Parishioners from St. James, St. Edna’s and Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic churches in Arlington Heights walked in the March for Life Chicago rally on Sunday, January 15, 2017. They were joined by people from St Theresa’s parish in Palatine and a group from St. Viator High School.
The March began with a rally at the Federal Plaza in the Chicago loop. Thousands of people from Illinois, Wisconsin and other neighboring states then marched through the loop to draw attention to the 60 million babies who have been killed by abortion since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
Marybeth and Mike Schoenwald helped organize the St. James group and marched in the rally themselves. ”We marched because we believe it is wrong to take a life, any life” Marybeth said.
Cardinal Cupich, a featured speaker at the rally, offered his encouragement. “You speak for those who have no voice,” he said.
The Schoenwalds and many other parishioners from the area also attended the huge annual March for Life in Washington D.C on Friday, January 27, 2017. The day before the 44th annual march, a National Prayer Vigil for Life mass was held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The mass was attended by thousands of people and concelebrated by hundreds of priests.
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Please see the many activities and prayer opportunities we have available during this month of February…
St. James School continues to celebrate “Catholic Schools Week” during part of the first week of February, with various daily activities and our annual “Christian Spirit Award” given at the School Mass at the end of the week.
Friday, February 3rd is the Feast of St. Blaise, patron saint of disease and illness of the throat. A Blessing of Throats will take place after Communion at the 7:30am Mass in the Church.
The Children’s Rosary Group will meet at 3:45pm in the Church on Mondays in February.
NEW! A Men’s Chorus is now forming! If you love to sing and would like to raise your voice to God in song, we need you! Contact Director of Music Tamaron Conseur at 224-345-7200, ex. 7204.
Parents and PreK4s, please join us February 10th to learn more about our Saint James Kindergarten program. RSVP: 224-345-7145 or email@example.com.
Join us for our February ENCOUNTER event, taking place on Friday, February 10th from 7-9pm in the Parish Center. Presenter Kari Olson will speak about relying on her faith and relationship with Jesus in the midst of suffering. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of adults and children (with ages) who will attend.
A Spring Clothing Collection for WINGS (Women In Need Growing Stronger) will take place on the weekend of February 11th and 12th, sponsored by the Stepping Stones Ministry. See the bulletin or click this link for information – clothing-drive .
IGNITE Youth Ministry will be at Feed My Starving Children on Monday, February 13th from 5:45 – 7pm. Register here: http://volunteer.fmsc.org/Register/Group/JoinGroup.aspx?gid=962101
St. James will offer DIVORCE CARE, a ten-session journey to provide education, support and healing to those who are separated, divorced, or have had a marriage annulled. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 14th, at 7pm in the O’Brien Room of the Parish Office.
Come see the St. James School- THE LION KING, JR on Thursday, February 16th, Friday, February 17th or Sunday, February 19th. Find ticket information at http://stjamesschoolah.org/school-musical/.
CFM (Christian Family Movement) will have a meeting on Saturday, February 25th at 7:30pm in the school cafeteria. Please join the 50 people who attended a kick-off meeting to learn about this exciting group. More information available in the bulletin and on the website.
All-Day Adoration will take place in the Church each Thursday, 8am-8pm. All are invited to attend. Be part of the Adoration team! Adorers are needed at various hours during the day. Please contact Sue or Jim McPherrin at 847-506-1618 or email@example.com Benediction will take place at the 7pm Holy Hour, with Deacon Matthew Hahn.
Our Peace and Justice Ministry will be selling coffee from Haiti in the Parish Center Gathering Space after Masses on the weekend of February 18th and 19th.
A New Parishioner Welcome Event will take place in the RECTORY on Sunday, February 19th, after the 5pm Mass. Frs. Matt, Gilbert and Derek will host the event, and you will have a chance to meet other new parishioners and enjoy light refreshments. If you have registered at St. James this fall or winter and have not attended a Welcome Event, we look forward to hosting you and your family. Please RSVP to your Parish Ambassador or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men of our parish are invited to attend the Men’s CRHP Retreat Weekend, on February 25th and 26th. Please see information in the bulletin, on our website at this link crhp-mens-retreat .
