Stewardship Committee | Bible Study | Parish Book Club | Faith Sharing for Women | Women’s Ministry | Men of Saint James | Marriage Encounter | Cursillo
Eileen and Mike Gavagan
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.
(908) 625-0821 (cell)
(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.
COMING IN THE FALL!
Catholicism: The Pivotal Players
Building on his CATHOLICISM series, Bishop Robert Barron’s 14-week study focuses on the lives and impact of six holy evangelists: influential men and women in history who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of western civilization. Filmed on location, we will learn about the lives and contributions of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine of Sienna, Blessed John Henry Newman, G.K. Chesterton, and Michelangelo.
This exciting study will be offered in two semesters of seven sessions each. The first session will begin in early October and run through early December. The second session will begin in early February and run through late March.
Parish Book Club
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
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.
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.
Men of Saint James
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!”
Kathy and John Lubarsky
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.