The Children’s Catechumenate is a 2 year process for unbaptized children aged 7 to 12 who are seeking initiation into the Church (The program for teens is handled by the Youth Ministry and for older teens, RCIA). . Just as the normal formation period for Confirmation is two years, so too is the normal formation period for children, youth, and families participating in the Children’s Catechumenate (for some this process may take longer). Catechumen and Candidates participate in the same classes as their Catholic peers (determined by grade level), augmented with initiation-specific teachings and events during the year. St. Joseph’s also requires parents/guardians to complete Faith Formation classes during sacrament years (see Adult Faith Formation).