~Many thanks to the following students who served as greeters, readers, and gift bearers at last Sunday’s 10:00 Mass:Catrina, Cecelia and Kane Boudart, PJ McLeod, Gabriella Scaravalle, and Ben and Anthony Zebron. You can serve in these special roles as well! Please sign up at  and scroll down to Sunday Mass Volunteers.

~A check has been sent off the St. Mary Star of the Sea School in Key West, Florida. St. James students raised $1,322.78 to help this community that is still rebuilding after the damage caused by Hurricane Irma last September. Thank you to all of our students for their generosity!

~The SJS community marked the beginning of Lent this week with a few classes witnessing the burning of ashes with Father Matt, and, of course, Ash Wednesday Mass. Students prayerfully received ashes and reflected to prepare meaningful Lenten resolutions that will bring them closer to Jesus.


~To help you mark a meaningful Lenten season, St. James Parish has a number of events which are noted later in this newsletter. From Bible Study, mediation, missions to daily Mass at noon, there are many opportunities to deepen your Lenten experience.

Further prayers opportunities and activities can be found on these websites

~ A school parent recently inquired about filtering adult content on internet devices. Other parents may be wondering the same thing. Miss Harter found this great article about how to enable restrictions for the iPhones and iPads.

The article is called: How to Block Access to Adult Content & Websites on iPhone and iPad


~Welcome to Mrs. Paula Mitchell. Paula is a registered nurse who is transitioning into a position in the Health Office. Mrs. Mitchell previous experience has included school nurse at St. Francis de Sales School and St. Frances Hospital.

February 16, & 18-High School Musical, Jr.

February 16-End of 2nd Trimester

February 19-Presidents’ Day- No Classes

February 26-Spirit Wear

February 27-Sandwich Ministry

***March 2-Kindergarten for a Day ***NEW DATE

  ****March 22 – 2:00 DISMISSAL****


From the Desk of Mrs. Pat Farrell, Director of Spiritual Formation

As you know, Lent began this Wednesday, Feb. 14th.This year, it coincided with Valentine’s Day. While this has become a secular symbol of romantic love, the roots of Valentine’s day, READ MORE


A special thanks to Mr. Schroeder who stepped up to bring this magnificent production to fruition! They have provided a fabulous experience for our students! Thanks, too, to the dependable parent volunteers, and to our outstanding upper level students who outdid themselves in this worthwhile production! BRAVO!!

Tickets are still available at the door for Friday and Sunday performances.



Avoid the hike in fees by submitting your 2018-2019 application on or before February 23. Fees go up $50 per application after this date! Be sure to complete the entire application and place fee through Faith Direct or submit paper applications with fees to school office.

Our next Parents’ Club meeting is this TUESDAY FEBRUARY 20 @ 2:00 pm in the O’Brien Room.

Please note we have changed the time of the this meeting to 2:00 pm

Thank you, Special Lunch Chairs Joanne Citrano and Kate DiMarco, for rescheduling our special lunch from the snow day!  We all appreciate you! 

Did you know… way back in 2001 our magazine drive fundraiser brought in a profit of $27,000?!?  Yes.  Really!  Today the magazine drive fundraising packet is being sent home with each student.  Unlike years past, there was no assembly for the students to ramp up their excitement; however, there are still prizes available as listed on the packet envelope.  Due dates for postcards and orders are as listed on the letter stapled to the envelope.   As with all Parents’ Club fundraisers, your support is voluntary. Last year we profited $3,500 from the magazine drive.  While still a significant profit, what a difference from 2001!  The Parents’ Club board is currently evaluating our fundraising calendar and wants to know what you think. Keep an eye out for our short survey which will be available soon.  Thank you for your continued support of Parents’ Club sponsored fundraisers and activities!



Register now for LNO 2018  —  Friday, March 2!

REGISTER ONLINE here using FaithDirect

Save your seat at Ladies Night Out using a credit card.  Sip the night away with friends, belly up for some bingo and win beautiful gift baskets for everyone in the family!  This is the parish-wide event not to be missed.  Grab your girlfriends and join us! You’ll find the LNO invitation and paper registration form here if you prefer to send in a check payable to St. James Parish.

Thanks to the support of Fr. Matt and the parish there will be a spectacular Grand Raffle which includes a week stay at a Lake Buena Vista/Orlando Resort PLUS a $500 VISA Gift Card!  More details of this incredible LNO Grand Raffle item can be found in this link.

Your donation to this popular event is welcome!  View the donation letter here to find out how!

Angels in the Classroom

Thank you for such generous gifts from the “Angels” list to our teachers!    Parents’ Club chairperson, Julie Delaney (, can help you make selections and organize your Angels gift.  Check out details of our Angels program here: Angels In the Classroom



Join us to watch award winning documentary. Stepping Stones will host a film viewing and panel presentation to honor the women in our lives, cultivate a generation of strong, compassionate young women and inspire future leaders. Come! Be inspired! All are welcome.


St. James Parish Presents:
Wearin’ of the Green – 2018, a family friendly St. Patrick’s Day Party. The evening includes a traditional Irish corned beef dinner and kid’s meal mac/cheese and chicken fingers, live Irish music by the band, Mulligan Stew, performances by the Trinity Irish Dancers and the Shannon Rovers Pipe Band, kids entertainment, an Irish Soda Bread contest and much more! Tickets are $20/adult $10 child; after 3/1/18 tickets are $25/adult $15 child; Tickets will only be sold until 3/12/18 and will not be sold at the door. You can purchase tickets using a printed ticket form or online at  Membership Event Registration – Faith Direct