Religious Education Office (248)347-3434
The St. James Religious Education Programs seek to share knowledge and experiences with our parish families so that together we will be formed into more faithful disciples of Jesus, the Christ. We strive to assist all, in an age appropriate manner, to assume their baptismal responsibility, preaching, celebrating and serving as Jesus teaches us to do.
Faith Builders Grades 1-6 will attend on a weekly basis for 1 hour and 15 minutes for a total of 21 session beginning in late September and continuing through mid- April. Grades 1-6 classes will be offered at the following times:
Grades 7 and 8 will attend 2 ¼ hour sessions on alternating Sunday evening beginning in September and running through April. These interactive classes include large and small group instruction, prayer, service projects and community building experiences in a youth ministry environment. Homework assignments, service projects, and a grade level retreat are required components of St. James’ Confirmation program.
Grade 7 and 8 IGNITE classes take place alternating Sundays from 6:30-8:45
St. James Faith on the Go in the home study program of religious education, which allows parents and caregivers to teach the Catholic faith to children at home. This program is designed to build strong faith connections between family members while encouraging involvement in the St. James community. Faith on the Go is available for grades 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
Faith on the Go families will complete three liturgy-based lessons per month, which will include Bible stories, personal faith reflection, Church teaching, and service. Lessons will be sent via email and families will complete and submit a response sheet for each lesson.
Faith on the Go may be completed one-on-one, as a family, or with other families. Forming as small community helps children become comfortable with sharing their faith with peers while developing strong friendships.
Questions? Email Marge Fitzpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org
By overwhelming request, we will offer an enhanced Children’s Liturgy of the Word experience beginning in September during the 9:30 and 11:30 liturgies. This program, named KIDSWORD, will be available for all children ages 4-10. No registration is necessary and it will be available free of cost most Sundays during the school year. Shortly after the beginning of Mass, children will be invited to follow the KIDSWORD banner to our Youth Room where they will experience the Gospel message. We will feature praise and worship music, dance, storytelling, video, crafts and activities as ways to share the Good News. Children will return to their parents prior to Holy Communion.
Each summer during the final week of July, our parish grounds are transformed into a Bible based adventure for children ages 4 through 10. Teen helpers and adult volunteers provide a fun-filled experience of learning, crafts, drama, and song. Please contact the Religious Education Office at 248-347-3434 with questions.
The Church acknowledges that parents are the first and most effective catechist of children. Children learn from what they experience as faith in their homes. Parents are also best able to determine the readiness of their children to comprehend the mysteries of Eucharist and the nature of sin and reconciliation. It is with this knowledge in mind that our Religious Education programs ask parents to assist with the preparation of their children for First Eucharist and First Reconciliation. Children are eligible to receive these sacraments after two years in a Religious Education program. This is traditionally in second grade. Parents will prepare their child(ren) to celebrate Reconciliation before First Eucharist in grade two as a part of their preparation for First Eucharist. The Faith Builders Program emphasizes Eucharist in the classroom for grade two.
First Eucharist has two options for celebration. One is the Group celebration where classes gather to celebrate together at a specially scheduled Mass. The second option is an Individual Family celebration, where families celebrate the sacrament in the context of a regularly scheduled Mass.
Our IGNITE programs begin to prepare students for Confirmation in grade seven, with the celebration of the sacrament in grade eight. Young adolescents are eligible to receive this sacrament after two years in a Religious Education program. Because Junior High students are particularly social in nature, and because of the subject matter, we strongly encourage 7th and 8th grade students to select the Grade 7-8 IGNITE Program
Special Sacramental Preparation
When Students do not prepare in the traditional grades, an individualized plan is prepared. Please contact the Religious Education Office at 248-347-3434 to discuss options.