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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.


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.

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


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. 


The Building Program initiated a funding campaign to raise funds for what was then the convent, now known as the St. James School building. See the historical artifact reporting on the program.


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

    Fr. Ed Pelrine
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    Fr. Paul Stein
    Associate Pastor
    Fr. Michael Grzesik
    Associate Pastor
    Fr. Bill Zavaski
    Pastor Emeritus
    Deacon Matthew Hahn
    Executive Director of Parish Operations
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    Deacon James Bannon
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    Deacon Johnny Burnett
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    Susan Chappell
    Music & Liturgy Assistant
    Natalie Conseur
    Children’s Choir Director & Bulletin Editor
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    Tamaron Conseur
    Director of Music & Liturgy
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    Christina Hudson
    Director of Youth Ministry
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    Mark Jacks
    Director of Digital Evangelization
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    Julie Jacobson
    Director of Stewardship and Development
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    Bethany Larson
    Coordinator of Religious Education
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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
    Director of Finance
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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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