December 11, 2012

Children’s Ministry

2021-22 Sunday Faith Formation Parent Handbook (Coming Soon)


Early Childhood meets on Sunday mornings, September 19, 2021, to May 1, 2022, from 10:30 am-11:30 am.  The program is for Kindergarteners. This fun-filled class allows the children to be with others their own age and learn of the Gospel in an age-appropriate way. The children play, pray, do crafts, and have music time. They learn about the weekly Gospel and our Catholic Traditions. Our dedicated teachers have worked hard to make “Sunday School” a fun place to be! Please join us!

Elementary Faith Formation meets on Sunday mornings, September 19, 2021, to May 1, 2022, from 10:30-11:45 am. This program is for children grades 1-5.    

1st Reconciliation and 1st Holy Communion Preparation is a two-year process. Generally, children begin in Grade 1 and receive their Sacraments in Grade 2. Several special workshops and retreats for parents and children are held during both years to help in the preparation. Older Children (above Grade 2) are welcome to begin or continue in the Sacrament Preparation Program at any grade level. Families will be directly involved in all Sacramental Programs. Faith Formation is not just about 1st Reconciliation and 1st Holy communion. We encourage all children to continue their faith journey from elementary through middle school. Our continuing education program for grades 3-5 is called Kids Quest. This program helps our older elementary children learn about their Catholic Faith by reading the Holy Scriptures and then follow-up by doing hands-on projects, prayer experiences, video presentations, Mass preparation, and community outreach.

Middle School 6th-8th Grades sessions are Tuesdays 7 – 8 p.m. October 3, 2021, through April 26, 2022. This program helps our young teens learn about their Catholic Faith by putting it into ACTION! They learn through reading the catechism and Holy Scriptures and then follow-up by doing hands-on service projects, prayer services and have community fun! Every middle school student receives a St. Mary’s Catholic Youth Bible and is encouraged to read it daily! Middle school is the beginning of Youth Ministry at St. Joseph. Tweens are also invited to monthly Youth Activities (ON THE EDGE) for all Middle School Students; they can invite their friends, too!

Baptism for Children Grade 1 and above is called the Rite of Christian Initiation. This process is family-centered. Children are expected to attend Religious Education classes according to their grade level. Parents will be included in sessions for the family—dates to be scheduled after the interview with the family.

Safe Environment Training – Empowering God’s Children

The School Year 2021 – 2022 Safe Environment Training theme is focused on the important topic of Internet Safety.  In today’s world, the internet and technology are a part of children’s and young people’s lives.  The Safeguard, the Children website, includes various resources for you to choose from to teach this year’s lesson to the children and young people in your school or Religious Education Program.  We have also added additional Online Resources for educators and parents to help increase your understanding of the current issues and give you some resources for your use.