Multi-Parish Pre-Lenten Mission – mark your calendars for our Multi-Parish Pre-Lenten Mission, which will take place on the evenings of February 26th, 27th, and 28th. The Mission is being sponsored by St. Edna, Our Lady of the Wayside, St. James, and St. Mary Parishes, and will be held at St. Edna each evening at 7:30pm. The Presenter will be international speaker and author Ken Yasinski. Please see information in the bulletin or at this link http://www.stjamesah.org/get-involved/adult-catholic-formation/adult-faith-formation.
(St. Edna Parish is located at 2525 N. Arlington Heights Road, in Arlington Heights.)
You are cordially invited to: Mardi Gras Luncheon and Party sponsored by the Over 50 Group on Tuesday, Feb. 28th, lunch at 12 noon at Francesca’s Tavola Restaurant. Click here for more information – Mardi Gras Luncheon details
In addition to the many opportunities for prayer, the sacraments, and social activities during the month of February, please remember that you and your family are always invited to join our parish community for daily and Sunday Mass. A schedule of our Masses and liturgies may be found in the bulletin and on the website. May the upcoming Lenten season be a spiritually fulfilling one for you and yours!
What did you get for Christmas? For many northwest suburban youth, it was the latest video game, a new phone or some trendy clothes. But in other parts of the Chicago area, that’s not always the case. So, when eighteen youth from St. James’ Catholic Parish in Arlington Heights took a day off school on December 15 to play Santa’s helpers at St. Malachy School on Chicago’s west side, it made a big impact.
They split up into three groups and passed out Christmas presents to every child and teacher at the school. “These are probably the only Christmas gifts these children will receive,” said Fr. Matt Eyerman, pastor at St. Malachy’s.
“Thanks to the generosity of more than 300 parishioners, these children had a present under the Christmas tree,” said Sr. Faustina Ferko, the Director of Youth Ministry at St. James. The students also delivered more than 60 Christmas gifts to children at Catholic Charities. “It made me happy to see the children happy.” said Bill Waltz, “It made me feel that I was blessed.” The students at St. Malachy would undoubtedly say the same.
For more information about the partnership between St. James and St. Malachy, please contact Sr. Faustina at SrFaustina@stjamesah.org, St. James Parish at 224-345-7200 or email email@example.com
Much has changed in Arlington Heights since 1987. One constant, however, is the Mercy Box tradition at St James Catholic Church. During each Christmas season, parish families take a box from the church and fill it with food items for needy families.
This year, more than 450 boxes of food were collected and distributed to St Malachy, St Agatha, and Assumption BVM (Kolbe House) parishes on Chicago’s west side. These churches then distributed the boxes to needy families within their parishes.
“We had lots of parishioners, young and old, help collect and load the boxes on a truck,” said Liz Czajkowski, a parishioner in charge of the Mercy Boxes this year. The following day, a frigid December 19th, a group of college teens and their dads helped distribute the boxes to the destination parishes.
“The beauty of this annual charity is that families get to work together to help less fortunate families,” said Czajkowski. The college teens delivering the boxes also learned first-hand about the challenges people their age face on Chicago’s west side.
For more information about the Mercy Box charity at St. James, please contact Liz Czajkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org, the St. James Parish at 224-345-7200 or email email@example.com.
Welcome to our St. James website! We wish you and your families a most blessed, healthy, and happy New Year ~ and we invite you to join us in prayer as we begin 2017.
Mass Schedule for New Year’s Eve and Day: Usual Weekend Masses
December 31st, 2016 – New Year’s Eve (Saturday)
5:00pm Mass in the Parish Center
January 1, 2017 – New Year’s Day (Sunday)
Church: 7:00am, 8:30am and 5:00pm Masses
Parish Center: 10:00am and 11:30am Masses
January 2nd: The Children’s Rosary Group will meet at 3:45pm in the Church on each Monday in January.
January 7th & 8th: Solemnity of the Epiphany – usual weekend Mass schedule
January 7th – Fuel Junior High Youth gathering from 6:00 – 8:30 pm at Laser Quest
January 9th: Baptism of the Lord (Usual Monday 7:30am Mass in the Church)
First Reconciliation services will take place on January 9th and 11th, in the Church.
