Religious Education


(Message from the Director)


In our combined, three parish program, we see each student as a unique and cherished gift from God.

We are committed to working with families to help students grow in faith by proclaiming the message of Jesus, helping them to serve others, and providing prayer opportunities.

Our excellent team of catechists help stimulate creativity and interest by using a variety of learning formats and educational techniques.

Through our religious education program we feel that catechists and parents, working together, can only enrich each other as we share our gift of faith.

We hope you enjoy exploring this site.       

                                                                             Kathy Ritger, Director

Our combined parish program (St. Mary's/St. Andrew's/St. Theresa's) meets in Mayville, Wisconsin at the St. Mary's school site, 28 Naber Street. Our classes are held on Sunday mornings from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. for grades Kindergarten through second; and on Wednesday evening for grades three through eleven (different shift times for different grade levels).




AUGUST 2016  See Below (1) FEBRUARY 2017  No Meeting
SEPTEMBER 2016   No Meeting MARCH 2017 See Below (4) 
OCTOBER 2016  See Below (2) APRIL 2017  No Meeting
NOVEMBER 2016 No Meeting MAY 2017  See Below (5)
DECEMBER 2016  No Meeting JUNE 2017  No Meeting
JANUARY 2017  See Below (3) JULY 2017  No Meeting

 (1) MEETING MINUTES - August 29, 2016

PRESENT: Kathy Ritger, Sue Perry, Debbie Krapfl, Bonita Mangan, Mary Ognenoff

ABSENT: Lisa Zangl and Mary Lou Trauba

Minutes were approved from our last meeting.

DRE REPORT: Kathy reported that the new CCD year will start for K-8 on 9/14 and high school will start on 10/5. There is a need for one 5th grade teacher and one 6th grade teacher and Kathy is working on that. There is also some need for office help. Bonita agreed to assist again as needed, and Debbie also indicated that she could be contacted also.

Inspirio will again be helping out with our high school program. We have also received some interest from 2 parishioners interested in finding out more regarding training to be a part-time youth minister, eventually replacing Inspirio for the high school program. We will not be utilizing Inspirio for our Confirmation retreat this year.


MISSION TRIP: Mission Trip was completed the second week in July. We utilized Inspirio this year -- it was a good experience. The youth did indicate that they would have appreciated more of what we have historically done with YNIA as there was more youth involvement during that entire week. Debbie reported that Inspirio does middle-school mission experiences for a 2-night/3day experience and we may benefit by looking into that sort of an opportunity and then building our high school experience around it? It was decided by the group that we would take a year off from planning a full week mission experience in 2017 -- and look to offer something again in Wisconsin to keep the youth involved, i.e. LifeFest, Reach In/Reach out in Milwaukee, or something similar and take this time to re-group and better decide how we want to organize and offer mission experiences starting again in 2018. We will discuss again in October and in the meantime will research various opportunities to offer our youth this coming summer.

INSPIRIO: We have renewed our 1-year agreement with Inspirio to help with our high school CCD program. We will not be working with Inspirio for our Confirmation retreat this year, but will pursue working through them to educate someone to eventually replace Inspirtio, ultimately taking over the high school program.

GRADUATION BREAKFAST: Graduation was reported as a success again this year, and it was noted that the $7.50 per plate charge remained adequate as the income almost matched the expenses completely. With this in mind, we will  maintain the same pricing for the 2017 breakfast. Debbie reported that it is very likely construction will begin on the new St. Andrew School Hall in the spring of 2017, meaning that we will need to address our graduation breakfast and probably hold it at St. Mary's. We discussed possibly having the breakfast first on graduation day and moving the Mass to the 10:30 time slot. We will discuss this further as plans regardin the St.Andrew School Hall firm up.

We also had very good feedback on the gifts provided to our graduating seniors from their "church family" and it was decided that we would maintain this practice moving forward.


2016-2017 GOALS: We will again host One Enchanted Evening this year, but may need to identify a new location depending upon the status of the St. Andrew School Hall. We have tentatively set a date of February 12th, 2017. Debbie will check with Dr. and Mrs. Michael Ketterhagen on possibly leading a couples session for us that evening. We will discuss this again at our October meeting.

Respectfully Submitted,

Debbie Krapfl, Secretary



PRESENT: Kathy Ritger, Sue Perry, Debbie Krapfl, Bonita Mangan, Lisa Zangl, Mary Lou Trauba

ABSENT: Mary Ognenoff

Minutes were approved from our last meeting.

