Faith Formation Program
St. Joseph Parish (Downtown)
623 E. Commerce Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
Bea Bailey, DRE 210-227-0126 ext. 210
Our main goal at St. Joseph Parish is to offer a variety of Faith Formation classes to help support the parents, who are the first and primary teachers of faith to their children. Our catechists, who are volunteers, have attended numerous workshops to help develop their teaching skills and to update their certification.
Faith Formation classes always begin on Catechetical Sunday, which is the third Sunday in September and come to a close on the first Sunday in May. Classes from Pre K to 8th grades are held at St. Joseph Society Hall, which is located at 420 E. Cesar Chavez St. A Faith Formation class consists of attending a classroom setting from 9:15 am to 10:15 am and then attending the 11 am Mass at St. Joseph Parish. If a student faithfully attends another Mass, such as, the 8 am or the Saturday vigil Mass at 5 pm, this fulfills their obligation of attending Mass and, therefore, do not need to attend the 11 am Mass. A school calendar, which shows what Sundays we have class or not, will be given to all of the parents on registration day. During the month of August, please take home a bulletin from the Church. Dates of registrations for classes of Faith Formation, confirmation, and RCIA /RCIC will be posted. Presently we are using the Blest are We series workbooks by Benziger Publications. You can contact Bea Bailey, Director of Religious Education at 210-227-0126 ext. 210.
Pre K – K Elsie and Alex Fellows, catechists
The students learn that God made all of creation good. God teaches us to love; and God gives us Jesus, who is His Son. The children will learn to make the Sign of the Cross and will participate in cutout activities, such as on Noah’s Ark, the Lost Sheep, Mary, Jesus’ mother, and for Advent and Easter.
First Grade Monica Lozano, catechist
Students will be learning about God, the Creator, Jesus is God’s Son, the Trinity; and learn such prayers as the Sign of the Cross, the Our Father, and the Hail Mary.
First Communion Classes
For children who are 7-8 years old – Shavie Sheppard, catechist
For children who are 9 years old or older – Teresa Mora, catechist
The students will focus first on the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession. They will learn the procedure on how to go to confession; learn their Act of Contrition; learn how to examine their conscience, and review the Ten Commandments. The students will then focus on the Sacrament of Eucharist. The students will learn about the consecration of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus; learn that as a Church we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and read scriptures on the last supper and resurrection.
Grades 3rd and 4th Leroy Delgado, and Maribel Valdillez, catechists
These grades are sometimes taught separately or joined together depending on the number of students enrolled in these two grades. Here the students learn the Ten Commandments, virtues, the Beatitudes, and the Spiritual Works of Mercy.They learn about the Catholic Church, Jesus’ mission, and learn the Apostles Creed. The bible will also be introduced.
Grades 5th, 6, and 7th Shana Sheppard, catechist
Depending on the number of students who are enrolled in these grade levels, these classed may be taught separately or combined. The students learn about each of the seven Sacraments; read the Old Testament stories, the Ten Commandments, and learn about the prophets. They will read the New Testament and learn about the four gospels, read the parables, learn about the Church and moral values; and learn about the Stations of the Cross and bout praying the Rosary.