February 16, 2020

Ash Wednesday Schedule: 6:30 am, 9:00 am, Noon, 7:00 pm

Program Information

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.

Religious Education Registration Packet Confirmation 2019 Photos 2019 First Communion Photos
We are offering KIDSWORD, a Children’s Liturgy of the Word, during our 9:30 and 11:30 liturgies. There will be no cost. There will be no need to register. Children will be invited to leave the “adult” church and hear the bible readings at a level they can understand and apply to their lives. KIDSWORD will be offered during the school year and is open to ages 4-10.
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:

Sunday 3:00-4:15
Sunday 5:00-6:15
Monday 5:00-6:15 Tuesday 6:00-7:15


Grades 7 and 8 will attend 2 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 7:00-9:00

St. James Faith on the Go is a home study option of religious education offered to grades 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Parents and children will attend three large group sessions and will be guided via email to complete discussion and experience-based lessons at home. Faith on the Go students will be invited to join their in-class friends for religious education enrichment experiences.

Questions? Email Marge Fitzpatrick at mfitzpatrick@sjnovi.net

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.

Click here to learn more about this summer’s program!

Sacramental Preparation

FirstCommunion-logoThe Church acknowledges that parents are the first and most effective catechist of children. 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. We 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, traditionally second grade. Parents, in coordination with the Faith Builders staff, will prepare their child(ren) to celebrate Reconciliation before First Eucharist in grade two as a part of their preparation for First Eucharist. Children must be enrolled in Faith Builders to prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion.

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.

Confirmation-logoOur 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 interactive subject matter, we require 7th and 8th grade students to fully participate in the Grade 7-8 IGNITE Program.

Special Sacramental Preparation

When Students do not prepare for sacraments in the traditional grades, an individualized plan is prepared. Please contact the Religious Education Office at 248-347-3434 to discuss options.

Fee Schedule

Tuition for Religious Education 2018-2019 Programming is as follows:

One child $175
Two children $275
Three or more children $325
Sacrament Fee
(Children preparing for First Communion or Confirmation)
$50 per child
Volunteer Families $25

Volunteering (we need you!)

Our Religious Education program could not happen without the generous support of our volunteers. Volunteering as a teacher, assistant, or session support is a rewarding experience and gives you the opportunity to grow in faith as well. Volunteers receive deeply discounted tuition for their children. See Volunteer Form.