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.
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”
Holy Mass and Adoration of the Most Blessed SacramentTomorrow Morning, January 1stThis Saturday, St. James will offer Mass at 7:30 a.m. followed byAdoration and Confessions.Benediction will close the Holy Hour at 9:00 a.m.All are Welcome – Bring a Friend!
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God is not a Holy Day of Obligation in 2022, but there will be Masses at 7:30 a.m. in English and 12:00 p.m. in Spanish on January 1, 2022. Saturday, January 1st, 2022 – Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God(Not a Holy Day of Obligation in 2022)7:30 a.m.Continue reading “Mass Times”
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 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”
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”
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 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”
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”
Beginning in January, 2022, the Legion of Mary (Our Lady of Good Success Presidium) will be sponsoring a First Wednesday devotion to St. Joseph. Please join us in praying the rosary on the First Wednesday of each month at 7:00 a.m. in honor of St. Joseph followed by a Litany before the 7:30 am Mass.
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.
The St. James Christmas Choir will begin singing at 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve – prior to the 4:00 p.m. Mass. If you are attending 4:00 p.m. Mass this Christmas Eve, please consider coming early to help bring in the Christ Child!
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￼￼”
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”
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 – 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”
Dear Parishioners of St. James: Praised be Jesus Christ! One of the key figures in the Advent Season is the Blessed Virgin Mary. Of course, we know that Jesus Christ was born of her and, therefore, she is the Mother of God. But before the Savior’s birth, Mary teaches us faithfulness and love in herContinue reading “Fr. Geary’s Letter, 12-19-2021”
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”