This coming weekend we celebrate the third Sunday of the Season of Advent.   For those old enough to remember, this Sunday was known as Gaudete  (Rejoice!) Sunday, because our time of waiting would soon come to an end 
While rejoicing is appropriate, I find myself getting anxious, too. As time marches on this Advent have I done enough to prepare my heart? Have I made the path straight enough? Have I modeled my faith and kindness to others enough—especially our children? Have I said “enough” prayers? Have I opened my heart to others widely enough to feel Jesus’s real presence at Christmas?
The good news is that there’s still time left! I can still make Mass on Sunday despite dozens of other responsibilities. I can seek God’s forgiveness next week at the multi parish Reconciliation night which can help straighten the path. I can open my wallet and make charitable donations or bring food to the food pantry for those less fortunate. I can attend Mass and kneel and pray in gratitude and for needs. There is still time to make time to prepare my heart for Jesus.



In these days of Advent, SJS students have had the opportunity to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation with Father Matt during their Religion classes. St. James and surrounding parishes will be offering the sacrament next week on various days so that all may seek the Lord’s forgiveness.


Thank you to the following families who volunteered at last Sunday’s 10:00 Mass
  • Greeters: The Marcheschi Family
  • Readers: Anthony and Ben Zebron

Students received Spirit Wear passes for coming in uniform to serve at Mass.

January’s Mass has Readers and Gift Bearers scheduled, but there are plenty of spots open so that you can take a turn at the 2nd Sunday of the month 10:00 Mass. Be a member of the greeting crew, a reader of a gift bearer!  CLICK HERE to get involved!




The 5th– 8th grade Social Studies students participated in the National Geographic Geography Bee.  Congratulations to the students who won their class-level competition and participated in the school finals!


  • Fifth Grade-Gabi Venegas & Joseph Abraham
  • Sixth Grade-Paul Schultz, Maggie Mrema
  • Seventh Grade-Angel Hernandez, P.J. McLeod, Joaquin Cuevas-Torres,
  • Eighth Grade-Chris Moreau, Samantha Bell, Jimmy Miller .

Congratulations to the school champion P.J. McLeod!  He will now attempt to qualify for the state-level competition, which takes place in April.  


December 17 – Spirit Wear

December 17 – PK 4 Sing a Long

December 19 –  Kindergarten Christmas Program

December 20 – All School Christmas Program, 2:00

December 21 – All School Mass

December 21 – 11:30 Dismissal, Christmas Break Begins

January 7 – Classes Resume

January 7 – Pizza With a Purpose



This Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, will seem a little different. When you come to Mass, you will note that the priest is wearing a rose colored vestment, rather than violet. The Advent Candle is also rose. What is going on?

What is “going on” is that we are drawing nearer to the celebration of Jesus  … “first coming into the world and the anticipation of His second coming…” ( The symbols of this third Sunday of Advent help us to understand the connection between Christmas and Easter.  CLICK HERE to read more. 



SJS Sandwich Ministry delivered 144 lunches to Deborah’s Place this week. Many SJS families decorated the brown lunch bags and/or enclosed Christmas greetings. Several families made multiple lunches. Thank you all!                    Merry Christmas from Uncle Pete’s Sandwich Ministry!






FSA Meeting / 7-8pm

8-9pm / Raising Children in a Culture of Relativism

Please join us for our first Parent Formation event, as we welcome Rita King, Religion Teacher at SVHS.  CLICK HERE for details.




St. James School Presents 2019 Variety Show,

“Stars of Gold”

Save the Date:  Friday, February 1, 2019

Permission forms are due Tuesday, December 18th.

CLICK HERE for dates and details.




“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” 

Thank you to all who purchased the new Spiritwear.  As a reminder, orders will be delivered after Christmas Break.



A reminder to continue to clip Box Tops!

It’s so easy!  Look for Box Tops on many of your favorite products: Hefty, Kleenex, Annie’s, Nature Valley, Chex Mix, Cheerios, and the list goes on!

The classroom with the highest total at the end of the year wins a prize!




CLICK HERE to access the Reservation form for this popular event.


*** NEW EVENT DATE ***  Wednesday, February  27 from 7 – 9 p.m.  St. James Parish Center (820 N. Arlington Heights Rd.)

Detective Wistocki will teach parents how to have technology talks with their child, parental responsibility, trending crimes, reporting incidents, collecting evidence, software for computer and cell phone, red flags, sexting issues, and social networking issues.

To register for the event, visit

(*Note – New Event Date! This event was originally scheduled for Jan. 9–it has been changed to Feb. 27, 2019.)