January 12th – St James School Pre-K & Kindergarten Parent Information Night at 7:00pm
January 14th –Prayer Workshop will be held in School Resource Center 8:00 – Noon
January 17th – Divorce Care Session 2 meets in Parish Office at 7:00pm
Join St. James families on Friday, January 20th for S.O.C. FAMILY NIGHT. See information in the bulletin !
Our Confirmation teens will participate in a Retreat on the weekend of January 21st and 22nd. We ask your prayers for them during this special weekend.
On Saturday, January 21st, our Respect Life Ministry will host a Tri-Parish Respect Life Mass at our 8:30am regular Saturday Mass in the Church. A reception in the Laramie Room will follow the Mass.
On Friday, January 27th, we will offer a Women’s Mass sponsored by Mom’s Plus and the Women’s Club, at 7:00pm in the Church. Mothers, grandmothers, step-mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, friends – all are invited to attend.
Sunday, January 29th begins “Catholic Schools Week”, and we will welcome St. James teachers, students and parents to the 11:30am Sunday Mass in the Parish Center. You are invited to visit St. James School’s Open House immediately after the Mass! St. James School will have many activities planned during the upcoming Catholic Schools Week – please check the website and SJS Friday Fodder for details.
Lastly, join us for ADORE at 6:15pm on January 29th at 6:15pm. Adore is an opportunity to pray during Adoration through Praise & Worship.
During this month of January, let us remember to always remain close to our God and to each other in faith, prayer and kindness.
Good news about the Boudart Family….
Fr. Matt in the news….
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We hope you will join us for the many events, activities, and especially for the many opportunities for prayer during the Advent 20016 and Christmas liturgical seasons. As we wait in stillness and hope this Advent, let us reflect on “preparing a way for the Lord.”
We invite you to pray with us as a parish community. Whether you are a member of St. James, a visitor during this season, or have been away from the Church for some time – you are most welcome to worship here with us!
Here are some of our upcoming December events, opportunities for prayer, and our holiday schedules:
- We will offer a 12:00 Noon Mass in the Church on Advent weekdays (Mon.-Fri.)
- Confessions will be available each Thursday, immediately after the Noon Mass, in the Church.
- Adoration: Thursdays, after the 7:30am Mass, in the Church.
- Adoration on Advent Thursdays: Extended Adoration, all morning, and then following the Noon Mass, until 7pm, in the Church. Holy Hour at 7pm on Thursday evenings in the Church.
- The Children’s Rosary Group will meet at 3:45pm on Mondays in December, in the Church.
- December 3rd & 4th – It is MERCY BOX TIME!! The boxes are available this weekend – This year Mercy Boxes, collected at our parish, will be delivered to three Chicago parishes: St. Malachy, St. Agatha, and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Each Mercy Box will contain a food list. Filled boxes are due back to St. James on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18th ONLY. For more information please see the bulletin or visit our website.
On the weekend of December 3rd & 4th, we also welcome Sr. Joanne Grib and Sr. Barbara Mass, Sisters of the Living Word, who will share a reflection with us at announcement time before each of our Masses. They will speak on behalf of our December Charity, the Retirement Fund for Religious.
Please see the bulletin on the Dec. 3rd & 4th weekend to sign up to participate in our Children’s Christmas Eve Masses. Information is also on the website and Facebook, and here is the sign up information: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0549AFAB2CA1F94-christmas
- Campaign Commitment Weekend will be held during all Masses on December 3rd and 4th. Please come prepared with your pledge to the Open Our Hearts in Welcome campaign. You will also have the opportunity to complete a pledge card at Mass. Visit (http://www.stjamesah.org/openourheartsinwelcome) for more information and to view our video!
- December 5th – Support St. James Religious Education by dining at California Pizza Kitchen all day on Monday, Dec. 5th. See the flyer in the bulletin and or click here http://www.stjamesah.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/FUNdraiser.pdf then present it to your server, and CPK will donate 20% of your check to St. James Religious Education. (Pizza with a Purpose) Valid at California Pizza Kitchen at 3 S. Evergreen, Arlington Heights, IL.
- December 6th: Religious Education Advent liturgies at 4:30 and 6:30pm in the Church.
