Religious Education is the essence of Catholic schools, and all students participate in religion classes as a regular course of study. Classroom teachers provide this instruction in accordance with the guidelines of the Diocese of Little Rock. Faith formation is reinforced through daily prayer, student’s participation in Mass celebrated each Tuesday and Friday, as well as their participation in morning prayer services, Reconciliation, Stations of the Cross and involvement in community service.
Each grade leads morning prayer services throughout the school year. Students (3rd grade and above) are encouraged to become altar servers, gift bearers, choir singers and lectors. All these ministries come together at the weekly masses.
St. Joseph Catholic School students participate specifically in two Sunday children’s liturgies per year. We encourage all of our students and parents to celebrate as a family. Students are very active individually in sharing their talents with the parish community at Sunday Masses throughout the year.
First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
St. Joseph Catholic School instructs and prepares students in the 2nd grade to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. In addition to classroom study, students and parents also participate in five additional sacramental formation sessions to satisfy the required preparation guidelines set forth in diocesan policy. Students receive the sacrament of First Reconciliation during the fall months. First Eucharist is celebrated in the spring during a special Mass. Please click on the link above for pertinent information and dates.
Altar Servers and Lectors
Students in the intermediate grades are eligible to begin training as Altar Servers and Lectors. St. Joseph Catholic School students serve and read during weekday Masses and are encouraged to participate in the Parish weekend Masses.
Community Emergency Outreach
Each month the students have a collection of non-perishable food items to be donated to the local food pantry. Students in grades six and seven bring the food to the food pantry and assist in stocking the shelves. This activity is one example of following Christ's call to "serve one another".