“Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents”. (#2226, Catechism of the Catholic Church)
Welcome to St. Joseph Church Faith Formation Program. It is our privilege to assist parents in educating their children in the Catholic faith. We offer weekly Faith Formation classes in a variety of programs from Pre-K through our high school Confirmation Preparation Program. Our programs and materials are presented in a traditional classroom model by volunteer catechists, who so generously share their time, talents, and love of Church, with the youth.
Parental commitment is essential. It is our expectation that all enrolled children attend the scheduled classes, including special events and grade level retreats, if applicable. Participating regularly in the Liturgy (Mass) and the parish Faith Formation Program instills the Catholic faith in a child. It is important for the child to make connections between what they learn at home, in class and at Mass. Parents are expected to attend program level meetings, especially for Sacramental Preparation Programs and volunteer as needed.
To register online, please click the "Faith Formation Registration" tab. Forms are also available in the parish hall, or you may print and mail in this form. (registration currently closed)
Programs offered this year with modifications due to pandemic:
Please read this Faith Formation Restart Letter outlining the precautions we are taking and details about the programs we are offering this year:
Note: Beginning February 3, 2021--all grades will return to weekly Faith Formation Classes. We will continue to follow Covid precautions to include but not limited to: temperature checks, social distancing, masks, sanitizing between sessions, sanitizing most touched surfaces, etc. In event of a shut down--all grades will move to distant learning. Please see updated schedules (links in red)
**Consent Forms: Grades K-8 will be using a classroom tool called Flipgrid to monitor home/distant learning.
Please print and sign this Flipgrid Consent Form and turn it in by first class. (Forms also available in the parish hall)
See this Flipgrid Parent Guide for more information.
Elementary Classes (K-5): Wednesday evenings *5:45pm-6:45pm (*note time change)
Hybrid Model (one week in person, one week home lesson) Hybrid Schedule
Hybrid Groups: Group 1--Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 4 & 5 (start date October 7)
Group 2: Grade 2-Sacramental Preparation (start date September 30)
Updated K-5 Schedule (Weekly classes beginning Feb. 3)
**Consent Form: (Grades 6-10) We will on occasion conduct electronic meetings via Zoom with students.
Please print, sign and turn in this Consent Form for E-Communication and return it by first class. (Forms also available in the parish hall)
Middle School (6-8) Edge Program: Wednesday evenings 7:15-8:30PM
Confirmation Sacramental Preparation (Grades 9 & 10) Wednesday evenings: 7:15-8:30PM.
Classes begin September 30th.
Additional activities may take place outside of the classroom time. For more information, click on the Confirmation tab.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (ages 3-grade 1) Sunday mornings at the 10am Mass
Due to Coronavirus, this ministry has been suspended until further notice.
Summer Formation Programs
Preschool VBS: TBD
Totus Tuus Program: Grades 1-5 (June 28-July 2) Grades 6-12 (June 27-July 1) --More information to come
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