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ST. JAMES Good News IS GREAT News!

 May 20, 2020



Good Day St. James!

It is with great anticipation that I share good news about our church reopening. The staff underwent Archdiocesan training on Monday to learn about the phased reopening process. Appropriate distancing, the pew seating process, and the cleaning follow-up after each religious service were discussed. We trust that these safety measures will mitigate, as much as possible, the transmission of the coronavirus. My prayer is that with a gradual entry into our church building, St. James can remain optimistically aware of the dangers, challenges, and beauty of being reunited. Please stay tuned to our emails, social media announcements, and parish website for church reopening updates.

St. James prayers continue for each of you. While this time seems long and riddled with uncertainty, remember that your faith family is with you. We created this video with images of our church to remind us that we can press on together, remembering that God is holding us close. With the Lord you never walk alone.

Click Here for Video
Special thanks to Tam Conseur and Julie Cohen
When you walk through a storm Hold your head up high!
And don't be afraid of the dark.
At the end of the storm is a golden sky, And the sweet silver song of a lark.
Walk on through the wind. Walk on through the rain.
Though your dreams be tossed and blown.

Walk on. Walk on, with hope in your heart.
For you'll never walk alone.
You’ll never walk alone.
Oscar Hammerstein II & Richard Rodgers, 1945
You’ll Never Walk Alone, Carousel
  • This Memorial Day we will honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. If you have someone who has died in service to our nation and would like him/her to remembered on this day, please send a photo with name to The deadline is Friday morning, May 22.
  • Yes, it’s a Gigantic Blue Vacuum! Roof work has started on the school this past week. Please be cautious of the Deacon Drive entryway where a dumpster and large blue vacuum are parked. The playground area is fenced off for the foreseeable future. Let’s hope the weather cooperates so the project moves along! We will post updates as progress is made.
  • Bulldog Commons Update - Last fall Phase I of the Parish Center gathering space renovation involved a lovely gift of furniture from St. James Theater Productions. The furniture, pictured below, was to offer a more comfortable meeting space for school and religious education students to do homework, complete a test, hold after-school rehearsals and meetings, or simply to gather. During summers, this space serves as the theater lobby for the annual St. James musical. The furniture has been very well-received and (until COVID-19 shut down the building) the space gained fast popularity for all ages.
Phase II of this space’s update will begin next month. Thanks to funds budgeted through the Family & School Association (FSA), enhancements will include signage and banners showcasing theater and athletics memorabilia and will feature activities offered by St. James Parish and School. The goal is to give more St. James “character” to the room. Stay tuned for picture updates as exciting things take shape!
  • As a parish we are in the third week of celebrating Mary in our St. James 2020 Rosary Challenge! The challenge is to say 2020 rosaries parish-wide during the month of May. Click here for Fr. Matt’s Rosary Challenge instructions so that you can add your name to the list. We are up to 600 rosaries prayed with 11 more days to go!
  • At 4:00 pm each Monday please consider attending our virtual Children-Led Rosary Group. Email Jorsey Abraham at to receive the Zoom invitation. The list of participants is growing, and whether you are young or old, all are welcome!
  • All ladies are welcome to join the Women of St. James (WOSJ) every Wednesday throughout May at 8 PM via Facebook Live to say the rosary and add your name to the challenge list! Contact Sarra at for more information. This wonderful WOSJ ministry continues to grow each week. Ask Sarra about how to get involved in the Amazed and Afraid Bible Study she is leading this summer!
  • My world has turned upside down! Join me here in a minute of spiritual fitness … and don’t forget to smile.     
  • Coffee with Fr. Ryan continues for its second week. This 10-minute video will answer the recent commonly asked question, “Why can’t we receive reconciliation virtually?” Click here for Fr. Ryan’s wonderful insight. This segment airs each Friday on our social media channels.
  • Mental Illness Resources: In such a short amount of time, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed our lives and the world around us. St. James wants you to remember that this time is temporary, and that we are praying for you during these emotionally challenging circumstances. Several online resources are available below to help cope during this pandemic. Remember that you never walk alone!
Emotional Resiliency Tips to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recorded webinar: Cultivating our Best Selves in Response to COVID-19. Religious and Spiritual Resources, compiled by Advocate Aurora Health. Includes information on livestream worship services, online sermons, prayers, meditations and resources for faith leaders.

Resiliency, Health and Well-being Resources, compiled by Advocate Aurora Health. Includes guides, toolkits, resiliency tips, webinars, meditation resources and more.

Mental Health Ministries provides information about COVID-19 and mental health resources.

Action for Happiness Calendar offers monthly calendars, packed with actions you can take to help create a happier and kinder world.
  • St. James Family Connection will make your summer better! St. James Family Connection aims to steer your family into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Family Connection is a simple discussion journey through the Gospel of Mark, supplemented with short readings form the Old and New Testaments. After the readings, a short reflection is presented, followed by a challenge for the children. The challenge goal is always to grow in virtue: to do something nice for someone, to serve in some way, or to pray. We believe this summer program, which starts June 1st, will help your family grow closer to God!
    Please reach out to Kevin Byrnes, Coordinator of Children's Formation, for more information and materials. Kevin can be reached at or 224-345-7217. All families are invited to participate!
  • Wonderful News from the 11:30 am Choir! From John Towner, Director:
I wanted to create a video that would help unite our community during this difficult time. The choir has been meeting on Zoom each week, and one week I got my guitar out and we sang "Only in God", a John Michael Talbot song. Though we were not able to hear all the voices together because of the limited technology, it was still great to see the smiling faces singing their hearts out! “Only in God” seemed like the perfect song for the video. The song speaks of not being afraid - of trusting God in all difficulties. The message is consoling.
Once we decided on the song, we got to work. Each choir member sang along to a guide track we created, and then they sent in their individual videos so I could assemble them. I am so grateful for our community and our choir. Though we are all in our separate spaces, we are finding ways to unite our voices.

