Men of Charity | Knights of Columbus | Helping Hands | Friendly Visitors and Shoppers | Transportation Group | Blankets of Blessing | Consolation Ministry
Men of Charity
The Saint James Men of Charity provides charitable service to Saint James parish and the community at large. The group is open to all men, meeting on the third Wednesday of each month at 8:00 p. m. in the pastoral center. The funds raised at the annual Harvest Fest, Chili & Chowder Cook Off for Charity, and the 5K Walk/Run for Kindness are distributed to those in need for housing, utilities, food, medical needs, and more.
Knights of Columbus
Founded in 1882, and named in honor of Christopher Columbus, the Knights of Columbus are dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. Saint Elizabeth Council #2393, serving Bernardsville and Basking Ridge, was instituted on July 24, 1922 and is celebrating more than 90 years of charitable and fraternal service to the Church and the community.
Membership is open to all Catholic men. Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the Chapel Hall located in the St. James chapel basement. Membership dues are $25 per year, which includes member materials, a magazine from the national office, and an internationally accepted membership card.
Among the activities sponsored by the Knights are the Emerald Ball for Bethel Ridge, Pride in Our Priests Dinners, pancake breakfasts, Easter Egg Hunts, Wine Tasting Events, youth soccer challenges, youth free throw contests, Ballroom Dancing events, serving at the Soup Kitchen in Morristown, 8th grade student scholarships, and sponsorship of the bus to the annual March for Life in Washington, DC. The Knights also serve their churches as ushers for special Masses and Confirmation, assemble the outdoor Crèche, cook at the Parish Picnic, and attend as Honor Guard for visiting dignitaries.
Helping Hands, founded in 1971, supports parishioners in times of grief by preparing and serving luncheons after funerals. The group also provides meals at home to families dealing with illness. This ministry is open to all adults, especially those who enjoy cooking and baking. All levels of participation are welcome, from regular to occasional.
Please submit requests for meals or other assistance by email.
Friendly Visitors and Shoppers
Friendly Visitors and Shoppers assist parishioners who are homebound and in need of good company and help to restock their pantries and refrigerators. Men and women are welcome to volunteer on a weekly or biweekly basis to perform Corporal Works of Mercy and make some wonderful new friends in the process. People who like people and who are looking for a way to make the end result of supermarket shopping as nourishing for the soul as it is for the body are urged to join. No special training is required, just some time and an open heart.
The Transportation Ministry provides rides to and from medical/dental appointments or physical therapy for parishioners who have no alternative means of transportation for necessary care. Drivers engage in friendly conversation to make the trip a positive experience and to share the love of Christ in their ministry. Adult parishioners licensed to drive with access to a four-door vehicle are welcome and encouraged to join.
Blankets of Blessing
The Blankets of Blessings ministry knits and crochets blankets for newly baptized babies and shawls for the sick and homebound. The handiwork can be done at home and delivered to the bins outside the parish office. Gatherings are organized a few times a year for fellowship and to teach the craft to new members.