Faith

God calls us all to holiness.  Our faith and life as disciples are grounded in developing a personal relationship with Jesus, "the Holy One of God" (Jn 6:69, Mk 1:24).  To nurture this relationship, we must develop an attitude of conversation with Our Lord.  Through learning to deepen our personal prayer, we grow in holiness in daily life.  We learn and live our Faith by being active members of our parish and Church.  Faith formation helps us to make the decision to "live the gift and choice of our faith" on a daily basis.[Quote Source] We are called to be disciples of His Gospel.  These opportunities for learning more about our faith and to deepen our relationship with Jesus equip us to do what He called us to do:

"And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God... so that we may no longer be infants tossed by waves and swept along by every wind of teaching...  Rather, living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into him who is the head, Christ, from whom the whole body joined and... brings about the body's growth and builds itself up in love." (Ephesians 4:11-16)

Adoration Chapel

Come and spend one hour per week with our Eucharistic Lord, Who is the very center and life of the parish.  The chapel is open throughout the day and night. More information about Adoration at St. Joseph.

Adult Faith Formation

As adults, we tend to focus on passing the faith on to our children, which is indeed and important and necessary calling.  However, in order to be good teachers of the Faith, we need to make sure that we are feeding our own faith so that it will be a consistent and unwavering example to our children and others.  Adult Faith Formation opportunities...

St. Joseph's Catholic Elementary School

St. Joseph Catholic School assists the parents in passing on their faith to their children. We welcome all children living within our parish boundaries from Catholic families who will practice their faith including regular Sunday Mass attendance.
        The faculty and staff of St. Joseph School employ many innovative strategies and programs to meet the needs of the students, i.e., Accelerated Reading, Literature based units, DASH program, Cooperative Learning, Cooperative Discipline, Reading and Phonics, Music, Art, Computer, Physical Ed class, Masses and all school Masses.
        The School’s philosophy states, “We believe that every child is a unique person with individual characteristics.” St. Joseph School endeavors to assist the parents and guardians of the students to provide for a climate that nurtures and promotes growth in the areas of spirituality, academics, physical well-being, cultural awareness, and social and emotional wellness. St. Joseph's Catholic School

Perpetual Help Devotions

Every Tuesday after 8:00am Mass, we offer the weekly proclamation of the Devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. More information about Perpetual Help Devotions at St. Joseph.

First Friday Mass and Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

On the First Friday of every month Holy Mass in honor of The Sacred Heart of Jesus is offered at 6:30am and  8:00am. More information about First Fridays at St. Joseph. For more information on the tradition of this devotion, please visit http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/heart/meditation.htm

First Saturday Mass and Devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Every Saturday is considered Mary's day.  However, the First Friday of each month was requested by the child Jesus of Sr. Lucia in order to make reparations for "five kinds of offenses and blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, namely: blasphemies against her Immaculate Conception, against her perpetual virginity, against the divine and spiritual maternity of Mary, blasphemies involving the rejection and dishonoring of her images, and the neglect of implanting in the hearts of children a knowledge and love of this Immaculate Mother."  For complete information on the requirement of this devotion, please visit http://www.rosary-center.org/firstsat.htm

Home-School Group

Catholic homeschooling families meet regularly to provide friendship, support, ideas, activities and Faith, while each family educates their children independently. For more information, contact Laura Sandidge.

Lexio Divina

This is a Latin term meaning "divine reading" and is a method of reading scripture that allows us to slowly let go of OUR interpretation of it and allows us to hear what God is saying to us through the scripture.  For more information on how to pray Lectio Divina, please visit http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-what-how-why-of-prayer/praying-with-scripture/ 

 

Marriage Preparation Program

The Marriage Preparation Program is designed to help engaged couples to understand more fully the sacramental nature of God’s gift of Marriage. It also helps couples to talk about and plan for the practical concerns that will come up in their new life as husband and wife. Sponsor couples from the parish work one on one with an engaged couple in the sponsor couple’s home. 

Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer, a portion of the Divine Office, is recited each morning, Monday through Saturday, at 7:30am.  The Parish has extra copies of the book you can borrow to follow along and join in the tradition of this beautiful beginning to your day.

Parish School of Religion

The PSR program at St. Joseph Parish provides an opportunity for the children who attend public school to grow in the knowledge and appreciation of their Catholic Faith and to provide the students and their parents and guardians with the opportunity to participate in a variety of liturgical celebrations.  The program recognizes the truth that the parents are the primary educators of their children.  The St. Joseph PSR program encompasses grades First through Eighth.  PSR Website.

Sunday School 

Adult parishioners bring the Word of God to preschoolers (age 3 through kindergarten) with crafts, Bible stories, singing and holiday programs.  Classes are held during the 10:00am Mass on Sundays.  Teen-age helpers are always welcome.  Contact Barb Welling at 636-464-3318 to register.

Rite of Christian Initation for Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process in which a person who is not baptized or baptized in another faith denomination journeys with others like them and other Catholics to be fully initiated in the Catholic faith.  It is a process of formation with initial weeks of inquiry followed by weekly "breaking open of the Word" and catechesis.  There are four steps in this formation process which culminates at the Easter Vigil with the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.  The RCIA team depends not he parish community to invite and support the men and women to be initiated into the Catholic Church.  In addition to their witness, parishioners are invited to serve by being a prayer partner, catechist, or sponsor by assisting with hospitality.  Weekly sessions are held on Sunday mornings beginning in September and ending at Pentecost.  Call Sr. Rosemary Buttice, ASCJ at 636-464-9027 x234 for more information. RCIA Page.

Retreats

Please see the bulletin for information on retreats running in the Parish and the St. Louis area.

Small Faith Groups

There are a variety of small faith groups within the Parish.  If you are interested in joining a small faith group, please check the bulletin for announcements.  If you are interested in starting a small faith group, please contact the office.

Smartstart Summer Program
St. Joseph School offers a half day academic program with the option of extended care if needed. We work on Math, Reading and Writing as well as having a gym period. The Academic program runs for 13 days in July. This program is open to all students in St. Joseph School and PSR as well as any local prospective student. Contact Stephanie Haefner for more information.

Vacation Bible School

To help children develop a friendship with Jesus, with the Bible, with the Church, and with each other. One week during the summer, children, ages 4 thru 5th grade, will learn exciting Bible lessons, fun games, delicious snacks, exciting crafts, and uplifting music.

 

 

Stewardship at St. Joseph

Worship

An opportunity to serve within Holy Mass

Faith

Opportunities to grow in Faith through education and sharing

Joyful Generousity

Different ways to support the mission of St. Joseph Parish

Serve

Outreach both within the parish and community

Fellowship

Opportunities to share with faith with friends and family.

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