Faith Formation

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Opportunities to get involoved in Faith Formation at St. Joseph!

201 – Children’s Liturgy of the Word Volunteers
Volunteers lead the Children’s Liturgy (20-25 mins) during the Sunday Masses. A leader’s guide is provided that walks you through what to say and do with the kids. Get in touch to learn more!
contact: Julie Loscheider at 952-442-3703 or

*Faith Formation: BECOME A CATECHIST
We are called to cooperate with the grace God gives us,
a grace that enables us to follow Christ and live as the people God made us to be. This spirituality of discipleship is especially important in the lives of catechists, who are called not only to be disciples but also to “make” disciples. Expect great things from this process, and let your prayers reflect that you are trusting God to work through this program, so that candidates who are Catholic “because I was raised that way” will become Catholic “because Jesus is the Way, and I can’t trust another; because Jesus is the truth, and I’m convinced; and because Jesus is the life, and I can’t imagine life without him.” Participants must complete the safety requirements prescribed by the Archdiocese: Virtus.

202 – Small Group Leader for Family Formation (Pre K – 5th Gr)
Work with a partner to guide small group discussion, implement planned activities and provide a safe, fun and faith enriching environment for the youth. Small group leaders meet approximately once per month (Sept-May). Jesus identified possession of the kingdom of God with little children. Adults who lead these ministries are greatly enriched by their experiences. Training and ongoing support is provided. Contact: Julie Loscheider at 952-442-3703 or Time Commitment: 1-2 hours a month.

203 – Catechist for Confirmation
Confirmation catechists and assistants are needed to guide our youth preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation generally meets three times a month from September to May. You will work with a partner to implement the Chosen curriculum, which is a video-based program that includes small group discussions. Come share your Catholic faith with the future of our parish!
contact: Virginia Gelhar at 952-442-3705 or Time commitment: Wednesday evenings September through May as scheduled

204 – Catechist for Edge (grades 6 – 8)
Join the middle school EDGE program! All grades engage in the same yearly theme and weekly topics. This is a three-year revolving program so participants can join in any year. EDGE places equal emphasis on the three movements of faith formation: knowledge, passion, and service/justice (head, heart, hands). Catechist training is provided. Catechists and assistants are needed for one program year of 21 sessions. Contact: Julie Loscheider at 952-442-3703 or Time commitment: 1-2+ hours/week during September – May on Wednesday evenings.

205 – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – (RCIA) Teaching Team
Journey with RCIA candidates through their preparation to become a member of the Catholic faith. Teachers need to be active Catholics who possess good listening skills and a willingness to share their faith experience. Teachers will lead 1-2 sessions during the year. Training is available. Teachers also attend Thursday sessions September – May, including participation in the Holy Triduum, culminating with the Easter Vigil. contact: Virginia Gelhar at 952-442-3705 or Time commitment: Meets weekly for 2 hours, from September – May, participate in Triduum (Holy Week Masses) and special gatherings.

206 – Raising Saints: Parents’ Core Committee
Help plan events for parents of young children at St. Joseph. Raising Saints, which is intended to provide an opportunity to get to know others within our Catholic community and include time for our children to play together. Contact: Julie Loscheider at 952-442-3703 or Time commitment: 1-2 hours per even.

207 – Vacation Bible School Crew Leaders (Youth & Adult)
Assist groups of children (mixed ages) with a variety of activities during Vacation Bible School. A manual containing lesson plans is provided. Training and support are also provided. Individual leader roles and team leader roles are available. Adults and youth Grade 9 and older are welcome to assist with leading VBS.  Contact: Julie Loscheider at 952-442-3703 or Time commitment: Attend a few planning meetings prior to VBS, then 3 hours each day during Vacation Bible School held one week in the summer


Interested or have questions about any of these opportunities to get involved?
Let us know!