About Religious Education of Children at St. Joseph Church
Since the religious education of the children of St. Joseph Parish is most important, as they are the next generation of Catholic faithful, the mission of St. Joseph’s Religious Education Program is to ensure that each of these precious souls is solidly grounded in the faith.
Through School & CCD classes, Vacation Bible Adventure, First Communion and Confirmation Preparation classes and other programs, the Religious Education Program sows the seeds of faith that will bloom eternally in each one of our children.
CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine)
When Jesus commissioned His disciples to “go forth and make disciples of all nations,” He entrusted each one of us with both the privilege and responsibility of bringing the Word of God to those we encounter in our lives. Parents, first and foremost, begin this important task when they bring their child forward to receive the gift of faith through Baptism. They are their child’s first teachers, nurturing faith within their homes.
The CCD Program helps nourish that growing faith with religious instruction for children in Kindergarten through Eighth grades. Classes are held at St. Joseph School on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are received in the Second grade.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is a two-year program beginning in the Seventh grade. Students then receive Confirmation in the autumn following their Eighth grade.
Each Confirmation student is required to do 15 hours of service including five family hours, five church hours and five community hours. They must also attend a Confirmation Retreat held here in our parish.
Students who enter the CCD program after Second grade and who have not received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion are prepared on an individual basis.
High school age students who are entering the Church or who have missed Sacraments in the Second and Eighth grades may attend a class that will give them a study of the basic Catholic beliefs and prepare them for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation.
Vacation Bible Adventure
Vacation Bible Adventure is a week-long event, held usually in June, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday of the scheduled week. VBA allows the young children of the parish to become more familiar with the Bible and teachings of Jesus that come to us through the Church.
Each night the children participate in activities that relate to the week’s special theme. These include scripture, music, games, crafts, and snacks, all focused on the special theme relating to God.
Would You Like to Help?
St. Joseph’s Religious Education program is always in need of volunteers and teachers. If you’d like to help share your faith and love for God, please call the Parish Center at 347-6108.
[Please note that requirements to be CCD teacher (Catechist) include: the candidate must be a practicing Catholic, at least 18 years of age, and in good standing in the Church; background checks and completion of a Safe Environment program will also be needed.]