“All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.” Isaiah 54:13
As a family-oriented parish, St. Joseph’s works closely with the parents to help their children deepen their understanding of the National Catholic faith and foster a personal relationship with the triune God and the Church. We endeavor to provide your children a base of knowledge about their faith to build upon and grow for the rest of their lives. We also hope to instill in them the value of continuing education and faith formation. We strive to make your children’s faith become living and active through our instruction.
Some examples of youth activities have included:
Eastern U.S. Youth Convocation
New England Youth Retreat
Diocesan Winter Youth Retreat
Alter Server Training*
Hiking, bowling and a variety of fun youth activities
*Since 1994, both girls and boys have, as a part of their religious upbringing, the opportunity to participate fully as Altar Servers.
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SCHOOL OF CHRISTIAN LIVING (SOCL)
School of Christian Living (SOCL) classes are held Sundays after Mass. The time frame is usually 10:00 - 11:00, beginning with a snack. The SOCL provides the children with a basic knowledge of the bible and making friends. Childrens' ages range from 4 to 16 and classes are held under the church building.
FIRST COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION CLASSES
First Holy Communion Classes are taught by the priest. First Communion Class is held every other Sunday following the 9:00 AM Mass, from 10:00 to 11:00. The Seven Sacraments along with a special emphasis on the Holy Eucharist is done throughout the year. Classes are held from September - May.
Church attendance for the children is mandatory. Children must be 8 years old to receive their First Holy Communion.
Confirmation Classes are also taught by the priest. Confirmation Classes are usually held at a convenient time for all families of youth and is taught on a weekly basis. SOCL Class and weekly church attendance is mandatory. The purpose of the Sacrament of Confirmation is that it completes the Sacrament of Baptism. The Bishop of the Diocese will perform the rite of Confirmation once the students are fully prepared. Classes are 2 years long.