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

A Biblical Walk Through the Mass
This five-part program takes participants on an exciting tour of the Liturgy as it explores the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience at Mass and explains their profound significance. Learn why we say what we say and do what we do every week at Mass. The words and gestures will be seen in a new light, giving new life to the liturgical experience.

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Geiger Hall – Large Classroom
Five sessions: October 10, 17, 24, November 7 & 14   
Cost:  $21.00 (includes student workbook and a Walk Through the Mass book)
Register here:  A Biblical Walk Through the Mass


Untold Blessing
The Path to Holiness
Did you know our Creator desires each of us to our greatest calling:  holiness?  Bishop Robert Barron paints a beautiful and mysterious image of what it takes to be a follower of Jesus Christ. He lays out three intriguing paths to follow along with practical approaches to enhance your journey.  This six-part series allows for personal reflection and small group discussion. 

Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Geiger Hall – Small Classroom
Six sessions:  October 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7 & 14
Cost:  $16 for student workbook or  $32 for the student workbook and the personal reflection companion book, The Strangest Way: Walking the Christian Path by Bishop Barron.   
Register here: Untold Blessings


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. Is healing possible? Yes! That’s the good news this program offers.  It will help them answer their questions, restore hope, and begin authentic healing.

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Parish Office Conference Room
11 sessions: October 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12 & 19
Cost:  $10 for participant guide
Register here:  Surviving Divorce


Rediscover Catholicism
Discover why Catholicism is not a lifeless set of rules and regulations, but a way of life designed by God to help each person reach his or her full potential.  If you found a really old treasure map would you throw it away just because it was old? No. The age of a treasure map doesn’t matter. What matters is whether or not it leads to treasure. Catholicism is a treasure map. It may be old, but it still leads to treasure. Let’s
rediscover it together… and help others to do the same.  Join this six-session discussion and book study by bestselling author Matthew Kelly.

Wednesdays, 6:25-7:25 p.m., Gill Hall – Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Six sessions:  October 11, 18, 25, November 8, 15 & 29
Cost: $5 is for the Rediscover Catholicism book
Register here:  Rediscover Catholicism


33 Days to Morning Glory

This do-it-yourself-retreat experience offers individuals a quick and easy way to withdraw from the demands of daily life and enter into a peaceful interior reflection on their relationship with Christ in the context of Marian devotion.  This 33-day journey to Marian consecration will feature the Marian  spiritual teachings of St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Teresa of Calcutta, and Pope St. John Paul II.  The end result is that, by learning to entrust ourselves to the Mother of Our Lord, we can discover a transforming trust in Jesus himself.

Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Host home:  Patti Anzenberger
(once registered, Mrs. Anzenberger will contact you) 
Five sessions:  October 19, 26, November 2, 9 & 16
Day of Consecration:  Tuesday, November 21, Marian Feast:  Presentation of Mary Cost:  $31.00 Participant Packet (33 Days to Morning Glory Retreat Book, 33 Days Companion Book, Prayer card with consecration prayer, collection of daily prayers for journey, rosary and how to recite the rosary pamphlet and miraculous medal).
Register here: 33 Days to Morning Glory


Eucharist
The Source and Summit of Our Faith
Bishop Barron offers inspiring insights into the mystery of Christ's presence in our lives and the centrality of the Eucharist as an important part of that presence.  So many believers do not understand the Eucharist, which Vatican II said is the “source and summit of the Christian life.”  This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God, and the Real Presence of Christ. 

Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Geiger Hall – Small Classroom
Four sessions: November 28, December 5, 12, 19
Cost:  $13 student workbook or $24 for student workbook and Eucharist companion book
Register here: Eucharist


Advent: Season of Divine Encounter
Little Rock Scripture Studies’ Alive in the Word Series introduces its new liturgical season Scripture studies that engages and transforms in brief but powerful lessons.  Advent means arrival or coming. During this sacred season, we actively recall the arrival of Jesus as the Word made flesh, and we joyfully await his final return at the end of the age. But as we remember the past and anticipate the future, we are also attentive to our divine encounters in the present, the ways God "arrives" in our everyday lives. Advent, Season of Divine Encounter helps us look closely at three key Scripture passages to recall, recognize, and anticipate the ways God comes into our lives and our world.

Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Geiger Hall – Large Classroom
Three Sessions:  November 30, December 7 & 14
Cost:  $9
Register here: Advent: Season of Divine Encounter

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