Saint James Catholic Church strives to provide excellence in worship generally, and specifically in preaching and music that together lift our minds and hearts to God. We are purposeful in our words and actions in order to encourage participation by each member of our parish. A daily, intentional and disciplined prayer life at Saint James Catholic Church provides all with the profound presence of God in our lives. The Worship Committee collaborates with the Pastor and Associate Pastor toward the achievement of these goals in each liturgical ministry.
Jeff Lanz, Chair
Fr. Michael Wimsatt, Pastor
Fr. Loi Pham, Associate Pastor
Dr. Bill Godfrey
Deacon Dean Sears
Opportunities are available for parish youth in grades 4 and above who are interested in serving during Mass. Altars servers are provided extensive training prior to participation at Mass. Jeff Lanz trains and schedules all Altar Servers.
Art & Environment
The Art and Environment committee oversees the liturgical environment throughout the different seasons of the Church year. Volunteers are needed to serve on the planning committee as well as assist with decorating throughout the year and especially special occasions. The committee is also in need of individuals with sewing skills. Rita Walker is the chair of the committee.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Saint James Catholic Church provides Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the Saturday 5 p.m. Mass as well as the Sunday 10 a.m. Mass. This provides them the opportunity to understand the Gospel message and participate at their own level. Children ages 4-7 are invited to attend. They are sent forth after the Opening Collect (Prayer). All return during the preparation of the gifts. Danny Payne and Amy Baldwin coordinate this ministry.
This ministry fosters prayer through adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, with an intention to increase vocations in the Archdiocese. Adoration is scheduled for Monday 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. All are invited to participate in individual prayer during these times.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion distribute Holy Eucharist during Mass. These ministers are required to receive training before participating in Mass. Frank Bryan coordinates this ministry.
The Saint James Hospitality Ministers include door greeters and ushers during each of the weekend Masses. Volunteers are needed to manage the collection during Mass as well as extend hospitality to all those in attendance. Freddy Thomas coordinates this ministry.
Liturgical lectors Proclaim the Word of God during Mass. There is a training provided for any parishioner who would like to volunteer to be a part of this ministry. Helen Wheatley coordinates this ministry.
Parishioners are encouraged to engage in full and active participation during Mass. One way to do this is to enhance the musical experience by becoming involved with the music ministry program. Opportunities available to all volunteers include the Saint James Catholic Church Choir. Please contact Deacon Dean Sears for more information.
Opportunities are available to assist in the behind the scenes operations of preparing for Mass. The main responsibility of a sacristan is to keep the sacristy in order. This ministry is very important and includes the following: setting all liturgical books, making sure the vestments are set up for use, as well as making sure all liturgical accessories are fully stocked and ready for use. Sacristans are also responsible for ensuring that all liturgical items are properly stored away after each weekend Mass. Patrick Meredith coordinates this ministry.
Volunteers involved in this ministry tape Sunday Mass in order to bring it to the homebound in our community. Masses are broadcast on local cable channels – Comcast CH 2 and Brandenburg CH 1. The recording is also available on our website here and the Saint James Catholic Church YouTube Channel. All those interested will be trained prior to being assigned.