Welcome to St. James Church!

St. James

Welcome to St. James Roman Catholic Church in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.   Please take the time to check out our various ministries St. James has to offer.   
We hope you will visit us!

Rev. Efren V. Esmilla, Pastor

Visit Us:
8320 Brookside Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 

Rectory Phone: 215-635-6210
Rectory Fax: 215-635-3346
Rectory Email: [email protected]

Weekend Mass Schedule:
Saturday 5:00 p.m., 
Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.

Daily Mass:
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m

Holy Day Masses
8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
 Saturdays 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

First Friday Devotions:
6:00 p.m. Exposition and Adoration
Sacred Heart Divine Mercy Chaplet Rosary
Sacrament of Reconciliation
7:00 p.m. Mass

The Unity Prayer

My adorable Jesus,
May our feet journey together.
May our hands gather in unity.
May our hearts beat in unison.
May our souls be in harmony.
May our thoughts be as one.
May our ears listen to the silence together.
May our glances profoundly penetrate each other.
May our lips pray together to gain mercy from the Eternal Father.

2023 Holy Week and Easter Schedule


2023 Holy Week Schedule

Sunday, April 2
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
Masses: 5:00 pm (Vigil); 8:30 am; 10:30 am, 12:30 pm
Palm will be distributed at all the Masses

Monday – Wednesday, April 3-5
Morning Prayer: 7:30 am Mass: 8:00 am
Adoration 8:30am-4:30pm

Wednesday, April 5
Confessions 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Holy Thursday, April 6
10:00 am – Holy Chrism Mass
Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul
5:30 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm -Eucharistic Adoration

Good Friday, April 7
12:00 noon – Stations of the Cross (Tagalog)
3:00 pm - Pabasa
6:30pm - Interment Ritual (Ang Paglilibing)
7:00 pm – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion,
Veneration of the Cross and Communion

Holy Saturday, April 8
6:00 pm Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday, April 9
5:30 am – SALUBONG
(Meeting of the Risen Christ and the Sorrowful Mother)
Masses: 6:00 am; 8:30 am; 10:30 am

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St. James Centennial Banquet: May 7, 2023

Banquet Image

Admission: $50.00 per person (limited seating of 300 guests)

To purchase tickets or to donate to the Centennial fund,

St. James Rectory
8320 Brookside Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027

or place payments in the collection basket during mass.

To use a credit or debit card, please call St. James Rectory at 215-635-6210

RSVP by April 7, 2023.

Download response form to mail with a check made out to St. James Church:
Download Banquet Response Form

Stock's Pound Cake Fundraiser


We have rescheduled the Stock’s Pound Cake Fund-raiser for the weekend of May 6-7. 

Parishioners are encouraged to ask family and friends to join in. All orders must be paid in advance,
no later than Sunday, April 16. Please fill out the downloadable form below.  Checks should be made payable to St. James Church and left on the back porch of the Rectory or mailed to Saint James Rectory.

Download Stock's May 2023

Curbside pick-up will be in our School Hall on Saturday, May 6 4:00-5:00 and Sunday, May 7 from 9:30 am - 10:30 am.

Please help us make this fund-raiser a success. If unable to participate, please consider making a
donation. Any questions please call Dolores Wlodarczyk – 215-379-5696.

Thank you.
Event Planning Committee

St. James Centennial Year Happenings

St. James Centennial Year Celebrations
1923 - 2023

14-15 Remembering Our Baptism at ALL MASSES
Renewal of Baptismal Promises
Clothing Drive
15 10:30 PREP Mass

18-19 Blessing of Couples
Stewardship Sunday SIGN-UP
19 10:30 am Renewal of Vows - Couples Mass
22 8:30 am Mass ASH WEDNESDAY
7:00 pm Mass

11 11:00 am First Reconciliation
18 5:00 pm Alumni Mass
Reception - Social Hall
19 10:30 am Confirmation
26 12:30 pm Our Lady of FIAT Consecration

St. James Parish 100th Anniversary Celebration


Next year, we will be celebrating our 100-Year Anniversary as a Parish of St. James. The opening will start on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 5:00 PM Mass and conclude with our Anniversary Mass in July 2023.

We will need your support in order to make this event memorable. If interested, kindly fill out the Google form below.

Thank you! 


St. James 2021 Christmas Wreath/Poinsettia Plant Sale


St. James Parish is once again sponsoring a Christmas Wreath/Poinsettia Plant fundraiser for Christmas.

Fresh 12" Fraser Fir Christmas Wreaths will be available for purchase and they will cost $10.00 each.  Our 6" potted Poinsettia plants will cost $6.00 each.

Please complete the form below and put it in the box in the vestibule of the Church, place it in the collection basekt, or drop it off at the rectory on or before Sunday, November 28, 2021.  

All orders must be prepaid.  Make checks payable to "St. James Church".

Pickup will be after masses on Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 5.  Wreaths and poinsettia plants may be picked up in the school hall by entering the side door.

Any questions, please contact Dolores Wlodarczyk at 215-379-5696.

Download the order form here:
Download 2021 Christmas Wreath Sale

Saint James Fritz's Bakery Fundraiser


St. James Parish is sponsoring a Fritz's Cinnamon Bun Fundraiser on Sunday, February 6th.  Cinnamon Buns come with raisins, with walnuts, or with cream cheese icing.  Each 1/2 dozen cinnamon buns will cost $9.50.

Please complete the order form below and either place it in the box in the vestibule of church, drop it in the collection basket, or place it in the basket on the back porch of the rectory on or before Monday, January 31st.  All orders must be prepaid and checks may be made payable to “St. James Church”.

Pickup will take place inside our school hall on Sunday, February 6th between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Please help us make this fundraiser a success for our Church.  Thank you so much for your participation.  You will not be disappointed - these cinnamon buns are delicious and they freeze very well. 

Any questions, please call Dolores Wlodarczyk at 215-379-5696.

If you are unable to participate in this fundraiser, please consider making a monetary

Download the order form below!

Download Fritz's Cinnamon Buns February 2022

Feast of Saint James: July 25!

This Sunday, July 25 is the feast of St. James the Great.  Fr. James Blount will be again our main celebrant and homilist for our 12:30 Mass. after the Mass he will conduct Healing Service through the intercessions of Archangels and Angels. Please invite your family and friends to join us in this another amazing experience of God’s mercy and compassion.  God bless