We Worship and Pray
“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” ~ John 6:35
“The Sacraments are the manifestation of the Father’s tenderness and love toward each of us.”
~ Pope Francis
Jesus touches our lives through the sacraments. Our celebrations of the sacraments are signs of Jesus’ presence in our lives and a means for receiving his grace. The Church celebrates seven sacraments.
We invite you to join us for Mass at St. James on Sunday morning at 10:00 am. Special times will be posted when applicable.
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“The Sacraments are the manifestation of the Father’s tenderness and love toward each of us.” ~ Pope Francis
The Sacrament of Baptism ushers us into the divine life, celebrates us as the creation of God, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life. Please contact the parish office if you or any member of your family desires Baptism.
At St. James, one may request the Sacrament by contacting the office or by emailing either Fr. Don or Fr. Garry. At times, there is a communal Sacrament of Reconciliation which will be announced on the web site.
The liturgical life of the Church revolves around the sacraments, with the Eucharist at the center. At our Eucharistic Celebration, we are fed by the Word and nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ. We believe that the Risen Jesus is truly and substantially present in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is not a sign or symbol of Jesus; rather we receive Jesus himself in and through the Eucharistic species.
Please contact the office for information about the preparation for celebration of First Communion.
At confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and confirm our baptismal promises. Greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conferred through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands.
Confirmation is celebrated according to the diocesan schedule. Please contact the office for further information.
Anointing of the Sick
At St. James, this sacrament is usually administered in a communal setting, where everyone who feels the desire and the need comes forward for the anointing.
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick gives strength and support and can be administered to anyone struggling with an illness, or facing surgery, or experiencing the loss of health due to aging.
Matrimony or Marriage
The Sacrament of Marriage is a visible sign of God’s love for the Church. When a man and a woman are married in the Church, they receive the grace needed for a lifelong bond of unity.
St. James has been blessed to unite many loving couples in the Sacrament of Marriage over the years, with ceremonies and memories as unique as each couple’s love.
Please contact the office for further information for marriage preparation and/or ceremonies.
Rituals and Traditions
Saint James Parish is a “destination parish” in Kansas City, Missouri. It is known for its multicultural population and its many social justice activities, but its parishioners particularly love the small traditions and rituals that make it “home.”
A tradition celebrated in November is the procession with the Book of Memory.
Before November and during the month commemorating the dead, the large book is on display for people to list the names of the beloved dead they wish to remember. Every Sunday in November, at the beginning of Mass, the celebrant blesses the book and carries it in procession up the middle and cross aisles, as the people on either side lean out to bless the pages with a cross or tender gesture. It is placed on a stand at the front of Church during the liturgy, enthroning the congregation’s memories and prayers along with the pictures of the parishioners’ loved ones.
Throughout the Church year, other blessings mark our liturgy: graduations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day and various anniversaries. In addition we take note of and bless the activities of various groups, for example, the Youth Group’s departure for NCYC or the blessing of the handiwork of the Knitters and Crocheters as the winter months come around.
Prayers of Petition
“We do not pray in order to escape the world around us. We pray with one eye on the world so that we can come to understand what is really being asked of us here and now, at times like this, as co-creators of the universe.” Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB
Each Sunday, the Prayers of Petition are prayed during the celebration of the Mass. For reflection these prayers are duplicated in the Sunday bulletin.
Each Sunday before Mass the Intention Book is placed on a stand in the cross aisle on the south side of the Church. Parishioners and visitors may write their personal intentions in the book before the liturgy begins. After the homily a lay minister carries the book forward to include these intentions in the Prayer of the Faithful.
The St. James Guestbook
At St. James, we think of visitors to our Sunday Mass as “sacred strangers bearing sacred gifts.” Our Guest Book is open to all visitors, who are encouraged to record their presence among us by writing their names and the places they come from. Many guests also tell us a bit of their story by the comments they leave, and the blessings they bestow on us. When they sign our Guest Book, visitors are remembered in our prayers, and become members of our expanded community of the spirit. Learn More >>