St. James Rosary Altar meetings are usually held the second Thursday of each month except the months of June, July and August. The meetings begin with the Rosary at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting and a social at 7:00 p.m. in the church hall. Membership is always open. We are hoping to have many others join our society in September, and our first meeting. This is a great way to meet the parishioners of St. James and to become involved in our parish activities. You will make lifetime friends and experience great joy serving our parish.
The Rosary Altar Society has been serving the parish community since 1907. At one time every woman in the parish was considered a member of the Rosary Altar Society. Our present membership is around thirty active members.
The first Sunday of every month is Communion Sunday where we come together to pray the rosary before the 9:30 a.m. Mass, and then attend Mass. After Mass we pray a decade of the rosary for the intentions of Pope Francis. Members serve as ministers for Mass as altar servers, lectors, extraordinary Eucharistic ministers, cantors, choir members, and ushers. After Mass, members take the Eucharist to the homebound.
For years now, we come together the second Monday of the month to pray Marian Prayers, which includes all the mysteries of the Rosary for the many intentions in our parish special intention book.
Over the years the Rosary Altar Society members have become special friends as we pray, work and play together. Spiritually we have sponsored Days of Recollections, pilgrimages to shrines and churches, and participated in local as well as diocesan religious events. We work with our Holy Name Society for fundraisers and socials. We take care of the expenses for altar servers and priests vestments, altar cloths and any other expenses that we may have.
As a service for the parish family and others, when requested, we prepare luncheons after funerals. We provide hospitality for meetings, cover-dish dinners for Christmas, Mother/Daughter/Friend Banquet, First Communion, Confirmation receptions after Mass and other parish events are requested by our pastor.
A Mass is offered for each members and immediate family when there is a death. The Rosary, if possible, is prayer for the repose of the soul at the funeral home. As an affiliate of the National Council of Catholic Women, we receive prayer intentions at all National and Diocesan Catholic Women Events all over the United States. We have a prayer chain with around thirty people. All we need is call and the chain gets started and the prayer begin to flow for people all over.
|Betty Nemchik||Vice President|