Christian Formation

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Christian formation concerns deepening our understanding of the Catholic Faith, to become "formed" to the life Jesus Christ is calling us to live. St. Joseph's offers several ways to help form its members of all ages (adults, youth, and children) as disciples of Jesus. Would you like to participate in or help with one of the following areas?

Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo (CSGK) 

A Catholic-faith-based elementary and secondary education system that focuses on high achievement in a caring Christ-centered environment. St. Joseph Parish and seven other area parishes sponsor CSGK. Visit their website for more information.

Bible Studies

Lectors' Bible Study

But You Don't Have To Be A Lector - helps lectors and others to get a grasp of the upcoming Sunday readings in order to proclaim them in a meaningful way. Anyone - don't let the name scare you - who would like to better understand the Scripture Readings at Mass is welcome to attend. The group meets Monday evenings at 7:00 PM in the rectory dining room.  More information.

Contact:
Msgr. Michael D. Hazard (269) 343-6256 x103

Pastor's Bible Study

Consists of reflection and faith sharing on the Scripture readings to be used at the upcoming Sunday Masses. The group meets every Saturday morning during the entire year at 8:00 AM in the rectory dining room and is happy to welcome new participants. Enter through the side door by the parking lot. 

Contact:
Msgr. Michael D. Hazard (269) 343-6256 x103

Spanish Speaking Group

This groups meets Tuesday evenings at 6:00 PM in the Rectory to study the readings for the coming Sunday. All are welcome whenever you can come. More information

Contact:
Msgr. Michael D. Hazard  (269) 343-6256 x103

Sunday Morning Bible Study

Follows the Little Rock Scripture Study program to better understand the Bible and apply it to our daily lives. The study group meets Sundays at 10:10 - 11:10 AM during the school year when religious education classes are scheduled. New members are always welcome to join us as often as they are able to do so. More information.

Contact:
Jason Aiello (269) 343-6256 x110

Religious Education for Children and Youth

Formal Programs for Children and Youth

Provides English and bilingual formal religious instruction and sacramental preparation for youth up to 18 years old. We share this program with St. Thomas More Catholic Student Parish. We welcome and train adult and youth volunteers who wish to help us in our teaching mission. Virtus training required for anyone who is age 18 or older. Click here and then click on the brief tutorial to register for Virtus Training.

Contact:
Jason Aiello (269) 343-6256 x110

Vacation Bible School

Provides a great way to continue the religious development of children during the summer months. Through instruction, games and challenges, children gain a deeper understanding of their faith, grow closer to Jesus, develop lasting friendships, and have a whole lot of fun. Children from other parishes or faith expressions are welcome to attend. If you would like to help out talk with Jason.

Contact:
Jason Aiello (269) 343-6256 x110

Youth Ministry / Youth Formation Program  

Helps our youth develop a deeper relationship with Jesus, fosters a welcoming and loving community, and sends them forth to be the light for others.

Contact:
Philip Dezern (269) 381-8917 x 262

Sacramental Preparation for Adults

Pilgrim's Progress

Consists of baptized adults who meet for a variety of reasons, to learn more about the Catholic Church, faith, and living as a baptized disciple of Jesus. Whether they come from a different denomination, are rejoining the Catholic Church after a period of separation, are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, or just want to add to their personal knowledge of our faith, all meet with the same purpose: to deepen their relationship with Jesus; to strengthen their bond with the Catholic Church; and get to know others from our parish family. The sessions include prayer, reflection on Sacred Scripture, formal presentations, and large- and small-group discussions.  Parishioners are welcome to join us at any time during the year to assist for whatever length of time works for them. More information.  

 

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

A process for unbaptized persons to learn about the Catholic Faith and way of life in preparation for Baptism. The RCIA meetings are held Monday evenings. The process includes prayer, instruction, community, and service. It leads, through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist celebrated at an Easter Vigil, to full initiation into the life and mission of Jesus as lived by the Church. We welcome inquirers who are not sure what they want to do but would like more information to assist in their decision-making, as well as those who desire to prepare seriously for Baptism and live their life according to Catholic belief and practice. A team of parishioners helps those who are on the road to Christian Initiation through prayer, participation in the meetings, and sponsorship.  Parishioners are welcome to join us at any time during the year to assist for whatever length of time works for them.

 

Marriage Preparation

Facilitator Couple for Discussion of Pre-Marital Inventory

Facilitates an engaged couple's discussion of the results of their pre-marital inventory. The instrument we use is FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding, and Study). The meeting is scheduled for a mutually convenient time and usually lasts for a couple of hours. Most facilitators have the meeting in their home, but meetings may be held at the parish. The engaged couple takes the FOCCUS Inventory online. Facilitator training is provided online. More information

Contact:
Msgr. Michael D. Hazard (269) 343-6256 x 103

Presenting Couple for Christian Marriage Seminars for Engaged Couples

Gives an 8-10 minute talk about the impact faith and prayer have in their married life. It is a personal sharing of how Christian Marriage is for them. Usually two married couples give a short presentation at each seminar which includes, in addition to the presentations, formal input, a short video presentation, and prayer. More information.

Contact:
Msgr. Michael D. Hazard (269) 343-6256 x 103

 

Men's Fellowship Group

Through prayer, Scripture reading, reflection and discussion, participants work together to apply Gospel values to their daily lives and become the men Jesus wants them to be. All men 17 years and older are welcome. The group meets every Saturday at 7:30 AM in the St Joseph Room (rectory lower level).

Contact:
Jerry Minich (269) 629-3015

Women's Spirituality & Reading Group

Meets at 4:00 PM. on the first Sunday each month to discuss an agreed-upon book which was read in preparation for that month's meeting. The group is open to all interested women. Meetings are held in the rectory dining room.

Contact:
Toni Gross (269) 383-7853