17630 Virginia Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21740                              Email: StJoe@ArchBalt.org                                                        Phone: (301) 797-9445                                                                                                                      

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The first catechists in any child’s life are the family members with whom he or she lives. What happens at home – both positive and negative – provides lessons for life. In the family, faith is shared as part of the unfolding of daily life. The home or “domestic church” provides a real place in which a child learns to live his or her faith as well as understanding it.

Our goal is to create a program of lifelong faith formation that is centered in and flows out of the events of Church life. It embraces all ages and generation, promotes faith growth at home and promotes participation in Church life.


​Youth Faith Formation - Coordinated by Linda Becker, Linda.Becker@archbalt.org
Saint Joseph's Youth Faith Formation, in partnership with families, strives to help children and youth develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Through the evangelizing community active discipleship is promoted by way of sharing knowledge of the faith, prayer and worship, moral formation, and service. St. Joseph's seeks to foster full and active participation by our young people in Sunday prayer and worship, in turn strengthened and nourished by the Eucharist to “go out” and live a Christian life of love and service in the world. 

Middle School Faith Formation (EDGE)
The Pastorate of St Augustine, St. James and St. Joseph offers an exciting Catholic program to give seventh and eighth grade middle school children guidance, reassurance and Jesus’ love at a time when they’re faced with so many options and choices. Nowhere else in your child’s daily life will there be an invitation and challenge to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus and the Catholic Church than at the EDGE. Middle school movie nights, service projects, visiting nursing homes at Christmas, pro-life mass, social justice night of service, rosary, and a Middle School fun night at Mount St. Mary’s are just a few of the activities that have been offered throughout the South Washington County cluster which includes St. Joseph's, St. James' and St. Augustine's.

High School Youth Ministry (Life Teen)- Coordinated by Tim Barr, Timothy.Barr@archbalt.org
St. Joseph's Youth Ministry offers fun, innovative opportunities for spiritual growth and development. Events are geared toward team building, discussion, catechesis and community building. Youth ministry events are open to all high school students of the parish. The expected outcome of participation in youth ministry events are a better sense of living as a Christian in the world and an understanding of what it means to be in the Church. Some events offered are: retreats, ropes courses, camping, movie nights and discussion nights.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults- Coordinated by Diane Smith, DSmith03@myactv.net
RCIA is the process through which a person joins or completes their initiation into the Catholic Church. RCIA is for those who are not baptized, those who were baptized into another Christian denomination and wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic church, and baptized Catholics who were not instructed in the Catholic faith and have not completed their initiation through the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.

Child and Youth Protection - Coordinated by Suzanne Rickard, Suzanne.Rickard@archbalt.org
St. James and the Archdiocese of Baltimore strive to produce a healthy and nurturing environment for children and youth. We are dedicated to making sure our church is a safe environment for them. STAND is a process by which we promote healthy ministry by seeking to engage competent qualified volunteers and employees. To protect children and youth, volunteers and employees are screened for their fitness to work with minors. Please visit www.shieldthevunerable.org to learn more and complete the screening.

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