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"Set your stakes on great ideals, the ideals that enlarge the heart, the ideals of service that make your talents fruitful. Life is not given to us to be jealously guarded for ourselves, but is given to us so that we may give it in turn.”
Pope Francis, to an audience on April 24, 2013
We are blessed to have a generous and supportive parish within a diocese well-known for its charitable spirit. In the past decade we have embarked upon a capital campaign (the Legacy of Saint James Campaign) to address the most pressing needs in our parish and created designated funding for scholarships, faculty and general school support through an Annual Appeal. We surpassed our campaign goal of $2.5 million by $300,000 from nearly 1,400 donors. Donations to our Clarke-Delaney Teachers Fund have exceeded $75,000; our Annual Appeal has raised nearly $300,000 since its inception in 2012. More than $25,000 is donated annually to our tuition assistance program. To learn how you might best support our growing and active parish, please contact Kathleen Anderson, our Director of Development.
Our Offertory program continues to grow with $1.9 million donated in fiscal 2016. Every year we exceed our goal for the Bishop's Lenten Appeal supporting those in need throughout our diocese.
Our parish is large, with numerous ministries which seek to bring comfort and the Gospel to all within our boundaries as well as our neighboring communities. We could not do this without the generosity of our parishioners who, through their weekly offertory commitments, enable St. James to carry out the work set out for us more than a century ago. Your support is vital to the continuation of our programs.
All registered parishioners receive monthly offertory packets. If you are currently registered and do not receive these, please contact the rectory.
Registering for on-line giving with Faith Direct allows us to reduce administrative costs and be more environmentally friendly while affording our parishioners the ease and security of on-line giving. Please visit Faith Direct to register; our parish number is VA50.