Youth Ministry

Saint James Catholic Church has an active Youth Ministry where students have fun, make friends, and grow in their faith.

If you have any questions or are interested in your students participating in any event, contact our Youth Ministry coordinator, Amy Bigart, [email protected] with any questions. She will be working closely with Fr. John Paul on scheduling and coordinating events. We will keep this page up to date with all the latest events for high school and middle school students.

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Youth Ministry Calendar-We have planned many events through the Fall of 2023 with a wide variety of events to build faith, friendship, and community for middle and high school students. Get the latest news and updates via text and email by signing up for Flocknotes above. For a printable version of the calendar, click here.

Middle School BASH-Bishop Burbidge invites all middle school students of the Diocese to join him at BASH 2023! It is the largest diocesan gathering of Catholic middle school students each year. This event is a celebration of our Catholic faith and love of the Lord. We are planning for hundreds of middle school students to gather for an evening of faith, fellowship, and fun! This event includes music, games, inspirational speakers, confessions, and a Vigil Mass for Sunday, with Bishop Burbidge as the principal celebrant. Return the permission form below to Amy Bigart.

  • WHEN: April 22, 2023. 3:30pm-8:30pm  
  • WHERE: Bishop O’Connell High School
  • COST: $15 per participant (youth/adults) 
  • Permission Form, click here.

High School & 8th Grade Students-are invited to an evening of fun and creativity. Our teacher, Hannah, will take the class step by step from blank canvas to beautiful work of art.

No prior art experience necessary! There is a $5 fee for supplies.

  • Where: Knecht Conference Room
  • When: Sunday, March 12th, 4-6 pm
  • Who: 8th graders and High School students

RSVP to Amy Bigart, [email protected], by Thursday, March 9th.

Middle School Dodgeball with St. Ann-Email Amy Bigart, [email protected], if your middle school student would like to attend. Parents must drop off and pick up their middle schooler at St. Ann School gym on March 26th, from 4:00pm-6:00pm at 980 N Frederick St, Arlington. Parents must complete the following permission form, click here.

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Middle School Lenten Mass & Rosary-Students are invited to attend Sunday Mass each week of Lent and pray the Rosary. Have a priest, religious sister, or parent sign your Mass and Rosary card. Then join Father John Paul for a Divine Mercy party on Sunday, April 16th.

Cards will be available in the school, church vestibule, the Rectory office, and on the following link, click here.  

Middle School Lenten Bible Study-Please register by February 6th by emailing Amy Bigart, [email protected], if your middle school student would like to join our Youth Ministry Lenten Bible Study group on Thursdays during Lent at 6:30pm in the school library.

Registration for WorkCamp is now closed. WorkCamp will be held from June 17-23, 2023, in Frederick County, Virginia. In addition to attending the entire week of camp, teens are required to attend four preparation meetings and participate in fundraising activities. The cost is $525, but the fundraising covers a large part of this. Each parent should plan to volunteer in some way such as helping with fundraising, spending one afternoon at camp as a security volunteer, being a crew leader, or helping in some other way. Email Karen Graffam, [email protected], with questions.

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]. We ask that volunteers officially sign up, rather than just show up on the night of Food Distribution.