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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 September 27 and 28, 2019.

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


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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