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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - June 28, 2020

Think of yourselves as dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus. — Romans 6:11
Dear St. James Families,  
We hope that this bulletin finds you well. Please take a few minutes to watch this video about a discount for St. James School and St. James Religious Education/Formation from Jonathan Blevins and Mike Kendrick.
We know that when you registered for Religious Education/Formation with us last year, no one expected a global pandemic.  We lost a few in-person classes and while we are confident in the online resources that we offered, we know that nothing beats an in-person learning experience. We also understand that this virus has left some in our community in uncomfortable financial situations. That is why we are excited to offer you the Catholic Education Discount program.15% off per child to help make up for the 15% of classes/sessions that were missed. That means you will receive $30 off per child that you register for Religious Education, Confirmation, and Life Teen. This offer is extended to new families as well.
Please note as you register that this is an option; if you are able and would like to pay the full price, you are more than welcome to do so. 
As always, our Catechists and Core Team Members get free registration for their families. Please know that we will never turn someone away from Religious Education or Formation due to financial reasons. Please email Barbara in the business office at if you need more financial assistance. 
You can register for each of our programs by clicking the links below. 
RE (1-5) -
Confirmation (6-8) -
Life Teen (9-12) -
Finally, I want to ensure you that our team here at St. James is committed to offering you the best formation possible under the guidelines given by the Archdiocese. It is our hope that we will be able to do this in-person. However, if for some reason we are not able to make that happen, our plan is to make learning from home even easier and more interactive for families. We are on this journey together. Please do not hesitate to email Theresa if you have any questions at Know that we are praying for you. 


Day in and day out, we are required to make judgment calls informed by tough, durable, serviceable Christian love. We do what we can do, and God takes notice. God is in charge of rewards, and a glass of water will do when that is what we have to offer with a glad and open heart.

Paul gives us a clear theology for the missionary work we do whenever anybody is close at hand. He reminds us that our work, our ministry, is carried on in concert with Christ. We have been baptized into his death and life. In any given moment both life and death are there, a kind of play of shadow and light. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell where shadow leaves off and light begins. God will take care of that, too.


First Reading — Elisha promises a baby son to the hospitable woman (2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a).
Psalm — For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord (Psalm 89).
Second Reading — We shall live in newness of life as Christ was raised from the dead (Romans 6:3-4, 8-11).
Gospel — Whoever gives but a cup of cold water to another will surely be rewarded (Matthew 10:37-42).


Monday:      Acts 12:1-11; Ps 34:2-9; 2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18; Mt 16:13-19
Tuesday:      Am 3:1-8; 4:11-12; Ps 5:4b-8; Mt 8:23-27
Wednesday:  Am 5:14-15, 21-24; Ps 50:7-13, 16bc-17; Mt 8:28-34
Thursday:     Am 7:10-17; Ps 19:8-11; Mt 9:1-8
Friday:         Eph 2:19-22; Ps 117:1bc, 2; Jn 20:24-29
Saturday:      Am 9:11-15; Ps 85:9ab, 10-14; Mt 9:14-17 or, for Independence Day, any readings from the Mass “For the Country,” nos. 882- 886, or “For Peace and Justice,” nos. 887-891
Sunday:        Zec 9:9-10; Ps 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14; Rom 8:9, 11-13; Mt 11:25-30


Sunday:      Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday:      Ss. Peter and Paul, Apostles
Tuesday:     The First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church
Wednesday:  St. Junípero Serra; Canada Day
Friday:         St. Thomas; First Friday
Saturday:     Independence Day; First Saturday; Blessed Virgin Mary


No one who has stood before the quiet majesty of Mission San Juan Capistrano, or the altogether different but no less lovely Mission Dolores in San Francisco, or any of the missions from San Diego to Sonoma can fail to bless the Franciscan padre who, while not founder of each, was inspiration for them all, Saint Junípero Serra. Abandoning the comfortable academic life to which his doctorate in theology entitled him, Serra journeyed to the New World where his tireless traveling, dramatic preaching, and penitential austerity converted thousands of native peoples. Saving souls and celebrating the sacraments were Padre Serra’s primary mission but not his only one. Education in letters and crafts, trades and agriculture transformed the people, while roads and irrigation systems transfigured the landscape. His more than thirty years of ministry were not free from conflict with authorities or without controversy in the retrospectively critical eye of history. But when John Paul II beatified him in 1988, he praised Padre Serra for assisting his converts to use their new faith to advance their true human development.


Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves and under a just God cannot long retain it. —Abraham Lincoln


The cross of Christ is the true ground and chief cause of Christian hope. —Pope St. Leo I

Weekly Intentions and Remembrances

Please pray for our sick...
David Bernardi, Barbara Vincenzo, Mary Opon
Rose For Life
This week’s Rose for Life is donated for Stan and Gerry Stec in thanksgiving on their 51st wedding anniversary.
Wedding Bans
July 10, 2020
Shannon Powers & Edward Spillane
Saturday Evening/Sunday June 27/28, 2020
Dr Alejandro Aldana, John Glueckert Sr., Michael Sparks
Monday, June 29th
Frank Pietrolonardo, Jozef Dobek
Tuesday, June 30th
Betty Liberty, Kathleen Stubenrauch, Catherine Jordan, Lottie Tremontano, Anita Panno, Maria Moreno, John Lyman
Wednesday, July 1st
Tom Rothfus, William Destiche, Bill Downes
Thursday, July 2nd
Clara Morfin, Josh Wnek

Friday, July 3rd
Michael Conley
Saturday, July 4th
Sharon L Seiler Scanlan, Donald Seiler, Aldona Underys, Stella Brice
In Loving Memory
Nicola Longobardi is survived by his children, Sara (Daniel) Grant and Lisa (Peter) Giudice; grandchildren, Ava Matilde Grant, Andrew W. Grant and Matteo F. Giudice; sister Emilia; sisters-in-law Robin & Mariapia; brother-in-law Steve, his special "dog" friend Princess, along with many loved nieces and nephews.
William R Geary is survived by his spouse Karen Geary (nee Formanski); his children Shawn (Meg) Geary, Terry Geary, Bridget Geary, Kevin (Amy) Geary, Maureen Geary, Eric Geary and Megan (Evan) Kile; his grandchildren Anna, Emme, Kate, Margo, Mekdes, Lukas, Julian, Emma, Aiden, Taylor, Declan and McKenna; as well his brothers Robert Geary, James (Fran) Geary and Daniel (Debbe) Geary.
Mary Margaret Stryker Mary is survived by her children, Mary (Joe) Aiello, John (the late Beth) Stryker, Michelle (Antenor S.) Molloy, Steven Stryker, Patricia (Joel) Johnston and Kathryn (Aaron LaRocco) Stryker; grandchildren, Shelby (Charles Beauregard) Stryker, Anne Aiello, Lauren Aiello, John Molloy, Steven Stryker II, Dominic Aiello, Antenor T. Molloy, Kenneth Stryker, Kira Johnston, Joseph Johnston and Sarah Stryker; great-grandchildren, William Beauregard and Violet Beauregard; sister, Helen (the late Jerome) Evertowski; and several nieces and nephews.
St. James Reopening Guidelines
We ask you to read and follow these guidelines to make our worship safe, smooth and joyful.
  1. Reserve your place at Mass here.
  2. Read the Archdiocese of Chicago guidelines here.
  3. Watch the video "Welcome Back to Mass at St James" here.
  4. There is still a dispensation from the obligation to attend mass. If you find it safer to avoid coming to church at this time, please consider uniting with God and the community through an act of spiritual communion.
  5. Please remember that each household may sign up for one mass per week to allow others the opportunity to worship in the church.
St. James Church Tower Update
After nearly 80 years of worthy service the Church Tower will be getting a facelift. We will keep you posted on future plans. - Fr Matt
St. James Stewardship
St. James Tuition Assistance

We need your help!

St. James School and Religious Education Tuition Assistance needs additional funds for families in need during this time of economic downturn.  If you are grateful for the Catholic education you received, thankful for your faith formation, and able to financially help your fellow parishioner and school families, please consider a donation to St. James Tuition Assistance through July 31st.  Our goal is to keep all 50 children currently eligible for financial aid at St James!  We are incredibly grateful for your support of this growing need and thank you in advance for your consideration. 

Visit this link to donate: 

Fr. Matt’s recently mailed letter requesting your support can be found here: 

Thank you for your generosity!

Faith and Formation
Are you interested in learning more about Men of St. James? MSJ is one of our ministries providing opportunities for Christian fellowship through Social, Spiritual and Service activities for all the men of the parish at least 21 years of age. During this time, small groups and Bible study groups are meeting via Zoom. Click the button below to connect with MSJ. 
Learn More
Join us on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm for ADORE: 
Come for Eucharistic Adoration, witness talk, silent prayer, and meditative praise and worship music. More about ADORE:
We will pray the rosary every Monday until the school year begins.
Please note the Zoom information for our summer prayer time.
Join Zoom Meeting on Mondays at 4 pm.
Meeting ID: 880 9991 4730
Password: 2020
St. James Ministries

Eucharistic Adoration at St. James: Past, Present & Future

The Adoration Ministry at St. James started on September 1st, 2004 led by the late Fr. Ted Schmidt in the Parish Center’s chapel supported by lay leaders Dave Kennedy, Ken Young, Phyllis Shields, and Jo Jozwiak. It started once a week for 12 hours of silent adoration and finished up with the Holy Hour led by Deacon Matt Hennessy with evening prayer, rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet. St. James is blessed that the adoration of the Lord has not been disrupted since then. The effort was led by Jo Jozwiak whose dedication and devotion to keep Our Lord company was inspiring. She would sit for the whole day and allow people to come and go to visit the Lord with no complaint. She only took an hour lunch and went back to keep Our Lord company until Benediction. Jo Jozwiak retired from coordinating the adoration ministry in 2015. Regina Kastner took over leadership along with the McPherrin family who helped for a short while before they moved away in 2017. At that point there were 20 regular adorers. Read more.
From the Respect Life Ministry: someone wanted to know. If you are interested in joining the Respect Life Ministry, please contact
Join the Earth Shepherds ministry July 4-5 and bike to mass! 
Stay Connected With St. James Parish

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