Try me, O God, and know my heart. Look well if there be any way of wickedness in me, and lead me in the way of peace. (Psalm 139: 23, 24)

Happy is the man who finds wisdom. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. (Proverbs 3.13, 15)

Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. (Hebrews 12. 1-2)

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4.32)


This is my resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it; I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread. I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout for joy.”                                               

Psalm 132:13-16

St. James Church can claim these words of the Psalmist for herself. Ever since it was consecrated in 1884, its presence as a parish church has stood the test of time. Being high Anglo Catholic in tradition, all who have found this place of worship for themselves and their families have never experienced the desire to move because of the warmth this church generates. Both clergy and laypersons over the years have played great roles to ensure it remains this way. As I pen these words, I can go back at least three generations to testify to this truth in our family. Being a young person who was offered to the diocese as a prospective ordinand from this very parish only males it extra special for me to come back as it’s Vicar with the passage of time. Even my wife, Deepa, shares her roots in this parish and this makes the parish and it’s concern very special to us. We’re comforted to be are surrounded by people who share the same love and zest for the church. We’d love to see this parish church grow and flourish providing its people succor for their lives in God. The challenges are in plentitude but I’m confident that as a parish we can be over comers standing on the promises on God. On the occasion of this Patronal Festival there couldn’t have been an opportune time to revive this platform to serve the church and the community around it. May every member be marked by devotion, sacrifice and jubilation as we remember our Patron, Saint James!

With Love,

Revd. James Gomez 

Presbyter-in-Charge – St. James’ Church



Saturday 03-AUG-2019 SJC Patronal Festival Pensioners’ Lunch – 11:30 AM in the St. James’ Church Meeting Room.

Vicars of St. James ' Church

                           Name                  Year
            The Revd. Dr. J. P. Jarbo           1864 – 1877
            The Revd. J. J. Coles           1877 – 1880
            The Revd. J. O. F. Willcocks           1880 – 1883
            The Revd. Arthur Kitchin, M.A.           1883 – 1884
            The Revd. F. R. Michell           1884 – 1887
            The Revd. W. Kitchin, M.A.           1887 – 1888
            The Revd. Can. H. T. Oltley, M.A.           1893
            The Revd. W. J. Wickins, M.A.           1893 – 1897
            The Revd. J. F. Smith B.A., B.D.           1898 – 1899
            The Revd. Can. W. J. Wickens, M.A.           1899 – 1807
            The Revd. Can. J. F. Smith, M.A., B.D.           1907 -1918
            The Revd. C. A. Newberry           1919 -1920
            The Revd. Can. H.D. Penley, M.A.           1920 -1923
            The Revd. Can. W.A. Parker, M.A.           1923 -1924
            The Revd. T. H. Cashmore, B.A.           1924 -1933
            The Revd. J. Matthews           1933 -1938
            The Revd. J. G. Lloyd           1938 -1947
            The Revd. Can. C. G. Pearson, M.A.           1947 -1951
            The Revd. W. Simons           1951 -1953
            The Revd.  E. E. Joseph           1953 -1958
            The Revd.  S. D. Moris, B.A., B.D.           1958 -1961
            The Revd. John Banerji           1961 -1968
            The Revd. M. J. Sundaram, M.A(ACTING)           1968 -1969
            The Revd. A. A. Santineer, B.D.           1969 -1971
            The Revd. Can B. Manuel, M.A., B.T.           1971 -1991
            The Revd. Andrew Simick, B.Sc., B.D.           1991 -1995
            The Revd. P. S. P. Raju, B.A., B.ED., B.D.           1995
            The Revd.J.Perumbalath,M.A.,B.D.,M.Th.           1995 – 2000
            The Revd. Noel S. Sen           2000 – 2003
            The Revd. Andrew Simick, B.Sc., B.D.           2003 – 2004
            The Revd. Sukhendu Biswas           2004 – 2007
            The Revd. Ashoke Biswas           2007 – 2008
            The Revd. Nigel Pope           2008 – 2012
            The Revd. Shreeraj Mohanty           2012 – 2018
            The Revd. James Alistair Gomez                 2018 – Till Date

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