St. James

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM


Welcome! Please use the following page to find information on our Religious Education Program as well as information on sacraments and registration.


Mission Statement


The ultimate goal of our Religious Education program is to lead children, youth, young adults and adults of our parish to love the Person of Jesus Christ and understand and appreciate the salvation and the new life of grace that He won for us. Through the power, grace and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we strive to lead everyone to a life of prayer and communion with God and be of service to others who are in need. We seek to foster community and unity in our parish through worship and faith.

In cooperation with parents of the parish, the St. James Religious Education Program offers sacramental preparation, religious education instruction, opportunity for the learning of prayer, Catholic catechism and an understanding of the faith. We seek to align our program and policies with those of the Diocese of Charleston.


Personnel and Contact Info


Mrs. Paulette Flench - Religious Education Coordinator (843) 347-5168, Ext. 234
Mrs. Eleanor Fisher - Coordinator of RCIA (843) 650-8726



Program Information


• Religious Education for Children: Classes meet on Sundays from 10:45am - 12:00pm from September-May.
• Educación Religiosa para Niños: Clases son los domingos de 10:45am - 12:00pm de septiembre a mayo.


Registration


We offer faith formation classes to the children of registered parishioners. Registration for the school year opens during the month of July. Registration forms are mailed to families for completion during that time. Parents are urged to return registration forms immediately with the appropriate book and supply fees. Parents may also download the registration packet offered on this website, complete the forms and return them to the Religious Education office.

Please click to download the English Registration Packet.
Please click to download the Spanish Registration Packet. (Español)



Calendar of Events


We offer a full year calendar at the beginning of each school year. Please check our calendar frequently to see if there have been any changes or updates.

Please click here to download the English calendar.
Please click here to download the Spanish calendar. (Español)


Family Handbook


The Family Handbook is a guide to the policies and procedure of the Religious Education program. Please download a copy to read over and keep at home.

Please click to download the Family Handbook.
Please click to download the Spanish Family Handbook. (Español)



Sacramental Classes


Reconciliation

First Reconciliation is usually celebrated during Advent for students in the second grade. Preparation for the sacrament requires year-long instruction with the student having successfully completed grades K and 1. Students are expected to attend Mass and class on a regular basis as well as a day of retreat, in preparation for the sacrament. First Reconciliation Family Meetings occur during the year; parents are required to attend these meetings with their child as a part of the preparation process.

First Communion

First Communion is celebrated during the month of May for students in second grade. Preparation requires year-long classroom instruction with the student having successfully completed grades 1 and 2. Students are expected to attend Mass and class on a regular basis as well as a day of retreat, in preparation for the sacrament. First Communion Family Meetings occur during the year; parents are required to attend these meetings with their child as a part of the preparation process.

Confirmation

Confirmation is typically celebrated in the fall of a student’s 9th grade year. Preparation for Confirmation is a two year process. Preparation for the sacraments requires year-long classroom instruction with the student having successfully completed classes in the years leading up to it. . Students are expected to attend Mass and class on a regular basis as well as a day of retreat, in preparation for the sacrament. Sacrament Family Meetings occur during the year; parents are required to attend these meetings with their child as a part of the preparation process. Please click on the Confirmation Family Booklet for more information.

Please click to download the Confirmation Preparation Guide Book in English.
Please click to download the Confirmation Preparation Guide Book in Spanish. (Español)


Students Without Previous Faith Formation


If your child is interested in receiving the sacraments but has not been able to attend any faith formation classes, please follow the following guidelines. First, ensure that you are registered with the parish. Online registration forms are available on the parish homepage. Second, please contact Mrs. Eleanor Fisher, Coordinator of RICA, via email or by calling 843-650-8726. After you have completed the steps mentioned previously, we can place your child in their age appropriate classroom.