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St. James Parish Advent Dinner
Saturday, December 7th, 2019
Social Hour at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Dancing 8:00 ~ 11:00 p.m.
Place: The United Auto Workers Local 1268
1100 W. Chrysler Dr., Belvidere, IL
Tickets: $30.00 per Person, Cash Bar Available
Tickets may be purchased at:
~ The St. James Parish Office, 815-547-6397
~ John Fitzpatrick, 815-765-5164, jfitz6kidz@yahoo.com
~After Mass in the church narthex & at Coffee & Donuts
* Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 735 *


Parroquia “St. James” Belvidere

 Martes 03 diciembre

6:00 pm – Rosario

6:30 pm – Misa

Miércoles 04 diciembre

5:45 – 6:15 pm – Confesiones

6:00 pm – Rosario

6:30 pm – Misa

Jueves 05 diciembre

Adoración del Santísimo, Confesiones, Rosario, Misa como de costumbre

Viernes 0a6 diciembre

5:45 – 6:15 pm – Confesiones

6:00 pm – Rosario

6:30 pm – Misa

Sábado 07 diciembre

6:00 pm – Rosario a continuación video sobre la vida de San José Luis Sanchez

Domingo 08 diciembre

12:00 mediodía – Misa Dominical

6:00 pm – Rosario a continuación video sobre la Virgen de Guadalupe

Lunes 09 diciembre, Martes 10 diciembre, Miércoles 11 diciembre

5:45 – 6:15 pm – Confesiones

6:00 pm – Rosario

6:30 pm – Misa


5:00 am Mañanitas

6:00 am – Misa a continuación refrigerio en el Salón Parroquial

7:00 am – Rosario en ingles

7:30 am – Misa en ingles

6:00 pm – Rosario

6:30 pm – Misal Solemne a continuación “Las Apariciones” y Compartir en la Escuela

****NO Habrá confesiones ni adoración****

What Vatican II Taught about Sacred Music 

Come join Fr. Geary and our Music Director, Christopher Aune for this session about Sacred Music on Monday, November 18 at 6:30 pm in Connolly Hall. Refreshments will be provided.


Save the Date!

To Benefit St. James School
Saturday, November 9th
Boone County Museum of History
314 S. State St.
Belvidere, IL

~Watch the Bulletin for Additional Information~

WHEN: October 13, 2019
WHERE: LINO’S, 5611 E. State St., Rockford
TIME: Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Pasta & Pizza Dinner at 5:30 p.m.
COST: $25.00 Per Person—Cash Bar
Games ~ Door Prizes ~ 50/50 Raffle ~ Music
Contact Laura Greer at (815) 814-0790 or the Parish Office at
(815) 547-6397 for more information.

Join a nationwide rosary in honor of Fatima for the United States
of America. This will be held at noon on Saturday, October 12th.
We will pray the rosary together on church premises at the corner of
Main Street and Logan Avenue. Bring your rosary and join the Legion
of Mary!

The Knights of Columbus is selling
Tootsie Rolls by the case or sleeve for your
– Cases of 300 Tootsie Rolls are $45.00 each
– Sleeves of 50 Tootsie Rolls are $7.00 each
Tootsie Rolls may be purchased at the Parish Office during
office hours. Thank You for supporting our Knights!

SUNDAY, OCT. 6TH, 2:00—3:30 P.M.

Stand with thousands of pro-lifers throughout the USA! You will be
a light in a darkened world as you help put an end to abortion through
prayer! Bring your whole family, rain or shine—water, lawn chairs,
umbrellas, and strollers are welcome.
LIFE CHAIN is a peaceful, prayerful witness of pro-life individuals
standing in honor of 56 million lives lost to abortion, praying for our
nation, for people in crisis situations, and for an end to abortion. It is a
visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion
kills children and that the Church supports the sanctity of human life
from the moment of conception to natural death.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact Dennis Sullivan at
(815) 793-1386

Thursday, August 15, 2019 – Holy Day of Obligation

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mass Schedule

7:30 am, 8:45 am, and 5:30 pm – English; 7:00 pm – Spanish


St. James Catholic School is pleased to announce that full tuition scholarships are available to NEW FAMILIES registering their children for the 2019-2020 school year. Please call the School Office, 815-547-7633 for more information and schedule a tour. Financial Aid is available to all families who qualify.

