friday check-in from st. james the apostle parish: 08.07.20

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
We invite you to participate in this weekend’s Mass online celebrating the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Click the button below to watch and as always you will find the order of service, Fr. David’s homily and a link to the Sunday bulletin available for you to download and/or print.


monday check-in from st. james the apostle parish: 08.03.20

Our Hearts are Overflowing with Gratitude!

First off, we want to thank all of our Reopening Team Members and Volunteers who have been absolutely wonderful in their assistance at our public Masses. We cannot be open without the help of many, many parishioners. We appreciate the commitment of their time and patience as we figure out how to attend Mass in a way we’ve never done before…which also leads us to express our gratitude to all of our parishioners who have returned to Mass at St. James. We thank you for adherence to all of the new procedures and for your patience as we learn this new way together. It is wonderful to see some familiar faces again, albeit behind masks : )

If you would like to become a Reopening Volunteer, we would be happy to welcome you to the team. Email reopen@stjamesge.org for more information.

Contact Tracing 101

We have now put information on the parish website as to how to anonymously report a COVID positive diagnosis if you have attended an event at St. James the Apostle Parish in the 14 days prior to your diagnosis or onset of symptoms.

https://stjamesge.org/report-a-covid-positive-diagnosis/

Should you find yourself in this situation, we humbly request you to participate in this reporting via a phone call to our COVID Voicemail Line: 630-469-8324 or via an email to contacttracing@stjamesge.org as we want to do our part to mitigate the spread of this disease. Bishop Pates has given us a set of protocol to follow should this happen so that we can love our neighbors by doing what we can to keep others safe.

Additional Resources for Those Unable to Return to Church at this Time

We recognize that many parishioners are unable to return to public worship because it the best decision for their health or the health of those with whom they live. We miss you and pray for you and think of you often!

We wanted to offer you some additional resources, besides our online Sunday Masses, to enhance your spiritual life as you shelter in place.

EWTN, the Eternal Word Network offers daily Mass online, as well as Rosaries and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Here is their schedule: https://www.ewtn.com/tv/schedule And here is a link to watch live whatever they are broadcasting at the moment: https://www.ewtn.com/tv/watch-live

Here is Relevant Radio’s schedule of Masses and rosaries: https://relevantradio.com/faith/daily-mass-video/

This resource lists a schedule of Masses all over the world with links to their live stream: https://mass-online.org/daily-holy-mass-live-online/ and they offer the same for finding live stream Rosaries: https://mass-online.org/holy-rosary-online/

There are also a plethora of Catholic podcasts available on Spotify or your favorite podcast app you have on your devices. Don’t have a podcast app or want one? Many podcasts are also available online. One very popular such podcast is offered by Bishop Barron. It may be found at the Word on Fire website: https://www.wordonfireshow.com/category/podcasts/ Another is Ask Fr. Josh from Ascension Press: https://media.ascensionpress.com/category/ascension-podcasts/askfrjosh/ Another favorite is from Fr. Mike Schmitz: https://media.ascensionpress.com/category/ascension-podcasts/frmikepodcast/ There is much to be learned about the faith from listening to one of these excellent podcasts and they can enhance your knowledge, as well as your life.

For Those Who Want to Help Feed the Hungry

August is one of two months each year that St. James the Apostle helps support the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry through donations. This year, since we are unable to collect goods in the narthex of church, we will be having a one time drive up Food Drive on Saturday, August 15th at Door 10 in the Ministry Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon.

We ask you to please support this food collection by dropping off your food donations at Door 10 during those hours. If you prefer, you can support the food pantry with a monetary donation instead of food (make checks payable to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry). For your convenience a donation jar will be located on the table near Door 10.

The following is a list of the most desired items:

• Canned chicken or tuna

• Crackers

• Spaghetti sauce and boxed pasta

• Oatmeal

The food pantry continues to serve low income families, seniors, the unemployed, single parents, homeless, immigrants and all others requesting help with their food needs.

The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry staff and board members are grateful for the ongoing support received from St. James.


friday check-in from st. james the apostle parish: 07.31.20

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We invite you to participate in this weekend’s Mass online celebrating the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Click the button below to watch and as always you will find the order of service, Fr. David’s homily and a link to the Sunday bulletin available for you to download and/or print.


wednesday check-in from st. james the apostle parish: 07.29.20

Congratulations to Marilyn, Andrew and Christopher!
Every year at the Easter Vigil, we receive into the Church those who desire to enter the Catholic Church and who have completed the RCIA Program. In addition, at the Vigil we celebrate Sacraments of Initiation with Catholics who have not fully completed their Initiation into the Church. This year we had three parishioners who were prepared to receive Sacraments at the Vigil, but were unable to do so because of the shutdown.

