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Adult Faith Formation

Ministry Lead:  Rev. Derek Ho
Contact Phone: (224) 345-7201

The Adult Faith Formation ministry provides opportunities to deepen one’s faith in the areas of theology, prayer, and spirituality.

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What is Alpha?   

  • A series of 11 weekly sessions that explore the basics of the Christian faith in a relaxed, welcoming setting where no question is too simple, no answer is pre-packaged, and no one has to talk.
  • Fun, food, friendship, good video & discussion
  • A parish tool for sharing the Good News
  • All about relationships
    • guests come because someone invites them
    • guests stay because they like the discussion & people
    • most discover or rediscover the beauty of a relationship with the Lord

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Come to the Quiet – Catholic Meditation/Prayer Course

“Prayer is the ascent of the mind to God.” –St. John Damascene

In prayer, we experience God. But sadly many Catholics have not been taught how to pray. It is said that Catholics are good at teaching how to recite our prayers, but not how to pray. As a result, many have concluded that God does not exist when in reality, they just do not know how to experience or talk to Him.

Are you Catholic and attend Mass but want to learn to pray? 

In the spring of 2016, a wonderful group of 53 people came together in the chapel of St James for a six – week Catholic meditation course. They discovered that meditation is a deep, profound part of prayer within our faith and that you do not have to look for it in other religions. They also discovered that if you are quiet and listen, you will be receptive to God graces and will be gently resting in His presence.

What exactly is Catholic meditation? It is a very special method of praying. Prayer is bringing your mind, soul, and spirit to God’s presence. In a regular prayer, you use words to articulate your thoughts. But when you meditate, instead of only using your voice, you are sitting with God and listening to Him. How else can we know what God’s Divine plan is for us if we are always busy?

In this Catholic meditation course you will be introduced to three meditation methods so every one of you can find his/her unique way of prayer: Ignatian Contemplative Prayer, Lectio Divina, and Contemplative Prayer. We offer the course in fall starting middle September and again in springtime when we will follow a Lenten meditation journey.  This meditation/prayer course is offered in a six week series on Monday evenings or Tuesday mornings in the chapel . These sessions start September 25, 2017 . We truly hope you will join us!


“Joy’s meditation today stirred my soul and calmed the waters ever so gently. I pray to the Holy Spirit to keep inspiring you for the greater good of our women, men, and children at our Catholic country parish of St. James.” – D.A.

“I wanted to tell you when I got home tonight I smelled roses and there are no roses or flowers in my house. I looked on the internet and it says, ‘People regularly report smelling the fragrance of roses while communicating with angels in prayer or meditation.’ It is also a sign our Blessed Mother is present. How amazing is that?! Thank you so much! See you next week.” – V.S.

A note from a confirmation youth leader: “Many shared how they experienced God in a new and deeper way through the meditation experience you led them through. One boy recounted how he saw in colors and that just amazed him. He felt God’s presence in that moment!  Another girl shared how Jesus was so real for her in that prayer. They remarked how there was such peace in the quiet. Students in my confirmation group also commented on how much they loved sitting in the quiet in adoration and experiencing the meditation. Thank you!” – J.M.

If you have questions please contact Father Derek Ho: or Joy Anderson at 224.315.9507 or

Eucharistic Adoration 

St. James offers Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, on Thursdays, following 7:30 a.m. Mass through 8:00 p.m.

Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves “the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us”.

During Eucharistic Adoration, we “watch and wait”, we remain “silent” in His Presence and

open ourselves to His Graces which flow from the Eucharist … By worshiping the Eucharistic Jesus, we become what God wants us to be! Like a magnet, The Lord draws us to Himself and gently transforms us. In its fullest essence … Eucharistic Adoration is “God and Man reaching out for each other, at the same time!”

The Eucharist is: Jesus truly present – Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity!  Join us in Eucharistic adoration every Thursday from 8 AM-8 PM in the church. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament immediately follows 7:30 am Mass, rosary recitation at 8:00 AM and silent adoration from 9 AM—7 PM. Click here for more information. The 7 PM Holy Hour with Deacon Hahn, includes Evening prayer, Rosary and Benediction at 8 PM.  All are invited to rest in His presence in the Blessed Sacrament.