Sr. Margaret Rose Buoniauto, FMA
31 St. James Place
Totowa, NJ 07512
Mrs. Gail Monochello - Administrative Assistant
Office hours: Monday through Thursday 9:00am to 3:00 pm
Summer hours: Wednesday only June & July
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Grades 1 through 8 - every Sundays from 9:00 am to 10:10 am - September through April
Followed by 10:15 am Mass
Grades 9 and 10 - Tuesdays from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm - September through May
To provide a foundation that will help our children develop their faith and make God an integral part of their everyday lives.
Religious Education Philosophy:
We believe that the Religious education of our children is a shared responsibility between Church and family. The purpose of catechesis is to make a person's faith become alive, conscious and active through the light of instruction. Acting on this belief, the staff of Saint James Religious Education Program is committed to the spiritual growth of our children. At your child's Baptism, you also made a commitment for your child to be raised in the Catholic faith. We now ask you to fulfill that promise. Together, with humble confidence and hope rooted in prayer, we can instill in our children God's message as the way of life.
The tuition for Grades 1, 3-9 is: $ 80 for th 1st child, $60 for 2nd child and $55 for the 3rd child. The tuition helps cover the cost of textbooks and any materials used by the students in the Religious Education Program.
Grade 2 (First Holy Communion) and grade 10 (Confirmation) tuition is $100. The tuition helps cover the cost of textbooks, the materials used by the students and the fee for the retreat day.
All young people in the Religious Education program in grades 1-8 are expected to attend formal Religious Education classes. In case of a prolonged absence the child might need to do again the work required for the specific grade
It is essential that parents contact the DRE for resources and/or support should an extended recovery from illness or injury entail a prolonged absence for their child.
See the separate policy for the reception of the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion.
Records of Sacraments are kept in the Parish House only.
Cancellation of Class due to Inclement Weather:
If there is a class cancelation due to inclement weather, you will be notified by phone, text and/or email.
Church of St. James of the Marches
Totowa, New Jersey
Children of the parish who are in their second consecutive year of religious instruction are to be properly catechized for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Focused sacramental preparation generally begins with children entering the second grade. Special arrangements are made with the Religious Education Coordinator for children beyond second grade who have not yet celebrated First Reconciliation and/or First Eucharist.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is received prior to the celebration and reception of First Eucharist. The catechesis will provide developmental instruction in order to lead the children to an understanding and experience of the Church's teachings about reconciliation and forgiveness in their lives. It will help the children to open their minds and hearts to the mystery of Christ's presence in the Eucharist and the importance of celebrating and receiving Jesus in the Eucharist each week. Children are expected to attend all sessions of the program.
A Baptism certificate is necessary for sacramental preparation for those children who received the Sacrament of Baptism outside of Saint James Parish.
Family involvement is a necessary component of this program. To prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and provide necessary materials, a Parent Preparation Meeting will take place in November. To prepare for First Eucharist and provide the necessary materials, another Parent Preparation Meeting is held in March. Parents are required to attend both sessions.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is generally celebrated in late January. Prior to First Eucharist, each child is required by diocesan policy to participate in a half-day parent/child retreat experience, with at least one parent in attendance. First Eucharist is celebrated on a Saturday morning, usually at the beginning of May.
THIS IS MOST IMPORTANT: A vital part of each student's spiritual life and growth as a Catholic is regular participation in the sacraments and the community prayer life of the Church. All students and their families are expected to attend Mass and participate in this liturgy each Sunday or Saturday evening as well as on holy days of obligation. Those who have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation are encouraged to continue to receive this sacrament regularly. Beyond anything that textbooks and lessons can teach, it is the quiet but steady witness of our lives as adults that will teach our children that the Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation are far more than rites of passage. Come what may, they have the power to keep us rooted in our relationship with God and his Church and provide strength and peace for our lives.
Any Questions regarding the Sacraments of First Reconciliation or First Eucharist may be directed to the Director of Religious Education.