April 19, 2014

For everything that was written
in the past was written to teach us,
so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Romans 15:4 (NIV)

Religious Education Office

Vacation Bible School - June 23 - 27 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Summer is quickly approaching, and so is Saint James Vacation Bible School!  Each day during the week of June 23 - 27 from 9:30-11:30AM, children entering Kindergarten through Grade 4 will participate in song, listen to stories and learn lessons from Holy Scripture, create reminders of important concepts, enjoy snacks and games, and pray.  Lessons will focus on knowledge of faith and the importance of Christian service to family, friends, neighbors, community and most importantly, God.  The cost is $15.00 per child and registration forms are available online, in church, or in the Parish Office.

 VIRTUS®-ready volunteers are needed and welcome!  Adults are needed to lead groups, and to help with refreshments.  This is also a wonderful opportunity for junior high and/or high school students to accumulate service hours!

Please contact us in the Religious Education Office (513.741.5335) to volunteer or for additional information.  We hope to see you at this year’s Saint James Vacation Bible School! Click below for the Registration Form.

Vacation Bible School Registration Form

Parish School of Religion (PSR) - Monday Evening Religion Information

Registration is now open for Saint James the Greater Parish School of Religion.  Monday evening classes for students in Grades 1 thru 7 are from 6:45-8:00 pm, and are in session from September 16, 2013 through April 28, 2014.  The cost is $70.00 per student. Click on the form below to download the Registration Form.  Fill it out and return to the Religious Education Office in the Parish Center.

Monday Evening Religion Class Registration Form

Sunday Preschool Registration Information

Registration is now open for Saint James the Greater Parish School of Religion Sunday Preschool.  The Sunday morning Preschool PSR Program will be in session this year during the 10:00 am Mass beginning September 22, 2013 through April 6, 2014.  This program is available to all 3, 4 and 5 year old parishioners.  The cost is $35.00 per student.  Click on the form below to download the Registration Form.  Fill it out and return to the Religious Education Office in the Parish Center.

Sunday Preschool Registration Form

Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)- CLOW takes place during the 10:00 AM Sunday Mass each week (except for three Sundays - Easter, First Communion and Festival Weekend). CLOW is a wonderful opportunity during Sunday Mass for our 1st through 4th Grade parishioners to experience the Liturgy of the Word in a way that is appropriate to their age group at the same time that our other parishioners are celebrating the Liturgy of the Word in our church space.  CLOW takes place downstairs in the Church Hall.  When Opening Prayer at the 10:00 AM Mass is finished, the celebrant invites the children forward and, after a special blessing, the children process together downstairs to the Church Hall.  Each week they are led by a group of dedicated adult and high school volunteers in hearing the Scripture Readings and a reflection, and participating in praying the Creed and the General Intercessions.  The children then return to their families during the Offertory of the Mass. Children younger than the 1st Grade are welcome to join the other children for CLOW, but they must be accompanied by a parent.  CLOW does not take the place of Mass, it IS part of the Mass, and enables them to participate in the Mass more fully. The coordinator for this program is Mrs. Carole Ann Yeazell (385-5163).


RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process by which non-Catholic adults learn about the Catholic Church and gradually become full members.  Initiation into any full-fledged career takes place in stages, and so it is with the Catholic Church.  R.C.I.A. is a learning and loving process in which conversion of the heart brings you to Jesus Christ, who is our Lord and Savior.


 Schedule and Topics for R.C.I.A. 2013-14 


Rite of Reception

On Saturday, November 23rd at 4:30 Mass, we celebrated the Rite of Reception of Kenny Mumfrey into full communion of the Catholic Church. Kenny was sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation and then, for the first time, joined the St. James community at the Eucharistic Table and received Christ.


Kenny Mumfrey (left) and his sponsor, Nathan Kramer  (right)



St. James Catechumens and Candidates

During Sunday 10:00 Mass on December 1st, we celebrated the Rites of Acceptance of Catechumens and Welcoming of Candidates. After weeks of study and discernment, our inquirers publicly declared their intention to continue preparation towards full initiation in the Catholic Church. Josh Fouts, Katlyn Havlin and Paige McCann were accepted as Catechumens seeking Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist. Having already been baptized, Amy Meyer and Audra Buckley were welcomed as Candidates seeking full union with the Catholic Church and the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist. Please continue to pray for our RCIA members and the many like them throughout the world. To view photos with sponsors click on link below.

 Catechumens and Candidates

Adult Faith Formation

"Most Adults are capable of a free and informed response of faith to God's initiative of love. They have a right and a duty to bring to maturity the seed of faith sown in them by God. They have experienced the joys and challenges of life and have the capacity to question the truth and meaning of life. The catechesis of the principal form of catechesis because it is addressed to persons who have the greatest responsibilities and the capacity to live the Christian message in its fully developed form."
(National Directory for Cathechesis, page 187)

USCCB Adult Faith Formation Resource