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Catechetical Ministries

Adult Confirmation Preparation

Preparation involves sessions that provide necessary formation for the reception of Confirmation.

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Faith Formation provides educational opportunities for spiritual growth and enrichment for adults.

Baptismal Preparation

Baptismal Preparation conducts classes to prepare parents for the sacrament of welcoming their infant into the community of Jesus Christ. Parents and Godparents are instructed on the meaning of baptism and the obligations attached to it.

Bible Study Groups

Bible Study Groups are small communities of parishioners who explore scripture to enhance their personal understanding of the Word of God through structured format.

Children’s Faith Formation

Children’s Faith Formation is a major parish mission that provides systematic, age appropriate educational opportunities for spiritual growth and enrichment to students, K-5. This ministry also provides the training necessary for First Reconciliation and First Communion.

Confirmation Preparation

The Confirmation Preparation Program at St. Joseph guides adolescents into the experience of the fullness of the Holy Spirit through the completion of the sacraments of initiation. By becoming adult Christians in confirmation, the young person is given special strength to bear witness to Jesus Christ through an ever deepening relationship with Him, the fruit of which is service to the parish, church and culture.

Life Teen Ministry

Life Teen is a youth ministry program at St. Joseph through which teens encounter ChristThis ministry sponsors the Life Night program which seeks to engage teens spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and physically so they can embrace Jesus Christ and a life in the community that He founded - the Catholic Church. This program is for High School Students

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

RCIA is a gradual process by which the Catholic community welcomes, prepares and initiates new members into the church. It is a year round process and one can inquire at any time. It is designed for those: not baptized, baptized in the Roman Catholic Church and in need of Eucharist and/or Confirmation, and baptized in another Christian Church and in need of further instruction and initiation. For more information call the office at (361) 358-3239.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC)

The RCIA adapted for children is instruction for children between the ages of eight and seventeen, who have had little or no previous faith formation experience. Some are not baptized; others have been baptized in another Christian faith, and are seeking complete initiation in the Catholic Church. Classes begin in the fall and the process for children’s initiation usually takes two years. Children who were baptized Catholic but have had little or no formation since baptism may receive instruction and sacramental preparation with this group. After reception of the sacrament, all children continue with instruction at their grade level. If you know of any children or adults who are interested in becoming Catholic, contact the Faith Formation Office for more information or to register.

Summer Vacation Bible School

VBS is held every summer and is open to all Elementary School Children. Here children gather together for scripture, song, games and crafts. We are always in need of teen and adult volunteers to make every VBS a success. This event is advertised in the bulletin in the summer months.

The Edge (Middle School Youth Ministry)

The Edge prepares 6, 7 and 8th grade students for leadership in the parish and community by providing them with spiritual tools through religious education, liturgy, fellowship and outreach.

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