About Our Parish
The vision of the Catholic Community of Saint James is to encourage and achieve full participation of all members of the church in various ministries including those for spiritual formation and education, evangelization, social concerns and family life. This is accomplished by embracing the Gospel's strong spiritual values through worship, prayer and outreach. Through the commitment of clergy, staff and parishioners, we are involved in diverse ministries which aim to unite people of all ages and cultures including both individuals and families. We extend Christ's compassionate concern to the poor and all people of our local community.
SAINT JAMES THE LESS
Little is known of Saint James the Less, our parish patron.
James was the son of Alphaeus and is named in all four lists of Apostles in the New Testament. He is mentioned as one of the Apostles Christ appeared to before His Ascension. James was one of the leaders of the Church in Jerusalem, along with Peter, Paul and John. After a life dedicated to the teachings of Christ, James became a martyr. The Pharisees ordered him to disclaim Christ. When James refused, he was thrown from the pinnacle of the temple and stoned to death.
Saint James the Less Feast Day is May 3.
PRAYER TO SAINT JAMES
Father, we thank you for having called
the Apostle James to be our parish patron.
We ask you to hear him when he
intercedes for us and for the Church.
Give us the strength and grace to follow his
example of faith action and good works.
Teach us to imitate his dedication to your Son,
and to imitate his proclaiming that
Jesus is indeed Lord, the Messiah.
We ask you this in the name of Jesus,
Your Son, and Your Holy Spirit. Amen.
BEREAVEMENT ~ Sister Marie Pierson, RSM 732-634-0500 x14
Support is offered to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, through two eight consecutive week programs, plus a Spring and Fall monthly program.
FOOD PANTRY ~ Sister Marie Pierson, RSM 732-634-0500 x14/Peggy Catalano 732-636-6343
Through the generosity of our parish, other area churches, schools and organizations we are able to provide food to those in need on an emergency basis.
SOCIAL CONCERNS MINISTRY ~ Peggy Catalano 732-636-6343 / Sister Marie Pierson, RSM 732-634-0500 x14
Social Concerns Ministry reaches out with sensitivity to our brothers and sisters in Christ who are in need; spiritually, physically or emotionally. Our Parish provides a food pantry; Thanksgiving and Christmas Projects, and where possible, financial and professional assistance. If you know a person who is home bound and would like to receive the Eucharist, please call Peggy.