The Cathedral of Saint James


Annual Meeting


Annual Meeting after 10:15 service
on Sunday, Jan 22, 2017

Join us for a simple soup lunch following the 10:15 am service on Sunday, 22 January 2017. We will have a presentation on the 2017 budget and have elections for the Chapter, Junior Warden and delegates to the 2017 Diosecan Convention. Childcare will be provided

Chili Cookoff


Saturday, February 4, 2017


It's that time of the year again!! Chili and more chili. Come select your favorite chili recipie and help the Cathedral raise funds for the Matthew 25 Habitat House.

Diocesan Anti-Racism Reading Group


7:00 pm at The Cathedral on the dates listed below

Out of the 2016 Trinity Institute - Listen For a Change: Sacred Conversations on Racial Justice -- arose the desire for a reading group for people across the diocese who are interested in matters of racial justice.

We are starting a new book, "Pondering Privilege" by Jody Wiley Fernando. We invite anyone who is interested to join us.

January 12: Chapter 7 (Dealing with Anger in Race Relations) & Epilogue (The Charge)

Catechumenal Class


Focus on Faith

Wednesday Evenings at 6:00 pm

The word catechumen (kat-a-KYOO-men) means listener. From the earliest days of the Church, catechumens were those new to the faith who were engaged in deliberate exploration of core teachings Christianity and the wonder of God’s presence and call in their lives. In the ancient church, catechumenal processes could be as long as three years. Revival of the catechumenate through the Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) in the latter half of the 20th century generally focused on processes that corresponded with one academic year. While that may be ideal, we’re going to start more humbly at the Cathedral of Saint James with a short 15 week course.

Who should come? Catechumenal processes were intended for those preparing for baptism, but in our context it also works for those preparing for Confirmation, the Renewal of Baptismal Vows, or any older teenager or adult who is interested in listening and discerning. This would also be a good opportunity for those interested in leading our catechumenal process in the future to become involved.

We will meet on the following Wednesdays:

  • Jan 18 Welcome
  • Jan 25 Humanity
  • Feb 1 God
  • Feb 8 Scripture
  • Feb 15 Church
  • Feb 22 Sacrament
  • Mar 1 Ash Wednesday
  • Mar 8 Will You Continue?
  • Mar 15 Will You Persevere?
  • Mar 22 Will You Proclaim?
  • Mar 29 Will You Seek?
  • Apr 5 Will You Strive?
  • Apr 19 Hope
  • Apr 12 Passion
  • Apr 26 Call

Those who can come for Holy Eucharist are encouraged to do so. The start time for the Eucharist is being moved up to 5:15 pm. Our hope is to provide a simple carry-in soup and bread supper at 5:45 pm. Our conversation on the evening’s topic will begin shortly after 6 pm.

A sign-up sheet has been placed on the table at the back of the Cathedral, or you may send an email to Fr. Brian at to ask questions or register. Please note: While our teenagers are absolutely invited to participate in this process, their Confirmation preparation group will continue.


Soup After School



3rd Tuesday of Each Month

at 4-6 pm

Next opportunity: January 17th

The Cathedral is hosting Soup after School at Holy Trinity on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. We need assistance to setup, serve and interact with the families that attend this ministry to the west side neighborhood of South Bend. See Dcn. Anne if you are interested in helping with this vital ministry in our local neighborhood.


Ecumenical Bible Study


February TBA , 12:30 PM

Join us for our monthly ecumenical Bible study with our friends from St. Augustine Catholic Church, Kern Road Mennonite Church, and the Cathedral of Saint James. All are welcome!!

Raising Cane


Resolved to learn more about the Bible this year? Interested in getting to know some of the wonderful people at the Cathedral a little bit better? Come share faith and fellowship at Raising Cane! This group for Senior Citizens (or whomever) meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. We dig into the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday and reflect upon what it means in our lives. All are invited (but by no means required!) to bring a treat to share.

TUESDAY, Jan 17 at 10:15 am

3rd Floor, St. Margaret's House

Sunday Adult Formation

3rd floor St. Margaret's House


The early Christians were known as the people “who belonged to the Way” (Acts 9:2). The ascription makes sense: many of our sacred stories tell of migration, movement, transition and transformation. Just as God is on the move, so are God’s people: from Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the garden (Genesis 3), to Abraham’s migration to Canaan (Genesis 11-12; Hebrews 11), to the Exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt, to the exile of Israelites from the land of promise, to Jesus and his family’s escape as refugees to Egypt (Matthew 2). Narratives of migration are basic to our sacred story.

But why is migration so ubiquitous in our biblical narratives? What does it mean theologically that the early Christians were identified as a migrant people? What does belonging to the Way mean for us today?

In the season after Epiphany, we will take up the motif of migration through biblical stories migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. We will seek not only to understand why these paradigms of faith (Abraham, Moses, Ruth and even Jesus) left their homes to seek new life in a different place, we’ll also explore migration as a theological metaphor for Christian discipleship. We will pay particular attention to the practices of the people belonging to the Way: hospitality, sanctuary, peace-making and accompaniment.


  • Jan 22: Hospitality as an act of survival: Abraham
  • Jan 29: Christians as migrants: Micah 6, Augustine’s City of God
  • Feb 5: Exodus and promise
  • Feb 12: Sanctuary for the criminal: Leviticus/Matthew
  • Feb 19: Peacemaking in the face of violence: Acts 9 ff.
  • Feb 26: How might we be people belonging to the way?

Christian Formation

Christian formation classes for all ages. We believe that formation in Christ is a life-long process, so come engage your mind, body, and soul as we seek to know Christ more and more.

All Sunday morning groups meet from 9:15 am—10 am in their respective locations.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

PreSchool—1st grade
Catechesis Atrium (by the nursery)
Contact: Mrs. Gail Buechner

Sunday School

2nd grade - 6th grade
Lower Level of the Office Building
Contact: Ms. Erica Vitale

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8:00 am -- Spoken Eucharist, Rite I
10:15 am -- Choral Eucharist, Rite II


9:00 am -- Morning Prayer


5:30 pm -- Eucharist


12:00 noon -- Eucharist

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