Religious Education

Faith Formation – Sundays

10:00 am – 11:15 am – Faith Formation Grades K thru 5 – Religious Education Wing
10:00 am – 11:15 am – Faith Formation Grade 6 thru HS – Religious Education Wing

Catechist Information

Virtus Training

Remember all volunteers who work with our children and youth are required by diocesan policy to attend one Virtus session and keep current in training bulletins.

Please enroll online at www.virtus.org

Pathways

Who Should Attend Pathways?

All parish catechists in our diocese are required to attend this one-day, instructor-led, interactive program of prayer, learning and reflection. This training is for all who hand on the faith to adults, youth and children in our parishes.

Additional information and how to register for Pathways training is found here.

If you have any questions before your register, please contact Michele Whiteside at 804-622-5114 at the Diocese of Richmond office.

Middle School Youth Ministry

Register Here

Contact:

Brandon Allaman
Youth and Young Adult Minister
ballaman@stjoanofarcva.org

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Do not forget about Youth Group. Youth Ministry is engaging middle school students both socially and spiritually from 6:30-8:30 on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. These nights start with an Emmaus Dinner in the Social Hall at 6:30pm.

Upcoming Youth Ministry Events:

April 14: Passion Play & Fish Fry
April 20th: New Fire
July 21st – 26th: Youth & Young Adult Mission Trip
July 29th – August 2nd: Middle School Camp

July 29th – August 2nd: Middle School Camp: Amazing Grace

Middle School Camp is a week-long day camp experience for middle school youth across the peninsula. The goal of the camp is to bring together middle school youth from area parishes to build community, grow in knowledge of the faith, and encounter Christ through prayer and sacrament. This high-energy camp is filled with fun games, service activities, small group discussions, time for prayer, and a trip to a water park.

The Middle School Day Camp is open to all rising 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade youth for the 2018 – 19 school year. This year the camp will take place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish (100 Harpersville Rd). The cost of the camp is $125 if registered by May 31st (minus $35 if the participant has a water country season pass). This includes the camp fee, daily lunch, water park ticket, transportation, and camp T-Shirt. Please contact ballaman@stjoanofarcva.org for more information!

8th Grade Only:

July 21st – 26th: Youth & Young Adult Mission Trip!

Our parish is sponsoring a Mission Trip in Wise County, VA. Rising 8th-grade teens and up are encouraged to register for this mission experience. You will be given the opportunity to serve others, deepen your faith, and grow in community with other teens!

We will be assisting households in Wise Country with projects such as minor repairs, ramps, decking, handicap bathroom remodel, painting, and so much more! Participants will also share in a retreat experience in the evenings. We are hoping to bring a great group to this powerful week of Christian service so please register early! All adults who are willing to serve as site coordinators, transportation, service crew, or just help out are encouraged to fill out an interest form after Mass or contact Brandon Allaman.

Register with a $50 non-refundable deposit by:

March 31st: $115 per person
May 1st: $130 per person
June 15th – $165 per person.
*Scholarships may be available upon request.*

High School Youth Ministry

Register Here

Contact:

Brandon Allaman
Youth and Young Adult Minister
ballaman@stjoanofarcva.org

Do not forget about Youth Group! Youth Ministry is engaging High School Students both socially and spiritually from 6:30-8:30 on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays and from 6:00-8:30 on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. These nights start with an Emmaus Dinner at 6:30pm. Wednesday night meetings will begin with an Emmaus dinner at 6:00 and will transition into Praise and Worship.

Upcoming Youth Ministry Events:

April 14: Passion Play & Fish Fry
April 20th: New Fire
May 17th – 19th:
Amazing Grace High School Girls Retreat
July 12th – 14th:
Steubenville Youth Conference
July 21st – 26th:
Youth & Young Adult Mission Trip

Retreats / Conferences:

July 12th – 14th: Steubenville Youth Conference (Main Campus) Early Bird Registration is open for only $185!

We will be attending the Youth Conference at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio this year. The Steubenville Conference combines awesome talks, incredible music, praise and worship, time for prayer and fellowship, entertainment and liturgies. The experience will take place in Ohio at Franciscan University of Steubenville and is open to rising 9th-grade youth through recent graduates.

Early Bird Registration is $200 and will end on April 15th. To register please contact Brandon Allaman with a $50 deposit to lock in your spot (we can only take a small group of youth this year). This conference is open to all high school-aged youth, rising 9th graders through graduating 12th graders. Please contact Brandon Allaman at ballaman@stjoanofarcva.org if you have any questions. Full and partial scholarship may be available.

This year’s theme is Belong: “See what love the Father has bestowed on us, that we may be called children of God.” -1 John 3:1

July 21st – 26th: Parish Mission Trip

This summer Youth & Young Adult Ministries are sponsoring a Parish Mission Trip to Wise County, VA, July 21st – 16th. All generations of our community will come together to serve those in need. All rising 8th grade youth through graduating seniors are encouraged to join us for the powerful mission. Participants will also share in a retreat experience in the evenings. We are blessed to be hosted by two parishes, St. Anthony’s in Norton and Sacred Heart in Big Stone Gap. Brandon Allaman at ballaman@stjoanofarcva.org for more information.

Register with a $50 non-refundable deposit by:

  • March 31st: $115 per person
  • May 1st: $130 per person
  • June 15th – $165 per person.
  • *Scholarships may be available upon request.*

Bishop Knestout encourages anyone aware of sexual abuse of minors on the part of clergy or staff of our diocese to notify civil authorities, call the Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Hotline at 1-833-454-9064 and reach out to the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, Jennifer Sloan at 1-877-887-9603.