Our Parish’s Response: Protecting our Parish Family and Serving the  Vulnerable Among Us

This is a new page we have added to our site to include a comprehensive list of all of our efforts to keep our parishioners connected to their parish home as well as efforts to help the vulnerable in our community.  Our lives have changed significantly in the last few weeks but our hearts have not.  Please stay safe and we’ll see you soon!

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Message from Father Leonard

Meet Bakhita Kids!

Bakhita Kids is a nonprofit organization based in Northern Virginia founded with the goal to serve poor and vulnerable children in Virginia and West Virginia. Bakhita Kids has been an integral part of our St Roch efforts during this year and we are grateful for their generosity and willingness to serve the children of West …Read More

Merry Christmas from the Saint James Parish Staff & Family

On this holiest of seasons, there is a renewed sense of hope that fills our hearts! Our Lord Savior is born! Please watch our newest Roch-umentary filmed at Saint James and Saint Peter on Christmas Eve. Let the words ring in your heart as an invitation to Not Be Afraid!

Breathing a little easier at Saint James

GREAT NEWS IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS! Through the generosity of Barry and Kathryn Wagner, Richard Beaulieu, Brian Diaz, and Shane’s Heating and Air Conditioning, we have greatly upgraded our HVAC system in the church. We have added ultra-violet light to our air handling systems. Not only are we filtering our contaminants, but we are also …Read More

2020-21 RCIA Information

RCIA Classes will begin at St. James on Sunday, August 16! RCIA — Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults — is the process through which the Church welcomes new adult members. It is a journey that involves the conversion of the heart and formation into discipleship. Are you a non-Catholic who has been worshipping at …Read More

2020-21 Faith Formation for Youth (CCD)

Are you looking to grow in your faith and spiritual life? Do you need a way to get involved in our parish? Then consider becoming a religious education volunteer catechist or aide! Catechists and aides are people who love their Catholic faith, can work with children, and are willing to dedicate a few hours each week to …Read More

Drink more Milk! June Free Milk Giveaway

It looks like we will have milk to give away every Friday night in June.  After visiting our St. Isidore Market Place, pull up for your gallon of milk.  In addition, please reach out to any family that needs milk.  This is a great opportunity.  There is no charge or gimmick.  Just pull around and …Read More

We celebrate Philip Szabo’s Ordination to the Diaconate

Dear Parishioners of Saint James the Greater Catholic Church, I miss you all very much and I hope that you are doing well. Thanks to God’s grace and your prayers, I will be ordained as a transitional deacon on Saturday, May 30th in your very own home parish! God is good! After five years of …Read More

Reopening of our Parish Home

On Friday, May 6, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston released to the public, the Diocesan Directives which guide the protocols for parishes to reopen for public worship during the time of the COVID-19 crisis.  The clergy and staff of the Saint James the Greater are looking forward to resuming the public celebration of the Holy Sacrifice …Read More

Maintenance Team’s Landscaping Wish List

Our Maintenance staff has committed to planting those flowers around our campus. We are working on a list of those flowers most desirable for planting purposes on the Saint James campus.  Please click on the image below for a PDF version of the Wish List. Thank you for making this weekend a special one for …Read More

Make a mom’s day a little brighter!

Saturday, May 9, our St Roch volunteers will be going out to our community to deliver a Mother’s Day box and help a mom in need have a brighter day on Sunday, May 10, Mother’s Day.  Please join your parish in celebrating Mother’s Day for all our moms.   We are also inviting you to …Read More

Pope Francis is encouraging the faithful to rediscover the “family” aspect of the Rosary.

Pope Francis has written a short note to the faithful for the month of May 2020, offering the text of two prayers to pray at the end of the Rosary. “I myself will pray [them] in the month of May, in spiritual union with all of you,” he said. Dear Brothers and Sisters, The month …Read More

School at Home Guide for Catholic Families

Renewing our Nation’s Consecration to Mary, Mother of Our Church

Renewing the Consecration of the United States to the Care of Our Blessed Mother As the world continues to face the ongoing effects of the global pandemic of the coronavirus, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the USCCB has announced that the U.S. bishops will join the Canadian Conference of Catholic …Read More

Confirmation Class KofC Essay Contest

  Knights of Columbus Essay Contest Confirmation 2020 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it; you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). Each year, the Knights …Read More


You are invited to take a tour into the heart of Saint James!  Every day at 8 pm a new video is released in this series that takes a closer look at the small pieces of glass that make the mosaic of Saint James.  In these complex times, where the news feed can feel overwhelming …Read More

Saint Zita’s Virtual Pizza Party!

