St. James desires that each member grows in their faith and knowledge of the Word of God. We partner together through various Educational Ministries to do this. Click on the Link to find out more about each ministry.
Annulment Process - Parishioners serve as advocates for this Ministry. Find out more...
Christian Initiation of Adults is a process by which individuals who have reached the age of reason (usually age seven years or older) prepare to receive Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist, in the Roman Catholic tradition. Christian Initiation is for the unbaptized, individuals from another Christian tradition, or for Catholics who have not received the sacraments of Confirmation and/or Eucharist.
During the process we explore the Catholic tradition, provide opportunities for spiritual growth, engage participants in the community life of the parish, and help those seeking to enter the church to form a relationship with a sponsor. Your journey may begin at any time; Christian Initiation is an ongoing, year-round program of inquiry and catechesis, with Confirmation throughout the year and Baptism at the Easter Vigil. Catechetical sessions are at St. James, with baby-sitting available for participants.
6th-8th Grade Faith Sharing
Faith Sharing meets weekly on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00pm. All grades will gather in the gym from 6:30-7:00 pm for social time, introductions, announcements and opening prayer then split into small groups by grade. Group time involves prayer, journaling, exploration of our faith, reflection and games. In addition, we offer other social activities. Parents are invited to stay during this short period to chat, get acquainted and pray with us, as well as, catch the announcements first hand! We will break into small groups after prayer.
Though not mandatory, Faith Sharing, allows 6th-8th grade teens to come together to share their own faith journey and discuss how the gospel applies in their own life. We use the readings from the Sunday liturgy as our starting topic for weekly discussions.
Parent Sign Up
Each parent is asked to attend one small group meeting on the date of their choice. This is your opportunity to share in your teen’s faith and the journey he or she is undertaking. Also, PLEASE consider becoming a small group leader! Effective faith sharing thrives in a small, comfortable atmosphere. With fewer catechists, your child’s group becomes less personal, less manageable and less effective for spiritual growth!
Our program is successful solely because of the time, talent and effort of all of our wonderful volunteers. Please check the registration form for all the different areas you could be of service. Extra hands are always welcomed and appreciated! There are opportunities for every commitment level. If you have already turned in your registration form but would like volunteer just send an email to the youth office.
Inclement Weather Policy
As a rule, we will use the Liberty Public Schools as our guide – if classes were cancelled for the day, we too will cancel for the evening. We will also post a message on the Home Page of the website. You can sign up for text alerts as well or call the Youth office 781-4343.
Registration and & Contact
Click This Link to download and print the registration form. Turn in your completed form with payment to the Parish Office.
Contact Denise Whelan 816-781-4343×210 email@example.com,
P B & J
Prayer, Bible Stories, & Jammin’ - Catholic Faith Formation for the Very Young, Taught through Song and Dance
PB&J is a parent-child class of Catholic faith formation taught through music and movement. Parents (or caregivres) and their "infant through pre-school-aged" children are invited to join in this fun and active weekly class that features music and movement, Bible stories and basic Catholic faith formation. Through music and movement, prayer and bible stories, you are better able to teach your child the basics of our faith!
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Contact - Lori Tajchman, Children's Music Ministry Director
781-4343 x208 Lori.Tajchman@StJames-liberty.org
Stay tuned for information about our upcoming Religious Education Program school year scheduled to begin September 2020. Updates will be posted as we finalize plans in accordance with Diocesan, State and local guidelines. Thank you for your patience.
What follows has not been updated to reflect changes to the fall 2020 program:
Pre-K (3yr old to 6yr old) thru 5th grade
Recognizing parents as the primary educators of their children in our faith; our ministry strives to support parents in this effort. Sunday morning classes are held for children who are 3 years old by August 1st, through children who are entering the 5th grade. Classes begin in September and end in May. We also we offer the option of class time on Wednesday evening for children in first through fifth grades. Classes begin in September and end in May.
Contact: Lori Tajchman 816-781-4343 x 208 Lori.Tajchman@StJames-liberty.org
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Everything Parents Need To Know
- Registration Forms 2019-2020 – Enrollment Form
- Volunteer Form – Adult Volunteer Forms
- Youth Helper Form – Youth Volunteer Form
We will try to publish articles each week relating to current Religious Education News and Special Events. However, we encourage you to also check out each weekly bulletin. Find Out More.
- St. James Pinterest Pages - Various Religious Education pins on Pinterest
- Finding God - Loyola Press
- Catholic Toolbox - a fun blog with ideas for home or classroom use
- Catechists' Journey - a blog from Joe Paprocki, a master catechist with thought provoking discussions and ideas for classroom learning<
- Catholic Moms - A blog aimed at Catholic Moms and promoting Catholic family life<
- Three Minute Retreats - Daily retreats devotionals
An adult religious education group held every Saturday from 10 to 11 am in the school library. Participants discuss topics of interest to Catholics. It is an informal group for anyone to attend as often as they wish.
Contact - Deacon Chuck Koesterer 816-781-4343 x223 firstname.lastname@example.org
The St. James Catholic School Community, a ministry of the parish, empowers students grades K-8th to achieve their full academic and Christian potential, become prayerful, lifelong learners and good stewards of God’s gifts. Find out more...