Saint James Church
The Church of
184 South Finley Avenue
P.O. Box 310
Basking Ridge, New Jersey 07920
Our mission is to be a Faith Community centered in the Eucharist, proclaiming
Christ’s message of love and service, and living as true disciples of Christ.
Rev. Glenn J. Comandini, S.T.D.
Rev. Dario Endiape
Rev. Msgr. William J. Capik
Weekend Visiting Priest
Rev. Brian Clarke, O.S.B.
Deacon Luke J. Hally
Deacon Peter J. DePrima
Deacon Thomas H. Klaas
Mr. Jeremiah Kenny
Parish Catechetical Leader
Mrs. Patty Del Re
Director of Music
Mrs. Karen Sutherland
Mrs. Joyce Russell
Mrs. Renee Pascarella
Mrs. Mary Corbet
Mrs. Fatima Goncalves
Director of Youth Ministry
Mrs. Cristina Imparato
Coordinator of Middle School
Mrs. Carol Spina
200 S. Finley Ave.
5:30 PM (Vigil)
7:30, 9:00, 10:30 and 12:00 Noon
Monday - Friday 7:00 AM
Tuesday - Saturday 8:00 AM
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Saturdays 8:30am—9:00am in the Sept. 11th Oratory;
Saturdays 4:00pm—5:00pm in the Church
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
1:15 PM Sundays by appointment only
SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE
Application for marriage by registered parishioners
should be made at the parish office a year in advance
of the desired wedding date.
Parish Website: www.saintjamesbr.org
School of Religion
200 S. Finley Ave
August 25 , 2013
Robert Potdevin, Sr., father of Bob Potdevin
Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 25, 2013
Strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees.
Make straight paths for your feet, that what is lame may
not be disjointed but healed.
— Hebrews 12:12-13
Victoria Isabel Jovic
daughter of Adam Jovic and Janette Caballero Jovic
Zia Concepcion Wareza Monterola
and Zach Anthony Wareza Monterola
twins of Mathew Monterola and Gargie Wareza Monterola
Members of our Armed Services, NG Sp. Richard Jones, Jr.,
and AF Lt. James Savage, all stationed in Afghanistan, USN
Lt. Cmdr. Timothy Knapp, SPC Adrian Stanko US Army,
Cpt. Stefan Stanko USMC, RCT James Joseph Curley, Jon
and Ryanne Walsh and family, Steve de Poortere, Richard de
Poortere, Jr., Susan Bryant, Owen Anderson and family,
Joanna Volz, Bob Hayes, Robert Hill, Joanie and Beverly,
Alex Gavin, Rita McGouey, Dr. John Valeri, Audrey Morris,
David Hilferty, Tom Kvederas, William Reid, and Kathy
Mothers of: Joseph Franceus, Mary Beth Daras and Mary
Sisters of: Regina DeFrancisco and Mary Duhaime
Brothers of: Bets Hill and Fred Knapp
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
1 Thes 1:1-5, 8b-10; Ps 149:1b-6a, 9b;
1 Thes 2:1-8; Ps 139:1-6; Mt 23:23-26
1 Thes 2:9-13; Ps 139:7-12ab; Mt 23:27-32
1 Thes 3:7-13; Ps 71:1-4a, 5-6ab, 15ab, 17;
1 Thes 4:1-8; Ps 97:1, 2b, 5-6, 10-12;
1 Thes 4:9-11; Ps 98:1, 7-9; Mt 25:14-30
Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29; Ps 68:4-7, 10-11;
Heb 12:18-19, 22-24a; Lk 14:1, 7-14
SUNDAY, August 25
The People of the Parish
Nelita Rada O’Connor
Louis Le Francis
Jim and Monica Wegeler
John and Karen Bayeux & family
MONDAY, August 26
The Pelos Family
TUESDAY, August 27 St. Monica
Helen and Perry Johnson
Colleen, Jim & Matthew Gallagher
WEDNESDAY, August 28 St. Augustine
Al and Joan Hanson
Darlene, Steven and Adam
THURSDAY, August 29 The Passion of St. John the Baptist
Joanne and Mike McClain
FRIDAY, August 30
The Cookson Family
James Patrick Sullivan
The Hoffman Family
SATURDAY, August 31
Melva Mae Radcliffe
The McClain Family
SUNDAY, September 1
The Marciano Family
The People of the Parish
Jim and Monica Wegeler
Maurice and Barbara
August 25, 2013
Parish Support - August 18, 2013
20th Sunday of Ordinary Time
In October, St. James Church will begin its observance of our
150th year of incorporation as a parish. So, how will we
celebrate this milestone event? There is an Anniversary
Committee in place, headed by Jaye Barre and Mary Corbet.
