St. James’ serves as an extension of Christ’s love and care to our parishioners and members of the community. If you are ill, anticipating surgery, bereaved or experiencing difficulties in your life, our clergy and lay volunteers are ready to listen, visit, pray with you, and keep your confidences.
If you would like to speak with a member of the clergy about a pastoral issue, or to place someone on our prayer list, please email the clergy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healing Prayer Ministry
After Sunday worship services, commissioned lay Healing Prayer Ministers offer the laying on of hands and prayers in the Chapel. All are invited to receive these prayers for themselves or for someone they love. Parishioners are chosen for this ministry because of their faithful prayer life, their willingness to reach out to those in need, and their trustworthiness in keeping confidences. Initial instruction followed by occasional meetings for mutual support and reflection provide ongoing spiritual growth and training for the Healing Prayer Ministers.
Lay Eucharistic Ministry
The Lay Eucharistic Ministers represent the Church beyond its walls and are living reminders that the sick and infirm are integral parts of the community which is the body of Christ. In teams of two, Lay Eucharistic Ministers carry pre-consecrated Holy Communion to hospitalized parishioners and those who are permanently homebound due to age or infirmity. They also visit those who are temporarily incapacitated, either recovering from surgery, illness, or unable to attend church due to their own roles as caregivers, including mothers of new infants.
A small apartment in the Parish House is made available to out-of-town patients referred by the social work department at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. A team of volunteers helps care for the apartment and its guests.