The Catholic Church believes and teaches that baptism is a sacrament, a recognition of the life of Christ in the child and a welcoming to our faith and this community. Our Baptism Preparation Process at St. James gives your whole family the opportunity to deepen your experience of God working in your lives and of your own commitment to God.
Please make an appointment with Sr. Sophie or Mary Ann in the parish office to start the paperwork.
Baptism preparation classes for St. James Parishioners are held on the fourth Saturday mornings (see schedule) for English and fourth Monday evening for Spanish (see schedule). Parents/Godparents who will be baptizing in another parish or state, must pre-register for the class. The fee is $50.
Baptisms are scheduled on the third Sunday of designated months during the 11 a.m. English Mass or 2:00 p.m. Spanish Mass only. It is important that Baptisms are done within the faith community therefore private baptisms are not available.
As with all sacrament preparation processes, First Reconciliation is separate from and in addition to regular Religious Education classes. First Reconciliation is normally celebrated in the second grade, following one year of prior Catholic Religious Education, usually in the first grade.
Children who are out of sequence (that is, children who have no prior RE in second grade and above) must complete one year of RE the first year and in the second year prepare for First Reconciliation while continuing in their grade level of Religious Education.
If you need further information, please contact Sr. Sophie at the parish office or by email
moc.r1503110483etaer1503110483g-sem1503110483ajts@1503110483eihpo1503110483srs1503110483 or Mary Ann at moc.r1503110483etaer1503110483g-sem1503110483ajts@1503110483nnayr1503110483am1503110483.
Confirmation and First Communion are celebrated at the same Mass. Preparation classes are held on Mondays 6-7:30 pm. (see schedule for dates). Children are eligible for these sacraments following Reconciliation and must have been in a religious education program for at least two full years for third graders and up.
Children who are out of sequence (that is, children who have no prior RE in third grade and above) must complete two years of R.E. After completing one year, the child will be prepared for and receive First Reconciliation and will be eligible for the sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist the following year.
If need further information, please contact Sr. Sophie at the parish office or by email
Adult Confirmation – Confirmation is held in the fall each year.
Ongoing Adult Formation is through our parish subscription to Formed.org. This website provides essential resources we need to understand, live, and share our Catholic Faith. The study program, movies, audio presentation, and eBooks lead us to a closer relationship with god and each other. It’s programming for the whole family. view the trial sample on your computer, iPhone, laptop, etc., then sign up in the parish office for $15 for a year per family.
Adult Confirmation is for any adult 18 years and older. This Sacrament preparation is an opportunity to learn more about our Catholic faith and to grow closer to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Confirmation completes the Sacrament of Baptism thereby the recipient becomes a fully initiated Roman Catholic.
Classes are held on Thursdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. Class dates are: Sept. 21st – Oct. 26th. Pre-registration is required. Bring a copy of your Baptism Certificate. Cost: $45.
What is RCIA?
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is the Church’s response to anyone’s sincere interest in joining the Catholic Church. The Church is mindful of each individual’s needs and life journey. RCIA is not meant to be a “program” that has to fit everyone but instead is meant as an aid for continual conversion to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Church He founded.
How long does it take?
Since RCIA is not meant to be a “program” but meant as conversion process, there is no set time frame. Depending on each individual’s spiritual journey this process could last a few months to a few years. Who can participate? Anyone who is sincerely interested in knowing more about the Catholic Church is welcome to attend. It does not matter if you are baptized or not, if you come from another Faith Tradition or none. All are welcome.
Who helps in the process?
The RCIA Team is comprised of the Catechists, St. James Community, and Director of Religious Education. Together we will walk with you on your spiritual journey and give you Christ centered love, encouragement, and respect.
Can children participate?
No. Children must attend the regular RE program. Please see Sacraments section of website for more information.
Contact Sr Sophie at moc.r1503110483etaer1503110483g-sem1503110483ajts@1503110483eihpo1503110483srs1503110483">moc.r1503110483etaer1503110483g-sem1503110483ajts@1503110483eihpo1503110483srs1503110483 for more information.
Marrying couples must complete the Diocesan requirements for marriage preparation. It is a nine month process prior to your wedding date and that process begins as follows
Schedule an appointment with Mary Ann in the parish office to start the necessary documents. This interview is at least 1 ½ hours. Subsequently, you will meet with the parish Family Counselor to review the FOCCUS questionnaire.
• Schedule an appointment with Deacon in the parish office to start the preparation.
• Complete Pre-Nuptial form and an online FOCCUS questionnaire.
• Review FOCCUS with the deacon.
• Register for Diocesan-required Marriage classes.
• Submit an original Baptism Certificate with sacrament notations dated within six months of wedding date.
• Meet with the Pastor.
• Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation within one week of wedding.
• Con-Validations – Those who are married civilly, who have no prior marriages, must also complete requirements to marry in the Catholic Church. Please contact Deacon Ron for more detailed information.
• Annulments – Those who have been married and are now divorced must petition for an annulment before marrying in the Catholic Church. Please contact Mary Ann or Deacon Frank Devine for information.
Anointing of the Sick
“By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that He may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.” (CCC#1499 quoting LG11)
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is not solely reserved to those that are actively dying. This beautiful Sacrament is open to anyone that is about to undergo surgery, is severely or chronically mentally or physically sick, and the dying.
We encourage our parishioners to fully participate in this grace-filled Sacrament. If you or a family member would like to receive this Sacrament please call the parish office and speak to Mark to schedule an appointment with one of our parish priests.
Funeral planning when death occurs, the details surrounding the burial of someone you love are both difficult and urgent. You are expected to make decisions about caskets, cemetery plots and visitation as well as the notification of friends and gathering relatives.
St. James Roman Catholic Parish provides guidance for attending to all the necessary details as well as planning the funeral Mass so that your family and friends may join in prayer and worship to celebrate the life of your deceased loved one.
A member of the Parish is available to meet with you and help with the details. Please contact Mary Ann at moc.retaerg-semajts@nnayram or 623-581-0707×104 as soon as possible to schedule this meeting and receive assistance.