One event of the anniversary year will be the opportunity to
explore the roots of the apostolate of our patron saint of our
parish, St. James the Greater, by taking a ten day pilgrimage
from Lisbon to Compostela from June 21 to June 30, 2014.
In Lisbon, we will have the grace to visit the home in which
St. Anthony was born. We’ll spend two days in Fatima, where
the Blessed Mother appeared in 1917 to Blessed Jacinta,
Francisco and their sister, Lucia. We’ll tour several
monasteries and cathedrals – as well as the beautiful scenery
of the Portuguese coastline through Aveiro, dubbed the
“Venice” of Portugal because of its canals; Coimbra with its
legendary university and Porto. Then, we will meander toward
Braga before crossing the Spanish border at Pontevedra,
where a number of pilgrims will have the chance, should they
desire, to walk the famous Camino de Compostela for two
days. For those who do not want to walk, they will go directly
to Compostela and visit the Basilica where the mortal remains
of St. James the Greater are entombed. We will cap off the
experience with a mini-retreat before our return to the United
States on July 1st.
What an opportunity of a lifetime! Imagine, to explore the
area of Spain where this Apostle sowed the seeds of the
Gospel, established a Christian faith community and, bearing
witness to the faith, was later martyred. For me, personally,
this will be the hallmark of our 150th Anniversary as St. James
Sunday, August 25
Mission Trips slide show presentation at 7:00 p.m. in the
pastoral center. All are welcome to attend the High School and
Middle School Youth Ministry 2013 Mission Trip DVD
presentations. Refreshments will be served in gratitude for St.
James' generous support.
Monday, August 26
Rosary for Peace at 7:30pm in the Church. All are welcome.
Thursday, August 29
Eucharistic Exposition from 8:30am to 5:30pm in the
Church. Come spend some time in Christ’s presence.
Sunday, September 1
Monthly Blood Drive sponsored by the American Red Cross
from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel Auditorium.
Appointments for Blood donations are preferred. Contact
Diane Granstrom [email protected], (215) 528
-2337, or www.redcrossblood.org use Key Word – st.jamesbasking ridge. Platelets will be collected in August and Sept.
Appointments for Platelets are REQUIRED 5 days in advance
– same contact as above.
Information is available through the brochure prepared by
Selective International and by attending the information night
on September 26th. Alexis and Paul Carola have worked
tirelessly to arrange this trip. While I spent extensive time in
both Portugal and Spain and speak both languages, I have
never been to Compostela, so I am very excited about this
pilgrimage. I will serve as the Spiritual Director, to offer Mass
daily and to hear confessions and counseling as requested but,
for the history, we will have a professional tour guide.
I have no doubt that this celebration of our 150th Anniversary,
from its kick-off until its closing on the actual anniversary,
October 20, 2014, will be a time of jubilee and, with the
intercession of St. James, a year of grace bearing countless
Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela (June 21 to June 302014) There will be an information night on Thursday September 26 from 7:30-8:30 pm. in the St. James Church multipurpose room. Come hear about this exciting St. James 150th
Anniversary pilgrimage. We will have a presentation of the
itinerary from Selective International. Contact: [email protected]
August 25, 2013
Adult Formation Course
given by Fr. Glenn Comandini
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
from Sep. 14th to Nov. 16th
in the Pastoral Center
September 2: NO 7:00 a.m. Mass. Daily Mass at 8:00 a.m.
September 2: The Parish Office will be closed
September 7: Baptism Preparation Session for first time
parents and Godparents at 10:00 a.m. in room 7 in the Pastoral
Center. Please call the parish office to register.
September 8: Rosary Altar Society Corporate Communion
at the 9:00 a.m. Mass followed by a continental breakfast in
the multipurpose room. Rosarians are invited to sit together on
the choir side as we pray the Rosary in the Church before
Mass, beginning at 8:40 a.m. New members welcome! Please
join us for breakfast if you are interested in joining the Rosary
September 8: Teen Mass at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel.
September 10: Mass at Sunrise Assisted Living at 2:15 p.m.
September 10: Child’s Health Clinic and immunizations at
no cost for children ages birth to 18 who live in the Somerset
Hills and do not have health insurance. Appointments can be
scheduled between 8:30am and 11:45am by calling 766-0180.
