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, & YOU!)
  • 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!

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 - 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.

Grade 8 - Theology of the Body for Teens (Middle School Edition)

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.

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)


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.

Youth Ministry - ONLINE!

As we venture into new unknown territory of physical distancing - join us online for Youth Ministry events and discussions! Mix of live stream videos and group discussions. To sign-up email YouthMinistry@stjosephcommunity.org.

Parental consent IS needed for minors to participate online thru these digital platforms. Click here to sign the Consent Form.

Summer Festival

July 12-15, 2020
Held at Gustavus College
Open to Current 8-12 Grade Students
$350 per Youth
Chaperones are FREE!

2020 Summer Festival Flyer & Registration Form

Summer Festival is an awesome 4-day event held every summer at Gustavus College. Between the amazing campus-wide games, water fights, dances, and high-energy live music, its no wonder teens routinely say it's the most fun they have all year! With events like the "messy fight" & a “Silent Disco” that you won't find anywhere else, it's a week you won't forget—so join the hundreds of other teens (from a dozen+ other churches) for the best camp around! Of course, as fun as the week is, the real draw is the phenomenal faith experiences. Summer Fest brings in some of the nation's best Christian speakers, an incredible worship band, and sets the stage for deep faith discussions. Bond with your peers in "dorm time" and choose what part of your faith to learn more about during afternoon seminars. Nothing can ignite your faith more, or help you bond as quickly with your peers, as a week at Summer Fest!

Mission Trip - Champaign, IL

Unfortunately, Catholic Heart Work Camp (CHWC), has cancelled all of their 2020 Camps. We look forward to offering another life changing Mission Trip next summer through CHWC.

Ignite Nights for 2019-2020 are all Done...We look forward to 2020-2021! (Open to 6-8 Graders)

Lifeline Mass & Events for 2019-2020 are all Done...We look forward to 2020-2021! (Open to 8-12 Graders)

Public Masses Resume Saturday May 30. Weekday Masses will Resume Thursday, June 4.Click her for more information on returning to Mass.
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