Welcome To St. James Catholic Church

St. James Catholic Church



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.

Advent Communal Reconciliation Service – December 16, 2021 at 6 p.m.


Bishop Felton video on Grant Opportunity for Catholic Schools  https://youtu.be/Di95WE0jF24

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has offered the Diocese of Duluth Office of Catholic Schools a challenge grant that will help the schools enhance educational excellence and grow enrollment.

TOBIT RETREAT for youth in grades 9-12

TOBIT (Theology of the Body Immersion for Teens) retreat will tentatively be held Friday, January 7th through Sunday, January 9th at Big Sandy Camp near McGregor, MN.   TOBIT is for those currently in grades 9-12 who live in the boundaries of the Diocese of Duluth.   For more information, go to http://www.dioceseduluth.org/TOBIT

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!

Mass obligation reinstated July 1st

Bishop Daniel Felton has announced that the Sunday Mass obligation, which has been dispensed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be restored effective July 1, 2021.

To read Father’s letter, click: Welcome back from Father David

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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:

0_Vocations_17_4c  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.

Single prayer card-Spiritual Comm


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




Safe Environment

Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal.  https://www.dioceseduluth.org/Vict

St. James Bulletin (Please see the LPi section below if you would like to sign up to have the bulletin emailed to your inbox.)






10-24-2021  Bulletin inserts can be found here: Bishop CCW Support Letter 2021 Catholic Schools Matching Grant Opportunity



































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