Christmas Mass Schedule for 2017

No 7:30 a.m. Mass will be held on December 24th.  All other morning Masses will be held in addition to the following:

Christmas Mass Schedule for 2017:

Vigil Masses (Sunday, Dec. 24th)
Saint James Church – 4:00 p.m.
Saint James Church – 6:00 p.m.
Assumption Church – 4:00 p.m.

Midnight Mass: 12:00am at Saint James Church
*Christmas Carols & Hymns beginning at 11:15pm at Saint James Church

Christmas Morning (Monday, Dec. 25th)
Saint James Church – 9:00 a.m.
Saint James Church – 11:00 a.m.
Assumption Church – 10:00 a.m.

Parish Mission

There will be a Parish Mission beginning Monday, October 30th to November 2nd at both Saint James and Assumption Churches. Fr. Simeon Gallagher, O.F.M. Cap from St. Francis of Assisi Friary, Denver, CO will preside.  The Theme is “The Freedom to Believe: Becoming an Adult Catholic.” The Mission will consider the great challenge of growth in Faith as Cardinal J.H. Newman once said: “The only evidence of life is growth.” This principle must be applied to all levels of life including the Faith-Life. Using the insights of the Scriptures, Twelve-Step Recovery programs, and the writings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, this theme of Freedom & Growth will be explored. The talks will be held after the 8:00am Mass at Saint James and will also be at 7:00pm at Assumption.

  • First Conference: Monday, October 30 – “Stories of Escape from Self”  (Luke 7:36-50)
  • Second Conference: Tuesday, October 31 – “Escape from False Values and Religious Adolescence”  (Luke 14: 28-33)
  • Third Conference: Wednesday, November 1 – “Quest Stories: Humanity as Grace”   (John 3:1-10)
  • Fourth Conference: Thursday, November 2 – “Love Stories: The Freedom Only Christ Can Give”   (John 4: 4-42)


Father Burns Update

We are sorry to announce that Father Burns has now moved into The Residence at South Windsor Farms and will no longer be living at Saint James Rectory.  When Father broke his arm several months ago, he became unable to handle stairs and moved into his niece’s home.  In the last few weeks it became apparent that he needs more support than either his niece and her husband or we here at Saint James can provide. With advice from his doctors, he has made the decision to move to an assisted living facility.  We are very impressed with the quality of the residence and the way in which he is being treated.  We encourage you to visit him and/or to send cards – he would be delighted to hear from you! He is in room 224 at The Residence at South Windsor Farms, 200 Deming Street, South Windsor, CT 06074.

In his 8 years at Saint James Church, Father Burns has contributed immeasurably to the life of our parish. We will certainly miss him greatly.  If his health permits, we may be able to bring him here from time to time – just to visit, to participate in celebrations, and especially to hear confessions – as he has proven a very dedicated and popular confessor.