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New Grief Support Group Offered

GriefShare, a weekly program that focuses on specific areas of the grieving process, will begin on Wednesday, June 5th, 6:00-7:30 pm, at Good Shepherd Parish.  The 13-week program offers video presentations, a personal workbook, group discussion, and prayer.  There is a $15.00 fee.  For more details and information, contact Pastoral Associate Gerry Wolf at 262-253-2213, or wolfg@archmil.org.  To register, please call Cheryl Matusziak at 262-305-4117 to sign up today.

St. James Veterans

A short Memorial Day Service will be held in our cemetery Monday, May 27th at 9 am by the St. James Historic Chapel.  A remembrance for all veterans, both living and deceased.  In the event it rains we will move into the Historic Chapel.     Swanee

Pastoral Council Seeks New Members

Contribute your time and talents to the St. James Parish community by becoming a member of the St. James Pastoral Council. The Pastoral Council serves in a consultative role to the Parish Director, Deacon Sandy Sites.

Qualifications. Pastoral Council representatives must be at least 18 years old and a practicing member of St. James.  Submitting your name does not commit you to serving on the council. We will take you through a discernment process to help you decide if service in this area is a good match for your talents and interests.

Time Commitment. Councilors serve 3-year terms and attend two meetings per month, All-Committee Night on the first Wednesday of the month and the Pastoral Council meeting on the second Wednesday each month.  The time commitment is approximately 3 hours per month, along with one-day retreats which are held twice a year.

Interested?  We’d love to tell you more about this great way to serve St. James.  Please contact one of us by June 9, 2019. Contact: Pastoral Council Chair, Pat Buehler (pbuehler@wi.rr.com); Vice-chair, Dave Topp (detopp@sbcglobal.net); or Secretary, Terry Brecklin (tbrecklin@gmail.com)

St. James HUGE Annual Thrift Sale

JUNE 6th, 7th and 8th

We will be ready to accept your items for the thrift sale starting:

Wednesday, May 22nd   –   8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday, May 23rd   –        8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, May 24th   –             8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed Memorial Day Weekend
Tuesday, May 28th   –         8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, May 29th   –   8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday, May 30th   –      8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, May 31st –               8:00 am  – 5:00 pm
Saturday, June 1st   –          8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Monday, June 3rd   –          8:oo am – 5:00 pm

Please drop off ONLY during these designated times.  Tax donation forms are available upon request.

We need and will accept almost everything.  However, there are a few exceptionsNO computer equipment, TVs (except flat screen), or large appliances.  No magazines, cassette tapes, encyclopedias, baby cribs, car seats or mattresses.  No large exercising equipment, skis, no entertainment centers, paint or tires.

We welcome all clean, useable items including furniture – big and small, indoor and outdoor; lamps, pictures, sporting goods, housewares, bedding, linens, seasonal decorations, toys and tools.  Clean, gently used clothing, jewelry, antiques, craft items, records, CDs, DVDs, etc. and books are also accepted.

Volunteers are needed!  Bakery is also needed for the Bake Sale so dust off your recipes!  Pies, cakes, cookies are all good sellers, along with breads, coffee cakes, etc.


Thursday, June 6th   –   8:00 am – 7:00 pm      ($1.00 Cover Charge from 8 am to Noon)
Friday, June 7th   –   8:00 am – 5:oo pm            ($5.00 Bag Sale in Adult Clothing Only)
Saturday, June 8th   –   8:00 am – 1:00 pm       (1/2 price and $5.00 Bag Sale – Select items excluded from Bag Sale)

St. James Playgroup

Do you have little ones at home?  Join us for Playgroup!  We meet at 9am on the first and third Thursday of the month in Room 5 of the school building.  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.

10 Day Pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes with Barcelona Discovery

September 29 – October 8, 2019, led by Spiritual Director Gerry Wolf

Highlights of the trip are:  Fatima, Cathedral of Burgos, Lourdes, Grotto of Massabielle, Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia just to name a few.  The Pilgrimage is open to all.  For more information about this exciting Prilgrimage trip, call Terri Weber, Phone 262-253-2259 or 414-550-0954 or email webert@archmil.org.  Travel brochures are available in the Gathering Area in Church or in the Parish Office.  You can also check out the following link for more information: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/912847 or click on the following link for the brochure and reservation form.

Pilgrimage Brochure


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.