Due to the July 4th Holiday being on
Thursday this year, there will be a
7:30 a.m. Mass in English and a
9:00 a.m. Mass in Spanish. There will
NOT be a 6:30 p.m. Mass in Spanish,
Adoration or Confessions on
Thursday, July 4th. Thank You!

Please join us Sunday, June 30th from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm at St. James Church, Belvidere, in Connolly Hall, for Free Health Screenings.
This Health & Wellness Fair is sponsored by the Latino Coalition “Health and Wellness”. It’s free and confidential.

Mass Times for the Triduum

April 18, 2019 – Thursday of Holy Week     

7:00 pm Bi-Lingual

April 19, 2019 –  Friday  of the Passion of the Lord     

1:00 pm English Liturgy 

7:00 pm Spanish Liturgy

April 20, 2019 – Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil

7:00 pm Bi-Lingual

April 21, 2019 – Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of The Lord 

8:00 & 10:30 am – English

12:00 Noon – Spanish



While Strengthening Our Parish 5th Sunday Rosary Service

Join Us In Praying the Rosary The Knights of Columbus has put in place a 5th Sunday Rosary Service program. In months where there are five Sundays, on the 5th Sunday, our council will be leading a Rosary service at 1:30 p.m. in the church, and we would like to invite all parishioners to join us. Below are the 5th Sunday dates in 2019: March 31, June 30, September 29, & December 29, 2019.

Construyendo la iglesias domestica Mientras fortalecemos nuestra parroquia Servicio del Rosario del Quinto domingo. Unete a nosotros para rezar el Rosario Los caballeros de Colon han puesto un quinto servicio, el programa del Rosario del quinto domingo. En los meses en que hay cinco domingos, el 5 o domingo, nuestro consejo dirigira un servicio del rosario a las 1:30 p.m. en la iglesia, y nos gustaria invitar a todos los feligreses a unirse a nosotros.


The rescheduling of our Natural Family Planning presentation will be on Tuesday, March 26th, at 7:00 p.m. in Connolly Hall. Please join the Respect Life Ministry and speakers Mary O’Grady, RN, BSN, CFCP, and Erica Kornfeind, FCP, of the Fertility Care Center in Cherry Valley, IL, for this informative evening. Light refreshments will be served.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent.

Pray the Stations of the Cross every Friday, 5:30 pm in English and 7:00 pm in Spanish. 

Join us for Friday Fish Fry Dinner, served 4-7:00 pm in the school gym.


Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days for fast and abstinence.
Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence.
FASTING is to observed by all, 18 years of age and older, who
have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day, one full meal
is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be
taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal
another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids,
including milk and juices, are allowed.
ABSTINENCE is observed by all, 14 years of age and older. On
days of abstinence, no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability
to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in
doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the parish priest should be
consulted. (CCC 1251-1252)
Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines
of Lent. The faithful and catechumens should undertake these practices
seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for baptism or of
renewal of baptism at Easter.


URGENT: Your help is needed in Springfield to stop abortion-expansion in Illinois!

Several extreme abortion-expansion bills have been introduced in the Illinois General Assembly, and your help is needed to stop them! If passed, these bills would repeal the state’s ban on partial birth abortions, define abortion as a fundamental right, remove abortion clinics from regulations for serious medical procedures, remove the requirement that only doctors can perform abortions, and repeal the current Parental Notification Law, among other things.  We must make our voices heard and you can make a difference!

 There is an urgent need to meet with legislators in Springfield to personally ask them to “Vote NO” on these bills. The Catholic Conference of Illinois will provide a training session prior to meeting with our legislatures. Please join us and others from throughout the Diocese of Rockford on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Your help is needed! Visit www.rockforddiocese.org/life for more details and to sign up online. Questions? Contact the Life & Family Evangelization Office atlife@rockforddiocese.org or (815) 399-4300.


