Knights of Columbus


Knights of Columbus


Why Join the Knights?

Imagine being part of an organization that fills your heart and your mind with the joy of giving to others and the feeling that comes with making a difference. Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life.

The Benefits of becoming a Knight are too many to be described here. Please see our Organization's home page: Click Here


Sponsored Activities at Saint James Parish

  • Seminarian Benefit - raises money to help our future priests continue their education and discernment.
  • Blood Drive- we collect blood through the Saint Joseph Community Blood Center to help local hospitals provide for individuals.
  • School Auction- we work in different capacities at the school carnival to help insure the fundraiser is a success for Saint James School.
  • Fishing Tournament- a fun day for families to enjoy.
  • Parish Picnic- we sponsor a parish picnic to help socialization within our parish. Another fun day for families and a chance for new members and old to meet.
  • Tootsie Roll Drive- we sell tootsie rolls at church and across town to help benefit the Knights and others in need.
  • Golf Tournaments- whether you can golf or not the tournament is a must event if you are some one who likes to have fun.
  • Biscuits and Gravy- Currently offered after the 8:00 Mass on Sundays.

Current Officers

  • Grand Knight - Rich Girard
  • Deputy Grand Knight - Mike Chappell
  • Financial Secretary - Mike Lynch
  • Chancellor - Tim Cox
  • Recorder - David Ball
  • Treasurer - John Murawski
  • Advocate - Charlie Przybylski
  • Warden - Larry Wion
  • Inside Guard - Denny Conz
  • Outside Guard - Larry DeWar
  • One Year Trustee - Roman Janorschke
  • Two Year Trustee - Don Odette
  • Three Year Trustee - John Purdy


If you are interested in joining our council please contact:

St. James Council 12463

5815 Pryor, Saint Joseph, Missouri 64504


Legion of Mary

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary (Legio Mariae) is an association of Catholic laity who serve the Church on a voluntary basis. It was founded in Dublin, Ireland, as a Roman Catholic Marian Movement by layman Frank Duff. Today between active and auxilary members there are in excess of 10 million members worldwide making it the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church.

Weekly Meetings: Monday 8:30pm, Casper Erk Room

Legion of Mary Praesidium

Active members at Saint James participate in:

  • visiting homes to encourage the rosary
  • assisting the pastor
  • one hour meetings each Monday 8:30am
  • two hours of assigned work.

If you are interested in membership please contact the parish office: 816-238-0853


The Legion of Mary was founded by Frank Duff on September 7, 1921 in Dublin. His idea was to help Catholic laypeople fulfill their baptismal promises and be able to live their dedication to the Church in an organized structure, supported by fraternity and prayer.

The Legion was first only open to women, the first men apart from Duff himself joined it in 1929. The legionaries first started out by visiting hospitals, but the were soon active among the most destitute, notably among Dublin prostitutes. Frank Duff subsequently laid down the system of the Legion in the Handbook of the Legion of Mary in 1928.

The Legion of Mary soon spread from Ireland to other countries and continents. At first, the Legion often met with mistrust due to is dedication to lay apostolate which was unusual for the time. Only after Pope Pius XI expressed praise for the Legion in 1931, did distrust fade.

Most prominent for spreading the Legion was the Irish legionary Edel Mary Quinn for her activities in Africa during the 1930s and 1940s. Her dedication to the mission of the Legion even in the face of her ill health due to tuberculosis brought her great admiration in and outside of the Legion. A beatification process is currently under way for her and for Frank Duff

Holy Name Society

Holy Name Society


Holy Name Society: A Personal Call to Holiness

The Holy Name Society is committed to helping its members grow in holiness through devotion to the most Holy Name of Jesus. Members of this fraternity are called to be leaders, to cleanse themselves in the sacrament of penance, strengthen themselves with the most Holy Eucharist, nourish their souls on Sacred Scripture, increase their desire for divine love through prayer, and lead their families, friends, and coworkers to Christ Jesus by their acts of charity and piety.

If you are a Catholic over the age of 18, please consider joining the Holy Name Society – join your prayers with others so that the Most Holy Name of Jesus can be venerated – our prayers will be heard!

Meetings: Second Sunday of each month after 8:00am Mass.


Membership in the Holy Name Society is open to all Catholics, lay, clergy, and religious over the age of 18. They must be firm believers in all that the Catholic Church believes and teaches and put these teachings into practice in their daily lives. These beliefs of the Catholic faith are expressed in the Credo of the People of God, Apostolic Letter in the form of Motu Proprio, Solemni Hac Liturgia (Credo Of The People Of God) Of The Supreme Pontiff Paul VI, June 30, 1968


What do we do:

We strive to live Christ and His teachings. One important concepts of this teaching is charity. At Saint James we live out this charity in our parish. Below is a list of a few items we show charity to within the parish:

-Fish Fry during Lent -Taking care of the parish structure -Processions at Mass -Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament -Pray -Protect the Holy Name of Jesus -Generous donations for parish needs

Holy Name Pledge:

Blessed be God. Blessed be His Holy Name. Blessed be Jesus Christ true God and true Man. Blessed be the name of Jesus. I believe O Jesus. That Thou are the Christ. The Son of the Living God. I proclaim my love. For the Vicar of Christ on Earth. I believe all that as sacred truths Which the Holy Catholic Church Believes and teaches. I promise to give good example By the regular practice Of my faith. In honor of His Divine Name I pledge myself against perjury Blasphemy, profanity and obscene speech. I pledge my loyalty To the flag of my country. And to the God given principles Of freedom, justice and happiness. For which it stands. I pledge my support To all lawful authority I dedicate myself To the honor of the Sacred Name of Jesus And beg that He will keep the faithful To these pledges Until Death


St. Vincent De Paul

St. Vincent De Paul

Servicing the South Side of Saint Joseph, Saint James District

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the Society's work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served.

We at Saint James Parish participate by serving individuals in our district who have a need for food assistance. Help is dependent upon the size of the family. Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets are also available.

Extend mercy towards others, so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping. For what hope is there for us if God should withdraw His mercy from us?
— St. Vincent de Paul

We are available to serve Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment.

Please contact the parish office, 238.0853 to inquire about assistance.