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SOAL Program – Fall 2019

SOAL (St. James Older Adult Learning)

Registration is now available for the SOAL program.  All Adults, ages 50 and older, are welcome to participate in the 7 week series. Participants enjoy 3 one hour sessions on topics such as spirituality, arts and crafts, health, contemporary issues and senior safety.  The dates are October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 8, 15, & 22nd, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch is included each day.  For more information call 262-251-0897.  Below is the SOAL brochure and registration form.

SOAL Fall 2019 Brochure


If you are interested in beginning a strength training regimen, this class may be for you.  We are very fortunate here at St. James to host StrongBodies in conjunction with UW Extension.  Bone and muscle loss begin early and StrongBodies strength training can reverse this process.  The benefits of strength training are a reduced risk for chronic diseases: diabetes, high blood pressure, some cancers, osteoporosis, arthritis, and heart disease.  By participating in strength training you will notice increased bone density, muscle mass, strength, as well as an increased ability to do activities of daily living.  StrongBodies was developed for middle-age and older adults, but these exercises can be a benefit to people of all ages looking to improve their physical well-being.  Class meets Mondays and Thursdays, 9:15 am to 10:30 am, starting September 16, 2019 and ending November 21, 2019.  Classes cost $25 and you meet in the St. James Cafeteria.  For more information or to register for classes, please contact Jen Whitty, Family Living Educator, at 262-548-7789 or jwhitty@waukeshacounty.gov.


New Grief Support Group

GriefShare, a weekly program that focuses on specific areas of the grieving process, is currently being held on Wednesday evenings, 6:00-7:30 pm, at Good Shepherd Parish.  The 13-week program offers video presentations, a personal workbook, group discussion, and prayer.  Parishioners who are trying to cope with the loss of a loved one are encouraged to attend a session to see what the process is like, then decide if they want to commit to the series.  For more details and information, contact Pastoral Associate Gerry Wolf at 262-253-2213, or wolfg@archmil.org.

Help Needed


HOLY DUSTERS – are in need of more parishioners to help with Monday morning cleaning in the Church and Gathering Area. They start around 8:30 and spend about an hour vacuuming, dusting, and cleaning the windows. If you can help, PLEASE stop in at 8:30 on any Monday! Call the parish office if you have any questions at 251-3944.

CAN YOU CARE FOR OUR PLANTS IN CHURCH? – This would take only 1 hour a week. If you are interested call Sue at 262-366-1211 or mangans@archmil.org

IF YOU NOTICE THE OUTDOOR PLANTS NEED WATER please consider helping by watering them. We can all help by watering these flowers when we see that they need it. You can get water from the kitchenette in the Gathering Space.

SUSSEX FOOD PANTRY counts on our St. James volunteers on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 9:00-Noon to provide assistance to their clients who shop there. No special skills are needed, and training will be provided.   JULY 13TH is coming up quickly and we need more volunteers. Please contact John or Louise Vos at 262-439-8559 or grammalou70@gmail.com

COULD YOU TEACH OUR SOAL SENIORS HOW TO PLAY CHESS, . . . COULD YOU LEAD A BOOK CLUB . . . OR IS THERE ANOTHER TALENT YOU COULD TEACH? Our classes in the Fall are held on Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 & Nov. 8, & 15. There is also a need for help in preparing lunches for this program, so if you have some culinary skills and would like to help let us know. If you can help with either of these requests please contact Sue or Mary Ann at 262-251-0897.

COMMUNITY BANQUET VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED. Community Banquet is a free hot meal that offers fellowship throughout the community. The meal is served on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. The meal is open to all.   Our St. James team assists with setup/desserts/cooking & clean up 6 times a year. If you are interested in joining our team please contact Michele Trawicki at 414-412-7378 or trawmi@gmail.com.

St. James Playgroup

Join us for playgroup at the park!  We’re taking our Playgroup to the Park this summer!  Families with young children are invited to join us.  Our next date is:  June 6th from 9-10 am at Armory Park in Sussex.  Playgroup is open to all young children, parents, grandparents and caregivers.  Our playgroup is informal with unstructured playtime and no registration is required.  For more information, contact Brigitte or Kristin at playgroupatstjames@gmail.com.

Centering Prayer

Join us on Wednesdays at 8:45 a.m. in the Reconciliation Room for Centering Prayer.  We normally meet for 20 – 30 minutes of silent prayer.  All Are Welcome and if you have never done this form of prayer before, we would be happy to do a simple explanation prior to starting.  If you have any questions, call Sue at 262-253-2904.  No need to call ahead, just come and give it a try!

Community Banquet

Community Banquet is a free meal offered twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 5:30 in the Community Center at St. James Church.  A nutritious hot meal is served and it provides time of fellowship to any who choose to attend.  Volunteers from community churches take turns providing the meals, serving and cleaning up.

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

Thank you for your continued support for the Wisconsin School for the Deaf.  So far, along with your help, we have raised nearly $600 for our students.  The money has gone to toiletries for the dorm students, some therapy supplies, and even helped pay to repair a wheelchair.  We thank you for your generosity.  We are going to start collecting items for Wisconsin School for the Deaf in Delavan. These items will be recycled into park benches, planters, and other plastic items to help support the school. Please help by bringing the following items to church and placing them in the large labeled box in the Main entrance way.

  • Oral Care Items: Used toothbrushes and the packaging of your new toothbrush, empty toothpaste tubes and the box for the new tube, empty floss containers.
  • Personal Care: Shampoo, deodorants, lotions, makeup. Any brand.  Not the packaging. (No nail polish, polish remover bottles, or razors please)
  • Bars: Any brand granola/energy protein bar wrappers (foil lined only
  • Cereal Bags: The waxy bags inside cereal boxes
  • Pet Food: Wellness brand only of dry dog/cat food bags
  • Febreze:  Air Freshener plugs and cartridges, and packaging, trigger heads any brand
  • Bear Naked: Granola pouches, their brand only

Recycling requires a little effort on your part by sorting through things before they go out for trash collection, but your efforts not only help reduce landfill waste, but will help the School for the Deaf. Please help us. Questions: email: pschneider@wi.rr.com or call (414) 587-1202.

Amazon Donates to St. James

St. James Parish is part of AmazonSmile! AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support St. James every time you shop at Amazon, at no cost to you.  When you shop at Smile.Amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price to St. James Parish.  Just log on to www.Smile.Amazon.com and choose St James Catholic Church Menomonee Falls, WI as your charitable organization.  Thank you for supporting St. James!