Evangelization and Enrichment

Stewardship Committee | Bible Study | Parish Book Club | Faith Sharing for Women Women’s Ministry | Men of Saint James | Marriage Encounter | Cursillo



Stewardship Committee

Eileen and Mike Gavagan
(908) 647-4936

The Stewardship Committee encourages all parishioners to participate in the life of the parish by using their God-given time and talents. A special effort is made to welcome new parishioners to the parish and to help them connect with ministries that fit their interests and talents.



Bible Study

Joan Patterson
(908) 625-0821 (cell)

Barbara Maddox
(908) 766-7328 (home)

Through study, discussion and prayer, the Bible Study Programs help us to deepen our spiritual lives by listening to the voice of God through the words of Scripture. Two sessions are offered: Thursday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and Tuesday evenings from 7:15 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Both sessions are open to Saint James parishioners, 18 years and older, and to adults from surrounding Catholic parishes. All programs are offered in accord with the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.


Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible

This eight-part study (with 30-minute videos) takes you on an engaging journey through the Bible. Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible makes the complex simple. It helps you uncover the story woven throughout Scripture so that you can get the “big picture” of the Bible and can better understand what it is all about. The Bible is a story about the Father’s unfailing love for you – a love that you are now called to share with others.

You will:

  • Make better sense of the Bible and appreciate how it relates to your everyday life
  • Discover the remarkable connections between the Old and New Testaments
  • See how the sacraments, the Church and our entire Catholic Faith is rooted in Scripture
  • … and much more!

Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible is a thoroughly revised study that replaces A Quick Journey Through the Bible. This study is highly recommended for anyone who has not taken The Bible Timeline (24 weeks), A Quick Journey Through the Bible (8 weeks), or The Bible in a Day workshop. 

REGISTER FOR Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible TODAY!!

Wisdom: God’s Vision for Life

Scripture and the Tradition of the Catholic Church provide an abundance of wisdom, though it can often be challenging to apply it to our lives. In this eight-part study (with 30-minute videos), Jeff Cavins and Thomas Smith examine biblical wisdom as it relates to daily life. Drawing on the wisdom literature of the Bible—Proverbs, Wisdom, Sirach, and Ecclesiastes—Wisdom: God’s Vision for Life will teach you how to actively seek out sound guidance and increase your sense of peace in navigating life. In everything from friendships to finances, from making decisions to attaining peace of mind, Scripture offers a vision for happiness and well-being. With this program, you will learn how to gather, gain, and grow in wisdom, and you will experience the joy it brings to your life.

You will:

  • Discover what wisdom is (and what it isn’t!)
  • Learn new habits for increasing wisdom in your daily life
  • Gain confidence, through role models and practice, in living according to God’s vision

REGISTER FOR Wisdom: God’s Vision for Life TODAY!!



Parish Book Club

Julie Lee
(908) 204-0146

The Saint James Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the Parish Library in the pastoral center from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and always welcomes new members. The group enjoys fellowship while discussing spiritual and inspirational books.



Faith Sharing for Women

Joan Rosenberg
(908) 903-0233

Faith Sharing for Women invites women of all ages to discuss how God is working in their lives, to make new friends, and to deepen their faith. Groups use Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and educational materials developed for small groups. Meeting places, days and times are determined by the individual faith sharing groups.



Women’s Ministry

Andrea Chiafullo
(908) 542-1674

The mission of the Women’s Ministry is to reflect on the Catholic Christian woman’s journey of faith, her relationship with Jesus Christ, her vocation and state in life, and opportunities to live the Gospel message more effectively. The primary goal is to help each woman to find time for prayer and Scripture reading, thereby solidifying her sense of identity within the Catholic Church and clarifying her call to serve.

Retreats are central to the achievement of this dual goal. The Moms’ Retreat, held in the early spring, is given by Saint James moms for Saint James moms. By sharing of their faith and their experiences as mothers and as Catholic women, and especially through prayer, the older mothers serve as mentors for the younger moms

An autumn retreat, held on the first weekend in October at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA is given by a retreat coach or spiritual director from outside the parish and is open to all women. This retreat runs from Friday night to Sunday noon and includes Mass, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and time for quiet, reflection, Eucharistic Adoration, fellowship, and fun.

The Women’s Ministry’s meetings are usually held the second Monday of each month from 8:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center. All are welcome!



Men of Saint James

Terry Conley
(908) 500-1626

The Men of Saint James seeks to help men balance their busy lives with God as their center. As we immerse ourselves in the daily demands of career and family life, we seek to tether ourselves to the Truth. Our goal is to become better husbands, fathers, sons, leaders, workers, and parishioners through prayer, sharing and support.

The Men of Saint James welcomes men from age 13 to 99! Mini retreats are held quarterly on Friday nights from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Retreats include dinner, fellowship, music, and inspiring speakers. There is no cost to attend,  just benefits! One retreatant recently observed, “These are regular guys, the kind you would play football with!”



Marriage Encounter

Kathy and John Lubarsky
(908) 953-0935

The Marriage Encounter group consists of couples who have attended a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Retreat and who wish to continue to enhance their marriage by the support of other Catholic married couples. Meetings are held monthly on Fridays at 8:00 p. m. in the pastoral center or in homes of participating couples, and consist of videos and discussions that encourage husbands and wives to continually grow closer together and to keep God at the center of their marriage.

Visit Worldwide Marriage Encounter and A Lifetime of Love for more information about the Marriage Encounter program.




Mike Gavagan
(908) 612-2009

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