Sacramental Preparation

Baptism Team

The individuals in this ministry work with parents in preparation for the baptism of their child. Training is provided through a mentor program.

Contact: Deacon Jim Beirne at the Parish Center 516-731-3710

Baptismal Hosting

The members of this ministry work together as hosts during the Sacrament of Baptism. Some of the responsibilities include greeting and welcoming families, giving out bibs and candles, and assisting the priest or deacons.

Contact: Ruth Miller ramiller@optonline.net 516-731-3710

Faith Formation (formerly known as Religious Education)

Teachers assist in the passing on of the Catholic faith to the children of the parish, including the preparation for First Communion and Confirmation. Empowering families to actively participate in the faith formation of their children and live their lives as intentional disciples in the world today. Classes are 1.5 to 2 hours per week. If you would like more information or to teach in this program, contact the Office of Faith Formation.

Contact: Office 516-796-2979 Marianne Mirkow marieannemirkow@stjamesrcchurch.org or Carol Tannehill ctannehill@stjamesrcchurch.org

Pre-Cana

The Pre-Cana team prepares engaged couples for the sacrament of marriage. Training for new team couples takes place through a mentoring program.

Contact: Deacon Jim Beirne 516-731-3710

FOCCUS

The FOCCUS ministry is part of the St. James marriage preparation team. It serves engaged couples through the administration and review of the FOCCUS survey. The facilitators who make up this ministry are married couples who are engaged in the life of the Church and present married life as an image of Christ at work in the world. Facilitators are trained and certified by the FOCCUS organization for participation in the ministry and enjoy a wonderful opportunity to share with engaged couples the importance of strong Christian marriage in the world today. Facilitator couples usually meet with approximately five or six engaged couples in the course of the year. We welcome couples who may be interested in this important and gratifying ministry to contact the leader indicated on the contact list.

Contact: Deacon Rick Brunner deaconrick@stjamesrcchurch.org  516-731-3710

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

The RCIA provides support and welcomes individuals as they consider formal conversion to the Catholic Church. It is both a ministry and a sacramental process, and is available to any adult who is not baptized, was baptized into other denominations, or who received a Catholic Baptism but never received First Holy Communion or Confirmation.

Fr. John Derasmo or Deacon Jim Beirne  516-731-3710

Adult Faith Formation

Ongoing faith formation and education of adults including parents of children in religious education. There are many developmental opportunities for personal and communal spiritual growth. Group leaders provide time for listening, prayer, and engagement in parish activities. For more information, contact the Office of Faith Formation.

Contact: Estelle Peck epeck@stjamesrcchurch.org 516-731-3710