- December 8th – The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (A holy day of obligation) Masses will be said in the Church at 6:30am, 7:30am, 9:00am (St. James School Mass), 12:00 Noon, and 7:00pm.
- December 9th – Over 50 Social Group – Christmas Luncheon and Show – see the bulletin and website for details and signup deadline.
- December 9th – Join us on Friday evening for ENCOUNTER, as our presenter, Matt Foley, speaks on “Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas.” Encounter is a monthly event for young adults (21-45), single and married.
- December 10th – (Saturday) – Milk and Cookies with Santa – 3:00-5:00pm in the St. James School Cafeteria – $5 per child. Join us afterward for the 5:00pm Mass in the Parish Center!
- December 11th – at 10am Mass – St. James School Families will act as Greeters, Lectors, and will bring up the gifts.
- December 11th – Members of our Peace & Justice Ministry will be selling coffee and chocolate from Haiti, after Parish Center Masses this weekend. Stop by and pick up some delicious treats to give as Christmas gifts, and support the work of the Haitian coffee co-ops.
- Malachy School Christmas gifts – are due back on the weekend of December 10th & 11th.
- December 17th – Join us in the Church at 6:30pm for ADVENT LESSONS & CAROLS, prepared by members of our St. James Music Ministry.
- December 18th – St. James Music Ministry, St. James Youth Ministry, and Encounter will offer “ADORE” at 6:30pm in the Church. Youth and Young Adults are welcome to pray during Adoration through Praise and Worship. Tamaron Conseur, Director of Music at St. James, will lead us in prayer and song.
- December 19th – Join us on Monday, December 19th for Advent Taizé Prayer, at 7pm in the Church.
- December – Advent Multi-Parish Reconciliation Services – Local Catholic parishes will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation on four consecutive evenings during the Advent season. Each of the services will have the same components, and you may attend on any evening, at any of the four parishes.
December 19th – at Our Lady of the Wayside – 7:30pm; December 20th – at St. Edna – at 3:00pm; December 20th – at St. Mary’s in Buffalo Grove – at 7:30pm; December 21st – at St. James – 7:30pm in the CHURCH; December 22nd – at St. Colette – 7:30pm (Spanish service)
CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE – 2016
December 24th & 25th – Christmas Eve and Day Masses
- Christmas Eve – Church
- 3:00pm – Mass
- 5:00pm – Mass
- 7:00pm – Mass
- Christmas Eve – Parish Center
- 3:00pm – Children’s Mass
- 5:00pm – Children’s Mass
- 11:00pm – Mass
- Christmas Day – Church
- 8:00am – Mass
- 10:00am – Mass
- Christmas Day – Parish Center
- 10:00am – Mass
- 12:00 Noon – Mass
December 31st, 2016 and January 1st, 2017 – New Year’s Eve and Day
USUAL WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE:
Sat. 5pm – Parish Center
Sun.7am – Church
Sun.8:30am – Church
Sun. 10am – Parish Center
Sun. 11:30am – Parish Center
Sun. 5pm – Church
We wish you and your families a blessed Christmas and a Happy and healthy New Year!
November 2016 Website Letter
St. James Parish welcomes you to our website! We invite you to take a look at what is happening during this month of November….
Tuesday, November 1st is the Solemnity of All Saints, and a holy day of obligation. Masses are at: 6:30am, 7:30am, 9:00am (St. James School Mass), 12:00 Noon, 4:30pm and 6:30pm (both are Religious Education Masses). All Masses are in the Church.
November 2nd is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day). Mass will be celebrated at 7:30am in the Church as usual.
The 8:30am Mass in the Church on Saturday, November 5th is the Remember with Love Mass. Please see information in the bulletin and on our website, at http://www.stjamesah.org/parish-events/remember-with-love-mass-3 .
Confessions on Saturday, November 5th will be heard in the Church, and the 5:00pm Saturday Mass on November 5th will also be celebrated in the Church.
All are invited to take part in “Jubilation at James” – our annual parish Auction/fundraising event, on November 5th in the Parish Center. This year, the theme is “This Way to Wonderland,” and promises to be a wonderful evening for all! Jubilation at James Grand Raffle tickets are available for a chance to win $20,000 cash or a trip for 12 to Disney World, plus three other prizes! Don’t delay – purchase today online or in the parish office. The drawing is November 5th at Jubilation. Proceeds go to St. James Charities. Be sure to see the bulletin and website http://www.stjamesah.org/get-involved/jubilation-at-james for details!
