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CATHOLIC CHURCH
November 26, 2022

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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Parish School of Religion (PSR) -  will be returning to in-person sessions for the 2022-2023 year!  This year it will be held at St. Bernard as we come together as a family of Parishes!

We are excited to announce our revitalized program for 1st-8th grade parishioners who do not attend St. James School. Each session, participants will learn a topic about the Catholic faith through Scripture passage, discussion, and activities. Participants will be sent with a “Take It Home” newsletter about any important happenings, as well as how your family can reinforce these important topics in your home. The goal of these sessions is to empower you as a family in instructing your children in the faith as part of the Domestic Church. 

Those in 2nd grade will be prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion. This preparation involves the weekly PSR sessions as well as parent information sessions and will meet on Sunday mornings from 9:30 - 10:45 am in the school at St. Bernard. 

Our 7th graders will be prepared for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Inclusive with the weekly PSR sessions on Sunday mornings from 9:30 am - 10:45 am at St. Bernard School, our 7th graders preparing for Confirmation will attend also on Monday evenings at St. Bernard School from 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm. 

PSR will meet in partnership at St. Bernard as a family of Parishes in the Church Hall on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm from mid-September through the last week in April. Parish School of Religion early-bird registration has ended. We are still accepting registrations! You can find the forms online or contact Office of Religious Education or email info@stjameswhiteoak.com for more details.Please see forms below for registration.

You can now register either online or through our paper form. Paper forms are below. To register online, go to the Youth Faith Formation Registration Form.

You can submit payment to the Parish office. Please make checks payable to St. Bernard Church. If you are parishioners of St. James the Greater, please submit payment to the office of St. James Religious Education.

 

 

 


Sunday Preschool Program Registration is OPEN!

Registration for Sunday Preschool is officially open, we are excited to see you all at our first session! Sunday Preschool is for children ages, 3, 4, and 5 years old. The program takes place most Sundays during the school year in the lower classrooms at the school (use door on Hubble Road for entrance).  Drop-off begins at 9:50am and children can be picked up after mass around 11:00am.

Children will learn about their faith in a way that they can relate to and get excited about. Each session consists of a short lesson, crafts/activities, and a small snack.

The first session will be Sunday, September 11 and ends on Sunday, March 26. Please see below for registration information.

Sunday Preschool Registration Form

Youth Medical Release Form

Volunteers are still welcome! 

Contact Office of Religious Education or emial info@stjameswhiteoak.com for more information on volunteering. 

See below for adult volunteer permission forms. 

Adult Medical Release Form

 

 


Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) has officially started as of Sunday, August 7th!

CLOW takes place during the 10:00 AM Sunday Mass each week (except for five Sundays - Christmas, Easter, First Communion, Wedding Anniversary 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).  There is no cost or Registration Form.

 

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, or just interested in the process? Call Deacon Tim Crooker  at 513-741-5325, or email at tcrooker@stjameswhiteoak.com for more information and to check on an upcoming session.   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. 

 

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Adult Faith Formation
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FORMED®, The Catholic Faith on Demand

We're pleased to announce the availability of FORMED, an online service for accessing thousands of Catholic videos, audios and ebooks On Demand anytime, anywhere! As a member, you will have access to entertaining movies, inspiring audio talks, informative bible studies, and much more. We are providing this resource free of charge to help our members learn and grow in their faith. You will also be able to easily access any featured content the we are promoting within our community from time to time. So please join us.
Also once you have signed up, don’t forget to download the free iOS or Android app to put FORMED at your fingertips.
We hope you will enjoy this incredible gift and please spread the word to others.
To sign up for FREE, just visit us here: https://stjameswhiteoak.formed.org.
 If you have questions, please call the Parish Office at 741-5300.

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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