Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Middle School Faith Formation

Middle School Faith Formation meets on Wednesdays from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Youth gather together in small groups to learn more about their faith, the Bible, the Mass and much more. Curriculum used in Middle School is from Ascension Press which features dynamic Catholic speakers such as: Fr. Mike Schmitz, Mark Hart, Chris Stefanick, Jackie Francois, Fr. Josh Johnson, and many more.

2019-2020 Program Highlights

  • Middle School will meet every Wednesday from 7pm-8:30pm
  • 1st Wednesdays of the month will be Family Formation nights from 6:30p-8:00pm with guest speakers for the whole family! (This is in place of their regular class at 7pm)
  • Youth Ministry nights on select Wednesdays throughout the year
  • All Day NET Ministry Retreat on Thursday, November 7, 2019! (There is no school that day for District 196) (See below for more information)
  • Ignite Night on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 (See below for more information)

Contact FaithFormation@StJosephCommunity.org for more information about Middle School Faith Formation programming or call the Parish Office at 651-423-4402.

Click here to learn about registration fees and/or to register for the 2019-2020 school year.

Grade 6 / Encounter

Encounter is a Catholic Bible Study designed specifically for Middle School youth. Through DVD presentations and small group discussion, youth are drawn into Salvation Story and come to a new and deeper understanding of who God is. Click here to learn more about Encounter and view sample clips of the program. Every student will receive their own copy of the "Break Through" Catholic Bible for teens!

Grade 7 & 8 / Altaration

Altaration helps teens appreciate and understand the beauty and mystery of the Mass. The program is designed to stir thought and discussion through dynamic presentations and small group discussions. Click here to learn more about Altaration and view sample clips of the program.

2019-2020 Schedule

Middle School & High School Wednesday Night Schedule 2019-2020 (PDF Download)

Bolded Dates are Family Formation Nights and/or Mass - Teens will not meet in their small groups on these nights, but instead partake in the guest speaker in the Church with their family.

September 18 - Opening Mass & Material Pick-Up (6:30pm Mass)
September 25
October 2 - Family Formation Night (6:30p-8:00p)
October 9
October 23 (Youth Ministry "Ignite Night" - See Info Below under Youth Ministry)
October 30
November 6 - Family Formation Night (6:30p-8:00p)
November 13
November 20
December 4 - Family Formation Night (6:30p-8:00p)
December 11
December 18
January 8 - Family Formation Night (6:30p-8:00p)
January 15
January 29
February 5 - Family Formation Night (6:30p-8:00p)
February 12
February 19
March 4
- Family Formation Night (6:30p-8:00p)
March 11
March 18
April 1 - Family Formation Night (6:30p-8:00p)
April 15
April 22
April 29
May 6 - Closing Mass & Family Formation Night (6:30pm Mass)

Coming 2020-2021 for Grade 8

YOU: Life, Love, and The Theology of the Body
In an age of “selfies” and egocentrism, YOU cuts through the noise to present an authentic view of the human person. It presents young people with the extraordinary story of their creation as unrepeatable individuals. But the program doesn’t stop there! YOU introduces teens to the truth that life is not, in fact, all about them; it is about going out of themselves to be a sincere gift to others. Click here for more information about YOU and view sample clips of the program.


Youth Ministry Opportunities

Below are some upcoming Youth Ministry opportunities for Middle School Youth. If you have any questions or want more information please contact us at YouthMinistry@StJosephCommunity.org or 651-423-4402.



IGNITE Nights return for 2019-2020!
2 Nights of Amazing Fun Still Remain!
$20 Per Night
Ignite Night Registration Form & Informational Flyer

*Includes registration, bus transportation to/from St. Joe's, & Food; Scholarships Available upon Request

Join us for one or both of the amazing Ignite Nights remaining in this 2019-2020 School Year. Last year we had nearly 60 teenagers attend this wonderful event. Click here for the Ignite Night Flyer and Permission Slip.

  • Friday, December 6, 2019 "Ignite Your Friendships" from 6:00p-9:30p (dinner provided)
  • Friday, February 21, 2020 "Ignite Your Lent" from 6:00p-9:30p (dinner provided)

WinterBlast Lock-In
December 13-14, 2019
Friday 6:15pm - Saturday 6:00am
REGISTRATION CLOSED

Catholic Lock-In for Middle School teens! Join 1,000 other teens from over 25 Parishes from around the metro for an ALL NIGHT fun and faith filled event. We'll kick off the night with Mass & Adoration at St. Vincent de Paul and then head to the Maple Grove Community Center for a night of: food, live DJ, escape rooms, swimming, ice skating, inflatables, trivia, basketball, 9-square, photo booths, board games, open gym, etc. Youth have a chance to win raffle prizes like a drone, i-Pad and even $100 bill!

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