Saint James is a large Catholic community in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Our faith community is vibrant, and our welcome is warm. Please consider joining our family of faith, for a few moments on this website, or the rest of your spiritual journey.
The St. James family is a welcoming Catholic community sent forth from our celebration of the Eucharist to walk in faith, live in hope, and act in love, As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are committed to justice and peace through Prayer, Education, Evangelization, and Stewardship. We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe.
There are many ways for you to serve at St. James Parish. The best way for you to see firsthand the true vibrancy of the parish is to join us at one of our six Sunday liturgies. Every mass is unique and each one will leave you seeking Jesus Christ more. Our complete mass schedule can be found on this website home page. St. James has over 60 ministries that are always looking for new faces to volunteer. No matter if you have an hour a week or a day a week; St. James has something for everyone. Start by looking at our Ministry Catalog.
Why St. James?
My name is Carolina Saiz and I moved to Arlington Heights three years ago. My parents were raised Catholic, but they decided to give us the freedom to choose our own religion. I always wanted to be part of it, but never had the courage to proceed forward. Now, I’m a mother of two young children and they have inspired me to follow through. The RCIA program is a great experience for anybody who wants to understand and experience the Catholic faith and its teachings without any pressure. Thank you, RCIA Team, for your support and your time dedicated to this program.
Hello St. James. My name is Jessica Braun. I live in Arlington Heights with my husband of 10 years and three children. My daughter started wrestling with the “big questions” in 1st grade. I had no idea how to guide her in Catholic faith so we enrolled her in St. James Religious Education classes and started going to Church regularly. I enjoyed Church. I used the time to think, reflect on my blessings, be with my family, and pray for others. I was a comfortable guest, happy to turn to the side to let parishioners pass for communion. But, week after week those seeds of faith planted so many years ago began to grow roots and Mass became nourishing, sustaining, essential.
My name is Stacie Davis. My grandparents were married at St. James so we began attending Mass to check out the church. We fell in love with the community at this parish and decided this is where we wanted to celebrate the sacrament of marriage.
History of St. James
St. James Catholic Church has a rich history dating back more than 100 years. The parish began when the Reverend John Linden, a priest from St. Mary’s Church in Des Plaines, began holding one service on Sundays in the old Temperance Hall at Evergreen and Eastman Streets in Arlington Heights between 1902 and 1905.
An earlier Catholic congregation had built a small frame church south of the railroad tracks about 1875, but after several years the families moved to other locations and the church building was moved to Des Plaines by flatbed.
As the population of the region grew in the 1940s and ‘50s, the archdiocese spun off a parishes from St. James. These included St. Raymond in Mount Prospect and St. Theresa in Palatine during the 1940s, and Our Lady of the Wayside in Arlington Heights, St. Alphonsus in Prospect Heights, St. Collette in Rolling Meadows, St. Joseph the Worker in Wheeling, St. Zachary in Des Plaines, Queen of the Rosary in Elk Grove Village and St. Thomas of Villanova in Palatine during the 1950s. St. Edna in northern Arlington Heights was split off in February 1965. Currently, there are more than 60 ministries at St. James, spanning across four commissions: Catholic Formation, Spiritual Life, Human Concerns, Parish Life.