Students in Grades 1 to 6
Our Sunday program begins at 9:45 AM with the family coming to the church and kids are dismissed to class for 45 minutes and return to the Mass at the time of the offertory. It’s very important that the kids see the faith lived in the home and on the weekend with the family attending Mass together.
Grades 7 & 8
These middle school students meet on Monday nights at 6:30 PM till 7:45 PM and the classroom style is changed to something more informal. It starts with some free time, an ice breaker related hopefully to the topic, and then a talk based on the theme or the readings from the prior weekend. Small groups of 6 to 10 students are formed and kids have a chance to see how the topic relates to their daily lives.
High School & Middle School Youth Ministry
Our Bold Youth Ministry for high school meets on Wednesdays in the school from 7 to 8:30 PM. Our new Bold Youth Minister is Lisa Valentino (Stjoseph@boldym.com). Middle School (6, 7 & 8th grades) meet on Fridays (schedule attached).
Summer Plus Program
Is a two week summer program usually the last week of June and first week of July depending on the school schedules. It runs from 8:45 AM to 12:15 PM four days a week, and six during the year sessions are required for these students, and weekend Mass attendance as well.
The special seeds class exists to help students with special needs access our programs, while growing in a relationship with Christ in a safe and accepting environment. These classes are on Wednesdays from 3:30 PM for one hour and are designed with the need of the child as the primary focus.
One year of faith formation classes prior to 9th grade is required. Confirmation is normally spring of freshman year. Meetings for these students are on Wednesdays at 6:30 to 7:45 PM and consist of an ice breaker related to the topic, a talk on the theme or readings from the weekend Masses, and then time in small groups of 6-10 students. We aim to develop a relationship with these students so that there is more of a connection with the parish which would help them to continue in our Bold Youth Ministry and/or remain active in the church.
Fall Catechesis, Talks for Youth and Adults
The fall catechesis, or series of talks, on the situation of the Church today, who am I and what am I living for, and other relevant topics are presented by a team of couples from the Neo-Catechumenal Way. Meetings are usually on Mondays & Thursdays at 8 PM for an hour.