Catholic Campus Ministry ("CCM") at St. James Church is a student-led organization ministering to students at Illinois Tech, VanderCook College of Music and Illinois College of Optometry. We are dedicated to creating people who are prepared to love and serve Jesus Christ. We provide a place where all are given the opportunity to deepen their relationship with God, neighbor and self through community, worship, formation and service.
CCM is here to support you at all times, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please reach out to your Campus Minister or the St. James Parish office with any needs.
Calendar of Events
Sunday Masses are in the Church at 29th between State and Wabash at 9:30am. Mass is also celebrated Monday through Friday at 7:30am in the St. James rectory (2942 S. Wabash). Mass is celebrated both in-person and on Zoom. You can join St. James for Mass on-line on Sundays at 9:30AM and Monday through Friday at 7:30AM by clicking on the links under Mass Times on the right.
Once a month we celebrate a student-led Mass at 5:00PM on campus in the God Box at Illinois Tech. These Masses are followed by a free meal and conversation. Whether these will be in-person and/or virtual depends upon the current restrictions in place on campus. We'll keep you posted! On-Campus Student Masses for Fall 2021 are on August 22nd, September 12th, October 3rd, November 7th and December 5th. Join us on Zoom by clicking here.
We really like having students serve as readers, greeters and Eucharistic ministers on Sunday. Please consider serving in one of these ministries and indicate your interest on the student registration form.
Wednesday Evening Prayer
7pm every Wednesday when Illinois Tech is in Session. All are welcome to these student-led candlelit prayer sessions at the “God Box” on the Illinois Tech Campus. Evening Prayer begins on August 25th. If we cannot gather together physically we will meet on Zoom. To join the prayer on Zoom, click on the date in the calendar and then on join Zoom meeting, or click here.
Eucharistic Adoration/Reconciliation at St. James Church is on the first Friday of every month from 7pm to 9pm.
Spend time in quiet reflection with our Lord, present in the Eucharist. Confession is available 7:30-8:30pm. Benediction is at 9pm.
Each Fall and each Spring, we hold a single-day retreat for college students. We also offer two single-day retreats for parishioners which are open to students. These are great ways to nourish your spirituality and to become more a part of the St. James Community.
Our students help in our food pantry, tutor students at nearby high schools, visit our elderly parishioners, and help with Sunday School. You don’t need to be Catholic to volunteer with us!
Bible Studies with Fr. John Edmunds, S.T.
Fr. John offers three-week Bible Studies on Mondays throughout the year. There are two "sections" to pick from, 1pm-2:30pm or 7pm-8:30pm. The sessions are held in the rectory. See the St. James calendar for more information.
Become Active in the CCM Student Organization!
Catholic Campus Ministry is not just a ministry of St. James Church. It's also a recognized student organization at Illinois Tech, VanderCook and ICO. We have monthly meetings on Sundays after the mass at the God Box, along with a complimentary dinner. This is a great way to get to know other Catholic students and to have a voice in the kinds of programs we offer.
Adult Confirmation Classes and RCIA
Are you a Catholic who never received the Sacrament of Confirmation? Are you a Catholic who has been away from the Church and would like to reconnect? Are you interested in becoming a Catholic? Contact Amy for more information.
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