>>> UPDATE for Religious Education !!! <<<

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Remember that students are only allowed 6 absences during the year. More than 6 may require them to repeat the year. Always refer to the bulletin for the updated class schedule.

Early registration for the 2023/2024 RE Year, with discounted pricing, will begin in April.

Confirmation Update:

  • February 5th: Session #6 (3PM-6PM) All essays and paperwork due.
  • February 12th: Confirmation Practice and Blessing Ceremony at 3PM for candidates, sponsors, and parents.
  • February 18th – 19th: Confirmation Retreat at Eagle’s Wings Retreat Center.
  • March 4th: Confirmation during 5PM Mass. All candidates and sponsors must be at the church by 4PM.

Students who are in 1st-5th grades: Sundays from 10:20 to 11:20 am.

Students who are in 6th -9th grades: Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:45 pm. 

10th grade students preparing for Confirmation in the 2022 – 2023 school year are required to attend 6 monthly Sunday sessions, beginning September 11, 2022 (see Confirmation Calendar). Both the candidate and sponsor (or a parent) are required to attend.

10th through 12th grade students in the 2022 – 2023 school year are invited to attend interactive sessions on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 6:30 to 7:45 pm. Current events, moral issues, catholic apologetics, along with many other topics will be discussed. No registration or fees are required. Sessions will start on October 5, 2022. Students are welcome to attend any class or classes.

Students who are in Family Catechesis Level 1: This class is for students in 4th grade and above who have never attended religious education or have not received any of the following Sacraments: Baptism, Reconciliation, or 1st Communion. Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:45 pm. A parent is required to attend these monthly classes with their student.

Students who are in Family Catechesis Level 2: This class is for students in 8th grade and above who have not completed the following religious education grades: 6th, 7th, 8th. Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:45 pm. Parents are encouraged to attend these classes with their student.

Sacramental Preparation for Older Students: This class is for older students who have not received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and 1st Holy Communion. The DRE will determine the appropriateness of this class for each student on a case-by-case basis. Classes will be held on Sundays from 10:20 to 11:20 am for a period of 9 weeks. Parents are required to attend these classes with their student.

Please click HERE for an updated calendar that explains the schedule for all classes and grade levels.

“The Christian home is the place where the children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason the family is rightly called ‘the domestic church’, a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity” (CCC, no. 1666)

We have a fantastic volunteer team of catechists who are excited about their faith and work hard each week to share their knowledge with the children and young adults of this parish. In January 2022, Representatives from this team won a Catholic religion knowledge competition at the annual catechists retreat…

We WIN… WOW, what a big trophy!

What we offer at St. Joseph…

St. Joseph offers a comprehensive religious education for students in grades K – 9. 10th grade students who have completed at least two prior years of classes, one being the 9th grade pre-confirmation classes on the Nicene Creed, attend six to eight monthly 3-hour sessions in preparation for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. For students who are behind in their sacraments or have missed more than one year of RE, we offer Family Catechesis classes designed for the student and parent(s).

  • 1st Grade > God the Father
  • 2nd Grade > Jesus the Son
    • 1st Reconciliation & 1st Communion Sacramental Prep
  • 3rd Grade > Our Church Community
  • 4th Grade > Morality – Beatitudes & Ten Commandments
  • 5th Grade > Sacraments
  • 6th Grade > Old Testament
  • 7th Grade > New Testament
  • 8th Grade > Church History
  • 9th Grade (Pre-Confirmation) > Nicene Creed
  • 10th Grade > Confirmation Preparation
  • 10th – 12th Grades > Various Morality Topics / The Church Related to Current Events

When do classes normally meet?

1st – 5th Grade meet on Sundays ………..FROM 10:20 am TO 11:20 am.

6th Grade – 9th Grade & Family Catechesis meet on Wednesday evenings …………FROM 6:30 pm TO 7:45 pm.

10th Grade meets monthly prior to Confirmation – see the Confirmation Calendar.

10th – 12th Grades meet twice per month – 1st and 3rd Wednesdays – see the RE Calendar

For more information, contact Bonnie Holub – dre@stjosephrockdale.org