Parish - General Information

Parish mission Statement:

Our mission is to open “the door of faith” to our parishioners to make possible the life of communion with God and the transformation of the heart.  The fruit of this transformation will be to unite in charity our diverse congregation and surrounding community; “breaking down the dividing wall” (Ephesians 2:14). As members of the one body of Christ, we accept our responsibilities as good stewards of His great gifts.

 

New Parishioners:
Please call the office as soon as possible. By Church Law, only registered parishioners can receive the Sacrament of Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, Marriage, and be Sacramental Sponsors.Registration:
If you are moving into the parish, out of the parish or even within the parish, please notify the church office so that we can correct our records. Stop by the office during office hours or the vestibule of the Church after Mass to pick up a registration form. Forms can also be found here. After filling it out, return it to the office and pick up a welcome bag full of church related items and literature. Cannot make it to the office? Drop the registration form in the offertory basket at Mass instead.

 

Sacrament of Anointing/Visiting Sick:
If you need a visit from a priest, please call the office at 704-720-0600.
Please do not wait until an emergency to call one of the priests.
~~_In case of an EMERGENCY call (704) 720-0608._~~

Sacrament of Baptism:
Call the office to register and schedule a Baptismal Preparation class.

 

First Reconciliation & First Eucharist:
Contact the parish office to discuss specific needs.
 
Confirmation and RCIA:
Contact the parish office to discuss specific needs.

 

Reconciliation Schedule:
Saturday 2:00—4:00 PM. Anytime by request.

 

Sacrament of Marriage:
Registered Parishioners are required by Diocesan Policy to contact one of the priests six months prior to the date of marriage.  Marriage dates should not be set prior to meeting with the parish priest.  
Hospitalization:
Please call the church office at (704)720-0600 if you or a loved one is entering the hospital or if you would like an appointment with a priest to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.
 
Letters of Eligibility:
Letters of Eligibility to act as Godparents or Sponsors can be issued only to active members of the parish who are registered and in good standing. Click here for a sponsorship form.
 
Mass Intentions:
On July 1, 2012 changes were inplemented to our policies on requesting Masses This was necessary due to the increase in requests.  We now are limiting weekend and Novena Mass requests to one request per quarter (Jan, Feb, March, etc).  We have issues with people not being able to reserve a Mass date at an appropriate time when an unexpected death/serious illness occurs.  We are hoping to avoid this situation with this new policy.   If you have any questions, please contact the office.
 
Funerals:
  • Call the church office to discuss details. Ask about having the Women's Guild handle the funeral luncheon arrangements.
  • Cemetery plots are available to all parishioners of St. James and St. Joseph, their families and practicing Catholics from other parishes.A Columbarium has now been built in our cemetary. Click here for details and pricing.
  • Memorials to the cemetery maintenance fund are encouraged to help keep up the perpetual care. Contact the parish office at for further details. Click here to see funeral music guidelines. Click here for map
 
MARY'S VISITORS
If you have a loved one, friend or neighbor that is homebound or in a nursing home and would like to be visited and brought Communion by Mary’s Visitors, please contact the office.  Unless contacted, we cannot visit or call due to privacy laws.