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Religious Education

Religious Education

“The way Jesus shows you is not easy. Rather, it is like a path winding up a mountain. Do not lose heart! The steeper the road, the faster it rises towards ever wider horizons.”

- St. Pope John Paul II

 

Parish Religious Education Program 
Mission Statement

It is our purpose to assist families, adults, young adults, teens, and children to enter into a life-long relationship with God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit through the catechesis set forth by the Roman Catholic Church.  It is the responsibility of the catechetical ministries to help support families accept the challenge that the Gospel places before them in the modern world.

As a Catholic Community, we will always stress the importance of weekly participation in the Holy Eucharist. We are here to support the families of our Parish as they strive to live out the vocation God has called them to. 
 

The Commission of Religious Education/Faith Formation includes the following ministries:

 

Infant/Child Baptism - Newborn to 6 yrs old - Parent preparation classes required.

Procedures for the Rite of Baptism for Children

1. The Rite of Baptism for Children is for infants and children up to the age of six years old.

2. Custodial parents/guardians requesting to have their child baptized are required to register in the parish.

3. To register to have a child baptized, call the Parish Office to schedule an appointment – custodial parents/guardians are required to attend meeting.
At time of the meeting a baptism registration form is completed; a consent form must be signed by custodial parents/guardians and a birth certificate obtained (a photocopy will be made from original document).
4. Attendance is required of custodial parents/guardians and godparents (if local) of one baptism class held on the first Thursday of every month from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Saint Joseph School Library.Godparents are required to fill out eligibility forms.
5. Parents who are married whose marriage did not take place in the Catholic Church and has never been blessed or recognized by the Catholic Church are required to meet with the pastor. This is an invitation to regularize the marriage – this will NOT prevent child from being baptized.
6. Tentative baptism dates may be scheduled at time of meeting, however, the baptism cannot take place until all required paperwork and the class are completed.
There is NO charge for baptism, for the class or for the church. Any gift that is given as a donation is gratefully accepted for the church.
For further information, please contact (321)727-1565 and ask for Jeanne Richardson.


Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) - Pre-K to 12th Grade (Includes Sacramental Preparation)

Welcome to those of you who are new or returning to our parish community! To those of you who have been part of our family, we look forward to seeing you again this fall. If you are new to the area, perhaps you, too, will join us this fall.

It is our purpose to assist you as parents/guardians in the faith formation of your children. Families need support in connecting Christian values to decisions they make in their daily lives. The parish community can support these decisions just as families accept the challenge that the Gospel places before them in the modern world.

Enrolling your children in our catechetical ministry, P.R.E.P., is an indication of your strong commitment to your faith and your belief that religious education is important.  The P.R.E.P. Ministry, with its many examples of teaching, caring and giving, reflects God’s love.

 As we begin this next year, we are thankful for the catechists and assistants who have answered God’s call.  We are grateful for the generous spirit among so many of our parents and especially for the children and youth who make our ministry so rewarding.

Registration this year for Religious Education (Including Sacramental Preparation), will begin August 18th/19th after all masses, as well as August 25th/26th after all masses. The cost is $45 for one child, $65 for two, and $75 for three or more. If your child is signing up for sacramental preparation, i.e. First Communion/Confirmation, there is an extra $15 fee.

If you have any questions or concerns in regards to religious education, or would like to know our volunteer opportunities, please contact our Parish Catechetical Leader, Analisa Alegria, at the parish office or email alegriaa@st-joe.org 

 

 

*Sacramental Prep. Requirements

Confirmation  -

Children in grades 8-12 who are baptized Catholic are generally confirmed by the Bishop of Orlando on a date of his choosing. Those who have not received reconciliation/communion are also in this process.

Sponsors are required for all those preparing for Confirmation.

Children must attend religious education classes and Mass on a regular basis.

Classes are generally in session from September through May.

 

First Communion - 

Children must be baptized Roman Catholic and seven (7) years old at the time of reception. regularly children are in 2nd grade when they receive this sacrament.

Children must attend religious education classes and Mass on a regular basis.

Classes are generally in session from September through May.

 

 


Christian Initiation of Children (CIC) - (For those who have not yet been baptized and are between the ages of 7-17).

Children beyond the age of reason (7 years old)  who have not been baptized will be assigned to the Christian Initiation of Children (C.I.C.) classes for preparation of Baptism, Communion & Confirmation, which they will receive at the Easter Vigil.

