December 02, 2020
News & Events

St. James Giving Tree 2020

On the weekend of November 28 & 29 our Giving Tree will be placed in the Church wet vestibule. If you are not coming to Mass, just stop in any time to get a tag.  This year's Giving Tree will have 650 tags divided among these groups: Healthy Moms and Babes, St. Francis De Sales School, HOSTS/Oyler School, St. Vincent de Paul Society, First Step Home and Working in Neighborhoods. The FINAL RETURN WEEKEND IS December 12 & 13.  IT IS VERY IMPORTANT to return the gifts by that weekend. 



Giving Tuesday, December 1st is coming.  Our parish is participating in the Global one-day, online giving event known as “GiveCatholicAOC”. Beginning November 16 you can make an advanced day #GiveCatholicAOC gift.  The GiveCentral giving platform will be open to accept donations. "#GiveCatholicAOC” encourages the faithful around the world to come together and raise as many charitable dollars as possible for Catholic parishes, schools, and nonprofit ministries.  Please consider supporting the needs of our parish family with a financial gift on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1stMARK YOUR CALENDAR

 Click below starting November 16th to give.  Locate St. James the Greater in the drop down box and click continue to donate.  



The Blessing of the Bambinelli
December 13th

At each Mass this weekend the Christ Child figures from our families' Nativity scenes will be blessed as a sign our Christmas celebrations will focus on the Lord's birth.


St. Mary's Ladies Society
Raffle to Support Scholarships to St. James School
(1 Girl and 1 Boy will be Awarded a Scholarship)

1st Prize is an American Girl Doll
1st Prize Sports Basket
1st Prize Christmas Dinner Basket
Donation is $1.00 or 6 for $5.00 or 12 for $10.00

Click below to print tickets.  Please indicate if you want your chances for the American Doll, Sports Basket or Christmas Dinner Basket Drawing will be held at our December meeting on Monday, December 14th.  Tickets can be sent to the Parish Office, 3565 Hubble Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45247 or put in an envelope marked St. Mary's Ladies Society Raffle and drop in the Sunday Collection.



Christmas Season Masses


        We are all anticipating a different Christmas celebration this year.  Necessary precautions about the pandemic will probably be increased because of the anticipated surge in the spread.  Please begin planning now how you might be incorporating participation in Mass in your plans this year.  These are some points that may help you in your considerations.


We cannot handle the crowds seen at Christmas Masses in the past. 

We will have to limit the number of people allowed in the church.  We are obligated to continue following the regulations from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati about limiting the number of people in the church and observing the other safety measure. (see below)  We must take every possible step to keep people safe and that means significantly reducing the number of people in the church.


Please consider participating by livestream at our parish website.

We will livestream the Masses at 3:00 p.m. Christmas Eve, 10:00 a.m. Christmas Day, the usual Sunday (December 27) 10:00 a.m. and the 10:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day.  The Masses are archived on the website so you can also watch any time after the Mass in completed. 


We strongly urge everyone who feels it is absolutely necessary to participate in person to do so throughout the 4 days of Christmas weekend and at the Masses for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God on New Year’s.  Pick a day other than Christmas to come  to Mass. 



1.  Masks are mandatory following the state guidelines.

2.  Sanitizing one’s hands is required as one enters the church.

3.  Proper 6 ft distancing is to be followed when entering and leaving the building.  No congregating to greet each other is permitted.

4.  Only those pews that are not roped off may be used.  This means our capacity may not exceed 250-300 people, depending on the family units present.

5.  Family units living together may sit together.  Those not living together must be properly spaced 6 ft from anyone else.

6.  Protocols for receiving Communion must be followed.  This includes receiving Communion in the hand only.



        1.  The dispensation from participating in Sunday Mass also includes Christmas and New Year’s.

        2.  Anyone who is at higher risk due to medical conditions, age, etc. should not come to church.

        3.  Anyone who is sick or has symptoms of sickness should realize it is their obligation to stay home.


Christmas Masses

December 24 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

December 25 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon


Feast of the Holy Family

December 26 4:30 p.m.

December 27 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.


Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

December 31 4:30 p.m.

January 1 10:00 a.m.



Pray A Minute: One Million Hours of Prayer

 for Peace, Justice and Goodwill


Do you believe in the power of prayer? What might happen if every Catholic would pray just one minute more than they already do, every day, for the specific intention of peace, justice and goodwill? 

From now until January 1, the World Day of Prayer for Peace, Catholics from across the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are invited to unite in prayer for the spiritual renewal of our country. Together, we will pray one million hours! Learn more and commit to doing your part at

Pray a Minute
A Prayer for Peace, Justice and Goodwill

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Almighty God,
you created us in your image and likeness,
forming one human family.
In your enduring love,
you have promised to never leave us.
In the midst of strife and turmoil in our land,
we ask you for peace.
May victims of injustice be relieved of their suffering.
Help us, your children, to be people of goodwill,
radiating the light of faith.
May the example of Mary, the Queen of Peace,
  move us to be more faithful disciples of your Son.
Send your Holy Spirit to inspire us in word and deed,
as we strive to bring about your kingdom here on earth.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.