DRE REPORT: Kathy reported that the CCD school year is off to a good start. There is still a need for one 5th grade and one 6th grade teacher and for the time being 5th grade is being addressed as one cass and Kathy is teaching the second 6th grade class. As nobody stepped forward to assist with office duties, Kathy did move forward and has assigned parents accordingly. Ispirio is teaching the 9th/10th grade classes again this year and the first Service Day is this coming Saturday, 10/22. There is also still some interest from 2 adults for possibly taking the position as our "youth minister" -- both are involved as small group leaders at this time. 


MISSION TRIP: Kathy did some investigation on Reach Out/Reach In -- a mission offering in Milwaukee that would be held July 9-14. The group discussed this possibility and agreed this does seem to be a viable option for 2017. We will discuss further at our next meeting and feel it is safe to wait until January to offer this to our youth. Debbie will update one of the PowerPoint presentations that can be used when making a presentation to our youth about attending this mission trip. Debbie will discuss with Kathy if it is feasible to just start spreading the word (even if just via email to past mission trip attendees?) the fact that we will be offering a mission trip this coming summer -- and for those interested to be "on the look out" for further information after the holidays.

 INSPIRIO: No new updates at this time. As stated above, Inspirio is again teaching our 9th/10th grade classes with the assistance of small group leaders. We have returned to offering a light meal just prior to the start of class, which is going well. Parents are once again assisting with the preparation/clean up.

Dave Van Krey has returned as our Confirmation instructor.

ONE ENCHANTED EVENING: We will be offering this event again this year. The date is confirmed for Sunday, February 19th. Kathy has identified a couple from Beaver Dam who are interested in making a presentation at this event. She will contact them to confirm the day/time. In lieu of construction/heating issues at St. Andrew School Hall, we will be holding this year's event at St. Mary's School Hall. Sue will work on getting a "Save the Date" announcement in the church bulletin in late December/early January and we will construct the invitation/bulletin insert at our next meeting. Contact will be made with Leroy Meats accordingly for catering for this event.

2016-2017 GOALS: In addition to One Enchanted Evening, the team thought it viable to continue also with plans to offer LifeFest to our youth this year. The scheduled dates for LifeFest are July 6-9. We will explore this offering again at our next meeting.

NEXT MEETING: Our next meeting will be on MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2017 at Sue Perry's home. In addition to our meeting, this will be our annual holiday "get-together" and everyone is asked to bring something small to share.

Lisa Zangl has the prayer assignment for this meeting.

Respectfully Submitted,

Debbie Krapfl, Secretary 



 PRESENT: Kathy Ritger, Sue Perry, Debbie Krapfl, Bonita Mangan, Lisa Zangl, Mary Lou Trauba, Mary Ognenoff


Minutes were approved from our last meeting.

DRE REPORT: Kathy reported that the CCD year is progressing along well. It was identified that Kathy is still teaching one of the 6th grade classes, which is somewhat difficult for her to do and also maintain her other duties accordingly. The committee brainstormed some ideas regarding working with the parents for a resolve and Kathy is going to try and follow up on a couple of our thoughts to see if she can get some assistance form 6th grade parents.


MISSION TRIP: It was decided that we are going to put the 2017 Mission Trip on hold and instead will focus on providing an opportunity with LifeFest, which will be held in Oshkosh July 6-9. We feel that LifeFest is an excellent opportunity to get our youth more deeply engaged and would work more in our favor for planning a mission trip again in 2018. Sue Perry is going to work on providing a bulletin notice regarding our plans and the team will further work towards promoting LifeFest as the 2017 option. We are also going to take this time to re-establish a Core Planning Team for future mission trips.

INSPIRIO: It was announced that Inspirio will be closing their doors effective early 2017. They will be honoring their agreement with us regarding our 9th/10th/11th grade CCD programs. We have started early discussion regarding how we will move forward with these same grades and are reaching out to various people regarding taking over the planning process. The team thought of possibly hosting some sort of "recruitment" event to enlist better support from our parish family, specifically those who have children in the CCD programs. We will discuss this option further at our March meeting.

