Religious Education

If you make my word your home, you will indeed be my disciples, you will learn the truth and the truth shall make you free. [John 8: 31-32]

Cluster Leader: Ellen Pinckney

Religious Education embraces the study, instruction, and reflection essential for Christian growth. The goal is to design the path for a walk by faith for children and adults, and for personal transformation through the spirit of God.


Adult Faith Formation

This spring, St. James is proud to present The Activated Disciple. Click here to sign up.

Bible Study I

This study of God’s word gives knowledge of God, of man, salvation, sanctification, the Church, and living life abundantly.

Ellen Pinckney
Meets: Wednesdays at 9:30 A in the Mercy Conference Room

Bible Study II

This class is currently studying Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon.

Dr. Les Haddad
Meets: Sundays from 10:15 – 11:15 A in the Mercy Conference Room

Monday Contemplative Prayer Group

Everyone is invited to participate and experience the spiritual nourishment that occurs through scripture readings and contemplative prayer.

Nancy Kochanik
Meets: Mondays from 1:00 – 2:15 P during the school year in the Cry Room


Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) provides Catholic religious education for children who are not currently attending Catholic schools. We urge parents to enroll their children in PREP.

Instruction is tailored to the age levels of children Pre-K through 8th grade. Their catechetical instruction is adapted to the age of the children and their spiritual progress.

PREP: Volunteers are needed in various areas, including assisting in teaching our Christian doctrine to the students.

Vacation Bible School: Volunteers of all ages are needed for a 1 week day camp in June. Volunteers guide children through faith-filled music, skits and activities that teach children about Catholic faith and strengthen their relationship with Jesus.

Rex Pe
Meets: Sundays from 10:15 – 11:15 A in St. James School


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults assists interested men and women seeking more information about Catholicism to discover its roots and continue along their journey of faith. This includes those who have never been baptized, those baptized in other Christian faiths, and baptized Catholics who have not received First Holy Communion or Confirmation.

With the help of sponsors and through experiences involving the whole community, the process leads to the sacraments of Initiation and full Communion with the Church at the Easter Vigil Liturgy on Holy Saturday.

Fr. Peter Lanshima and Sr. Emily Vincent, Director of Evangelization and Religious Education

RCIA Forms

New Candidate Information

Prospective Sponsor Form

St. Paul’s Street Evangelization

St. Paul Street Evangelization is a grassroots, non-profit Catholic evangelization organization, dedicated to responding to the mandate of Jesus to preach the Gospel to all nations by taking our Catholic faith to the streets. We do this in a non-confrontational way, allowing the Holy Spirit to move in the hearts of those who witness our public Catholic presence.

As an on-the-street Catholic evangelization organization, St. Paul Street Evangelization provides an avenue for you to share the Person of Jesus Christ and the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith with a hungry culture.

As we build a bridge of trust between the street and the parish members of our community, we are experiencing emotional, physical and spiritual healing. Others are turning away from abortion and suicide as answers to their problems. Many people are returning to Mass or joining RCIA. We need your help and prayers.

Craig Sherman

That Man is You

This program is an interactive men’s program focused on the development of men in the modern world. It combines the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to transform themselves, their families and the greater society.

The program is divided into two 13 week sessions. The fall session emphasizes the development of the Scriptural vision of man, especially in his relationship to his family and society, while the spring session emphasizes the practical means of becoming that man.

Brian Kennedy and Paul Lambert
Meets: Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 A

Walking With Purpose

This series, Behold Your King, will study King David, select psalms, the temple, and many Old Testament prophets, and see the ways in which they all point to the coming of Jesus Christ. Click here to sign up.

Ministry Cluster 1: Religious Education

Thank you for your interest in our religious education ministries. We welcome whatever time you can give, wherever you would like to help. If your area of interest or expertise isn't listed below, we invite you to contact us so we can help put your ideas into action!

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