Youth Ministry

St. James has a very active youth ministry where students have fun, make friends, and grow in their faith. If you have any questions or are interested in your student participating, Contact Fr. John Paul at the rectory at 703-532-8815 or [email protected]. Check out some of our programs for youth below.

YOUTH MINISTRY HIKE-All high school youth and eighth graders are invited to go hiking on Saturday, May 14th at Potomac Overlook Regional Park 2845 N. Marcey Road Arlington, VA. Come enjoy the outdoors!

Everyone will meet at the park. The hike will begin at 12:30pm and take about two hours. Eat before, or bring a day pack with lunch and water.

Please send an email to [email protected] if interested in attending.


PAINTBALL BLAST MAY 28, 2022 – All St. James high school boys are invited to a paintball blast against St. Anthony Youth Ministry on Saturday, May 28th, from 8:00am–2:00pm at Hog Back Mountain Paintball in Leesburg, VA.

Eighth grade boys are also invited to participate.

Everyone should bring a bagged lunch and drinks. We will leave around 8:15am and return around 2:00pm in Lot A. Parent drivers will be needed as well.

Download the two permission forms below, complete, and return to the rectory with a check for $51 (made payable to St. James Catholic Church) to the rectory office in a sealed envelope addressed:  Fr. John Paul/Paintball.

Any questions or to volunteer to drive, parents can email Father John Paul @ [email protected].

Paintball Waiver & Paintball Permission Form


First Friday Food Distribution-Community Outreach Opportunity-High School -We are seeking additional high school youth volunteers for our monthly Food Distribution.  This outreach initiative typically occurs on the First Friday of the month in Heller Hall.  Volunteer shifts begin in the afternoon and end by 7:00pm.  If you are interested, email Amy Steinbicker [email protected] to be added to the “St. James Volunteer Group”.  Once you are added to the group, you will receive an email once a month about volunteering.  The volunteer request email is usually sent about 2 weeks before the next volunteer opportunity.  If you are able to volunteer simply sign up for a shift.  If you have a conflict, you are welcome to sign up in the future at a time that works with your schedule.  We ask that volunteers officially sign up, rather than just show up on the night of Food Distribution.     

HIGH SCHOOL PREP (MARCH_MAY 2022) – All high school students are encouraged to come join the High School PREP classes on Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm-8:15pm.  Students will enter through the PREP door #16 and go to the School library. The class will begin with “Apologetics: Why Believe?” through March. This program is a defense of the faith that responds to questions that believers and non-believers alike are asking today. It will give you ways to explain what you believe and why you believe it. We will use Sacred Scripture, Catholic Tradition, theology, philosophy, art, and literature throughout the series to enhance and enliven your experience.

Below is the schedule. Students can still join us on Tuesday nights. Any questions, email [email protected].

  • 3/1/2022:  Apologetics: Why Believe?  Why Believe? Volume 1 – FORMED  
  • 3/8:  Apologetics: Why Believe?  Why Believe? Volume 1 – FORMED
  • 3/15:  Apologetics: Why Believe?  Why Believe? Volume 1 – FORMED
  • 3/22:  Apologetics: Why Believe?  Why Believe? Volume 1 – FORMED
  • 3/29, 4/5:  No class, test week for FFX on the 29th and FC on the 5th (and spring break for FFX).
  • 4/12, 4/19:  No class, spring break FC, Easter holiday.
  • 4/26:  Catholics to Learn From:  Venerable Jerome Lejeune: To the Least of These My Brothers & Sisters – Trailer – Venerable Jerome Lejeune: To the Least of These My Brothers & Sisters – FORMED    
  • 5/3:  Catholics to Learn From:  All That Remains: The Story of Takashi Nagai – FORMED (1st half)
  • 5/10:  Catholics to Learn From:  All That Remains: The Story of Takashi Nagai – FORMED (2nd half)
  • 5/17:  Cancel-Culture and our Friends: Companions in Shipwreck – FORMED


WorkCamp registration is now closed for 2022. Arlington Diocese WorkCamp is an annual youth ministry program culminating in a week-long overnight camp providing high school teens of the Diocese with an opportunity to encounter Christ through service, faith, and fellowship.  This service opportunity combines prayer, great speakers, daily Mass, confession, and tons of fun, making it an integrated experience of true Christian community and one of the most transformational opportunities of the year.

WorkCamp 2022 is currently scheduled for June 18-24 in Frederick County, VA. If you have any questions, send an email to Karen Graffam at [email protected] or Father John Paul at [email protected]. The number of teens who can register is limited by the number of adult volunteers.  The cost per youth is $525, but we do fundraisers to reduce much of this cost.