“The specific aim of catechesis is to develop, with God’s help, an as yet initial faith,
. . .and to advance in fullness and to nourish day by day the Christian life of the faithful, young and old.”– Saint John Paul II, On Catechesis In Our Time
Religious Education Program Registration for 2017-2018
Registration is being held now! It is important for children to have continued faith formation. Today more than ever, our world needs well-informed Catholic Christians.
1 Child = $100.00
2 Children = $150.00
3 or more Children = $200.00
No child will be deprived of the opportunity to attend Religious Education classes because of inability to pay the tuition. If there is a financial concern, please contact the Director of Religious Education at 717-766-2472.
Please Note: We are in the process of updating records. Bring your child/children’s Birth Certificate, Baptismal Certificate(s) as well as medical information, including allergies. You will need this in order to register. Links to the REP forms below:
Saint Joseph’s Religious Education Program (REP) provides regular religion classes for children (grades 1 through 12) attending public schools. The program is sequential and texts follow a scope and sequence for grades 1 through 6. Also, Diocesan Curriculum Guidelines are followed. The two-year Confirmation Program, in grades 7 and 8, includes a study of Basic Beliefs and a thorough study of what it means to live as a Confirmed Catholic. Click here to see more on Confirmation preparation. All programs focus on prayer and Christian living.
Sacramental programs for Penance, Eucharist, and Confirmation require a two-year preparation period. Children are expected to attend formal instruction through all the grades. If children have missed grade levels, a make-up period may be necessary before being accepted into the sacramental program. Sacramental workshops for parents are an integral part of the program.
The Pre-school Program for 2-5 year-olds is scheduled for Sundays during the 9:30 Mass. The structure for 2 year-olds is informal. The 3, 4 and 5 year-old programs introduce children to Jesus and God through weekly handouts. There is also group singing, snacks, and prayer times.
Training is provided for parishioners who, as teachers, would like to share their faith with children.
A number of Saint Joseph parishioners volunteer in the program in varying capacities:
- Adult Aides
- Special Education Teachers
- Teen/Preteen Helpers
- Teachers for Hearing Impaired
- Substitute Teachers
- Music Teachers
Adult education at Saint Joseph aims to facilitate parishioners’ pursuit of rich, active spiritual lives by providing programs for learning, sharing, and maturing in our Catholic faith.
Our formation offerings include a variety of topics and formats, such as one-time classes, bible study series, and discussion groups. Click here for details.