Welcome to the St. Joseph Religious Education Program. Classes are available from kindergarten through 8th grade.
Please fill out the “Family Registration Form." On the family form you will be asked to provide the following information:
- Family name
- Family address and phone number
- Email addresses for each parent
- Religious Education session preferred (classes are held Sundays 9:00 – 10:15 and Mondays 6:30 – 7:45 pm). Please see below for information on Special Needs, RCIC, and Homeschool options.
- Volunteer position (for a description of each position, please visit the Volunteering section of the Religious Education website). At least one parent must volunteer in some capacity once during the Religious Ed year.
Once you submit the family form you will be directed to the “Student Registration Form.” Please fill out a student form for each child. On the student form you will be asked for the following information:
- Child’s name
- Child’s baptismal information. If you are registering the child for the 1st time in the Religious Education program, you will need to provide a copy of the baptismal certificate for verification.
- Child’s school (either public or non Catholic private).
- Child’s grade (grade that the child will enter in the Fall).
- Any special needs the child may have (medical or behavioral concerns will be kept confidential and only shared with the lead catechist once your child has been assigned to a specific class).
Tuition is $75/student. If the payment of $75/student presents a hardship, please call the office at x231 when you submit your registration. No child will be denied entrance into our program. Also, there is an option for the Scrip program on the registration form. In order to apply funds from Scrip, you must have at least one child enrolled in the Religious Education program and be a "regular" participant in the Scrip program. Regular participants generate a minimum of $1000 in sales over the course of a year (May 1-April 30).
Late Admittance. Also, please note that we will no longer accept late admittances into the Religious Education program after the end of the First Marking Period. By this point in the year, catechists have already established classroom dynamics and it is unfair to our volunteer catechists to continue adding students to their rosters. Exceptions will be made only for extraordinary circumstances on a case by case basis. Homeschool options may also still be available after this date. Please contact the Religious Ed Office for details.
Attendance Policy. It is the parent's responsibility to obtain make up work when the child will be absent by contacting the child's catechist. When the child is absent, the chapter review for the missed class is required to be completed online at www.bemydisciples.com and the results emailed to the child's catechist. The emailed review results should be 80 or above in order to be successfully completed. Students who miss more than 5 classes total, or consistently leave early will be required to complete a review packet over the summer. This will ensure the child is ready to move to the next grade level. Please take into careful consideration your child's sports and activities schedule for the whole year before choosing a Religious Ed session time. Thank you!
For further Religious Ed Program information and policies, read the Religious Education Program Handbook.
RCIA for Children (RCIC)
Children 8 years old (beyond Second Grade) or older who have not been baptized or received their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, are invited to enter the RCIA for Children process. RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and is a process of conversion for unbaptized adults wishing to enter the Church. RCIA adapted for children prepares the child to receive the Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion. This is a two year process and is a combination of age-appropriate religious education, sacramental preparation, and rites of the catechumenate. For more information, please call or email Deacon Neil Crispo at 755.7503 ext. 229, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please select RCIC on the registration form to register your child for this class. RCIC is offered during the Monday session time at 6:30pm.
Special Needs Class
The Special Needs Class is offered on Sundays at 9am. Learning is based on the lectionary and liturgical calendar; sacramental preparation is also offered as part of the curriculum. Our program follows the Guidelines for the Celebration of Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to determine proper preparedness of reception. Please select Special Needs Class (9 am) to register your child for this class.
Home School Curriculum
The home school curriculum is for parents who would like to teach their children at home using the faith formation materials offered through our Religious Education Office. The home school curriculum includes an online chapter review for 1st-8th grade students at www.bemydisciples.com. Home school students are required to email the Catechetical Administrative Assistant chapter review results. A score of 80 or above is needed for successful completion of the curriculum. Materials included are: Student book, Online website, and Lesson plan calendar. Home school families are required to attend all the same sacramental prep meetings, parent meetings, and retreats scheduled if their child is in a sacramental year. To complete enrollment in our home school curriculum, all home school families must attend a brief meeting. All materials will be handed out at this meeting. Please select Home School to register your child for this class.
May our efforts this year strengthen your family’s relationship with God and serve to deepen the joy of knowing God and His love for you.
Please click here to begin the online registration process.