Religious Formation

SEEDS OF FAITH: Faith Formation Program

The St. Joseph Seeds of Faith Program comprises a community of students, catechists with their helpers, parents and clergy, united in genuine love and concern for the purpose of religious formation. The parish staff and its catechists strive to provide a safe and quality Christian environment in which the students can grow in the knowledge and practice of their faith. Nurtured by the sacraments, and inspired by the Word of God as proclaimed in Holy Scripture, we focus our energies on achieving the threefold goals of Catholic education outlined in the bishops' pastoral, TO TEACH AS JESUS DID; namely, to proclaim the message of Jesus (while helping the children to develop a personal relationship with Him as their Savior and friend); to guild a Christian community enlivened by the Holy Spirit; and to explore (and practice) various concrete ways to be of service to the entire Christian community.

Seeds of Faith Session Times
Preschool 1 & 2: Sunday 10:30 - 11:30 am

Kindergarten thru Fourth: Sunday 9 - 10:20 am

Fifth thru Eighth: Wednesday 7 - 8:15 pm

NOTE: There is one fourth grade class that meets on Wednesday.  There is a limited number of spots available and admittance is by approval of the DRE.



Jessica Dickson, MA

Director of Religious Education

(815) 468-8116



Our purpose as the Religious Education Staff of St. Joseph Church in Manteno is to create a protective, loving and committed Catholic-Christian community where each child's faith might become "living, conscious and active through the light of instruction." (National Catechetical Directory)

2019-20 REP Schedule  

2019-20 Sacramental Schedule

2019-20 REP Parent Handbook  

Pastoral Policy Regarding Sexual Abuse of Minors rev. 2013

Standards of Behavior For Those Working with Minors rev. 2014

Parent Guide to Preventing Child Sexual Abuse rev. 2014

Parent Guide to Internet Safety for Children & Teens rev. 2014








Registrations for the 2019-20 REP year are currently being accepted.  Please contact our RE Office to schedule an appointment.

The Confirmation Year 2 meeting will be Thursday, September 12 at 7 pm in the Parish Hall.  This meeting is MANDATORY for all students who will be making their Confirmation during the 2019-20 year and at least one parent.

Catechetical Sunday will take place at all Masses the weekend of September 14/15.  Catechetical Sunday is when we commission all those in our parish who bring the Good News of Jesus to those in our parish.

At all Masses the weekend of September 21/22, those young memebers of our parish who will be completing their initiation into the Catholic Church will make their public committment to the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

The Sunday sessions of Seeds of Faith will have a free day on Sunday, September 29 due to Oktoberfest.

All classes of Seeds of Faith will be participating in a time of reflection before the Holy Eucharist during Adoration.  The Wednesday session will participate on Wednesday, October 2 at 8 pm and the Sunday session will participate on Sunday, October 6 at 9:10 am.  Families are encouraged to attend with us.

On Thursday, October 10 at 7 pm in the Parish Hall we will be holding our Reconciliation Parent night for all parents of children who will be making their first Reconciliaton during the 2019-20 year.  This meeting is MANDATORY and at least one parent must attend.


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