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Parish Council Update


St. James the Greater Catholic Church

Parish Council Update

At the December 2013 meeting of the Parish Council there was in depth discussion about the current Parish Council structure, purpose, and effectiveness. It was decided at that meeting to assemble a small group of parish council members to review the council to make sure that it was effectively working towards accomplishing the mission of the parish and make recommendations for ways to improve the council.

The small group began meeting shortly after that and has been working on a plan of action for the parish council. The group took time to consider the following things:

  • Does the current mission statement accurately reflect what our mission should be at St. James?What are the key parts or most important parts of the mission statement?
  • Is the Parish Council succeeding in their current role?
  • Are the current commissions at St. James all working towards accomplishing the mission?
  • Are any of these commissions irrelevant or unnecessary? Are there any new commissions that need to be created?
  • Is it necessary to have the leader of each commission represented on the Parish Council?
  • What changes could be made to make the council and commissions more effective?
  • The Parish Council Constitution Bylaws were amended with a number of changes to make them current and incorporate the changes.
  • The job descriptions and expectations of the Parish Council Officers were amended.
  • The commissions were re-evaluated to better fit the mission of the parish.
  • An action plan and time line for changes was developed and is currently being implemented.

The small group presented the recommendations to the Parish Council last month and the council voted unanimously to accept the recommendations and the descriptions of the commissions. These recommendations have resulted in the following changes:

The plan is to have these changes in place by the first meeting of the new fiscal year in September 2014. In order for that to be possible we will making all of these changes in the months of July and August.   We ask that you take some time to think about the future of our parish and pray for the success of this endeavor. We feel that with the proper structure, strong leadership and help from the Holy Spirit we can make changes that will make St. James better for our parishioners and our community.

Over the next month and a half you will be seeing a lot more information regarding these changes and we hope that you will give some thought to your role in your church and your parish. Fill out the Commision Interest Form and return it to the church through the collection plate, mail, or at the main office.

Thank you!!


  139 Manor Avenue SW, Concord, NC 28025   

  Phone  (704) 720-0600   Fax (704) 720-0610

Letter to the Ephesians Bible Study

StPaulBeginning on Thursday, September 4, at 7:00 p.m. we will again take up for our Fall topic of study what has been described as a compendium of the essence of Christianity. “Its few pages cover an extraordinary range of theological topics with clarity and precision. The letter summarizes what it means to be a Christian better than any other book of the Bible.”
We will focus on the final chapters in its discussion of marriage and family life.
It does not matter if you were present in the first part of the study. Come and join us!

Walking Toward Eternity

EternityBeginning on Tuesday, September 16, and continuing until November 18, we will be conducting an eight-week course by Jeff Cavins, the first installment of Walking Toward Eternity.

Walking Toward Eternity is an inspiring series designed to help participants live their faith more fully. Through daily prayerful meditation with Scripture (lectio divina), they will be drawn into an intimate and life-changing encounter with Christ. Daring to Walk the Walk, the first series of Walking Toward Eternity, introduces seven key virtues and outlines practical steps for living them out in daily life. This study will take place in the Large Classroom of the Parish Hall, Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. Angie Harness will lead the study.

Early Registration is now Over

Faith Formation Early Registration ended on July 31st. After August 1 late fees will apply and your student will be placed on a waiting list. If you have questions please contact Maritza Torres at 704-720-0600, ext. 32 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rev. Basile Sede

RevBasileSedeWe are pleased to receive into our parish community the Rev. Basile Sede, President of the University Institute of the Diocese of Buea (Cameroon). Father Basile is presently concluding his doctoral studies in Philosophy at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. He will be residing in the Rectory and helping out at Saint James and Saint Joseph (Kannapolis) during the months of July and August in the absence of Father Geiger.

Missionaries of the Poor

MessiahThe Missionaries of the Poor, a new religious institute founded in 1981 and present in the Diocese of Charlotte in Union County, is presenting a musical celebration of the life of Jesus Christ entitled “The Messiah” from August 8th to the 10th at Halton Theater on the campus of Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. Representatives of the community and the musical will be present at all the masses on this weekend to promote the event and to sell tickets (in the Parish Hall). Together with our neighboring parishes we welcome the Fathers and Brothers to Saint James.

RCIA 2013-2014

RCIA1RCIA for Adults, Teens, (13 yrs—11th grade) and Children:

Classes begin on Thursday, August 28th at 6:30 PM in the parish hall classrooms. If you or someone you know is planning to attend, please have them contact Micki O’Connor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 980-621-5451, OR, Chuck Oxford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or 704-425-1792.RCIA2

Our RCIA candidates and catechumens need your help. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor to help them along their faith journey, please contact Micki or Chuck at the above numbers/emails.