Religious Education Information


at St. Joseph Parish

General Structure

For Religious Education we have a family model. We have a series of topics (or modules) to cover over the course of the Year.  Topics will be covered over the course of an evening.  Younger students grades 1-6, will be in a class room model.  Older students and parents will be in a large group presentation. The main presentation will be followed by discussion by tables.  The students are assigned to a table leader by grade and gender.  This ensures some accountability and allows for some stability in their experience.  

Parents who are not table leaders should also participate in table discussions as adults. High school seniors and those who are confirmed are welcome to attend and participate as adults.  

This arrangement will not cover everything that is needed in one year.  It will presume that families are attending every year in an on-going formation process that will continue form year to year.

There will be 3 evenings in the fall and 3 in spring when older students will have a mini course on a particular topic.  This will provide some more particular formation.  These classes are divided into electives (optional) and core (required) classes.  The core classes are required for those who intend to get confirmed.  There are five core classes.  Since our program is only a few years old, those who have not had time will be grand-fathered in.  They should take on average one core class per year.  So they could take 2 core classes in one year, and 2 electives the next, or one of each both years...etc.

The Core classes are:

RE Section 01 Intro to Scripture
RE Section 02 Intro to Sacraments
RE Section 03 Intro to Special topics
RE Section 04 Intro to Church Teaching
RE Section 05 Intro to Catholic Moral Vision

Electives vary from year to year.  
If you are interested in teaching an elective talk to Fr. Eli or Tammy Ringhand.



The goal of the presenter is to give a brief teaching, and then allow some discussion to happen at the tables.  (The focus will be to get the tables talking about the topic not simply giving a lecture).  The idea is that the parents and children will begin a discussion here that will continue into the home.  So, it’s not critical that all the answers be given in the class.  We might leave some things for discussion and then circle back around at the third session to bring some clarification. 

We are introducing Christ, and there is a vast array of where people are at, but we will assume that those who are present want to know more about Christ.  We won’t give all the answers but we do need to help people fall in love with Christ and his Church.

We plan to have about 30-45 minutes of time for presentations questions and discussions.  After this, the usual practice will be to release the older students and adults to go to adoration for 15-30 minutes.  Smaller children can be picked up after adoration.

General Schedule for Wednesday Evenings

5:30-6:15             Dinner

6:15-7:14             Class/presentation/night prayer