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  • 20.12.14
    What is the Parish Pastoral Council?  Prior to 1999 parishes in our diocese functioned with a group of men and women, elected by the parish members under the heading of Parish Council.  There were four major committees that assisted the Pastor in managing the day-to-day tasks of running a parish.In the year 2000, the Bishop asked all the parishes to adopt a new model of operation call...
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  • 03.03.12
    We are excited to inform you that we now offer Online Giving! As a church that seeks to serve, we wanted to provide you the convenience of being able to give the way you want, whenever you want. Online Giving offers you the opportunity to make secure, automatic contributions from your bank [or credit card] account to our church.As we begin this new program, you may notice your neighbors placin...
  • 02.08.11
      Please join the Saturday morning Men’s Bible Study in a journey through the history of the Catholic Church. Learn about the major people, places and events of two thousand years of church history. A DVD by Professor Steve Weidenkopf will be used, followed by a discussion of the material presented. Join us every Saturday morning at 7:30am in Meeting Room #1.  ...


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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 02.22.15
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This past Wednesday, St. James Church was packed with people coming to get their ashes. There is something about getting ashes smudged on our forehead that draws us to church every year. We walk this journey together for the next six weeks focusing on prayer, fasting and almsgiving. 

This weekend we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent. The First reading from Genesis focuses on God making a covenant with Noah. After the flood there was great fear among the people. God gives comfort to the people. The Second Reading from First Peter recalls Christ’s death and resurrection. Good overcomes evil. In today’s Gospel of Mark, we read how the spirit drives Jesus out into the desert for forty days. This is the time of fulfillment; the kingdom of God is at hand. Jesus’ forty days in the desert was a time of intense focus on his relationship with God. The Lenten journey helps us to look inwardly to discover where the spirit of Christ is lacking in our life. It is a time of growth, change and a time to seek a fresh new direction. 

Last weekend we celebrated “World Marriage Day” and honored the longest married couples at each Mass. Congratulations to the following “Sweethearts”- 5:00pm - Jerry & Lois Anne Huston - 55 years, 7:30am - Bob & Jean Brown - 64 years, 9:30am - Bruno & Josephine Toia - 66 years, and 11:30am - Lou & Pat Tarasi - 60 years! 


Envisioning our Future: engaging with Jesus to Love and Serve It gives me great pleasure to announce the launching of our Pastoral Plan booklet this weekend. Members of our Pastoral Council have been hard at work the past few months putting together a three year pastoral plan with goals and objectives to continue to make St. James grow and minister the faith to God’s people. Our new plan incorporates goals and objectives over the next three years: 2015 - 2018. We invite you to read over the booklet that has been printed, and pray to discern an activity or a ministry that enables you to use your unique talents, special expertise, time and treasures to help advance the works of our parish.

Lenten Activities Small Group Lenten Discussions - every Monday during Lent: February 23 thru March 3, 6:30pm in school cafeteria. Stations of the Cross - every Friday at 1:30pm (with school children) and 7:00pm. Fish Fry - every Friday during Lent from 4:30pm to 7:00 pm in school cafeteria. Lenten Penance Service - Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:30pm. Make Us Believers Musical Opera - Friday, March 13, 7pm in church St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance - Saturday, March 14, 6:30-10:30 pm, school gym. Living Stations - Sunday, March 29, 7:30pm St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry Program performs “Living Stations.” 

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance Our 3rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance will be held on Saturday, March 14 at 6:30pm in the gymnasium. Tickets are available at the rectory Monday through Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm or you can purchase the tickets before or after Mass in church. 

We are collecting items for our Gift Basket Raffle. If you have brand new items that you would like to donate please drop them off in the Usher’s Room near the Vestibule of the church the next two weekends or you may drop them off at the rectory during normal business hours 8:30am to 5:00pm. Gift cards, Wines and Spirits, and lottery tickets are greatly appreciated. 

Scout Sunday This weekend at the 11:30am Mass we celebrate “Scout Sunday.” Several of our Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will receive their Religious Awards. Scouting promotes good morals and values to young boys and girls and helps them learn about the importance of God and Country. Congratulations to our Scouts and thanks to all adult leaders and parents who volunteer with our youth. A Scout is Reverent! 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Casey and Genevieve Turner and Jason, Michele, Zachary and Zoey Conti who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… Don’t worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t ever try. - Sherman Finesilver 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

Fr. Tom Burke Pastor E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it