Equipping Students for Lives of Heroic Virtue
Third Sunday of the Month
11:45 AM - 1:45 PM
Saint 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.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Saint James fosters growth in children as disciples of Christ by creating the environment for healthy friendships with other children combined with dynamic activities and teaching. Students ages four to thirteen gather on the third Sunday of each month for food, fellowship and formation September through May, 11:45 AM to 1:45 PM. Each session begins with lunch so that the kids can relax and connect with their peers before splitting into older and younger groups for age appropriate lessons designed to help your children further their understanding and ability to share the faith while growing ever closer to the Lord and to his Church. The first class is Sunday, September 18, 2022. Registration deadline is September 4, 2022. For questions and registration details please contact Christine.Coots@gmail.com or 904-982-9664.
There is no upfront required fee or payment for a child or family to participate in the program. Costs are covered by the normal giving and generosity of the families of Saint James who value ongoing religious formation for all ages. We do ask that any registered families give notification about any foreseen absences so that the appropriate amount of food is prepared. Families are welcome and encouraged to assist with bringing deserts and other food items, but this is not required.
REGISTRATION AND COMMITMENT
Registration consists of completing a few information items and committing to being part of the program for the upcoming year and assuring your child's ongoing attendance (unforeseen changes of plans of course are understandable).
NEED TO BE CATHOLIC?
Saint 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. Neither the child nor the family are required to be Catholic.
The program is currently designed for children kindergarten through eighth grade (ages 4-13). Parents are welcome and encourage to be at and if needed, help with sessions.
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
AGE FOR SACRAMENTAL READINESS
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.
Sunday, Sacramental Workshops
Confession: January 22, 2023, 12-2 PM
Confirmation: March 26, 2023, 12-2 PM
Communion: April 30, 2023, 12-2 PM
Confirmation & First Communion Mass Date
Vigil of Pentecost: Saturday, May 27, 2023, 5:30 PM (this date is tentative - awaiting response back from Bishop's office)
HOME-SCHOOL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
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.