At the Church of Saint Joseph, we strive to journey with our youth, encouraging and offering many opportunities of welcome and inclusion within the life of the parish. For more information about any of the faith formation opportunities offered by the Church of Saint Joseph, please contact the Faith Formation office.
Sessions for Grades 1–11
Sessions for children in grades 1–11 are held on scheduled Sundays, beginning with the 10:00 am Mass, followed by classroom instruction until 12:45 pm. Students in grade 11 (Track III) begin their immediate preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, which includes active discipleship projects.
Students in second grade, in addition to their Sunday sessions, prepare to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Their parents actively participate in their preparation.
Ministry to Youth
The Church of Saint Joseph has adopted a strategic process called Vital 3.0 which goes beyond comprehensive youth ministry to building an intergenerational parish culture that grows teen disciples. In addition, opportunities for youth include the Junior High Youth Rally for students in grades 6–8, the Senior High Youth Rally for students in grades 9–12, the Castaway Retreat for students in grades 9–12, Central Minnesota TEC Retreats, and Ablaze! Waking the New Generation. Throughout the year, parish events and activities for the youth are scheduled and encouraged. Events such as a ROX game, a Valleyfair trip, a “Movie, Faith and Fun” night, participation in the parish’s Fourth of July parade float are some of the special activities that have occurred.
Vacation Bible School
The community of St. Joseph offers Vacation Bible School during the summer. The Churches of Saint Joseph, Resurrection Lutheran and Gateway offer this opportunity for children ages three through grade six. Many volunteers help to make this an exciting, fun, and faith-filled experience for attendees.
For graduating high school seniors, a Baccalaureate Mass and Brunch are held during the month of May to honor their achievements and bless them as their future unfolds. Twelfth grade students are encouraged to participate in the life of the parish as confirmed adults and disciples of Christ.
Persons with Disabilities
At the Church of Saint Joseph, we work with individual families who have children with special needs. We believe that children with special needs have a great deal to offer within the classroom setting. Their presence is valuable, allowing various ways for children to interact in positive ways with each other and to gain an understanding that every child is loved, gifted, and deserving of respect.