A Note from the Pastor 5-19-24


During the Season of Lent, through prayer, penance and works of charity we prepared with the rest of the Church for the renewal of our baptismal promises on Easter Sunday. During Holy Week we remembered the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Pascal Mystery. Our participation in the Paschal Mystery is celebrated through the Sacrament of Baptism. It is the Church’s hope that our annual observance of Lent gives us a stronger sense of who we are as baptized members of the Body of Christ, the Church.

During the Season of Easter, we reflected on possible ways through which we could express our Baptism through some form of service. This weekend we are holding a Ministry Fair to celebrate the many varieties of ways available for service here at St. James.

Under our Ministry Fair Tent, there are more than 30 ministries, groups, and organizations who offer liturgical, educational, spiritual and social opportunities for children and adults. There are also ministries who provide support and financial assistance to those in need.

There are organizations who use our facilities to offer special assistance to those dealing with some type of addiction, such as, alcohol or drugs.

Perhaps, you saw an area of service that we offer and thought to yourself, “I’d be interested in learning more and possibly being part of that group.” Often times I have heard from parishioners that they weren’t aware of all that we do as members of St. James for our parishioners and for those who come to us in special need.

I am grateful to Almighty God for the gifts that he has provided us and the warm sense of community that continues to grow among all of us. Yes, we are truly a community of faith and friendship.

We are truly blessed with the presence of three deacons in our parish who faithfully serve our parish community. Each one of them is celebrating the anniversary of his ordination this week:

Dcn. Rick Brunner – May 21, 2005: 19th Anniversary of Ordination
Dcn. Chris Daniello
– May 17, 2014: 10th Anniversary of Ordination
Dcn. John Horn – May 19, 2018: 6th Anniversary of Ordination

Please keep all of our deacons in your prayers, especially, on their anniversaries. Thank you, Dcn. Rick, Dcn. Chris and Dcn. John! We are so grateful for your loving service to our parish and the church.




A Note from the Pastor 11-20-21

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This weekend we celebrate the great Feast of Christmas followed by the Feast of the Holy Family. What joy we feel as we now enter the Christmas Season which continues until January 9, 2022, when we will celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord!

With this Feast we are reminded of God’s great love for all of us as He brings to fulfillment the promise that He made to our ancestors in telling them that he would send them a “savior.” In the fullness of time, Jesus was born of Mary in the town of Bethlehem to fulfill what the prophet had foretold, “And you Bethlehem are by no means least among the tribes of Israel for from you shall come a savior.”

Let’s ponder this inspirational poem on the ultimate meaning of Christmas by Howard

Thurman who wrote:

“When the song of the angels is silent, When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the princes are home, When the shepherds are again tending their sheep, When the manger is darkened and still. . .
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To rebuild nations,
To bring peace among people,
To befriend the lonely,
To release the prisoner,
To make music in the heart. . ..”

Howard Thurman points to the great challenge of Christmas; that is, to let the meaning of the birth of Jesus Christ become real in and through each one of us. After all, isn’t that what it means to be Jesus’ disciples in the world today? The best way we can live out our baptismal call is to become more like Jesus and to bring him to others. May our celebration of his birth this year stir us to this deeper commitment! Let the work of Christmas begin!

As we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family, we are also reminded that we make the Holy Family present in the love, compassion and support we give to each other. I remember a lesson that I was taught as a young student many years ago. What makes the Holy Family holy is the presence of Jesus in it. That is true to this very day! Merry Christmas, everyone! Let us celebrate the presence of Jesus among us, in our church and in our families.

KIDZ FOR CHRIST FOOD DRIVE! Their Motto: Putting Concern into Action.
On Saturday, May 23rd, the Kidz For Christ held a Food Drive to assist our neighbors in need. I am so proud of them for this wonderful event. Special thanks to all the Kidz for Christ, especially, Bridget Thearle, Kayla and Liam Klocker, Gabi Heigel and Emma and Leah Rochanakit.

My thanks to Lisa Savallo and Christine Thearle for organizing the drive and to Michael Savallo, Mary Klocker, Suzanne Heigel and Jeff Krogman for assisting the Kidz with the Food Drive that day.

Of course, a huge THANK YOU to all of you who donated food and other household items that day. This will certainly be a great help to our neighbors in need during these challenging times.

Please watch the video.



I welcome our parishioners who are regularly with us and extend warm greetings to those visiting with us for the first time or here with a relative or friend.