St. James will offer a Mass for Separated/Divorced/Annulled Catholics on Sunday, November 6th, at 6:30pm in the Chapel.
The Children’s Rosary Group will meet on Mondays, November 7, 14, 21, and 28 in the Church at 3:45pm. All are welcome!
Women of St. James are invited to Pot Luck & Posies, a general meeting of the St. James Women’s Club, on Thursday, November 10th, at 7pm in the Cafeteria. Parishioners Michael and Denise Brown of Eifel Flowers will demonstrate how to create great holiday table decorations! Please see information in the bulletin to RSVP for this event.
On Wednesday, November 11th, our Veteran’s Day Mass will be celebrated at the regularly scheduled 7:30am Mass in the Church. We will remember in prayer those living and deceased who have served and continue to serve
On Sunday, November 13th, those men and women who have made a commitment to learn about and profess our Catholic faith will take part in the RCIA Rite of Acceptance, at the 10am Mass in the Parish Center.
St. James Religious Education will again offer Project Linus….making one-layer fleece blankets that will be donated to local children in need. For information, please see http://www.stjamesah.org/event/project-linus-re-service-project.
St. James Youth Ministry’s FUEL will sponsor a Junior High Lock-In on November 18th & 19th. Please see the website http://www.stjamesah.org/get-involved/youth-catholic-formation/youth-ministry for information.
On Sunday, November 20th, we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe. This weekend, gift tags for the St. Malachy Christmas collection will be available at all Masses. Our Advent information will be posted in the bulletin this weekend. Please be sure to take a copy home as you leave today. Also available will be our Little Blue Reflection booklets, prepared by Diocese of Saginaw. Pick up one of these excellent reflection booklets on your way out today, to use during the Advent season. Those who participated in the “Chase the Chill Project” will hang hand-knit scarves on the tree in front of the Church this weekend, to benefit the homeless and those who need a scarf to keep warm during the winter.
The St. James Over 50 Social Group invites you to a Thanksgiving Mass celebrated in the Church by Fr. Bill on Monday, November 21st at 11:00am. There will be a Pot-Luck lunch in the Laramie Room after the Mass. Please see the bulletin for RSVP information.
All are invited to offer their thanks for the many gifts we have received at the 9:00am Mass in the Church on Thanksgiving Day. St. James Youth Ministry will again offer our annual Thanksgiving Brunch for PADS on Thanksgiving morning. We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving holiday!
Our campaign volunteers for Open Our Hearts in Welcome, will continue to reach out to as many parishioners as possible in the month of November in an effort to reach our goal.
We begin the liturgical Season of Advent on the last Sunday of the month, November 26th and 27th. May this Advent be for you a time of quiet reflection and shared hours of prayer, joyfully awaiting the birth of Christ.
According to Archdiocesan policies, parishioners are to be given the opportunity to recognize Fr. Gilbert’s gifts and to share their sentiments about his ministry. So, we are providing a Parish-wide Survey for parishioners’ participation.
The survey can be easily accessed by going to the Archdiocese’s web page (Archchicago.org) and clicking on “Departments” on the upper left of the page, then scrolling to “Ministerial Evaluation” to access our web page. There, in the middle of the page, find “360 Catholic Leadership review for priests” and click on your appropriate language. Then, follow the instructions for anonymous participation.
Thank you for your participation in the survey.
ELECTION 2016: Weigh Your Conscience Before Casting Your Ballot
The general election on November 8th offers Illinois residents the opportunity to vote for candidates for U.S. president, Congress, and the state legislature.
The Catholic Church is nonpartisan, and does not endorse candidates nor tell parishioners which candidates they should elect. The Church does offer guidance for discernment as parishioners make their decisions on how to vote with a properly informed conscience.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has updated its document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, which may be found at www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/index.cfm
The Catholic Conference of Illinois encourages you to carefully review the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching as you consider candidates.
More information may be found at: http://www.ilcatholic.org/