Equipping Students with Moral Excellence

Sundays 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

St. James is dedicated to providing for the Catholic education of children and youth, as well as supporting parents in fulfilling their proper duties of fostering growth of Christian life in the family. Ongoing formation, either in the home, parish, or school is required before receiving sacraments and afterwards. 


St. James  fosters growth in children as disciples of Christ through education in virtue, that is equipping young ones for lives of high standards and moral excellence, doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong. The program is based on St. Thomas Aquinas’ teachings on the virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit and was developed by the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. Children through eighth grade are given a foundation enabling them to live more virtuous lives, so that over time, they will begin to naturally incorporate the language of virtue within their daily lives and be transformed into the persons that God has designed for them to be, making good choices, being a blessing those around them, and living lives of heroic virtue. 




 - Does my child need to be Catholic to participate?

No. St. James accepts children from all walks of life and beliefs and is dedicated to serving the community by partnering with parents who want to raise their children with high moral standards. 


 - What ages are accommodated?

The program is currently designed for children kindergarten through eighth grade. 

 - More questions?

Contact Christine.Coots@gmail.com or 904-982-9664


A safe environment is provided for all parishioners, from the youngest to the oldest. Mandatory training and detailed background checks are required for all volunteers who work with children. Parents are provided with materials to use in discussing safe environment issues with their children. Learn more about the Safe Environment Policy in detail or register for training.

If you have a reasonable suspicion of abuse, neglect, or maltreatment report it immediately to the Department of Health and Human Services 1-800-96ABUSE. If the alleged abuse involved Ordinariate personnel, (priests, deacons, employees, teachers or volunteers), after contacting the authorities, please contact the Ordinariate Safe Environment Coordinator, Lynn Schmidt: 907-317-6257, SafeEnvironment@ordinariate.net


Rather than mechanistically assigning reception of a Sacrament to a particular age or grade, Ordinariate parishes and parochial communities involve parents and catechists through concrete markers to help discern, with their child, the time to begin preparation for the reception of a Sacrament. The Church’s Code of Canon Law enunciates four basic requirements for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation, which are equally applicable to the child’s reception of Confession and Eucharist:

  • The person must have reached the age of reason (age 7);

  • Must be instructed in a manner suitable to him/her;

  • Must be properly disposed to receive the Sacrament;

  • Must be able to renew the promises made in Baptism.

​​You can read more about the signs of a child's readiness in Bishop Lopes' Pastoral Letter on the Holy Spirit beginning in Part IV, The Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation


Parents who wish to home-school their children for sacramental catechesis must provide the parish with the curriculum being used. Before receiving a Sacrament, one or more meetings with the Pastor or his delegate will be scheduled to ensure the child is sufficiently catechized and properly disposed to receiving that Sacrament. 


If registered and paid

  • by Sunday, August 1, 2021: $30 per child

  • by Sunday, August 15, 2021: $35 per child

  • After Sunday, August 15, 2021: $40 per child

Military family discounted rate if registered and paid

  • by Sunday, August 1, 2021: $25 per child

  • by Sunday, August 15, 2021: $30 per child

  • after Sunday, August 15, 2021: $35 per child

Large Family Discount:  no cost to register child four, five, six or beyond.

Scholarships Available: Need based financing is available upon request. No child will be refused based on financial inability. Email office@StJamesCC.org to describe your need and to request a scholarship for your child or children.