Church Service Ministries


Contact person: Georgie Weese, 717-380-9407,

More than three million people worldwide and hundreds from right here in Lancaster County have already experienced Alpha.  Evening sessions begin with a light supper followed by music, a thought provoking talk and participation. A lively small group discussion follows.  All this, and the opportunity to make friends with people that share your commitment to faith awaits you here at Alpha. Alpha meets every week for ten weeks. Gatherings, with childcare, are held each Monday from  6:30 to 9:00 p.m. A Life-changing Experience for all. Questions, or to register by phone, call St. James Church at 626-0244 or Georgie Weese at 717-380-9407.


Contact Person: Terry and Laura Favilla, 717 625 2480,

The Baptism Committee helps to prepare parents for their child’s baptism. Classes are generally held the second Monday of the month.


Contact Person: Don Discavage, 717-626-4811 or, or Judy Melusky, 717-626-6656

Bingo is a very successful fundraising activity within the parish. It provides fellowship for those who work and those who play. Bingo is held every Monday in St. James Hall. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for food, and Bingo starts at 6:45 p.m. Please contact Don Discavage at 717-626-4811 or if you’re interested in selling the game strips, working the floor, calling, etc. Please call Judy Melusky at 717-626-6656 if you’re interested in helping in the Bingo kitchen where they serve meals and snacks. They are also always in need of baked goods donations which may be dropped off any time Monday before Bingo. Thank you!


Contact Person: Mike Holland, 717-405-2299

Have you drifted away from the Catholic Church? Are you angry with the Church? Has it been a while since you’ve joined us for Mass or any other parish activities? Has a marriage, divorce, death or relocation left you feeling without a spiritual home?  Perhaps you just never understood the Catholic Mass or its rituals and its significance? Whatever the reason, it is a deeply personal one to you. We care about those reasons.  You are missed.  And we can assure you, you are not alone.  We would like a chance to hear, understand, and address the fears, misgivings, and concerns which may be keeping you from calling the Catholic Church home. If you want to talk with someone about returning to the practice of the Catholic Faith, please contact Mike Holland at 717-405-2299, or call St. James at 717-626-5580. Our Catholic Community cares about you. We miss you!


Contact Person: Trish Link at 717- 917-6953, or

This is a favorite social event and major fundraiser for our capital fund for parish improvements. Everyone in the parish is encouraged to become involved. Crafters meet all year long on Thursdays from 10:00 – Noon in the craft room next to OLC – just come! Projects may also be taken home to work on. You need not be “crafty” to help with this area. The bazaar is held the weekend before Thanksgiving, starting on Friday evening from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending with the ham and turkey dinner. The Silent Auction starts gathering new items, gift certificates, service gifts, etc. a few months before the bazaar, as does the “Fish Bowl” and Children’s Bazaar areas. The “White Elephant” needs help before the bazaar to sort and price donated items. Baked goods are also welcome for the bazaar. Please contact the parish office or Trish Link at 717-917-6953, or e-mail for more information.


Contact Person: Patricia Kirchner, 717-626-9131

Individual needs/gift requests are gathered from area outreach organizations, such as Transitional Living Center, Community Action Program, St. James parishioners in need, and other local organizations. Gifts are then generously given by St. James parishioners at Christmastime.


Contact Person: Stephanie and Chris Gingrich,

Currently the community meals that the Council of Churches organized in the past to be served at Crispus Attucks are on hold.  The Council of Churches is in the process of finding a new facility in Lancaster City for these meals.


Contact Person: Keri Sapp, 717-940-4202, or

St. James parishioners provide 15-20 families in the Lititz community Easter meals and baskets for their children.


Contact Person: Dave Kubitsky, 717-627-6703, or

Dave Kubitsky chairs the Finance Council along with Father O’Blaney and members Mike Squierdo and Tom Scanlon. They recently completed a project whereby parishioners may donate to St. James via E-Giving. If you’d like to have your donation automatically debited from your checking or savings account, please pick up a form from the Narthex or give Melanie a call in the parish office to have one mailed to you. You may choose weekly, bi-weekly or monthly increments. We hope that many parishioners will elect to use E-Giving!