This free clinic is offered on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
September 11: Respect For Life Committee meeting at
12:00 noon in room 6 in the pastoral center. We meet
monthly. Please come and help us plan activities to support
life issues in our community and nation. If you have any
questions, please call Julie Lee at 908-204-0146 .
September 13: School Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. in the Church.
All are welcome.
September 14: Fr. Glenn’s Adult Education course “World
Religions” begins at 9:00 a.m. in rooms 1-2.
September 15: Fellowship Coffee Hour after the 9:00 a.m.
and 10:30 a.m. Masses in the Chapel Auditorium. All are
welcome to come down and enjoy coffee, juice, donuts and, of
September 15: Youth Ministry KICK OFF: 3:30-7:30pm in
the St. James School parking lot/lawn & gym. BBQ Tailgate,
Mass, Xtreme Games and Live Concert by the Dave
Pettigrew Band! You won’t want your child to miss this! All
6th-12th grade students welcome! Tickets $10.00/person
which will be sold at the TEEN MASS on Sunday, Sept.8th at
6:00pm or at the KICK OFF gate. Adult volunteers needed. If
you are interested in helping, please contact Cristina at
In today’s world of globalization and high-speed communication, our world is becoming more integrated with cultural diversity. What once seemed like the religions of exotic faraway
lands are now practiced by families next door. Our world is
home to an incredible diversity of religions, all of which have
a profound influence on the way people live their lives and
think about who they are.
Fr. Glenn provides you with a clear landscape of the world's
religions in an easy to understand framework. You will learn
about the founders, the history and essential teachings of each
of these major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam
and Christianity. Through this discovery you will develop an
awareness of the place of religion in the lives of your neighbors as well as a more authentic understanding and a deeper
commitment to your own faith tradition.
Registration is FREE. Please register through the parish office
ST. JAMES 30th ANNUAL
PARISH GOLF TOURNAMENT AND DINNER
Monday, September 16, 2013
Basking Ridge Country Club
11:00am brunch and registration; 12:30pm Shotgun
5:30pm Cash Bar; 6:30pm Dinner
Men, women, foursomes, singles are all invited.
Golf only: $115
Brunch & Dinner only: $65
Brunch, Dinner & Golf: $170
Prize donations gratefully accepted.
Golf Tournament Registration
G- golf only
BD-brunch and dinner
GBD-golf, brunch & dinner
Names and Phone #:
August 25 , 2013
YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
Exposition at 8:30 a.m.
Benediction at 5:30 p.m.
This is a personal invitation
to you from Jesus.
Summer Mission Trip Presentation: Everyone is invited to
come and see a presentation on the St. James Middle School
and High School Summer Mission Trips! On Sunday August
25th, there will be a slide show presentation along with witnesses by teens that attended both of these life changing mission trips. Join us at 7pm in the Parish center! All are welcome! Refreshments will be served.
The St. James High School Sharing Program is looking for
help!! Are you passionate about your faith? Would you like to
share your gifts and talents with the teens of this community?
Is God calling you to be a Sharing Facilitator? Please don't
think for one minute that you have to be a parent of teens to
be a part of this amazing program. You must love the Church,
our Faith, and above all, our God! For more information
[email protected] or 908-766-1183. Our teens
THANK YOU to all those who donated backpacks and notebooks for our Operation Backpack Program! We collected
over 25 backpacks and 50 notebooks to bring to Holy Name
Parish in new Brunswick!
“Jesus waits for us in the
Sacrament of Love.”
Blessed Pope John Paul II
During the month of August, including Labor Day weekend, we will distribute hosts
only at Communion due to the number of
people who are away on vacation.
BALLROOM DANCING AT ST. JAMES
Saturday September 28, 2013
St James School Gymnasium
Full Buffet dinner—BYOB
$50.00 per person
The professional team of Christina Garced and Leo Mora will
perform and Arthur Murray® Dance Studios instructors will
be on hand to get you started.
For tickets, contact Tony Laferrera at 908 766 9252 or [email protected] or Cecille Zalamea at 908 350 3550. Proceeds to benefit St James School Home School Association.
Sunday, September 15th
Youth Ministry KICK OFF: 3:30-7:30pm
in the St. James School parking lot/lawn & gym.
BBQ Tailgate, Mass, Xtreme Games
and Live Concert by the Dave Pettigrew Band!
You wont want your child to miss this!
All 6th-12th grade students welcome!
