Mass at St. James
Saturdays at 5 pm
Sundays at 10 am
Hours for confession:
Saturdays 10:00-10:45 am and 4:00-4:45 pm
Office hours are Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm.
FATHER STU movie is playing at the Rialto Theater – May 20 – May 26 nightly at 7:15.
Complimentary admission provided by St. James Catholic Church on Wednesday and Thursday showings, May 25th and 26th. Check out the poster and more information below:
Free Movie at the Rialto
St. James Catholic Church is proud to sponsor the movie Father Stu, which will be playing nightly at 7:15 at the Rialto Theater in Aitkin June 20-26th.
Based on a true story, Father Stu is an unflinchingly honest, funny and ultimately uplifting drama about a lost soul who finds his purpose in a most unexpected place. When an injury ends his amateur boxing career, Stuart Long (Mark Wahlberg) moves to L.A. dreaming of stardom. While scraping by as a supermarket clerk, he meets Carmen (Teresa Ruiz), a Catholic Sunday school teacher who seems immune to his bad-boy charm. Determined to win her over, the longtime agnostic starts going to church to impress her. But surviving a terrible motorcycle accident leaves him wondering if he can use his second chance to help others find their way, leading to the surprising realization that he is meant to be a Catholic priest. Despite a devastating health crisis and the skepticism of Church officials and his estranged parents (Mel Gibson and Jacki Weaver), Stu pursues his vocation with courage and compassion, inspiring not only those closest to him but countless others along the way.
Mark Wahlberg portrays Father Stuart Long from Helena, Montana, and he describes this film as his passion project. Father Stu is truly a story of hope in a time that can sometimes feel hopeless. It demonstrates that no one is beyond redemption, and everyone deserves second chances.
Viewers should note this film contains objectionable language, violence, and adult content and is rated R. However, it’s the Diocese of Helena’s hope that the redemptive story of Fr. Stu’s conversion will invite viewers to faith and strengthen believers.
Please come and enjoy this free movie. Complimentary shows are Wednesday and Thursday, May 25 & 26.
Scam Alert Notice
Hackers have once again started targeting the public with emails and texts, posing as priests, asking for money or personal information. Please be aware of these phishing (fake) emails. Please contact the parish office if you have any questions or need confirmation that it was sent to you, even if it says it is a secret. Thank you!
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Spring Conferences and Conventions:
Brainerd Deanery Women’s Spring Conference – Tuesday, May 17, 2022. For more information: 2022 Brainerd Deanery Spring Conference
Totus Tuus June 5-10, 2022
Holy Hour for Vocations: Third Friday of each month right after the 8:30 a.m. Mass. If unable to make it, one could pray this prayer on their own:
Duluth Diocesan Vocation Prayer:
Almighty Father, we beg You for an increase in religious vocations and holy marriages in our diocese. Help us to be generous in our response to Your call. Choose from our homes those who are needed for Your work and strengthen us with the courage to say “yes” and to follow You. Help us as a diocese, as a parish, as families to encourage and foster vocations to the priesthood, permanent diaconate and consecrated life. We commend our prayers to our patroness, Mary, Queen of the Rosary, and ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Bishop Baraga Vocations Apostolate of the Brainerd Deanery Prayer:
Lord, You told us that “The harvest indeed is great but the laborers are few. Pray, therefore, the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into His fields.” We ask You to strengthen us as we follow the vocation to which You have called us. We pray particularly for those called to serve as priests, sisters, brothers, and deacons. Those whom You have called, Those You are calling now, Those You will call in the future. May they be open and responsive to the call of serving Your people. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Dear Friend in Christ:
Welcome to the St. James website, we are the Roman Catholic Parish located in Aitkin, MN. We hope you receive the information you need about our parish from our site whether you are a member here or a visitor.
Our Mission at St. James:
We the parishioners of St. James Church through our baptism in Christ, are called to be God’s people. Our mission is to respond with personal commitment to Christ, and to be united in Christian love and sacramental worship.
As Catholics, it is our responsibility to make Christ’s presence more visible in the ministries of our parish, and to make His universal love more deeply known by all.
Our mission is to be a Eucharistic, spirit-drive, family-centered parish. We affirm the dignity of each person, strive to heal the wounds which separate us, embrace the cause of justice, and reach out to those whose faith appears to have lapsed and to actively minister to those who seek entry into the Church.
We are glad that you have looked us up and we hope you will feel free to contact us in any other way. Please share with me if you found the website helpful and offer any suggestions you may have for us.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. David Forsman
Pastor St. James Aitkin
Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal. https://www.dioceseduluth.org/Vict
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