RELIGIOUS EDUCATION



The Religious Education program at St. Mary & St. Joseph Catholic Church meets on Wednesday evenings from September through May.  Grades Preschool through 6th grades meet after school from 4:00-5:00 pm.  Grades 7th-12th meet from 7:00-8:00 pm, with an evening meal served prior to evening classes by volunteers at 6:15 pm. Religious Education classes meet in the new parish center and are taught by dedicated parishioners, under program coordinator Eileen Gateley.


Each fall the afternoon classes get to participate in a skating party at the
Gowrie Skating Rink.  Students (Preschool through Grade 12) are also
the foundation upon which our Thanksgiving Mass is based. Students fill
all roles during the Mass, which is held the Wednesday prior to
Thanksgiving.Confirmation students receive their preparation through evening CCD classes. 


Confirmation will be held next in April of 2017. In addition to the classroom preparation for Confirmation, students must also complete community/church service as they prepare to join the church as adult members.


First Communion students are taught by Dee Blair.  She prepares the students for their First Confession and First Communion.  These second graders make their First Communion in April.


High school students study a variety of topics during their evening classes, as well assist in church events--especially during the Lenten season.Senior members of St. Mary's are recognized during Mass the Sunday which they graduate.Every other year, high school students have the opportunity to participate in a mission trip.  This past summer, students and their adult advisors spent a week in Kansas City.  The group spent one day working for Catholic Charities of Kansas City.  Their duties included sorting food in a food distribution center and sorting clothes for a distribution center.The remainder of their trip was spent working for Kansas City Housing restoring a house for a young family.  Yard work and house repairs made the house a home for a young single mother.


Read more about the mission trip from the Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas City.

https://catholiccharitiesks.org/visitors-iowa-help-ccnek-service-trip/