Students are encouraged to develop positive attitudes the toward God, faith, the church, and in response to other’s needs.
- Prayer led by students at arrival including readings, the Our Father and an intercession to Saint James
- Prayer at lunchtime and dismissal led by students
- Stations of the Cross during Lent which is led by an assigned grade
- Attending Mass which is led by an assigned grade
- Sandwich Day collections
- Donating Sprit Day money to charities
- Reconciliation service during Advent and Lent
- Prayer service prior to Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter
- Living Rosary at May Crowning
- Service projects throughout the year
- Student Retreat Day held prior to Easter Sunday
- Faculty/Staff Retreat Day
Christian values are integrated throughout the curriculum. Students treat peers and staff with respect at all times as Jesus taught us. The classroom is viewed as a community. In a community, students must work together and respect one another. The New Commandment, “Love one another as I (Jesus) have loved you” is emphasized in the classroom. Jesus is our role model and we should behave as he did. Children are encouraged to be kind, respectful and generous by giving to those less fortunate.
The parish priests are very involved in the school’s religious program. The Pastor, Father Jseph Barbone, visits Saint James every day and teaches 7th and 8th graders. He presides at all monthly liturgy services, Stations of the Cross and prayer services. The priests administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the seasons of Advent and Lent. The parish priests visit the school on a regular basis and attend student activities throughout the year.