Faith Formation

St. James Parish supports the faith and spiritual formation of parishioners of all ages, through a variety of liturgies, classes, programs and special events. The Religious Education Office assists our pastor in organizing and leading specific faith formation events for all children and adults, and the Youth Ministry Office organizes and leads events related to high school students and young adults.

We encourage families to consider a Catholic school education for their children.

Lancaster County Catholic Schools

Lancaster Catholic High School (LCHS)

Lancaster Catholic High School…………………………………… 509-0315
President: Timothy P. Hamer
Principal: Terry J. Klugh
Chaplain: Reverend Allan F. Wolfe
650 Juliette Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601
Grades 9-12-Sam Kirchner, contact from St. James…………. 626-9131

Since 1928, Lancaster Catholic High School (LCHS) has been a beacon for a superior education which is rooted in faith, tradition and excellence; the faculty and staff work ceaselessly to provide an education incomparable to any other by integrating the foundations of our Catholic faith with the highest standards of academic achievement. Four years at LCHS is much more than the classroom experience, it is transformational for each student so that they may better serve our community through the lens of Catholic identity by sharing the talents that they have been blessed with. LCHS is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Pennsylvania State Department of Education. LCHS has a progressive academic curriculum that includes a high level of AP classes, opportunities for small class environments, distance learning, certificate programs for Scholars, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and the Fine & Performing Arts Certificate, as well as a Corporate Mentor Program. Also, fully recognizing the importance of responsible use of technology by our students, we are proud to be a “BYOT” (Bring Your Own Technology) school, in addition to our one to one iPad Initiative, launched for the 2014-2015 school year. Our Campus Ministry offers numerous retreat programs throughout the year, including 4 KAIROS retreats, as well as volunteer service opportunities. Extracurricular programs boost over 25 activities and clubs across all spectrums as a complement to our Athletic teams and Fine and Performing Arts organizations. We provide over $1.2M in tuition scholarships each year to enable our families to provide an academically rigorous, spiritually uplifting and authentically Catholic education for their children. Tuition costs are calculated on a Fair Share basis in order to meet the educational costs per student.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Elementary School

Our Mother of Perpetual Help School……………………………… 738-2414
Margaret Gardner, Principal…………………………………………. 738-2414
330 Church Avenue, Ephrata, PA 17522
St. James PTO Representative………….. Alicia Kowitz.. (773) 844-8478
St. James School Board Representative… Andrea Covey……….. 626-5294
St. James School Board Representative….. Amy Holland……….. 626-9472
Enrollment/Development Office……… Jeanne McAleer……….. 738-2414

Our Mother of Perpetual Help School is the recognized parish elementary school for St. James, Our Lady of Lourdes, and OMPH parishes, and offers an academically challenging and faith-filled Catholic education.  Preschool education is available to 3 and 4 year olds, along with a full-day Kindergarten through eighth grade program.  The Redemptorist Fathers are present daily within the school to interact and spiritually guide our children.  The students gather weekly for the celebration of Holy Mass and have daily school-wide prayer.  The latest technology can be found in classrooms, including SMART Boards, iPads, a fully-equipped computer lab, and the LabLearner Science Lab program, all of which support the STEM learning initiative.  The school is accredited by the Middle States Association and offers a low student to teacher ratio.  Extra-curricular activities are provided such as choir, instrumental instruction, clubs, and CYO sports.  Affordable after school care is available; busing is provided by the local school districts.  Tuition assistance is available for qualifying families.  Visit us on the web at

Resurrection Elementary School

Resurrection Catholic Elementary School
521 East Orange Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
Phone: 717-392-3083
FAX: 717-735-7793

St. Anne’s Elementary School

St. Anne School
108 E. Liberty St.
Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 394-6711

St. Leo’s Elementary School

St. Leo the Great School
2427 Marietta Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17601
717-394-1742 x3

Parish Religious Education:

Rose Barnas, Director of Religious Education…………….. 626-0244 x1
Carroll Feldman, Administrative Assistant………………….. 626-0244 x2
Terri Armstrong, Administrative Assistant………………….. 626-0244 x2
Sean Malloy, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries. 626-5580 x6