–          The bishops of all six dioceses in Illinois have issued a joint statement regarding this legislation: https://www.ilcatholic.org/illinois-bishops-warn-against-extreme-abortion-legislation/

–          Bishop Malloy has written about this legislation in his weekly column: http://observer.rockforddiocese.org/column?id=883

–          The Catholic Conference of Illinois has several posts about this legislation on their Facebook page that can be shared: https://www.facebook.com/CatholicConferenceofIllinois/



Lenten Event

The Legions of Mary are proud to announce the return of the Man of the Shroud Exhibit. This exhibit presents the results of a comprehensive scientific, historical and forensic study of the Shroud of Turin, which has long been venerated by the faithful and is believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth. Please join us in Connolly Hall.

March 8    8 am – noon and 4 pm to 7 pm

March 9    8 am to 6 pm

March 10    8 am to 3 pm

Family Faith Connection

St. James is excited to introduce “The Family Faith Connection.” Please join us for Our Lenten Journey with Jesus. 

Click here for more.

Immaculée Ilibagiza

Immaculée Ilibagiza, a Rwandan genocide survivor and New York Times best-selling author of Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Genocide is scheduled to speak at St. James Belvidere, IL about faith, hope, love and forgiveness on October 2 and 3, 2020.

Immaculée’s testimony is an incredible one of love, forgiveness, faith and hope.  She not only survived the genocide by hiding in a cramped bathroom with seven other women, but she was also able to forgive her tormentors and her family’s murderers.

She credits her salvation to prayer and a set of rosary beads given to her by her devout Catholic father. Anger and resentments were eating her alive while she hid from the murderers in the bathroom.  Instead of succumbing to the rage she felt, she instead turned to prayer.

Ilibagiza is regarded as one of world’s leading speakers on peace, faith, and forgiveness. She has shared her universal message with world dignitaries, school children, multinational corporations, churches and many others. She works hard to spread her message and to raise money for her Left to Tell Charitable Fund, which directly benefits the children orphaned by the genocide.

For registration or more information, visit her website:  www.immaculee.com.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – Holy Day of Obligation

Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God

Mass Schedule

Monday, December 31 – 7:00 pm Vigil

Tuesday, January 1 – 8:00 am & 10:30 am – English; 12:00 pm – Spanish

5th Sunday Rosary

Please join the Knights of Columbus and the Legions of Mary in praying the Rosary this Sunday afternoon, December 30th at 1:30 pm in church.


December 3, 2018 – Novena – 6:30pm

December 11, 2018 – Novena – 6:30pm

December 12, 2018

Mananitas – 4:30am

Misa – 6:00am

Misa en Ingles – 7:30am

Reso Rosario – 8:30am

Angelus – 12:00 Noon

Coronilla – 3:00pm

Reso Rosario – 3:30pm

Presentation de Danzantes – 5:30pm

Reso Rosario – 6:00pm

Misa – 6:30pm

Despues de Misa estremos en el escuela

Terminamos alas 9:30pm

Happy Thanksgiving from Fr. Geary, Fr. Schuessler, and the parish staff. Mass times for Thursday, November 22, 2018 are: 7:30 am in English 9:00 am in Spanish.

Thursday, November 1st, is All Saints Day and a
Holy Day of Obligation. Mass Times for the Holy Day
are: 7:30 and 8:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in English and
7:00 p.m. in Spanish.
Please note the 8:30 a.m. Mass time has been
changed to 8:45 a.m. on HOLY DAYS ONLY due to
the short timeframe between the
morning Masses. Thank You!

Congratulations to newly ordained Deacon Steven Johnson!

Click here to watch the Deacon Ordination – September 29, 2018


Click here for more!

Save the Date: Sunday, October 28 – Tuesday, October 30th

Fr. Dave Pivonka, T.O.R., known to many of you through his renowned Wild Goose series on the Holy Spirit, will be the speaker for our next parish mission! You will not want to miss this powerful series of teachings on the Holy Spirit.  Fr. Pivonka’s work is not just informative, it’s transformative.

Plan to come and plan to be changed!

St. James Parish Festival

The ‘Parish Festival’ will be held on
July 28th & 29th in the school gym and side
parking lot, beginning after the 4:00 p.m. Mass
with an “Alumni Cookout.” Sunday morning
“Breakfast by the Knights of Columbus” starting at
7:30 a.m., followed by “Kermes” serving after the 12:00 p.m.
Mass. Food, drink, and game tickets may be purchased at the
event for $1.00 each. Come join us as we celebrate St. James!