ONE ENCHANTED EVENING: We will be offering this event again this year. The date is Sunday, February 19th. The event will be held at St. Mary's School Hall. Debbie is going to check with Leroy Meats regarding catering the same meal we have offered in the past, as well as updated pricing. Sue Perry will update the flyer in preparation for insertion in the Bulletin and also will provide to Mary Ognenoff. Mary has a contact within Grande Cheese that needs the flyer in order to proceed with a cheese donation for this event. We will be taking reservations after all the Masses the weekends on 1/29, 2/4, and 2/11. Debbie will reach out regarding our options for offering wine at this event also, possibly through a donation.

NEW BUSINESS: Debbie distributed the One% Challenge to the committee which was recently completed by the Parish Council. We reviewed the challenge -- the team was requested to complete before Lent -- at which time the Challenge will be rolled out to parish families. The Challenge was very well accepted.

NEXT MEETING: Our next meeting will be MONDAY, MARCH 13, 6:00 P.M. at Sue Perry's home. We will proceed with planning One Enchanted Evening as necessary via email/phone.

Respectfully Submitted.

Debbie Krapfl, Secretary


(4) Meeting Minutes - March 20, 2017

PRESENT: Kathy Ritger, Sue Perry, Debbie Krapfl, Bonita Mangan, Lisa Zangl, Mary Ognenoff, Jeff McKean (new member)

ABSENT: Mary Lou Trauba

Minutes were approved from our last meeting.

DRE REPORT: Kathy R. reported that the CCD year is quickly coming to a close and she is working on closing events for each class. We had 16 youth attend the Catholic Youth Rally this past weekend at Carroll University in Waukesha, and this is an increase from years past. The Rally is gaining attendance each year and we'll continue to promote attendance with our youth. Kathy spoke with Janine Baudhuin, who has moved out of our area and is willing to still assist with Highway Clean-up, but would like to have someone else spearhead this project from within the community. Kathy will organize the event for this spring, and the team discussed some options for continuing to do this 3 times/year moving forward, including offering it as an option for CCD service hours for our youth in 6th grade through high school.


MISSION TRIP: We are not doing a formal mission trip this summer and the core team will be regrouping (new members?) and will plan on organizing a trip again for the summer of 2018. Sue Perry is going to create a bulletin insert that announces this decision, as well as our goal to promote Lifest 2017 in Oshkosh, WI Lifest will take place July 6-9 and Kathy has been in touch with Bob Lenz regarding speaking to our youth to help promote this event, but he is unable to attend and provided another name. Kathy is going to contact this gentleman and organize this for the closing Mass. Kathy and Sue will work to provide a handout for our youth that further promotes Lifest and attendance. Bob Lenz offered Kathy a discounted admission for our youth and the committee discussed a possible "Mayville Day" -- hoping to get our youth to attend with families.

INSPIRIO/Direction for High School Programs: Our contract will formally end with Inspirio at the end of this contract year and as stated at our past meeting, Inspirio has closed their doors, so the team discussed our options for moving forward with the direction of our high school programs. Joe Nettesheim (former Director of Inspirio) has contacted Kathy with some options he would like us to consider and Kathy will speak with him further and engage the rest of the committee based on her findings. We also discussed the possibility of having a "shared" youth minister with a local church(es) and we will look into this option further also.

ONE ENCHANTED EVENING: This event was successfully held on Sunday, February 19th with great feedback from the 14 couples who attended. We reviewed the notes taken regarding meal planning, set up, etc. and look forward to offering this event again in 2019.

GRADUATION BREAKFAST: The Graduation Breakfast will be held on Sunday, June 4th and will begin with 8:00 a.m. Mass at St. Andrew's Church followed by the breakfast at St. Mary's School gym starting at 9:30 a.m. Debbie will update the paperwork and send it to Kathy Ritger, who will start working with the 7th grade families. Debbie is going to pursure pricing from Leroy Meats to make/deliver the meal this year versus purchasing the supplies and making it ourselves. We will still serve the meal the same way we have in the past. Debbie will share her findings with the team at our next meeting.

GIFTS FOR SENIORS: Sue will start exploring options for gifts to give our graduating seniors again this year during the breakfast. The team did think the keychains provided last year were a great idea -- and Sue will start looking for options and will discuss/select with Kathy. We will present them again this year at the breakfast.

FELLOWSHIP SUNDAY/APRIL 2ND: Christian Formation was assigned this duty on Sunday, 4/2 at St. Andrew's, but with the new hall project underway, Fellowship Sundays are temporarily on hold.


