The mission is to help children deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ by sharing stories about the impact God has made in our lives and helping them echo God’s Word as they live out each day. The program is open to children in 1st through 9th grades, and includes the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Click here to visit page.
St. James School provides a learning environment that fosters academic excellence while guiding our children’s developing relationship with God in accordance with the teachings of our Catholic faith. Learn more.
St. James Youth Ministry has been to Feed My Starving Children over 5 times and it has been amazing! Both IGNITE (high school) and FUEL (junior high) Youth Ministry have served at this great service experience. Come join in the fun way to serve and feed others. Below are the upcoming dates:
IGNITE FMSC: Monday, Feb 13, 5:45pm – 7pm
FUEL FMSC: Wednesday, March 8, 5:45 pm – 7pm
which offers spiritual enrichment, faith formation and fellowship for young adults and parents of young children.
Many young adults and young parents crave to learn about their Catholic faith in more depth and examine what’s going on in the world with the lens of the faith, but they don’t know where to turn.
One initiative aimed at helping Catholic young adults and parents of school-age children at St. James learn more about Catholicism and build a community of faith is Encounter. Created specifically for adults ages 21 to 45 (but open to all) who want to grow in their relationship with God and fellowship with one another, Encounter provides opportunities for spiritual enrichment, faith formation, service, evangelization and fellowship.
“Our kids have many opportunities to learn and grow in the faith, and Encounter is an opportunity for us to continue our lifelong education as Catholics, helping us in our own faith and helping us raise our children in the faith by equipping us with truth,” said Matt Marcheschi, who leads Encounter.
A key element of the Encounter program is a monthly event bringing together married and single young adults to socialize and to discuss topics that they may not have the opportunity to delve into otherwise. “We’ve had topics ranging from prayer to questions such as: Is the church still relevant today? What does it really mean to be a disciple of Jesus? Why do we need each other in order to live out our faith?” said Marcheschi. Babysitting is provided during the Friday evening events to make it easier for couples with young children to attend. Encounter also offers small group Bible studies organized in both coed and single-sex groups as well as discipleship groups.
Marcheschi is a missionary with FOCUS, which was founded and fueled by the church’s call for a “New Evangelization,” meant to re-propose the gospel of Jesus Christ and church teaching in a language today’s culture can understand. The goal is to invite people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and his church, inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship and friendships, in which they lead others to do the same in the parish.
“Intentional discipleship involves accompanying people in their faith journey. This starts with meeting people where they are, sharing our story of faith and then giving them an opportunity to share theirs,” said Marcheschi. “It involves teaching people how to pray, if they don’t already know, and what it means to have a relationship with God.”
Helping people recognize the presence of Christ in their lives is one of the parts of his missionary role that Marcheschi finds most satisfying. “The thing that I really love about being a missionary is just being able to hear people’s life stories and, through that, show them where the Lord has been loving them,” he said.
One participant described how her experience with FOCUS has permeated her daily life: “FOCUS has given me countless resources to make practicing my faith a daily routine and has helped me become acutely aware of how God is woven so intimately into every aspect of my life. Our parish FOCUS missionaries have encouraged me not to keep my Catholic identity a secret, but rather share it with others.”
For more information about Encounter, including upcoming events, see the St. James Parish website (http://www.stjamesah.org/dbd-ministries/encounter-young-adult-21-45-ministry) and the Encounter Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/stjencounter).
February 19th – ADORE is an opportunity to pray during Adoration through Praise & Worship. Our very own, Tam Conseur, will help lead us in prayer and song. Adore will be at 6:00PM in the Church on Jan 29th. Youth & Young Adults please join us for ADORE!
Sponsored by Youth Ministry, Encounter, & Music Ministry!
Thanks for the beautiful scarves for our homeless PADS guests this weekend! We will indeed chase the chill for so many this winter, thanks to you.
We are grateful to everyone who have helped make Jubilation 2016 a success! Click here for further information
Our Youth Ministry aims to help pre-teens and teens grow in their spiritual life and provide opportunities for them to use their gifts.. Visit YM page by clicking here. in service to others. Among the activities our junior high and high school youth programs offer throughout the year include local and away mission trips, retreats, social gatherings and a variety of service projects.
