Health and Wellness

As part of our mission to “pass on the Catholic faith to the next generation”, the St. James Academy teachers and administration are further enhancing the health and wellness initiatives we offer our students. The Church teaches very clearly that the dignity of each human person must be protected and made manifest in the choices we make regarding our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “The human person participates in the light and power of the divine Spirit…By his reason, man recognizes the voice of God which urges him ‘to do what is good and avoid what is evil.’” (CCC 1704-1706). Living a moral life bears witness to the dignity of the person.

It is our hope that deepening our students’ knowledge regarding the choices presented to them will help them understand that “the Law of the Gospel requires us to make the decisive choice between the two ways and to put into practice the words of the Lord” (CCC 1970). Our goal is to help our students see the joy, peace, and freedom offered by “the way” of the Gospel, Jesus Christ, as opposed to “the way” of our culture, enslavement to sin.

Important pieces of our Health and Wellness Program

• Community System
• House and Mentor Teachers
• Virtuous Behavior Program
• Anti-Bullying Program
• Student Resource Of cer
• AWOL (Away with our Lord)
• Social Emotional Counselors
• Clubs & Activities
• Athletics
• Fitness Center
• Retreat Program
• Prayer Line
• Random Drug & Alcohol Testing Program
• Professional Learning Communities

“If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful, and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ – and you will find true life.”

– Pope Benedict XVI