This weekend is our parish “homecoming” weekend! We welcome back to St. James any former parishioners, or former alumni of the parish school or Bishop Byrne High School. For 86 years St. James parish has been a church of prayer and faith formation St. James parish started during a period of hardship, suffering, and misery in our country when the great depression hit. With faith, hope and courage, the new young and first pastor Fr. James Kirwin, and the first parishioners of St. James Church persevered and pressed forward. In time the parish grew and became a significant presence of Christian faith, as well as, a place of spiritual and intellectual formation, here in the City of Port Arthur. The parish community and surrounding neighborhoods have significantly changed for the last forty years, but St. James Church still stands as a landmark on Gulfway Drive. Many souls have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist and many weddings, as well as, funerals here at St. James. Our parish has produced 25 vocations to the priesthood, three of them received the Sacrament of Holy orders here at St. James. I hope and pray that Almighty God blesses our “homecoming” weekend and especially bless the souls who will join us for prayer and fellowship. May the souls of the faithful departed, the clergy, the religious, the laity who have been at one time a part of our parish, rest in peace.
Rev. David Edwards
Pastor, St. James Catholic Church