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.   


6-11th Grade

All of our programming is held on Wednesdays  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 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

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 There are 2 dates and locations to choose from.  They run approximately. 6:00 PM on Friday to noon on Sunday.

Youth Ministry

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


Kick off September 25, 2019 - CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO KICK OFF TALK/INFO!


  •  NEW THIS YEAR we have a student-lead post-confirmation youth group.  This group will meet in the Youth Room on Wednesday evenings beginning on October 2nd.  More details coming soon on that.
  •  10th Graders seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation in the fall of their Junior year will need to attend an overnight Confirmation Retreat this year.  There are 2 options for these retreats through the Diocese of Duluth, the first of which is held over MEA weekend.   Please check out the Diocesan webpage for more info and to register.
  •   To stay in the loop of short notice announcements (ie: weather related cancellations, reminders of events) please join one – or both if you have middle school and high school kids- of our Remind groups.  The links are listed below.  We also have a Youth Facebook page that information gets posted to, also listed below.

Grades 6-8 Middle School Remind Group:

Grades 9 & 10 High School Remind Group:

Grade 11 Confirmation Group:

Find our youth Facebook page by searching  St. Joseph Catholic Youth Group Grand Rapids MN or use this link:

  •  If you have a student in 9th or 10th grade, please watch your mail for a letter with more details specific to Confirmation prep.

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 2019-20 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:

Saint and Sponsor Info Sheet - along with Sponsor Eligibility Form   

Confirmation Sponsor Online Form   

Saint Name Form     

Letter to the Bishop - Sample

Letter to the bishop - Instructions

Mission Hour Documentation Sheet

Mission Hour Suggestions