Pastoral Care

Funeral Luncheons
The time of greatest need of support for most people is the death of a family member.  In response to this need St. James parishioners provide bars, cookies, and desserts to be served at funeral luncheons, as well as volunteers to serve the food at the luncheon. If you would like to be actively involved in this ministry, contact the parish office (252.0119).

Rosary at Eventide & Ave Maria
Volunteers from St. James Basilica lead the rosary once a week at community nursing homes. To sign up, contact the volunteer coordinator listed below.
Ave Maria: Deacon Ken Votava (252.5660)
Eventide: Judy Harr (252.6723)

Prayer Shawl Ministry
This ministry provides a way to literally wrap people in prayer. Prayer shawls/wraps are knitted or crocheted about 24 inches in width and about 6 feet in length. Just the right size to wrap around your shoulders. They are made by members of the congregation and then given to those members of the church or community that are in need of our prayers. As prayer shawls/wraps are made, the knitter/crocheter is to pray for the person who will be receiving it and lift them up in prayer. The shawl/wrap  will be delivered to a person in need, such as someone struggling with an illness or a person who is grieving.  A message of encouragement and words of comfort from Scripture will be shared with the person when it is delivered.

Just as Jesus daily wraps us in His love and peace, we as His servants can provide a shawl to someone who needs to be held and wrapped in prayer. The shawl provides this person with a visible symbol of Christ’s presence and care, along with our prayers. Contact Alice Williams (952.3738) for more information.
 
New Parishioners - Welcoming Committee
This ministry is about welcoming new members to our parish. At the present time, new parishioners are welcomed during one of our parish Coffee & Donuts fellowship gatherings. They receive a small gift from the parish at this time. Contact Loretta Jung (952.4741) for more information.
 
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (Homebound)
These ministers take the Eucharist to people who are unable to attend Sunday Mass.