We are pleased to share with you that in the last few weeks since reopening, Fr. David celebrated Masses at which these parishioners were able to receive the Sacraments of Initiation.
The first Mass was with parishioners and siblings Marilyn and Andrew, who were Baptized, received First Eucharist and were Confirmed at a Mass with their parents, godparents and sponsors present. We welcome them into the Church!

The second Mass was celebrated last Saturday morning with Christopher, a young man who was baptized, but still had yet to receive the Sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation. He gathered with his fiance, family members and sponsor to finalize his full initiation into the Church. We congratulate Christopher and pray for him and his bride to be Sarah as they prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage  on Saturday, August 22nd at St. James in Arlington Heights.


monday check-in from st. james the apostle parish: 07.27.20

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”ROMANS 8:38-39

Although we are living in challenging times, it is good to remember that some things have not changed-we all belong to God and the family of faith at St. James the Apostle. Whether you’ve been able to join us publicly or are unable to do so at this time, be assured you belong to this family and are loved, cherished and remembered.

New Change to Frequency of Signing Up to Attend Mass at St. James

Please note that we no longer have any restrictions to limit the frequency of any individual or family’s frequency of attendance at weekend Mass. At this time you may register as often as you like. Thank you!

How to Cancel or Change Your Online Registration from the Sign Up Page:

TO CANCEL: There will be a gray Cancel Button next to those dates and times for which you’ve registered. Click Cancel and your reservation will be effectively canceled.

TO CHANGE: There will be a green box with a Change Button next to those for which you’ve registered. Click Change and a blue box will appear. Click on the arrow next to the number 1 and choose the correct number of family members. Then click Submit. Your number will be effectively modified.

How to Cancel or Change Your Online Registration from your Confirmation Email:

TO CANCEL:

There will be a gray Cancel Button next to those dates and times for which you’ve registered. Click Cancel and your reservation will be effectively canceled.

You will be redirected to the Sign Up page where you may register for a different Mass. If you don’t want to, simply exit out of the Sign Up page.

TO CHANGE: 

There will be a green box with a Modify Button next to those for which you’ve registered. Click Modify and it will redirect you to the Sign Up page.
There will be a green box with a Change Button next to those Masses for which you’ve registered. Click Change and a blue box will appear. Click on the arrow next to the number 1 and choose the correct number of family members. Then click Submit. Your number will be effectively modified.


friday check-in from st. james the apostle parish: 07.24.20

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We invite you to participate in this weekend’s Mass online celebrating the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Click the button below to watch and as always you will find the order of service, Fr. David’s homily and a link to the Sunday bulletin available for you to download and/or print.


friday check-in from st. james the apostle parish: 07.17.20

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We invite you to participate in this weekend’s Mass online celebrating the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Click the button below to watch and as always you will find the order of service, Fr. David’s homily and a link to the Sunday bulletin available for you to download and/or print.


wednesday check-in from st. james the apostle parish: 07.15.20

Good Evening! Today’s edition of the St. James Check-In is all about Contact Tracing-the whys and hows we will be doing it here at the parish. If you are coming back to church for public worship, you may want to save this for future reference.

Why Do We Require Pre-Registration for Mass and Sacraments?

Since we are now in our second week of reopening, we want to address the question as to why we require pre-registration for Masses. Quite simply, the Illinois Bishops believe this is an important endeavor to help keep our faith communities safer and stop the spread of COVID-19 through the use of contact tracing. 

We are currently required to maintain two weeks of records at a time. That way we have the ability to contact those who were in attendance should we receive the news of someone testing positive for COVID-19 after having been at a particular Mass or Sacramental celebration in the past two weeks.

This is Where We Need Your Help

It is our hope those of you who are attending public worship, should you have the unfortunate experience of receiving a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, will contact us to let us know what date(s) and time(s) and event(s) you were present at St. James. That way we can contact those you were near during the time you may have been infectious. Your name is not required. 

In addition, your report of a positive diagnosis allows our cleaning crew to take extra steps to take to ensure the safety of those who will continue to gather in our facilities.

How to Anonymously Report a Positive Diagnosis

To maintain your anonymity when you report a positive diagnosis, please call our dedicated Contact Tracing Voicemail Line at 630-469-8324 and leave a message with the date(s) and time(s) and event(s) you were present at St. James. You are not required to give your name.

