St. Joseph the Worker Parish

Youth Ministry and Religious Education is a very important part of becoming a better Catholic....

The Philosophy and Mission of Religious Education: As Catechists we endeavor to build a family community in which students can develop a sense of self-worth and respect for each person's uniqueness.  We will aspire to prepare students to respond to the challenges of a changing society in the light of Gospel values through a relevant, diverse religious education program.  We realize that the Christian family is the first place of a child's faith instruction, and we will support and pray for the continuation of a Christian family structure.

PARISH RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM begins Sunday, September 11, 2011, 9:10 AM to 10:15 AM grades Pre-K to 8th.

SPECIAL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (SPRED) is an opportunity for persons with development disabilities to participate in an adaptive religious education class.  The lessons include a quieting, centering activity and focus on symbolic catechism.  SPRED was created in the 1970's in Chicago, Illinois.  Currently, St. Joseph the Worker Parish is one of four SPRED programs within the Diocese of Scranton.  Our group is designed for students approximately 6 to 10 years of age, and we meet on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the Msgr. Castellano Hall at Mater Dolorosa.

We are searching for dedicated, faithful, and patient volunteers to assist with this program.  We hope to expand our program to serve more students in the near future.  If you are able to commit to approximately two hours per week and participate as a helper catechist in this rewarding experience, please contact Amanda Bair at 244-7963 or Margaret Harpster at 322-4906 for more information.



SPRED Class begins October 11, 2011, 6-7:30pm on the 2nd floor of the St. Joseph building