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Rev. James K. Joyce

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Sacred Heart Church
191 Elm Street
Pittsfield , Massachusetts 01201
United States


Employment History

  • Director
    Pittsfield Catholic Schools
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Sacred Heart Church - Pittsfield, MA, 1 Nov 2014 [cached]
Rev. James K. Joyce Pastor
Sacred Heart Church - Pittsfield, MA, 1 Nov 2014 [cached]
Our Present Pastor, Rev. James K. Joyce, assumed his duties effective December 9, 1988. By this time Sacred Heart had grown to some 4,700 parishioners, one of the largest in Berkshire County. Having served as Director of Pittsfield Catholic Schools for several years, he was already acquainted with many parishioners.
Rev. James Joyce ..., 19 Nov 2007 [cached]
Rev. James Joyce [IMG]Sacred Heart Church - Pittsfield, MA
Testimonials » Mary Verdi, 15 Dec 2011 [cached]
Fr. Jim Joyce Sacred Heart Church, Pittsfield, MA
Corned beef, cabbage and Father ..., 18 Mar 2010 [cached]
Corned beef, cabbage and Father Joyce
A Second Street kid who later moved to Grove Street in the Morningside part of the city, Jimmy Joyce has always had a good handle on the turf that's been his city.
Of course, most know him better as Father James Joyce, the nucleus of Catholic doctrine at Sacred Heart Church (known by many as the Pink Church) for the past two decades. The youngest of six children and a 1964 graduate of St. Joseph's High School, Joyce was honored this past Saturday night at the Elks Club on Union Street by the Irish-American Club, which selected Joyce as its Man of the Year.
About 100 friends and family were on hand to honor a life spent serving his faith and the Catholic community. There was some Irish music and dancing and the obligatory corned beef dinner. There was, as you might expect, some wearin' of the green.
Joyce drew a hearty laugh from the crowd when he opened his speech -- he is, I'm told, the master of the five-minute sermon and did little to tarnish that image by giving a talk that sure was under the five-minute-mark -- "As unaccustomed as I am to public speaking."
He went on, in David Letterman style, to give a number of ways to tell if someone is Irish.
Perhaps an early look at his younger brother's destiny might have occurred when James Joyce was 5. Peter recalled his brother calling the police department to report that a neighbor had stolen some of his snowballs.
It wasn't exactly breaking one of the 10 Commandments, but you get the idea.
Recalled Peter: "James came home from [Siena] College one time and told the family he had decided to go into the priesthood.
Joyce came to Sacred Heart in January of 1989, and it was no small move. Ordained at St. Joseph's Church in April of 1972, Joyce had been at the Chapel of the North American Martyrs in Lanesborough, a 600-member parish. Sacred Heart, at the time, was the biggest parish in the county at about 4,000 members. It's about half that size now.
The Lanesborough church sat about 120, while Sacred Heart could boast seating for about 1,000.
"It was a noticeable change," Joyce said in a 1989 interview with The Eagle.
Joyce surveys the Pittsfield landscape now and some changes, he said, are quite obvious.
"When I started, we had 11 [Catholic] churches and 26 priests," he said. "Now we have four churches and five priests."
But instead of asking Joyce what was wrong with the city, the question put to him was what was still right with the city. And he had plenty to offer.
"The quality of education in this city remains strong and the teachers are still very dedicated," said Joyce, who was talking about both public and parochial schools. "And the public servants in this city -- the policemen and firemen -- you couldn't find finer people, and that hasn't changed."
The priesthood Joyce entered, he said, is not the one he lives on a daily basis now. And with a dwindling number of priests on which to lean and seek advice, the multi-tasking Joyce faces each week has grown gradually over the years.
"You have to know computers and maintenance things," Joyce said. "It's all part of the job now. When I started I couldn't even balance a checkbook."
Pretty amazing given that Joyce served 6 1/2 years as director of the city's parochial schools and its $1 million budget.
It's a job that sounds busy, but Joyce said that despite the new challenges and responsibilities it can still be a lonely life.
"My family and friends," he said. "Thank God for them."
Corned beef, cabbage and Father Joyce
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