High School Youth Ministry


Welcome to high school youth ministry! Here at St. Joseph parish we have a comprehensive youth ministry program where all high school youth can find a place for faith, friends and fun. Below you find links to many of the programs that we have.

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.

High School Christian Formation Classes

2019-2020 Child & Youth CF Registration Instructions
2019-2020 Child & Youth CF Registration
2018-2019 Child & Youth Ministry Class Calendar

Our high school Christian Formation classes meet twice a month on Sunday mornings, 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Please check the calendar for our next scheduled class.


For teens planning to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation during their Junior Year, a preparation program is incorporated into the 11th Grade Youth Ministry Classes. In addition to the ongoing classes, service and reflection on Scripture, Confirmation Candidates participate in a retreat, a candidate & sponsor session, a luncheon and blessing and additional components in preparation for Confirmation. Please look for a letter informing you about the first meeting for parents and youth.

Confirmation Handbook
Confirmation Calendar 2018-2019
Confirmation Candidate form
Confirmation Retreat #1 Permission Slip
Confirmation Retreat #2 Permission Slip
Confirmation Welcome Letter
Confirmation Candidate – Sponsor Activity Reflection
Confirmation Name Worksheet
Letter of Intention Guidelines


St. Joseph’s annual workcamp mission trip is an opportunity for youth and young adults to gather and serve communities across this country. Each year approx. 70 people will travel and partake in service to those in need through home repair projects, prayer and building relationships with the resident they are serving. The group will also participate in activities back at camp such as 9-square, ultimate Frisbee tournaments, soccer, drama and music, or hanging out with friends. All High School youth (8th grade – 12th grade in 2018-2019) and young adults (18-24) are encouraged to join us in this life changing experience.

Next year we are going to Pocahontas, VA July 6-14, 2019. Contact Sheri Hanson (shanson@stjosephgraftn.org) for more information.

To complement this hard working group of teens we have an amazing group of adults that sustain this program throughout the year. Our Prep Team is a dedicated group that meets monthly to design activities for the youth, plan our fundraisers and work out the logistics of the trip itself. We have another group of adults that travels with youth.

If you are interested in serving as an adult leader, contact Sheri Hanson (shanson@stjosephgraftn.org) for more information.

Workcamp Calendar 2019

High School Retreats

Retreats are an important part of our faith development. To that end, all high school youth are invited to attend at least one retreat a year.

This year’s retreats include a canoe trip in August, three immersion retreats at St. Ben’s in Milwaukee, and opportunities to serve as retreat leaders at the middle school service retreat, Justice Do It, and/or the Holy Thursday Lockin.  Additionally, high school youth are invited to participate in our Passion readings the weekend of April 13 and 14 (rehearsals the week prior).  Please consult the Child & Youth Ministry calendar for dates and look for upcoming announcements with more information about these retreats and other opportunities in your email.

The Archdiocese requires all Confirmation candidates to attend a Confirmation retreat.  St. Joseph Parish will offer retreats on Saturday, November 3, 2018 and Saturday, December 15, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  If 11th graders cannot attend either of these retreats, please contact Sheri Hanson, Director of Child and Youth Ministry, at shanson@stjosphgrafton.org/262-375-6500 x 175 for a list of retreats at other parishes and retreat centers.