Faith Formation for Children
The Children’s Faith Formation Program invites parents and children to grow together in faith at St. Joseph. Partnering with catechists, we help to form our children’s faith through prayer and the study of scripture. We offer faith formation classes beginning at 3 years of age through the 5th grade, along with preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
Registration for Children’s Faith Formation classes is open from April 15 to May 31 each year, with late registration (with a higher fee) going until June 30. Registration forms are available here or in the office during these dates.
Formation for age 3 through kindergarten is offered Sunday mornings. Children must be 3 years of age by August 31 of the current year to enroll. Children enjoy learning about their faith through bible stories, games, music and crafts. Basic prayers, Saints and holy days are highlighted.
Formation for grades 1-5 are offered both Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.
The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies curriculum is used in most classes. This program includes a family focus element available on-line at www.pflaumweeklies.com Sacramental preparation classes use the Blessed series by Dynamic Catholic. This program also offers an on-line accompaniment for families at www.dynamiccatholic.com Parents are encouraged to use these resources at home with their children.
Is your child in need of Baptism?
Would you like your child to prepare for First Communion?
Children's Liturgy of the Word
Offered during the 12:15pm Mass on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month during the school year. Children in Kindergarten through Grade 4 are invited.
The Celebration of the Word with children focuses on the Scriptures but is not Bible study. It is prayerful listening to God speak to us through the Scripture readings and verbally or silently reflecting, as in a conversation, in language that children can understand. Singing of the Psalms and biblical chants will be sung between readings as well as an acclamation before the reading of the Gospel.
The nursery is available during the 8:45am and 10:30am masses for children 6 months to 3 years old and is located in room 133 in the Early Learning Wing.
Vacation Bible Experience
VBX is a one week summer program offered for children ages 4 through the 5th grade. Traditionally held the 2nd week in June.
Adult and youth volunteers staff this program.
Please check bulletin for registration dates or call the office at (972)231-2951.
Under the direction of Jim Norris, the Children’s Choir welcomes children in grades 3-6. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays, 5:00-5:45pm before Faith Formation classes. See Music Ministry for additional info.
Thank you to those 103 awesome souls who have answered the call to share their faith with our children this year.
If you feel called to this ministry, but have questions, please contact us at (972) 690-5588. We welcome the opportunity to visit with you about serving your parish community as a volunteer in the ministry of faith formation.