First Holy Communion schedule

CHILDREN & YOUTH EDUCATION

 

  

Director of Religious Education: Mrs. Stacey White, 637-5326, ext. 5

 

If your children (or any school-aged children that you know) would like to learn about their faith and/or would like to be baptized, regardless of age, we want to hear from you! Contact Mrs. White for more information. There are many different programs designed to meet the various needs of families. If she doesn’t have a program that works for you, she will work with you to create one that does meet your needs. All are welcome!

 

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)

Currently suspended due to COVID

The purpose of CLOW is to provide children with an adaptation of the Holy Mass so they may better understand and enjoy it.  Children between the ages of 3 and 7 are invited to come forward at the 10:15 Mass on Sundays (between September and May) and taken to classrooms where they will enjoy an age-appropriate adaptation of Holy Mass. The children are divided by age: 3 and 4-year olds and 5 to 7-year olds. There is no prior registration or fee for participation. 

CLOW leaders, aides and substitutes are needed so that each will be asked to serve no more than one time per month.  If you enjoy working with children, please consider joining the CLOW team.

 

School of Religious Instruction (SRI)

The mission of the St. Joseph School of Religious Instruction is to offer public school children in our parish formal religious education, as well as other opportunities to develop their faith and become involved in the Christian community, in accordance with Diocesan guidelines. The education we provide includes age-appropriate information pertinent to various aspects of Christian belief particular to the Catholic tradition, retreat opportunities, service projects, and youth/parent preparation to receive the Sacraments of the Catholic faith.  We see this education as an extension of the responsibility of parents, who are the first and foremost educators of their children’s faith.

Religious education classes for grades pre-K through 8 meet September through May on Sunday mornings. To register or for more information, contact Mrs. White.

Currently operating on a modified schedule.

2020-21 SRI Schedule 

 

Formation in Christian Chastity Program

 

Today, young people face many challenges as they grow up in a culture that is not always supportive of Catholic principles. It is essential that they have a solid formation in the faith, including a basis in the virtue of chastity. This virtue is an essential key to living joyfully the Catholic faith, to a happy marriage, the commitments required for a priestly or religious vocation, and serves as a sure witness to Christ our Lord.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) introduces the discussion of chastity by calling it a “Vocation” (CCC 2337ff).  Chastity is the virtue whereby we regulate our use of sexual activity in accord with our state in life.  We want to emphasize the good elements of the Christian Life that are ours as followers of Jesus Christ.  Every disciple observes chastity, though the manner of how it is observed varies per our state in life. The married person, the priest or religious, and the young person all observe chastity, though in different ways. We want our children to grow up with a proper, healthy, and holy understanding of themselves and their gift of human sexuality.

The program, Formation in Christian Chastity, relies heavily on parents as the primary teachers of their children. The program seeks to support and guide parents as they hand on to their children the perennial teaching of the Church on matters of human love and sexuality. The efforts of parents are further supported by classroom work to provide the moral principles we live by, and a spiritual life to sustain our young people as they mature. This program is based on the premise that parents know their children, where they are in their own personal development, and can best judge when their child is ready for specific lessons or information.  The natural innocence of young children may be protected in this way.  

The Formation in Christian Chastity program has been developed with the understanding that most of the human and religious concepts that revolve around the topics of human sexuality, family, and moral living, are best and most meaningful when coming directly from the parents to their child. To access this curricula on Chastity Formation, go to www.hbgdiocese.org and:

  1. Click on Schools
  2. Click on Religion Curriculum
  3. Click on Religious Education (at the bottom right corner of screen)
  4. Click on Curricula
  5. Click on Formation in Christian Chastity to access the Chastity Formation Lessons for Families.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacramental Preparation

Sacramental preparation for is a two-year program. Upon successful completion of the preparation period, children receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and 1st Holy Communion.

2020 Confirmation Mass Times 

Homeschooling

Homeschooling through SRI is available! Please contact Mrs. White to register.

 

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Vacation Bible School provides children in grades pre-K through 6 with a week (usually in July) of fun and excitement exploring God’s great word! 

VBS volunteers begin planning the event in February and meet at least monthly up until the week before VBS. Volunteers (students and adults) are always needed to make this week a success, so watch the parish bulletin and social media for opportunities to assist. This is also a great way for Confirmation candidates to satisfy hours needed.  VBS student volunteers must be in grade 7 or above. All volunteers must have the appropriate clearance; paperwork will be provided at the first planning meeting, if you don’t already have it.

All are welcome!