Year End Giving

If you itemize on your tax return: Contact your tax advisor for advice about how end-of-year charitable giving would work best in your specific situation. Contact the Office of Charitable Giving at the Diocese of Rockford to find out more about end-of-year giving options.

Parish Office Closed

In honor of the New Year Holiday,the parish office will be closed on Friday, December 31st, 2021 AND Monday, January 3rd, 2022. The office will re-open on Tuesday, January 4th, 2022.Fr. Geary, Fr. Schuessler, and the Parish Staff wish you and your families a very safe andHappy New Year !


God breathed into Adam the breath of life and he became a living being. Jesus performed this same action when he breathed upon the apostles in the upper room. “Whose sins you forgive, are forgiven,” he said to them, instituting the sacrament of penance. But like the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, thisContinue reading “RCIA”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 12-30-21

Deacon Steven Johnson’s ReflectionReflection for the 6th Day Within The Octave of The Nativity of the Lord, Thursday, 12-30-21, Year CReadings: 1 John 2:12-17, Psalm 96:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, Gospel Lk 2:36-40Theme: Focus on the Lord When we focus our energy, talent, and time on a particular task or activity, that task or activity gets doneContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 12-30-21”

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 12-31-21

Deacon Stu Dobson’s ReflectionDecember 31, 20211 Jn 2:18-21; Ps 96:1-2, 11-13; Jn 1:1-18 As we approach the end of the Christmas octave, it is most appropriate that we look at the beginning. I am not talking about the beginning of the Christmas season, but the beginning that St. John is talking about, the VERY beginningContinue reading “Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 12-31-21”

Fr. Geary’s Letter, 1-2-2022

Dear Parishioners of St. James: Jesus Christ is Born for Us; Come Let Us Adore Him! The magi traveled to Bethlehem from the east for one purpose: To adore Jesus Christ. When they saw Jesus, they prostrated themselves and did Him homage. They recognized Him as the king of the Jews. Thirty-three years later, even Pontius Pilate wouldContinue reading “Fr. Geary’s Letter, 1-2-2022”

Carta de P. Geary, 1-2-2022 – Español

Estimados feligreses de la Parroquia Santiago Apóstol:   Jesucristo ha nacido para nosotros; ¡Vengan, adorémoslo!  Los magos viajaron a Belén desde el este con un propósito: adorar a Jesucristo.  Cuando vieron a Jesús, se postraron y le hicieron un homenaje.  Lo reconocieron como el rey de los judíos.  Treinta y tres años más tarde, incluso Pilato Poncio insistiría enContinue reading “Carta de P. Geary, 1-2-2022 – Español”

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Homily 12-26-21

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Homily Feast of the Holy Family, Sunday, December 26, 2021Sm 1:20-28; Ps 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10; 1Jn 3:1-2, 21-24; Lk 2:41-52 (year C) Perfection, and no I am not referring to our Christmas celebrations yesterday, I am referring to the perfect family we are celebrating today. The Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. TheContinue reading “Deacon Stu Dobson’s Homily 12-26-21”

Parish Office Closed Dates

In Celebration of the Birth of Christ and the New Year Holiday,the parish office will be closed for Christmas on Christmas Eve, and Monday, December 27th. The office will re-open on Tuesday, December 28th.In Celebration of the New Year Holiday, The parish office will be closed on Friday, December 31st and Monday, January 3rd. The office will re-open on Tuesday,Continue reading “Parish Office Closed Dates”

Year End Giving

If you itemize on your tax return:Contact your tax advisor for advice about how end-of-year charitable giving would work best in your specific situation.Contact the Office of Charitable Giving at the Diocese of Rockford to find out more about end-of-year giving options.

St. James Parish – Christmas Mass Times

Friday, December 24th, 2021 – Christmas Eve4:00 & 5:30 p.m. – English7:00 p.m. – Spanish Saturday, December 25th, 2021 – Christmas Day7:30 & 10:00 a.m. – English12:00 p.m. – SpanishNOTE: There will not be a 4:00 p.m. Mass for Sunday, December 26th Obligation. Sunday, December 26th, 20217:30 & 10:00 a.m. – English12:00 p.m. – Spanish Friday,Continue reading “St. James Parish – Christmas Mass Times”

Fr. Geary’s Letter, 12-26-2021

Dear Parishioners of St. James:             Praised be Jesus Christ our newborn King!             During the Christmas season the Church celebrates the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  Their love, unity and faithfulness form a model for us all.  God became man in a poor, working class family which exuded magnificent holiness.  Jesus Christ grewContinue reading “Fr. Geary’s Letter, 12-26-2021”

Carta de P. Geary, 12-26-2021 – Español

Estimados feligreses de Santiago:    ¡Alabado sea Jesucristo nuestro Rey recién nacido!   Durante la temporada navideña, la Iglesia celebra a la Sagrada Familia, Jesús, María y José.  Su amor, unidad y fidelidad forman un modelo para todos nosotros.  Dios se hizo hombre en una familia pobre de clase trabajadora que exudaba una magnífica santidad.  Jesucristo creció hasta la edadContinue reading “Carta de P. Geary, 12-26-2021 – Español”

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 12-23-21

Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection – December 23, 20214th Week of Advent, Thursday, Year CReadings: Mal 3:1-4, 23-24-20, Ps 25, 4-4ab, 8-9, 10&14, Gospel Lk 1:57-66Optional Memorial of St. John Kanty, Priest Theme: Preparing for the Lord How wonderfully written is the Bible! It is the story of salvation history, the story of our salvation. AsContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Reflection 12-23-21”

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 12-17-21

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection3rd Friday in Advent, December 17, 2021Gn 49:2, 8-10; Ps 72:1-4b, 7-8, 17; Mt 1:1-17 Today we begin the Octave before Christmas – the time we focus on all the prophecies declaring the coming of the Messiah, beginning with the sons of Jacob, being assured they will be blessed until the ultimateContinue reading “Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 12-17-21”