Baptism

           Baptism marks the beginning of our life in Christ, a complete transformation of ourselves as faithful followers of Jesus, the Son of God. This sacrament recognizes our creation as images of God and welcomes infants and adults into the community of the faithful who profess that Jesus is Lord.

Our Baptism Program for Infants

All Catholic families are invited to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism at St. Joseph Parish. Parents and Godparents must be actively attending regular Mass; at St. Joseph or another Catholic parish. Parents and/or godparents who are not parishioners will also need to submit a Letter of Permission from their parish.

To begin the preparation, parents will need to pick up the Baptism Registration Form, the (Godparent) Sponsor Eligibility Form from the Parish Office.

Next, submit these completed forms, along with your child's Birth Certificate, to the parish office. At that time, an appointment will be scheduled to meet with the priest to discuss dates and you will be scheduled to attend the Baptismal Preparation Class. The preparation process is completed once the parents and Godparents have attended the Baptismal Preparation Class and all paperwork has been submitted.

The donation for Baptisms are:

Private - $150.00

Group - $60.00

FIRST COMMUNION

          Eucharist is the public work (or liturgy) by which the Christian community, through word and action, fully participate in the human and divine encounter. It is the spiritual experience that is the source and summit of our lives as Christians. This is the sacred meal where ancient hungers are satisfied, where we take into ourselves the living presence of Christ, and then go forth into the world to serve as our Savior did.


About our Program


We offer a First Reconciliation and First Eucharist preparation program organized through Faith Formation. It is available for all children who have been baptized. Children need to be registered parishioners at a Catholic Church who are regularly attending weekend Mass.

This is a 2-year program which typically encompasses 3rd and 4th grade. Though it is not required, it is encouraged that children begin at least a year prior to this preparation program. If you have older children who have not yet received either of these two sacraments, please contact the parish office to make preparation arrangements.


Registration takes place in late July beginning of August.


For more info please call or email the office.

CONFIRMATION

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To complete our baptism into the Lord, we call upon the Holy Spirit to strengthen our Christian commitment. It is this Spirit of Christ that nourishes us, the presence of the Trinity within each of us as we walk the journey of faith. This second step in the process of initiation reminds us of the many gifts that God has given us and talents that we are called to use as witnesses of the Gospel given to us by Jesus for the salvation of all humanity. It is the sign that truly "confirms" us as committed Christians.


Our Confirmation Program for Youth


The Sacrament of Confirmation is for all high school youth who have been baptized and have received First Holy Communion. Candidates need to be registered parishioners of a Catholic Church who are regularly attending weekend Mass. Candidates will participate in a 2-year Confirmation Formation program. Registration for this program occurs in late July early August.


Youth & Parents, please call the office for events happening to obtain Community Service Hours.

RCIA

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults prepares those who are seeking admission into the Catholic Church for the Sacraments of Initiation.


It is open to all adults, even those who are already Catholic that may be seeking a refresher about their faith or just want to learn more as they continue their journey of faith. It is also for:


those who have never been baptized and seek to join the community of believers. These men and women are called "Catechumens."

those who have been baptized in another Christian faith, but are seeking to join the Catholic Church. These men and women are called "Candidates."

those who have been baptized in the Catholic faith but who have never been fully initiated, through the Sacraments of Eucharist/Confirmation. These are also called "Candidates."


Others who participate in RCIA are: Catholic adults who serve as sponsors for the catechumens and candidates. These people have a very important role in helping to nurture and introduce the catechumens and candidates to the Church community by providing support, example, and prayer.

If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith or know someone who is, or if you wish to sponsor a candidate or catechumen, please contact: the office.