Letter from the Pastor

April 29, 2018

Dear Parishioners of St. James:

Praised be Jesus Christ!

“This is my commandment; love one another as I love you.”
As always this time of year, I need to ask you for your help and
support. It is during this busy season that we act together to help care
for the larger Church of the Diocese of Rockford.

It is through your generous gift to the 2018 Diocesan Appeal
that we can continue to bring the love of Jesus to those in need and
teach the faith to young and old alike. That work takes many forms in
many different diocesan ministries. Marriage preparation, promoting
human dignity and respect for life, youth ministry, and vocations are
just some of the diocesan ministries and services we support through
this Appeal.

What we give in support to the Diocesan Appeal comes back
to help us in many ways! Our goal this year for our parish is
$81,312.00. Whatever we raise beyond this goal returns to our parish.

Please join St. James in supporting the 2018 Diocesan
Appeal. This year, if you plan to make your gift by credit card or
automatic withdrawal from your bank account, you can do so by
visiting: http://www.rockforddiocese.org/donate or
http://www.rockforddiocese.org/donar to donate easily and securely.

Through your gift, we can share the love of Jesus with our
Catholic parish family and others throughout the Diocese. Thank you
for your support as we participate in living the Church’s mission to be a
witness of compassion and mercy to those in need.

God bless you,

Fr. Geary