OPPORTUNITY FAIR 2017: The Opportunity Fair will be held this year on May 20th/21st at the 4:30 p.m. St. Mary's, 8:00 a.m. St. Andrew Mass and again at 10:30 at St. Mary's.  Weather permitting, the event will be held outside after each Mass and each committee is tasked with their own tables/table displays, etc. We will further discuss details at our next meeting.

NEXT MEETING: Our next meeting will be on Monday, May 8th at 6:00 p.m. at Sue Perry's home.

Respectfully Submitted,

Debbie Krapfl, Secretary


(5) Meeting Minutes - May 16, 2017

PRESENT: Kathy Ritger, Sue Perry, Debbie Krapfl, Bonita Mangan, Lisa Zangl, Mary Lou Trauba

ABSENT: Mary Ognenoff, Jeff McKean

DRE REPORT: The 2016/2017 CCD year has come to an end. Registrations have gone out for the 2017/2018 CCD year and some are starting to come back in already. There were no changes in the CCD fees.


MISSION TRIP: Debbie is working towards contacting previous core team members, as well as inquiring with some possible new members for a meeting in the mid-July time frame. We are looking towards planning a mission trip again for summer 2018 and need to be prepared to address the 9th, 10th and 11th grade classes at the start of the CCD year again.

LIFEST: Kathy received 15 free tickets for the Lifest event which will be held in Oshkosh July 6-9. She promoted this event at the closing mass for the 9th,10th and 11th grade -- and will continue to promote through the bulletins for the upcoming weeks. The committee also decided that it would be worthwhile to promote this event at the Graduation Breakfast on June 4th, placing flyers on the tables. As we have 15 free tickets, the committee also decided that we would write down the names of those contacting Kathy for the free tickets -- and then see how many inquiries we have, potentially purchasing some more tickets in order to truly promote our youth attending this event.

INSPIRIO/DIRECTION FOR HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM: Kathy was contacted by Joe Nettesheim (previously with Inspirio) and he has requested to provide a proposal to our committee regarding him continuing to work with our high school youth. He is now working on his own and feels there still remains a widespread need for the type of service we received through Inspirio. The committee agreed that it woul be worthwhile for him to proceed with a proposal and we can discuss specifics with him this summer. Kathy will contact him to make this request and will alert the team regarding a summer meeting. Kathy was also contacted by Ben Wagner, who actually taught our 9th/10th grade classes last year through the Inspirio program. He is also no longer with Inspirio, but expressed an interest to continue teaching for us. The committee discussed the potential further, possible fees, etc. and Kathy will contact Ben to let him know we are considering his request and we'll reach out to him again in the near future.

GRADUATION BREAKFAST: The Graduation Breakfast will be held on Sunday, June 4th, and will begin with 8:00 a.m. Mass at St. Andrew's church followed by the breakfast at St. Mary's school gym starting at 9:30 a.m. Debbie contacted LeRpoy Meats, who will be actually making the breakfast for us this year and delivering it to St. Mary's School between 8:45 and 9:00 a.m. They quoted us a price that pretty much matches what we were charging anyway, so it seemed the best route to go in lieu of using different facilities this year. Debbie will purchase beverages and donuts. Sue Perry will provide the table decorations, door prizes, plates, bowls, plasticware and napkins. The worker's list for the 7th grade families will be distributed soon.

GIFTS FOR SENIORS: Sue purchased keychains for our graduating seniors again this year, which will be presented to them at the graduation breakfast. The committee received great feedback regarding this last year and look forward to continuing this as a new trqadition, reminding our graduating seniors that they have the full support of their church family as they move into their new future.


MINISTRY FAIR 2017: The Ministry Fair will be held this year on May 20th/21st at the 4:30 p.m. St. Mary's, 8:00 a.m. St. Andrew Mass and again at 10:30 at St. Mary's. Weather permitting, the event will be held outside after each mass and each committee is tasked with their own tables/table displays, etc. Bonita volunteered to help at the 4:30 mass and Debbie will be present for the 8:00 a.m. Mass. Kathy will take care of the 10:30 mass. Any other available members are welcome to assist.

NEXT MEETING: Our next meeting will be in AUGUST at Sue Perry's home, please watch for the new schedule to be sent out. We may also have an extra meeting this summer in regard to our 9th/10th grade program -- and members will be contacted if we proceed.

Respectfully Submitted,

Debbie Krapfl, Secretary




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