St. Joseph's Intergenerational Religious Education Program
As our parish lives more faithfully our call of the Gospel, and our Vision Statement, we have moved to Intergenerational Catechesis. This approach to Religious Education gathers men and women of all ages and stages of life to learn together as we continue our life-long journey of faith. The young benefit from the wisdom and lived experience of the older members, while our more senior members benefit for the enthusiasm and desire to know God from they youth. All gain fresh insights and are encourage to experience faith with new eyes. This approach equips the parish to become a community of learners by creating lifelong faith formation that is centered in the events of Church life, promoting faith growth at home that enables us to become "Households of faith".
This Intergenerational Religious Education Program works in this way:
Faith Sharing Groups for Adults Catechesis:
Small groups of adults meet on a weekly basis in homes spread throughout the parish to learn about and share their faith. Each group is currently following a program called "The Growing Faith Project" which challenges us to understand and live the gospel and teachings of the church in our everyday circumstances of life. From this program, adults with children receive materials that correlate with the children's Faith First books, and helps them to be the first givers of faith to their children.
If you are interested in viewing the "Growing Faith Project", visit their website at: www.growingfaithproject.com
Adult Faith Groups currently meeting: [please contact the Leader of one of these groups if you are interested]
Patti & Fred McGrath - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim & Donna Lavigne - email@example.com
George Quigley - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob & Cindy Donovan - email@example.com
Miranda O'Leary - firstname.lastname@example.org
Patty Davis - email@example.com
Catechesis means to "echo" the faith in our own life by sharing it with others. This is done through using methods of learning for all ages. We pray, sing, perform skits, crafts, etc., and learn together from one another through sharing our faith. Come and join this creative experience of growing together in faith as a whole community children, teens, parents, grandparents, single adults!
This Bi-Weekly program follows the 10am Sunday Mass, and lessons follow the Lectionary.
Materials for the children are taken from their "Faith First" catechism books, and from the "Generations of Faith" website.
Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist:
This is a program that begins in October and ends in April. It is designed for families with children grades 2 and up to participate together and experience ways to build a forgiving atmosphere in the home, as well as grow in understanding of how we become the Body of Christ for one another. Family centered faith development empowers parents and children to discover gospel values within their home making faith real and of value.
Sacrament of Confirmation:
Preparation for this sacrament is available for young adults in high school. In preparing for Confirmation, young people are entering into greater communion with God, a deeper relationship with the church and a better understanding of themselves. For young adults to really grow in a vibrant, ongoing relationship Christ and the church, it is imperative that parents/families get involved with this process. Parents/families will be called upon to participate in this ongoing process of conversion on a regular basis. The Confirmation program will begin in the fall, please contact the office to register.
Useful Websites for exploring your Faith and learning more about how to live what we believe: