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  Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) 

Not just a ministry but the ministry of the Church.


WHAT  is the RCIA?

The RCIA is the process within the Catholic Church for the initiation of seekers into a deeper knowledge of and relationship with God, into life in Christ, and into full participation in His Church.

WHO  do we serve?

We serve all those seeking God and a deeper life in Christ within the fullness of the Catholic faith, but especially

  • ~ those not yet baptized,
  • ~ those baptized within another Christian faith tradition,
  • ~ those baptized into the Catholic faith but desiring full participation through the remaining sacraments of initiation, and
  • ~ those Catholics who seek a deeper understanding of their faith and the teachings of the Church.

WHEN/WHERE  does the RCIA “happen”?

The RCIA is one liturgical Rite comprised of four periods and three primary rites. These periods of preparation, growth, and response to God “happen” within smaller gatherings each week. Transition from one period to the next is celebrated by the rites within the larger assembly at specified times.

HOW  is the RCIA to be experienced?

The RCIA should be experienced as a journey of faith and conversion in response to God’s love.

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Our VISION is transformed lives within a transformed community, hearts on fire for the Lord as intentional followers of Jesus, professing faith in Almighty God, celebrating that faith in liturgy and in prayer, living kingdom life now, and sharing it with others.

Our MISSION, entered into through the power of the Holy Spirit, is the great commission of Matthew 28, answering the universal call “to make disciples” within the fullness of the Catholic faith tradition. We do that by

  • creating a welcoming, open environment within the context of the liturgies, prayer, and the living witness of the entire community;
  • sharing the truth of God’s revelation and His gift of Himself and the Church so as to draw all into deep relationship with Him; and
  • walking with, encouraging, and supporting all those on a journey of faith and ongoing conversion.

The clear vision of the Church for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is that responsibility of initiation rests within the parish community. Full implementation of the Rite requires a coordinated team effort and participation of the entire community.  Please contact one of the RCIA Core Team members any time for more information or to become involved:

  • Call us if you or someone you know is seeking God, wants to know more about the Christian faith, or desires to become Catholic.  We can even make the initial contact.
  •  Call us if you are a St. Joseph Parishioner with a heart/mind/soul for adult formation, spiritual friendship as a sponsor, intercessory prayer, hospitality, or childcare and would like to be part of an amazing journey of faith in a special way.

Deacon Don Craighead, Director, 615-870-0488

Bill Chalfin, 615-948-0529      Al Fleck, 615-868-5650

Debra Head, 615-851-1908      Don Steinhilber, 615-265-8375






Baptism Classes

Baptism Classes


Sacrament of Baptism:

Those seeking Baptism for their children must be registered and active in the Parish for 3 months prior to date of baptism. Parents or godparents who have not attended a Baptism Preparation Class in the last 3 years must attend a class.

To reserve space in a class, first contact the church office at 865-1071 and return a completed Baptism Request Form.

Classes are the second Tuesday of every month from 6PM to 8PM in the school library.

Sunday School

Sunday SchoolSt. Joseph's Religious Education Classes

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Are offered for all Catholic children age 4 through Confirmation which is usually for students in the 8th grade who are not enrolled in a Catholic school. The classes meet on Sunday mornings at 9:40AM to 12:00 noon in the school. The classes began Sept. 10th and end in May 2016.  No classes on Labor Day

All the classes will attend class then proceed to the 11:00 Mass. The students learn about their Catholic faith, God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Mary, the sacraments, the Mass, the Rosary, the Ten Commandments, the saints, the Bible and much more. They are taught by Catechists who know and love the Catholic faith.

Students who are making their First Communion or Confirmation must attend Religious Education for two years in order to receive one of these sacraments. Parents, please bring a copy of your child's baptism certificate at the time of registration.

Registration is $35 for one child, $55 for two children, or $75 for three or more chlldren in the family. Those making their First Communion or Confirmation must pay an additional fee of $15.

The Eucharist is the source and summit of our Catholic faith. Jesus is present in His body and blood, soul and divinity, in the Eucharist.  This real presence of Jesus in Holy Communion is what makes us Catholic.  During Mass, Catholics receive the Holy Communion and hear the word of God.  Our lives should be centered around Jesus in the Eucharist. Therefore attending Sunday Mass is the most important hour in our week.

Contact Sharyn Curbo, Director of Religious Education, for additional information at 615-414-1126 or email.


Vacation Bible School

totustuus smallTotus Tuus which means “Totally Yours” is our Vacation Bible School program which usually begins in June of year year.  The cost is $30 per student or $50 for 2 or more students.  Service Hour Opportunities are available for 8th thru 12th graders.
This program is for 1st-12th grade students.
TOTUS TUUS is a fun and energetic parish-based summer catechetical program for both grade school age children and junior and senior high school youth.  We gather qualified college students and seminarians into teams of four in order to train them and send them out to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in various parishes throughout the Nashville diocese.

The first program runs Sunday through Thursday from 7:00 PM-9:00 PM for junior and senior high school youth (grades 6-12).  The goal is to put them in contact with the Risen Lord so they can develop a deep, personal relationship with Him.  To this end, we have a night of Adoration, opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, relevant and vibrant catechesis, talks on vocational discernment, and an entire week of fellowship with the team members.  For registration form and other information click below...

The team also presents a grade school program (grades 1-5) that runs Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM.  The time is spent on catechetical instruction, songs, games, daily Mass, the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, lunch, recess and more.  The program ends with water activities on Friday afternoon in celebration of the week. 

1.  The Eucharist
2.  Marian Devotion
3.  Catechetical Instruction
4.  Vocational Discernment
5.  Good-Hearted Fun
Registration usually begins in May after all the Masses.  Parents will need to complete a registration form for their child/children prior to attending.. A few scholarships are available.

For additional information contact:  Sharyn Curbo @ the Church office:  615-865-1071