About

St. James Parish is a large Catholic community in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. We invite you to join our vibrant faith community – all are welcome!

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Our Mission

To be disciples of Christ and make disciples of Christ.

Our Vision

That each member of our community encounters the fire of God’s love; then with hearts burning brightly, shares that love with others.

Our Values

Divine Intimacy

Cultivating a deep and abiding relationship with Jesus Christ centered on prayer and the Eucharist.

Education

Seeking to learn the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Respect

Honoring the dignity of each human person.

Generosity

Giving selflessly and abundantly of our time, talent, and treasure.

Hospitality

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.

The journey of discipleship begins with an encounter with Jesus Christ, and each baptized Christian is called to invite others into this encounter.
People are now intentionally invited into a relationship with Jesus Christ, His Universal Church, and the local Church here in Chicago.
People will now have opportunities for deeper faith formation in order to better understand and live out the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church.
People will be encouraged to discern their gifts/charisms so that they can serve in a ministry to which God is calling them.
People are now invited to be disciples who make disciples who in turn make more disciples to fulfill the Great Commission.

Our History

1902

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. 

1905

St. James Church was completed in November.

1926

St. James School opened in September. 

1935

St. James had 195 parish families. The population of Arlington Heights was 5,000.

1952

First services were held in the new church. 

1981

St. James launched Theology-on-Tap, which became the premier catechesis and evangelization program for young adult Catholics in the United States.

1990

St. James launched a Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) site to serve the homeless in the area.

2000

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.

2009

In April, St. James dedicated a new St. James School and Formation Center, which consolidated the elementary and junior high school programs.

2019

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

Fr. Ed Pelrine
Pastor
Fr. Ryan McMillin
Associate Pastor
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Fr. Bill Zavaski
Pastor Emeritus
Deacon Matthew Hahn
Executive Director of Parish Operations
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Deacon James Bannon
Deacon
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Deacon Johnny Burnett
Deacon
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Deacon Paul Schmidt
Deacon
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Deacon Pierce Sheehan
Deacon
Courtney Bernhardt
Coordinator of Middle School Youth Ministry
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Brian Booth
Campus Maintenance
Linda Burke
Front Desk Receptionist
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Kevin Byrnes
Coordinator of  Children’s Formation
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Susan Chappell
Music & Liturgy Assistant
Tamaron Conseur
Director of Music & Liturgy
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Christina Hudson
Director of Youth Ministry
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Karen Jarosz
Coordinator of Open Doors Ministry
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Michael Kendrick
School Principal
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Matt Marcheschi
Focus Parish Outreach
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Corey May
7th-8th Grade Math Teacher and Part-Time Middle School Youth Minister
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Judy Mulvihill
Bookkeeper
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Patty Reilly
Front Desk Receptionist
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Sarra Stanley
Focus Parish Outreach
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Theresa Storto
Admin Assistant for Evangelization & Formation
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Mike Tomasiewicz
Campus Maintenance Engineer
Flo Trunk
Office Manager
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Christine Avell
Executive Council
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Paulette Schmidt
Executive Council
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Kathryn Coughlin
3rd year
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Bob Green
2nd year
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Tom Adam
2nd year
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Brian Milligan
2nd year
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Mary Friedl
2nd year
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Kate Costello
2nd year
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Maria Serur
2nd year
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David Kelly
1st year
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Rachael O’Connor
1st year
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Kathie Miklautsch
1st year
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Chuck Perron
1st year
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Gail Sherva
1st year
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Michael Gilbert
1st year
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