Faith Formation Grades 6-11
Our Mission, guided by the Holy Spirit, is to cultivate the seeds of Catholic Faith, honor the presence of God in each life, nurture a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, and foster discipleship.
We have a lively and growing faith formation program for young parishioners from elementary school to high school. The faith formation directors work with volunteers to provide classroom sessions, community-service projects and social activities for students.
All of our programming is on Wednesdays, 3x a month, October thru April—and your family is invited to Dinner prior to Class! Mass will be held at a new time of 5:30pm and Reconciliation is also available beginning at 6pm. Bringing us all together offers us a great opportunity to meet one another, share a meal, and all be part of this awesome faith community! Small Groups and Adoration are held 3x a month on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Fun Night's are incorporated throughout the year. Diocesan Youth Events are also available each year - be sure to look under 'Upcoming Events' on our homepage and our parish bulletin to stay in the loop!
9th--11th Grade Confirmation Preparation Curriculum is included in the Faith Formation Program -
The primary curriculum for this program is based upon the “Chosen” series by Ascension Press, which teaches the essentials of Catholicism and the importance of the Sacraments. Our students, in the course of a three year program, learn to develop and strengthen the habits of living as a practicing Catholic. The goal is to develop a personal relationship with God through consistent Mass attendance and prayer life, along with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Supportive relationships with other members of our Catholic community emerge through small group interaction with their Discipleship Leaders. The Confirmands serve in the community through mission hours, service projects, and mission trips. They also attend a weekend Confirmation Retreat organized by the Diocese of Duluth. Families are also encouraged to take an active role in preparing their Confirmands for the Sacrament of Confirmation through volunteering to help with the program or attending the preparation sessions alongside their children allowing them to share in the experience together. A select group of confirmed high school seniors are invited to return to the program during their senior year in order to help lead small groups as Young Disciples. This opportunity is for those students who want to dive deeper into their faith by serving their peers as a leader to Christ.
Confirmation Retreats for Sophomores - stay tuned for updated info for 2018-19
• All current Sophomores are required to attend one of the four confirmation retreats offered THIS YEAR (This year’s freshman must attend a Confirmation retreat next year as sophomores). Every candidate must attend the ENTIRE retreat. There is no “arriving late” or “leaving early” permitted—No Exceptions! The registration fee for this retreat is covered in the Confirmation fee. There are 4 dates and locations to choose from. They run apx. 6pm-6pm - beginning on a Friday evening and ending after Mass on Saturday.
A lot happens for our youth here at St. Joseph’s in addition to the scheduled programs listed. Highlights include trips to Valley Fair, ski trips, lock-ins, retreats, bowling and other adventures for our youth to share time together. The programs are offered various times throughout the year. Volunteer opportunities include chaperoning and volunteering to help organize and bring forward these plans with Lisa. If your passion revolves around the youth of our parish, this may be just for you!! New ideas are always welcome!
CONTACT Lisa Neary, Director of Faith Formation for Grades 6-12 by calling 326-1663 x 11
Click HERE for 2018-19 Faith Formation Schedule for all grade levels! Print out and hang on the fridge!
Click HERE to register your child(ren) for 2018-19 Faith Formation Programs - all ages are on 1 form!
Below are links to faith formation and confirmation documents/forms offering important information: