17630 Virginia Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21740 Email: StJoe@ArchBalt.org Phone: (301) 797-9445
Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1422
Confessions are offered every Saturday at 5:30 in the Church or by calling the Parish Office for an appointment at 301-797-9445.
A meeting is scheduled for Sunday March 6th, 2016 from 9am to 10am in Riggie Hall for the parents of all children eligible to receive 1st Eucharist and 1st Reconciliation this spring. This meeting will consist of completing registration forms, discussing curriculum and schedule, discussing retreat days, and answering as many questions as possible. If you need more information please contact the parish office or email Amy Hilderbrand, our new Sacramental Coordinator, at Amy.Hiderbrand@archbalt.org
Children may begin to prepare for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist in the Second Grade or above if they have appropriate documentation of attendance to the Parish School of Religion at St. Joseph Parish or another Catholic parish. As part of a re-alignment to the Sacramental Preparation policies of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, St. Joseph Parish implemented a new program for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist preparation during the 2014-2015 school year to great success. Instead of our catechists teaching students in the traditional classroom setting during Parish School of Religion, in-class preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist will once again consist of ONE parent meeting during Parish School of Religion for each sacrament as well as TWO retreat days from 10 am to 12:30 pm on Saturdays for BOTH parents and students. Attendance at these meetings and retreat days is mandatory for both the students and parents as activities will be offered for the whole family. It must be noted that most of the preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist will be completed at home with parents facilitating instruction. The retreat days are meant to check-in on your child’s progress, answer any questions parents may have, and do hands-on activities to make keepsakes of these important milestones in your child’s sacramental life.