At St. James School, we honor and respect the presence of God in ourselves, in everyone we meet, and in all creation. In order to know and experience God’s presence within and around us we pray, learn about Jesus and many holy people, and offer ourselves in service to others, bringing God’s love to the world.
Prayer is integrated throughout the daily student life. Generally students attend and plan weekly or bi-weekly Masses. These liturgical experiences teach our students to be confident and courageous by engaging them as active participants in the Mass, and sharing and developing their particular talents as readers, servers or musicians, beginning in kindergarten. Our families are welcomed and encouraged to participate with the school community celebration of Mass.
While students can learn about the heroes of history in our classrooms, our distinctive religious identity allows us to also teach our children about the Community of Saints, the heroes of our Catholic faith. The heroes of faith serve to teach our students the lived experience of our Catholic tradition throughout history, allowing the saints to become formative models in the practice of virtue and the call to holiness.
Service projects allow our students to focus on the interrelationship of loving God and loving our neighbor, by serving others in our surrounding community. Our young people begin to understand the meaning of community life, interdependence and commitment, and service for others while being challenged to think critically for real-life problem solving. Learning the language of faith and its application within a variety of service learning experiences expands the meaning and relevance of Christian living for our students.