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Religious Education for Children Attending Public School

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Saint Joseph parish offers a fine program of religious education that takes place at various times during the course of the week. These weekly religious education classes are designed to assist parents in passing on their Catholic faith to their children.


Saint Joseph Parish is firmly committed to Catholic Education. Besides providing a fine academic education to its students, Saint Joseph School offers its students a superior program of religious education. Saint Joseph School is concerned not only with the mind and body, but also with the soul and spirit of its students.

By bringing the Catholic faith into the classroom and making it a natural part of the day, Saint Joseph School helps its students to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ, the one who proclaimed, "I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly."

In addition to religion classes that are geared to the age level of the children, students participate in daily prayer, in monthly school Masses, in special liturgies in harmony with the liturgical year, and in service projects where they demonstrate their love of God and love of neighbor. Religion and life come together in a beautiful way at Saint Joseph School. Students and teachers together truly experience what it means to be a Catholic and to be part of God's Church.


First Reconciliation

First Reconciliation, also known as First Penance or First Confession, is celebrated when children are in the first semester of second grade.

For a child to be enrolled in the preparation program for First Reconciliation, the child must be attending the second grade level of religious instruction and must have attended formal religious education classes the previous year. In other words, the child must have participated in the first grade level of religious instruction.

Parents share in the responsibility and privilege of preparing their children for First Reconciliation. They do so by working with the materials provided and by the religious example they give their children.

First Reconciliation is required before the reception of First Communion.

For more information, please contact the Religious Education Office at 201-261-1144.


First Communion

The reception of First Communion takes place during regularly scheduled Sunday Masses during the Easter Season of second grade. Since Sunday Mass is where Holy Communion is normally received, it is the fitting place where children are admitted to the Eucharist for the first time.

For a child to be enrolled in the preparation program for First Communion, the child must be attending the second grade level of religious instruction and must have attended formal religious education classes the previous year. In other words, the child must have participated in the first grade level of religious instruction.

First Reconciliation, also known as First Penance, is required before the reception of First Communion.

Parents share in the responsibility and privilege of preparing their children for First Communion. They do so by working with the materials provided and by the religious example they give their children, in particular, the example of their participation in Sunday Mass.

For more information, please contact the Religious Education Office at 201-261-1144.


Sacrament of Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation, which completes the Sacraments of Initiation, is received in the ninth grade, the first year of high school. A continuous progression of religious education classes is required for acceptance into our parish Confirmation Program. Those preparing for Confirmation are also expected to attend a weekend retreat.

Teenagers requesting Confirmation, who have not continuously attended religious education classes will be required to attend make up sessions for all missed grade levels.

For more information, please contact the Religious Education Office at 201-261-1144.


Saint Joseph Youth Group

For Parish Teens

All parish teenagers in grades 9-12 (regardless of where they attend school) are invited to join this active program for high school aged students that combines spiritual, social and service activities. Our youth group meets monthly. For more information, contact Father Andrew at fatherandrew@sjcnj.org and watch our parish bulletin for upcoming events.


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