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 held on Wednesdays evenings from October thru April—and your family is invited to Dinner prior to Class! Mass will be held at 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 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to join us for Adoration from 8:10-8:30. Every 4th Wednesday our Adoration time is spent praying the rosary together as a large group. Just come a little early to pick your kids up and join us in the church. We have lots of extra prayer cards and rosaries for you.
9th--11th Grade Confirmation Preparation Curriculum is included in the Faith Formation Program -
Our Confirmation program is 2 full years of prep in 9th and 10th grade, with the final few sessions happening early in the 11th grade year and Confirmation a little later in the fall.
Our focus in 9th grade is the Theology of the Body. The primary curriculum for this is the “YOU” series by Ascension Press. There is a heavy focus on who we are as children of God. We spend a lot of time talking about human relationships and how to have relationships with others in the way that God intended. This material is vital preparation for not only the Sacrament of Confirmation, but for living out our Catholic faith as adults.
The primary curriculum for 10th grade is based upon the “Chosen” series by Ascension Press. We build off what they learned about relationships in 9th grade and dive deeper into the importance of the Sacraments, and how to live an authentically Catholic life. We ask the question,”Who did God create you to be?” We talk about the practical matters of getting to Mass, going to Confession, sharing our faith with others and also how to date virtuously.
The goal for our students is to develop a personal relationship with God. We hope to accomplish this 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 final preparation sessions alongside their children allowing them to share in the experience together.
Confirmation Retreats for Sophomores
All current Sophomores are required to attend one of the two 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 paid online when you register. Registration is at https://www.dioceseduluth.org/Confir There are 2 dates and locations to choose from. They run approximately. 6:00 PM on Friday to noon on Sunday.
11th & 12th Grade Post Confirmation Youth Group
We have a group of confirmed teens who meet during our Wednesday evening Faith Formation time beginning at 6:30 pm and ending at 8:30 pm. If you are a high school junior or senior who is confirmed, this group is for you. Come chat with some other teens about how to live our faith while navigating high school. You are welcome to join us for dinner in the social hall before the group begins. Meets in the Youth Room downstairs.
A lot happens for our youth here at St. Joseph’s in addition to the scheduled programs listed. Highlights include trips to Valley Fair, retreats, bowling, snow tubing, and other adventures for our youth to share time together. These events are offered various times throughout the year. We are also very involved in Diocesan Youth Activities. These are a great way for our youth to meet and develop friendships with other young Catholics in northeast Minnesota. If you are wondering how you can get involved, we always need an extra parent or two to chaperone and drive for our adventures. 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
Hello Faith Formation Families!
Mandy and I want to welcome you all back! We have missed you terribly and are excited to be able to announce that we have plans for Faith Formation for the 2020-21 school year. It is so exciting to be able to announce finally that registration is open!
Unfortunately, COVID-19 has become a factor in every part of our lives and faith formation is no exception. Please read carefully as nothing about our programs is business as usual. We apologize in advance for the length of this letter, but we have a lot of ground to cover, so please bear with us.
We will begin the year with a hybrid model for all grades. This means that the elementary grades will meet on alternating Sunday mornings and the middle school/high school grades will meet on alternating Wednesday evenings. This allows us to meet with a smaller number of students at a time, maintain social distancing, and not disrupt the cleaning procedures downstairs in our school. There is a calendar attached with all the dates/times listed at a glance.
We will continue with this hybrid plan unless/until the public schools move to distance learning. If/when the public middle school/high school grades move to strictly distance learning, then we will too. Same with elementary grades.
We are aware that there are some families that will not choose to return to classes in person. When you register, you need to choose whether you would like to attend in-person or online only. This helps us to plan for how many students we can expect to see each week.
In regards to COVID safety protocols, here is what we have laid out, based upon state and diocesan guidelines. These guidelines apply to students in all age groups.
- Students should come to the Social Hall at the beginning of each class session and check in.
- We are required to wear masks while inside. The state and diocesan mask policies both provide exemptions for those with medical reasons for not wearing masks. When it comes to exemptions for masks/face coverings, we will follow the guidelines of the public school. Essentially, if your child wears a mask at school, they should wear one here too. If your child has an exemption to not wear a mask at school, then that applies here as well.
- We will not be checking temperatures or doing any other health screening. Much like the public schools, we ask parents to monitor their kids and keep them home if they are sick. That said, especially as we move into fall and cold & flu season, and your child is sick and needs to miss a class, we appreciate the courtesy of a quick message that they will not be here and why. A simple “Susie was home sick today with a stomach bug” will be greatly appreciated.
- If your child or another member of your household is diagnosed with COVID, please notify the church so we can take the appropriate measures. Your family’s information is confidential of course.
- If there is a confirmed case of COVID, we will have to move to online only classes as per the CDC guidelines for quarantine of a particular group. This means that if we have a 7th grade student who tests positive for COVID, we will have to suspend in-person middle school classes for two weeks. Online classes will continue to be available.
For students in preschool through 2nd grade, you have the fewest changes.
- The biggest change for you is that you will meet in person twice per month, and have an online lesson on the opposite weeks.
- Children's Church will still meet from 9:15-10:15 am. Classes will be held in the social hall instead of downstairs in the school.
For students in grades 3-5, your classes will look very different from the past few years.
- Your classes will be held on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 pm, not during the afternoon on Wednesdays.
- Classes will meet twice per month on the opposite weeks of Children’s Church.
For students in grades 6-11, our Wednesday nights will look different than you are used to.
- We will not be able to provide a parish meal. If your kids are coming straight from practice to church, please have them eat before they get here.
- We will not have access to the gym. We did buy a 9-square game (like they have at Big Sandy) and the field is open if students want to play outside a bit before classes begin.
- Students will be given an assignment to complete at home for the weeks when their class does not meet in person. We will mostly be sending home the assignment in the form of a family project/lesson. Each lesson will be due back the following week. If you had a child in the grade 6-12 program last spring, you are familiar with this style of assignment.
- If you choose the online option, or need to make up a class, all the materials from Wednesday night will be posted by noon on Thursday. Students will have the entire week to complete the work and turn it in by the following Wednesday. This will be the procedure in the event we must move to all online classes as well.
Again, sorry this is long, but we want to make sure everybody knows what is happening with our faith formation programs this year. If you have any questions, please contact either Lisa or Mandy. We look forward to seeing all of you again soon!
Please register online at: https://tinyurl.com/FaithFormationRegistration2020
Lisa & Mandy
Grades 6-8 Middle School Remind Group: https://www.remind.com/join/2892g3
Grades 9 & 10 High School Remind Group: https://www.remind.com/join/d2kcd74
Grade 11 Confirmation Group: https://www.remind.com/join/6f2462
Find our youth Facebook page by searching St. Joseph Catholic Youth Group Grand Rapids MN or use this link: https://www.facebook.com/St-Joseph-Catholic-Youth-Group-Grand-Rapids-MN-154961107922533/
Here’s to another great year! Lisa
Fee is $50 per student or $80 maximum for entire family.
No one is turned away - Please feel free to contact Lisa with any questions you may have.
Click HERE for 2020-21 Faith Formation Schedule for all grade levels! Print out and hang on the fridge!
Click HERE to register your child(ren) for 2019-20 Faith Formation Programs - all ages are on 1 form!
Below are links to faith formation and confirmation documents/forms offering important information:
CLICK HERE for the 9th Grade Confirmation Policy Agreement - to be signed by youth and parent