Ministries

 

FAITH FORMATION MINISTRY

Adult Faith Formation

The Christian Formation Team plans and assesses ways to help form the St. James Community in its essential identity as baptized followers of Jesus. Christian Formation covers ongoing formation for adults, catechists and sacramental preparation for youth and children. The Team provides the community faith formation that draws from the scriptural, doctrinal and liturgical treasures of the church.

On the 3rd Sunday of the month, the parish is invited to gather in Marian Hall for a light lunch followed by a speaker and lively discussion. 

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Children are invited to come forward at the beginning of Mass so they can be dismissed to study the Word at their own level. All children present for mass are welcome including visitors. Parents, teachers and teen helpers who would like to help with this ministry are invited to contact Mimi Harman by phone or email. Children’s dismissal for breaking open the Word takes place September through May.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) is a formal process by which parishioners journey along with those interested in learning about the Catholic Church.  This is a great opportunity for faith sharing and evangelization for everyone.

LITURGY MINISTRY

The unique spirit of St. James is evident in our Sunday Mass. Every time we celebrate the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, we celebrate God's love for us and for all especially the poor in Christ's sacrifice on the cross. Our Sunday Mass reflects the documents of Vatican II, relevant liturgical norms, and the very special identity of this community. The ministries involved with Liturgy are the following:

  • Choir
  • Eucharistic Ministers
  • Lectors
  • Altar Servers
  • Gift Bearers
  • Intention Book Bearers
  • Greeters
  • Ushers

SOCIAL JUSTICE MINISTRIES

Charity Ministry Groups

Ministry Groups focusing on Charity include: 

  • Bus Stop
  • Rockhill Manor
  • Juarez/Latin American Issues
  • Troost Alliance
  • Harvesters
  • Pantry Sunday
  • Knitting & Crocheting
  • Bishop Sullivan Center on Troost
  • Troost39 Thrift Store

Justice Minstry Groups

Ministry Groups focusing their attention to help:

  • Prevent Sexual Exploitation
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • Ban Nuclear Weapons
  • Protest the Death Penalty
  • Ensure Economic Justice

STEWARDSHIP MINISTRIES

Leadership Team

The Leadership Team represents the people of the parish and provides the "framework" for collaborative, transparent, and inclusive parish operation and parishioner participation.

Finance Council

This is the committee that has the financial "pulse" of the parish! The Finance Committee represents the parish in making financial decisions on the community's behalf, has oversight responsibility for the parish budget, addresses shortfalls, partners with the Diocese in fiscal matters, and sensitively communicates financial concerns with the parishioners.

Parish Growth Committee

The Parish Growth Committee focuses on attracting guests and visitors to the parish and growing the numbers of registered and committed parishioners at St. James. Name Tag Sundays, Faith Formation luncheons and neighborhood outreach are just a few of the ways the Parish growth Committee "brands" St. James and gets the word out about just how wonderful this community is.

Fundraising Committee

Well, really folks, it is more like a FUN-raising committee. This is the team that dreams up and brings to life the St. James Festival, Music on Troost Concerts, Cinnamon Rolls Extravaganzas, Chili Daze, Brats & Beer, Silent Auctions, Raffles, and lots more!

Building and Grounds Committee

This is the group that takes care of the upkeep of the buildings of St. James and makes sure the grounds look beautiful.

Hospitality Committee

This group makes sure that all are welcome in St. James. The group hosts Hospitality Sunday with light snacks and refreshments after Mass every second Sunday of the month.

Community Gardens Group

Dedicated parishioners who grow flowers and vegetables in the community gardens of St. James.

Office Angels

Parish volunteers who help make the parish office welcoming and operating smoothly.