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CCD Registration is OPEN!

 

Registration for St. James’ Religious Education is now open!

Registration is first come first served. Please remember that all students must register every year! New families and families with children who will be receiving a Sacrament this year will need to bring a copy of their baptismal certificates to class the first day or send a scanned copy via email to ccdreg@stjameswv.org

While we hope to be able to offer in-person classes, the seating for these will be limited due to social distancing requirements. This year parents have the option to choose online or in-person classes for their children. If for some reason we are unable to hold in-person classes, all classes will transition to online. Classes will begin Sunday, September 13 and Wednesday, September 16

Registration and payment can be completed online at the link below:

https://stjameswv.org/faith-formation/child-education/religious-education/  

2020-21 RCIA Information

RCIA Classes will begin at St. James on Sunday, August 16!

RCIA — Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults — is the process through which the Church welcomes new adult members. It is a journey that involves the conversion of the heart and formation into discipleship. Are you a non-Catholic who has been worshipping at St. James or other Catholic churches often? Have you considered joining the Catholic Church? Do you want to know more? Are you a baptized Catholic who never received the Sacraments of Confirmation or Eucharist? Have you been thinking of completing these sacraments of initiation? Do you want to know more? Is now the time for you to become a Catholic or to more fully join with the Catholic Church? If you want to explore how the Spirit may be guiding you in this direction, our RCIA sessions will begin Sunday, August 16 from 9:15 am to 10:30 am in the St. James Library. The St. James RCIA registration form is available at https://stjameswv.org/rcia-registration/

Sacraments - ST PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL - 'TO LOVE IS TO SERVE'

RCIA Sponsors are Needed!

Are you willing to share your faith?  Are you welcoming and hospitable? Are you willing to be challenged?  God is calling you!  We need active practicing Catholics who are willing to share their faith with those seeking a closer relationship with God through the Catholic faith.  A sponsor is a mentor, who through example assists the candidate in learning more about the Roman Catholic faith.  If you are interested or have questions, please contact the Parish Office or contact via email to  rcia@stjameswv.org

 

2020-21 Faith Formation for Youth (CCD)

Are you looking to grow in your faith and spiritual life?

Do you need a way to get involved in our parish? Then consider becoming a religious education volunteer catechist or aide! Catechists and aides are people who love their Catholic faith, can work with children, and are willing to dedicate a few hours each week to their faith formation.

We are currently in need of the following volunteer positions for the 2020-2021 Religious Education calendar:

Sunday (9:30am-10:45 am)

PK/K Catechist aide

FCP1 Catechist

FCP1 Catechist Aide

FCP2 Catechist

FCP2 Catechist Aide

3rd Grade Catechist

3rd Grade Catechist aide

4th Grade Catechist

4th Grade Catechist Aide

5th Grade Catechist

5th Grade Catechist aide

Hall Monitors

 

Wednesday (5:30-6:30 pm)

PK/K Catechist aide

PK/K Catechist aide

3rd Grade Catechist

3rd Grade Catechist aide

Hall Monitors

All volunteers MUST have completed all 3 steps of  VIRTUS and MUST attend the Faith Formation Catechetical Evening on August 22, 2020, from 5-9 pm. https://stjameswv.org/faith-formation/child-education/creating-a-safe-environment-for-children/

Creating a Safe Environment for Children | The Roman Catholic Parish of St. James the Greater

The Three Components of Safe Environment Anyone who volunteers directly with minors or who volunteers where minors are present at St. James MUST complete all of these three components: 1. Background Check: Simply complete and sign the form below and return it to the parish office. 2. Polic …

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Please prayerfully consider helping with our Youth Catechesis programs next year.  Things will be a little different as all of our programs except PK/K will be available online so it will be extremely important for catechists to keep in touch with all students whether in-person or online.

Classes will begin September 13 (Sunday)/16 (Wednesday). Registration information will go out on July 1 for the coming year. Registration will also be available online starting July 1. Registration will be first come first serve with limited seats and the option to attend in-person (until seats are full) and online. Scholarships are available.

Please send an email to Allie Enos at vcre@stjameswv.org if your interested in volunteering for one of these positions.

Thanks, and God bless.

Allie

Reopening of our Parish Home

Click here to link to our YouTube channel video “A Guide to Returning to Mass at Saint James”

On Friday, May 6, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston released to the public, the Diocesan Directives which guide the protocols for parishes to reopen for public worship during the time of the COVID-19 crisis.  The clergy and staff of the Saint James the Greater are looking forward to resuming the public celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the opening of our doors for daily prayer.  We will continue to offer the Sunday Mass every Sunday via live-stream on our YouTube channel.  Beginning Monday, May 18, we will begin to live-stream daily Mass at the regularly scheduled time.