Special thanks to John Towner and the musicians in this wonderful choir who made this video possible. Most people are not aware of the time and effort it takes to put a musical video like this together. Thank you all so very much for your inspiration!

Click here to listen to this exquisite compilation of voices.
  • Another uplifting piece for your listening enjoyment is sung by Tam Conseur, Director of Music Ministry, who dedicates You Raise Me Up to our frontline and essential-working heroes. Enjoy Tam’s solo here! #baritonenailsthehighnotes
  • And Tam, I regret to upstage you by two of our littlest SJS Bulldogs, but here is a clip of last Sunday’s singing of “Yes I Will!” starring 5-year old, Michael Delaney and his 1st grade sister, Avery. This musical good news here will put a smile on your face!
  • Aaaaaaand, back to Tam Conseur who is delighted to welcome new songs to mass! In the past couple of weeks Tam has introduced two new songs via the Good News Report and the eBulletin. This is Tam’s third new song and there will be one more after this. Remember that singing is good for the soul, mind, body, and spirit! Click here for your personal video rehearsal of this new contemporary piece, Forever.
  • This segment will make you laugh. 😊 Join Jonathan Blevins and Kevin Byrnes as they answer unfiltered questions that children ask. Check it out each Wednesday at the St. James Parish Facebook page here!
  • Did you miss Theresa Storto’s Motivational Monday message on Facebook the other day? Theresa is the Administrative Assistant for Evangelization and Formation and reflects upon Deuteronomy 31:6. "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
Click here to watch Motivational Monday with Theresa!
  • Thank you Jimmy John's on Dunton, and Outback Steakhouse at Randhurst for providing delicious, hearty lunches and dinners for PADS last Wednesday. We are forever thankful for your continuous cooking and packaging for our guests. Remember parishioners, please support these local restaurants who have graciously helped PADS during this pandemic. Continued thanks to parishioners who have donated funds toward this effort.
  • Another month in quarantine deserves another round of St. James Trivia! If you missed the fun last month don’t let this time get away from you. Our first trivia night was a BLAST! Get the team back together or start a new team for our Trivia Night-Part 2! Mark your calendars for May 29th, 8:30pm and register for this family-friendly event here: james-live-virtual-trivia-night-part-two/
  • Good luck to the five STEM competitors from the St. Viator Academic Team as they compete in the distance Academic Challenge in Engineering and Science. Special shout outs to our St. James School Alumna (2017) and parishioner, Callie Mulligan, and parishioner and St. Viator graduating senior and Valedictorian, Daniel Fecko!
  • Parishioner Scott Carlson had his 15 seconds of fame last week on NBC5 as the featured area school principal with a slick “trick shot.” Scott and his wife, Tammy, are both suburban educators with a 4th grade son, Luke, attending St. James School, and son Kyle, a 6th grader at Thomas Middle School. Enjoy Scott’s trick shot talents on last week’s newscast here!
  • And WOW….the talent continues at St. James! We anticipate good news from our incredibly athletic and competitive 11-year old parishioner and religious education student, Owen Pham. Owen competes June 12th in the final round of American Ninja Warrior Junior that airs on Universal Kids Network. While the show has already been taped, and Owen and his family are held to secrecy of the results, we have all been encouraged to cheer on our young Arlington Heights athlete to a championship win.
Good luck Owen! St. James is rooting for you!

Read the Daily Herald Article from 5/13 here that includes terrific action shots!
  • And the answer is ... Who is Mary Kate Trausch?  The question is: The suburban teacher and daughter of our St. James Parishioner and School art teacher, Chris Trausch. This young lady will be competing in the Jeopardy Teachers Tournament that starts Monday!  St. James wishes her much success against her tough competition from Lombard and other cities across the country. Lots of luck to her!
  • Text-to-Give makes giving super easy! Once you set up your account to enable text donations (which takes less than two minutes) you are good to go. Please consider text-to-give to make financial gifts to St. James even easier!
  • Remember that while the parish office remains closed to in-person business, we are available for you every day! We happily continue to take mass remembrances, sick list requests, and answer questions from our parishioners by phone and email. You may reach our front desk staff in the following ways:
    • Email
    • Email Flo Trunk, Office Manager, directly at
    • Call the front desk at 224-345-7200 – leave a message if no answer as messages are checked routinely
    • Call Flo Trunk directly at 224-345-7206 – leave a message if no answer as messages are checked routinely
We can leave a mass card taped to the outer front office door for a no-touch pick-up. There is a lockbox to the left of the door if you wish to drop off an offertory gift.
  • Christians celebrate funeral rites to offer worship, praise, and thanksgiving to God for the gift of a life which has now returned to God, the author of life and hope for the just. The mass, which is the memorial of Christ’s death and resurrection, is the principal celebration of the Christian funeral. If you have had a loved one recently die, I encourage you to schedule a memorial or funeral mass. We want to pray for your beloved family member and celebrate the gift of his or her life. Please contact Flo in the Parish Office at 224-345-7200.
  • Join us for ADORE at 7:00 pm tomorrow night, and every Thursday night at
Remember that mass is said daily at 9:03 am Monday through Saturday. Wednesday is our dedicated children’s mass. Saturday we broadcast a 5 pm traditional mass, and Sunday we broadcast a live 10 am contemporary mass. Thursday evening Adore begins at 7 pm. All of these services are found at our home page:
I echo Tam’s words in his good news singing of You Raise Me Up. Our essential workers and every day heroes are allowing us to rise above these trying times and press forward with faith and hope. Thank you, Lord, for the selfless and generous members of our parish and greater community.
Your Servant in Christ,
Fr. Matt
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