Religious Education General Information

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.  It will be everyone’s (clergy, religious education staff, catechists, parents and students) to unite 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 (Coming in September 2017), Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA),Step Up in Faith (RCIA for Children/Teens), 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
Kelli has been serving St. James under religious education since August 2006 in areas of youth ministry, middle school faith formation and Confirmation.  Married at St. James on Union Street to her husband Andy in 1996, they have three children: Andrew Jr., Lauren and Alexandria. Working with a dynamic, committed religious education team, they are always so excited to find a great balance of fun and tradition.

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

Children's Faith Formation position is currently available.  If interested in finding out more information or request a job description, contact Dan Ward at 704-720-0600.  

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

Maritza Torres
Faith Formation Assistant

Deyfilia Gallo
Hispanic Faith Formation 

2017-2018 Faith Formation Calendar

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 Hydrate on 31st)