The St. James Council of Catholic Women will again coordinate a parish collection of toy filled bags for the children of St. John Paul II Parish in Kankakee. It continues to be one of the most economically challenged parishes in the Diocese of Joliet. The toys/gifts are shared with the children of the parish at their traditional Feast of the Epiphany Celebration. Over 200 children in St. John Paul II Parish are from families who do without. Boy and girls, infants to age 17, have come to look forward to this special Epiphany celebration, which begins with Mass and includes the procession of the Three Kings. For some of the children these are the only gifts they will receive. The gift lists are simple and your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Members of the CCW will be distributing empty bags the weekends of December 7/8. Please return the bag filled with new, unwrapped toys to the church coat room. We will be collecting the bags through Christmas Day, December 25. 

The many children of St. John Paul II are depending on St. James Parish to bring the gifts of the Three Kings to life. Please pray for this ministry and the families of St. John Paul II Parish. Please let us know if you’d like to help us with transporting bags to storage after the 11 a.m. mass on 12/15, 22 and 25 (it only takes about 15 minutes) or driving bags to Kankakee the week after Christmas. If you have any questions or would like additional information about this project, contact Doris Barrera at 630-260-9276 or