Contact Person: Cathy Cruz, 717-271-8383

The Parish Health Ministry offers health and education awareness. Services include monthly blood pressure screenings, CPR, AED, blood drives, speakers on health topics, information on the bulletin board and a resource for health needs, which also involves other church ministries. The blood pressure screenings are held the second full weekend every month after all the Masses. Meetings are as needed, two to three times yearly. All parishioners are welcome to attend! Visit our link on the St. James website, or contact Cathy Cruz, 717-271-8383 for more information. There is also a Health Ministry Box outside of the Parish Office.


Contact Person:  TBD

This prayer group meets on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in Our Lady’s Center to share music, praise, scripture, prayer, teachings, and petitions. The contact persons are TBD.  If you’d like more information or have a prayer request, please contact St. James Church office at 717 626 5580.


Contact Person: Aimee Taylor, 717-627-0388, or

When someone in our parish has had a new baby, recent surgery, or if a family is experiencing an extreme hardship, we could reach out to these church members. We rally around these families to take them meals. A coordinator organizes a schedule for church family members to bring meals to those in need. The coordinator collects phone numbers, driving directions, food allergies, and other helpful details, and shares the information with a group of volunteers. If you are expecting a baby, having surgery, your family is undergoing a hardship, and you would appreciate a few meals, or you are willing and able to be part of a pool of volunteers who may be called upon to provide a meal for a family in need, please contact Aimee Taylor, 717-627-0388 or


Contact Person: Mary Read, 717-333-0689

A support group which meets on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month at 6 pm.  Memory Cafe’s purpose is to provide a safe and supportive environment of peers who are living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia in themselves or someone close to them, and who are in the early stages of the disease process.  Please contact Mary Read at 717-333-0689 for more information.


Contact Person: Mike Gergal, 717-333-5620, or

All men of the parish are invited and welcome to join. They meet the third Sunday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in St. James Hall. A brief business meeting is followed by a social. The Men’s Club pays for snow removal and lawn mowing to upkeep the church grounds and the new picnic pavilion. Please contact Mike Gergal at 717-333-5620 or to join. More members are needed!


Contact Person: Tom Owsinski, 717-397-5231, or

Start your week off right! Men of the parish are encouraged to join our Monday Morning Men’s Prayer Group each Monday at 6:15AM. From Labor Day through Memorial Day we meet in the Youth Room and over the summer months we meet in the Church pavilion. Our weekly  prayer includes Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours and prayers for vocations. There is no need to sign up, just come when you are able! Contact Tom Owsinski at for more information.


Contact Person: Rose Barnas, Director of Religious Education,

School supplies, backpacks, and uniforms are collected in August to supply as many local needy children as possible with a good start to the school year.


Contact Person: Bill Armstrong, Chairperson, 717-371-6228,

Sixteen parishioners comprise the Pastoral Council. Twelve are elected, one is appointed and three are ex-officio members. In union with the Pastor, the council is the advisory team sharing the responsibility of the life and welfare of the church. Council members also serve on Pastoral Council Areas of Mission designed to provide a link between the Council and the various parish organizations. These areas of mission are Liturgy, Pastoral Ministry, Social Justice/Ecumenism, Catholics Reaching Out/Evangelization, and Religious Education.


Contact Person: Kathy Mansbery, 717-947-4150 or Jeannette List, 717-626-1715

This is a friendly, social group of knitters/crocheters which brings warmth and comfort to our parishioners in need during difficult times. We also make items for the St. James Christmas bazaar and donate lap robes, blankets, hats, etc. to organizations who give them to people in need. We meet every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to Noon in Room 102. Please call Kathy Mansbery at 717-947-4150 or Jeannette List at 717-626-1715 for more information.


Contact Person: Marilyn Sedlak, 717-626-5383 or Anita Discavage, 717-626-4811

The Quilt Ministry is dedicated to the promotion of fellowship among the St. James community and to provide comfort to those who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Our ministry began in September of  2009 and we have donated over 300 quilts to Heart of Lancaster’s Pediatric Wing, Project Linus, Right-to-Life Baby Showers, and Audubon Villa. We meet on the second and fourth Tuesday in Room 103 at 10 a.m.


