St. Joseph Middle and High School Ministry & Vocations Information


Youth Ministry

Middle School 5th-8th Grade and High School 9th-12th Grade Youth Ministry at St. Joseph Church Palmyra, Mo.


St. Joseph youth ministry in 2023-2024 looks a little different than in the past.  Education Committee, Cathy Fohey and parents of teens have set a schedule for the year in advance.  If you would like to participate in the programs offered for youth ministry please contact  Cathy Fohey and she will add you to the flocknote messaging system.  Please take time to read the bulletin each week for information.

A Call from God

The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults teaches us, that from the moment of Jesus' conception in the womb of Mary until his Resurrection, he was filled with the Holy Spirit.  In biblical language, he was anointed by the Holy Spirit and thus established by God the Father as our high priest. As Risen Lord, he remains our high priest. . . . While all the baptized share in Christ's priesthood, the ministerial priesthood shares this through the Sacrament of Holy Orders in a special way.

Ordination to the priesthood is always a call and a gift from God. Christ reminded his Apostles that they needed to ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest.  Those who seek priesthood respond generously to God's call using the words of the prophet, "Here I am, send me" (Is 6:8).  This call from God can be recognized and understood from the daily signs that disclose his will to those in charge of discerning the vocation of the candidate.

Learn more about Vocations and Seminarian Formation in the Diocese of Jefferson City

To learn more about how the Office of Vocations supports vocation discernment, current programs and how our parish can further support vocations, click here.