The Cathedral of Saint James


The Bishop-Elect of Northern Indiana


WELCOME to The Rev. Dr. Douglas E. Sparks,


Bishop-Elect of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana,

his wife, Dana, and their children -- Christina, Graham and Gavin

A Lenten Greeting from Bishop-Elect Sparks

Thank you to our other candidates. We appreciate your grace and willingness to serve in this ministry:

The Rev. Canon Lynn Carter-Edmands

The Rev. Canon Andrew T. Gerns

The Rev. Susan B. Haynes

The Very Rev. Raymond J. Waldon

Lent at the Cathedral


Ash Wednesday

The Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes
February 10

7:00 am in the Chapel
12:05 in the Church
7:00 pm Choral Service in the Church

The phrase, "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return." (Gen 3:19) is a simple, stark reminder that we are all creatures, like everything else on earth, we will one day return to the earth. Our ultimate hope and trust therefore, cannot rest in ourselves, but in God.

Mid-Week Eucharist

Wednesdays at 5:30 pm (except for February 10)
Fridays at 12:05 pm

Join us for mid-week Eucharist services in the Chapel.

Taize Worship

Thursdays, February 11, 18, 25 and March 10 & 17

7:30 pm in the Chapel

The Taize Community in France invites pilgrims and prophets alike into deep prayer through sime chants and purposeful silences. Join us in the Chapel on slet Thursdays during this Lenten season to enter into this holy time.

Stations of the Cross

Wednesday, February 24 at 6:30 pm
Friday, March 18 at 5:30 pm

Walk the way of the cross with Jesus from his condemnation through his passion and death, to his entombment in this powerful devotional experience.

Bible Journaling

Sundays, February 14, 21, 28 and March 13 & 20

9:15-10:00 am in Cathedral Hall

Come join this Intergenerational Ministry for Bible Journaling! We will read scripture and use art as a way to reflect and study.

Bring a bible (thick pages are best) to start writing and drawing in and your art tools of choice: crayons, colored pencils, markers, colored pens, watercolors, etc. If you're a perfectionist you might want a doodle pad. There will be coloring pages and examples for the artistically challenged and younger kids. Can't get down stairs or want to help lead a session, please contact Erica Vitale.

Winter Walk


Sunday, February 21st
Registration at 1:30 PM
Walk starts at 2:30 PM


Every winter, we walk in solidarity with women and children whose everyday means of transportation is their feet, in any kind of weather.

The funds raised help St. Margaret's House improve the lives of women who struggle with economic poverty. St. Margaret's House is a safe, hospitable place where women and children can receive a hot meal, clotherin, and help to discover their gifts, learn new skills and create a better life for themselves and their families.

The needs have never been greater. You can make a difference by being a part of our eleventh annual Winter Walk, by walking a mile in her shoes with the Cathedral's Team Lillian.

Chili Cookoff


St. James Annual Chili Cook-Off

A Valentine’s Eve Semi-Romantic Hootenanny

Saturday, February 13

Set-up at 4 pm; Doors open at 5 pm; Awards at 7 pm

Get out those chili recipes and fire up the crock pot! Saint James Annual Chili Cook-Off returns to Cathedral Hall on Saturday, February 13, 2016. Challenge your friends; challenge your neighbors; challenge your friends’ neighbors to see who can make the tastiest bowl of winter wonder.

Here’s how it works: Contestants make a pot of their best chili, carry it to St. James in a crock pot or other similar self-warming apparatus, decorate a table, and prepare to serve. We provide the sampling cups, bowls, and utensils. Guests (not cooks) pay an admission fee ($6/person, $20 max./family), sample all of the chili they care to, and cast their ballots for their favorites. At the end of the evening, the ballots are counted and the winners receive not-quite-valuable prizes. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase.

It’s all for a good cause, too! Proceeds from this year’s Chili Cook-Off benefit Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County. So come on out, tantalize (or terrorize) our taste buds, and help us help Habitat for Humanity in their outstanding mission to provide quality, affordable housing for those in need..


A Sweetheart Ball


Saturday, February 13

6:00 pm

Come out for an evening of dining, dancing, and entertainment in support of a most worthy cause!

Tickets are $125 for singles and $250 for couples!