While Strengthening Our Parish
5th Sunday Rosary Service
Join Us In Praying the Rosary
The Knights of Columbus has put in place a 5th Sunday Rosary
Service program. In months where there are five Sundays, on the 5th
Sunday, our council will be leading a Rosary service at 3:00 p.m. in the
church, and we would like to invite all parishioners to join us. Below
are the remaining 5th Sundays in 2018:
July 29, 2018
September 30, 2018
December 30, 2018


Mientras fortalecemos nuestra parroquia
Servicio del Rosario del Quinto domingo.
Unete a nosotros para rezar el Rosario
Los caballeros de Colon han puesto un quinto servicio, el programa
del Rosario del quinto domingo. En los meses en que hay cinco
domingos, el 5 o domingo, nuestro consejo dirigira un servicio
del rosario a las 3:00 p.m. en la iglesia, y nos gustaria invitar a todos
los feligreses a unirse a nosotros. A continuacion estan los 5tos
domingos restantes del 2018.
El 29 de julio, 2018
El 30 de septiembre, 2018
El 3 de diciembre, 2018

The Greg Wilhelm Memorial Golf Outing

When: July 16, 2018
Where: Swanhills Golf Course
2600 Gustafson Rd.
Belvidere, IL 61008

Event: 4-person scramble
Registration time: 9:00 a.m.
Event time: 10:00 a.m. shotgun
Fee: $75.00 per person (FMV $45)
18 holes with a cart
Steak dinner
Two (2) drink tickets
 Prizes for flag events and event winners 

 For questions contact: Sue Spahr 815-544-4005

Proceeds will be awarded to a scholarship recipient at
St. James School in honor of
Mr. Greg Wilhelm

Parish Mission

Please join us June 18th & 19th in the School Gym at 7:00 p.m. as
Mr. John F. Kippley will be speaking to us about Blessed Pope Paul VI’s
Encyclical Letter “Humanae Vitae.”

Honoring both the spiritual and physical elements of conjugal love, the
papal teaching recognizes that artificial birth control would fall short of
the fullness of the marital union as total, faithful, exclusive, and
fruitful. The encyclical thoughtfully considers the human person as a
whole—body and spirit—and prophetically presents the practical
social implications if the document’s conclusions—based on the full
respect of the totality of persons—are ignored. As a prophetic teaching,
Humanae Vitae strengthens Christian spouses in a beautiful, holy
expression of human sexuality that profoundly respects the whole
person and is open to life and faithful to love.

(Latin for “Totally Yours”)
Register Today-Don’t Miss Out!
Grade School (Gr. 1-6)
June 11-15 (Mon-Fri). 9:00 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
Middle and High School (Gr. 7-12)
June 10-14 (Sun-Thurs) 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Cost for all 5 days is $30 per child/youth.
Registration Forms are available in the narthex of the Church, the
School Office, and the Religious Education Office.
We need your help. We still are in need of volunteers to provide either
a lunch or dinner for the team of four adults. We also need teens from
7th through 12th grades from 8:45 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. to help with the
youth during the morning sessions. Any available time you can give is
most appreciated. If you can help, please call the Religious Education
office at 815-544-3698. Thank you.

Parish Pot Luck ! ! !
Please join us in the school gym on
Wednesday, June 13th, at 5:30 pm.
Bring your favorite dish to pass.
Tableware and drinks will be furnished
Everyone is invited!
Totus Tuus is a week-long Catholic youth program
dedicated to sharing the Gospels and promoting
the Catholic faith through evangelization, catechesis,
Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship.

As a sign of common faith and adoration,

please join us for the annual procession on

The Feast of Corpus Christi

June 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm

at Church.

Support St. James School!

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 8:00am – 10:00am

Join us for pancake breakfast at


2126 Gateway Center Dr., Belvidere, IL 

Tickets – $5.00

Adoración Nocturna

Saturday, May 12, 2018

7:30pm – 5:00am

The St. James Ministry Fair
is May 5th & 6th, 2018 in Connolly Hall
after all the Masses. Stop by to learn more
about the ministries and ask questions. Come see
where your talents may lead you!

