“Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
Children’s Faith Formation provides an ongoing opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ and grow in relationship with Him as Catholics. Partnering with parents and using an approved curriculum, catechists help participants deepen their knowledge of Jesus, grow in their love of Jesus, and faithfully follow Jesus in their daily lives. Faith formation helps prepare and dispose the participant to become a living witness of the faith.
CHILDREN (PK-3- 6th)
“Believing parents, with their daily example of life, have the most effective capacity to transmit the beauty of the Christian faith to their children.” (Directory for Catechesis, 124) Our programs strive to assist parents in the fulfillment of their educational mission to become above all the first catechists of their own children. This year, we will be using a family catechesis model for Children’s Faith Formation. This will be a combination of meeting once a month on the school campus and parent led catechesis at home for the remainder of the month.
MIDDLE SCHOOL (7th-8th)
Our middle school ministry, EDGE, is for 7th and 8th graders. EDGE presents the faith in a relevant way while building a foundation of faith and community. It will consist of online, virtual, and gathered (when possible) activities.
HIGH SCHOOL (9th -12th)
Our high school ministry is called Life Teen. All high school students are invited to join the online, virtual, and gathered (when available) activities
Spiritual formation is a lifelong journey, an ongoing maturation of faith as we continually respond to God’s love, while growing deeper in our understanding and increasing in faith and love for the Lord. It is with great joy that St. James catechists, along with parents, prepare the children to receive the sacraments and accompany them into a closer walk with God.
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
The reception of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion at St. James takes place in second grade. Children take part in faith formation one year prior to receiving these sacraments, as well as participate the year of its reception.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is typically celebrated in either seventh or eighth grade at St. James. Students participate in faith formation at least one year prior to celebrating the sacrament, as well as participate the year of its reception.