Child Ministry

Even our very young children experience God and seek a relationship with him. To support this, we provide a place in which children in K4-5th grades can experience, express and develop their faith – in community with their peers and families, as well as adult and youth leaders. We recognize that families are the primary catechists for children of this age and aim to support them in this endeavor by providing both family-oriented and child-centered opportunities.

For further information on these programs or to find out how you can become involved, please contact

Sheri Hanson, Director of Child and Youth Ministry at 262-375-6500, ext 175 / shanson@stjosephgrafton.org.

Child Ministry Classes

In our Child Ministry classes, children in grades K4-5th meet in small groups with an adult catechist to learn the basics of the Catholic faith through age-appropriate activities. Students in the second grade will prepare for First Reconciliation and First Communion through these classes and a corresponding retreat.

Child and Middle School Youth Ministry classes (K4-8th grades) meet on the same weekend, 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.. Open House for Child and Middle School Families on Sunday, September 11, 2016 – meet your catechists and enjoy hospitality with other families! Classes begin Sunday, September 18, 2016.

Please note:
-Parental Information: Please list the parent responsible for the child attending Christian Formation classes.
-Birth Date: A K4 student must be 4 years of age as of September 1st to enroll.
-Fees: Note that Child Ministry (K4-5th grade) and Youth Ministry (6th-11th grade) students have the same tuition rates.
-Sacramental Fees: The 2nd Grade Sacramental fee covers both First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Grades 9 & 10 have a Youth Ministry Retreat fee and Grade 11 has a combined Confirmation and Youth Ministry Retreat fee. All Sacramental and Youth Ministry retreat fees are non-refundable. Every attempt will be made to place the student on another parish’s retreat if the student is unable to attend the St. Joseph retreat.

*Financial difficulties are no reason to keep your children from participating in Christian Formation. Contact Sheri Hanson/ Director of Child and Middle School Youth Ministry (shanson@stjosephgrafton.org/262-375-6500, ext 175) or the Christian Formation office (cfoffice@stjosephgrafton.org/262-375-6500, ext 120) to make arrangements. As we say, “ALL ARE WELCOME”.

Family Service Projects

Children of this age are developing talents and abilities that can be engaged in service to others. By working with their families, our children can learn through personal action and observations of others how to serve both our church and our community. Our goal is to find and organize service projects that welcome families with children of this age. Please check the 2016-2017 calendar for the dates of our monthly family service projects, as well as a list of our monthly collections for the Human Concerns Committee. Throughout the year, additional opportunities will be advertised as they arise.

Please notify Sheri Hanson, Director of Child and Middle School Youth Ministry, of any opportunities that might be appropriate for our families at 262-375-6500, ext 175 / shanson@stjosephgrafton.org.

Religious Art Show

Child Ministry students are invited to express and share their faith with the parish through an annual art show. Students’ original masterpieces, which illustrate an aspect of their faith, a bible passage, or a Church event, are displayed for the parish to view, reflect on and appreciate. Our next art show will be the weekend of February 25-26, 2017 after all Masses. Submissions are due Sunday, February 19, 2017 to the Christian Formation office.

Vacation Bible School

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Each summer we offer an exciting and entertaining camp for children in K4-4th grades. Our campers explore God’s love through crafts, singing and games. Our volunteer youth counselors (5th – 12th graders) enthusiastically lead and join in the fun activities with the campers. Adult leaders supervise and organize the different activities.

In Summer 2017, our Vacation Bible School – Hero Central – Discover Your Strength in God – will run from June 19 through June 23 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily at St. Joseph Parish. Registration forms for campers and volunteers are available using the links below. Youth and adult volunteers will prepare for the camp the week of June 12.

Forms to download for Vacation Bible School

VBS Registration Letter Registration Form
Adult Leader Form Youth Leader Form