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CATHOLIC CHURCH
May 06, 2021

For everything that was written
in the past was written to teach us,
so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Romans 15:4 (NIV)


Religious Education Office
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Vacation Bible School for 2021 - June 28th-July 2nd
Time and Location:  9:00-11:30 am in St. James Church Hall

Calling all 2021-22 PreK-4th graders!

The theme for this year’s VBS week is “God’s Promises.” Throughout the week, we will learn about different times in Bible history where God has promised something and has kept that promise. Through Noah, God promises Protection. Through Abraham, God promises his Companionship. And finally, through Jesus, all of these promises are FULFILLED!

We will have a week of fun! The day will start with a short presentation on the Bible story. The groups will then rotate between 4 stations: Craft, Snack, Game, and Music.

  • Crafts: students will make something that helps to remind them of God’s Promise that they can share with their family
  • Snack: students will receive a tasty treat to help them reflect on the Promise they learned about. (Note: volunteers who pass out snacks will be masked, have gloves, and will sanitize areas before and after each group. Anyone with allergies are welcome to bring a personal snack that day)
  • Game: students will do an engaging activity to further reinforce the Promise they learned about
  • Music: throughout the week, students will learn different songs. At the end of the week, families are welcome to join us for a “concert” where the students can share with their families the songs they learned

We will be having to limit the number of participants and volunteers due to Covid-19. There will be a limit of 10 students per grade. When all the spots are filled, we will have a waiting list.

In order to secure a spot for your student(s), send in the registration form, the Archdiocesan Medical form, and registration payment.  (See Forms below and click on the appropriate one) Registration closes May 28th!

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION: ALSO! Anyone in 5th grade and up are welcome to be VBS volunteers! 5th-6th grade can be station volunteers and 7th grade and up can be group leaders. If you are 18 (high school graduate) and older, you will need to go through the Virtus Child Protection program. Please see the appropriate volunteer form and medical form.

If you have any questions, please call or email Claire Zink at 513-741-5339 or czink@stjameswhiteoak.com
Vacation Bible School Registration Form
Participant Permission Release Form
Youth Volunteer Form
Youth Volunteer Permission Release Form
Adult Volunteer Form
Adult Volunteer Permission Form


Parish School of Religion (PSR) - Monday Evening Religion has been REVISED for 2020-21 to PSR from Home.

PSR from Home: After much prayer and conversation, the Office of Religious Education will provide materials for students to do using CatechismClass.com resources. The lessons are weekly, with flexible scheduling for learning. Each family will be partnered with a catechist that they can check in with bi-weekly or monthly. During these meetings, parents and students will meet with the catechist, discuss questions, progress in the program, and any concerns that St. James can assist the family with. We hope to also hold monthly in-person activities/lessons for the PSR students and their families. You can visit CatechismClass.com or contact Claire Zink in the Parish Office for more information.

Sacrament Preparation for PSR: Sacrament Preparation will mostly be done at home. If your child will be in second grade for the 2020-2021 school year, you will receive the CatechismClass online program for your child’s sacrament prep.

If your child will be in the 7th grade for the 2020-2021 school year, they will do an at-home, online version of the confirmation prep course Chosen. We hope to provide small group opportunities both in person and virtual.

Registration will close end of August.  Below are the 2 registration forms to download.

Letters were sent to families with the registration forms. If you did not receive one and are interested in registering your child, please contact the Office of Religious Education at 513-741-5339.

PSR Registration Form 2020-21

PSR Confirmation Registration Form 2020-21

 


 

Sunday Preschool - 

Due to the current situation of Covid, Sunday Preschool will NOT be held for the rest of the 2020 calendar year. The Office of Religious Education will communicate if this is to change.

 


Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)- will NOT be held during the rest of the 2020 calendar year.  The Office of Religious Education will reevaluate towards the end of the year if we can have it during 2021. 

 

CLOW takes place during the 10:00 AM Sunday Mass each week (except for five Sundays - Christmas, Easter, First Communion, Wedding Anniversary and Festival Weekend). 

CLOW is a wonderful opportunity during Sunday Mass for our 1st through 4th Grade parishioners to experience the Liturgy of the Word in a way that is appropriate to their age group at the same time that our other parishioners are celebrating the Liturgy of the Word in our church space.  CLOW takes place downstairs in the Church Hall.  When Opening Prayer at the 10:00 AM Mass is finished, the celebrant invites the children forward and, after a special blessing, the children process together downstairs to the Church Hall. 

Each week they are led by a group of dedicated adult and high school volunteers in hearing the Scripture Readings and a reflection, and participating in praying the Creed and the General Intercessions.  The children then return to their families during the Offertory of the Mass.

Children younger than the 1st Grade are welcome to join the other children for CLOW, but they must be accompanied by a parent.  CLOW does not take the place of Mass, it IS part of the Mass, and enables them to participate in the Mass more fully. The coordinator for this program is Mrs. Carole Ann Yeazell (385-5163).  There is no cost or Registration Form.

 

RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
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R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process by which non-Catholic adults learn about the Catholic Church and gradually become full members.  Initiation into any full-fledged career takes place in stages, and so it is with the Catholic Church.  R.C.I.A. is a learning and loving process in which conversion of the heart brings you to Jesus Christ, who is our Lord and Savior.

Are you interested in becoming Catholic?

Or want to learn more about what it means to be Catholic, or just interested in the process? Call Deacon Tim Crooker  at 513-741-5325, or email at tcrooker@stjameswhiteoak.com for more information and to check on an upcoming session.   If you know somebody who is not Catholic invite them to consider the possibility.  Our faith is a missionary faith meant to share the joy that we have found. 

 

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Adult Faith Formation
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FORMED®, The Catholic Faith on Demand

We're pleased to announce the availability of FORMED, an online service for accessing thousands of Catholic videos, audios and ebooks On Demand anytime, anywhere! As a member, you will have access to entertaining movies, inspiring audio talks, informative bible studies, and much more. We are providing this resource free of charge to help our members learn and grow in their faith. You will also be able to easily access any featured content the we are promoting within our community from time to time. So please join us.
Also once you have signed up, don’t forget to download the free iOS or Android app to put FORMED at your fingertips.
We hope you will enjoy this incredible gift and please spread the word to others.
To sign up for FREE, just visit us here: https://stjameswhiteoak.formed.org.
 If you have questions, please call the Parish Office at 741-5300.

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"Most Adults are capable of a free and informed response of faith to God's initiative of love. They have a right and a duty to bring to maturity the seed of faith sown in them by God. They have experienced the joys and challenges of life and have the capacity to question the truth and meaning of life. The catechesis of adults...is the principal form of catechesis because it is addressed to persons who have the greatest responsibilities and the capacity to live the Christian message in its fully developed form."
(National Directory for Cathechesis, page 187)

USCCB Adult Faith Formation Resource