Religious Education

Religious Education

At the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person; the Person of Jesus of Nazareth. 

Growing in Faith

"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you."

MATTHEW 21:19-20 (NABRE)

Thus, the teaching mission of the Church comes from Christ himself. The responsibility for fulfilling that mandate passes on unchanged to the bishops and to all Catholics.

Within each Catholic diocese, the diocesan bishop is its principal teacher.  He is assisted by clergy, religious, and lay men and women who serve as educators and catechists in Catholic institutions, including elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, seminaries, and parishes.

Catechesis is the act of handing on the Word of God intended to inform the faith community and candidates for initiation into the Church about the teachings of Christ transmitted by the Apostles.  It also involves the lifelong effort of forming people into witnesses to Christ and opening their hearts to the spiritual transformation given by the Holy Spirit.

The teaching authority of the Catholic Church, called the Magisterium, lies with all of the bishops who are led by the pope and guided by the Holy Spirit.  The pope and bishops are the authoritative teachers in the Church.

In the Diocese of Jefferson City, there are many opportunities to grow in one's faith. Each parish provides faith formation for children, teenagers, and adults. This is often in our schools, Parish School of Religion (PSR) classes, Youth Group Bible studies, and lay movements, such as Marriage Enrichment and more.

Faith Formation at St. Joseph

There are several different ministries available to increase your knowledge of the faith, draw you closer to God in word and prayer, and build community among parishioners.

St. Joseph offers faith formation from age kindergarten to mature Adult; see below to explore the different options available.


Religious Education Director 

Amy Nation

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