Faith Formation for all ages continues to be of utmost importance at the Church of Saint Joseph. Opportunities abound not only for preschoolers and school-age children, but also for adults, whether young, middle-aged or in the “wisdom years” of life.
For preschoolers (ages three, four and five) and kindergartners, Liturgy of the Word for Children is offered during the 10:00 am Mass on scheduled Sundays. No registration is required for children to participate. Children begin Mass seated with their parents, leave with their class leader just before Liturgy of the Word, and then return to their parents after the General Intercessions.
For children grades one through eleven, faith formation is offered on scheduled Sundays beginning with the 10:00 am Mass, followed by class sessions until 12:30 pm. Registration for these classes is required. Students in Tracks I and II (grades 9 & 10) begin the three-year process toward the Sacrament of Confirmation, which is received in Track III (grade 11).
For adults, faith formation opportunities include Lectio Divina, Enrichment classes, Bible Study, Health & Wellness classes and activities, Advent and Lenten enrichment such as Stations of the Cross, the Living Stations, and the Living Rosary. Details for these events are announced in the weekly parish bulletin.
Preparation for sacraments provides additional faith formation opportunities for both children and adults so that a complete understanding of the sacraments is understood before the sacrament is received. Before children receive the Sacrament of Baptism, parents are expected to attend a Baptism Preparation session. Before receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist (usually in second grade), both the children and their parents engage in learning sessions. Children older than grade two who have not yet received the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist prepare for reception of these sacraments in addition to their regular faith formation sessions. Students in eleventh grade prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage attend a preliminary marriage session, a diocesan retreat and meet with their assigned Sponsor Couple. Adults seeking full membership in the Catholic Church journey with their sponsors and parish guides through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
The National Catechetical Theme for 2017–2018 is “Living as Missionary Disciples.” Nurturing our faith, answering our baptismal calling to be authentic disciples of Christ, and being knowledgeable of what our faith teaches, helps us develop a deeper relationship with God. May the Spirit guide us and give us the courage to foster a lived faith.
For more information about any of the faith formation opportunities offered by the Church of Saint Joseph, please contact the Faith Formation office.