Together in Spirit


Contact Scott Frieler at (651) 784-3015 ext. 104 or for more information.

St. Joe’s is committed to creating a partnership with families to insure that faith within families continues to grow. We believe that a child’s relationship with Jesus begins at home. Our goal is to work with families to help reinforce a strong foundation of faith and encounter Christ through Catholic teachings.

Our Trail Blazers Faith Formation Ministry is designed to engage children through experiential learning, combining hands-on guided learning through "play" and reflective thinking. We believe it is important for children to be active learners; giving them an opportunity to use all senses to experience the Catholic faith and God's love for us. We begin session with Large Group Prayer through music, singing, Bible teachings and messages and often times include an experiment that will help us explore and discover the amazing world God created for us. After Large Group Prayer, children meet in small groups for Bible stories, Catholic teachings, group discussions, and experiential learning activities. We use the curriculum from Saint Mary's Press called Discover-Finding Faith in Life for grades 1-5. Our 6th grade youth learn about the life of Jesus and other Great People of the Bible through small group discussions and activities. 

Our 2nd grade children celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist. The preparation process is integrated with regular Faith Formation sessions plus two retreats and child/parent meetings. It is designed to not only be spiritual, but fun and exciting. Children in 3rd grade and older seeking the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Eucharist should contact the Parish Office to learn more about a special adaptation of RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adult) for children. Parish Office: 651-784-3015.  

Children in Grades 1-5 receive the curriculum Discover-Finding Faith in Life which includes a Catholic Children's Bible, Activity book, Leaflets, and a backpack. PLEASE NOTE: Your child is issued one Catholic Children's Bible to use for Faith Formation through 5th grade. Grade 6 will receive a Catholic Youth Bible. Youth in Grades 6 through Confirmation are issued one Catholic Youth Bible to use for the duration of Faith Formation

Session Times: 1-6 Grade - Wednesdays 5:30-6:45pm

2021-2022 Schedule for Grades 1-6

  • Wednesday Sessions from 5:30pm to 6:45 pm in the Faith Formation Wing   
  • Joe’s Diner served from 6:30pm to 7:15 pm in the Great Hall
  • Due to the Archdioceses of St. Paul and Minneapolis Synod, Faith Formation sessions will begin in November 2021.
  • If you would like a downloadable form please click here!
November 3 In Session - 1st Session
November 10 No Session - CCW Bazaar
November 17 In Session
November 24 No Session - Thanksgiving
December 1 In Session
December 8 In Session
December 15 In Session - Cookie Party - Bring $5.00 donation
December 22 No Session - Epiphany Practice for 6th Graders
January 2 Epiphany Pageant at 10 am Mass - All Faith Formation children should attend
January 5 No Session - Mid-Winter Gathering for Group Leaders
January 12 In Session - Online Only
January 19 In Session - Online Only
January 26 In Session - Online Only
February 2 In Session
February 5 2nd Grade Only - 1st Reconciliation Retreat at 9 am in the Great Hall until 12 Noon
February 9 In Session
February 16 In Session
February 23 No Session (Variety Show)
March 2 No Session - Ash Wednesday, families should attend Mass together
March 9 No Session - Centennial Spring Break
March 16 In Session
March 23 In Session
March 30 In Session
April 6 In Session - Last session w/ pizza party - Bring $5.00
April 9 2nd Grade Only - 1st Eucharist Retreat - 9 am in the Worship Space until 12 Noon
April 13 Holy Week, attend Mass as a family
April 17 Easter Sunday
June 13-17 Vacation Bible School from 9 am to 12 Noon


First Eucharist Mass date options are:

  • Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 5:00 pm Mass
  • Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 10:00 am Mass