As St. James prepares to celebrate Mass in the newly renovated church, the desire is that every person who walks through the doors of our church encounters a joyful welcome. The Sunday Experience is a direct reflection of our parish mission to be disciples of Christ and make disciples of Christ.

St. James is looking for teens, young adults, families, and adults single or married—all ages are welcomed—to help shape the Sunday Mass Experience.

CLICK HERE to read about a few opportunities and sign up for something that appeals to you and your family!




THANK YOU to Joanna Gauza, Pat Healy, and Halina McManaman for volunteering their time as photographers for MARY POPPINS, Jr. CLICK HERE to enjoy this beautiful reprise of the show.




The fifth graders helped us to pray so well today as the read Scripture and the Prayers of the Faithful clearly and prayerfully. They respectfully carried up the gifts at the presentation. I suggested that they sign up to read at the 2nd Sunday of the month Family Masses at 10:00! Our students are so fortunate to have this opportunity every week. Aside from deepening their involvement in the liturgy and their relationships with Jesus, this is a wonderful opportunity to grow in poise and comfort with public speaking!

All students in grades 3-8 (with their families) are invited and encouraged to serve as greeters, gift bearers, and readers at this monthly Mass. There are only 3 more opportunities this year—March, April, and May! CLICK HERE to access the sign up calendar.



All are invited to join us for Ash Wednesday Mass next Wednesday at 2:00.

Since biblical times, fasting and abstinence have been considered appropriate expressions of repentance for sin. As Catholics, we fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and we abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and on all the Fridays of Lent. Fasting and abstaining from meat reminds us of our reliance on God, who is the source of all abundance and nourishment. As Catholics, we are encouraged to fast voluntarily and occasionally throughout the year in order to practice self-denial, to lead a life of moderation that deepens our compassion for people who are in need, and to develop a deeper hunger and thirst for God.


  • Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.
  • For members of the Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.

Being a parent, guardian, or teacher is a holy ministry and a sacred promise. Share your faith with children by letting them see and hear you pray, and by praying together. Don’t forget about family dinners. Dinnertime is a great opportunity to start or enliven a tradition of family prayer during Lent.

Additional resources include the website for the US Catholic Conference of Bishops and faith activities from Loyola Press.

CLICK HERE for more Lenten activities at St. James Parish.






St. James School is delighted to welcome award-winning author Lisa Graff on Monday, March 11th. Ms. Graff will talk with students about her career as an author and her new book Far Away.

To guarantee a personalized copy of her book, CLICK HERE for the order form and return it along with payment (cash or check payable to St. James School) by Monday, March 11. If you miss that date, there will be a limited supply of signed books available for purchase through March 20.




March 1 – Ladies Night Out

March 5 – Report Cards distributed

March 6 – Ash Wednesday Mass, 2:00

March 7 – Special Lunch

March 7 – Solo & Ensemble Festival

March 8 – Clocks Change–Spring Ahead!

March 11 – Baby Bulldogs

March 11– Author Visit

March 13 – Sandwich Ministry

March 13 – School Council, 7:00

March 15 – All School Mass, 9:00

March 6th is Ash Wednesday. On that day and every Friday after that through Good Friday Lenten regulations require that no meat is eaten by those 14 years of age and older. The Quest food program will not serve any meat on Fridays. Please do not order any A La Carte menu items containing meat on Ash Wednesday or Fridays during Lent. If menu items containing meat are ordered they will be substituted with the non-meat menu option for the day.


This morning in Bible Study, Ms. Hudson asked what we were giving up for Lent. Some had very definite ideas, others had not decided. I had a definite idea and my answer is “doubt”.  That may sound like an odd answer but I find it to be at the core of my relationship with God. CLICK HERE to read more.

Friday, March 15th 4:10 – 5:15 p.m.

All SJS 6th through 8th graders are invited to participate in this new SJS Student Council fundraiser. CLICK HERE for the registration form.




“Bubbles & Bling”

Doors open at 6 and games start at 7:30.

We have over 600 ladies attending and over 100 baskets to raffle off! This year there is a special BLING Raffle and Grand Raffle!

Remember, BYO Everything (food + drinks) and every lady receives 2 complimentary glasses of LaMarca Prosecco.

Reminder to bring CASH for raffle tickets and pre-printed labels or a stamper with your name on it to make filling out raffle tickets easy!  See you TONIGHT!



Calling all Parents!

Friday, April 12th at 9am is the Parent Led Mass. Please consider being part of something very special! The kids absolutely love seeing their parents participate. Please use the link below for more details and to sign-up:




Thank you to Anne Maloney for coordinating a luncheon on Wednesday for our teachers and staff.  This luncheon was rescheduled from Catholic Schools Week. FSA, in partnership with Father Matt, host this luncheon. And thank you to the many volunteers who sent in drinks and desserts! We are blessed to have such amazing and dedicated teachers and staff at SJS!



Saint James Family Night with the Chicago Wolves

at the Allstate Arena – FREE PARKING 6920 Mannheim Rd.

Saturday, March 9, 7:00 PM          Tix from $18




Interested in serving on the FSA Board?

We are looking to fill the Vice President & Treasurer roles.

Please reach out to Julie Furmanski if you are interested.

Thank you, Father Matt,  for inviting Detective Wistocki to St. James on Wednesday evening! 


An audience of concerned parents and grandparents heard Detective Richard Wistocki talk about how we can be proactive to protect our children while they use devices connected to the internet.  Details from his Keeping Kids Safe Parent Presentation include:  How to have technology talks with your child, parental responsibility, trending crimes, reporting incidents, and collecting evidence.  The parent presentation as well as a Keeping Kids Safe Student Presentation and TEDx talk can be found by visiting the Naperville Police Internet Safety Resources website. 

St. James students receive lessons from the Common Sense curriculum to help guide our students to always think about their actions while using the internet and to use their devices in a responsible and safe manner.  Children also need to have these important conversations with their parents in the home.  Watch Detective Wistocki’s presentation and have an age appropriate conversation with your children.  This Common Sense Family Media Agreement can help guide your dialogue.


Mrs. Long is offering a unique opportunity to explore a science topic that sparks interest in many and is not found in the science curriculum at school. Incoming 5th-8th graders this summer will explore fingerprint, hair, DNA analysis, chromotography and more!!  CLICK HERE for more information and registration on how to be a Crime Buster!




FESL VB is back at St James for Summer 2019.  After a year away due to scheduling conflict, we have secured the gym for a week at St James in 2019. FESL VB will be at St James the week of June 17-21st.   Our camps are open to 4th through High School and we hope to have a lot of St James kids back with us. CLICK HERE for more information and registration form.