Welcome to the St. James Website! We invite you to join us for our worship opportunities and parish events during this month of May, 2017.
On Wednesdays during May, all are invited to participate in “Catholicism 201” – Hear authentic Catholic answers to your questions, update your understanding, and join the discussion! 7pm-9pm in the School Cafeteria. See the link here and bulletin for the remaining Spring topics and dates of the sessions.
On Tuesday, May 2nd, St. James Religious Education has prepared a Family Liturgy and May Crowning, during their class times.
Join us on Thursday, May 4th, as we will offer a Spring All-Choir Concert, at 7pm in the Parish Center.
St. James will celebrate the Sacrament of First Eucharist on Saturday, May 6th, at 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm Masses in the Church. (In order to prepare for these First Communion services, our regular 8:30am Saturday Mass in the Church will take place at 7:30am that morning. Please be sure to mark this Mass time change on your calendar.]
On the weekend of May 6th and 7th, May Crowning will take place at all of our Masses. Please join us in honoring Mary as we begin this lovely spring month.
A Pro-Life Baby Shower, to benefit the Women’s Center, will take place on May 6th and 7th in the Parish Center Gathering Space. Donation drop-off and refreshments – before/after Sat. 5pm Mass on May 6th, and the 10am and 11:30am Masses on Sunday, May 7th. See the link here and bulletin for suggested donations. Sponsored by St. James CFM, Elizabeth Ministry, Respect Life, Moms Plus, and Women’s Club.
The Children’s Rosary Group will meet at 3:45pm in the Church on Monday, May 8th.
See the bulletin for May events offered by our St. James Over 50 Social Group – events include a Mother’s Day Luncheon, and a Bird/Nature Walk.
On Thursday, May 11th, we welcome Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, for a discussion on immigration from the perspective of Catholic social teaching. Fr. Brost was a teacher and president at St. Viator High School until 2016, when he left to minister more closely to immigrants and refugees. Be sure to join us at 7pm in the St. James Library for a presentation that promises to be engaging and inspiring!
Our St. James School children will crown the Blessed Mother during their school Mass on Friday, May 12h.
Join us for a special ENCOUNTER evening this Easter season. On Friday, May 12th, you are invited to experience ADORE, from 7-9pm in the Parish Center. ADORE offers an opportunity to encounter God through prayer and music. Encounter is a monthly event for young adults, including parents with school- aged children. Babysitting is available. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of adults and children who will be attending.
Sunday May 14th is Mother’s Day, a day we remember our mothers, grandmothers, step-mothers, aunts, and all women who have nurtured and supported us during our lives. We will also honor Mary, the Mother of God, by consecrating our parish to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at all Masses this weekend. We will say the Prayer of Consecration together during Mass. The weekend of May 13th and 14th has been chosen for this Consecration, as it is the 100th Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady at Fatima.
The Children’s Rosary Group will meet at 4:00pm on Monday, May 15th, in the Church.
St. James teens will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on two evenings during the week of May 15th: Tuesday, May 16th, and Friday, May 19th. Confirmation will take place those evenings at 7:00pm in the Church.
On the weekend of May 20th and 21st, we will offer the Sacrament of Anointing, after both our Saturday 5pm and Sunday 11:30am Masses. Anointing will take place immediately after these Masses. Both Masses will be in the Parish Center, which is accessible to all. Our Peace and Justice Ministry will be selling coffee and chocolate from Haiti after Parish Center Masses this weekend.
Altar Server Training Sessions will be held at St. James Church from 4:00pm-5:30pm on the following days: Tuesday, May 23rd, and Wednesday, May 24th. We are looking for students entering Grade 4 in the Fall through Grade 12 who have received their First Holy Communion to join our Serving Team. You need only attend ONE of the sessions. A server commitment form can be found at: http://www.stjamesah.org/altar-server-commitment-form Please see information on the website and in the bulletin as well, or you may contact Sharon Dillon at email@example.com or Fr. Gilbert at 224-345-7202 at the Parish Office.
Our 5:00pm Saturday evening Mass on May 27th will be a Guitar Mass, with music from the 70’s! Come join us to hear (and sing!) many of your favorite hymns from years ago. All are welcome!
May 27th and 28th will find us celebrating the Solemnity of the Ascension, and also the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend. Mass on Monday, May 30th (Memorial Day), will be said at 8:30am in the Church. We wish all of you an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend!
At the end of this month of May, and as we move toward summer break and warmer weather, please always remember that St. James is OPEN ALL SUMMER! We offer a 7:30am weekday morning Mass in the Church (Monday through Friday), a Saturday 8:30am Mass in the Church, and our summer weekend Mass schedule will remain the same: Saturday evening: Parish Center: 5:00pm; Sunday: Church: 7am, 8:30am, and 5:00pm, and Parish Center: 10:00am and 11:30am. We invite you to join us for Eucharistic Adoration each Thursday, all day in the Church (8am-8pm) and an evening Holy Hour at 7:00pm on Thursday in the Church. Reconciliation is offered in the Chapel on Saturday afternoons, from 3:30-4:30pm.