In my younger and more vulnerable years, my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.
— The Great Gatsby

Join Father Harkins for St. James Summer Book Club

featuring F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
Why The Great Gatsby? Fitzgerald’s Great American Novel has enduring appeal from a literary standpoint. It is certainly an enjoyable read but it is also rich with commentary on our culture. Fitzgerald’s own Catholic upbringing can be sensed n his characters, language, and narrative. We will discuss Catholic themes in the novel and reflect on the parallels between the Jazz Age and today’s society.


  • Wednesday, June 25, 7:00 pm: Discussion of chapters 1-3

  • Wednesday, July 2, 7:00 pm: Discussion of chapters 4-6

  • Wednesday, July 16, 7:00 pm: Discussion of chapters 7-9

  • Saturday, July 26, 7:00 pm: Screening of Baz Luhrman’s “The Great Gatsby”

All events will be held in the Casper Erk room. Please email Mary Cunningham  to sign up or call the parish office. Copies of the book will be available to check out in the parish office.