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April 28, 2016
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2016 Pastoral Council Nominations

Over the next few weeks, the parish is asking for nominations for three new members of St. James Pastoral Council. The council is a visioning and planning body of parishioners who foster full participation of the parish in the life and mission of the church. In consultation with the pastor, Pastoral Council actively listens to and identifies the needs and concerns of the people and reviews the parish pastoral plan to respond to these needs. Pastoral Council meets once a month and the term is three years.

The members are selected by a discernment process, which is decision making rooted in prayer. By using discernment, Fr. Nolker and Pastoral Council acknowledge that God is at work in our lives at all times, especially when making important decisions. This year we are in need of three individuals who are willing to meet once a month during the year, and have these qualities:

·        A desire for spiritual growth in themselves and the parish

·        An enthusiasm about the future direction of the parish

·        A willingness to listen, to speak honestly and to work toward consensus

·        The ability to inspire and empower others to delegate

·        Flexibility and openness with people and ideas

Nominations will be accepted from April 17 – April 29. Those identified as nominees will be invited to attend an information night on May 4. At this information meeting night, all nominees will learn about the role of the council and will have the opportunity to ask questions. After this evening, all nominees will be asked to reflect and pray on this information and discern whether or not he or she feels called to this ministry of service and leadership. The formal discernment night will be held on May 11 to determine the new council members. These new members will be blessed by the community in early June. To download the form, click on the nomination form below.

Sincerely,

St. James Pastoral Council 

Pam Collins, Member at Large Mark Russell, Mamber at Large
Judy D’Amico, Member at Large Joe Schneider, Chair
Michael Harlow, Member at Large Devin Sillies, Member at Large
Tim Meyer, Vice Chair Nancy Thomas, Member at Large
Mary Jo Reiners, Member at Large Laura White, Member at Large

2016 Pastoral Council Nomination Form



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First Holy Communion Weekend
4:30 pm Mass on Saturday, April 30
and
12:00 Noon Mass on Sunday, May 1

Our Catholic 2nd graders will make their First Holy Communion this weekend.  Please feel free to join us in celebrating this Sacrament.

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Right to Life Mother's Day Flower Sale

May 7th and 8th after all Masses

The St. James L.I.F.E. Ministry will be selling carnations once again in the Church Hall after all Masses on Mother's Day Weekend, May 7th & 8th. The cost of the flowers are $2 each, 3 for $5, 6 for $8 and a dozen for $15.  Also, we will sell 10-inch hanging baskets containing assorted annuals for $17. If you know you will need a number of carnations, please call Mary Lackman to reserve them for you at 385-7409 or email klackman@cinci.rr.com. All profits go directly to Right to Life and is a great way to celebrate life and remember Mom, Grandma or any other special woman in your life.

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May Crowning Service and Raffle Drawing

Monday, May 9th at 7 pm in Church

Please join us for May Crowning sponsored by the St. Mary's Ladies Society. Refreshments will follow in the Church Hall along with the drawing for St. Mary's Ladies Society Raffle. 

Help support the St. Mary's Ladies Society by purchasing raffle tickets. They take care of the altar needs for our Parish, purchase and maintain all the altar linens and Baptism garments.  Tickets are $1/each, 6 for $5 or 12 for $10.  Prizes are $150 - 1st, $75 - 2nd and $25 - 3rd and can be found at the church doors, parish office or click on the form below to download. Drop an envelope in the Sunday collection marked St. Mary's Ladies with your donation and tickets.

St. Mary's Ladies Society Raffle Ticket Form

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

This year St. James the Greater Vacation Bible School is scheduled on Monday through Friday, June 13-17 from 9:30 am-Noon.  Students will participate in uncovering archaeological treasures that will lead them to discovery of God's gift of Bible stories.

Children entering Kindergarten through Grade 4 will sing, dance, listen to or watch stories, and learn lessons from Holy Scripture.  They will pray, create reminders of important concepts and enjoy snacks and games.  Lessons will focus on increasing knowledge of the Catholic Faith, as well as that of the call to service of family, friends, neighbors, community and most importantly, God.  The cost is $20.00 per child and registration forms are available online (click below), in church, or in the Parish Office. 

VIRTUS ® approved volunteers are needed and welcome!  Adults are needed to lead groups, and to help with refreshments.  This is a great opportunity for junior high and/or high school students to accumulate needed service hours!

Please contact us in the Religious Education Office (741-5335) to volunteer or for additional information.  We hope to see you at this year's St. James Vacation Bible School!

Vacation Bible School Registration Form



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St. James Parish Festival 2016
Friday, July 22nd - 6 pm till Midnight
Saturday, July 23rd - 5:30 pm till Midnight
Sunday, July 24th - 4 pm till 10 pm

Come join us for the fun! There will be live music, games, food, fun and prizes.

Visit: www.stjamesfestival.com for additional information. You can preview the bands, volunteer and visit our sponsor links to see what they are up to.