We are excited to announce that we reopened the church for Mass and the reception of several of the sacraments on Monday, July 6, 2020 (with capacity limitations). The Ministry Center offices, as well as the offices at St. James School and Religious Education also reopened the week of July 6th.    

Thank you to all our parishioners who have and will continue to show remarkable patience. Being told where to sit and when to leave can be annoying. Be assured this won’t continue forever. These are difficult times, strange times and demanding times! Yet it is with great joy, hope (and flexibility), we celebrate the return of public Masses, and the incremental process of reopening our church and our parish life!

The general dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation remains in place indefinitely. We will continue to offer Sunday Masses and Holy Day Masses online for those who want to stay home for worship. The link to these Masses may be found in the header of our webpage each week. The link is also sent on Fridays through a Flocknote Email. (If you want to sign up to receive Flocknote Emails, visit StJamestheApostleGE or text Stjamesge to 84576).

The Bishops of Illinois have worked diligently to create a plan to reopen Catholic Churches for Mass and Sacraments during this time of a pandemic to ensure the health and safety of all parishioners, staff and volunteers who desire to return to public worship. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the directives the parish, parishioners and guests must adhere to in order to gather together for public worship.*

Please Note: Pre-registration is required for all Masses, Reconciliations and all Sacramental Celebrations. For more information on how to pre-register, visit our webpage: How to Pre-register for Mass and Sacramental Celebrations

*Parishioner Risk Assumption: While the parish will attempt to take appropriate precautions consistent with the advice of public health authorities, parishioners and guests should understand they assume the risk of contracting COVID-19 anytime they enter a public space, since such precautions do not eliminate the risk of infection.

Thank you!