Youth Faith Formation


Virtual Catechesis for Families 

Our parish has gone beyond the limited approach of traditional weekly catechism by forming our Families of Faith Program.  Acknowledging the present day realities in which our parents and young people exist, we have designed a program to assist them in being people of faith in all of life’s situations and circumstances; their family, their school and community, their parish.

We address faith formation in this way: Whole Family Catechesis combined with both Class Catechesis and Home Catechesis (all virtual September – December 2020.) This approach enables formation in various learning styles and incorporates the most important element of catechesis; parents passing on their Catholic faith to their children.  Sharing the catechetical lessons with other families and supporting one another along our journey of faith and parenting, is a departure from the “Sunday School” approach of years past.  Our parents are engaging in conversation about faith with their children, not letting others do it for them.  This builds a connectedness amongst the family members that will help in all areas of family life.

Lastly, to support our parents in their role, we offer Adult Faith Formation through our Men’s and Women’s Groups that meet virtually discussing scripture reflection, prayer and fellowship. Email Trish for the times and Zoom information: [email protected]



Whole Family Catechesis: First Sunday of the month all of the family comes together to attend 8am Mass on the lawn at St. James or on Facebook or Youtube at 8:30am. After Mass, we join together on Zoom for a 30 minute family session of prayer, activities and teachings from 10-10:30am led by Ms. Trish.  

Class Catechesis: The second and third Sunday of the month the children are given age specific formation from their catechist.  The Catechist may send the lesson by video, google classroom, email or ask for a virtual meeting by Zoom.  The catechist for each grade will communicate with you how they will be delivering their lessons. If meeting by Zoom the time will be from 10-10:30am. The lessons will be no longer than 30 minutes.

Home Catechesis: The fourth Sunday of the month, the family works together at home on a lesson that incorporates the Gospel messages for the upcoming month. This lesson will be sent by email and should take 30 minutes.

additional information: 

  • If there is a 5th Sunday in a month that is an off week
  • Families are expected to attend Mass weekly either in person or online. 
  • Virtual program will be in effect for the 2020-21 program year.  We will readdress Covid restrictions for the 2021-22 year.  

Registration for 2021-22 Program Year opens May 1st

For more information, email our Faith Formation director at: [email protected]


Please click here for the HRSJ Life Teen website with full details on our Confirmation program Sealed, our middle school youth ministry Edge and our high school youth ministry Life Teen.