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

St. James Roman Catholic Church

Coat Drive to Benefit St. James Pantry

On Saturday, September 26, 2020, 10am-2pm, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Setauket Fire Department will host a coat drive in our parking lot.

If you have been cleaning out your closets during the lockdown and quarantine and were waiting for an opportunity to donate to a worthy cause, this is your chance!  

All donations of gently used coats for men, women,  and children will be given out to our pantry guests on Sunday and Wednesday. If you have any questions please call Kathy Vaeth at 631.941.4141 ext. 313.

Thank you in advance for your help and generosity!









Call to Prayer Safety Issues

Mask It or Casket! A reminder about the importance of wearing a mask in church.

Please be advised that in accordance with CDC guidelines and our previously announced requirement that all who choose to attend Mass at St. James MUST wear either a mask or other face-covering that covers the mouth and nose is mandatory and no exceptions will be made.

Anyone observed not wearing a mask/face covering will be asked by an usher to either don a mask or immediately leave the church. Should that individual refuse to comply with the usher’s request, the ushers have been directed to interrupt the presider, who will publicly address the situation with the offender.

The wearing of face coverings has been shown to reduce transmission of droplets that may carry the coronavirus or other illnesses.  As such, it is a simple and effective sign of courtesy and respect towards others in our midst. 

Your cooperation is vital in order for us to continue to publicly celebrate Mass during the ongoing pandemic.


Ecumenical Corona Wedge Humor

The lockdown caused by the ongoing pandemic has affected the majority of houses of worship, regardless of their specific faith tradition. The struggle to provide safe ways to bring people back to church is universal and has resulted in some humorous approaches to the issue. Here's what one Episcopal priest has done to entice his parishioners back to church services: ( be sure to have your volume on!)


Sunday Mass has resumed at St. James

From the Pastor’s Desk

 I am pleased to share with you the latest information from our diocese relative to the resumption of public worship in our churches. Our current schedule of public Mass is Saturday at 5pm, and on Sunday at   9:30am with   the following restrictions:

  •  We are limited to 120 people at each Mass. All in attendance MUST wear a mask or face covering and all are required to practice the current CDC guidelines to maintain social distancing and remain 6 ft apart.  You will find that certain pews have been roped off while others have been marked to indicate where you may be seated. In the interest of safety, please sit only in those pews that are open and appropriately marked.
  •  Entrance to the church will be only through the new sacristy entrance, where you will find ushers at the doors keeping count of people entering the church. While we prefer that you exit via the sacristy doors as well, the other doors may be utilized for this purpose. 
  • Please feel free to utilize the hand sanitizer stations located throughout the church.
  • The 5pm Mass will be live streamed  and taped for broadcast on our website and Facebook pages.
  • Daily Mass will continue at 8am, Mon-Fri; no morning Mass on Saturday.
  • The resumption of our regular Mass schedule will be revisited in the coming weeks as we continue to monitor not only Mass attendance, but the number of COVID cases in our area. The health and well being of  our parishioners remains our top priority.

We have also been given the go-ahead to resume private baptisms (one family at a time), an adjustment to our previous practice of celebrating the sacrament with multiple families; if you are interested in scheduling a baptism, please call the office as soon as possible to discuss the schedule and available dates. Weddings and funerals will also resume, again following CDC guidelines related to masks, social distancing, and reduced attendance in the church.

As I’ve mentioned in earlier communications, the church we are returning to is, in so many ways, different from the church we attended a few months ago. We have endured physical separation from each other and had some of our most beloved traditions upended, specifically surrounding the Triduum days and Easter. Yet, throughout this entire ordeal, our faith has sustained us and we will once again be able to gather around the Table of the Lord within the walls of our church.

Some physical changes to the church include the long awaited replacement of our air conditioning units which took place this week; the  electrical work will not take place until next week, so we ask  for your patience as  the workers make every effort to complete this job as quickly and safely as possible.

In addition, the new/refurbished tabernacle is in place, having been pulled forward from the alcove in which the previous tabernacle was housed. A wall has been installed that now encloses the alcove, allowing us to create additional much needed storage space. The finishing touches on this project will soon be in place, but again, I ask for your continued patience.

Amidst all of this good news, we unfortunately are faced with a deficit of $85,000 in our collections (year to date). These past months have been challenging for all of us, and the financial issues brought about by the pandemic cannot  be taken lightly.  As our economy begins to reopen, please continue to remember how vital your financial support is to the survival of our parish.

Finally, please allow me to not only thank all of your for your support and prayers, but to also ask you to remember that the resumption of in person celebration of Mass and all that is associated with it, is a process, and will, of necessity, continue to evolve as the weeks unfold before us. We will make every effort to keep you informed of additional changes, and invite you to regularly visit the parish website for the latest information on this rapidly developing situation.

