Christian formation is the ongoing pursuit of a greater understand of God's gifts to us and our capacity for giving and receiving God's love to transform the world. At St. Monica and St. James, we offer a variety of opportunities for you to explore outside of worship the many dimensions of God's love.
Every Tuesday evening after the 6:30 pm Mass, Father Hoffacker leads a discussion of a psalm or a meditation on a hymn or the lives of the saints.
Children in the Church
At St Monica and St. James we recognize children as full members of the Church. Children are welcome in our services, welcome to receive the body and blood in communion, and welcome at coffee hour.
Children's Sunday School Beginning at , we offer Sunday School classes for children who do not wish to remain in the service. Following the passing of the Peace, children are brought upstairs to have communion with their families, and may remain in the sanctuary through the end of the Mass or return downstairs to clean up. Children may sit with their parents or with the Sunday School teachers during this time. We have tailored our Sunday School programs to lead children to understand and be able to participate in our main services. Each week we start in the Chapel with a procession, candle lighting, a child-led reading, prayers of the people, and passing the peace. We then proceed to our lessons, the lectionary-based “Living the Good News” (LtGN) curriculum from Morehouse. We also offer families our “Activity and Discussion” sheets to help you integrate a life of worship into your own home, and to help you prepare your children (and yourself!) to participate more deeply in the following week's service. These sheets list the collect and readings for the Sunday following, and offer some areas for discussion based on the Bible readings, plus some activities oriented to the liturgical season (or just plain fun). The discussion and activity ideas are a mixture of original materials and ideas culled from a variety of resources including The Domestic Church and the LtGN curriculum.
Our nursery, located outside the Upper Parish Hall, features live audio feed from the sanctuary so that parents who wish to remain with their children in the nursery may still hear the service. A nursery attendant is available during the am Mass.