“Our generation will show that it can rise to the promise found in each young person when we know how to give them space. This means that we have to create the material and spiritual conditions for their full development; to give them a solid basis on which to build their lives; to guarantee their safety and their education to be everything they can be; to pass on to them lasting values that make life worth living; to give them a transcendent horizon for their thirst for authentic happiness and their creativity for the good; to give them the legacy of a world worthy of human life; and to awaken in them their greatest potential as builders of their own destiny, sharing responsibility for the future of everyone. If we can do all this, we anticipate today the future that enters the world through the window of the young.”
– Pope Francis 7/22/13, Garden
Parish Faith Formation
St. Joseph Parish is committed to educating its parishioners in the Roman Catholic Faith and the loving presence of God. The Diocese requires that these programs be attended and completed in order to receive the sacrament that correlates to the program. For additional educational opportunities without set requirements, please see our Ministries Page.
CCD (1st – 5th Grade) and First Sacraments
The Mission of Elementary Faith Formation is:
-To support and assist parents who are the children’s primary religious educators.
-To offer the opportunity for faith to come alive through prayer and Sacraments.
-To call all families to full, active, conscious participation in the Eucharist and in the parish community of St. Joseph.
Contact: Josette LeBlanc
EDGE (6th – 8th Grade)
Are you on the EDGE? Middle school is a time of transition and transformation, moving from elementary school and getting ready for high school all at the same time. EDGE is a welcoming, exciting, fun community of sixth, seventh and eighth-grade youth who gather weekly for friendship, fun, formation and service. Join us as we learn together how to better love God, our neighbors and ourselves through study of Scripture, knowledge of our faith tradition and our commitment to discipleship deeds.
We believe that God made each and every one of us unique and interconnected parts of the same body of Christ. We ask that all the youth who attend our ministry make a commitment to coming regularly and participating. That way when you leave at the end of the night, you know more than when you came in and are ready to turn that knowledge into acts of love in your daily life.
You don’t have to be perfect to be loved by a perfect God!
Calendar: 2019-2020 Edge Schedule
Joe’s Schedule: Joe’s Cafe 2019-2020 Schedule
Contact: Shelby Fuselier
LIFE TEEN (9th – 12th Grade)
As a Eucharist-centered movement within the Roman Catholic Church, St. Joseph Life Teen leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. With the Blessed Virgin Mary as our intercessor and guide, Life Teen seeks to unleash the fullness of the Sacramental power present within the young Church.
Life Teen is an international Catholic movement that serves the Church by providing resources and faith experiences that help lead teens closer to Christ. This is accomplished through a vibrant Eucharistic spirituality, meaningful catechesis, outreach to the poor and needy, relational ministry and by creating widespread opportunities for teens to grow in their faith.
Fall Retreat Registration: https://stjoerayne.org/fallretreat
Calendar: 2019-2020 Life Teen Calendar
Parents for Life: Volunteer Form
Contact: Kassie Richard
Confirmation (11th Grade)
Confirmation, together with Baptism and Eucharist, form the Sacraments of Initiation that are all intimately connected. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.
Jesus’ entire mission occurred in communion with the Spirit. Before he died, Jesus promised that the Spirit would be given to the Apostles and to the entire Church. After his death, he was raised by the Father in the power of the Spirit.
Those who believed in the Apostles’ preaching were baptized and received the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands. The Apostles baptized believers in water and the Spirit. Then they imparted the special gift of the Spirit through the laying on of hands. “‘The imposition of hands is rightly recognized by the Catholic tradition as the origin of the sacrament of Confirmation, which in a certain way perpetuates the grace of Pentecost in the Church'” (CCC, no. 1288, citing Pope Paul VI, Divinae Consortium Naturae, no. 659).
Sponsor Registration: stjoerayne.org/confirmation/sponsor
Calendar: 2019-2020 Confirmation Calendar
Contact: Kassie Richard
RCIA (Adult Formation)
The Catholic Church welcomes new members and tries to provide appropriate spiritual formation according to each person’s needs. Some who come to us have had little or no affiliation with, or religious training in, the Christian faith. Others have been baptized and have been active members of other Christian denominations. The process of formation is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). RCIA is a communal process and involves a number of stages which lead the unbaptized to the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and first Eucharist at the Easter Vigil at which time they become full members of the Roman Catholic Church. The entire process takes several months or, for some, a few years, but participants are invited to proceed at a pace that individually suits them.
Contact: Randy Bertrand