Faith Formation

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD)
The family is the child’s first teacher. The goal of religious education for children is to partner with the family in providing knowledge about our faith and an experience of life in the Christian community. Emphasis is placed on the development of a personal relationship with Christ. The sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are generally received for the first time in the second grade.

2016-2017 CCD Class Schedule

St Joseph - Monday at 4:30 pm           Grades 1st, 3rd and 4th

OLOS - Monday at 5:30 pm                Grade 2nd

St Joseph - Monday at 6:30 pm           Grades 5th

St Joseph - Monday at 6:00 pm           Grades 8th

St Joseph - Monday at 6:30 pm           Grades 6th, 7th and 9th

OLOS - Tuesday at 6:30 pm                Grades 7th, 8th and 9th

OLOS - Saturday at 9:00 am               Grades 4th and 5th

OLOS - Sunday at 6:30 pm                 Grades 6th and 7th


St Joseph's CCD Teachers

Grade

Day

Time

Teacher

1st

Monday

4:30 pm

Betty D'Amato

3rd

Monday

4:30 pm

Cathy Nankee

4th

Monday

4:30 pm

Victoria O'Brien

5th

Monday

5:30 pm

Erin Chapman

6th

Monday

6:30 pm

Elise Wilson

7th

Monday

6:30 pm

Leanne Webb and Olivia Kollmer

8th

Monday

6:00 pm

Charles Valentino

9th

Monday

6:30 pm

Jeff Nelson

Please note there will be no classes held on the following dates:

October 8th, 9th, 10th and 31st

November 26th through 29th

December 23rd through January 2nd (Christmas Vacation)

January 14th, 15th and 16th (Martin Luther King)

February 18th, 19th, 20th (President's Day Weekend)

April 8th through April 16th (Easter and Spring Recess)

No Classes if school is canceled due to inclement weather
No Classes if school dismissed early due to inclement weather

***All class cancellations, due to snow and other weather conditions will be announced on Channel 4 NBC news***

Please contact Director of Religious Education Joyce Leach with questions regarding CCD registration and general information.

Click here to download the CCD Registration Form.

Confirmation
Confirmation classes are held for high school students preparing to make the sacrament of Confirmation. The program includes activities such as retreats, and community service projects. For more information contact our Director of Religious Education (DRE) Joyce Leach at (860) 767-2705 or by e-mail at dre@stjosephs-chester.org

RCIA
Is for those who want to be baptized as a Catholic or receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation. It is a period of reflection, prayer, instruction, discernment and formation. Classes will begin by the end of September and continue until March at St. Joseph’s parish center in Chester. For more information please contact Dennis Costello at (860) 526-2152 or by e-mail at rcia@stjoseph-chester.org

Altar Servers
Boys and girls age 9 and up, who have made their First Communion, assist at the altar in the celebration of Mass. Adults may also serve on holydays and some Sundays, and at funerals. Training provided. Please contact Sue Jones at 860-304-1295 or by e-mail at smmjones1@hotmail.com.
Schedule - If you are unable to serve on a day that you are scheduled, please be sure to find a substitute from the list.
 
Eucharistic Ministers
Administer the Body and Blood of Christ as part of the Eucharistic celebration. Training provided. If you are interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister please contact Jerry Richard at (860) 526-4545 or by e-mail at jerichard@outdrs.net
Schedule - If you are unable to serve on a day that you are scheduled, please find a substitute.

Lectors

Proclaim the Word of God during Masses and other liturgies. Training provided. If you are interested in becoming a lector please call the parish office at (860) 526-5495 or by email at office@stjosephs-chester.org.
Schedule – If you are unable to serve on a day that you are scheduled, please find a substitute.            

Visits to the sick - Please advise us of parishioners who are sick or in the hospital that would like a visit from a volunteer or Fr. Peter. Please call the parish office at (860) 526-5495 or by email.

Music Ministry - St. Joseph's adult choir rehearses on Thursday at 7:30-9:00 pm. The choir is led by organist and music director Don Grant.