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.
Please take a moment to register for CCM here.
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). In-person attendance at mass requires advance sign-up through SignUpGenius. Click on the SignUpGenius logo on the right to access sign up forms for all current events at St. James and CCM. If you're not ready to attend mass in-person, 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 on our calendar.
Once a month we celebrate a student-led mass at 5:00PM in the God Box at Illinois Tech. These masses are followed by a free meal and conversation. Whether these will be in-person or virtual depends upon the current restrictions in place on campus. We'll keep you posted! See the calendar for dates. Our next student mass is on Sunday, September 27th at 5:00PM in-person and/or via Zoom. To join us, click here.
We really like having students serve as readers, Eucharistic ministers, and altar servers on Sunday. Please consider serving in one of these ministries and indicate your interest on the student registration form.
Wednesday Evening Prayer - Begins August 26th
7pm 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. If we cannot gather together physically we will host on-line prayer sessions on Wednesday evenings at 7:00PM. To join the prayer, click on the date in the calendar and then on join Zoom meeting, or click here.
Holy Hour/Reconciliation "at" IIT will resume after the shelter in place order has been lifted.
On the third Wednesday of each month that Illinois Tech is in session we have a Holy Hour/Eucharistic Adoration at 7PM at the St. James rectory, 2942 S. Wabash, instead of Evening Prayer. This hour-long prayer opportunity is led by students and offers a time for quiet reflection, singing and contemplation in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also be available.
Eucharistic Adoration/Reconciliation at St. James Church is on the first Friday of every month from 7pm to 10pm. Advance sign-up is required through SignUpGenius.
Spend time in quiet reflection with our Lord, present in the Eucharist. Confession is available 7:30-8:30pm. Benediction is at 10pm.
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, 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.
Are you receiving our student newsletter? If not, please send your contact information to our campus minister.