Aside from the daily process of developing a Christian faith community among students and faculty, the formal teaching of the doctrines, scripture, and traditions of the Church, the children have the opportunity to participate in seasonal Liturgical Celebrations throughout the year. Parents should see that children attend Eucharistic Liturgy on Sundays as well as on Holy Days of Obligation. Lenten fast of meatless Fridays is followed in the cafeteria. All students, regardless of individual religious affiliation are required to participate in religion classes and celebrations.
The preparation of students for the reception of a sacrament involves the cooperation and participation of the parents. Parents are asked to become directly involved in home instruction, projects, attending workshops, and above all being models of the Christian life lived.
Students of the second grade prepare for the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
Students of the seventh grade begin to prepare for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. However, the administration of this sacrament does not take place until the spring of the eighth grade.
The student body of Saint James School experiences the joy of God’s loving forgiveness in the celebration of the Sacrament of the Reconciliation two times during the course of the school year. Character education, volunteer service, and the study of Family Life programs are also incorporated into the religion curriculum.