The Cathedral of Saint James



The Cathedral of Saint James Welcomes You!

Welcome to the oldest Episcopal congregation in South Bend. We are a thriving and growing downtown urban parish committed to serving the downtown area of South Bend.

We invite you to check out our services and the many happenings at the Cathedral.


THIS SUNDAY, August 24
Potawatomi Park

All Episcopalians from the Central Deanery of the Diocese of Northern Indiana are invited to a picnic on Sunday afternoon, August 24. We'll gather at the large pavilion at Potawatomi Park in South Bend from Noon 'til at least 4 pm for great food, singing & games, and fellowship with our sisters and brothers from many nearby congregations. Attendees are asked to bring a salad, side, or dessert to share. We also ask that those who are coming or maybe, might possibly be coming add your name(s) to the sign-up sheet at the back of the Church so we have some idea how many hamburgers & hot dogs we need.

Wanna go to the Potawatomi Zoo? Discounted rates are available for Episco-Picnicers (Adults: $6.50; Senior Citizens ages 63+ & Children ages 3-14: $5.50; under 3: no charge). The deal is good all day on August 24 (the zoo is open from 10 am—5 pm) Zoo tickets allow you come and go as many times as you wish on the date of purchase. Group passes - which allow you to buy discounted tickets at the gate - are available on the back table and will also be available on the day of the event.

Sex, Lies, & Other Family Matters:
A Study of the Book of Genesis

In the beginning when God created the heavens
and the earth, the earth was a formless void
and darkness covered the face of the deep,
while a wind from God swept over the face of
the waters.

So begins the book of Genesis, the Book of Beginning: with darkness, a formless void and a God who sweeps over it, bringing form and meaning out of the chaos. Thus begins a pattern in which the earth and its inhabitants persist, continually spinning into chaos and deriving meaning from it only with God's help. Join us on 2nd and 4th Thursday evenings at 5:30pm in the Conference Room:

  • Aug 28 Gen 18–19 "We Gotta Get Outta this Place"
  • Sept 11 Genesis 20–21 Sisters, Brothers, Wives and Sons
  • Sept 25 Genesis 22–23 The Sacrifice of Isaac
  • Oct 9 Genesis 24–25:18 The Marriage of Isaac and Rebecca 
  • Oct 23 Genesis 25:19–26 "Of What Use is a Birthright to Me?"
  • Nov 13 Genesis 27–28 The Blessing of Jacob
  • Nov 27—Thanksgiving Day -- No meeting

Summer Spiritual Adventure

This summer let's dive deeper into spiritual reading and conversation. We'll gather on the (new) deck in the Grantzs' back yard, carry-in, grill out and engage a couple of good books once each month. If you are interested, please speak with Fr. Brian or Tamisyn Grantz to let us know.

The books are both available for purchase or download from

  • Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words by Brian D. McLaren
  • Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion by Sara Miles

Our (tentative) schedule:

Friday, August 29, 6 pm

McLaren: Chapters 22-27, Afterword
Miles: Chapters 17-25

The Episcopal Way

A Sunday Morning Book Study

This fall we will consider from a missional perspective what it means to walk "the Episcopal Way" in a rapidly changing world. Examining a number of cultural shifts in turn, Stephanie Spellers and Eric Law "dig deep to discover how this church's traditions, teachings, and practices speak to, participate in, and challenge the culture within which we live out the good news." They then turn around to consider the light and shadow that coexist in "the Episcopal Way," urging us to consider how "the world's wisdom may help to redeem the church and return us to the Way." Join us a couple of Sunday mornings a month as we consider how our experiences as Episcopalians can equip us and others to meet the challenges of contemporary life. The chapters are short and the book is available on Amazon!

  • September 14 Introduction and "What's the Story?"
  • September 28 "Digital Media and the Incarnation"
  • October 5 "A Multi-Tasking World and a Liturgical Church"
  • October 19 "Network Theory and a Networked Church"
  • November 9 "Flattened Authority and a Democratic Church"
  • November 23 "Globalization and an Indigenous Church"
  • Later Dates TBA

All meetings will begin at 9:15am at St. Margaret's House.

Festival Day 2014

Reserve your space for this Diosecan event

Capital Campaign

Financial Update:

As of 6/4/14 we have received pledges and gifts from 83 families totalling $893,880 with total cash received is $596,719.