Pax et bonum,

~Fr. Jim





Virtual Masses

Looking for our virtual Masses during the COVID 19 Health Emergency? Look at our banner at the top of this page where you will find links to Holy Week celebrations as well as our weekly Masses.

For your convenience, you will also find above, links to homilies by both Fr. Jim and Fr. Fitz.

Help for Our Daily Bread

A special request for help from the staff at Our Daily Bread

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

May God bless and protect you and your families during this challenging time.  While we are all impacted by the changes to our lives caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, some people are particularly vulnerable.  Among those are the homeless, the poor, and the unemployed.  Additionally, many of the small businesses in our community are facing severe hardship. 

We continue to see an increase in the number of people coming to Our Daily Bread for assistance and once again ask for your assistance in keeping our pantry stocked with non-perishable items such as peanut butter, jellies/jams, beans, canned tuna or chicken, canned fruits, pasta, mac and cheese, cereal, rice, tomato sauce. Personal care/toiletry items are also needed, including toothpaste, soap and toilet tissue.

Thank you for your generosity, and stay safe and healthy.

Our Daily Bread Volunteers


Please be advised that our rectory office has resumed regular office hours and our staff will be available to assist you in person or on the phone during the following times:

Monday-Friday: 9am-4pm (closed for lunch 12-12:30)

Saturday: 9am-2pm

In accordance with CDC guidelines, we ask that you wear an appropriate face covering when visiting the office.

Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe and healthy! 

Coming Soon ! Additional Masses Will Resume

Mark your calendars for the return of the Sunday 8am Mass starting on August 23, 2020. This will be in addition to the currently offered 9:30am on Sundays and 5pm on Saturdays.  It has yet to be determined when we will resume the 11:30 on Sundays. 

On Saturday, September 5, we will also resume the 8am Mass on Saturdays. 

The return of the 11:30 Sunday Mass will be dependent upon attendance at other Masses. Please visit the website and parish bulletin on a regular basis for additional announcements.



We are pleased to announce that our virtual Masses will be available here on our webpage and our Facebook pages, at 5pm on Saturdays. This Mass is currently live streamed and taped for viewing at a later time for those parishioners who are unable to attend Mass in person. 

The link will remain on our website homepage until 10pm on Sunday nights, after which it will be available via the "Weekly Video Mass" tab at the top of the home page. 

We hope that this modification to our viewing schedule is helpful, especially for those who would typically attend the 5pm Mass on Saturdays.

Stay safe!

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 at 5pm on Saturday evenings.  Mass will be available on the website as well as the parish Facebook page.

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)

St. James Church will continue to be open Mon-Sat 8am-5pm  for private prayer, reading of scripture and adoration before the tabernacle. In accordance with the latest directives provided by Governor Cuomo on April 18, please wear an appropriate face covering/mask when leaving your homes.

A Message from our Laudato Si Ministry

September 20, 2020

The Season of Creation: Week 2

            Pope Francis held an audience last weekend with representatives from Laudato Si’ communities in Italy. He spoke with them about his vision of “integral ecology,” which affirms the relationship between all human beings, living creatures, and elements of creation. Two essential aspects of this vision, the Pope said, are contemplation and compassion.

             Contemplation means to gift oneself with time to be silent, to pray, to restore harmony—the healthy balance between head, heart, and hands—to the soul. It means looking into the eyes of those who are next to us and appreciating the creation that has been given to us. It is to discover the tenderness of God’s gaze and understand that we are all precious and important in God’s eyes. All of us can transform a part of the world polluted by human voracity into “the good reality willed by the Creator.”

            Compassion is the fruit of contemplation, of assimilating the outlook of God. It is the “best vaccine against indifference,” whose symptoms are attitudes like “it’s not up to me,” or “it does not concern me.” Those who have compassion pass from “you do not matter to me” to “you are important to me.” Compassion leads us to actively participate in the daily struggle against rejection and waste: discarding others and discarding things. It means to help build the future for all in our common home.

            A youtube video of Pope Francis’s remarks on September 12 has been produced by Vatican News, with an English translation provided by Sr. Bernadette Reis, fsp. Here is the link:










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.


Mass Times and Sacraments

While we have not yet resumed our dull schedule of Masses due to the ongoing COVID 19 public health emergency, please know that public Mass will be offered Mon-Fri at 8am; Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 9:30am.
Weekdays and Saturdays: 8:00 am
Weekend Celebrations:
Saturday: 5:00 pm Youth Mass
Sunday: 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Saturdays 4:00 - 4:45 pm

One Family in Mission, Called to Evangelize

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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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Office Hours

Summer Hours :
Monday-Thursday 9am-2pm
Friday-Saturday 9:30am-12pm
Phone: 631-941-4141

Daily Readings

Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest

Readings for the Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, priest

Reading 1 PRV 30:5-9

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Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 PRV 21:1-6, 10-13

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Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Reading 1 EPH 4:1-7, 11-13

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