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Giving Tree Project

See the source imageWe may not be able to gather around our Giving Tree this year, but we can still support the many needs of our community.  By the request of our recipients, all donations will be GIFT CARDS ONLY!  We welcome donations of gift cards for gas stations, Pick ‘n Save, Piggly Wiggly, Walgreens and stores such as Meijer, Kohl’s and Walmart.  The donations will be divided between our target charities.  Collection is between November 14th thru December 12th.

No gift tag needed – feel free to purchase a gift card of the location and amount of your choice.  Please make sure each gift card indicates amount.  Drop off your gift cards at the Giving Tree Drop Box just outside the worship space at church.  You can also drop them in the parish office mail slot in the door.  Finally, you are welcome to mail them to the St. James parish office at: W220N6588 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls, WI  53051.

The Giving Tree Project of St. James will continue to support our Priority Relationships with – Hebron House, ERAS, Sussex Outreach Services and St. Vincent de Paul.  Feel free to email with any questions:  grellen8@gmail.com.

Community Banquet

Community Banquet will be back at St. James downstairs in the Community Center on Thursday, November 11th and Thursday, December 9th.  We will begin again for 2022 the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.  Dinner is served at 5:30 pm.  Come and eat, bring your friends and enjoy the fellowship of one another.  Please bring your masks as St. James follows CDC regulations.

Holly Days Donations

HOLLY DAYS DONATION BOXES WILL BE OUT (in the church gathering space) THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER! WE NEED YOUR DONATIONS TO MAKE THIS YEAR’S EVENT A SUCCESS:

Secret Santa Workshop
Santa’s Workshop gives children the joy of choosing their own special gifts for parents and family members.
Santa’s Workshop gift donation ideas:
New items for men, women, teens & children. We also need gift bags and tissue.  Used Books: Books, CDs, DVDs and videos. Please NO encyclopedias or magazines.

Theme Basket Donations
We need large, sturdy baskets, colored paper shred and large and jumbo size CLEAR basket gift bags to create the Theme Baskets this year in addition to donations to fill the baskets.
Theme basket ideas:
Beer Lovers/Wine/Liquor** ~ Games ~ Coffee/Tea ~ Golf/Sports ~ Movie Night ~ Kid’s Crafts ~ Spa ~ Candy/Chocolate ~ Home Improvement ~ Reading/Bookworm ~ Tailgating ~ Baking ~ Princess  ~ Superhero ~ Date Night ~ Fitness ~ Italian ~ Mexican ~ Rainy Day Fun ~ Baby’s 1st Christmas ~ Dog/Cat lovers
**If you are donating alcohol or a complete basket, please deliver it to the Parish Office.

Holly Days

See the source imageSaturday, Dec. 4 – 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Sunday, Dec. 5 – 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Please mark your calendars to join us for a delicious homemade Lasagna Dinner ($10) with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday from 4:00 – 7:30 and a Pancake Breakfast with Santa on Sunday from 8:00am – 12:30 brought to us by the Knights of Columbus.  New this year, we will be taking curbside pickup orders for Saturday supper. If you wish to place an order for curbside pickup, please call or text: 262.910.3063 starting on Friday, 12/3.

The Silent Auction is always popular, and will again be an online auction. Each of the auction items up for bid will be displayed at Holly Days, but bidding will only happen via the auction site. Please check out the website for items that are already listed. We will be adding additional items throughout the week and bidding will open on Saturday, 12/4.  www.32auctions.com/HollyDays2021

Theme Basket donations – THANK YOU to all of the parishioners who have generously donated items for our raffle baskets. We will be assembling the baskets this week and can always use clear cellophane gift basket bags (Jumbo and Large size) to wrap the finished products. If you can donate any new gift basket bags, please drop them off in the parish office.

Calling all Bakers! It’s time to dig out your favorite recipes for the St. James Holly Days’ Bake Sale. If you bake it, we will take it! We are in need of donations of bakery for both days. Bakery can be dropped off anytime on Saturday, Dec. 4th starting at 9:00am. We are looking for all types of bakery from simple Chex Mix to cookie platters, candy, cakes and pies.  Donations to not need to be individually wrapped.  **Please specify whether or not your donation contains nuts.

As always, Volunteers are Needed – It takes a Parish!
We need a lot of volunteers to help with set-up, clean up, decorating, baking, and much more.  Various time slots are available.  Sign-up sheets will be in the Gathering Area today and throughout November.  Sign up in the back of church after mass or feel free to sign up online using the following link: http://tinyurl.com/volunteerhollydays2021

 

 

Men’s Group – “That Man Is You”

We are pleased to announce a new men’s program called “That Man is You!”  It tackles real issues facing real men.  It looks at the leadership role that has been entrusted to men and addresses the temptations and struggles men face in a culture that attacks authentic manhood.  Finally, it helps formulate a plan that allows men to overcome these obstacles.  We will host every Friday from 5:45 am to 7:00 am at St. James Parish Community Center beginning September 17th.  Join us at 5:45 and coffee, fruit and donuts followed by the “That Man Is You” presentation from 6 – 7 am.  The video and discussion will combine the best scientific research with the teachings of the Church and wisdom of the saints.  You will be on the road by 7 am to be to work on time!  For more details, contact Jon Comeron: jlcameron05@gmail.com

New Mask Guidelines at St. James

Dear St. James Family,

With the new CDC guidelines and consideration of Archbishop Listecki, beginning this weekend we are making some changes.  We must continue to treat everyone with dignity and respect.  Therefore, with trust in the Holy Spirit, the following adjustments have been made:

  • There will be a “mask required” section and a “mask optional” section.  Look for signage in the gathering space and pews.
  • We are recommending that upon entering and leaving church, you wear a mask until you get to your seat.  Also going to and from Communion.  Once you are seated you can remove your mask if you are in the Masks Optional section and choose to do so.
  • Alternate row seating will continue in all sections.  We may eliminate distancing rows as capacity increases.
  • Once on the altar, ministers may remove their masks.  The Presider will wear a mask during the consecration.
  • Eucharistic ministers (distributors & sanitizers) will wear masks during distribution.
  • Communion to the homebound will be offered once again at Mass
  • Sanitizing will continue

We wish to assure our people feel safe and comfortable.  We ask you remain flexible as additional new directives emerge.  Thank you for respecting our approach to ensure we continue to offer a safe and welcoming worship experience for all.

Deacon Sandy Sites and the Covid Comeback Team

Chapel Hours

Our Historic Chapel will be open the following times:  Monday thru Friday 7:30 am until 3:00 pm with the exception of Tuesdays.  Tuesdays the Chapel is open until 5 pm for Adoration and Prayer followed by praying the Rosary and Holy Hour from 4-5 pm.  The Chapel will continue to be sanitized prior to opening at 7:30, and be closed outside of these hours.