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.


Religious Education
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 
  • January 15
  • February 19
  • March 4
  • April 22

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


Sacramental Preparation for Children 

Reconciliation Classes

We invite our second graders to First Reconciliation Prep!
Sacrament of Reconciliation classes take place during October and November.
The reception of the sacrament is in November.

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First Communion Classes

Preparation for the Sacrament of Eucharist begins. during the second grade year, in January.
A retreat, which is held in March, is required.
First Communion is held the first Sunday in May.

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Confirmation Prep

Confirmation Prep begins with 7th grade religious education and 2 parent meetings during Year 1 (7th grade). The primary prep takes place during Year 2 (8th grade).

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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