Our History

Saint James Catholic Church was founded in 1967. Three local families began the church in a kindergarten building located to the rear of what is now the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center on Main Street. Originally served by the priests of Saint Joseph's, Athens, pastoral care later passed to Saint Anna's, Monroe, and then to Saint Augustine, Covington.

For sixteen years, beginning in 1969, Mass was celebrated for the Saint James congregation in the Episcopal Church of the Advent on Academy Street. This arrangement was seen as an early expression of ecumenical cooperation.

In 1985 the Saint James congregation purchased the Butler house on South Main Street and the interior was remodeled to provide a chapel for Mass and to accommodate other church functions.

Property for a new facility was purchased on Vine Street and a ground breaking ceremony was held on January 29, 1995.

The new facilities (church, social hall, office, classrooms) were dedicated on October 28, 1995.

On September 21, 2000 Monsignor Peter A. Dora was assigned as the first resident priest of Saint James Church.

In January of 2001 a Saturday vigil Mass was begun, thus expanding liturgical activity beyond what could be accomplished with a visiting priest.

In 2002 a weekly Spanish Mass was added.

In July of 2009 Father Tim Gallagher, who grew up in our midst, celebrated his first Mass in our church.

In July of 2015 Father Randy Mattox was named Administrator with the charge of helping the mission become a parish.