Diocese of Jackson Pastoral Priorities

 Embrace Diversity

 Serve Others 

 Inspire Disciples  

We welcome you with great joy to St. James Catholic Church!  Please introduce yourself to the Priest after Mass. We invite you to come register at the Church office and worship with us regularly. 









You can click on the image above on the right for a printable version (.pdf) of our Next Generation Parish Plan.             
he St. James family looks forward to seeing you at the Celebration of the Mass.

God’s Peace and Blessings

Contact Information

Office: 662-842-4881
Fax: 662-842-3681                                        email: or


Parish Office hours:

Monday – Thursday:

8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Friday from 8:30 AM– 12 noon

Online Giving

St. James now offers OnLineGiving! Please review our new option to help support our parish collections.  Simply click on the link below, go to the secure website and sign up for a new account. Thank you for your generosity and support to St. James Parish Life!

Sunday Morning Breakfast

St. James hosts a light yet filling Sunday morning breakfast in Shelton Hall CLC from 8:30am – 10:30. All are welcome to come, eat and fellowship.

Wednesday Night Dinner

St. James hosts a dinner at 5:00 pm every Wednesday night during the CCD/CYO calendar year. All are welcome to come, eat and fellowship.

Parish History

Dedicated in 1914, the original St. James was located at the corner of Magazine and Green streets. However, the church didn’t get its first resident pastor until 1919 with Father Robert Reitmeier. Reitmeier was charged with celebrating Mass in Aberdeen, Okolona, Corinth, Amory, and Pontotoc. Reitmeier would stay for 33 years. The priest would celebrate Mass in Tupelo the first Sunday of the month, Saltillo the second Sunday, Aberdeen the third, and Okolona the fourth. “

By the end of World War II, the St. James community had grown by more than 40 percent, and had outgrown the wooden church originally built to house about 100 congregants. The current church was dedicated in 1960, under the Rev. Clarence Meyer, the last Benedictine to serve St. James. Since Reitmeier, St. James has been home to priests from Ireland, Lithuania, Chicago, and right here in Mississippi. The current priest, the Rev. Timothy Murphy, is the church’s 12th pastor. St. James is home to over 1300 families of diverse backgrounds and cultures.

“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth, but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ looks with compassion into the world. Yours are the feet with which Christ walks to do good. Yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world. Amen” Teresa of Avila

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