Religious Education

Our Mission

St. Joseph the Worker will encourage all to engage in life-long catechesis as an integral part of the baptismal call. Wednesday Evening Faith Formation for Grades 1 -6 strives to provide experiences which help children and youth to grow in faith through classes which:

  • Include basic Catholic teachings
  • Engage in participative learning
  • Reflect on the connections between faith and life
  • Provide opportunities for prayer
  • Encourage all to be persons of service
  • To provide Whole Community experiences
  • To teach Prayer, Beliefs, and Practices

To assist parents in their role as primary educators of children through:

  • Inviting parents to visit each child’s classroom
  • Providing opportunities for parents to continue learning
  • Inviting participation at Masses and parish events
  • Informing parents of concerns
  • Communicating with parents through evaluations sent in December & May
  • Sending a monthly newsletter to families.


We are blessed by those who volunteer and answer the call to minister as catechists for this program. Many adults and young people find this a meaningful way to serve the parish community. Each Wednesday we hold classes for children and youth who are in grades 1 -6. These classes are held from 6:30 – 7:40 PM.


Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharist are integral to the second grade program in the Holy Family Catholic school and the Wednesday Religious Education. Programs are planned through the year for parents and their children in these classes. The parish encourages family involvement through participation in a retreat, communal celebration of Reconciliation and service. Youth preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation are required to participate in a religious education program at St. Joseph the Worker, St. Columbkille or Wahlert High School.


The home is the primary place for students to learn the faith from their first and best teachers, their families.

Households may choose to participate in a solely home-based religious education process. Materials are available through the religious education office.


If you have any questions about our children’s Faith Formation program, contact Ann Sirianni, our Faith Formation Coordinator:

Phone: 563-588-1433


RE classes for Grades 1-10 run from September-May. Classes are Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:40 pm.


We couldn't have our RE program if it weren't for the hard work of our dedicated and talented catechists who volunteer their time and talent each week.


Check out the most recent RE Parent Handbook to learn what you can expect for your child or children.


You can register your child or children for Religious Education classes online


St. Joseph the Worker requires all catechists and employees who work with children under 18 to undergo sexual abuse prevention training. You can learn more about our abuse prevention policy here.