Faith Formation Overview


Learning about one’s faith is not relegated to only a specific period of time in one’s life. Rather, it is an ongoing, lifelong process.  Proudly, opportunities abound for learners of all ages at our parish.

Preschool Faith Formation is offered for our three and four year during our Family Faith Formation Program. Three and four year olds attend Little Lambs where they learn about the same topics as their older siblings and parents in an age appropriate environment.

Family Formation
Family Faith Formation is held one Sunday a month (typically the first Sunday) from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  We support parents as the primary catechists of their children. As such, we only hold classes at the parish once a month with parents leading their families through take-home lessons for the remainder of the month. Children, preschool through fifth grade, attend grade level sessions in the school building.  Parents attend an adult session at the same time in Marian Hall.  There is childcare available in the nursery for 1 and 2 year olds for those who RSVP to 360-823-2843 so parents have the opportunity to learn and engage with other parents. All of the family learns the same topic for the month at their own level.

Middle and High School

LinC (Life in Christ) Faith Formation for Middle School, 6th through 8th grades.CLICK HERE for more information.
b.a.s.i.c. (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) Youth Ministry for High School, 9th through 12th grades. CLICK HERE for more information.

Vacation Bible School
This weeklong camp will be held at the parish June 25-29, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. each day. Scripture stories, music and skits, games, snacks, hands-on activities and a service project create an exciting, high energy week of VBS fun each summer. Children ages 3 through entering sixth grade in the fall may participate. Those entering seventh grade and up are invited to volunteer to assist at this fun week. Registration will be open March 1-June 3, 2018. Pre-registration is required and no late sign-ups are accepted.

Adult Faith Formation
Adult Faith Formation opportunities are available at the parish and each year we try to increase the offerings to all of the adults in the parish.

  • Bible Studies are offered throughout the week. The following are the studies currently on the calendar for the 2017-2018 year:
    • Bible Timeline, Wednesdays beginning August 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the St. Dominic Room.
    • Thursday mornings beginning Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the St. Dominic Room.
    • Women’s Bible Study, Thursday afternoons beginning August 24, 2-4 p.m. in the St. Francis Room.

Other opportunities that are offered periodically include:

  • Small Faith Sharing Groups, such as  GoodNews People or Just Faith
  • Book studies
  • Advent and Lenten Missions
  • Guest speakers

Watch the parish bulletin for more information.

Pre-registration for all studies is requested. Childcare may available during some Bible studies. To register or request childcare for a study, call Jill Roemhildt at 360-823-2831.

If you feel there are missing Adult Faith Formation opportunities, please call Tracy Joy at 360-823-2833 to discuss what you would like to see offered here at St. Joseph and how you might assist in bringing it to the parish.

RESOURCES Click the following links for addional information to assist your faith formation efforts:

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