Middle School Youth Ministry (6th – 8th Grades)

Our middle school youth are discovering their gifts and talents – and how they can use these gifts and talents to serve God and their community! Thus, we encourage our middle school youth to join parish activities, train them to be leaders and give them space to reflect on how their actions connect to the Gospel.

For information on these programs or to find out how you can become involved, please contact:
Sheri Hanson, Director of Child and Middle School Youth Ministry
at shanson@stjosephgrafton.org / 262-375-6500, x175

Middle School Youth Ministry Classes

In small group settings with adult catechists, our middle school youth reflect on the Scripture in age appropriate activities. All Child and Middle School Youth Ministry Classes (K4-8th grades) meet on the same weekend, at the same time (9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.) Open House for Child and Middle School families is on Sunday, September 11, 2016 – meet your catechists and enjoy hospitality with other families! Classes begin Sunday, September 18, 2016.

Financial assistance is available to those who need it.
Contact Sheri Hanson, Director of Child and Youth Ministry (shanson@stjosephparish.org / 262-375-6500 x 175) or the Christian Formation office (cfoffice@stjosephparish.org / 262-375-6500 x 120) to make arrangements.
As we say, “ALL ARE WELCOME.”

Service Opportunities

Throughout the year, we advertise service opportunities to middle school youth and their families. Past activities include serving as counselors at our bible camp, baking and/or serving food at St. Ben’s Meals or All Saints Catholic Church, and providing hospitality at parish events. Middle school youth are also invited to serve in the various parish ministries. Youth in 6th through 8th grades are invited to attend our monthly family service projects with their families or as peer leaders.  Please check the 2016-2017 calendar for the dates. More information will be provided each month.

On Saturday, October 29, 2016 6th-8th graders are invited to attend Justice Do It, a service retreat with youth from other local parishes. This year, the retreat will be at St. Joseph Parish. *Click here for information and the registration form..

Please contact Sheri Hanson, Director of Child and Youth Ministry (shanson@stjosephparish.org/262-375-6500 x 175) or the coordinators of the various parish ministries for more information.


Retreats are a wonderful way for our middle school youth to interact with their Catholic peers. High school youth and adult leaders facilitate activities in which the middle school youth can discover God’s love and learn about different Catholic rituals. In 2016, we have two Middle School Youth retreats scheduled:

Holy Thursday Lockin, April 13, 2017, 5 p.m. -12 p.m., at St. Joseph Parish. During this retreat, middle school youth alternate among service projects, games, worship, and prayer. Activities are designed to encourage reflection on the Holy Week, while providing a space for middle school youth to socialize with peers. We attend Holy Thursday mass during this retreat. Both high school youth and adult leaders facilitate activities. Cost: $15

Click on the links below to obtain more information about the retreat and a parent permission form.

Holy Thursday Lockin Information Sheet Holy Thursday Lockin Permission Form

Social Events

Middle school youth thrive on social interactions. For this reason, St. Joseph parish encourages fun, social activities throughout the year, both within the parish and with other parishes. Among the activities are trips to Six Flags and Noah’s Ark, as well as an inter-church Dodgeball tournament. More information will be posted as dates are set.

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.

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