Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Our Parish story is a fascinating story, for it is the ageless Catholic story of struggle and frustration, of success and failure, of sanctity and sin, of life and death. We have so much in our past of which we can be justly proud. We have had tireless priests, sisters, brothers, deacons and so many great parishioners. Our forebears slaved and scraped to pay off depts.; struggled against discouraging odds to minister to people of Danielson and beyond. What no history can adequately tell is the faith of our forebears, their trust in God, their love for one another – in good times and bad, in sickness and health, in poverty and wealth. Priests, Brothers, Sisters, Deacons and people have labored for hundred and fifty years (1870-2020) to make God’s love known.
A very warm welcome to our lively parish in the Diocese of Norwich; established way back in 1870. The Parish is staffed by the La Salette Missionaries since 1895. The missionaries serve with zeal in dedication with the ministry of ‘Reconciliation’.
Welcome to our Parish website! Hope you will find the information given in the website helpful in your journey of faith. Let’s respond to the call to participate fully in the life and mission of the church.
If you are new to the Parish or have not registered we welcome you to St. James. We are happy to have you here. Please fill out the Registration Form and place it in the collection basket or bring it to the Parish Office. PARISHNIONER REGISTRATION AND UPDATION FORMS can be found in the Information page.
The first resident priest (Rev. Michael McCabe) arrived in Danielson in 1850 and offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the first time in Danielson at a private residence. Rev. Michael McCabe was called to his reward in 1859. The new priest who was assigned built a church and the rectory in Moosup and his successor took up the residency in there, which made Danielson a mission of Moosup.
Rev. James A. Princen took up the residence in Danielson and on the first day of September1869 St. James parish was re-established (in the official records of the diocese 1870). And later in 1874 Fr. Princen also established St. James School. Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery, France arrived in Danielson to serve at St. James School in the year 1889. La Salette Missionaries from France took over St. James Parish on December 08 in 1895. Rev. Clovis M. Socquet, the first La Salette to be assigned as pastor of St. James. Rev. C.P. Bedard and Rev. Pierre Roux, M.S assisting in the parish as curates.
In 1900, fifty years after the arrival of the first resident priest in Danielson; the new completely organized parish of St. James, with its new church was in place. Today, St. James Parish celebrate the “Sesquicentennial” (150) Jubilee of its official establishment and the “Quasquicentennial” (125) Jubilee of the presence of La Salette Missionaries in the parish.