NOTE: The last class will be on Sunday May 13th EXCEPT for the Confirmation class.
Confirmation class will continue to meet until the sacrament is administered.
Religious Education Director
William Doran, IV
We support solid formation in understanding the truths of
our faith as well as promoting application of those truths
in our daily lives. Further, we at St. Joseph’s recognize
the need for lifelong catechesis and for good and proper
Brief outline of program
I. Serving the Entire Membership
1. Preschool – 12th
3. Sacrament Preparation
4. Altar Server Preparation
5. Teacher Preparation
6. Special Needs
II. On Going Catechesis
8. Basic Catechism
10. Catechism of Trent
11. The New Catechism
12. Sacrament Preparation
13. Understanding the Mass
III. Special Programs
16. Family Catechesis
20. Summer Program
21. Teacher Workshops
Holy Mother Church, in all her wisdom, recognizes the
essential and primary role of parents in teaching,
disciplining, and ministering to their children. The primary
role and responsibility of catechizing children rests, and
remains with, the parents.
Only through the sacramental grace of Holy Matrimony are
parents enabled to achieve the monumental task before them.
This task is not limited to preparation for life in this
world, but also encompasses no less than preparation for
entrance into the eternal happiness of Heaven.
As parents progress on their journey as first teachers of
their children, they go forth not alone in their travels.
They are accompanied by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the
love of Christ, the support of our Holy Mother the Church,
and the protective Mantle of Mary.
Necessary for our mission as teachers and apostles of
Christ, we promise always to impart the true teachings of
our Holy Mother the Church, to be always loyal to the
teaching Magisterium, and to always care for those entrusted
to our care as our own children.
“Since parents have conferred life on their children,
they have a most solemn obligation to educate their
offspring. Hence, parents must be acknowledged as the first
and foremost educators of their children. Their role as
educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can
compensate for their failure in it.” (Gravissimum
To assist in fulfilling our
Lord's directive "Go out and teach all nations".
To support and encourage
parents in their mission of catechizing their children.
To provide and recommend good
Catholic materials and resources for use by families.
To promote growth and
sustenance of our Faith by prayer, sacrament and
To assist parents and clergy
in sacramental preparation.
To prepare Christian
leadership for tomorrow through teaching and example.
To assist all parishioners in
learning about their faith.
To promote responsibility and
ownership of all parishioners in discipling and
catechizing youth and new members through example (i.e.
works of charity).
To always endeavor to discern
truth and adhere to the true teachings of our Holy
Mother, the Church.
To promote loyalty to the
Magisterium of the church.
To promote a love for
learning and facilitate a quest for knowledge - "Gain
knowledge, gain understanding".
To promote a healthy respect
and reverence for our church, its clergy and its
To prepare future teachers.
To pray for and promote
sanctity of human life, unity of family and church, and
wisdom in leaders.
To dispel erroneous teachings
and misconceptions about the church.
To promote and provide
opportunity for acts of Faith, Hope, and Charity, and
both spiritual and corporal works of Mercy.
To network with other
ministries to meet stated objectives by providing
appropriate opportunities (i.e. retreats, community