SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Joseph Cardinal Tobin, archbishop of Newark, celebrated a special mass at Saint James the Apostle Church in Springfield on July 21, 2018 to mark the 95th anniversary of the parish and the 65thanniversary of Saint James the Apostle School.
In his homily, Cardinal Tobin commended Saint James for being a “welcoming parish” and he reminded the congregation to be shepherds to one another.
“It was a privilege to have Cardinal Tobin here with us to celebrate these milestones of our parish", said Reverend Joseph F. Barbone, pastor of Saint James Church.
Springfield Mayor, Richard Huber, a parishioner of Saint James Church, presented a proclamation to Reverend Barbone honoring the parish and school for their presence in the township. The proclamation now hangs in the church’s Gathering Area.
St. James parish was founded in December 1923. At that time, Sunday mass was celebrated at Springfield’s Municipal Hall.
The first church building, a wooden structure, was built circa 1924 on the corner of Linden and Morris Avenues. In 1952, a combination school and church building was erected on South Springfield Avenue. Ground was broken for the present church on June 16, 2001 and it was dedicated on June 6, 2002.
Currently, 1800 families are members of Saint James parish and 170 students attend Saint James School.
All are welcome to take part in the life of Saint James parish. For more information about the church and the school, visit the parish’s website at http://saintjamestheapostle.org
Source: Publicity at St. James the Apostle Church