St. Joseph Church
Children’s Faith Formation
St. Joseph Church provides families with several options for the Faith Formation of their children depending on the age and needs of the child. In addition, Sacramental preparation is provided for all children of the parish whether enrolled in public or Catholic school.
The following options are provided:
All children ages 3-5 (pre-K and Kindergarten) are encouraged to enroll in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) Level I offered on Tuesdays.
Public School children in grades 1 and 2 may enroll in either
o Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) Level II, weekly on Tuesdays, or
o Pflaum based Sunday PREP (Level 1 or 2) on alternating weeks
(Catholic School children in grades 1 and 2 may also enroll in CGS Level II to further their faith formation experience.)
Public School children in grades 3 through 7:
o who have completed all prior levels are offered the Pflaum based Sunday PREP on alternating weeks
o who are first starting their faith formation may enroll in RCIC which is tailored based on the specific needs
Sacramental Preparation is provided for all children (both Catholic and public schools):
o First Eucharist preparation sessions are in addition to the above Faith Formation sessions or schooling
o Confirmation preparation is offered to children in Grade 7 who have completed all prior levels of Faith Formation
Our faith teaches us that parents are the primary educators of their children. This refers to not only academics, but also lessons in faith and life. Parents provide the most concrete, everyday model and witness to their children in demonstrating how to be not only successful laborers of the world, but more importantly, how to be committed, virtuous followers of the Lord. With that in mind, we strongly encourage parents to enroll children in our Faith Formation programs so that they can be provided with a valuable opportunity to learn the Catholic faith, prepare for the sacraments, and form new friendships. We ask that as your children progress through their formation, you, as parents, will take a leading role as their daily catechists and models of faith throughout the entire week. This leadership role includes discussing their work each week with your children, teaching your children how and why to pray, bringing your children to Mass, and showing your children how to practice the Commandments in daily life. Without this parental witness and guidance, our efforts in the faith formation programs would not be successful. Thank you.