Religious Formation

St. Joseph's Religious Formation Program strongly supports the essential role of parents in bringing children into a life of faith. It is the parents' Christian example, their participation in the celebration of the Eucharist, and their commitment to the education of their children, in which the Truth of their Faith is taught.

Our mission is to educate each individual to develop an active life of faith, and to encourage parents and children to grow in faith together.

Students in Pre-K thru 6th grade will complete weekly lessons remotely - at home and online. We will continue to use the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies curriculum. We have found this curriculum to be the most convenient online program for families and the best way to keep our children connected to the parish community, as it emphasizes the importance of opportunities for family faith-sharing and prayer. This program will rely on parents serving their role as the primary faith educators of their children – remembering what the lifelong impact of an encounter with Jesus can do for their children! Once registered for the 2020-2021 Religious Formation year, each student will receive:

  • Print and digital formats with individual access codes for the online curriculum

  • Parent Guides to help families teach the weekly lessons

  • What the Church Believes and Teaches – student catechism handbook

  • Online Resources for every grade level –

including weekly assessments that will be submitted each week to the Religious Formation Staff

Students need to be registered for the 2020-2021 weekly, remote sessions. Tuition has been discounted to reflect the online curriculum.

Pflaum Gospel Weeklies integrates faith formation lessons with the life of the parish community experienced in the Sunday Eucharist. The weekly lessons are centered around the upcoming Sunday Gospel – and the children learn their faith within the rhythms of the liturgical year – Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time.

The Sunday Liturgy is the heart of our parish community. The weekly celebration is more meaningful to young people because they are familiar with the Gospel proclaimed each week. They have studied it in their weekly lessons.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY…they are now learning it at home. Each weekly lesson is family friendly and parents can easily see and share what their children are learning. Those lessons, when shared regularly, also lead right back to Sunday Mass and the celebration of the season of faith with the community.

The weekly remote lessons are at the heart of our program and will be used at home as the parents share their faith with their children. With this program all students and their families hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They learn the Gospel. They love the Gospel. They live the Gospel in their daily lives. They share the Gospel both in the community of faith and, by their witness and loving service of others, with every person they meet.

It is important that all of our parents contribute their faith and add to the excitement of our remote learning program. You have made a commitment to your Catholic faith, and to the Catholic education of your children. Please don’t let it stop because ours lessons are online this year. Teach your children the importance of worshipping as a family every Sunday by coming to Mass and receiving Jesus in the Eucharist. Your children will be sharing the Gospel with you at home, AND let them share it with our Parish community every weekend.

Students in 2nd grade Sacrament Preparation will meet 2 times a month in-person, in the classroom, with a Catechist, to complete their Sacrament Workbooks. Preparing for both First Reconciliation and First Eucharist in the classroom emphasizes the personal encounter we all share with those Sacraments. In addition, the families will be given additional resources that will compliment, assist and support the students during this graced time of sacramental preparation. Classroom sacramental lessons will be supplemented with the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies, completed remotely (online).

All students preparing for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist should complete the proper 2020-2021 Registration Forms. In-person classes will meet the following days beginning in October:

· Tuesday 4:45pm-6:15pm

· Early Wednesday 4:00pm-5:30pm

· Late Wednesday 6:00pm-7:30pm

Sacramental Preparation

Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist require that your child be baptized in the Catholic Church or have made a Catholic Profession of Faith. We will need a copy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate, unless he/she has been baptized here at St. Joseph Parish.

Your child should be in 2nd grade and will have attended Religious Formation for 2 consecutive years. Children who have reached the age of the use of reason are catechized for the celebration and reception of these Sacraments.

It is extremely important for your child to come to Mass every week so that he/she knows that celebrating the Eucharist is something we do as a community on a regular basis. The word “Eucharist” means thanksgiving. We gather, and are thankful, for all we have in Jesus, and we are strengthened to be able to continue to live as the Body of Christ. If this has not been your pattern of worship, please take the opportunity to make this a priority.

Your example of faith is essential to your child’s life of faith.

Contact Us

For information, registration, and to volunteer for Elementary Religious Formation, contact:

Kim Donahue

Director of Religious Formation


(248) 446-8700, Ext 115

Jennifer Balog

Sunday Religious Formation Coordinator

Religious Formation Assistant


(248)446-8700 x.114

Cathy Germaine

Sunday Morning Nursery Coordinator

Religious Formation Assistant


(248)446-8700 x.112


Volunteer catechists just like you provide basic catechesis for Grades 1 through 6. We greatly need your help in facilitating the formation of our young ones. Catechist Aides also assist in the classrooms.

If you are interested or would like to know more information about what's involved in being a Catechist or Catechist Aide this year, please contact Kim Donahue, Director of Religious Formation at (248) 446-8700, Ext. 115.

Family Fully Alive

Family Fully Alive is our family-oriented program bringing parents, children, and parish staff together to grow in the Catholic faith.

These events are on the Second Friday of the month, from October through May.

We don’t know for sure what Family Fully Alive will look like this year…but we will keep you informed throughout the year!!!

For pictures and more information on Family Fully Alive, please check out our dedicated page.