Faith Formation

There are programs in faith formation for Adults (including our RCIA program) as well as for Children and Teens (Religious Education and Sacramental Preparation).  Click on the links for more specific information.

Director of Religious Education: Mrs. Loretta Rosas
Phone: (718) 545-7338

Children and Young Adults

Our extensive Religious Education program provides religious education and faith formation to students attending public schools preparing to complete initiation into the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation, or reception into the Catholic faith from another faith.

Has your child completed the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation (Confession), First Communion, and Confirmation?  If your child is attending public school, please register your child in the St. Joseph Parish Religious Education Program, which has classes on several days:

If your child attends St. Joseph School, but has not yet been baptized, and you would like to have him/her baptized as a Roman Catholic, please call Mrs. Loretta Rosas to have your child registered in the Religious Education program, or pick up a Registration Form at the Parish Rectory from 9:30 pm – 4:30 pm, from Monday to Friday.

Grade 1-8 and High School: Sunday mornings, Celebration of Mass at 9:00 am, Instruction to follow in the school building from 10:15 to 11:30 am


Adult Faith Formation programs are also offered to adults seeking to complete the Sacraments of First Communion, Confirmation, Matrimony, or conversion from another religion or no religion to Roman Catholicism. Please call Mrs. Loretta Rosas, Director of Religious Education, or Fr. Vincent Miceli, Pastor, in the Parish Rectory, who will both be happy to guide you on your faith journey.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
If you are an adult who is not baptized and who is seeking information about the Catholic Church, you are invited to “Come & see.”  If you are a baptized non-Catholic adult seeking information about the Catholic Church, you are invited to “Come & see.”  If you are a baptized Catholic who seeking to complete initation into the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Confirmation and/or Eucharist, you are invited to “Come & see.”
RCIA is the process for you.

RCIA meetings take place on Tuesday from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm in the Parish Rectory Basement (43-19 30 Avenue, Astoria, NY).

Adult Faith Formation and Scripture Classes will be posted shortly.  Please leave your name and telephone number at the Parish Rectory to be notified of the dates and times.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) in Spanish
Meetings take place on Sundays at 9:00 am in the Church Gathering Space.  Please contact Deacon Felipe Alvarez or Aida Alvarez in the Parish Rectory for more information.