Religious Formation

The St. Joseph 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 are invited back to Religious Formation Classes in person! The lessons we have learned during the Pandemic have made us better together and continue to shape our plans for Fall 2021.

Capacity in our building may still need to be reduced to some degree, as circumstances warrant. Therefore it is very important to register your child during our Early Registration. We are honoring first come, first serve – SAVE YOUR SPOT EARLY!

Health and safety measures, including face coverings and completion of Student Health Screening Forms are likely to remain. We will continue to follow applicable CDC guidance as well as the Archdiocese of Detroit Guidelines.

As always, we maintain to provide our students with an engaging and impactful Religious Formation experience.

Students need to be registered for the 2021-2022 weekly sessions. In-person classes will meet the following days beginning the first week in October:

  • Tuesday 4:45pm-6:15pm

  • Early Wednesday 4:00pm-5:30pm

  • Late Wednesday 6:00pm-7:30pm

The faith formation program we are using is called Pflaum Gospel Weeklies.

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.

Pflaum Gospel Weeklies encourages FAMILY INVOLVEMENT at home. The whole family can easily share in the learning because all children are studying lessons based on the same Gospel proclaimed in church on Sunday. Parents can gather all their children at one time to share what they have learned during their weekly classes – and talk about it as a family.

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.

For information, registration, and to volunteer for Elementary Religious Formation, please 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


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.

Over the past year, we have relied on our Religious Formation Parents to expand your role as the primary faith educators of your children.

And we hope that you have been INSPIRED!!

Now we want you to bring your faith to our classrooms! We hope that you feel better connected to your faith – and more willing to volunteer this year as Catechists!

Just remember what the lifelong impact of an encounter with Jesus can do for your children!

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!!!