Saints James & Patrick Parish

To remain in Christ and to reveal Christ to others

Contact Info

Ss. James and Patrick Parish
407 E. Eldorado Street
Decatur, IL 62523
P: 217-429-5363

Mass Times

Saturday
St. James 4:00 pm
St. Patrick 5:30 pm

Sunday
St. James 8:30 am
St. Patrick 10:00 am

Weekday
St. James:
Monday & Wednesday 8:00 am
St. Patrick:
Tuesday & Thursday 8:00 am (No Thursday Masses - May 28 to Aug 13)
Friday 11:15 am

Holy Day
8:00 am & 12:10 pm (St. Patrick)
6:00 pm (St. James)

Penance:
St. James
Monday, 7:30 am
Saturday, 3:30 pm
St. Patrick
Friday 10:50 am
Saturday 11:00 am-12:00 noon

Office Hours

Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Staff

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Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI receives honorary doctorates

(Vatican Radio) Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI received Doctorates honoris causa on Saturday from the Pontifical John Paul II University of Krakow and the Krakow Academy of Music. The motivation for the honors issued by the University’s Academic Senate specifies five contributions Pope Benedict has made to knowledge and culture: his great respect for the musical tradition of the Church and remarkable sensitivity to the music of faith; the life-long and constant demonstration of a special concern for the noble beauty of sacred music and its proper place in the celebration of the sacred liturgical rites of the Church; his constant insistence on the didactic importance of the via pulchritudinis – the way of beauty – which can become a way of knowing and worshiping God for the modern man; his lifelong commitment to Truth, which strengthens the Christian faith in times of spiritual confusion caused by liberalism, postmodernism and relativism, and his tireless efforts to restore the spiritual dimension of Europe; his kind support for the work of transforming the schools of the Pontifical Academy of Theology into the Pontifical John Paul II University.

In remarks prepared for the occasion, and delivered on July 4th at Castel Gandolfo, Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI said, “In the Constitution on the Liturgy of the II Vatican Council, [Sacrosanctum Concilium], it is very clearly written: ‘The treasure of sacred music is to be preserved and fostered with great care. (114)’ On the other hand, the text highlights the actuosa participatio of the faithful in the sacred action as a fundamental liturgical category. Those two things, which in the text of the Constitution remain together and at peace with each other, were in the implementation of the Council, often in a relationship of dramatic tension. Significant areas of the Liturgical Movement believed that, in the future, there would be room for the great choral works and even for orchestral Masses only in concert halls, not in the liturgy. [In the liturgy], there could be space only for the singing and common prayer of the faithful. On the other hand, there was shock at the cultural impoverishment of the Church that would necessarily result from this. How to reconcile the two? How to implement the Council in its entirety? These were the questions that were particularly striking to me and to many other believers, to simple people, no less than to persons in possession of a theological education.”

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Pope greets members of the Renewal of the Holy Spirit

(Vatican Radio) On Friday afternoon in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis met with members of the Renewal of the Holy Spirit, who have come to Rome for their 38th annual Convocation.

Listen to Christopher Wells' report: 

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Pope Francis to pray for persecuted Christians at ecumenical event

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis will pray for thousands of persecuted Christians in an ecumenical event taking place this Friday afternoon in St Peter’s Square.

An estimated 30 thousand people are expected at the 38th National Convocation of the Renewal in the Spirit.

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