Faith Study

Jesus always invites his disciples to go into “deep waters”, to grow closer to his heart through on-going prayer, study and service. As Christians, we are invited to study our faith- our Sacred Scriptures, doctrines, dogmas, prayers, practices and traditions as well as the spiritualities and lives of our many Saints. When we study Catholicism together, we not only deepen our own faith, but also the lives of the others with whom we gather and share.

Summer Offerings - click here

 

St. James Offerings

Sacred Scripture- a variety of courses are offered in the Fall, Winter and Summer. Programs are usually eight sessions and include prayer, reading, dvd presentations and sharing. click here for Scripture Study offerings

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults- a program for  those who wish to come into full communion with the Catholic Church. Classes meet on Sunday mornings and candidates receive their sacraments at the Easter Vigil. click here

Catching Fire, Becoming Flame- a program for all adults who wish to deepen their faith through the power of the Holy Spirit. This program also serves as preparation for Adult Confirmation.

Call To Zion- by combining psychology and religion we learn how to heal our wounds, celebrate our gifts and come to know  a deep sense of freedom. click here

Lenten Programs on the Spirituality of the Saints- a six-week retreat combining reading, praying and sharing on the lives and spiritualities of various saints of the Catholic Churchclick here

Religious Education for Children- a program for children, grades 1-8, which teaches the prayers, practices and traditions of our faith. Sacramental preparation for First Communion and Reconciliation are also a part of this program. click here

Confirmation for our Youth- a program is offered each year to teens to prepare them to receive the sacrament of Confirmation in the Spring.

Christian Yoga click here

 

 

Beyond St. James

Programs and Workshops also available in our  area :

- Fairfield University

- Sacred Heart University

- Yale University

- Diocese of Bridgeport

Daily Devotionals:

- Magnificat

- OurDaily Bread

- The Word Among Us

- Living Faith

Magazines:

- America

- Commonweal

- Catholic Digest

- U.S. Catholic

 

Movies and DVD’s

 

- Ignatius Press - Catholic books, magazines, film, music, art and more

 

- The Catholic Company - online and catalog retailer of high quality Catholic books and gifts

 

- Aquinas and More - Catholic bibles, books, and film

 

Popular Catholic Authors:

 

- James Martin, S.J.

 

- Joan Chittister

 

- Margaret Silf

 

- Edwina Gately

 

- Richard Rohr

 

- Henri Nouwen

 

- Thomas Merton

 

Websites:

- United States Catholic Conference of Bishops- daily readings, news coverage, Scripture

- Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola - information on and experience of Ignation spirituality

- Spirituality of St. Francis - grassroots effort amplifying the justice efforts of the Franciscans

- St. Francis Bible Study - courses on scripture

Fairfield Universityhttps://www.fairfield.edu/catholic-jesuit/

  
Scripture
  St. Paul Center for biblical Theologyhttps://stpaulcenter.com/
  Catholic Scripture Studyhttp://www.cssprogram.net/
  Complete Index of Scripture Studieshttp://scripturestudies.com/index.htm
 
Doctrine and Dogma of the Catholic Church
  United States Conference of Catholic Bishopshttp://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/index.cfm
 
Sacraments
 
Church History
  History of the Catholic Church http://ourcatholicfaith.org/
  Wikipedia.org
 
Lives of the Saints
  Saints and Angelshttp://www.catholic.org/saints/
 
Social Teaching
  Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching -   United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/index.cfm
 
Catholic Traditions
  Being Catholic: Guide to Catholic Traditionshttp://fisheaters.com/beingcatholic.html
  Catholic Tradition - http://www.beginningcatholic.com/
 
Christology
 
Moral theology
  United States Conference of Catholic Bishopshttp://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/index.cfm
 
Medical Ethics
  Summary of Catholic Teaching on Medical Issueshttp://www.lifeissues.net/writers/gro/gro_052medicalethics.html
 
Family Life
  United States Conference of Catholic Bishops http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/index.cfm
 
Ways to Pray
  United States Conference of Catholic Bishopshttp://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/index.cfm
  Catholic Prayers Online - http://www.catholic.org/prayers/