PRE Online Tuition Payment

2017-2018 Parish Religious Education Registration Materials

Parish Religious Education (PRE)- Pre-school through Grade 8

The Religious Education Office supports parents in forming their children in our Catholic faith  by providing weekly religious education instruction for our children who are in Preschool (ages 3 and 4) through Grade 8 and who do not attend Catholic schools. Parents have the choice of having their children attend classes at the church or of home schooling their children. Support and materials are provided to parents who choose to home school their children. Accommodations are made for children who have SPECIAL NEEDS. There is a tuition charge for PRE, to help offset some of the cost of materials. In place of tuition payment, parents may also choose to participate in the “Service in Lieu of Tuition Program,” whereby they commit to assist with certain pre-defined RE events. No child is denied the opportunity to participate in any parish sponsored event or PRE classes, due to inability to pay. All children are encouraged to participate in the Parish Religious Program.

Sacramental Preparation:

The Religious Education Office plans and oversees the Sacramental Preparation Programs for all school aged children (public schooled, private schooled, home schooled and parochial schooled). Typically, the sacramental preparation period for First Reconciliation and First Communion is a two year process, beginning in Grade 1 and culminating in reception of First Holy Communion at the end of Grade 2. Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation usually begins in Grade 6 and continues until reception of the sacrament in early spring of Grade 8. Shortly after reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation, students transition to Youth Ministry. There is no charge for Sacramental Preparation.

Special Religious Education Programs:

The Religious Education Office plans and oversees a number of special events for all families and children of the parish (public schooled, private schooled, home schooled and parochial schooled) throughout the year. For example, the Family Masses/Receptions/Dinners are held each first Saturday at 5PM during the school year; a special event with St. Nicholas is held during the weekend nearest to December 6th, the Feast of St. Nicholas; and Vacation Bible Schools are typically held in July. In addition, grade level retreats and workshops are scheduled throughout the year. All Special Events are free.

Rite Of Christian Initiation  (RCIA):

RCIA is a journey of conversion for adults, and children who are at least age 7, wanting to become Catholic. RCIA begins in September and includes prayer and reflection, study of the Catholic faith and way of life, and special rites and rituals throughout the year, culminating in the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil Mass or other appropriate Mass. Adjustments in this schedule are made for children, based on parent choice for their child and the amount of catechesis the child has already received. RCIA is supported by the Religious Education Office. There is no charge for RCIA.

Adult Catechesis:

The Religious Education Office plans and oversees a number of Adult Formation studies, events, classes and seminars throughout the year, including but not limited to: weekly (or bi-weekly) Bible studies; Diocesan Institute classes at St. James; ALPHA®; SIP & DIP (a weekly class held concurrent with PRE classes); I Wonder…I Believe, an Easter season forum addressing current Church topics; seasonal adult days of reflection; and special topic seminars. Classes are open to all adults. A nominal fee may be charged for some classes, to help offset the cost of materials. No person is denied the opportunity to participate in any event, due to inability to pay.

Catechist Formation:

The Religious Education Office plans and supports special training seminars and hosts Diocesan Institute Basic Catechist Certification classes, to encourage all catechists to complete their Diocesan certification for catechists. The cost associated with obtaining Diocesan certification is paid from the RE Office budget.

Youth Ministry:

High School Youth Ministry, known as IMPACT Catholic Youth Group, meets every Wednesday. The Youth Room is open from 3:30-9:00 p.m. each week. (3:30 – 5:30 Fellowship, 5:30 Dinner, 7:00 Meeting time). With time for homework, snacks, games, Bible Study, dinner, and some awesome discussions, there is something for everyone. We gather for Eucharistic Adoration on the third Wednesday of the month. Events outside of the church include, but are not limited to: Service projects and mission trips, Fan the Fire Youth Rally, Steubenville Youth Conference, Destination Unknown Retreat, bowling, skating and more! For sign up information on our trips and events you can periodically check out the sign up site: – We want to serve you and meet you where you are at, so let us know of your games, performances and activities so our team can come support you! Be sure to follow us on Social Media – Facebook “Impact Catholic Youth Group” or Instagram @ImpactYouthMin or Twitter @ImpactCYG.  Please contact Sean Malloy, our Director of Youth Ministry, at 626-5580, ext. 6, or e-mail