Registration Information

Registration for St. Joseph Children’s Religious Education Program, grades Pre-K through 7, for the 2021-2022 school year has begun!  A registration form for each family that is currently participating in our parish programs will be e-mailed. For families who are new to our parish please use the 2021-2022 Religious Education Registration Form to enroll your child(ren).

If this is the first time your child is registering in any of our classes or sacraments, you must supply documentation of your child’s baptism and sacraments received as well as any previous Catechetical training records from programs outside of St. Joseph.

For the 2021/2022 year, faith formation options will be offered that are based on two basic approaches:  Parish Religious Education Program (PREP)classroom based held on alternating Sunday mornings, at Home Catechesis, and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) (pre-K through grade 4) or related I Am The Good Shepherd (IaGS) (grade 1 only);  (Please see the CGS or Sunday PREP pages for detailed program information.)

  1. PREP Offerings
    1. Children in grades 1 through 6 may enroll in our Alternating Sundays, 8:45-10:35 AM in-person or our at-home programs
    2. Children in grades 7 and above may enroll in our Confirmation Program (see 3b) and may select either Every Sunday evening, 6:30-7:30 PM in-person or our at-home programs
  2. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Offerings
    1. Children ages 3-5 (pre-K and Kindergarten) are encouraged to enroll in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) Level I offered weekly at the following times:
      • Sundays 8:45-10:35 AM
      • Tuesdays 9:00-11:00 AM
    2. Children in grades 1 through 3 may enroll in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)Level II atrium held on Tuesdays 4:30-6:20 PM in-person
    3. Children in grade 4 may enroll in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) Level III** atrium held weekly on Thursdays 4:30-6:20 PM in-person
      ** Primarily for children with prior CGS experience. Others please contact cgsstjoseph@comcast.net.
  3. RCIC Program is for Children in Grades 4 and above who have gaps in or are just starting their faith formation and is tailored to the child’s specific needs. These classes will be scheduled based on enrollment. Please contact Parish office.

Sacramental preparation and Sacraments are available for all St. Joseph Parish children.

  1. If registering a child for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, generally grade two, a child of Saint Joseph Parish must have completed at least one year of faith formation and have the appropriate catechetical background and understanding of the sacrament.
    1. Those enrolled in PREP and Catholic School programs will require child participation in a four-hour Saturday morning retreat and Sunday afternoon practices for both sacraments in addition to the Saturday Sacrament itself.
    2. Those enrolled in the CGS program participate in a five-part parent/child meditation series and a multi-day retreat prior to receiving First Reconciliation and Eucharist.
  2. To be eligible for the Sacrament of Confirmation, children of Saint Joseph parish should be at least in grade seven and have the appropriate catechetical background and understanding of the sacrament.  This program will require 2 student/parent meetings, a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer/service time, a Saturday retreat (may be virtual), an evening reconciliation, a Sunday afternoon practice for the sacrament in addition to the sacrament itself.  Catholic School children are also required to complete an at home or in PREP Class Confirmation study program. Additional forms will be available at the first parent meeting. Weekly classes will be on Sundays 6:30 – 7:30 PM.

Tuition rates are as follows:

  • PREP Grades 1-7, one child/$50, two children/$100, three or more children/$150
  • CGS/IaGS Age 3 through Grade 4, Free-will offering only
  • First Reconciliation/Eucharist – Grade 2, $15

Volunteers are needed and welcome. Please help by selecting an option on your family registration form or email stjosephprep@comcast.net for more information.

  • Make the commitment to volunteer as a Catechist, or Aide and your family’s total base tuition (not including sacramental fees) will be reduced by 75%.
  • Volunteer on a rotating basis somewhere in our parish program

Payment options accepted for all fees are by cash, check (make payable to St. Joseph PREP), bank or charge card. If you require a payment plan, you will need to make a $10 deposit to hold a spot for your child.  Scholarships are also available, please contact the parish office for information, st.joes@comcast.net.

PREP/CGS Registration Form 
Sacrament Only Registration (Catholic School Students) 

2021-22 PREP Scholarship Application (contact rectory office)