Cultivating a deep and abiding relationship with Jesus Christ centered on prayer and the Eucharist.
To be disciples of Christ and make disciples of Christ.
That each member of our community encounters the fire of God’s love; then with hearts burning brightly, shares that love with others.
Seeking to learn the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Honoring the dignity of each human person.
Giving selflessly and abundantly of our time, talent, and treasure.
Creating an atmosphere of joy and welcome.
Missionary Discipleship at St. James
You are a vital part of helping St. James fulfill its mission to be disciples and make disciples of Christ. As a part of our missional church, you can participate in the journey towards becoming a missionary disciple through our Missionary Discipleship Pathway.
Twenty-six Catholic families petitioned Archbishop James E. Quigley for their own parish. The archbishop granted permission to the Reverend John Linden, pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Des Plaines, to organize a mission parish in Arlington Heights.
St. James Church was completed in November.
St. James School opened in September.
St. James had 195 parish families. The population of Arlington Heights was 5,000.
First services were held in the new church.
St. James launched Theology-on-Tap, which became the premier catechesis and evangelization program for young adult Catholics in the United States.
St. James launched a Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) site to serve the homeless in the area.
In January, St. James launched its “Millennium Campaign” to raise funds for a new worship space, meeting and activity area, as well as to unite the elementary and junior high schools.
In April, St. James dedicated a new St. James School and Formation Center, which consolidated the elementary and junior high school programs.
The renovated worship space opens.
Letter from the Pastor
Welcome to St. James! With great joy I welcome you and your family to this wonderful parish. St. James is a warm and welcoming community of over 2,500 active families. I invite you to join us for mass where you will experience the vitality and faith of this place.
Our mission is to be disciples of Christ and make disciples of Christ. Our vision is that each member of our community encounters the fire of God’s love; then with hearts burning brightly, shares that love with others.
I look forward to meeting you at one of our masses or parish events. Please pray for me as I remember you and your family at daily mass.
Your Servant in Christ,
Fr. Edward Pelrine
Our Staff & Council
Deacon Dan Korenchan
Deacon Sam Resch
We have a new Parish Pastoral Council this year! We are working to have an image and names up shortly. Stay tuned!