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Children’s Education

At Baptism, you were entrusted with the light of Christ. Since then many people have nurtured your faith and helped you recognize and respond to God’s saving action in your life. We, as baptized Catholic Christians, have a responsibility to continue the life-long journey of increasing our knowledge, understand and love of our faith. St. Joseph Parish has many opportunities to nurture and increase your faith and the faith of your family.You have a responsibility, as a parent who, at the time of baptism of your child, made a commitment to God, your child and the Catholic Church to nurture your child’s faith life and provide them with the opportunities to know and love Jesus Christ. Take time to explore the opportunities our vibrant parish has to offer.

As a parent, you have a very special and unique relationship with your child. In order for this relationship to continue growing and developing, you and your child need to keep the lines of communication open. Without communication, relationships suffer.

God wants to be in communication with his children, just as any parent does. Our relationship with God, just as our relationships with others, requires communication to remain healthy. One way we communicate with God is through prayer. God is always with us, inviting us to build our relationship with him through prayer.

In order to help your child develop a lifelong practice of prayer, it is important to set an example with your own prayer life. You can more confidently assist your child as they enter into a deeper relationship with God through their own prayer life.

Parish School of Religion (PSR)

Please visit Parish School of Religion page.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Please visit our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd page.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC)

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Hank Belz, hank.blez@gmail.com, 314-791-1131, clowstjoecot@gmail.com

“Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Mt. 19:14.
Children in grades kindergarten through 4th are invited to participate in the Liturgy of the Word at the 5:00 p.m., 8:45, 10:30 and 12:15 Masses. This ministry designed to allow the children to understand the Readings and Gospels in a simpler language.

At the start of the Liturgy of the Word, the children are invited to the St. Joseph Room with a Leader to reflect on the readings, profess their faith and pray their petitions. The children return to the main church after the Presentation of the Gifts. Please check the parish web site to find out which grades are being called at a particular Mass.

Please prayerfully consider becoming a Leader and sharing your faith with the children of our parish.



Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit,

Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our tresspasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil,

Hail Mary

Hail Mary full of grace the Lord is with you.
Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God

pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Glory Be

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

Prayer before Meals

Bless us O Lord, and these thy gifts,
which we are about to receive,
from thy bounty through Christ Our Lord.

Act of Contrition

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.

In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance,
to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In His Name.
My God have mercy.