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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


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.

EDGE and IGNITE Training

Edge: Small Group Training Dates:

 Jul 30, August 6 & 13 in the small classroom of the parish hall building 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

Ignite: Small Group Training Dates:

 August 11 & 18, 7:00—8:30 pm small classroom of the parish hall.

Christmas in July

ChristmasInJuly2Every Christmas, St. James Parish sponsors an Angel Tree to benefit needy individuals and charities in our area. This year, St. James Confirmation students Katie Lyle and Max Hvasta have put together a fundraiser called CHRISTMAS IN JULY to benefit local charities with Gift Cards they need for their missions.

All July, the Angel Tree will be in the church vestibule hung with envelopes. Each envelope has a request for a Gift Card, from a grocery store, to benefit one of three charities, Cooperative Christian Ministries, CVAN or Second Harvest Food Bank.

Please take one or more envelopes, purchase the requested Gift Card(s), and place the envelopes in the collection box near the tree. Please return all gift cards and envelopes by Sunday, August 3rd and Katie and Max will collect the cards and deliver them to the charities.

Thank you for your generous support.

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.

New Beginnings Summer and Fall

kidsNEW BEGINNINGS is currently accepting registrations for their summer program J.A.M. Camp for ages 2—12 years and for their fall semester of the preschool for ages 1—5 years.

For more information or to register your child, contact Suzanne Carney, Preschool Director at 704-262-3498. You may also pick up registration forms for both programs in the vestibule of the church.

St. James' Cookbook

CookBook2014 ST JAMES COOKBOOKS are available in our Book Store during their operating hours and the Parish Office every weekday during office hours. The cost is only $18 for a very attractive cook- book that will last a lifetime! This book was compiled by St. James parishioners, their families and friends, so we hope parishioners will purchase and enjoy this special effort!