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

Please help us keep our membership records current.

Registration forms are available at the back of the church and office.

Thank you.

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

(NAB, James 1:27)

Christian Service

St. James has been extensively involved in all aspects of parish life and the greater community of Bartlesville.  Lay members are continuously encouraged to live out the Gospel through serving in the Church Ministries and active involvement in other community outreach programs.

Please contact the church office to learn how you can become involved with our various Ministries.

Celebration Ministries

Altar Flowers

Every week we place flowers on the altars at St. James in praise to God, through gifts made to the flower ministry.  It is a wonderful way to commemorate a birthday, an anniversary, or as a memorial or special intention.

If you would like to sponsor a specific weekend, there is a sign-up book on the back table in the Church or you can contact the Church office. 

Altar Servers

Here's a chance to serve the Lord and help your St. James' family out at the same time - be an Altar Server! 
The Altar Servers assist with the celebration of the sacred mysteries of the liturgy.  They assist by anticipating and responding to the needs of the Presider during the liturgy.

Boys and Girls are encouraged to train for the privilege of serving at the altar.  If interested, please contact Deacon Jerry Rutherford for training.

Cross Bearers, Extraordinary Ministers, Gift Bearers, Greeters, Lectors, and Ushers

All Liturgical Ministries are an important service to our Lord and offer a means for parishioners to become involved in our parish life and to practice a life of Christian service. 

Cross Bearers leads the procession in and out of the congregation, always keeping the sign of salvation, the cross, as the focal point of the procession.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, commonly known as Eucharistic Ministers, are members of the Parish who assist the priest in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ.

Gift Bearers are usually families or groups of two to four.  After the collection, the family or group gathers at the back of church to receive the gifts from the senior usher and process down to the front of the altar where the celebrant awaits the exchange.

Greeters at St. James' have the most important job of welcoming everyone into God's house.  They greet parishioners and make them feel comfortable when entering Mass as well as distribute the weekly bulletins to them.

Lectors are an integral part of every Liturgy of the Word.  They provide as readers, a reflective, prayerful and intelligible proclamation of the Scriptures.  When one answers the call to be a Lector, he/she enters into a deeper relationship with the Word of God as revealed in sacred scripture.  Christ speaks through our Lectors to bring the printed word to life.

Ushers are also welcomers who assist the community with seating and take care of the collections.  Money is collected in baskets and then brought as a community gift to the altar.  Men and women volunteers are always welcome to join this vital ministry.

If interested in any of these ministries, please contact the church office.

The Liturgical Ministry schedule can be found at the bottom of this web page.

Music Ministry

The Music Ministry at Saint James consists of:

The Saint James' Choir, directed by Mrs. Tamara Walker, is predominantly a liturgical choir, and the heart of the music program at St. James Catholic Church. The Choir members are dedicated (fun-loving) volunteers that leads the parish in singing both traditional and contemporary music, accompanied by the piano, thereby fostering a deeper sense of God's presence through the appropriate liturgical theme. 

We also have Cantors to help lead the parish in song, as well as proclaiming in song the Responsorial Psalm at our Saturday evening mass that starts at 5:30 p.m.

The St. James Choir and Cantors practice every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Church. 

We are always looking for new members, including musicians.  If you would like more information or to join us, please contact our Music Director, Tamara Walker, 918-914-1310 or email her at or you are always welcome to come by during one of our practice.

A Youth Choir and a Handbell Choir are a future dream of our ministry and look forward to establishing these ministries in the near future.  If interested, please contact Mrs. Walker.

Newcomers Ministry

The Newcomers Ministry is here to welcome people who are new to St. James.  Visitors/ newcomer cards are available in every pew, and those interested in exploring membership at St. James are encouraged to fill one out.

The Newcomers Ministry has not been developed and we welcome advice and feedback on how this Ministry can respond to the needs of newcomers and visitors.  If anyone is interested in leading and organizing this ministry, please contact the church office.

Tree of Life Prayer Group
Meets on Thursday at 10:15 a.m. in the Chapel

 Prayer Group - Sunday 12:30 p.m.

Those who are called to faithfully and authentically echo the word of God are called 'catechists'.  Although catechesis is the responsibility of the entire Christian community, it is the catechist who is uniquely charged with the ministry of promoting and educating in faith everyone "whosoever believes"  (Mark 16:16)

The Religious Education Program is staffed entirely by volunteers.  Please consider donating your time and talents to help enrich the experience for all our families of St. James.  To find out more about volunteering and how you can help the Religious Education Program, contact the church office.

