Youth Formation

Early Childhood
The Early Childhood Religious Education program begins in September and is offered during the 11 a.m. Mass on most Sundays throughout the school year. For children 3, 4, and 5-years-old, this program offers faith formation at a level appropriate to their age. The children learn bible stories, prayers, sing Christian songs, and hear about various saints as their feast days are celebrated. Not only does this program help develop a child’s faith, but it also helps parents participate more fully in the Mass while the children are in session. Classes are held in the school. To register, please contact the Youth Formation Office.


Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Beginning in early September and continuing throughout the school year, (except Christmas and Easter), St. Joseph Parish offers a children’s Liturgy of the Word during the 11 a.m. mass. It is for children in first through fourth grades. Shortly after Liturgy begins, the children are invited to a classroom for Scripture reading that is tailored to their own level of understanding. Through appropriately adapted Scripture texts, music, prayer and activities, the children can experience a deeper understanding and participation in the liturgy. No registration is necessary.


Youth Formation
The St. Joseph Youth Catechesis program for children in public schools entering first through sixth grades is comprised of two components. It begins with Camp Joy, the heart of religious education, which is held during two weeks in June from 9 a.m. until noon. It continues with Activity Nights which focuses on feasts, seasons, and our Catholic heritage. With the sessions of both Camp Joy and Wednesday Activity Nights the children, through a combination of classroom discussions, hands-on learning and community prayer experiences, learn about God, Scripture, sacraments, liturgy, their Catholic faith, and they strengthen the bond they have with each other and their parish community.


2019-2020 Wednesday Activity Nights; classes are 6:30-8:00 p.m.

  • September 18
  • October 16
  • November 20
  • December 4 - Mass
  • January 16
  • February 19
  • March 11 - Penance Service
  • April 22

* Camp Joy 2020 - June 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 - 9 a.m. - Noon

Sacramental Preparation for Children
Part of the children’s formation is sacramental preparation. In second grade, this instruction is for Reconciliation and Eucharist. Sacrament of Reconciliation classes take place during October and November . The reception of the sacrament is in November. Preparation for the Sacrament of Eucharist begins in January. A retreat, which is held in March, is required. First Communion is held the first Sunday in May.


Reconciliation Classes

Classes: 6:30-8 p.m.

October 9 - Parent Meeting and Class

October 23 - Class, Religious Ed. Students only

November 6 - Class, Religious Ed. Students only

Sacrament of First Reconciliation: November 12, 6:30 p.m in the Church


First Communion Classes - 6:30-8:00 p.m.

January 29 - Parent Meeting & Class

February 5 - Class, Religious Ed. Students only

February 12 - Class, Religious Ed Students only

March 18 - Class, Religious Ed Students only

Retreat:  March 14, 2019; 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Students Only)
First Communion Practice: April 28 at 6:30 p.m., in the Church (Students and Parents)

First Communion Celebration: May 3 - 1:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.


Verso L’Alto-Jr. High Youth Group

Classes: 6:30-8 p.m. in Church Basement

September 11, 25*

October 2, 9*, 23, 30

November 6, 13*

December 11, 18*

January 8, 22*, 29

February 5, 12*

March 4, 18*

April 15*, 22

* denotes mandatory classes for Confirmation Year 1 (7th grade) Religious Ed students


7th Grade Religious Education (Confirmation Year 1)

August 27 - Parents and students 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

February 12 - Parents only, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.


Confirmation Year II

Classes:  6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

August 28

September 18

October 16

November 20

December 4

January 15

February 19

March 11

April 11

Parent Meeting: April 1 - 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Church

8th Grade Retreat: December 7, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at St Thomas More, BG

Confirmation Day: April 29; 7 p.m. at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral


St. Joseph Church is committed to the Catholic formation of its public school and home school children. To enroll your child in classes or to learn more about the programs, contact the Youth Formation Department.

Chris Baltes, Youth Formation Secretary at 419-893-7025