Faith Formation

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD)
The family is the child’s first teacher. The goal of religious education for children is to partner with the family in providing knowledge about our faith and an experience of life in the Christian community. Emphasis is placed on the development of a personal relationship with Christ. The sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are generally received for the first time in the second grade.

2017-2018 CCD Class Schedule (Classes begin the week of September 18th )

Monday at 4:30 pm              Grades 1st, 2nd and 4th

Monday at 3:30 pm              Grade 3rd ***At Our Lady of Sorrows***

Monday at 6:30 pm              Grades 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th

During Lent all classes will be attending Stations of the Cross. Your children's teacher will announce which date they will be attending as a class. Stations of the Cross are at pm on February 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Please note there will be no classes held on the following dates:

October 7th, 8th, and 9th

November 25th, 26th and 27th

December 23rd through January 1st (Christmas Vacation)

January 13th, 14th and 15th (Martin Luther King)

February 18th and 19th (President's Day)

March 30th and 31st, April 1st and 2nd (Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter)

April 14th, 15th ad April 16th and April 21st, 22nd and 23rd (Easter and Spring Recess)

No Classes if school is canceled due to inclement weather
No Classes if school dismissed early due to inclement weather

***All class cancellations, due to snow and other unforeseen issues will be announced on Channel 4 NBC news***

Please contact Director of Religious Education Joyce Leach with questions regarding CCD registration and general information.

CCD Teachers

Grade Day Time Teacher
1st Monday   4:30pm  Betty D'Amato
2nd Monday 4:30pm Victoria O'Brien
3rd Monday   3:30pm  Megan Caulfeld ***at Our Lady of Sorrows***
4th Monday  4:30pm Cathy Nankee
5th Monday  6:30pm Olivia Kollmer
6th Monday  6:30pm Elise Wilson
7th Monday  6:30pm Erin Chapman
8th Monday  6:30pm Charles Valentino
9th Monday  6:30pm Jeff Nelson

Click here to download the CCD Registration Form.

Confirmation classes are held for high school students preparing to make the sacrament of Confirmation. The program includes activities such as retreats, and community service projects. For more information contact our Director of Religious Education (DRE) Joyce Leach at (860) 767-2705 or by e-mail at
Students preparing for confirmation are expected to attend lectures by Faith Speakers. You can print the schedule for Faith Speakers buy click on this link.

Is for those who want to be baptized as a Catholic or receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation. It is a period of reflection, prayer, instruction, discernment and formation. Classes will begin by the end of September and continue until March at St. Joseph’s parish center in Chester. For more information please contact Dennis Costello at (860) 526-2152 or by e-mail at

Altar Servers
Boys and girls age 9 and up, who have made their First Communion, assist at the altar in the celebration of Mass. Adults may also serve on holydays and some Sundays, and at funerals. Training provided. Please contact Sue Jones at 860-304-1295 or by e-mail at
Schedule - If you are unable to serve on a day that you are scheduled, please be sure to find a substitute from the list.
Eucharistic Ministers
Administer the Body and Blood of Christ as part of the Eucharistic celebration. Training provided. If you are interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister please contact Jerry Richard at (860) 526-4545 or by e-mail at
Schedule - If you are unable to serve on a day that you are scheduled, please find a substitute.


Proclaim the Word of God during Masses and other liturgies. Training provided. If you are interested in becoming a lector please call the parish office at (860) 526-5495 or by email at
Schedule – If you are unable to serve on a day that you are scheduled, please find a substitute.            

Visits to the sick - Please advise us of parishioners who are sick or in the hospital that would like a visit from a volunteer or Fr. Peter. Please call the parish office at (860) 526-5495 or by email.

Music Ministry - St. Joseph's adult choir rehearses on Thursday at 7:30-9:00 pm. The choir is led by organist and music director Don Grant.