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Religious Education

FIrst Communion RetreatOur faith formation program provides educational programs for children pre-school through grade 12.  Our program includes sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation.  Weekly sessions are offered on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.

As parents, we have a unique and specific calling to form our children’s faith by word and example.  Faith is most of all nurtured in the home, the domestic church, and by parents who are the child’s first catechists and most influential witnesses of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

At St. James, we stress the importance of attending Mass together as a family.  The ultimate expression of our Catholic faith is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass which we celebrate each Sunday.  Attending Mass is not only about fulfilling an obligation we may have towards God; while this is important, we are also called to give our very selves in union with the sacrifice of Himself that Christ offers on the altar.

For more information, please contact Allie Enos at or 304-725-5558 x231

Registration for the 2020-21 Religious Education classes begins on July 3, 2020.  For the first time, we will be doing online registration as well as paper registration.  You will also be able to submit your payment online once you complete the form.  We will also be mailing the registration form to our registered families.  If you prefer to submit a paper registration, you may drop off the form at the Parish Office.  The Office is open during the week from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm.

St. James Homeschoolers

St. James Homeschoolers is a group of lay faithful established to promote homeschooling among Catholic families and to support those families who are engaged in providing their children’s primary education at home

Special events include the First Friday Mass at a local nursing home, participation in the St. James Monthly Children’s Mass, Bi-weekly Faith & Fitness activities, field trips, community projects, pro-life activities, seasonal parties, social & family activities, and more.

This ministry holds monthly meetings.

Contact SJH via email at if you are interested in participating with the St. James Homeschoolers.

St. James School, Martinsburg

Visit our campus to discover the Catholic School difference

Saint Joseph School has been providing a solid Catholic education since 1883. Started by the Daughters of Charity from Emmitsburg, Md., the school was first housed in a two-story wooden building with four classrooms on East Stephen Street. The building was moved to the west side of South Queen Street in the late 1880s, and in 1905, a four-year high school was introduced. The eight-member Class of 1915 was the first to graduate from the high school. The wooden building was long ago replaced, and the high school closed in 1972.

Students ages 2 and 3 start their educational journey as Little Crusaders and members of the Pre-K Jr. classes in the former high school building.

Twenty years ago, Saint Joseph School moved to its current location at 110 E. Stephen St., where the growth of academic, spiritual, social and emotional skills continues for those ages 4 through eighth grade. Math, language arts, science, social studies, and religion are core subjects, and students attend Mass weekly at Saint Joseph Church.

Participation in county math, science, and social studies competitions and various writing contests is also part of the Crusader experience, as are engaging projects, hands-on learning, and meaningful field trips. There also are opportunities to participate in sports, musical productions, choir, band, private piano lessons, school dances, movie nights, and so much more.

Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year is underway at the only Catholic school in the Eastern Panhandle. For more information, contact Kaitlyn Henry at, call 304-267-6447 or go to

Saint Joseph School offers:

– Small Class Sizes
– Education Rooted in a Catholic Foundation
– Rigorous Academic Programming
– Curriculum Richly Integrated with the Fine Arts
– Extra Curricular Sports
– Extended-Day Program Available

Visit our web site for further information.

Eastern Panhandle Catholic Young Adults

Eastern Panhandle Catholic Young Adults is a group of young people striving to live their faith. All young people of good will in their 20s and 30s are welcome to attend! We believe that what young people need more than anything is true friendship and community. We strive to build this, rather than a “grown-up youth group” experience.

To find out about upcoming events please Click Here.

Creating a Safe Environment for Children

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. Policy Handbook: Along with a background check form, you will be given our Diocesan handbook entitled “Policy Relating to Sexual Abuse of Children”. You must sign a form to show you have been given this policy handbook.

3. VIRTUS Workshop: You must also attend an in-service training session or take the VIRTUS training online.

Contact the parish office if you have questions or to request that the paperwork be sent to you.

Click here to visit the Diocesan Office of Safe Environment