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Renew, Revitalize, Grow:   Very Rev. Patrick L. Posey  2006-Present An Arlington, Virginia native, Father Patrick Posey attended St. Agnes and Bishop O’C...

Fr. O'Brien arrived at St. James in 1999.

In 1993, Monsignor R. Roy Cosby became the ninth pastor of St. James. Msgr. Cosby celebrated the 40th Anniversary of his ordination at St. James Church on May 4, 1994. Before en...

Webpage Updated February 15, 2019   On February 13, 2019, the Diocese of Arlington published a list of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse of a ...

Since the beginning of St. James Catholic School, St. James Parish has had a long tradition of support for and pride in its parish school. The celebration of the 75th Anniversar...

Webpage Updated February 15, 2019 On February 13, 2019, the Diocese of Arlington published a list of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. ...

Hispanic Community

January 5, 2018

Our 2:30pm Mass in Spanish is the heart of Hispanic ministry at St. James

Pets in the Parish

November 3, 2017

Msgr. Heller was a great supporter of both school and Parish, and was often seen visiting around the grounds with his dog, Jock.  Father Thomas Casey, a former Assistant at...

Monsignor Justin D. McClunn, Sixth Pastor of St. James, 1977-1980  On June 12, 1977, Monsignor Justin D. McClunn was appointed to succeed Monsignor Heller as sixth pasto...

Legion of Mary:  In 1974, certain parishioners, seeking to deepen their spiritual lives and to offer service to the Church, formed a Legion of Mary gathering at St. James.&...

  Newsletters:  A parish newsletter, Round & About St. James, was published monthly from 1973 to 1983.  An almost complete file exists in our archives and ...

Social Outreach

October 6, 2017

The people of St. James have always known the corporal works of mercy by heart—not just by memory.  Individuals respond to perceived needs--a casserole for a family w...

The Bells

September 29, 2017

Forty years ago, on September 18, 1977, the parish presented a gift of bells to their retiring pastor, Monsignor Paul V. Heller, at a Mass of Thanksgiving “in gratitude to...

Eucharistic Ministers

September 22, 2017

During our parish’s first half century and more, the people of St. James came to Mass hungry—first for the Body of Christ, but also because the current law required ...

Bishop O’ Connell High School.  With the post-World War II expansion of Arlington County came the need for a parochial high school to serve the needs of families in N...

On November 21, 1971, thirteen people gathered in the CCD house (now the House of Ministries) for their first charismatic prayer meeting at St. James. As told by Hal Miller, one...

Pope John XXIII announced the Second Vatican Council in 1959 and the convocations began in 1962.  The first Council document, The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, was pu...

Learn about St. Joseph's Preschool and the Spanish Sisters who created it.

1955 - Golden Age Club

August 4, 2017

Learn about the history of the Golden Age Club, a senior group founded in 1955.

Learn about the history of St. James Catholic School

Learn about the history of the primary building of St. James Catholic School, including Heller Hall.

Learn about Christopher House and Katie Rock, and their profound impact on the St. James community.

Learn about Rev. Paul V. Heller and his lasting influence on St. James.

Learn about the several accomplishments and the legacy of Fr. Mullarkey at St. James Catholic Church.