October 23, 2017
News & Events

St. James White Oak 175th Anniversary
1843 - 2018
Spreading the Word

St. James Church is celebrating its 175th Anniversary in 2018 and we want you to be a part of it!

We invite all parishioners to prepare a Family History Display to be used throughout the anniversary year at events including the Kick-off Celebration after the 8:00 and 10:00 am Masses on Sunday, November 26th.

The purpose is to capture pictures and memorabilia that highlights your personal family history with St. James and the community. Some things you may want to include: Family Name; Pictures: Baptism, 1st Holy Communion, May Crowning, Weddings, Family Photos, Social Events, Parish Picnic, Festival, Bingo, Fish Fry, Volunteer Fair along with written short stories - Family History, Church History and White Oak Community.

Additional Details: 1. Submit to Parish Office by November 20, 2017. 2. Poster should be on standard poster board (22"x 28") or smaller and have the family contact information on the back of the poster. 3. Posters will be kept by the Anniversary Committee and returned after the Parish Picnic 2018. 4. Submit copies of original documents. The parish office staff will make copies for you if you bring them to the office.

If you have questions or need help, contact Karen Orth at

Members of Religious Orders

         As we begin celebrating our 175th anniversary as a parish, we need your help. Sad to say, parishes seldom have kept records of parishioners who have entered religious orders as brother or sisters. Most of the time if a man was ordained a priest for a religious order, that was recorded in the parish. (We have the list of those ordained as priests from St. James.) But nothing was kept about those who became brothers or sisters. As part of our anniversary projects, we want to put a list together.

If you are related to someone or know somebody who was or is a member of a religious order who was a parishioner at St. James when they entered the order, please let us know. We would appreciate having information such as which order they joined, when they made final vows, are they still living (and where). If someone joined an order and left religious life we want to know that, too. Please mail this information to the parish office and be sure to include your name in case we need to contact you for additional information.