St. James Catholic Church
A Parish of The Roman Catholic Diocese of Tulsa in North Eastern Oklahoma
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Saint James Sanctuary


Saint James Chapel


Saint James Library


Saint James RE Classroom

RE Classroom

Saint James RE Classroom

RE Classroom

Saint James front west end of the church

Church Building

Saint James Rectory

Church Rectory

Saint James Church Pavillion

Church Pavillion

Saint James soccer field

Church Soccer Field

Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show his works by a good life in the humility that comes from wisdom.

(NAB, James 3:13)


St. James has always had a broad base of lay people in our parish that volunteer their time and talents in many ways in Bartlesville and surrounding communities.  We encourage the involvement of each of our parishioners in sharing the responsibility of living out the Gospel.  The various Ministries offer parishioners an opportunity to participate in the sacramental life of the parish.  Please contact the church office to learn how you can become involved with our various Ministries.

Contact Information

St. James Catholic Church

5500 Douglas Ln

Bartlesville, OK 74006

Phone Number:  (918) 335-0844

Fax Number:  (918) 335-0856


Main E-mail:

  Bulletin Announcements

  Submit to the office or email to:

  by Tuesday noon of each week


Rev. Archie Fernandez



Telephone:  Rectory (918) 876-6555

Jerry Rutherford

Telephone:  Office (918) 335-0844, Cell 918-914-1669


Office Staff

Michelle Gillman

Financial Administrator

Telephone:  Office (918) 335-0844


Mindy Freeman


Telephone:  Office (918) 335-0844


Suzanne Lauritsen
CRE & Youth Director
Telephone:  Office (918) 766-5983

Youth E-mail:

Marriage Preparation and Baptismal

Please contact Josefina Taylor
Phone Number 918-335-2474

Tamara Walker
Choir Director

Dr. Pat Tinker
Pastoral Chairman
Telephone:  (918) 335-3353

In charge of flower - Diane Leroux
For Altar flower donations, please inquire at the office, 918-335-0844

RCIA and Adult Education Classes
Please contact William Taylor
Phone Number 918-335-2474

Connie Templeton and Amy Everly

Nursery Staff

Pastoral Council

Rev. Archie Fernanadez


Suzanne Lauritsen

Marcos Moran


Dr. Pat Tinker

Pastoral Chairman

Michelle Gillman

Finance Rep


Timothea Murtha


Finance Council

Kim Bell (Chairperson)
Fr. Archie Fernandez
David Benne
Michelle Gillman
Terry Lauritsen
Danny Bertels
Missy Dout
Misty Wishall


Saint James is a believing Community of the people of God, who in the light of Jesus' love, is empowered:
  • to proclaim the Good News of Jesus by word, prayer and worship
  • to support, encourage, inspire, forgive and love one another in the struggle to become fully human
  • to reach out in service to others
  • to address issues of social justice, human dignity, freedom and peace.


St. John Catholic Church of Bartlesville

In the early 1960’s, the City of Bartlesville was expanding to the east of town. St. John Church and School, the only Catholic Church in Bartlesville, was at maximum capacity. Rev. John F. Lynch, Pastor of St. John envisioned that a new parish and school on the east side of Bartlesville would eventually need to be established. As a result, St. John purchased a 6-acre tract on Douglas Lane to build the school. The plot of ground was empty, with the exception of a small, white house on the corner of Madison Boulevard and Douglas Lane. Fr. Lynch approved plans to build an all-electric building to be located near Douglas Lane. Construction began some time in early 1964.
In August, 1965, Bishop Reed announced he was dividing the Catholic people of Bartlesville at Route 75 stating that those west of the highway would be members of St. John and those on the east of Route 75 would be members of Saint James. He appointed Fr. Robert Pickett as pastor of Saint James.
The Ursuline Sisters from Paola, Kansas sent three nuns: two would be teachers and the third would teach and serve as principal. This meant Saint James would have 2The White House grades in each of the 3 classrooms. Saint James School opened in August 1965 with 40 to 50 students and 3 Ursuline nuns. The little white house on the corner was designated to be the convent for the nuns. Fr. Pickett resided in the rectory at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dewey with the additional responsibility of that parish as well. There was no tuition charged for the students in Saint James School because all operating expenses for the school and church came out of regular contributions from the membership of 192 families and individuals.
The first Mass was celebrated on August 29, 1965 in the auditorium which became the ‘Church’. The altar started as a simple table set in front of the stage on the west side. Bishop Reed conducted a formal dedication service for the Saint James Church and School on Sunday, December 6, 1966 and approximately 125 people received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
In 1969 the school closed due to low enrollment and the little white house became the new rectory for Fr. Pickett. In 1974, Fr. Pickett was transferred to another parish and Fr. Frank Warnke became the Pastor of Saint James for the next four years. In 1978, Fr. Bill Skeehan came to Saint James as the appointed pastor. Like Fr. Pickett, he was totally committed to the teachings of Vatican II and believed that the laity had an important part in the parish.
 Saint James Rectory
In 1983, St. James completed a new rectory east of the church. After remodeling the little white house, it became the headquarters for several charity organizations. Presently, our Middle and High School youths use it for religious education activities and social gatherings.
Fr. Skeehan retired in 2004 and Rev. Michael E. Cashen was appointed pastor of Saint James with over two hundred families and individuals as members. In the middle of June 2007, he was assigned to another parish and in that same month Rev. Archie Fernandez was appointed by Bishop E. Slattery as the new pastor of Saint James Parish.

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