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.

Program Highlights

  • Ascension Press Curriculum (Encounter, Altaration, & Theology of the Body for MS)
  • Wednesdays 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)
  • 2-3 Wednesday Nights per year will be in large group format as a Youth Ministry night
  • Additional Youth Ministry programs offered throughout the year (i.e. Ignite Nights, Retreats, Winterblast Lock-In, Hangouts after school, and more) {See below for current events coming up!}

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

Register for 2020-2021 Faith Formation by clicking here!

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!

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.

Theology of the Body for Teens (MS Edition)
The Theology of the Body (TOB) for Teens Middle School program is divided into 8 unique segments that reflect the pedagogical approach of St. John Paul II’s revolutionary teaching. The program gives middle school teens the answers to their tough questions concerning their bodies, their sexuality, and their future. Click here for more information about TOB for Teens and view sample clips of the program.

Middle School Schedule for 2020-2021 (PDF Download)

Bolded Dates are Family Formation Nights and/or Mass - Teens will not meet at their normal 7:00pm session times on these bolded evenings. All ages are invited to our Family Formation Nights; teens will need to sit with their families as they will not be with their small group leader.

September 16 - Opening Mass & Material Pick-Up (6:30pm Mass)
September 23
September 30
October 7 - Family Formation Night (6:30p-8:00p)
October 21
October 28
November 4 - Family Formation Night (6:30p-8:00p)
November 11
November 18
December 2 - Family Formation Night (6:30p-8:00p)
December 9
December 16
January 13 - Family Formation Night (6:30p-8:00p)
January 20
January 27
February 3 - Family Formation Night (6:30p-8:00p)
February 10
February 24
March 3
 - Family Formation Night (6:30p-8:00p)
March 10
March 17
April 7 - Family Formation Night (6:30p-8:00p)
April 14
April 21
April 28
May 5 - Closing Mass & Family Formation Night (6:30pm Mass)

Adoration will be available from 4pm-8:30pm on Wednesdays in the Church when Faith Formation is in session (except on Family Formation Speaker Nights). Please stop into the church for some quiet prayerful time with our Lord as you are able.


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.

VBS After Hours - August 3-6

Middle School & High School Teens
Monday-Thursday, 12pm-5pm

VBS After Hours takes place directly after the morning part of VBS, and is a teen-focused complement to the existing VBS. But instead of leading littler kids, "After Hours" is designed specifically for our 6-12th graders! It's open to all teens in the parish - not just those volunteering in the morning VBS program. The timing & content is perfect, though, for those helping in the mornings - so we highly encourage them to do After Hours!

Middle School Hangouts

Typically the 1st Wednesday of the Month during the School Year from 3pm-5pm. Stay tuned for the 2020-2021 schedule and themes!

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