To encourage growth in the faith formation of the child, St. Joseph Catholic School provides religious instruction as well as the opportunities to celebrate the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and other forms of prayer and worship. Effort is made to help the child integrate his/her faith into the daily activities of life.
Children preparing to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation are involved in a sacramental preparation program. A child usually receives the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist in the second grade. The Sacrament of Confirmation is usually celebrated every other year while students are in either the seventh or eighth grade.
As the children spend time in class preparing for reception of a sacrament, it is expected that the parents also participate in the sacramental preparation program. Parent meetings are held to educate the parents and to give them assistance and support as they work at home to prepare their child for the reception of the sacrament. Parent attendance at all meetings for sacramental preparation is required. Parents will receive a letter informing them of the required meetings.
Children in grades 3 through 8 participate in a Family Life Program as part of their Religion classes. This program focuses on respect for life, human development, and human sexuality. Parents are encouraged to review this curriculum with their children at every grade level.