Faith Formation

Grow in your knowledgeWe are here to walk with you on your journey of faith, from infant baptism thru adulthood. Our parish faith formation programs begin with prayer and focus on scripture and Church teachings – learning how they relate to each of us in whatever stage of life we are in and how we can live out the JOY of the Gospel in our daily lives.

Did you know that growing in the knowledge of our faith is about more than learning the basics? It is even more about growing in a relationship with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! Did you know that Jesus loves and delights in you and your family and longs to have to have a close relationship with you?

We are eager to help you and your family explore and find joy in growing in faith! Please join us for our 2016-2017 Faith Formation programs!

Faith Formation Program Information and Online Registration 2016-17 is here!!!

Please register right away to ensure there’s a place for you!

Links to information about our various programs and registration forms are below.

(If you need help registering or don’t have internet access, please call 301.663.0907, email Kayla Cservek, or stop by the office.)

Our Programs

K-5 Faith Formation – “Faith and Life”Our elementary-age children will gather on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:45 pm starting September 21. Click-here-to-register-now-button


Click-here-to-register-now-buttonSacramental Preparation:     First Reconciliation and First Eucharist            Confirmation

Looking for basic information about the seven Catholic Sacraments? Please click here.

Click-here-to-register-now-buttonWe are expecting another awesome year ahead with Edge and Life Teen! Read more and register.


Click-here-to-register-now-buttonAdult Faith Sharing Groups will continue to meet and new groups will form. Read more and register.


Young Adult Ministry:  Are a young adult (ages 18-35)? Would you like to get to know and grow in your faith with other Catholic young adults? Check out their website or contact Ashley Arominski for more information.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) — Would you like to know more about Jesus? Know Jesus more personally? Become a part of His Catholic Church? Learn more about RCIA!

Tuition for Grades K-12 and Sacramental Preparation
No one will ever be turned away based on inability to pay. Please contact James Mannarino to learn more.

Faith and Life, Edge, Life Teen

One child                             $90
Two children                      $180
Three or more children      $270

First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
(In addition to the tuition for Faith and Life, or a stand-alone cost if your child attends Catholic school)

One child                            $75
Two children                     $150
Three or more children     $225

(In addition to the tuition for Life Teen, or a stand-alone cost if your child attends Catholic school)

One child                          $150
Two children                     $300
Three or more children     $450

 Want to teach?  Help?  – We are always eager to welcome more people to support each other and our children on the faith journey! If you are interested in sharing your gifts by being a lead catechist, an assistant, a substitute, a class parent, helping out with retreats or special projects, or helping in the office, please click the appropriate link below! You would be amazed at what the Lord can do through you if you just give Him a chance!

Teaching the Faith: Our Catechists                  Faith Formation Support

Did you know? Every lead and assistant catechist will receive free tuition for one child. So if two parents teach, two of their children attend for free!

Attendance: Your child’s faith formation is important! One way to communicate this importance of our relationship with Jesus is attendance in class. Only three unexcused absences will be allowed in a given year. If your child has more than three unexcused absences, he or she will be unprepared and unable to receive the Sacraments that or the following year (whichever applies).

Bad Weather Cancelation:  St. Joseph follows the Frederick County Public Schools.  If schools are closed or close early due to inclement weather then our program is canceled.

Faith formation is more than learning facts and information about God.

Faith formation is applying the knowledge we gain toward developing a relationship with Jesus as his disciples…and ultimately to becoming saints.  (Yes, that is Jesus’ desire for all his followers, not just a chosen few).

This is accomplished through prayer, studying Scripture and church teachings, and sharing our personal faith stories. It is through the bonds of community and friendship that we journey together in our understanding of what it means to be God’s children and to lift each other up in prayer and offer support in times of need.

Our Faith Formation Staff is Eager to Help!

Kayla Cservek – Director of Religious Education and Evangelization
Children’s Faith Formation, Adult Faith Formation, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults; Vacation Bible School; Marriage; Baptism
301.663.0907, x3012

Kayla joined our staff in July 2016. You can read more about her here.

Ashley Arominski -Coordinator of Youth & Young Adult Ministry – 301-663-0907 Ext. 3016
(Edge, Life Teen, Confirmation, & Young Adult Ministry)

Jeanne Geisinger – Faith Formation Assistant – 301-663-0907 Ext. 3018
(STAND Certification, Volunteers, Registration, Payment)


stand-logoThe Archdiocese of Baltimore and St. Joseph-on-Carrollton Manor are committed to providing everyone, especially our children and youth, with a safe and healthy environment. Learn more on our STAND page.


Thank you for being interested in growing closer to Jesus.

He is truly “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”