CATHOLIC CHURCH
May 04, 2016

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
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Vacation Bible School - dates for 2016 are June 13 - June 17, 9:30 am-12:00 pm

Vacation Bible School is open to children entering grades K-4 and costs $20 per student and is held in the Church Hall.  See below for the Registration Form.

VIRTUS®-ready volunteers are always 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 needed 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!

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 14, 2015 to April 25, 2016.  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 18, 2016 through March 19, 2017.  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
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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.

Are you interested in becoming Catholic?

Or want to learn more about what it means to be Catholic? Call Nic Kovatch at 513-741-5325, or email at nkovatch@stjameswhiteoak.com.  Classes for RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is starting the in the fall (August).  Click on the Schedule below for a complete list of sessions, topics and important dates. If you know somebody who is not Catholic invite them to consider the possibility.  Our faith is a missionary faith meant to share the joy that we have found.

2016-2017 Schedule for R.C.I.A.

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Adult Faith Formation
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FORMED®, The Catholic Faith on Demand
St. James has purchased a program that allows us a great format to reach all who are plugged into the internet no matter the device.  FORMED is a website library that allows us to access all sorts of wonderful content to enliven and enrich our faith.

 Here is what is available: Symbolon (short videos designed to help me grow in my faith), 33 Days to Morning Glory (the beginning of Marian Consecration, the quickest, easiest way to become a saint), Catholicism series (dive deper into what it is to be part of this wonderful church), check out Catholic movies about awesome saints like Padre Pio, Francis and Clare), Lighthouse media talks in the audio section, books for kindles and e-readers, plus so much more.

Here is how to access the site:  Go to www.formed.org (also under Resources tab above), and click Sign-Up. You will have 3 options at this point, choose the middle one (my parish already has FORMED), and enter this code: K33Y8T (case sensitive). Once you put that code in, fill in the necessary information, and you then have access to everything on the site.   If you have questions, please call Nic Kovatch in the Parish Office at 741-5325 or email at nkovatch@stjameswhiteoak.com.

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"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 adults...is 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