Two disciples met the Risen Christ on the road to Emmaus as they were sharing their thoughts and ideas about all that had taken place during the days leading to the Resurrection, in which they expressed hope. They left their encounter with Jesus renewed, energized, and ready to spread the Word and live the Gospel message more completely than ever before. (For the complete story, see Luke 24:13-49)
The people of Saint James Church are blessed with many and varied opportunities to emulate this experience through the ministries, community prayer, organizations and special events hosted by the parish. Just as the two disciples in Luke’s Gospel traveled on a spiritual journey, bolstered by each other, our fellow parishioners, through these parish-sponsored groups, stand ready to support and assist each other as we all grow in our relationships with Jesus Christ.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. — Ephesians 2:10
To learn more about the ministries and organizations active at the Church of Saint James, please scan the menu at left or the categories below:
Litugical Ministries: These groups serve in various capacites during the Sacrifice of the Mass and other liturgical services: Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist, Altar Servers, Readers, Music Ministry, and Ushers.
Special Worship and Devotions: These are additional opportunities to pray in community: Eucharistic Adoration, The Rosary Altar Society, The Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, The Divine Office, the Miraculous Medal Novena, Stations of the Cross, The Saint James Prayer Chain, Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Children’s Mass, and Blessing of the Animals.
Evangelization and Enrichment: These groups offer means to grow in the Faith and share your gifts: Stewardship Committee, Bible Study, Parish Book Club, Faith Sharing for Women, Women’s Ministry, Men of Saint James, Marriage Encounter, and Cursillo.
Social Concerns: Devoted to specific causes, these groups serve the community beyond the parish: Respect for Life, Share Your Bread, The Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center, The Lenten Soup Supper, and the Interfaith Hospitality Network.
Youth Groups: While The Church of Saint James welcomes the youth to participate in all appropriate ministries and organizations, the following are specifically oriented towards our younger parishioners: Praisers, Altar Servers, Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Challenge Club for Girls, Boy Scouts of America Cub Scout Pack 55 (Patriots’ Path Council), Girl Scouts USA (Heart of New Jersey Council), Catholic Youth Ministry (CYM) Basketball, Moms and Tots, and BOLD Youth Ministry.
Service Groups: These groups focus on serving the needs of those closer to home by supporting a variety of worthwhile causes: Men of Charity, Knights of Columbus, Helping Hands, Friendly Visitors and Shoppers, the Transportations Group, and Blankets of Blessings.
Social Groups: These groups promote fellowship and camaraderie among parishioners of all ages: Fellowship Coffee Hour, First Friday Fellowship, Parish Golf Outing, Saints Joachim and Anne Society, and Top of the Hill Gang
Consolation Ministry: The Saint James Consolation Ministry assists the bereaved in their journey from grief to hope, providing spiritual guidance, education and emotional support for those who have experienced the death of a loved one.