Catholic Education South Australia



St James School and St James the Apostle Parish share the same patron saint and the same grounds. Being in close proximity to the church, parish hall and presbytery brings many benefits.  We get to see Fr Brian and Parishioners frequently and we have access for visits to the Church for prayer, Masses, Liturgies and quiet times. We use the Parish Hall for Sacrament celebrations and it is a large convenient space for performances, drama lessons and inside PE lessons. 

Our Parish Priest, Fr Brian Mathews has a special place in our school. He enjoys working with class teachers and students to prepare Masses, he works with us and families preparing students to receive the Sacraments and generally supports us in all that we do.  

The Sacramental program is run at the school; the lessons are taught as part of our classroom Religious Education programme, however it is very much a parish celebration: Reconciliation (Year 3), First Communion (Year 4) and Confirmation (Year 6/7 even years).

A Family Mass is held once a term on a Sunday morning, these are advertised in our school Newsletter.  Children are encouraged to attend and participate in roles in the Mass such as welcoming, reading, altar serving, offertory procession and Gospel procession. 

We love being so close to our parish, and so much a part of our parish.

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Parish Mass


St James the Apostle Church

Corner of Cockburn Rd & King Edward Tce, Jamestown
Priest: Father Brian Mathews
Phone: 08 8664 1056


Mass times

Sunday:  9.00 am
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9.30 am (subject to change)


YCS (Young Christian Students)

When students leave St James School we love to keep a connection with them especially through our Parish. We want them to feel welcome and continue their relationship with God. As well as support from their family and Parish, we have visits (2-3 times a term) from Sr Kerry Keenan (Sister of St Joseph). Sr Kerry runs the YCS group which is a time for secondary students to meet, enjoy each others’ company and share and develop their faith.

Community Visits

As well as meeting with the YCS group, Sr Kerry finds time to visit people at home and at Belalie Lodge. Sr Kerry provides much appreciate support to our Parish and wider community.


Catholic Women's League Australia

The CWLA is the national peak body representing the League's six member organisations. Addressing social justice and ethical questions is one of their primary tasks. They seek to influence legislative and administrative bodies at all levels in order to preserve the dignity of the human person. 

The CWLA is dedicated to building a culture of life including:

  • Advocating for the respect of human rights with a particular focus on women and children
  • Promoting the teaching of Christ concerning the dignity, integrity and freedom of the human person
  • Promoting and supporting the formation of women to meet contemporary challenges
  • Upholding the dignity of women through education and encouraging their participation in social and public life
  • Promoting and supporting the duty of Catholic women to be educated in the teachings and traditions of the Church
  • Promoting the role of lay women in the mission of the Church
  • Enabling women to participate more effectively in working for and building the Kingdom of God on earth.

The Jamestown Catholic Women's League Branch meets on the last Thursday of every month at St James Hall. Students perform items for the CWL (Catholic Women’s League) social afternoon.

  • President - Anne Redden - 0418 829 505
  • Secretary - Veronica Malone - 08 8664 0979
  • Treasurer - Carmel Kelly
  • Diocesan President -  Anne-Marie Clark

For more information please contact any of the CWLA members above or visit the website.