Council of Catholic Women
Bake and Craft Sale
April 28th after 4:00 p.m. Mass
April 29th—7:30 to 11:00 a.m.
St. James School Gym
During Knights of Columbus All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast!
~Help us meet our goals for 2018~
Bake and craft donations are always appreciated!

St. James Parish Breakfast
Sponsored by Knights of Columbus #735
Sunday, April 29, 2018
7:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Please come for all of your favorites and enjoy the
company of your fellow parishioners. Don’t Miss Out!
There are only TWO breakfasts left before summer.

TACO Tuesday!
Please join us for a FORMED gathering with
Fr. Geary on Tuesday, May 1st, at 6 PM. We will
be enjoying a Taco Dinner (chicken & beef) with
all the toppings and then share together Episode 4
of Divine Mercy in the Second Greatest Story
Ever Told, “Faustina and the Spread of Divine
Mercy.” A large group discussion will follow
(different than what we did for the kickoff.) If you haven’t been
participating in this study, this will be a great opportunity to see what
it’s all about. Each session is a discovery and celebration of the
message of the Divine Mercy!
Text your name and number of people attending to: 815-543-4738.

Mass Times for the Triduum

March 29, 2018 – Thursday of Holy Week     

7:00 pm Bi-Lingual

March 30, 2018 –  Friday  of the Passion of the Lord     

1:00 pm English Liturgy 

7:00 pm Spanish Liturgy

March 31, 2018 – Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil

7:00 pm Bi-Lingual

April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of The Lord 

8:00 & 10:30 am – English

12:00 Noon – Spanish




Totus Tuus 2018


See our New Prices!

Please join us to help benefit St. James School!

4:00 – 7:00 pm

March 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd

Adults $11.00; Seniors 65+ $10.00; Kids 4-10 $6.00

Kids 3 and Under FREE!

Stations of the Cross

Please join us in the Church for Stations of the Cross

On Fridays during Lent.

5:30 pm in English

7:00 pm in Spanish

What does the Holy Spirit want to renew within you
 Click Here to Learn about our next 
Light of the World Retreat and to Register Now! 


Please join the Respect Life Ministry in Praying Nine Days for Life 

January 18 – 26, 2018

You can pray at church, home, work, or with friends anywhere, anytime. The focus is on cherishing the ‘gift’ of EVERY person’s life. This is a multi-faceted NOVENA highlighting a different intention each day. Reflections & suggested actions also provided.

You may ‘Google’ “Nine Days for Life” for more information or go to: www.9daysforlife.com

“Care for one another is care for Jesus himself.” Pope Francis, 9/27/2015


On Sunday, December 31, 2017, the Knights of
Columbus and the Legion of Mary will co-sponsor
the 5th Sunday Rosary – our continuous devotion to our Blessed
Mother and all her guidance and works. We will start the Rosary
at 1:30 p.m. in the church. All parishioners are invited and
encouraged to come to join us in prayer.
Thank you,
The Knights of Columbus
The Legion of Mary


Want a huge break on your Illinois taxes and help St. James School at the same time?

Come to a meeting on Monday, December 18, 2017, at 6:00 pm in the school cafeteria to get more information on this limited time program.

Our St. James Parish “APP” is here!

Simply text message the word ‘app’ to 88202 to download our parish app.

1) Download myParish App

2) Select our Parish after opening


God has blessed me with 50 years of priesthood. I will be celebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving here at St. James on December 17th at 3:00 p.m. A buffet supper will follow in the school. It goes without saying that you are invited. If yo would like to share in the supper, please call the Parish Office before December 1st, so that the folks arranging the meal can have an accurate count of the number attending. Space is limited, so it is on a first come, first served basis.

Fr. Schuessler


Pilgrimage to Rome with Fr. Geary!

Visit the Historic Sites of the Eternal City! Attend a Papal Audience with Pope Francis! The trip will leave from Chicago on Friday, November 24, 2017, and return on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Please click on the link below for additional information.



Rome Trip Flyer-NEW-9-6-17

Rome Trip Q and A Sheet-NEW-9-6-17