The Parish Council & Father
Gleeson had 13 months of events for the
175th Anniversary which started on Sunday August 12, 20007 when Bishop
Gustavo Garcia-Siller celebrated the 11:30am Mass.
a new Anniversary flag was hoisted by parish council
president Mr. Michael Dillenburg assisted by Mrs. Marie Hiland widow
of former council president John Hiland. Bishop Gustavo then blessed the
new St James Café. The men of the Holy Name
had a cookout in honor of the events. The Trinity Irish School of
Dance entertained led by Mary Kay and Shelia Lawler of our
On the next Sunday August 19,
2007 Bishop Joseph Perry celebrate the 10:00am mass which was followed by a cookout.
A special stone was be installed
in Our Lady of the Forest Grotto. It was inscripited will an image
of our historic church to commemorate 175 years of faith. Bishop
Joseph Perry blessed this commerative stone and Frank Podczerwinski
of our parish installed it.
In 2008 Bishop Kane & Mann came
and celebrated a Mass at the historic parish. Both Bishop Perry & Gustavo
returned in 2008 as Bishop Perry celebrated Mass on the 4th of July
weekend and Bishop Gustavo celebrated our Labor Day Mass.
On Sunday September 7th the
Ecclesia Men's Choir performed for the 11:30 Mass and gave a concert
following the Mass. The day also included an open house of the
grounds and all buildings. Fr Gleeson gave over an hour tour of the
cemetery highlighting some Irish 30 tombstones.
The celebrations concluded Sunday
September 28 2008 when Francis Cardinal George celebrated the 11:30 am
Mass a painting of the church done by Jim Wall, a parishioner of St. James
was presented to the Cardinal. The Mass was followed by a special luncheon at
the renowned Courtright’s of Willow Springs. While Cardinal George
was originally to also attend the luncheon at Courtright's he was
called to Rome for three weeks and left following the Mass.
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Anniversary Luncheon at Courtright's - September
Mass Celebrated by Francis Cardinal George - September
Ecclesia Chant Mass & Open House with
Cemetery Tour - September 7th 2008
175th Anniversary Labor Day Picnic - September 1st
Canallers in the Corridor & HNS Cookout
- August 24th 2008
Bishop Joseph N. Perry's Mass &
Visit - July 6th 2008
Model A Car Show
June 9th 2008
Vatican International Exhibition - November 18th 2007
Bishop Joseph N. Perry & HNS Cookout - August 19th 2007
Bishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller & HNS Cookout -
August 12th 2007