The other option for reporting is to email contacttracing@stjamesge.orgThis is less anonymous, but be assured your identity will be kept confidential. Please include the essential information we need within your email. 

Our parish staff member, Patrick Mooney, will check both the email account and the voice mail line daily and follow through with the appropriate steps to contact those who may have been exposed to the virus.

For Those Who May Have Been Potentially Exposed

Those who may have been exposed will be contacted via the email address or phone number you used to pre-register for Mass or Sacrament. We will give you the information you need to know to make informed decisions about your health.

Please Be Aware of Contact Tracing Scams

Finally, below is an article addressing Contact Tracing Scams that are beginning to pop up in this new way of life in which we find ourselves living. We invite you to be informed and to be careful moving forward.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/05/covid-19-contact-tracing-text-message-scams


friday check-in from st. james the apostle parish: 07.10.20

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
We invite you to participate in this weekend’s Mass online celebrating the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Click the button below to watch and as always you will find the order of service, Fr. David’s homily and a link to the Sunday bulletin available for you to download and/or print.


wednesday check-in from st. james the apostle parish: 07.07.20

 

“Give thanks to the LORD for he is good, his mercy endures forever!”   -PSALM 107:1

StJames Welcomes You Home!

As of today we’ve celebrated three weekday Masses and it is a true joy to see familiar faces (behind those masks). Now we look forward to seeing all those who pre-registered for Reconciliations and Mass on Saturday and Mass on Sunday.

Although it is a bit strange to adjust to new guidelines at first, and it may take us all some practice, be assured that the integrity of the Mass is preserved and Jesus is present in the Word, the Eucharist and in the people of St. James the Apostle. In this we rejoice!

Some Reminders:

1) If you are signed up to attend Mass this weekend, please remember, the only entrance open is in the front of the church (Door 12), so you are going to want to park in the lot off of Fawell.

2) Doors will open 30 minutes before Mass and 15 minutes before the first appointment for Reconciliation.

3) For the for the safety of God’s people the church doors are locked at the published start time of our Masses. Unfortunately latecomers cannot be admitted. This is in strict adherence to the safety directives of the bishop.

Pre-Register for Masses and Reconciliation for the week of July 13-19:

You may still register for Masses and Reconciliation for the week of July 13-19 in one of 2 ways.

1) Click on this link: https://stjamestheapostlege.flocknote.com/signup/5955

2) Phone in your registration by calling the Ministry Center at 630.469.7540, ext. 211. If Rubi doesn’t answer, please leave a message and she will return your call to confirm your registration within one business day.

If you have a need for seating in the handicap section or require special accommodations, we request you to call-in to register for one of our reserved seats so we may anticipate your needs ahead of time. Thank you!


monday check-in from st. james the apostle parish: 07.06.20

It’s Reopening Day!

After many, many weeks of intense planning and preparations, we are thrilled that Reopening Day is here! Today the parish reopens for public worship for pre-registered Attendees. Registration for this week’s celebrations is closed, however, you may now register to attend Mass and Reconciliation for the week of July 13-19. Here is the link to sign up:

https://stjamestheapostlege.flocknote.com/signup/5955

The Ministry Center opened today for normal office hours: M,T, W, from 8:30-4 p.m.; Th from 8:30 – 5 p.m.; F from 8:30 – 2 p.m. We have put many new safety precautions into place to keep you safe, including a plexiglass divider between you and the front office staff. Masks are required in all of our buildings and all visitors will be required to sign in for the purposes of contact tracing. Please note that not all staff members will be working onsite every day. We are staggering our in office days to prevent a complete closure should one of our employees ever test positive for the virus.

In addition, the offices in St. James School and Religious Education open tomorrow for their summer office hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. We look forward to serving you!

The Multi-Step Process of Reopening at St. James

Today we took the very first step in a multi-step process at the parish by reopening for public worship.

Last week the Bishop’s Office released new directives to be implemented in regards to other parish ministry, including those ministries who meet at St. James and those who do outreach in our community.

The Reopening Leadership Team will be taking all of these into consideration as we continue to meet in the weeks and months ahead to do the necessary work to achieve the following goals:

  • Outreach and additional options for parishioners who are not able or ready to return to weekend Masses;
  • Work within the parameters required by our local nursing homes to see how we may resume some kind of ministry to our St. James Parishioners who live there;
  • Resume ministry to home bound parishioners;
  • Expansion of the modified Mass schedule and capacity for some of our celebrations, while maintaining the required diocesan directives;
  • Developing a plan for Parish Ministries to have the ability for a safe return to usage of St. James Facilities on days when it is available.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at reopen@stjamesge.org