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-7:30pm 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.

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.

Middle School Hangouts

Typically the 1st Wednesday of the Month during the School Year from 3pm-5pm. Contact YouthMinistry@StJosephCommunity.org for more information.

Summer Festival Camp (MS Camp Grades 6-8)
July 18-21, 2021

Summer Festival MS Flyer & Registration Form 2021

Summer Festival is a 4-day overnight Christian camp held at Gustavus College that has fun campus-wide games, excellent speakers, live worship band, and more. Adult volunteers are needed as well and attend for FREE! Contact YouthMinistry@StJosephCommunity.org to discuss attending as an adult volunteer.

VBS After Hours
August 2-5, 2021
$45 for the week
Open to 6-12 Graders

VBS After Hours Flyer & Registration 2021

Join us for a fun program filled with games and faith the week of VBS. After volunteering in the morning with VBS (optional) teens then stick around for 4 afternoons of fun and faith. Adults are needed to help make this program a success. Volunteering for at least 1 of the 4 days gets your teen in for FREE! Contact YouthMinistry@StJosephCommunity.org to sign-up for volunteering.

Ignite Nights, Lock-In, Etc.

Due to COVID-19 many of these programs have been cancelled throughout the Archdiocese for the 2020-2021 school year. We look forward to them being offered hopefully in 2021-2022!

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