Our Faith

Religious Instruction and Prayer Services

At St. Joseph School, religious instruction, character education, and worship are critical to our students’ growth and a key part of our school’s Catholic identity. 

Religious instruction follows the diocesan religion standards. Character education is integrated in every aspect of what we do, but we use the Education in Virtue program to ensure a common language and common expectations in our formation. In conjunction with these programs, the students take part in the following to provide a culture of service and an opportunity for worship:

  • School-wide daily morning prayer
  • Friday morning Mass
  • Classroom prayer services
  • Religious education
  • Reconciliation services
  • First Communion preparation – Second graders are prepared for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion through second grade curriculum as well as the parish Faith Formation Program.
  • Students in the seventh grade are prepared for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
  • School-wide Celebrations - This includes a Passion Play, the Way of the Nativity, May Crowning, and many other paraliturgical celebrations
  • Students go on grade level retreats from the second grade 1st Communion Retreat to the Junior High Lassen Retreat.

Student Body Masses

Students attend Mass at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and on special feast days. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to celebrate the Eucharist with the school community.

Altar Servers

Students in grades 4-8 are encouraged to serve the Parish by training to be altar servers. The ministry is open to students who are baptized Catholics and faithful to Mass attendance.