Social Care Ministries

Social Care Ministries for St. James encompass ministries that reach out and support the community as well as our parishioners.

An outreach program designed to help people in need at Christmas.  Names of individuals and some of their specific needs are placed on cards and hung on the Giving Tree during Advent. Volunteers are needed to prepare the cards, hang the cards on the Giving Tree before Masses, buy gifts, separate gifts, and deliver gifts.

Contact - Linda Gross     816-516-9422        

Blood donors are individuals who recognize the need for donating blood to help save someone’s life.  Because blood cannot be manufactured, donors are literally the lifeline for patients needing blood to survive.  St. James partners with Community Blood Center of Kansas City to host six blood drives annually to help provide life-saving blood and blood components to local patients.  Because whole blood can be donated every 56 days, attending each of our drives will maximize the amount you can give each year.

Each blood drive is typically held on the last Tuesday in January, March, May, July, September, and November from 12:30-7:00pm.  On occasion it may be necessary to hold it on a different Tuesday so be sure to check the weekly church bulletin, our church website, or our church Facebook page for specific dates and sign up information.  To schedule an appointment to donate at one of our drives, visit and use sponsor code ‘stjames’.  For medical eligibility questions, call 1-800-688-0900.

Each donor must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parent/legal guardian consent form), weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health.  Donors age 16-18 years old may be subject to additional height and weight requirements.  Donating blood takes less than an hour to complete and each unit of blood donated can potentially serve three patients.  Together we can make a life-saving difference!  For more information on donating blood, visit

Contact - Nikki Power   816-407-1208      

A Ministry for Sharing Our Losses:  A Journey of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.  Contact Sandy Gagnon for more information.  Email Sandy

amazing ways to serve in our community.  Find out more...

  • Hillcrest Ministries - Transitional housing ministry
  • Immacolata Thrift Shop - Thrift store that raises funds to support the handicapped women residents.
  • In As Much Ministries - An emergency food pantry for Clay County.
  • Love, INC (Love In the Name of Christ - Ministry committed to meeting emergency assistance and basic needs.
  • William Jewell Outreach - The William Jewell Ministry is an outreach ministry intended to create a welcome and friendly avenue for registered Catholic students at William Jewell College.

After the funeral of a parishioner, parish volunteers provide a dinner for the family and friends of the deceased. Find out more...

Purpose:  Provide a welcoming experience to members of our church family who require a "Helping Hand" when entering or egressing St James Church masses or events. The volunteers of this ministry will arrive 40 minutes before Mass and stay 15 minutes afterwards in order to assist anyone who needs some mobility assistance. A special entrance on the south side of the lower level has been designated as the Helping Hands entrance.  Someone will be stationed at this entrance before and after masses to help in many ways.  This help may include:
  • Assistance with wheel chairs and walkers from the car to the elevator and up to the sanctuary, providing umbrellas, or other weather related assistance,
  • and of course a friendly face.
For more information contact : Kevin Casel Kevin's Email (816) 550-8932

The HOPE Gift Card Ministry provides an additional source of funding for St. James Parish to use to support its education programs and meet other needs as defined by the pastor. The parish purchases gift cards at a discounted price and sells them at face value. Find out more...

There are several opportunities for sponsorship; including donation of flowers, plants or memorial bricks along with volunteering for ongoing maintenance of the garden.

Contact -  Gretchen Lathrop  816-781-4569   

This ministry assists the Liberty Meals on Wheels program by delivering meals to the homes of those with diminished mobility in the Liberty area.  The meals are prepared by the Liberty Hospital.  Often, these meals are the only hot, nutritious meal the clients will have for the day.  Just as important, these deliveries provide the clients with a friendly face to connect with and someone to check on them throughout the week.

St. James provides one driver each Monday and Friday and additional drivers when needed. Meals are picked up at 11:00am at Liberty Fire Station #1 at 200 W. Mississippi St.  Each volunteer driver is assigned a clipboard with a mapped route, a cooler with drinks, and a food container with 2-6 meals to deliver.  Depending on the number of deliveries, the route will take 20-45 minutes to complete.

This is a very rewarding ministry for our community and we are always looking for new members.

Contact - Nikki Power 816-407-1208

On the fourth Monday of each month, St. James, Liberty, provides the workers (no cooking required) to serve approximately 180 people a hot meal, and to clean up afterward at the One City Cafe (formerly St. James Place Soup Kitchen). The time commitment is from 3:30 to 7:15 pm. On the third Sunday of the month after each Mass there is a sign-up for those willing to work or to donate money to the kitchen. One City Cafe is located just south of St. James Church, Kansas City at 3934 Troost.
Contact – Rick Conard 816-781-4523

The parish collects paper and aluminum cans for recycling. Everyone is encouraged to drop off their old newspapers in the appropriate bin on the parking lot and aluminum cans next to the dumpster off the parking lot. We are always in need of volunteers to take the cans to the recycling center for cash reimbursement; all money collected is given to our Precious Blood Missions in Tanzania. We also collect pull tops from the aluminum cans and take them to Ronald McDonald House at 25th & Cherry. Pull tops can he placed in donation cans/box at St. James School office, Parish Social Hall or at table in Narthex.

Contact – Parish Office   816-781-4343       


Through the power of prayer the St James community comes together in times of need. Whether it is to offer a prayer of thanksgiving or to ask for a prayer request all are invited to send their requests to the ministry head.
Prayer requests need to be sent by email. Each request will be copied, pasted and include requestors name unless specifically marked to be anonymous.
Contact – Susan Chartier 816-809-1505

The mission of this ministry is to provide unconditional love and comfort to the recipients of our shawls. These shawls are made to wrap, enfold, cover, mother, give solace, hug, and shelter and beautify those who receive them. Find out more...


Prayer services with Holy Communion are offered at Clay County Detention Center every Sunday morning. Communion Ministers must complete the diocesan training program and go through a background check.
Contact – Jack Burns 816-806-9912

The St. James respect life ministry seeks to promote and protect human life from conception to natural death. We strive to accomplish this through education, support & prayer in the parish & community. We support our local crisis pregnancy center through the annual Mother's Day Diaper Drive & the Advent giving tree.  Find out more...

Parish volunteers will prepare and deliver meals to the homes of any parishioner having a temporary need for the help due to illness, injury, or special circumstances.
Contact – Jan Peters 816-792-0796

On the fourth Sunday of each month St. James provides the food and workers to serve a hot meal to an average of 400 people at St. Mary’s Food Kitchen located at 6th and Nebraska Streets, Kansas City, KS. The facility is named the Wilhelmina Gill Multi-Service Center.
Contact – Don Ollier 816-792-4710