Upcoming Sundays:

Sunday November 5: Sunday in Ordinary Time (Pentecost 23)/Elizabeth & Zechariah, parents of John the Baptist, commemorated. 10 am Sung Mass & Sermon (Green); 11:00 am Coffee Hour Fellowship in the Parish Hall.

Sunday November 12: Sunday in Ordinary Time (Pentecost 24). 10 am Sung Mass & Sermon (Green); 11:00 am Coffee Hour Fellowship in the Parish Hall.

Up-coming Events and Special Liturgies:

Sunday December 3 is the first of Advent. We will celebrate Christmas with our beautiful Vigil mass of the Nativity on Sunday December 25 at 10:30 pm and a Christmas Day mass at 10 am. Christmas dinner will follow in the rectory, all are welcome, please RSVP.

Thursday December 21, Taize service, 7 pm. Join us for the beautiful, brief sung service punctuated with silence. A carol sing and reception will follow. This happens every third Thursday at a different church in Delhi. St. James will host December’s.

Wednesdays, 6:00 pm, Holy Eucharist, dinner and discussion in the Rectory. All are welcome.

All Saturdays, Alcoholics Anonymous, Little Delaware Chapter, meets in the Parish Hall or, if the Hall is occupied, in the choir room. Meetings begin at 6 pm; all are welcome.

Our Place Adult Enrichment Center will take a hiatus over the winter months. The final meeting before then will be Wednesday November 22, 12 pm. Activities, exercise, food, good company and good fun await. Interested persons contact us at saintjames@delhitel.net  or at 607-832-4401. All are welcome to attend.

+ Tuesday October 31 – Thursday November 2: All Saints Prayer Vigil

brief prayer vigil will culminate with an evening mass in celebration of All Saints Day on Wednesday the 1st. The program ends mid-morning on Thursday the 2nd.

+ Friday November 11 – Sunday November 12: The Passions & Suffering in the Christian Spiritual Tradition

“. . . do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct …’” 1 Peter 1:14

In this program we will explore the nuanced ways in which emotion, desire and suffering are understood and dealt with in the Christian spiritual tradition. We will look at how the terms “passion” and “suffering” are used in scripture, how they were understood in the Hellenic philosophical traditions in which Christianity took root, and how they were adopted and adapted by the early Christian writers. We will then explore a central and shocking claim of Christianity, that of a God who suffers. How is a Christian to understand and work with strong emotion, desire and suffering? How do we understand their place in human life, and their role in the Christian spiritual life?

+ Friday December 1 – Sunday December 3: Introduction to the Theology and Practice of Contemplative Prayer

Dip your feet into the ocean of contemplative practice in the classical Christian tradition. Through an engagement of scripture and patristic and liturgical texts participants gain a solid theological and historical foundation in Christian spirituality, put to work through a guided immersion in contemplative prayer. Learn how contemplative practice touches, deepens and unites all aspects of the Christian life: serving the Liturgy, study, serving others in our livelihoods, and in the Christian moral and ethical life. Learn the essentials of Christian prayer and how prayer can be deepened; how to chant the daily prayer offices in morning, noon and evening prayer services; how the Christian sacramental and communal life supports and deepens contemplative practice, and how to maintain prayer in activity and to make activity prayer. Participants have the opportunity to avail themselves of individual spiritual direction and/or the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) during this retreat.

+ Friday December 15 – Sunday December 17: Advent Prayer Vigil

Prepare the way of the Lord. The Prayer Vigil is at the heart of the contemplative training on offer at Mons Nubifer Sanctus. Participants enter into a deep and regenerative silence, spending many hours together each day engaging the practice of still prayer (Christian meditation). This is punctuated by the chanting of the psalms at morning, noon, and evening prayer services, and a daily period of silent work helps us to carry our prayerfulness into everyday activities. All participants have an opportunity to take advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) and/or to receive individual spiritual direction during the program.

+ Thursday December 21 – Monday December 25: Heart of Christmas Prayer Vigil

Enter the heart of Christmas during four days of silence and worship. The Prayer Vigil comprises the core of the contemplative training at Mons Nubifer Sanctus. This retreat crests in the midnight mass of the Nativity of Our Lord in celebration of the mystery of the Incarnation and concludes with a Christmas dinner on Christmas Day.

+ Friday December 29 to Monday January 1: New Year’s Prayer Vigil

Enter 2018 with wakefulness and purpose while continuing the celebrations of the Christmas season. The Prayer Vigil is at the heart of the contemplative training on offer at Mons Nubifer Sanctus. Participants enter into a deep and regenerative silence, spending many hours together each day engaging the practice of still prayer (Christian meditation). This is punctuated by the chanting of the psalms at morning, noon, and evening prayer services, and a daily period of silent work helps us to carry our prayerfulness into everyday activities. All participants have an opportunity to take advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) and/or to receive individual spiritual direction during the program. This prayer vigil culminates in the New Year’s Eve Midnight Mass for Healing and Peace, see below for details.

+ Sunday December 31: New Year’s Program: Midnight Mass for Healing and Peace

No pre-registration required unless staying overnight.

Though the Church begins its new year with Advent, the secular holiday of New Year’s is a time when we reflect as a culture on the past and make resolutions for the future. Despite these intentions, just about everything about New Year’s and our celebrations of it seem to distract us from our purpose. Mons Nubifer Sanctus invites you to enter 2018 with wakefulness and purpose. Let us together pledge to live 2018 in the love of Christ. 6:00 pm: supper; 7:30 pm: mass rehearsal; 9:00 pm: Still Prayer Vigil; 10:15 pm: Break/prepare for mass. 11:00 pm: New Year’s Mass, reception and New Year’s toast following. Come for all or part. Overnight accommodations available, please inquire. This program ends Monday January 1 after a 10:00 am New Year’s brunch.

See www.monsnubifer.org for a full listing of programs and retreats this winter and spring, or contact info@monsnubifer.org. Fr James can be reached at saintjames@delhitel.net or by phoning 607-832-4401.