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. The Liturgical Ministry coordinates all aspects of the liturgy (hymns, homily, readings, prayers of petition, ministers, special events) in providing a Sunday Mass in which parishioners can celebrate their relationship with God. The Liturgical Ministry welcomes participation in these roles:
Open to adult parishioners including confirmed high school students, the Adult Choir usually sings at the 10 a.m. Mass and other special liturgies. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Weekly rehearsals on Thursdays and a half-hour warm-up prior to Mass on Sundays are required to participate in this choir.
- Adult choir is open to adults.
- Children’s Choir participates in every Christmas Eve Mass at 4pm. There are several Sunday rehearsals prior to this Mass.
- Cantors intone the responsorial response through individual singing as well as leading the congregation in song.
Lectors proclaim the Word of God at Mass and at other services. They are members of the Liturgy Committee. Lectors are asked to read one of the scripture readings for the Sunday liturgy. They are assigned a date and often are only asked to lector once every two months. If a lector cannot attend their assigned Mass, they are required to find their own replacement from amongst the other lectors for St. James.
- Eucharistic Ministers
At most of our Eucharistic liturgies, there are six adults who help to distribute communion to the congregation. One distributes the hosts along with the celebrant, one distributes the hosts which have less gluten, and four offer the chalice to the congregation. If you wish to become a Eucharistic Minister, please contact Bob Anderson to arrange training.
- Altar Servers
Altar servers assist the priest throughout Mass. We have several youth members who perform this ministry as well as a few adults who also assist. If you wish to participate in this ministry, please contact Bob Anderson. To be a server, you should have already received first communion.
- Gift Bearers
Families present the bread, wine and collection to the priest at the Presentation of the Gifts. Three people are required for this part of our Mass. If you would like to serve as a gift bearer, contact Anne Carlson.
- Intention Book Bearers
After the homily a lay minister carries the book forward to include the intentions that parishioners or guests have written in the Prayer of the Faithful. If you would like to participate, contact Anne Carlson..
Greeters welcome worshippers coming to Mass and distribute weekly missals and hymnals. They distribute bulletins following Mass. If you would like to serve as a greeter, contact Anne Carlson..
Ushers pass the collection basket to help gather the collection and assist parishioners going to communion. If you would like to serve as an usher, contact Anne Carlson.
- Liturgy Committee
This committee coordinates all aspects of the liturgy (hymns, homily, readings, prayers of petition, ministers, special events) in providing a Sunday Mass in which parishioners can celebrate their relationship with God. To join the Liturgy Committee, contact Bob Anderson.
MINISTRY TO THE HOMEBOUND
Following Mass, volunteers take the Eucharist to residents of Rockhill Manor Care Center or to other parishioners who are unable to attend mass.
The Faith Formation Team plans and assesses ways to help grow the St. James Community in its essential identity as baptized followers of Jesus. The Team provides the community faith formation that draws from the scriptural, doctrinal and liturgical treasures of the Church. Christian Formation covers ongoing formation for adults and sacramental preparation for youth and children.
- Children’s Liturgy of the Word
From September through May, children are invited to come forward right after the Opening Prayer so they can be formally dismissed for the Children’s Liturgy of the Word where they study the Sunday’s readings 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 the Office by phone or email.
- Children’s Liturgy of the Word
- Faith Formation Sundays
On the 3rd Sunday of the month, the whole parish is invited to gather after Mass in Marian Hall for a light lunch followed by a speaker and lively discussion.
- Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) is a formal process for those who are interested in learning about the Catholic Faith. This is a great opportunity for faith-sharing and evangelization in which both inquirers and parishioners can journey together in knowledge of the Catholic Faith.
- Faith Formation Sundays
YOUTH GROUP MINISTRY
Contact: Chris Dewberry, Youth Coordinator
The young people at St. James in middle school and high school have the opportunity to participate in spiritual development, service and socialization through youth activities. Many activities take place after the 10 am Sunday mass. Scheduled activities are printed in the Sunday bulletin.
St. James teens attend the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis (odd number years) and the local Kansas City Catholic Youth Conference (even numbered years).
Confirmation preparation is available for high school students to re-commit to their Catholic faith. Teens will participate in learning sessions, service opportunities, attend mass and a retreat. The Sacrament of Confirmation is scheduled by the diocese. The Bishop celebrates mass and confirms the prepared teens.
Contact: Mary Jo Meara, Hospitality Committee Chair
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.
Contact: Chuck Wurth
On the first Sunday of the month, donations of food, personal care items and other necessities for the Bishop Sullivan Center pantry are brought to Mass. At the offertory procession, these gifts are carried to the altar by the children of St. James. After Mass, the donations are gathered for delivery to the Pantry.
ST. JAMES COMMUNAL GARDEN
Contact: Sarah Hirsch or Toni Wurth
During the growing season, distribute fresh produce, herbs and flowers grown in the St. James Communal Garden. Come early, before Mass, to harvest and weigh the produce and display it on the harvest table at the back of church. After Mass, assist with distribution of garden items to parishioners.