Serve

God calls us to use our time and talents to serve the Church and others. No matter how you are gifted, there is a place for you to serve at St. James!

How to Serve at St. James

1. Select an area of ministry

We offer two distinct ways you can serve at St. James. Select your desired areas, and learn more about what ministries you can get involved in.

2. Explore our ministries

Learn more about how you can serve and who you can contact to get involved.

3. Start Serving

Start serving and enjoy a deeper connection with our community at St. James.

Liturgical MinistriesNon-Liturgical Ministries

Liturgical Ministries

Weekend Eucharistic celebrations are crucial to who we are as Catholics. At St. James, you can participate in a variety of service opportunities before, during, and after Mass. Select a ministry to learn more and get involved.

Music Ministry

Each weekend, music is an integral part of our liturgies, and St. James strives to create music that is rich with quality, enthusiasm, and participation. Join one of our ensembles, and be a part of a dedicated community of devoted musicians.

Unless otherwise noted, please contact Tam Conseur, Director of Music and Liturgy, for more details on how to join a group.

Contact:
Tamaron Conseur
224.345.7204
tconseur@stjamesah.org

Music Groups
  • Saturday 5:00 PM Vigil Mass – St. James Collective
    The St. James Collective is a Praise and Worship group featuring singers, guitars, violin, piano, bass, and drums. The Collective ministers year-round at the Saturday 5:00 PM Mass and at various other Liturgies throughout the Liturgical Year.
  • 7:00 AM Mass – Cantor and Organ
  • 8:30 AM Mass – Traditional Choir and Organ
    The Gallery Choir is our traditional choir serving at the 8:30 AM Sunday liturgy year round. Accompanied by organ, the choir sings a wide variety of music ranging from Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and selections from modern Choral Repertoire.

Rehearsals (held in Church Music Room)

Tuesday evenings, 7:00-8:30 PM
Sunday mornings, 8:00 PM

10:00 AM Mass – Contemporary Choir
The 10:00 Choir is a contemporary ensemble serving at the 10:00 AM Sunday liturgy year-round. Accompanied by piano and other instruments (drums, bass, guitar, etc.), the choir sings a variety of music from praise and worship and gospel to classic choral literature.


Rehearsals (held in Church Music Room)

Thursday evenings, 7:00-8:30 PM
Sunday mornings, 9:15 AM

11:30 AM Mass – Contemporary Choir
The 11:30 Choir gives praise to God through both lively and prayerful worship music year-round. Accompanied by piano, guitar, drums, and percussion, the choir sings primarily contemporary music with some occasional traditional songs. For more information, please contact John Towner through the parish office, or send an email to jtowner1129@comcast.net.


Rehearsals

Thursday evenings, 7:30-9:00 PM
Sunday mornings, 10:30 AM

Sunday 5:00 PM Mass – Praise & Worship Ensemble
The Praise & Worship Ensemble for Sunday 5:00 PM Masses features music from contemporary worship with piano, guitar, bass, drums, led by Worship Leader Craig Colson.

Children’s Choir
The Children’s Choir is open to boys and girls, grade 2-5. Students from any elementary school or homeschool are eligible to join.


Fall Schedule

The choir will rehearse each Wednesday after school from 4:15-5:30 PM in the Laramie Room
The choir will sing once a month at the 11:30 AM Mass. Contact Natalie Conseur, Director at sjkidssing@stjamesah.org if you have any questions.

Register Now
Rehearsals (September – May)

Sunday afternoons

Eucharistic Ministers

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion distribute the Eucharist to the faithful. Members of this ministry must:

  • Regularly share in the Eucharist
  • Be Confirmed and committed to our faith
  • Attend a deanery training and a specific training for St. James

After training, Eucharistic Ministers join a Mass team to distribute the Eucharist every other week. Contact Gary Hammelmann for information regarding upcoming training sessions.

Contact:
Gary Hammelmann
847.392.1330
GAH818@yahoo.com

Liturgical Environment

This team highlights the glory of God by decorating the Church for Sundays, feast days, liturgical seasons, sacramental celebrations, prayer gatherings, and special occasions.

Contact:
Tamaron Conseur
224.345.7204
tconseur@stjamesah.org

Greeting Ministry

Greeters help provide a kind, familiar welcome as we receive people into our parish community. Volunteer duties include serving at specific Mass times, distributing liturgy materials, and offering a friendly attitude and welcoming smile. All ages can participate in this ministry.

