Faith abounds at St. James School! As many of you know, our second grade students will celebrate First Holy Communion tomorrow,  Saturday, May 4th. The students are very excited because they have experienced preparation for this sacrament that is deeply rooted in the meaning of Eucharist.  As stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Eucharist is the “the source and summit of the Christian life.”

These children sense that a transformation is taking place in them that will have a lifelong effect on their relationship with Christ when they receive their first Communion and every time they receive Eucharist. They have learned the importance of the Eucharist through sacramental preparation that all that St. James means as a community of faith. Rooted in scripture and the teaching of the church, these young people have come to a profound level of understanding for young children and it will continue to grow through family involvement in faith formation in partnership with St. James School.

As a sign of this commitment, the Family and School Association has graciously gifted our second graders with personal copies of the “Breakthrough Bible” from St. Mary’s Press. This Bible is a beautiful translation of the Catholic Bible that is well understood by younger people because of language that is clear to them and explanations that accompany the text. These are meant to be for the students’ and family use, as well as classroom instruction. We are most grateful to Mrs. Marcheschi who headed this effort and the leadership of Mrs. Furmanski who make this commitment to faith through this gift, on behalf of all of you.

While we have classroom sets of Bibles in all classes from 4th through 8th grade, we will add Bibles to regular classroom text list in the Fall, 2019. So along with the Bible received in grade 2, starting next year students in grade 6 will also have a personal copy of the Bible which will be a standard adult translation of the text as used in liturgies and approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2011. (The New American Bible, Revised Edition).

Scripture is the Word of God. We should all join our First Communicants in committing anew to study Scripture.

We wish the blessings of Christ present in all our lives to our first communicants and their families!