Adult Faith Formation

All Adult Faith Formation classes require registration and pre-payment (if applicable).  Register for classes here (or scroll down for our offerings): Adult Faith Formation Fall-Winter Classes

If you have any questions, contact Kelli Olszewski, Pastoral Associate for Religious Education, at 704-720-0600x722 or email.  

Whether we call it Adult Faith Formation, Adult Education or Adult Catechesis, it is agreed that “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 (#593 Catechesi Tradendae).  As St. James continues to grow we also continue to strive to not only offer adult formation but recognize its significance and role within the parish, “Catechesis of adults must have high priority at all levels of the church…because of its importance and because all other forms of catechesis are oriented in some way to it” (National Directory for Catechesis). 

Opportunities, both formal and informal, are designed to evangelize, clarify religious and moral questions, build community and deepen one’s faith with the Risen Lord while embracing the sacramental life.  What we are currently offering and have scheduled upcoming opportunities for 2017-18.

FORMED.org
FORMED is an online platform, a Catholic Netflix that offers the best of Catholic study programs, movies, audio presentations and eBooks from the most trusted resources:  Augustine Institute, Lighthouse Catholic Media, Ignatius Press, Word on Fire, Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.

FORMED allows 24/7 unlimited access to study programs, movies and more that offer the opportunity for a transformative experience for those seeking a deeper understanding in their faith journey.  More and more resources are added monthly.  FORMED is a subscription-based program brought to you by St. James.  By using our parish code it allows you to experience these resources FREE.  Go to www.formed.org.  You will need to establish a password and make sure to use our parish code:  4B4JYE.


Little Rock Scripture Study Group

Using resources from the Little Rock Scripture Study, this group gathers together every Wednesday during the fall, winter and spring on Wednesday mornings.  For more information contact Magdelena Lara at maycarlara@gmail.com

Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible: Journey Through the Bible
This 8 week-study (formerly known as the Quick Bible Timeline) provides an easy to understand walk through of the Bible to get the “big picture”.  Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible makes the complex simple by sharing how it relates to your everyday life, the remarkable connections between the Old and New Testaments and how the sacraments, the Church and Catholic faith are rooted in Scripture. 

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Geiger Hall – Small Classroom
Begins January 16
Cost is $21


Surviving Divorce: Hope and Healing for the Catholic Family
Surviving Divorce was created to bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage. It is for the newly separated and divorced and those still struggling with issues many years later. It will help them answer their questions, restore hope, and begin authentic healing.  This 12-week course will cover topics such as finances, custody issues, seeking forgiveness, depression, handling extended family, annulments and more.  

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Parish Office Conference Room
Begins January 9
Cost is $16


Growing Up Catholic Parent Conversations:  Taming Technology
Parent Sessions on Screen Time
The topic of technology and screen use is a huge one for families today. It is a health issue, a social issue, a family issue, an academic issue and a spiritual issue. 
                                                                  
This topic becomes a larger concern for parents during the tween and teen years, as many children are receiving their own smart phones and increasing their technology use. These sessions speak of the challenges of those years, but this resource is also for parents of much younger children (who are using screens at younger and younger ages).  The sessions will discuss the challenges involved for families, influence of technology on relationships, social media, video games, setting healthy limits and boundaries, and developing family technology agreements.  
 
Sundays, 6:15-8:00 p.m., Geiger Hall – Small Classroom
space is limited to 25 participants; will host again if needed
Three Sessions:  January 7, 14 & 28 
Cost: Free
Register here: Taming Technology


Adult Confirmation
Are you an Adult (19 and older) who is active in our Catholic faith but never received the sacrament of Confirmation?  Please join us for this 11-week course of preparation will guide you through your final initiation into the Catholic Church in May.  For more information and to register, contact Micki O’Connor at mickio53@hotmail.com or 980-621-5451. 
Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Sessions begin March 1, 2018

The Mystery of God:  Who is God? And Why Does He Matter? 
This 6-week study will explore using the insights of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Pope Benedict XVI and more, Bishop Robert Barron will help uncover the skeptical thinks of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris – or what we know as the New Atheism.  This study is designed to not only learn, but help those respond to secularist crowd.  

Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Begins Jan. 9

Cost is $26.00