The Importance of Faith Formation Experiences


Faith formation is a vital aspect of St. Joseph of the Lakes’ mission. We are dedicated to providing a range of programs and events that support the lifelong faith development of parents, adults, and children. By participating in these experiences, children enrolled in our Faith Formation programs have the opportunity to encounter Christ in one another and learn firsthand what it means to be part of a vibrant faith community. Our goal is to be a prophetic presence not only within our community but also in the world. We understand the significance of supporting individuals at every stage of their lifelong faith journey and strive to build strong partnerships with parents as they fulfill their role as the primary faith formers of their children.

Our Staff for the 2023/2024 Faith Formation Program Year

Here is the dedicated staff for the upcoming Faith Formation program year:

Sara Knoll – Coordinator of Elementary and Middle School Programs

Sara Knoll will be leading our Elementary and Middle School programs for the 2023/2024 year. She has previously overseen our successful Vacation Bible School program and brings a wealth of experience to her role.

Sarah Ray – Faith Formation Director and Coordinator of the Confirmation Program

Sarah Ray has joined our team as the Faith Formation Director and will be responsible for coordinating the Confirmation program. Her knowledge and passion for faith formation make her an invaluable asset to our community.

Amy Ward – Pre-K/Kindergarten Program and Time Travelers Program

Amy Ward will continue her role in overseeing the Pre-K/Kindergarten program and the Time Travelers program. Additionally, she will be taking on the responsibility of coordinating the Baptism preparation program.

Additional Volunteers Needed

To ensure the success of our Faith Formation program, we are seeking additional volunteers to assist with various activities. These activities include:

  • Catechists (leaders and assistants) for all grade levels
  • God Squad members to provide safety and support during Wednesday Faith Formation sessions
  • Volunteers to help with weekly curriculum material preparation
  • Office assistance on Wednesday nights
  • Support and chaperones for retreats and events
  • Volunteers for Joe’s Diner, our community outreach program

We greatly appreciate the dedication of our current staff and volunteers and look forward to welcoming new volunteers who can help support our program. If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions about the Faith Formation program, please reach out to our Director of Faith Formation, Sarah Ray, at [email protected]

Registration for the 2023/2024 Program

We encourage all families to register for faith formation classes by September 1st. By doing so, you will avoid a late fee of $50 per child and ensure your child’s spot in the program. After September 1st, names will be placed on a waiting list. If the registration fees present a financial hardship for your family, please contact the Parish Office at 651.784.3015 to inquire about available scholarships.

To register for the upcoming Faith Formation year, please click on the appropriate link below:

Once you have completed the registration, please use the online payment option to submit your faith formation registration fees.


At St. Joseph of the Lakes, we take great pride in our Faith Formation program and are thankful for the dedication of our staff and volunteers. We are confident that with their support, we can continue to provide meaningful faith formation experiences for all members of our community. If you have any questions or would like more information about our program, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Together, let us embark on a journey of lifelong faith development and create a vibrant faith community within our parish and beyond.