spiritually in a time of crisis

Brought to you by the people of Saint James Catholic Church in Charles Town, WV

And inspired by the life and ministry of Saint Roch.

Part 1: Coming Home

Part 2: Mission Territory

Part 3: Children of God

Part 4: Loving the Church

Part 5: Full of Grace

Part 6: The Work of Our Hands

Part 7: An Abundant Grace

Part 8: Taking Back Sunday

Part 9: Waiting for the Lord

Saint Zita’s Virtual Pizza Party!

Earlier today, a post made you think of hot delicious pizza.  Now, this post gives you the why for that earlier post.  Mark your calendars for our first-ever, Virtual Pizza Party!  This event is an effort to support a local community initiative to feed our out of school youth at no charge to them.  Give Pizza City a call on Monday, April 27, the feast of Saint Zita, and be like her.  Help feed your brothers and sisters!

Just to be clear… You order your pizza for delivery at your home or pick up from Pizza City and the Ranson Elementary kids who receive a pizza delivery will receive it in their own home.  Effective social distancing in place!

Click here for details about this delicious VIRTUAL event!

Call for 2020 Graduates – A Memory Page

Do you have a 2020 graduate? If so, we’re building a memory page on our Saint James website for this class who gets to spend the last days of their school journey (high school or college) in quarantine. If you are interested, please send a photo or two of your graduate and a brief bio. We do have a Graduation Mass on the Parish schedule and we are hoping we are back in our parish home by then. Stay tuned for information!

Page Under Construction… waiting for your pictures, mom and dad!

Sunday of Divine Mercy, April 19, 2020

Please join us in a Holy Hour in honor of Sunday of Divine Mercy on our YouTube channel

Sunday, April 19, 2020

3:00 pm

Click on the image to view the PDF of the Liturgy Sheet for the Divine Mercy Holy Hour. Please visit our YouTube channel for the Live-stream.

O my Jesus, each of Your saints reflects one of Your virtues; I desire to reflect Your compassionate heart, full of mercy; I want to glorify it. Let Your mercy, O Jesus, be impressed upon my heart and soul like a seal, and this will be my badge in this and the future life. (Diary, 1242)


An excerpt from Apostle of Divine Mercy, a biography published by the Vatican.

Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, an apostle of Divine Mercy, belongs today to the group of the most popular and well-known saints of the Church.

Through her, the Lord Jesus communicates to the world the great message of God’s mercy and reveals the pattern of Christian perfection based on trust in God and on the attitude of mercy toward one’s neighbors.

Sister Faustina was born on August 25, 1905 in Glogowiec, Poland of a poor and religious family of peasants, the third of 10 children. She was baptized with the name Helena in the parish church of Swinice Warckie. From a very tender age she stood out because of her love of prayer, work, obedience, and also her sensitivity to the poor. At the age of seven she had already felt the first stirrings of a religious vocation. Helen made her first Holy Communion at the age of nine, which was very profound moment in her awareness of the presence of the Divine Guest within her soul. She attended school for three years. After finishing school, she wanted to enter the convent, but her parents would not give her permission. Being of age at 16, Helen left home and went to work as a housekeeper in Aleksandrów, Lodi, and Ostrówek in order to find the means of supporting herself and of helping her parents.

Helen joins Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy

Helen never lost her desire for a religious vocation. After being called during a vision of the Suffering Christ, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy on August 1, 1925, and took the name Sr. Maria Faustina of the Most Blessed Sacrament. She lived in the Congregation for thirteen years in several religious houses. She spent time at Krakow, Plock, and Vilnius, where she worked as a cook, gardener, and porter.

Externally nothing revealed her rich mystical interior life. She zealously performed her tasks and faithfully observed the rule of religious life. She was recollected and at the same time very natural, serene, and full of kindness and disinterested love for her neighbor. Although her life was apparently insignificant, monotonous and dull, she hid within herself an extraordinary union with God.

It is the mystery of the Mercy of God which she contemplated in the word of God as well as in the everyday activities of her life that forms the basis of her spirituality. The process of contemplating and getting to know the mystery of God’s mercy helped develop within Sr. Maria Faustina the attitude of child-like trust in God as well as mercy toward her neighbors.

Sister Faustina was a faithful daughter of the Church which she loved like a Mother and the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ. Conscious of her role in the Church, she cooperated with God’s mercy in the task of saving lost souls. At the specific request of and following the example of the Lord Jesus, she made a sacrifice of her own life for this very goal. In her spiritual life she also distinguished herself with a love of the Eucharist and a deep devotion to the Mother of Mercy.

The Secretary of God’s Mercy

The Lord Jesus chose Sr. Maria Faustina as the Apostle and “Secretary” of His Mercy, so that she could tell the world about His great message, which Sr. Faustina recorded in a diary she titled Divine Mercy in My Soul. In the Old Covenant He said to her:

“I sent prophets wielding thunderbolts to My people. Today I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart.” (Diary, 1588)

In an extraordinary way, Sr. Maria Faustina’s work sheds light on the mystery of the Divine Mercy. It delights not only the simple and uneducated people, but also scholars who look upon it as an additional source of theological research. The Diary has been translated into more than 20 languages, including, English, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Castilian, Brazilian, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, Swedish, Ukrainian, Dutch and Japanese.

Sister Maria Faustina, consumed by tuberculosis and by innumerable sufferings which she accepted as a voluntary sacrifice for sinners, died in Krakow at the age of just 33 on October 5, 1938, with a reputation for spiritual maturity and a mystical union with God. The reputation of the holiness of her life grew as did the cult to the Divine Mercy and the graces she obtained from God through her intercession. In the years 1965-67, the Investigative Process into her life and heroic virtues was undertaken in Krakow and in the year 1968, the Beatification Process was initiated in Rome. The latter came to an end in December 1992.

On April 18, 1993 our Holy Father, John Paul II raised St. Faustina to the glory of the altars. She was canonized on April 30, 2000. St. Maria Faustina’s remains rest at the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Krakow-Lagiewniki.