Contact Person: Kathy Hall, 717-627-4282 or Kara Garman, 717-575-7072

The purpose of this group is to promote respect for human life from conception until natural death. The group uses education, prayer, legislative action, Eucharistic adoration, financial support (i.e., the Pro-Life Prayer Breakfast, Pro-Life 5K Run/Walk, the Respect Life Shower and Mother’s Day Flower Sale), and participation in the annual March for Life in Washington D.C.  Please contact Kathy Hall at 717-627-4282 or Kara Garman at 717-575-7072 to join. Members are needed!


Contact: Sue Schnitzenbaumer, 631-766-5426,

Our Lady’s Tuesday Bible Study meets weekly from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. to share God’s word, to grow in our faith and to become true disciples of Our Lord. We use materials that have Diocesan approval so that we are in conformity with the Catholic Church’s Magisterium.


Contact Person: Tom Stork, 717-581-3382

This is a social and service organization for individuals 50 years of age and older. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month after the 9:00 a.m. Mass, refreshments and meeting at 10:00 a.m. They serve funeral luncheons when desired by parishioner families. Occasionally, day trips are taken to entertainment centers, spiritual functions, and we frequently have outside speakers attend. They speak of historical events that they have lived through or have studied extensively, etc. Please contact Tom Stork at 717-581-3382.


Contact Person: Keri Sapp, 717-940-4202, or

The Network acts as a facilitator to the St. James community in carrying out the social justice mission of the church. They serve God by helping those in need and by working for peace and justice within our parish community and beyond its boundaries—the hungry, the homeless, the sick, the lonely, the elderly, and human rights organizations. The Network meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in Room 103. Please contact Keri Sapp at 717 940 4202 or to join. There are many projects in need of help, some of which are listed below. You may also contact the chairperson listed below directly to get on their volunteer list. You may volunteer as little or as much time as you have!  Thank you for all the awesome support!!


Contact Person: Inez Bunty, 717-940-0616

Please donate only used or broken rosaries, medals, new scapulars, prayer cards and small booklets. Place donations in round box located in Our Lady’s Center (above the coat rack). The rosaries, medals, and new scapulars are sent to the Beads of Peace Rosary Makers of St. Margaret Mary in Riverton, Wyoming. Most of their rosaries are sent to India and Africa, but they send anywhere in the world. The prayer cards and booklets are shared with St. James parishioners and visitors.  These items are in a box in the narthex.


Contact Person: Jeannette List, 717-626-1715, or

There is a Catholic Worker House on Vine Street across from St. Mary’s in Lancaster. It is called Corpus Christi House. St. James participates in fundraising, coat drives, etc. for this ministry. Corpus Christi House has an annual Easter dinner, Saturday lunch program, and a winter clothes distribution day.  There are other opportunities for participation and volunteering, as well.


Contact Person: Kathy Scanlon at 717-725-0916 or

This is the annual food drive at St. James which benefits the Lititz Warwick Community Chest pantry. It is held in February.


Contact People: Jeannette Crnkovich, 717-626-4647, or, Phyllis Schwartz, 717-627-0138, or

Advocate for the needs of parishioners with disabilities so that they may participate fully in the life of the church. A craft night for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities, in the deanery, is held the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM in Room 103 here at St. James.


Contact Person: Helen Long, 717-989-0346

Parishioners donate unopened travel size toiletries of all kinds.


Contact Person: Kathy Cardos, 717-627-1201, or

Kathy Cardos and Renee Billow coordinate St. James volunteers to provide a meal for up to 205 needy people in Lancaster the fourth Friday of every other month beginning in February. Funds for the food come from St. James parishioners via the Poor Boxes located in the hallways after Mass.


Contact Person: Tom Owsinski, 717-669-0323 or

That Man is You! is an interactive men’s program combining the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to help men to grow to in their faith and become authentic male leaders.  The program meets Saturday mornings from September through April.  For more information contact Tom Owsinski at 717- 669-0323 or


Contact Person: Kathleen DeAngelis, 717-397-6303

This committee contacts new parishioners, welcoming them to the parish and offering assistance and information. A New Parishioners Dinner is held about every six months. Please contact Kathleen DeAngelis at 717-397-6303 if you’d like to help with this ministry.