“Stand on the platform of an incoming subway train and you can feel the train get closer. Stop alongside a car with a blaring stereo and your car shakes with the sound. Listen to the summer cicada; the air pulsates with their deafening noise. Feel the pulsing of a roller coaster under your feet as it whips around the track. Vibrations indicate movement. Vibrations that beat and pulsate imply a pulse, and a pulse means life.”
St. James Catholic Church is alive with that pulse. It is felt and seen from within by its members, and externally by those who know it by its works, ministries and reputation. It is a close-knit parish that has been committed to serving people in midtown Kansas City for more than 100 years. St. James welcomes and serves unique families along with first-generation immigrants to Kansas City, as can be seen and celebrated by our display of flags of home countries in our entranceway. Our vision is to continue to grow a diverse and inclusive community where worship and sacramental life can be accessible to all people in the Kansas City metro area.
Our Eucharist is celebrated every Sunday at 10:00 am, and we gather every fifth Sunday for fellowship following Mass. Look over our website. You will get a glimpse of our life and ministry here at St. James. But the best way to learn who we are and what we are about is to come and spend some time with us. Drop in for our 10:00 Celebration.
If you would like more information, feel free to call our parish office at 816-561-8512 or email us. It is our prayer that you will decide to journey with us toward becoming a beacon of light and hope to each other and to those we serve.
“A parish is not a priest, not a building, not a territory. A parish is people…you and your neighbors…all the faithful who make up the Body of Christ. Your parish is not just a Sunday meeting place, but a place where seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day you carry Christ to the world.” ~This is St. James Parish, 1965
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The heat has hit and the rain has moved on. Please contact Sarah Hirsch (816.728.6115) if you would like to help with watering. The following are ready for picking: South Garden - Beds 2: Lettuce and Arugula East Garden - Kale, Collards, and Swiss Chard Along the...
ELEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME This Sunday is the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Deacon Ross Beaudoin shares with us his reflection. Please see attached Eleventh Sunday in OT Bulletin. The Mass this Sunday will be livestreamed. Please join us remotely for the...
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Our next Anger Management class called ReThink Conflict starts on June 8th. There will be a 10am virtual class as well as 5pm in person class that starts on the same day and goes for 7 weeks. On June 25th, our next Neighborhood Accountability Board training will take...
Just a quick reminder: June 8 at 10:00 am is Howard Thurman
The influence of Howard Thurman
Born in 1899, Thurman was 30 years older than King: the same age, in fact, as King’s father. Through his sermons and teaching at Howard University and Boston University, he influenced intellectually and spiritually an entire generation that became the leadership of the civil rights movement.
Howard Thurman. On Being, CC BY-NC-SA
Among his most significant contributions was bringing the ideas of nonviolence to the movement. It was Thurman’s trip to India in 1935, where he met Mahatma Gandhi, that was greatly influential in incorporating the principles of nonviolence in the African-American freedom struggle.