Adult Faith Formation

The Adult Faith Formation of St. James Catholic Church strives to enlighten adults in their Catholic faith, that they may be touched and transformed by the life-giving message of Jesus Christ through the participation in the evangelizing/catechizing mission of the Catholic Church.   This can be done by developing, instructing, supporting, and fulfilling the catechetical and spiritual formation of the Catholic faith.

Children's Faith Formation - Pre-K thru 8th Grade

One of the most important activity of our parish is the religious education of our children.  Our Religion Education program provides this for our children age Kindergarten through Grade 8.  Yearly registration coincides with the beginning of the public school year. 

RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

This is an open-ended process of formation and education for those interested in the Catholic faith.  RCIA is for those who are not baptized, those baptized in other traditions, and baptized Catholics who have never received Eucharist and or Confirmation.

RCIA is a deeply spiritual journey that invites people to broaden and deepen their personal prayer life, to know God through Scripture, and to come to realize Jesus' presence in their lives.  It's designed to get our faith journey into our hearts, not solely in our heads.  The meaning and importance of the core principles and Sacraments of the Catholic Church are woven into the weekly sessions.

Youth Ministry - 9th thru 12th Grade

St. James' Youth Ministry exists to compassionately empower young people with the faith and fortitude to live as lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ in the world.  We, as a community, seek to draw and welcome youth into full, active, and conscious participation in the sacramental life, mission, work, and worship of the greater Catholic faith community.

"Come, follow me, " Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."

For more information on any Religion Education programs, please call the parish office.

Anointing of the Sick - The Church recognizes the broader use of this sacrament, which is a prayer for healing and offers it to anyone who is seriously ill, whether they are in danger of death or not. A person with an extended illness may receive this sacrament more that once during their illness or recovery. A parishioner or family member may request this sacrament through the parish office. After 2:00 pm or on weekends if you have an emergency which requires a priest for the Anointing please call the Rectory at 918-333-5307.

Baptism is the initial sacrament of faith. Infant baptism celebrates the continued faith journey of the parents and the community. Parents are required to take a baptismal preparation class prior to scheduling an infant baptism. Additional programs are available for children 7 years and older and for adults. Please contact the parish office for additional information.

Marriage is a sacrament which requires a three-way relationship between husband, wife and God. Marriage preparation is designed to assist couples on their journey. Engaged couples are required to notify the Church of their intent to marry at least nine months prior to the preferred wedding date. Couples who are civilly married and wish to be married in the Catholic Church should also notify the Church at least nine months in advance to begin the process.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has revised guidelines for engaged couples who are planning a Catholic marriage.  The following must be completed:
  1. Engaged Couples schedule an initial meeting with Fr. Archie, Deacon Jerry, or Josefina Taylor for Marriage Preparation.
  2. Complete "Take Inventory FOCCUS" program with Deacon Jerry.
  3. Attend two sessions of the Diocesan Pre-Cana Workshop in Tulsa (Saturdays)
  4. Attend St. James Marriage Preparation Classes (5 sessions)
  5. Attend Diocesan Natural Family Planning class (Tulsa)
Note:  Engaged couples should plan to take the Diocesan Pre-Cana workshops six to twelve months prior to their wedding.  This will allow them proper time for marriage preparation.  To find a Pre-Cana schedule go online to the Diocesan website:

For more information contact St. James office or our Family Life Coordinator, Josefina Taylor at 335-2474.

Reconciliation - Available on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. or by appointment. Opportunities are available during communal penance services scheduled during Advent and Lent.


Facilities Maintenance
Room Reservations

Finance Council

Pastoral Council

Worship Committee

Grounds Maintenance Volunteers Needed

St. James is looking for volunteers to help with our ground maintenance.  Tasks included mowing with the lawn tractors and walk behind mowers, lawn trimming and edging, tree trimming, pavilion maintenance, playground maintenance, policing the grounds, fertilizer and weed treatment application in selected areas and light dirt work.  We also need someone to coordinate the mowing schedule.  Please contact Ken Campbell at 335-0025 or email him at

Coffee and Doughnuts (after mass)

Caring for Kitchen, Altar, Linens, etc.



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