St. Joseph Catholic Parish School is active in providing Spiritual Formation for its students. All grades attend weekly Mass celebrated by our priest Fr. David McGuinness, and students in grades 2-8 actively participate as lectors, altar servers, gift-bearers, and choir members. Students look forward to answering his questions about the day's readings and Gospel.
Additionally, one Sunday each month is set aside as the school's Mass. Under the direction of our catechists and religious leaders, the students lead the readings and music for Mass. Christmas Mass is enhanced by a Gospel re-enactment of the birth of Christ. During Holy Week, the middle school students present a live dramatization of the Stations of the Cross. On Palm Sunday, our students dress-up as followers of Christ and wave palms as they enter the sanctuary. At this same Mass our older students read the Passion of our Lord.
Second grade students receive their First Holy Communion and experience their First Reconciliation through the school and church. Reconciliation is provided for all Catholic students once a month, and once during Advent and again during Lent. Children who have not been baptized can participate in this sacrament in the friendly atmosphere of school Mass, accompanied by their parents who are committed to becoming Catholic through the church's RCIA program.