Pastoral Report

How does our Catholic identity translate into our mission?

In any conversation about parish identity, it is important to remember that what we are operating is not simply a business. Our parish is a faith community with members called by baptism to build the kingdom of God here on earth. This puts operating expenses‖ into a whole new light. Here are some of the ways our mission built the kingdom here in our parish over the last year:

  • 50 infants and children were baptized, as well as 13 youth/adults.

  • 84 people accepted their faith through the sacrament of Confirmation.

  • 68 parishioners from St. James experienced the Lord in a special way through their First Communion and through First Reconciliation.

  • 27 couples celebrated the sacrament of Matrimony.

  • 31 lives were mourned and celebrated during funerals.

  • 71 new families joined the parish.

  • 260 students in Pre-school through 8th Grade from our parish were enrolled in St. James/Seton Catholic School; approximately 26% of school operations was covered by your weekly financial gifts.

  • 131 students in Pre-school through 8th Grade from our parish were enrolled in Parish Religious Education.

  • 164 students in Grades 9-12 from our parish were enrolled in Catholic High Schools.

  • 232 individuals spent time in weekly Eucharistic Adoration.

  • 25 homebound parishioners received communion on a weekly basis, and our priests conducted 24 First Friday home visits per month.

  • 50 parishioners began to Encounter Jesus in a deeper way through the new ministries Discovering Christ and Apostolic Prayer.

  • Countless parishioners and others in the community encountered Jesus through the ministries of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Community Concerns, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Daughters, St. James for Life, Habitat for Humanity, Alanon, Celebrate Recovery and the thousands of hours you spent in prayer!

  • 1087 parishioners have spent approximately 6540 hours serving others in the parish and in the community.

  • Parish Facebook followers doubled in the last year; 23,328 people were reached through our page.