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Foster community, deepen your spiritual formation, and experience the presence of the Lord in the Eucharist. Join us throughout the year at Encounter.

Encounter is for you, whether you're single, married, or a grandparent. It provides a nurturing space to connect with other parishioners, grow in your spiritual and theological formation, and spend time with Christ in the Eucharist.

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At Encounter You Will:

Gather Together

Build community with new and old faces over dinner

Grow In Your Faith

Hear a talk that will help you grow in your spiritual and theological formation

Pray & Adore

After the talk take time in prayer along with praise and worship with Christ in the Eucharist

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does Encounter Take Place?

Encounter occurs on Tuesday nights once a month at the church. We do pause during Advent and Lent.

Where is St. James located

St. James is located at: 820 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60004

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How is the evening scheduled?

The Encounter night schedule looks like this:

  • 5 pm meet in the Church for dinner in the Laramie Room (lower level of the church).
  • Around 6 pm we move upstairs to the worship space for formation.
  • 6:30 pm adoration.

If you have children, they will have the opportunity for formation according to their age group. They will come back to you when adoration begins.

Who can participate?

Encounter is for you.

Whether you’re single, married, a grandparent, have children, don’t have children, a sinner, a saint, etc. The evening is designed to provide you with a nurturing space to connect with other parishioners, grow in your spiritual and theological formation, and spend time with Christ in the Eucharist.

Do I Need to Register?

You do not need to register to attend. However, if you know you will be at a certain night using the registration form below does help us gauge the amount of food to purchase.

What if I can't make an Encounter night?

If you register and can’t make the evening that is okay! We’ll see you at the next Encounter night!

Can I Bring a Non-Catholic or a person of another Christian denomination to Encounter?

Invite anyone to Encounter! Adoration offers a gentle path to Christianity, unveiling Christ’s true presence in the Church and sacraments. It’s a welcoming entry point for those seeking faith and connection with a community alive in Jesus.

is confession available during encounter?

Yes! The sacrament of Confession/Reconciliation is available during adoration.

Encounter Schedule
Encounter Dates Are on Tuesdays Once a Month
Dinner at 5pm | Formation at 6pm | Adoration at 6:30pm
September 5
October 3
November 14
January 16
February 6
April 23
What People Are Saying

Such a beautiful night, especially Tamaron with his angelic music. Praise the Lord for your gift.

Julia G.

Such a wonderful experience at Encounter that evening. So peaceful. If we let go of ourselves, our worries, there is so much room for God to enter and grow.

Teri F.
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