Faith Formation (Religious Ed)

Saint Joseph’s Parish and Religious Education Staff place great importance on offering religious direction to the adults and youth of our community. Our Religious Education curriculum follows a sequential pattern of instruction in the Catholic faith and in moral development. Instruction is offered from PreK through High School and incorporates Sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. Since parents are the first and primary educators of their children, we encourage parents and guardians to take an active role in their child’s religious growth by nurturing and encouraging their faith at home and within the St. Joseph Church community.

Regular classes for PreK through 9th grade are held Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:45 a.m., from September until May. Classes for 10th grade are held on Sunday afternoon, with Confirmation taking place in October or November. For information contact the Director of Religious Education (DRE) at (607) 748-0442. Registration forms for the school year are available at the parish office, at the entrances to the church, or you can also download them (See FORMS link below).

For older children who are seeking Baptism, or formal reception into the Catholic Church, First Reconciliation, or First Communion, their participation in Religious Education and Confirmation classes are supplemented by the RCIA (see below) process adapted for older children.

Our Religious Education Program is staffed almost entirely by volunteers. We are blessed with many teachers, aides, and student helpers who give generously of their time and talents. If you are interested in becoming involved in this vital ministry, please contact the DRE at 748-0442. All Religious Education volunteers must be VIRTUS certified. This certification only takes four hours and is free. Sessions are held throughout the year. (see LINK below)

NOTE: All necessary forms can be opened or downloaded at the bottom of this section. 

Schedule – Times/Rooms
K-8 will meet in Saint Joseph School @ 9:15 a.m.
9th Grade will meet in the Convent @ 9:15 a.m.
10th Grade will meet in Church Hall according to schedule mailed to students


Registration for Religious Education 

Grades K – 8 (Forms you will need)
1) Registration form (Grades K-8)
2) Registration fee ($25/child – $50 Family Max)
3) Emergency Medical Authorization Form

Grade 2 (First Penance/First Communion) (Forms you will need)
1) Registration form (Grades K-8)
2) Sacramental Information for Church Records
3) Registration fee ($25/child – $50 Family Max)
4) Emergency Medical Authorization Form

Confirmation Grades 9 & 10
1) Registration for Sacrament of Confirmation
2) Registration fee ($25/child – $50 Family Max)
3) Emergency Medical Authorization Form

*** New students ***
Please send a copy of baptism certificate with the registration form.

FORMS:

Religious Education Registration Form for New Student 2016-2017

Schedule PreK-8th Grade 2016-17



First Communion for Children
     The Family and Children Faith Formation Program is available for children who need sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation, First Communion, or Confirmation. Regular classes are held Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 a.m., from September until May in the School building. For information contact the Director of Religious Education (DRE) at (607) 748-0442. Registration forms for the school year are available at the parish office, at the entrances to the church, or you can also download them.

The Sacrament of the Eucharist in the Catholic Church
     Jesus said: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live forever; …he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and … abides in me, and I in him.” (John 6:51, 54, 56).
     Because its centrality in the life of the Church, this sacrament is described by the Church in this way:
    
“The Most Holy Eucharist is the most august sacrament, in which Christ the Lord himself is contained, offered and received, and by which the Church constantly lives and grows. The Eucharistic Sacrifice, the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated over the centuries, is the summit and the source of all Christian worship and life; it signifies and effects the unity of the people of God and achieves the building up of the Body of Christ. The other sacraments and all the ecclesiastical works of the apostolate are closely related to the Holy Eucharist and are directed to it.” — Canon Law 897.
     Although the Eucharist is one sacrament, there are three essential aspects to which the Church points: (1) sacrifice; (2) communion; (3) Real Presence of Christ.
     The Church calls the faithful to respond in faith to these three aspects of the Eucharist:
   
  “The faithful are to hold the Eucharist in highest honor, taking part in the celebration of the most august Sacrifice, receiving the sacrament devoutly and frequently, and worshiping it with supreme adoration….” — Canon Law 898.
     The Family and Children Faith Formation Program is available for youth grades 7 and up. For youth also seeking Baptism, formal reception into the Catholic Church, 1st Reconciliation, or 1st Communion, their participation in Youth Catechesis and Confirmation classes are supplemented by the RCIA (see below) process adapted for older children.

The Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church
     “Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 8:14-17).
     Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.

RCIA
     Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic Church? Are you a baptized Christian, a non-baptized Catholic who has not received the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation? Have you had the feeling you need to learn more about the Church? Find out what the RICA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) means to you. Sign-ups begin in the Fall, followed by regular sessions that go on until the reception of sacraments at the Easter Vigil or Pentecost Masses.
     If you are interested, please call our Faith Formation Office (607) 748-0442 for more information.

The Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation in the Catholic Church 
    
“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week,” Jesus showed himself to his apostles. “He breathed on them and said to them: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’” (John 20:19, 22-23)
     The forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism is conferred by a particular sacrament called the sacrament of reconciliation, confession, penance, and at times, conversion. To return to communion with God after having lost it through sin is a process born of the grace of God who is rich in mercy and solicitous for the salvation of people. One must ask for this precious gift for oneself and for others.
     The spiritual effects of the sacrament of Penance are:

  • reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace;
  • reconciliation with the church;
  • remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins;
  • remission, at least in part, of temporal punishments incurred from sins;
  • peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation;
  • an increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle.

Formation Ministries

Adult Faith Formation
     A program designed to help adult Catholics to grow in their faith. Events and series are offered to help people develop core skills in the faith (Seeker), to integrate the faith into their life (Disciple), and to share the faith in the world (Apostle). Classes and events will be scheduled periodically and will be posted in the weekly bulletin.
     For information please call the parish office at (607) 748-0442.