Faith Formation Grades 6-12
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. Colleen Keefe, Director Faith Formation Grades 6-12
6th-8th Grade Program
The Faith Formation Program starts at the end of September and goes through the end of April each school year. Meetings are held on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Weekly Faith Formation consists of large group games and activities, talks, guest speakers, small groups, prayer, adoration, and snacks. In addition to the already scheduled events, some of the year’s highlights include: Camp Survive, Totus Tuus, Jr. High Youth Rally, Jr. High Retreat at Cragun’s Resort and attending the March for Life.
9th--11th Grade Confirmation Preparation
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 and Juniors (2016-17 school year)
• All current Sophomores and Juniors 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. 2016-17 retreat dates to be determined soon.
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 the Youth Minister. If your passion revolves around the youth of our parish, this may be just for you!! New ideas are always welcome!
CONTACT Colleen Keefe, Director of Faith Formation for Grades 6-12 by calling 326-1663 x 11
Below are links to faith formation and confirmation documents/forms offering important information:
Sponsor Eligibility Form Due April 23, 2017
Confirmation Sponsor Form Due April 23, 2017
Saint Name Form Due April 23, 2017