Faith Formation Pre-K through Grade 5
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 religious education program for young parishioners from elementary school to high school. The youth and faith formation directors work with volunteers to provide classroom sessions, community-service projects and social activities for students. Mandy Foss is our Director of Faith Formation for Preschool – Grade 5.
Preschool-2nd Grade Children’s Church
Beginning on January 8, 2017 - our Children's Church will take on a new look and plan for the 2nd half of our Faith Formation year. Children in Grades PreK thru Grade 2 will meet for their class-fun at 9:15am each scheduled Sunday. There will also be a "Parent Track' at 9:15am for the adults to discuss a weekly topic, meet one another and enjoy donuts and coffee. This 9:15am plan offers either Mass for your family to attend. If you attend 10:30am Mass - Children will be released just after the opening prayer for a 'Children's Liturgy of the Word' held in the Social Hall - which offers a child's version of our weekly Gospel. Children will return to Mass during the presentation of the gifts and are able to come forward at Communion to receive a blessing.
Let's try this newplan for 1/2 of the year - giving you a chance to take part and weigh in on your thoughts on the year end survey! The program ends each year on Palm Sunday. Class-fun does a scriptural lesson which incorporates music and crafts. Each year these children prepare a Christmas program for our whole community to enjoy. Volunteer opportunities include catechists and helping with various programs.
3rd -5th Grade Release Time
Children are released from their public school classrooms to learn more about themselves and their faith. They are brought to St. Joseph’s by bus every other Wednesday from 12:30-2:00 pm, October through Palm Sunday. The children explore a scripture lesson and prayer. A Prayer Station Workshop is offered every three years for children to attend, bringing fun and learning together. Volunteer opportunities include teaching catechism on Wednesday afternoons.
2nd Grade Sacramental Preparation
This is a program for children preparing to receive their First Reconciliation and Communion. The children attend weekly classes, Prayer Center and Bread Day Workshops and is attended with their parents. First Holy Communion is received as a group typically the last Sunday in April. Volunteer opportunities include help with both workshops.
Mandy Foss, Director of Faith Formation for Grades Pre-K thru GR. 5.
Mandy can be reached by calling 326-1663 x 15
Fee is $50 per student or $80 maximum for entire family.
No one is turned away - Please feel free to contact Mandy with any questions you may have.