Contact:
Christine Avello
christine.avell@comcast.net

Greeter Sign Up

Lectors

Lectors take an active role in the liturgy and proclaim the Word of God during first and second readings. To become a lector at St. James, volunteers must:

  • Complete training at a Vicariate session
  • Meet with St. James coordinator to discuss expectations and procedures.
  • Proclaim readings at their assigned ​​Masses, Holy Days, and holidays. Lectors typically read once a month.

Contact:
Katie Sowa
847.977.6749
kathy_sowa@yahoo.com

Liturgy Preparation

Liturgy writers prepare the general intercessions for Mass. Contact Maxine Nugent or Susan Chappell to provide feedback on our liturgies.

Contact:
Maxine Nugent
litnuge@comcast.net

Susan Chappell
224.345.7221
schappell@stjamesah.org

Mass Coordinators

Mass Coordinators at St. James serve at weekend Masses and special seasonal Masses by ensuring an organized and respectful celebration of the Mass—the center of our Catholic spiritual life. Responsibilities of Mass Coordinators include:

  • Organizing and guiding parish volunteers who serve at Mass
  • Staffing each Mass
  • Preparing the Eucharist and associated articles
  • Purify vessels after each liturgy

For more details on training or serving as a Mass Coordinator, contact Bonnie Minaglia.

Contact:
Bonnie Minaglia
847.372.0960
bminaglia@gmail.com

Sacristans

Sacristans perform a simple but important task of ensuring that the linens, vestments and sacred vessels are clean, prepared and made available for Mass. Additionally, they ensure that the supply of wine and hosts are ready prior to the liturgy.

Contact:
Norma Aguila
847.577.1646
norma.aguila@yahoo.com

Ushers

The St. James Usher Ministry serves at the celebration of the Mass so everyone may feel the hospitality of our community while we ensure the convenience, comfort, safety and well-being of the congregation. All ages and families can serve as ushers, and scheduling is flexible. Contact Tom Fitzgerald or Tim Allaire to sign up.

Contact:
Tom Fitzgerald
847.987.1320
tomfitzg@hotmail.com

Tim Allaire
847.791.0373
tballaire@aol.com

Ministers of Care - Eucharist for the Homebound

Bring the Holy Eucharist to parishioners who are unable to leave their homes. Volunteers must complete a mandatory training session and follow Archdiocesan guidelines.

Contact:
Charles Perron
cperron50@yahoo.com

Wheels to Worship

Transport St. James parishioners who can’t drive themselves to Mass. Due to COVID-19, a limited number of drivers are available, and masks are required for drivers and passengers. View volunteer guidelines or apply to volunteer or receive a ride below.

Passenger ApplicationDriver ApplicationWheels to Worship Guidelines

Bereavement/Funeral Planning

The Bereavement Ministry assists the family of the deceased with planning the funeral Mass. Bereavement ministers are scheduled through the St James Parish office once the parish has been contacted of a death. The bereavement minister meets one on one with the family and guides the family in planning the funeral liturgy.

If you are searching for a ministry where you can share your talents of loving compassion, great listening skills, support and understanding with those who are grieving please consider this wonderful ministry. You will have training and will be asked to attend an Archdiocese-sponsored bereavement training in the future.

Contact:
​​Flo Trunk
224.345.7206
ftrunk@stjamesah.org

View Funeral Planning Guide

Non-Liturgical Ministries

By serving others in the parish and community, St. James strives to reflect the love of Christ to all who encounter us. Select a ministry to learn more and get involved.

Welcoming Committee

Help welcome new families to St. James and help our parish family grow and flourish.

Contact:
Mike Bilski
224.345.7200
fmb57@sbcglobal.net

Loaves and Fishes

Provide lunches for homeless men and women in Chicago’s uptown neighborhood. Volunteers are needed to make the lunches and transport donations to local shelters.

Contact:
Kevin & Geralyn Walsh
847.361.1480
geralynbw@sbcglobal.net

Public Assistance to Deliver Shelter (PADS)

Help provide hospitality, food, and overnight emergency shelter for men and women experiencing homelessness. The winter season of PADS runs between October 1 and April 30, and St. James provides dinner for guests twice per month during the winter. If interested in volunteering, fill out this form and someone will get in contact with you.

Contact:
Jeanne
224.345.7200 ext. 8513
st.james.pads@gmail.com

Sign Up Now

St. Vincent De Paul Emergency Assistance

This emergency resource provides short-term financial assistance to parishioners and community members in our parish boundaries. To volunteer or receive assistance, contact the Parish Office. All requests for assistance are kept confidential.

