Together in Spirit

Faith Formation 9th Grade - Year 1 DTS

Please contact the parish office at 651-784-3015 or Samantha Pagel at [email protected] or (651) 491-9588 with any questions.

Year 1 Discipleship Training: may begin as early as 9th grade with young people who have participated in Faith Formation or attended Catholic School. Year 1 Discipleship Training will follow the Chosen: Your Journey to Confirmation, presented by Ascension Press.  The goal of the program is to provide a powerful, life-changing experience as the Candidate prepares to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, through knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Faith, as well as addressing and answering questions about life and to challenge him or her to embrace a life of faith. 


Year 1 will include a one day retreat at St Joseph of the Lakes, along with 12 in-person sessions throughout the school year (from September to April), a special session for the Candidate and their Sponsor, as well as service opportunities throughout the year. 


Each Candidate will be provided a Student Workbook, a Parent Guide and a Sponsor’s Guide. A parent presentation and Introduction to Chosen will take place on Sunday, September 18 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. All classes will take place on Sunday nights from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. A schedule will be handed out at our first class on September 18. If you should have any questions about the program, please contact Samantha Pagel at (651) 491-9588 or at [email protected]


2022-2023 Year 1  - Tentative Dates: All dates below meet from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

September 23 Parent Information Session/Lession 1 Why am I here? (An Introduction to Chosen)
October 2 Lesson 2 What makes me happy ?
October 16 Lesson 3 What's your story, God?
November 6 Lession 4 How do I know God is real?
November 20 Lesson 5 Who is Jesus?
December 11 Lesson 6 Why be Catholic?
January 8 Lesson 7 Where am I going?
January 22 Year 1 Retreat 9:30 am to 4:30 pm here at St. Joe's
January 29 Special Sponsor/Candidate evening  
February 5 Lesson 8 How do I get there?
March 12 Lesson 9 When did my journey begin?
March 19 Lesson 10 Why tell my sins to a priest?
April 2 Lesson 11 How does God help when it hurts?

Retreat Date for Year 1 is Sunday, January 22 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Year 1 Candidates meet in St. Joseph Hall at 9:30 am to check-in before going to Mass together as a group. After Mass, we return to St. Joseph Hall to begin our retreat and finish with prayer in the Worship Space. Please check your e-mail for more information or contact Samantha at [email protected]