PASTORAL ADMINISTRATION

Upon this Rock, I will build my church (Mt. 16:18) is the foundational biblical text of the Roman Catholic Church on the institution of Papacy, the supreme jurisdiction and ministry of the pope as shepherd of the whole Church. As successor of Peter, and therefore Bishop of Rome and Vicar of Christ, the pope is the perpetual and visible principle of unity in faith and communion in the Church.

– Catechism of the Catholic Church 882

MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR

In behalf of St. James Church, a small yet diverse Catholic Parish in Coolidge, Arizona, I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings of welcome. This website is deeply inspired by the ever-growing need to spread the Gospel, promote the Catholic Tradition, provide information and share resources. It is a family album that essentially features the life of St. James community and enormously brings together the memories of the past, the joys and struggles of the present and hope for the future.

– Fr. Adolfo

MISSION/VISION STATEMENT

We, the Eucharistic and Marian people of the Roman Catholic Church of St. James the Less in Coolidge, Arizona, are a worshipping faith-filled community, who, empowered by the Holy Spirit, serve, our Lord Jesus Christ, our community and the Diocese of Tucson. Through love, compassion, and respect, we strive to be a welcoming community that prays and learns together.

Nosotros, la gente Eucaristica y Mariana de la Iglesia Catolica Romana de Santiago del Menor en Coolidge, Arizona, somos una comunidad de adoradores llenos de Fe, quienes, capacitados por el Espiritu Santo, servimos a nuestros Senor, a nuestra comunidad y a la Diocesis de Tucson. Con amor, compassion y respeto, procuramos ser una comunidad cordial que reza y aprender juntos.

HISTORY OF ST. JAMES PARISH

With the completion of the Coolidge Dam in the mid-1920′s, the desert transformed into rich farmland and the 80-acre site on which R. J. Jones founded the community of Coolidge grew to its present 12.359 sq. kilometers.  As the population increased, so did the need for religious services.

The church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Florence ministered to the mission needs of the early Coolidge residents.  In 1931, Father Amancio Manubens, O.C.D. offered Mass in a pool hall east of Main Street and, nine years later, Mass was offered in a tin warehouse near the present railroad station. Then, in 1931, Coolidge became a mission of St. Anthony’s Church of Casa Grande; however, no priest was available to offer Mass until the first St. James Church was erected in 1940.

On May 11, 1940 six children received their First Holy Communion in the new church.  From 1940 until 1944, children received religious instruction from Fr. McFadden and Fr. Healey.  Between 1994 and 1945, three Dominican sisters traveled from Casa Grande twice a week to provide religious education.

The parishioners in Coolidge self-supported their mission church for nearly four years through dinners, parties, and bazaars, as well as weekly contributions.

Seven years after the church was constructed, Bishop Gerke established the parish of St. James and Fr. John Troy took up residence in a temporary rectory, the home of one of the parishioners until in 1948 that the new priests’ residence opened.

The original church building had quickly become too small for the needs of the growing Catholic community and on May 8, 1948 the parish held a ground opening ceremony for a new church building.  The following year, the original church structure became Mullaney Hall, in memory of Rev. Neil Mullaney, a former pastor, and Fr. Troy offered the first Mass in the new church building.

St. James is a community that strives through prayer, education and service to others to deepen its relationship with God and with one another.  We offer a holy place where all people are welcome to come and worship the Lord.

STAFF DIRECTORY

Administrator

  • Rev. Fr. Adolfo Martinez

Deacons:

Lay Ecclesial Minsters:

  • Dr. Ines Chisholm - RCIA, Prison Ministry                                         ines@asu.edu
  • Mrs. Irma Murrieta - Compliance, Hospitality           irmamurrieta@msn.com

Secretary

Bookkeeper:
  • Rosemary Navarro

Director, Religious Education:

  • Gerry Krempasky

Maintenance:

  • Gustavo "Blackie" Luna
  • Manuel Navarro


 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Rev. Adolfo Martinez
    President
  • Most Rev. Gerald Kicanas, D.D.
    Director
  • Msgr. Al Schifano
    Vice-President
  • Yolanda Arredondo
    Secretary
  • Elisabeth Boyle
    Treasurer

PASTORAL COUNCIL

The St. James Parish Pastoral Council is a living body, consultative in nature, formed to assist the Pastor in spreading the Gospel and in building the parish as a vibrant Christian community. Its primary task is to give advice to the Pastor in areas of pastoral planning, policies and activities.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

  • Shawn Youtsey, President
  • Alfonso Felix, Vice-President
  • Rosalinda Federico, Secretary                                                                                                                                       

MEMBERS:

Connie Abiles, Bertha Aguayo, Veronica Chavez, Diane Felix, Ofelia Rivera, Mario Sandoval, Michelle Stifes

Ex-Oficio Members: Director Religious Education Gerry Krempasky, Past President Deacon Pat Abiles

FINANCE COUNCIL

In each parish there is to be finance council which is governed, in addition to universal law, by norms issued by the diocesan bishop and in which the Christian faithful, selected according to these same norms, are to assist the pastor in the administration of the goods of the parish, without prejudice to the prescript of canon 532. – Code of Canon Law 537

THE ST. JAMES FINANCE COUNCIL IS COMPOSED OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Ofelia Reviera, President
  • Michael Brune, Esq
  • Dr. Richard Krempasy
  • Vacant