Be doers of the word and not hearers only. - Letter of James 1:22

Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 19, 2021

A special note to our at home viewers

Dear friends,

To those who regularly participate in our virtual Mass from a remote location,  we apologize for the recent technology disruptions we have experienced.  Please know that our technology team has been hard at work with our internet provider to address these issues and we hope to have a permanent resolution in the near future.

We will continue to post the live stream link for the Saturday 5pm Mass; should technological issues arise, please be assured that a taped version of the Mass will be posted to the parish website and Facebook pages on Sunday morning so you can still enjoy Mass from St. James every weekend.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work to improve the remote experience.

Continued blessings to all.


St. James Roman Catholic Church

Welcome Fr. Robert Kuznik

The Parish Family of St. James extends a warm welcome to our eighth pastor, Fr. Robert Kuznik. We look forward to working with you as we continue our camino together. 

           A message from Fr. Robert…


Dear Parishioners of St. James,

This week, we begin a new journey together as I come to you as your new pastor.  In the coming weeks and months, we will get to know more about each other, but I wanted to introduce myself to you and share a little about my background.

I am 55 years old, the youngest of six children and was born in  the South-Western Poland in the city  of Wroclaw. My whole family (mom and two siblings) still live there. I have lived here in the US for the past 33 years but make an annual  visit to  my family  back in Poland.

In 1993 I completed  my philosophy studies  at St. John’s University in Queens, NY and then attended the  Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington. I was ordained in 1998 by Bp. McGann to serve  in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  

My first assignment was at St. Christopher’s Church  in Baldwin, then at Holy Name of Mary Parish in Valley Stream. For the past 13 years, I have served as pastor at St. Isidore’s in Riverhead.   In every place I have studied, lived  or served, each has become my home and the people there were my families. 

Now I have joined the parish family of St. James in Setauket. I am looking forward to this new experience and to everything the Lord has prepared for us as we journey together into the future.  

God Bless You !  

~Fr. Robert




COVID Guidelines from the Chancellor's Office

COVID-19 Update effective immediately 

The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation Masses will end the weekend of Sunday, August 14th / 15th.

Also, according to New York State and the Diocese of Rockville Centre, the mask mandate is currently lifted; masks are optional here in the assembly and the decision to wear one is up to the discernment of the individual.

Please continue to sanitize your hands as you enter the church, and receive communion in the hand. Until further notice, the Precious Blood will not be distributed, and the Holy Water fonts will remain empty.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Mission Statement

We, the Catholic community of the Three Village area, formed as the Body of Christ through the waters of Baptism, are a pilgrim community journeying toward the fullness of the Kingdom of God, guided by the Holy Spirit, nourished by the Eucharist and formed by the Gospel.

 We strive to respond to Jesus’ invitation: to be faithful and fruitful disciples; to be a Good Samaritan to (our) neighbor and enemy; stewards of and for God’s creation and living witnesses of Faith, Hope and Charity … so that in Jesus’ name, we may be a welcoming community, respectful of life in all its diversities.


Parish News and Upcoming Events

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time September 12, 2021

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time September 5, 2021

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 29, 2021  

Office Hours

Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. Closed for lunch 12-12:30pm
Friday-Saturday 9:30am-2pm
Phone: 631-941-4141

Virtual Masses

Looking for our virtual Masses during the COVID 19 Health Emergency? Click on the "Worship" tab to find links to our weekly Masses as well a selection of homilies by Fr. Jim and Fr. Fitz. 


Mass Times and Sacraments

Weekdays and Saturdays: 8:00 am
Weekend Celebrations:
Saturday: 5:00 pm Youth Mass (live-streamed and taped)
Sunday: 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Saturdays 4:00 - 4:45 pm
and by appointment.

Daily Readings

Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Readings for the Optional Memorial of Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

Reading I 1 Tm 6:2c-12

Read More

Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Saint Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

Readings for the Memorial of Saint Cornelius, pope and martyr, and Saint Cyprian, bishop and martyr

Reading I 1 Tm 4:12-16

Read More

Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

Readings for the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

Reading I 1 Tm 3:14-16

Read More


We need your input!

As of now, there is no “formal” ministry to the youth of our parish,  with no specific gatherings as such.  However, there ARE, even as we slowly come back together in the aftermath of the virus a number of young people in our parish who are active in their faith, and involved in a variety of ministries here including sacristans, musicians, leaders of song, youth choir members, religious education volunteers, altar servers,  and ushers, and those who attend liturgies on Sunday. 

We also have, as well, some college-aged parishioners who are involved in Diocesan youth programs, Young Adult Groups, and Campus Ministry.

The typical practice regarding young people or Youth Ministry, while well-intentioned, is to create some type of group or program and then try to get people to come.

Another common practice, also well-intentioned, is to create a way to try to evangelize those who just completed their  Confirmation program.  And while the issue of how to Evangelize non-practicing Catholics is a significant issue and a tremendous challenge, perhaps it’s beyond the scope of what the young people who are already here might need.

Therefore, what we would like to do here at St. James is to determine what the young people in the parish would like to see developed for them by asking them what they want and need.

A survey was assembled by some young parishioners, along with some adult parishioners involved with youth work in the past.  Please click on this link:  Youth Survey 2021  to complete the survey which can then either be emailed to:  [email protected]; or brought to the office; mailed to the office, or put in the collection basket at Mass.

There are no preconceived plans or notions about what to do and no formalized leadership structure is in place.  Our hope is to be able to offer something to benefit our young parishioners but we need to hear from you!  PLEASE  help us help you by filling out the survey.

We are starting with youth who would be contactable through Mass, but feel free to pass the info onto your peers as well.


One Family in Mission, Called to Evangelize

Televised Masses during the COVID 19 Crisis

We are happy to tell you that through the kind generosity  of St. James parishioner Jim Townsend and his partner Corey Arnold, and Corey's son Justin, of Bars and Tone Media Productions, we will continue to provide our weekend celebration of the Mass. Mass will be available on the website as well as the parish Facebook page as well as the Religious Education YouTube Channel.

The Catholic Faith Network (CFN),  will continue to  provide televised and online daily Masses. CFN also offers other devotional and spiritual programs. (Optimum channel 29/137; Verizon FiOS TV channel 296 and Spectrum channel 162/471)


Filing a claim with DRVC

On October 1, 2020, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York (the “Debtor") filed a petition in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York seeking relief under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. The Debtor's Chapter 11 Case is pending before the Honorable Judge Shelley C. Chapman under Case No. 20-12345. The Docket can be accessed through the website maintained by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (

The Diocese has posted information on its website:

For additional information and inquiries about this case, please call the numbers listed below. U.S. and Canada based parties should use the toll free number below. International parties should use the non-U.S. number below. Toll Free US (888) 490-0633 … Non US (503) 520-4459

Deadline to File Claims

Information regarding the deadlines for filing proofs of claim in the Diocese’s chapter 11 case and the forms to use can be found by clicking on the following link to the Diocese’s bankruptcy website and scrolling down the page:

Give On-Line Securely

During this time of uncertainty surrounding the COVID19 virus, many of us will choose to remain at home and not venture out to church or other places where large groups of people may gather. While respecting that choice, please remember that our parish still needs our financial support in order to meet regular operating expenses such as electric bills, heating/cooling, water and payroll. If you have not already signed up for electronic giving via Faith Direct, please consider doing so now.

Thank you for your continued support of St. James.


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