For more information about any of the Sacramental Preparation processes please contact us at FaithFormation@StJosephCommunity.org or 651-423-4402.

To learn more about registration fees and/or to register for Sacramental Preparation and/or Faith Formation, click here.

First Sacraments

First Reconciliation Preparation

First Reconciliation Sacramental preparation can begin as early as 2nd Grade and traditionally takes place in the fall. Youth prepare for their First Reconciliation through 8 at-home lessons, utilizing the Saint Mary's Press "Go, Seek, & Find" program. Additionally, youth and parents participate in two learning opportunities at St. Joseph Community. First Reconciliation service is held traditionally in December or January.

First Reconciliation preparation is completed in addition to Faith Formation classes or Catholic School Education. For more information about Sacramental preparation, contact Sacraments@StJosephCommunity.org or 651-423-4402.

*For those enrolled in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program, First Reconciliation & First Eucharist preparation is completed in the Spring as a part of a retreat.

First Eucharist Preparation

First Eucharist Sacramental preparation can begin as early as 2nd Grade and traditionally takes place in the winter/spring (after youth have completed their First Reconciliation). Youth prepare for their First Eucharist through 10 at-home lessons, utilizing the Saint Mary's Press "Go, Seek, & Find" program. Additionally, youth and parents participate in two learning opportunities at St. Joseph Community. First Eucharist Masses are held in spring, shortly after Easter.

First Eucharist preparation is completed in addition to Faith Formation classes or Catholic School Education. For more information about Sacramental preparation, contact Sacraments@StJosephCommunity.org or 651-423-4402.

*For those enrolled in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program, First Eucharist & First Reconciliation preparation is completed in the Spring as a part of a retreat.

2019-2020 Key Dates for First Sacraments

First Reconciliation Key Preparation Dates
  • Sunday, November 17, 2019, from 9am-1pm
    • Reconciliation Learning Center (will take about 1.5-2 hours to complete and you can come anytime from 9am-1pm to complete; at least one parent must attend with child)
  • Sunday, January 12, 2020, at 9:30am-10:30am OR 11:30am-12:30pm
    • Reconciliation Presentation & Logistics (attend one of the two presentation times; at least one parent needs to attend with child)
First Reconciliation Service Date
  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 6:00pm

First Eucharist Key Preparation Dates
  • Saturday, March 14, 2020, from 9am-4pm
    • Eucharist Learning Center/Retreat (will take approximately 3 hours to complete and you can come anytime from 9am-4pm; at least one parent must attend with child)
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 6:00pm
    • First Eucharist Rehearsal & Presentation
First Eucharist Mass Date/Time Options
This year 2 Mass options will be provided for families to pick from for First Eucharist. Families will sign up for their Mass in Winter/Spring 2020. Mass options are:
  • Saturday, May 2, 2020, at 5:00pm Mass (part of regular weekend Mass time)
  • Sunday, May 3, 2020, at 12:30pm Mass (special weekend Mass just for 1st Eucharist)

Confirmation

Confirmation Preparation

St. Joseph Community is excited to launch a new Confirmation Sacramental preparation program starting in the fall of 2019 (for a Spring 2020 Confirmation). Teenagers in 10th Grade (2019-2020 school year) will prepare for their reception of the Sacrament as a part of their Wednesday evening faith formation programming (7pm-8:30pm). In addition to the Wednesday evenings, Confirmation Candidates will also partake in a retreat, service/volunteer components, and guided discussions with their chosen sponsor. The first Wednesday of every month will be an opportunity for Family Formation with guest speakers to further enhance the preparation and deepen the faith.

For those enrolled in a Catholic High School, attendance at the normal Wednesday night faith formation programming will be encourage, but not required. Candidates for Confirmation who attend a Catholic High School will still be required to attend the first Wednesday of the month Family Formation nights (6:30pm-8:00pm), a retreat, complete service opportunities, and be in discussion with their sponsor.

Confirmation 2020 Key Dates & Information

Confirmation Mass will be: Monday, May 4, 2020, at 7pm at the Cathedral of St. Paul.


For those already registered for Confirmation Preparation, click here to go to the Confirmation 2019-2020 webpage where you can find forms and sign-up for a retreat.


Retreat Opportunities

St. Joseph Community will host two all-day retreat opportunities during the 2019-2020 school year. Candidates are required to attend a retreat as a part of their preparation process. If you are unable to attend one of these retreats, please contact us at Sacraments@StJosephCommunity.org

  • Sunday, December 8, 2019
  • Friday, January 17, 2020 (There is no school for students in District 196 on this day; this is also Martin Luther King weekend)

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities will also be announced and promoted during Wednesday Night Faith Formation Nights. What is listed below is not all the opportunities - just highlighting a few that are coming up or ongoing here during the summer!

Harvest Festival (Oct 4-5 & Summer Help Needed Too!)
We need helping hands the weekend of Harvest Festival - but a lot of prep work goes in beforehand too! Great way to volunteer during the summer before school, sports, & activities start up again! Contact Bridget.Sampson@stjosephcommunity.org to help out.

Leprechaun Parade (July 27 - Prep Help Needed Too)
Volunteer to walk in the Parade and/or help out beforehand putting together flyers, treats, and giveaways. Contact Bridget.Sampson@stjosephcommunity.org to help out.

Faith Formation 2019-2020 (Summer Project Help Needed Too!)
Volunteers needed for the school year as assistants, hall monitors, technology helpers and much more. However, help is also needed in the summer to set-up supplies, sort materials, cut-out items and much more. Volunteer hours available in the summer to do at-home as well as right here at the Parish. Hours are flexible and the help is greatly appreciated! Contact Kayla.Rooney@stjosephcommunity.org if you want to help out during the summer and/or during the school year. 


Child Not Baptized?

Do you have a child who is over the age of 7 and is not yet Baptized? No worries, youth who are seeking to receive First Sacraments and/or Confirmation who are not yet Baptized (and are over the age of 7) are welcomed into our program called "Right of Christian Initiation for Children" (RCIC). Please contact the Parish Office at 651-423-4402 or Sacraments@StJosephCommunity.org for more information.

Adult not Baptized, Confirmed, or received First Sacraments?

Are you an adult looking to prepare for one of these Sacraments? We welcome you with open arms and would be honored to be a part of your Sacramental journey. Please contact the Parish Office at 651-423-4402 or Sacraments@StJosephCommunity.org for more information about our "Right of Christian Initiation for Adults" (RCIA) program.


Other Key Sacraments