The livestream of the funeral mass for Rev. Raymond J. Himsworth may be found here:
Saturday, December 12, 2020:
9:00 a.m.: Reception of the Body
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.: Viewing
11:00 a.m.: Funeral Mass
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 $8.75 each. Our 6” Potted Poinsettia Plants will cost $5.50 each.
Please complete the order form below and put it in the box in the vestibule of Church, place it in the collection basket, or drop it off at the rectory on or before November 29, 2020. All orders must be prepaid, and checks may be made payable to “St. James Church”.
PICK UP WILL BE AFTER THE MASSES ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 AND SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6. WREATHS MAY BE PICKED UP IN THE VESTIBULE OF THE SCHOOL HALL (BROOKSIDE ROAD ENTRANCE); POINSETTIA PLANTS MAY BE PICKED UP IN THE SCHOOL HALL BY ENTERING THE SIDE DOOR.
Please help us make this fundraiser a success for our Parish. Thank you so much for your cooperation. We are certain these wreaths and poinsettia plants will add a festive touch to your home this Christmas. Any questions, please call Dolores Wlodarczyk at 215-379-5896.
If you cannot join this fundraiser, please consider making a monetary donation.
Father Efren’s instillation will be on September 27 at 1 p.m. Please pray the following prayer every day for the success of his ministry and for all of us that we may be a community of love, mercy and joy.
On Saturday, July 25, come to St. James Hall for an Open House after the 5:00 p.m. mass. Meet new pastor Fr. Efren, enjoy some refreshments, and fellowship with St. James parishioners.
July 25 is the Feast of St. James the Greater, the namesake of St. James Church.
Archbishop Nelson Pérez has appointed the Rev. Efren V. Esmilla the next pastor of St. James Parish in Elkins Park. Fr. Efren comes to St. James from Our Lady of Hope Parish on Broad Street, where he has been pastor since December 2006. While serving as Pastor of Our Lady of Hope, Fr. Efren has also served as Chaplain to the Filipino Apostolate, Spiritual Director to the Legion of Mary, Adjunct Spiritual Director at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, and Dean of Deanery 12 in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Fr. Efren was ordained in 1993 and served for eight years as Parochial Vicar at St. John Chrysostom in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. He then served two years at Maternity B.V.M. parish in Northeast Philadelphia before becoming Assistant Director of Pastoral/Apostolic Formation at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary for a year, followed by Director of the Spiritual Year in the Seminary. Fr. Efren then spent just under a year and a half as Parochial Vicar at St. Martha in Northeast Philadelphia before being named Pastor at Our Lady of Hope.
Fr. Efren earned a bachelor's degree from San Beda College in Manila, Philippines as well as a Master of Divinity degree from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
As Fr. Efren streamed his farewell mass at Our Lady of Hope on the parish's Facebook page, parishioners had many kind words for their outgoing pastor. Parishioner Cyra wrote, "Thank you Father Efren for being a friend to me, my family and friends. God BLESS". Hazel wrote, "Wishing Fathet Efren a successful transition. We will miss you 💖".
As he heads to St. James, Fr. Efren already expressed excitement that St. James Parish approaches a big milestone: in 2023, St. James Parish will be 100 years old.
Fr. Efren moves into St. James Rectory on Wednesday, July 8. May God bless him in his new ministry!
One year of joy. Except for the pandemic, that's how I feel about being at St. James. Unfortunately, like all good things, it's coming to an end. The Archdiocese has other plans for me. And for you, too!
Fr. Efren, your new pastor, is a terrific person, Christian, and priest. With him you'll be well pleased.
I hope you'll pray for me as I'll pray for you. And pray for the people of Visitation BVM in Trooper. That's where I'll be going as an assistant. They'll need plenty of prayers putting up with their new assistant!
July 8th is moving day. Fr. Efren will be moving in while I'll be moving my stuff out. I'll have the chance to see and greet you before I leave.
God bless us, everyone.