Faith formation and the spiritual development of our children is central to the mission of our school and parish. St. Joseph’s School partners with parents in this important work. Through age-appropriate catechesis and dialogue, students are guided in the development of a Christian conscience.
Our religion curriculum is aligned with the Religion Standards for Catholic Education published by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. These standards are met through a three-fold approach to religious education: students have the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ through classroom instruction and weekly liturgies. They come to understand the gospel message through the teachings of the Catholic Church and are encouraged to live out the gospel message in their daily lives through service and by responding to the Church’s social justice teachings.
The students and faculty of St. Joseph’s School come together on Friday monings to celebrate Mass. Students assume responsibility for the planning of school liturgies. They have opportunities to participate in the liturgy as altar servers, gift bearers and ushers. They also read petitions, proclaim the Word and serve as song leaders and student musicians.
St. Joseph's is blessed to be able to particpate in the Cathechesis of the Good Shepherd in grades PK-4 allowing students to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
The school staff works closely with the parish to provide sacramental preparation. First Reconciliation and First Eucharist preparation and reception takes place in the second grade. Confirmation preparation and reception takes place in the eighth grade.