On Friday, May 15, a mailing was sent to our registered families with further information about the reopening protocol.  Please keep in mind that the reopening only includes the resumption of public Masses and daily public prayer in the Nave.  The work in the Adoration Chapel has not been completed, therefore Perpetual Adoration will resume at a later date.  We expect the Adoration Chapel to reopen in the near future.  Information about the reopening and blessing of the new Adoration Chapel will be provided as soon as it is available.

It is important to note that no other aspect of parish life is to resume at this time.  All space reservations remain suspended until further notice and no meetings can take place in any of our meeting spaces.  Ministry leaders will be notified when ministry activities may resume within our parish spaces. Please call the Parish Office should you have any questions about any part of the reopening protocols.  We are happy to answer your questions.

We are grateful for your response to the efforts of the Saint Roch Outreach and its volunteers.  It has been a blessing to those who have received the assistance of the Saint Roch volunteers.  It may have been a greater blessing to those who have volunteered and those who have contributed in so many ways, as we strive to live and practice the works of mercy by helping our brothers and sisters in need.  Your love of the Eucharist has guided your actions and has shown every corner of our county and surrounding areas the heart of Saint James.

During this time of reopening, Saint Zita continues to serve you by offering the merchant card program as curbside or pick up service.  Please call the Parish Office between 9 am and 12 pm and we will transfer you to a Saint Zita volunteer to place your order for merchant cards.  If able to pick up between 9 am and 12 pm, the Saint Zita volunteer will bring your cards to you.  If picking up between 1 pm and 5 pm, your cards will be waiting for you in the Parish Office.  Just knock on the door and we will bring them to you.

Please know that each of you has been missed.  The halls have been dark and quiet for far too long.  The sounds of laughter and tears that fill our hearts are not there.  Yet, we remain in the hope that fills us, knowing that the day will come when we will hear them once more and we will together worship our Lord and live the life of community that is the heart of every Christian.

We look forward to seeing you soon…

Click here to read  Father Leonard’s Letter

Click here for Saint James Reopening information

Click here to read the Diocesan Directives, May 6, 2020

 

 

 

 

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Maintenance Team’s Landscaping Wish List

Our Maintenance staff has committed to planting those flowers around our campus. We are working on a list of those flowers most desirable for planting purposes on the Saint James campus.  Please click on the image below for a PDF version of the Wish List.

Thank you for making this weekend a special one for all of our mothers and Our Lady!

Renewing our Nation’s Consecration to Mary, Mother of Our Church

Renewing the Consecration of the United States to the Care of Our Blessed Mother

As the world continues to face the ongoing effects of the global pandemic of the coronavirus, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the USCCB has announced that the U.S. bishops will join the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on May 1 in renewing the consecration of the two nations to the care of our Blessed Mother.

Liturgy Aids for the Consecration
Through a collective dedication or entrustment of a nation to Mary, an act of consecration is meant to be a reminder to the faithful of the Blessed Mother’s witness to the Gospel and to ask for her effective intercession before her Son on behalf of those in need.

The consecration on May 1. . . follows a similar action of the bishops’ conference of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAM) who consecrated their nations to Our Lady of Guadalupe on Easter Sunday. This prayer reaffirms and renews previous Marian entrustments, and it unites us in solidarity with our Holy Father, who recently established the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, as a source of protection and strength.

Archbishop Gomez will lead a brief liturgy with the prayer of re-consecration on Friday, May 1 at 3:00 pm EDT and has invited the bishops to join in from their respective dioceses and asked them to extend the invitation to the faithful in their dioceses for their participation. A liturgy guide will be available to assist the faithful who may join in by tuning into the USCCB’s social media platforms: FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. . . .

The Liturgy Sheets for the Consecration (English, Spanish) can be found by clicking on the links below.

Liturgy Sheet (English)

Hoja de Liturgia (Espanol)

 

 

Roch-umentary?

You are invited to take a tour into the heart of Saint James!  Every day at 8 pm a new video is released in this series that takes a closer look at the small pieces of glass that make the mosaic of Saint James.  In these complex times, where the news feed can feel overwhelming or confusing, take a few minutes and take a look around at the people of your parish.  This is your family.  This is your home.

Roch-umentary… a video series on thriving spiritually in a time of crisis

Brought to you by the people of Saint James Catholic Church in Charles Town, WV

And inspired by the life and ministry of Saint Roch.

Part 1: Coming Home

Part 2: Mission Territory

Part 3: Children of God

Part 4: Loving the Church

Part 5: Full of Grace

Part 6: The Work of Our Hands

Part 7: An Abundant Grace

Part 8: Taking Back Sunday

Part 9: Waiting for the Lord

Call for 2020 Graduates – A Memory Page

Do you have a 2020 graduate? If so, we’re building a memory page on our Saint James website for this class who gets to spend the last days of their school journey (high school or college) in quarantine. If you are interested, please send a photo or two of your graduate and a brief bio. We do have a Graduation Mass on the Parish schedule and we are hoping we are back in our parish home by then. Stay tuned for information!

Page Under Construction… waiting for your pictures, mom and dad!