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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! 


Registration fee is $80 for one child; $125 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.