Earlier today, a post made you think of hot delicious pizza.  Now, this post gives you the why for that earlier post.  Mark your calendars for our first-ever, Virtual Pizza Party!  This event is an effort to support a local community initiative to feed our out of school youth at no charge to them.  Give …Read More

Call for 2020 Graduates – A Memory Page

Do you have a 2020 graduate? If so, we’re building a memory page on our Saint James website for this class who gets to spend the last days of their school journey (high school or college) in quarantine. If you are interested, please send a photo or two of your graduate and a brief bio. …Read More

Sunday of Divine Mercy, April 19, 2020

Please join us in a Holy Hour in honor of Sunday of Divine Mercy on our YouTube channel Sunday, April 19, 2020 3:00 pm O my Jesus, each of Your saints reflects one of Your virtues; I desire to reflect Your compassionate heart, full of mercy; I want to glorify it. Let Your mercy, O Jesus, be impressed …Read More

Stations of the Cross brought to you by Saint Joseph School’s 1st Graders

The 1st grade class at Saint Joseph School in Martinsburg created this set of Station reflections and art for all of us to pray and find peace in the beauty and innocence of our young apostles.  Click on the image below to view a PDF of the document.

Do-nuts for you!

A new partnership to bring flavor and joy to your home! The Young Adults of the Eastern Panhandle welcome you to the home of Dynamic Do-Nuts Delivery! Through the chaos of COVID-19, we young adults feel called to bring a joyful message to our parish community. Inspired by the bold faithfullness of Blessed Pier Giorgio …Read More

Virtual Station of the Cross

St. James parishioners donated their musical talents to create our own Virtual Stations of the Cross filmed here at Saint James. We invite you to join us in meditating on the passion of the Lord in this ancient tradition. If desired, you can find accompanying text and prayers for each station here:

Praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday

Join Archbishop José Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and archbishop of Los Angeles, in a national moment of prayer in the time of the coronavirus. Together as a nation, we will pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and seek our savior’s healing and protection. When? Good Friday, April …Read More

Spy Wednesday & Paschal Triduum Liturgy Schedule

Spy Wednesday & Paschal Triduum Liturgy Schedule   TENEBRAE will be live-streamed on Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm.   The SACRED PASCHAL TRIDUUM will also be live-streamed: Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper English- 7:00 pm Spanish- 9:00 pm Virtual Adoration-11 pm Night Prayer in front of the Tabernacle at 11:45 pm   Good …Read More

Share to help others get the help they need.

The following resource has been made available to the community by Catholic Charities of WV – Martinsburg Office. Please share it and help others get the assistance they may need.

Endless Rosary Invitation

You are invited! Dear Friends, I so miss spending time with our Lord in adoration.  One of the great gifts of St. James was the ability to stop in and pray with Jesus face to face.  During this time of the Pandemic, when we are asked to stay at home, it is time to make …Read More

Praying with Father Cody

A family that prays together…stays together… Learn the method of praying the Liturgy of the Hours with Gary Penkala, Pastoral Associate for Liturgy and Music, and then pray the Liturgy of the Hours with Father Cody.  Available on our Saint James YouTube channel every day.  Click on the image below to visit our YouTube Channel.  …Read More

Donuts with Deacon

Saturday Edition of Donuts with Deacon, Reflections in the time of Corona Saturday, September 5, 2020 “Blessed are they who mourn for they will be comforted.” Sometimes when we read the beatitudes, they are not overly comforting. How many of us like to mourn? Today, I was blessed with a sermon by Pope St. Leo …Read More

Message for Holy Week from Father Leonard

On the next day, when the great crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they took palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried out: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel.”  Jesus found an ass and sat upon …Read More

Spy Wednesday Food Delivery Needs Your Help!

We need boxes to deliver food to 150 families on Spy Wednesday, April 8 We are in need of donations of large family size boxes for our food giveaway on Wed. April. 8. Boxes need to be dropped off by no later than Tuesday at 5 pm. Boxes can be dropped off outside the parish …Read More