All women of St. James are invited to attend our “Pot Luck & Posies” general meeting, on Thursday, November 10, at 7 p.m.Click here for more info
Denise and Michael Brown, of Eifel Flowers, will demonstrate what to do with those flowers that we bring home from the grocery store. Our holiday tables will never look better!
There will be a raffle for the floral creations, lots of good food to sample…maybe even a few recipes, too! Beverages will be provided.
Please join us with your potluck dish to share!
Please R.S.V.P. to Dianne Groth, at (847) 255-5803, or firstname.lastname@example.org, A.S.A.P.
The 2016-2017 school year is off to a wonderful start at Saint James School, where the school has seen an increase in enrollment across all grade levels. Saint James welcomed 43 new families this year. There are a total of 504 students this year, an increase of 6 percent from last year. … Click here for full article
St. James Youth Ministry Heads to South Carolina for Week-Long Mission Trip
Two dozen members of St. James Youth Ministry traveled to Hardeeville, SC, where they spent a week painting, helping with home repairs and yard work, and doing other volunteer projects as part of the annual Catholic Heart Workcamp mission trip.
The students, who will be entering 9th through 12th grades in the fall, joined more than 300 youth from across the eastern part of the country — including Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Virginia — who volunteered on 49 separate projects at schools, nonprofit organizations and the homes of elderly and low-income people. Students worked for six or seven hours each day in temperatures ranging from 95 to 99 degrees.
“It’s very impressive to see teenagers give up a whole week of their summer to help others who are less fortunate than they are,” said Sr. Faustina Ferko, director of the St. James Youth Ministry and one of the eight adults who also made the trip.
St James has been participating in the Catholic Heart Workcamp mission trips for 13 years. The annual mission trip provides youth ministry members the opportunity to help others, participate in daily Mass and other worship activities, and develop friendships with other students from across the country.
I grew up in Buffalo Grove and went to Sunday Mass at St. Edna’s in
Arlington Heights. I attended Joyce Kilmer Elementary School, Cooper Middle School, Buffalo Grove High School and then studied Accounting and Finance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. After graduation in 2005, I worked as an IT/Strategy consultant with hopes of becoming rich and dreams of early retirement. Feeling unfulfilled though, I left my job and became a lay missionary with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) at the University of Maryland in College Park. It was during this time with FOCUS that I felt God initially inviting me to discern a call to the priesthood.
During my 6 years at Mundelein Seminary, my most formative experiences were ministering to troubled youth at a juvenile detention center, working with people suffering from HIV and AIDS, and travelling on pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I was ordained a priest in 2014 and my first assignment was at St. Celestine’s in Elmwood Park.
My favorite Scripture passage changes often but Matthew 11:28-30 has continued to sustain me. It’s a continual reminder for me that I’m not alone; that Jesus desires to free me from the worries of life and calls me to
deeper friendship with Him.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.”
I look forward to sharing our faith together and continuing to grow in love with God and the Church!
“St. James-Fest, to me, is a way for the Parish to come together, and focus itself inward for one day. Rather than taking our ministry outside of our Parish bounds…just this one day, we focus our ministry on the Parish,” said Deacon Hahn, “We do that by serving food, and providing drinks and entertainment, and there’s really very little cost to the parishioners.” Deacon Hahn said, “There are a lot of people that help out. We started off this morning, at about 3 o’clock am. Brian King was here to help, Greg Carso was here to help and Kevin King. There were about 8-10 boy scouts that were helping out earlier as well.
The attractions included food, D.J. , bounce houses for the kids and the community of people to visit. “My personal favorite attraction is working with the people that help out. It’s always good to talk to people, and be social”, said Deacon Hahn.
“Hopefully, the biggest attractions at St. James-Fest this year was the people, and the parishioners… just the camaraderie, talking, and communicating, being together, as parishioners,” said Carso.
Written by Tiffany Kochanski