Contact:
Marcia Fung
224.345.7200 ext. 8517
parishoffice@stjamesah.org

Caregivers Ministry

St. James Caregivers Ministers is a once-a-month program to help the people who give care to family members, at home or with their loved ones. It is a time for the Caregivers to learn to care for themselves – with prayers, quiet and discussion. We meet every 2nd Friday of each month at 1:00 PM in the senior/teen room on the lower level of the church.

Contact:
Sue French
847.259.5282

St. James Earth Shepherds

St. James Earth Shepherds is passionate about stewarding of God’s Creation, supporting individual and parish-wide efforts to live more sustainably, and coordinating initiatives to care for the environment. Parishioners of all ages are welcome. Contact Bonne Cimo to learn more and get involved.

Contact:
Bonnie Cimo
sjearthshepherds@gmail.com

Earth Shepherds Facebook Page

Elizabeth Ministry

This ministry reaches out to women who are in their childbearing years, offering visits, prayer, and support to those who are pregnant, considering adoption, dealing with infertility, or have experienced a miscarriage or the loss of a baby.

Contact:
Melissa Bertram
224.345.7200
ElizabethMinistry@stjamesah.org

Grief Support Ministry

Are you struggling with a loss? Having a hard time coping? Join other parishioners for conversation and sharing as we seek to overcome grief together.

Contact:
Mary Jean Jarosz
griefsupport@stjamesah.org

Mental Health Ministry

St. James has joined with St. Edna’s and Our Lady of the Wayside to provide support, education and awareness to our parish communities on issues related to mental health. We seek to break down the social stigma surrounding these issues, provide information, local resources, and emotional and spiritual support.

If you or a loved one feel unsafe or are experiencing a mental health emergency, call 911, indicate it is a mental health emergency, and request an officer trained in Crisis Intervention.

Other Resources in a Mental Health Emergency:

  • 24 hour crisis line: AMITA Health, Center for Mental Health, Arlington Heights: 847.952.7460
  • Crisis Team: Alexian Brothers AMITA Health, Hoffman Estates (24-hour): 800.432.5005
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255
  • The Living Room: provides immediate peer support for stress, crisis and mental health concerns and is a possible alternative to an emergency room visit: 847.933.9292 (Located in Skokie)
Support & Educational Resources

Contact:
Jan Staley
jspir77@aol.com

Tracy Sherva
tsherva@gmail.com

Kathy O’Neill
parishnurse@olwparish.org

Peace and Justice Community

The St. James Peace and Justice Community, rooted in the Gospels and inspired by the Holy Spirit, is a guiding voice for peace and justice by: educating the faithful on the Catholic social teachings, supporting and complementing parish ministries, and empowering people to transform lives and society, both locally and globally.

Contact:
Matt & Sarah Tipperreiter
peaceandjustice@stjamesah.org

Prayer Shawl Ministry

This ministry at St. James creates a wide variety of shawls for anyone in need of prayers or blessings. We pray as we knit or crochet, and get together once a month to bless the fruits of our labors. All are welcome to join in this ministry. We meet on the third Sunday of every month at 1 PM via Zoom.

To join the call, contact us via email.
To receive a shawl please contact the Parish Office at 224.345.7200 or Gail at 847.818.1431.

Contact:
Lia Douglas / Mary Lou Gleason
PrayerShawlministry@stjamesah.org

Respect Life

The mission of the Respect Life Ministry of St. James is to transform society into a Culture of Life where every human being is valued and protected from the moment of conception until natural death. We seek to convert hearts and minds on all life issues, including: abortion, post-abortion aftermath, chastity, capital punishment, artificial contraception, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research and human cloning, and vaccines developed from the tissue of aborted babies.

Contact:
Mike & Marybeth Schoenwald
847.392.5506
mschoney@wowway.com

Stepping Stones - Domestic Violence

​​Stepping Stones is dedicated to raising awareness, understanding, and the prevention of domestic violence by educating our community and supporting the victims and survivors of emotional, financial, physical and sexual abuse. Stepping Stones members meet throughout the year, planning parish and community events with particular focus during the month of October (Domestic Violence Awareness Month) and February (Dating Violence Awareness Month.)

Contact:
Terri McDonnell
847.644.6669
terrimcdonnell79@gmail.com