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Program Descriptions

Preschool - Kindergarten 
Our Sunday School is for ages 3, 4, 5 and Kindergarten.  Each week we have a lesson, prayer time, activities and play.  Children learn about Jesus, how much He loves them and have fun! 

Classes meet during the 8:30am and 10:30am Masses.


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program is for children aged 3 (by 9/1/18) and up.  This is a Montessori based Catholic faith formation program where children can grow in the their relationship with God and fall in love with the Good Shepherd.  "Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is based on the belief that God and the child are already in a relationship.  Our work as adults is to provide a place for the child and God to come together and grow."

This year we are offering Level 1 and Level 2.  We will be accepting children on a first come first serve basis.

Be My Disciples
The Be My Disciples program is for elementary children in grades 1-5.  It is based on a balanced approach to children's faith formation.  Be My Disciples incorporates a balance between content, methodology and a challenge to initiate learners into the faith. 

This program meets every other Wednesday night from 6:00pm - 7:15pm.

Catholic Connections
The Catholic Connections program is for middle school students in grades 6-8.  It will strengthen the participants Catholic identity and inspire them to participate more fully in the Church's mission.  The sessions in the six courses will help the young adolescents to make connections between the Catholic faith and everyday life, and to strengthen their connection to the faith community.  Each student will be given The Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, which they will use all three years. 

This program meets every other Wednesday from 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

Youth EXPO
The Youth EXPO program is for high school students in grades 9-12.  EXPO stands for Experiencing Christ Positively with Others.  In this program, our faith community strives to surround our young people with love, care and attention as we help them to embrace their faith as they study it, pray it and live it.  At Youth EXPO, their is music, group activities, speakers, videos and sometimes even snacks!

This program meets every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 6:00pm - 8:30pm.

Sacramental Prep
Sacramental prep is done in addition to Faith Formation.  You will register for their grade level class and the appropriate sacramental prep class.  All those who participate must be a registered member of St. Joseph.

Reconciliation
In this sacrament, we emphasize the importance of conversation and the need to rearrange our lives according the the holiness and love of God.  We celebrate this sacrament as a liturgical action.  To help your child prepare for the reception of this powerful sacrament for the first time, St. Joseph's offers a combination of learning centers and parish program.  Parent and child participate together.

Preparation for Reconciliation is in the Fall.  This Sacrament must be received prior to the Sacrament of Eucharist.  Preparation may begin as early as 2nd grade.

Eucharist
The Eucharist stands out as the center and high point of the Church's whole sacramental life.  Receiving Jesus for the first time in Holy Communion is a special moment in the life of your child and family.  To help your child prepare to receive this sacrament for the first time, St. Joseph's offers a combination of learning centers and parish program.  Parent and child participate together.

Preparation for Eucharist is in the Spring.  

Confirmation
Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of initiation.  These sacraments (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation) welcome a person into the community of believers in Jesus Christ - the Church, and initiates that person into the Mission of Jesus Christ. 

Preparation for Confirmation is self-paced and individualized.  The Sacrament is celebrated twice a year - Spring & Fall.




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