St. James Stock's Pound Cake Fundraiser

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St. James Parish is sponsoring a Stock’s Pound Cake fundraiser for the weekend of May 1 and May 2, 2021.  Standard Stock’s Pound Cake comes with vanilla or chocolate icing.  Also, marble pound  cakes are available with chocolate icing.

Please download 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 Sunday, April 11.  All orders must be prepaid and checks may be payable to “St. James Church”.

CURBSIDE PICKUP WILL TAKE PLACE OUTSIDE OUR SCHOOL HALL ON SATURDAY, MAY 1 BETWEEN 10 A.M. AND 12 NOON, AND ON SUNDAY, MAY 2 BETWEEN 10 A.M. AND 12 NOON.

Please help make this fundraiser a success for our Church.  Thank you so much for your participation.  You will not be disappointed – these cakes 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 donation.  Thank you!

Download the Order Form here:
Download Stock's Pound Cake 2021


The Rev. Raymond J. Himsworth

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of the Rev. Raymond J. Himworth. Father Himsworth served as pastor of Saint James Parish from 1989 until he was named pastor emertius upon his retirement in 2009.
 
Funeral arrangements are as follows:

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
 
The Most Reverend Nelson Pérez, D.D., will be the celebrant.
 
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

St. James 2020 Christmas Wreath and Poinsettia Plant Sale

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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.

Download 2020 Wreath Poinsettia Sale Order Form


Join Us for the Installation of Fr. Efren Esmilla

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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.


A Message from Fr. Efren: A Mass of Thanksgiving Wednesday Night!

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This is your lowly servant Rev. Efren V. Esmilla. I am your friend, so call me Father Efren. Know that I come here to serve you and not to be served. I look forward to knowing you, loving you and serving you.
 
As your pastor on July 8, 2020, I will celebrate a Thanksgiving Mass at 7:00PM. Every morning, Monday-Friday, there will be 7:30AM Morning Prayer followed by 8:00AM Mass. All weekend Masses will remain as scheduled. Saturdays: 4:15-4:45 PM Adoration/Confession – 5:00PM Mass -- Sundays: 8:30AM Mass, 10:30AM Mass.
 
Please note that all services will be live-streamed on St. James Facebook page. Kindly follow and like our page for updates and notifications.
 
Please feel free to call me at the rectory 215-635-6210. You may also email me at [email protected].
 
God bless you and your family.
 
Your friend,
 
Fr. Efren

Rev. Efren Esmilla is Named Pastor of St. James Parish

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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!