“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.
Due to the pandemic, we will offer family catechesis at home for children PK- 6th grade. The faith formation program we are using is called Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. The content of the program flows from the Sunday gospel so families can gather all of their children at one time to complete the lessons and share what they have learned.
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.
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.