Reserve your table for 8 for $1,000.

Sponsor a Table for $1,500.

This year's event is at
the Hilton Garden Inn in South Bend
and again features the band Blammo!

Cocktails at 6pm, dinner at 7pm

Call Tieal Bishop for details! 574-315-6283

Soup After School


Monthly on the Third Tuesday
3:30-6:00 pm at Holy Trinity Church
915 N Olive Street, South Bend

Once a month, Cathedral volunteers provide neighborhood children a simple meal and a couple of hours of care and attention through Holy Trinity's Soup After School program. Donations of homemade soup, bread, desset and beverages are needed as well as folks to help with play time, working on a short Bible lesson, and other activities with children & adults. If you would like to get involved, talk with Dcn. Anne. Questions?? Talk to DeDe Guth, Mike Swadener or Lizzie Willows.

Feeding Fellowship Groups


Feeding Fellowship Groups

We would love for many more of you to join in the fun. If any of the groups below sound tantalizing to you, and you would like to join, or if you have ideas for other groups, or if you just would like more information, please contact Steven Mast.


This group will enjoy meals out at local establishments in the area.


These folks would enjoy hosting one another for small dinners at each others' homes. Hosting duties would rotate among members.


Please let Holly Sparks-Henderson know if you would like to join us.


This group is comprised of folks with children, or folks who enjoy fellowshipping with families with children. They are thinking of meeting at the church, after mass.

Bon appetit!


Trinity Institute 2016


February, 12th & 13th, 2016

The Cathedral will sponsor the 2016 Trinity Institute -- Listen for a Change: Saacred Convsersations for Racial Justice.

Our presentation will take place on 12-13 February. Here is our schedule for this event.

Friday, February 12

9:00 AM Opening Worship
10:30 AM Keynote—Michele Norris
11:30 AM Session 2—What is Race, Anyway?
1:00 PM Lunch & Reflection
2:30 PM Session 2—A People's History of Race
4:00 PM Reflection Group
5:30 PM Dinner Break
7:00 PM Film Screening—I'm Not Rachist. . . Am I?

Saturday, February 13

9:00 AM Warm Up in Song and Prayer
9:30 AM Soul Searching in a Culture of Control
11:30 AM Reflection Group Meeting
12:45 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Session 4—Listen for a Change
3:30 PM Session 5—What We Can Do Together—Policies and Practices.


Ecumenical Bible Study


Next Meeting
Sunday, February 28th

Saint Augustine's Roman Catholic Church
at 12:30 pm

Join our friends from St. Augustine Parish and Kern Road Mennonite Church as we continue our study of John 8. We would love to have you join the conversation.

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, February 9th and 23rd

3rd Floor, St. Margaret's House

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The weekly newsletter of events and activities along with the readings for Sunday's Masses are found in this document.











Sunday Adult Formation

3rd floor St. Margaret's House

Lenten Series: Lament as Gift and Challenge

A five week study series on the Book of Lamentations

Kyle Lambelet, facilitator

The prayerful practice of lament with (and against) God in personal and societal ruins gives us resources to remain in places of pain, allows us to identify complex, overlapping, and always opaque sources of suffering, and encourages us to call upon God to act, hoping against hope. Participants will identify both new and old gifts of lamentation in worship, artwork, psalms, and our wider culture for cultivating the discipline of lament. We will also imagine ways to deploy the gift of lament pastorally and politically in the Cathedral of Saint James and our world.

Feb 14 There is No One to Comfort You (Lamentations 1)

Feb 21 Your Suffering is as Vast as the Sea (Lamentations 2)

Feb 28 Mercies New Every Day (Lamentations 3)

Mar 6 Beaten Down (Lamentations 4)

Mar 13 Plea from An Occupied Land (Lamentations 5)

A full description, schedule, and resource list for this series is available on the resource table at the back of the church.


Service Times



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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The Cathedral of Saint James ||| 117 N Lafayette Blvd ||| South Bend, IN 46601 ||| Phone: 574-232-4837 ||| office at stjamessouthbend dot org

Office hours are Tues 8:00am-4:00pm; Wed noon-4:00pm; Thurs & Fri from 8:00am - 4:00pm