Together in Spirit

Faith Formation

Our Mission
St. Joseph of the Lakes is committed to providing a variety of formation programs and events to support parents/adults and children in their life long faith development. Children enrolled in Faith Formation programs experience Christ in each other and learn firsthand what it means to be part of a vibrant faith community that is a prophetic presence in our community and in the world. We are committed to supporting adults, children and teens at all stages of their lifelong faith journey. We strive to build a strong partnership with parents as they live out their role as the primary faith formers of their children.

As we continue to pursue a Director of Faith Formation for the church, I've been working with the Faith Formation Commission to identify interim leaders for our youth Faith Formation programs that will begin this fall. We have identified two parishioners that are willing to take on these roles and we are very thankful they've stepped up to deliver this important ministry to our Parish.

  • Sara Knoll will be coordinating the Elementary and Middle School programs for this year. Sara led our Vacation Bible School program that was very successful. 
  • Samantha Pagel will be coordinating the Confirmation program for this year. She's passionate about this ministry and has done a great job getting the structure in place so we are ready to hit the ground running. 

These two parishioners and our Faith Formation Commission have also met with Scott Frieler, our previous Director, to drive a smooth transition for the program. Amy Ward will continue in her role for the Pre-K/Kindergarten program and Time Travelers program. She'll also be taking on the Baptism preparation program.

The Faith Formation Commission, Sara, Samantha, and Amy will need additional volunteers to assist with various activities to support the program, including: 

  • Catechist (leaders and assistants) for all grade levels    
  • God Squad (assist with safety and support during Wednesday Faith Formation)
  • Weekly curriculum material preparation
  • Office assistance on Wednesday night
  • Support and chaperones for retreats and events

Please see the links below to register your children in our Faith Formation programs. 

We are proud of the Faith Formation program at St. Joe's, thankful for leaders that have stepped up to take on interim roles, and hopeful that we'll continue to have the volunteers needed to continue to support the program. If you have questions about the program or are interested in volunteering, please reach out to the head of our Faith Formation Commission, Keith Sjostrom at [email protected].

Thank you, Father Mike and the Faith Formation Commission

  • 3 year olds- Kindergarten - contact Amy Ward at [email protected]
  • Grades 1 - 5 - contact the parish office with any questions at [email protected]
  • Grades 7 - 10 - contact the parish office with any questions at  [email protected] 
  • Adult & Family - contact the parish office with any questions at [email protected]
  • or call the parish office at 651-784-3015 and ask to speak to the appropriate Faith Formation Staff.


Registration for this year's Faith Formation programs has closed. There are still a few spots left, but space is limited. If you are still interested in signing up for Faith Formation, please contact the Faith Formation team at [email protected] (for grades 1-12) or [email protected] (for pre-school/Kindergarten). You may also contact the Parish Office.