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
  • Home Taught Model Option Available (Parents are provided the materials to cover the lessons at home on their own time at their own pace)
  • 1st Wednesdays of the month will be Family Formation nights from 6:30p-7:30pm with guest speakers for the whole family! (This is in place of their regular class at 7pm)
  • Additional Youth Ministry programs offered throughout the year (i.e. Ignite Nights, Retreats) {See below for current events coming up!}

Register NOW for the 2021-2022 Faith Formation Year!

8th Grade Onsite Small Group is FULL for 2021-2022 (Home Taught Option Available)

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.

2021-2022 Faith Formation Schedule PDF (Grades 1-12)

Opening Mass is Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Closing Mass is Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Faith Formation Small Group Nights

September 22 & 29
October 13 & 27
November 10 & 17
December 15 & 22
January 19 & 26
February 9, 16, & 23
March 16 & 30
April 20 & 27
May 11

Family Formation Night Speaker Dates - 6:30pm (no small groups)

October 6
November 3
December 1
January 12-14 (Parish Mission/Retreat)
February 2
March 9
April 6
May 4

Youth with Special Needs?

Do you have a child with special needs looking to be in Faith Formation, but you're unsure if a traditional program is the best fit? Please connect with us to discuss options. Every person is unique and we want to work with you and your family to determine the best way for them to grow in faith. Contact Kayla.Rooney@stjosephcommunity.org or 651-313-8464 to begin the discussion.

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.

Middle School Youth Group
Monthly from 5p-7p on a Friday
$5 at the Door to Cover Cost of Dinner

Join us once a month for a night of food, fellowship, games, faith, and prayer. Encounter the Lord while growing in friendship with your peers as well.

Friday, November 19 (Advent Theme) Click Here to RSVP for 11/19

Friday, December 17 (Christmas Theme) Click Here to RSVP for 12/17

Friday, January 21 - Stay tuned for theme & sign-up!

Steubenville Youth Conference 2022
Open to CURRENT 8th-12th Graders

Click here to learn more! (Information will be at the bottom of the page where High School Youth Ministry events are posted)

Ignite Nights, Rise-Up Retreat, Etc.

Due to COVID-19 many of these larger group programs had been cancelled throughout the Archdiocese; however, they are slated to come back in 2022! Stay tuned - as we learn more about dates and details we we post them here!

Join us for the KC Spaghetti Dinner-Saturday, January 22More Information
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