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Bible & Faith Formation Study Groups

Saint James Catholic Church has a number of groups that meet regularly for purposes of faith formation. Here is a current listing of those open to new members in September 2023. Some meet year round; others run from September-May or June. If you are interested in joining a group, please contact the leader of that group directly. 


Men’s Young Professionals, Every Monday-7:00pm-9:00pm; Parish House

  • Rotating Bible/book studies and spiritual readings
  • Contact Daniel McGlynn, [email protected]


Saint James Fraternity. Every Tuesday7:15am-8:00am; Parish House

  • Note: format is a short talk on prayer, mortification or apostolate, followed by an examination of     conscience, and an opportunity to share your accountability in these areas with your peers
  • Contact Dony Mac Manus, [email protected]

Mothers of Young Children. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays-7:15pm -8:45pm; Parish House

  • October 10 – May 14
  • The Mystery of God: Who God is and Why He Matters, Bishop Robert Barron, Word on Fire
  • Contact: Liz Sites, [email protected]


Mothers of the Church Course, Every Wednesday-10:00am-11:15am; Knecht Conference Room

  • This course is part of a two-year course promoting the importance and contribution of women within society and within the Catholic Church. It provides psychological and spiritual formation to women of all backgrounds and vocations. Topics covered include attachment theory, emulating Our Lady’s maternity, conflict resolution, boundaries, and contemplative prayer.
  • September until TBD
  • Babysitting is available.
  • For all women in all vocations 
  • To learn more about the course here: https://thebackpack.life/pages/mothers-of-the-church-1. If interested, please contact Carolyn at [email protected].

Women’s Study. Every Wednesday-10:00am-11:30am; Parish House

  • September 13 – December 12, Catechism in a Year, Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Media
  • January 10 – May 22: TBD
  • Note: Format is to listen together to the Wednesday podcast and discuss the daily readings for the week
  • Contact: Jane Harvey, [email protected]

Men’s Study. Every Wednesday7:00pm-9:00pm; Parish House 

  • Discussion of upcoming Sunday Mass readings
  • Plans to do a study on Genesis in the fall
  • Contact: Pat Matheny, [email protected]


Co-ed study, 1st and 3rd Thursdays-9:30am-11:45 am; Knecht Conference Room

  • September 21, “Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation“, Ascension Press 
  • Contact: Estela Arciaga, [email protected]

Women’s Bible Study, Every Thursday-7:00pm-9:00pm, School Library

  • September 7 – December 7, 1st Corinthians, Ascension Press. 
  • December 14 – February 1, The Sacraments, Bishop Robert Baron, Word on Fire.
  • February 8 – March 21, 33 Days to Merciful Love, Fr. Michael Gaitley, All Hearts Afire.
  • March 28 – May 9, The Creed, by Bishop Robert Baron, Word on Fire.
  • Contact: Patti Valancius, [email protected]


Men’s Study, Third Fridays-7:30pm-9:00pm; Parish House

  • Discussion of upcoming Sunday Mass readings
  • Rotating book studies
  • Contact Jeremy Sewall, [email protected]


  • Co-ed Study, Every Saturday-10:00am-12:00pm; Parish House Kitchen (back of the House & up the stairs)
  • Discussion of upcoming Sunday Mass readings
  • Contact Jeremy Dow, [email protected]