Tickets $10.00/person which will be sold at the TEEN MASS
on Sunday, Sept.8th at 6:00pm or at the KICK OFF gate.
Adult volunteers needed. If you are interested in helping,
please contact Cristina at [email protected] or
Carol at [email protected]
As we prepare to celebrate our 150th Anniversary of
incorporation in 2014, the 150th Anniversary Committee is
actively seeking interesting photographs of St. James
Church – both of the facilities and of parishioners. We are
trying to add to the parish archives which can help us to
document the growth of our parish over the years, and to
record special events in the life of our parish. We are
especially interested in older photos. Photographs can be
[email protected] or originals can be brought to the
parish office and we will scan them and return them to you.
Interesting stories and memories will also be sought – so jog
August 25, 2013
Coming to St. James this fall!
Challenge is a club for girls ages 10—16 to grow in
virtue, friendship, and their Catholic faith by doing
outreach projects and meeting with formation and fun.
Monthly Masses at Holy Cross: On every second Saturday
of the month, through November, mass will be celebrated at
Our Lady Chapel Mausoleum at Holy Cross Cemetery at
8:00am. All are welcome to attend these monthly Masses:
September 14, October 12, and November 9. If you have any
questions, please call the cemetery office, 8:30-4:30pm, Monday through Friday at 908-766-0079 x 0.
SILVER & GOLDEN
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Yourself, Others, the World!
For more information please contact
Jeannine Agugliaro [email protected]
UPCOMING METUCHEN CURSILLO WEEKENDS
The Cursillo Movement of the Diocese of Metuchen will be
holding a Cursillo Weekend at the Day’s Inn Conference Center in Bridgewater. The Men’s Weekend is scheduled for October 3—6, 2013; and, the Women’s Weekend is scheduled
for November 7—10, 2013. If you are interested in making a
Cursillo Weekend, you may obtain an application from our
website at ww.metcursillo.org or you may contact the PreCursillo Chairperson, Lorri DeNoyelles at [email protected] or
(732) 738-1796. You may also contact Dr. Tony Tangorra,
Lay Director, at [email protected] or call 908-766-1900.
Early registration is advisable, as space is limited. Also, any
Cursillistas that would like to assist for these weekends should
contact Dr. Tony Tangorra at [email protected]
Critical Life Issues Conference: On Saturday, October 19,
2013, the Diocese of Metuchen will be sponsoring the Annual
Critical Life Issues Conference. In light of recent proposed
legislation entitled, NJ Death with Dignity Act, the speakers
will address the dangers of doctor-prescribed suicide along
with practical considerations in the end of life care such as
palliative care and effective pain management. The Christian
meaning of suffering in the face of illness, disability and at the
end of life will also be discussed. The experts will give practical information as well as thought-provoking testimony of real
life experiences. Also featured will be exhibits and a special
screening of the award-winning short film, Crescendo. It will
be held at St. John Neumann Conference Center, Piscataway
from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is $25. This fee includes lunch and handouts. To register please visit http://
events.diometuchen.org or call 7332-562-1990, ext. 1629.
Seating is limited.
Pro-Life Billboard: The St. James Respect for Life group is
sponsoring a pro-life billboard on the NJ Turnpike for the
month of October 2013. The sign has a picture of a baby and
it states “God’s Greatest Creation: A Baby!” If you wish to
contribute please contact Paul Carola at [email protected]
You are cordially invited to celebrate your 25th or 50th
Wedding Anniversary with the Church of Metuchen. Renew
your marriage vows and receive a personalized certificate
from Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski at a special Evening Prayer
Service in the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen.
Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Application forms may be secured by contacting the parish
office or by logging on to the diocesan website:
www.diometuchen.org Click on EVENTS – scroll down
under EVENTS BY CALENDAR and Click on MARRIAGE
ENRICHMENT – Click on SILVER & GOLD
REGISTRATION FORM. Please note: this form can be
typed on and printed out but cannot be forwarded. If you wish
to keep the information it must be SAVED AS a separate
Forms must be signed by a pastoral minister and returned to
the Family Life Office by the parish office. Application forms
will be accepted by the Family Life Office until Tuesday,
September 17th. A confirmation letter will be sent once your
application has been processed. Formal invitations and
seating tickets will be mailed approximately two weeks prior
to the celebration. Tickets are not required for guests.
Everyone is welcome to attend this joyous event. For
additional information call the Family Life Office/Diocese of
Metuchen (732) 562-1990 x 1624 or 1705.
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