Religious Education General Information


2018-2019 changes as mailed to all St. James Parish Families:
January 31, 2018

Dear St. James Families,

The Religious Education staff is busy preparing for 2018-2019 Faith Formation year.  We wanted to provide you with some changes and additions to our Faith Formation program for the coming year, so you are aware and can plan accordingly. 

1.  2018-2019 Registrations  
Our online 2018-2019 registrations will begin Thursday, March 1, 2018.  This will be for all rising PK-8 grade students.  With the new enrollment registration date, this will change the deadline to register by to April 30, 2018.  This registration change allows us to plan and budget more efficiently along with recruit and train catechists to meet our parish catechetical needs. 

2.  Introducing Summer Intensive Program
This registration change also allows us to introduce a new model of Faith Formation to St. James:  a Summer Intensive format.  This intensive format provides a distinctive learning experience with full engagement of learning within an accelerated period.   Besides the advantage of this learning model, it also allows for scheduling options for families who have heavy demands throughout the school year.  There are firm guidelines and attendance to follow.  The scheduled weeks (both weeks required) will be July 23-27 and July 30 – Aug. 3, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Each grade level (rising 1st-8th grade) will be learning 3 lessons each day, daily Mass and other faith-related focuses.  

By introducing this new Faith Formation model, we will have limited space and limited size classes.  This allows us to evaluate the first year’s effectiveness and plan accordingly for years to come. 

3. Sunday Mass Schedule Change
Beginning Sunday, July 1, 2018 (the weekend of June 30/July 1, 2018), our Sunday Mass Schedule will change.  To align the Faith Formation schedule to the new Mass time will allow for the consistency our Faith Formation families have grown  accustomed to:  attending Faith Formation followed by Sunday’s Children’s Mass.  The new Sunday morning Faith Formation time will be 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. for 2018-2019.  The new Sunday Mass schedule will be:  8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. (Children’s Mass), 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 5:00 p.m. (Teen Mass, September—May). 

4.  Parent Information Meetings
We will be hosting three Parent Information Meetings to expand on each of the changes and the Summer Intensive program details and requirements.   We will address cost, program format, curriculum and additional requirements.  Please plan to attend one of the following dates:
Thursday, February 15, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Geiger Hall – Large classroom
Saturday, February 17, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe – Classroom 1
Monday, February 19, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Geiger Hall – Main Hall

As always, we thank you for sharing your children with us and being a strong support system to our Faith Formation program here at St. James. 

Sincerely in Christ,

Kelli Olszewski
Pastoral Associate for Religious Education

General Faith Formation Information
Welcome to St. James the Greater Catholic Church’s page regarding our parish’s page Faith Formation information. Here at St. James, our objective is to give every opportunity for those who encounter our religious education department to form one’s faith:  by being informed, formed and transformed.  It will be everyone’s (clergy, religious education staff, catechists, parents and students) to know, proclaim, witness and share to foster a deeper relationship with Christ and fulfill his mission and our baptismal call to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19).

What do we offer?
Because faith formation is lifelong, our formation process not only begins with one’s baptism through the building up of the domestic church, but in formation classes within the parish setting to help prepare those in their sacraments along with the discipline of lifelong formation through the various grades. Here at St. James we offer Faith Formation in Adult Education, Children’s Faith Formation (PK-5), Middle School, High School Youth Ministry, Young Adult, Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC), Step Up in Faith (sacraments for non-traditional students), and SPRED (Special Needs) along with traditional Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. 

Religious Education Staff:

Kelli Olszewski

Pastoral Associate for Religious Education and Adult Education

Kayla D'Allura
Children's Faith Formation Coordinator, First Communion/Step Up in Faith and SPRED 

Chris Conrad, 980-621-5548
Beth Giddings
Middle School Faith Formation Coordinators 

Michael Quinn
Youth Ministry Coordinator, the Sacrament of Confirmation and Young Adult Ministry

Maritza Torres

Faith Formation Assistant

Deyfilia Gallo
Hispanic Faith Formation 

2017-2018 Faith Formation Calendar (Children's Faith Formation/Middle School) 

SUNDAY CLASSES (8:30 -9:45 a.m.; 6:15-8:00 p.m.)


September 10, Open House
September 17
September 24

February 4 (Edge will not have a session; Super Bowl Sunday)
February 11
February 18
February 25

October 1
October 8
October 15
October 22
October 29 Fall Break, no session


March 4
March 11
March 18
March 25

November 5
November 12
Novermber 19
November 26 Thanksgiving Holiday, no session

April 1 Easter, no session
April 8 Easter break, no session
April 15
April 22
April 29

December 3
December 10
December 17
December 24 Christmas Holiday break, no session
December 31 Christmas Holiday break, no session

May 6
May 13
May 20 – last class; Pentecost Sunday


January 2018
January 7
January 14
January 21 Winter/Semester Break, no session
January 28



WEDNESDAY CLASSES (4:15-5:30 p.m.; 6:15-7:30 p.m.; 6:10-7:40 p.m.)  

Open House September 6
September 13
September 20
September 27

February 7
February 14 – Ash Wednesday (4:15 p.m. Class Ash Service 4:30 p.m.; 6:15 p.m. Class, Mass at 6:00 p.m.)
February 21
February 28


October 4
October 11
October 18
October 25

March 7
March 14
March 21
March 28 Holy Week, no session

November 8
November 15
November 22, no session Thanksgiving Holiday  
November 29

April 4 Easter Break, no session
April 11
April 18
April 25

December 6
December 13
December 20, no session Christmas Holiday Break
December 27, no session Christmas Holiday Break

May 2
May 9
May 16 – Last class

January 2018
January 3
January 10
January 17
January 24
January 31 No session; will meet with Edge on Jan. 28