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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Youth Faith Formation

Welcome, parents! You're here because you care about passing on your faith to your kids. That's a great thing and we have set up our Youth Faith Formation to help you every step of the way. Our Youth Faith Formation program has wonderful catechists and the full support of our priest and deacons who are all working together to help teach the fullness of faith to your children. Please be in touch with questions--- I'll be happy to hear from you. 

In the meantime, please explore this page where you can find a program perspective, schedule, cost info, and registration documents at the bottom of the page.


CATECHESIS: The Youth Faith Formation program we are offering will support and supplement your own efforts as parents to teach the faith. "To catechize is to reveal in the Person of Christ the whole of God’s eternal design reaching fulfillment in that Person. (CCC 5, 426).” Effectively imparting our beliefs as Catholics means not only teaching authentic Church doctrine, but making it real by a personal encounter with Jesus. Hence catechesis happens not only in the classroom but also in a family setting where Christ is part of our daily relationships and lives.

METHODOLOGY: We are implementing a model of Youth Faith Formation this year with a focus on “Intergenerational Instruction.” Supplementing regular Youth Faith Formation meetings, we will also regularly meet together on some Wednesdays at St. Joseph’s as a faith community, parents and children. Families will attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and after learn about the central truths of our Faith. It is a model of education which gives greater opportunity to encounter the faith as a family. For parents it gives more opportunities to discuss their faith with their kids. Parents and students are obligated to attend. 

PARENTAL ROLE MODEL: The most important component of your child’s faith formation is the role model you provide as a parent. Your children will not be properly raised in the Catholic faith if you neglect to bring your family to weekly Sunday mass (as we are all obliged), if you rarely teach or even talk about your faith, if you do not pray daily as a family. Make these items a personal priority. They are more important than this program, which can only be a supplement to the faith life you are called to foster in your families. This message needs to be clear to all Catholic parents in our community. We need RE families to be consistently practicing their Catholic faith throughout the year; it is a prerequisite for this program to be effective. Thank you for supporting this! 


  1. August 31                    DIOCORE Catechist In-Service @ Peosta, 6:30PM
  2. September 7                 Initial Catechist Meeting @ SJ Rectory– 6:30 PM 
  3. September 14                Parent Registration/Orientation Meeting @ St. Joseph – 6:30 PM 
  4. September 21               Meeting in classroom
  5. September 28               Meeting in classroom
  6. October 6                     6:30 PM Mass @ St. Joseph, followed by intergenerational instruction
  7. October 12                    NO MEETINGS: Conferences
  8. October 19                   Meeting in Classroom
  9. October 26                   Meeting in Classroom: Special "the Saints Come Marching In" Service
  10. November 2                6:30 pm Mass @ St. Joseph *Holy Day of Obligation: All Souls' & All Saint' Memorial Mass*
  11. November 9               Meeting in Classroom
  12. November 16             Meeting in Classroom
  13. November 23              No Meetings- Thanksgiving
  14. November 30              Meeting in Classroom: Special Christmas Card Crafting
  15. December 7                 6:30 pm Mass @ St. Joseph *Holy Day of Obligation: Feast of the Immaculate Conception*
  16. December 14                 No Meetings: Christmas Choir Concert @ Marquette
  17. December 21                Meeting in classroom Special Christmas Caroling around Cole Park
  18. December 28                No Meetings– Christmas Break      
  19. January 4                     Meeting in Classroom
  20. January 11                   Meeting in classroom
  21. January 18                    6:30 pm Mass @ St. Joseph, followed by Intergenerational Instruction
  22. January 25                    Meeting in classroom
  23. February 1                    Meeting in Classroom
  24. February 8                    6:30 pm Confirmation Mass with Archbishop Jackels
  25. February 15                  Meeting in Classroom: Protection of Children Class
  26. February 18                  2nd Grade Reconciliation Retreat @ SJ Kieffer Hall 9:30-12:30
  27. February 22                  Meeting in classroom 
  28. March 1                       6:30 pm Mass @ St. Joseph (Ash Wednesday) followed by Intergenerational Instruction
  29. March 8                        No Meetings: Conferences
  30. March 15                     Meeting in Classroom
  31. March 22                     Meeting in Classroom
  32. March 25                     2nd Grade Communion Retreat in St. Joseph's Kieffer Hall 9:00-12:00
  33. March 29                     Meeting in Classroom, First Reconciliation for 2nd Graders @ St. Joseph Church
  34. April 5                         Meeting in classroom
  35. April 12                       Meeting in classroom
  36. April 19                      Meeting in Classroom
  37. April 26                       Meeting in Classroom
  38. April 30                       First Communion for 2nd Graders in both Churches
  39. May 3                          Meeting in Classroom
  40. May 10                         6:30 pm End of Year Mass with talk with Fr. Kruse; BBQ and Potluck to Follow Mass
  41. May 17                         Catechist meeting 7 PM at Rectory

- Reconciliation Pre-Retreat: February 18th (9-12PM @ SJ) First Reconciliation: 6:30PM March 29

- Communion Pre-Retreat: March 25th (9-12PM@ SJ) First Communion: April 30th SPP (8:00AM), SJ (10:15AM)

 -Confirmation: February 8 @ SJ (6:30 pm)


Registration fee is $75 for one child; $120 for two; $175 for three of more.      

Additional fees may be collected for retreats, rallies, and/or field trips as necessary.

Registration Documents are available at the parish office - 872-3234


NewsNotes from the Office for the Protection of Children from the Archdiocese of Dubuque are below for your review.  This is a five part series.  The purpose of these publications is to help all of us be more informed of the issues and topics related to the abuse of children. It is our sincere hope that by partnering together we can continually provide the safest possible environment for all our young people to grow into healthy, Christ-filled adults.

Additional resources can be found at the Virtus website at http://www.virtusonline.org.