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Religious Education

Religious Education Programs: K-8 

                The Religious Education Program for kindergarten through Middle school provides ongoing opportunities for religious learning for children and youth enrolled in local public schools.

–Kindergarten through Grade 8 is on Wednesday evenings at St. James School 6:15-7:30pm

–Bilingual sacramental program is on Tuesday evenings at St. James site 6:30-7:45pm 

Ongoing needs include volunteer catechists (teachers) and catechists’ assistants, who plan and implement weekly lessons. Commitment is for class each week, necessary preparation along with occasional ongoing in-service.   If interested, please contact

  Mr. Shawn Willox 268-9931 or shawn [dot] willox [at] straphael [dot] org

 Special Requirements:   All volunteers must take part in the diocesan mandated VIRTUS training. This training is provided for new volunteers who interact with young people in our parish.  Previous teaching, childcare, or group leadership experience is helpful but is not required.

Youth Ministry

       The Youth Ministry program is for all students in grades 9-12.  It is designed to create an environment where both students enrolled in public school and Catholic school can join together to explore, learn about, and live their faith together.

  –Youth Ministry meets Sunday evenings from 6:15-8:15 at our St. James site.

Ongoing needs include both adults and youth serving on a core team to plan events and meetings.   Commitment is to attend a bi-monthly core team meeting and attending the youth ministry each week.   If interested, please contact

  Mr. Shawn Willox 268-9931 or shawn [dot] willox [at] straphael [dot] org

 Special Requirements:   Like the elementary and middle school programs, all volunteers must take part in the diocesan mandated VIRTUS training. Previous teaching, childcare, or group leadership experience is helpful but is not required.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults RCIA:  

                Our parish offers the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), the process through which non-baptized and baptized men and women from non-Catholic  traditions enter the Catholic Church. These men and women are guided and cared for as  they awaken in faith and are gradually introduced to the Catholic way of life. Participants undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and in the Catholic Church and receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist with support of a sponsor.

Sponsor’s Commitment:

Involvement in the RCIA process involves dedication to spiritual growth throughout ones lifetime. A sponsor should be well grounded in the Catholic faith tradition and be willing to share that faith intimately with another person.

For more information about this program, please contact

  Sr. Zita Simon, 268-9934 or zsimon [at] straphael [dot] org

Baptismal Preparation: 

The couples involved in this ministry work with the young parents who are seeking to have their children baptized at the St. James or St. Joseph Site. The Baptismal preparation takes place on the 2nd Sunday of each month on a rotating basis between the two sites.

                Sr. Zita Simon, 268-9934 or zsimon [at] straphael [dot] org

Confirmation Preparation Program:  

                The Good Sheperd Confirmation Preparation Program provides sacramental preparation to young people grades 10 -12 who are seeking to celebrate Confirmation.

Volunteer Commitment:

If you are interested in helping out by working with our confirmation students, please consider joining our youth ministry core team.  Beyond that, there may be a need for additional assistance with service projects or helping out with the weekend long confirmation retreat.  If interested, please contact

  Mr. Shawn Willox 268-9931 or shawn [dot] willox [at] straphael [dot] org

Faith Formation/Adult Bible Study: 

                  Interested in learning more about the Bible? Join us on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm, in the St. Joseph Library, for “faith” discussions which often tie to the current world.  No experience necessary.

You can use your own bible or one from the church library.

  Carole Kinney, 271-1132

Education Commission:

The Commission implements the policies that govern the operation of the school.

Michael Schultz, 268-9935