Religious Education

Welcome to the Religious Education Page

Fern Dery, Religious Ed Coordinator

766-1558 press 3



and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of heaven

belongs to such as these.     Matt 19:14


We have been told by Jesus to “Let the children come to me”. To whom is he talking? It has to be all of us, don’t you think? Whether it be parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, guardians, we can all play a role in letting the children “come to Jesus”.


There is nothing more beautiful then to see families with “little ones” celebrate Mass on weekends….or even to see grandparents with their grandchildren every week. A seed is planted!


As they grow to a mature age of 6 or in Kindergarten, it’s time to water that seed and “consider” bringing them to Religious Education classes. They are never too young to begin learning about God’s creation and God’s love for us. The word “consider” is used here because Kingergarten is not a necessity to start with St. James Religious Education.


Grade 1 through 10, continues the journey you began by their Baptism. To learn about their Catholic faith is a long but beautiful process. I never cease to marvel

at the progress the 10th graders have made as they prepare for their Confirmation. Parents, Grandparents and Guardians who are committed to seeing their children through this are to be commended for their efforts.


Jesus let the children come to Him. So should “we” let them come to Him. God has given all of us a great responsibility by entrusting us with the children (no matter what age). May we receive His love, patience, strength and grace to live up to that responsibility.







When are classes held?

Grades K to 5 = Sunday mornings - 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. followed by 10 a.m. Mass

Grades 6 to 10 = Sunday evenings - 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


When are the first & last classes

Classes begin Sunday, September 17, 2017;  Last class is Sunday, April 15, 2018


Where are classes held?

Classes are held for both sessions in St. James School. Entrance off parking lot


Who are the teachers?

Kindergarten is taught by a High School Senior. All other grades are taught by adults.

Each class in the lower grades has a teenager serving as aide.


How do I register? 

It it's the first year registering your child, please call Fern Dery, 766-1558 ext. 3 .

If it's not the first year registering your child, you should receive a registration form in August.


Where do I send registration (s)

  • Mail to 33 Division Street – Manville, RI 02838

  • Bring registration to religious education office or parish office located in the Brouillette Center (bldg behind the church)  9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Place registration in container at each entrance of the church. (August to mid September only)


Registration fee?

$35 per family


What grade do children receive First Communion?

Grade 2 - Attending Grade 1 class is part of the First Communion Preparation. Also, if not baptized at St. James, we will need a copy of the Baptismal Certificate.


What grade do students receive the Sacrament of Confirmation?

Grade 10 - Attending Grade 9 class is part of Confirmation Preparation



Note: All children are expected to attend each and every year (1-10) in order to be eligible for the reception of the Sacraments. However, do not be afraid to call the religious ed office if this has not been the case for your child.


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