“Service is what prayer looks like when it gets up off its
knees and walks around in the world.” ~Fr. Michael J. Graham, SJ
The Leadership Team represents the people of the parish and provides the “framework” for collaborative, transparent, and inclusive parishioner participation. The LT meets every other month to review plans, update projects, and address issues and concerns of the parish.
CONTACT: Toni Pennisi Wurth
Contact: Mike Waldeck, Finance Committee Chair
This is the committee that has the financial “pulse” of the parish! The Finance Committee represents the parish in making financial decisions on their behalf; has oversight responsibility for the parish budget; addresses shortfalls, partners with the Diocese in fiscal matters, and communicates financial updates to the parishioners.
Community Growth Committee
Contact: Mary Hladky or Chuck Wurth
Community Growth’s core mission is to help St. James parish members form a sense of community. St. James is a community of choice, and our membership is diverse and comes from a wide geographical base. Committee Growth focuses a majority of its time, talent and treasure on enhancing relationships of those who chose us a faith community, while also welcoming new members. Learn more about these and other initiatives sponsored by the Community Growth Committee:
- Dinner for 8. In the spirit of building community and getting to know each other better, during selected weeks throughout the year we invite members to get together for a meal and conversation at the homes of volunteer hosts. These gatherings typically include around 8 people per gathering.
- Circle of 8. With the goal of staying connected, we are organizing our larger community into smaller communities of 8 people. Each Circle decides on its own how it wants to meet and support one another. In this way, we can remain as family during times when we are not together at Mass.
- Name Tags. It started as a once-a-month initiative that is now a regular practice. Every Sunday, each person wears their own personalized name tag in order that we can call each other by name.
- From Diversity to Inclusion. Our parish is very diverse in its racial and ethnic composition. But we know that it is not enough to merely be diverse: we must also be inclusive. It is the Community Growth Committee’s role to support the purposeful commitment of the whole community to be more inclusive, racially just and equitable in the way we govern, finance, pray, and operate our parish.
Contact: Mary Vincent, Fundraising Committee Chair
Led and staffed by volunteers, this is the team that dreams up and brings to life the St. James Festival, Music on Troost Concerts, Cinnamon Rolls Extravaganzas, Chili Daze, Silent Auctions, Raffles, and lots more!
Building and Grounds Committee
Contact: Chris Zaroor, Buildings and Grounds Committee Chair
This is the group that takes care of the upkeep of the century-old church and out-buildings of St. James and makes sure the grounds look beautiful.
Contact: Ben Babaran, Parish Administrator
These are the volunteers who staff the parish office in daily and hourly shifts, and help to answer the phone, research and respond requests for assistance, greet callers at the front door, handle the mail, edit and produce the weekly bulletin and announcements, maintain the parish calendar and database, and stuff and mail the St. James newsletter to parishioners and friends far and near.
Contact: Joni Dugan
Joni is the person to contact to edit any contact information, report bad links, to send out a notice or advertise an event (text must be written) or to make any changes to the site.