Sponsors are required. And parents are required to take the Parent Baptism Class, which takes place on the first Thursday of the month at 7pm in the school library. Any questions, please contact Jeanne Richardson or Analisa Alegria at the parish office. 

Children validly baptized in another Christian tradition recognized by the Catholic Church will be assigned to a CIC class, and be prepared to make a Profession of Faith and receive Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Communion.

Children beyond the age of reason (7 years old) who have baptized Catholic but not yet received reconciliation/communion will be prepared for First Reconciliation/First Communion, which they will receive with those in Sacramental Prep.

Children must attend religious education classes and Mass on a regular basis.

Classes are generally in session from September through May, just like P.R.E.P.


Senior High Youth Group - 9th to 12th Grade

This ministry provides spiritual and social activities, events, and retreats for young people between the ages of 14 and 18. The youth group meets on Sunday evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. from September through May. Fun and faith activities are held throughout the summer months. Registration opens in August and continues throughout the school year. Please call the Director of Religious Education, at 321-727-1565 for more information.

 

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Junior High Youth Group - 6th-8th Grade

Information Coming Soon!

Our Junior High Youth Group has been inactive for some time. However, we are planning to bring it back by Spring 2019. 

Be on the lookout for announcements and information in the bulletin!


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)- For those 18+ seeking baptism as well as other Sacraments of Initiation. 

FYI - Inquiry Sessions for adults (those over 18 years of age) who are considering joining the Catholic Church, or who would like further information about the steps to take, will be held on Wednesday June 27 and July 18 on the church campus in room 402 (church office building) at 6:30 pm. If you or someone you know has been thinking about learning more about what "being Catholic" means, please join us for this no-commitment opportunity to ask your questions.

RCIA is the acronym for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in the Catholic Church. It is a process one enters into for conversion of faith and/or completion of the sacraments of initiation which include Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

 Those who have been baptized in another Faith Tradition which is recognized as a valid baptism by the Roman Catholic Church do not need to be baptized again. Since we believe in one baptism for the forgiveness of sins, we ask only that the person make a Profession of Faith, which states that they believe and hold true the tenets of the Catholic Faith. 

Those who have not been baptized are brought into the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass [the night before Easter Sunday].

Baptized Catholics who have not been prepared for reception of Confirmation and Eucharist may also attend the RCIA process. 

Catholics who have not been confirmed have other options depending upon their previous preparation.

Requirements for those seeking full initiation and/or full communion with the Church are as follows.- Enroll in the process

- Attend Mass and weekly group meetings on a consistent basis                            

- If not baptized, provide birth certificate

- If baptized, provide baptismal certificate - if you need assistance with this, please contact Analisa Alegria at the parish office

- If married, provide marriage certificate

- Godparent/sponsor of the Catholic Faith is required

 ♦ If you and your spouse are presently married and have had previous marriages, annulments of the former marriages must be obtained prior to seeking initiation into the Catholic Church.  This is required for Catholics and non-Catholics as well.  Please do not hesitate to call the parish office [321.727.1565] for more information.

 ♣ A godparent or sponsor is a person of faith, baptized, confirmed and a practicing Catholic, sixteen years of age or older, in right relationship with the Church. Spouses may now qualify to become sponsors.  Parents are excluded due to the already intimate relationship established.

 RCIA Sessions are held from September through May on Wednesday evenings.  There is a small registration fee but inability to pay does not preclude enrollment and participation.  Please call 321-727-1565 for more information.  

 Please note that if you or your spouse are presently married and have had previous marriages, annulments of the former marriages must be obtained prior to seeking initiation into the Catholic Church.  This is required for Catholics and non-Catholics as well. Please call Sr. Lucy Vazquez at our parish office (321-727-1565) for more information about the annulment process.


Adult Faith Formation - Including Adult Bible studies, Book studies, Presentations by Fr. Jeremiah, our Deacons or staff members, Catholicism Series and other learning/ community opportunities.

Adult Faith Formation is an important component in the life of any person and any church. We, as a people of God, need to continually learn more about God and the plan He has for us. At St. Joseph Catholic Community, we do that in part by participating in Small Christian Communities and in various other on-going programs and study opportunities.

Group and Bible Studies - There are many opportunities for group study throughout the year.  Please call the church office (321-727-1565) for more information and meeting dates.

Young Adult Ministry - Fellowship group for adults ages 18 - 35, single, engaged, or married - (Currently undergoing some changes.) Keep an eye out for updates!


Vacation Bible School - This year's session for 2018 has concluded. Next year's dates for 2019 will be June 24th-28th. Details to come at a later date.