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 will begin a new study for adults called, "A Biblical Walk Through the Mass with Edward Sri." This is a 5-week study, beginning February 1, 2023.

Click here to sign up.

Meets: Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 P in Mercy Conference Room

Bible Study I

Prayer and Spirituality: Based on Brant Pitre's book, "Introduction to the Spiritual Life: Walking the Path of Prayer with Jesus," this study draws on the words of Jesus to shed light on the mystery and wonder of the spiritual life and prayer.

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Ellen Pinckney
Meets: Wednesdays from 9:30 - 11:00 A in Mercy Conference Room

Bible Study II

Evangelium Vitae (Gospel of Life): A study on the Papal Encyclical of Pope John Paul II on the value of human life.

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

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.

To register for classes, click here: PREP 2022-2023 Registration Form. Classes for the 2022-2023 school year begin Sunday, August 21st.

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 at 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. Stephanie Gabriel
Meets: Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 P in Mercy Conference Room

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 fall, Walking With Purpose will participate in a Bible study called Discovering Our Dignity.

Women of the Old and New Testaments were as flawed and broken as we can be, yet the power of God worked in their lives. Learn from their experiences in Discovering Our Dignity, a 22-lesson Bible study.

Through their stories recorded in Scripture, women of the Bible reach out to touch our “present” in a tender, honest and loving way—woman to woman—with ancient wisdom, sage advice, and insights from sorrowful failures and emotional wounds.

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Meets: Mondays from 6:30 – 8:00 P in Mercy Conference Room

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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