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 dates and times for different grade levels).




AUGUST 2019  No Meeting FEBRUARY 2020  No Meeting
SEPTEMBER 2019   See Below (1) MARCH 2020 See Below (4)  
OCTOBER 2019  No Meeting APRIL 2020  No Meeting
NOVEMBER 2019 See Below (2) MAY 2020  See Below (5)
DECEMBER 2019  No Meeting JUNE 2020  No Meeting
JANUARY 2020  See Below (3) JULY 2020  No Meeting

 2019/2020 MEETING MINUTES........

(3) MEETING MINUTES -- January 13, 2020

PRESENT: Kathy Ritger, Sue Perry, Vicky Hartwig, Bob Jamrozy, Mary Ognenoff

ABSENT: Debbie Krapfl, Bonita Mangan

Minutes from our last meeting were reviewed and approved.

DRE REPORT: Kathy reported that all is going well with the CCD classes. There is one Confirmation candidate that will be making his retreat this weekend because he was unable to make it with the rest of the group. Preparation for First Eucharist will begin soon. High school program is going well with new facilitator (Marissa). Kathy reported that we could use a few more small group leaders. Alpha will again be starting on Wednesday, February 12th and will take place in LeRoy.


ONE ENCHANTED EVENING: This will take place February 16th. Flyers have been made and will be put in this weekends bulletin. Sign up times will be at each church starting the week of January 25th. Bob will cover St. Theresa, Mary will cover the 10:30 Mass at St. Mary's and Kathy will take the 4:30 Mass. Vicky and Debbie will cover the 8:00 a.m. Mass at St. Andrew's. Checks are to be made out to St. Mary's and money should be turned in at the time of sign up. Sue will do the decorating; get the wine and beer. Kathy will get the roses and talk to Father Tom about doing the meal prayer and a blessing at the end. Bob has marriage prayer cards that he will bring to the event. Mary sent a message to Grande Cheese to possibly get cheese donated for the evening. Mary and Dave Ognenoff will coordinate the activity "Not So Newlywed Game". Currently we have Frank and Helen Marrese and Laura and Wayne Peterson to participate in the game. Vicky sent out requests to a few more people to see if they would be interested in being an active member of the game. Sue will decorate the night before if the hall is not being used.

NEW BUSINESS: Nothing to report.

NEXT MEETING: March 9, 2020 at Sue Perry's home at 6:00 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted:

Mary Ognenoff


2) MEETING MINUTES -- November 11, 2019

PRESENT: Kathy Ritger, Sue Perry, Bob Jamrozy, Mary Ognenoff

ABSENT: Vicky Hartwig, Bonita Mangan 

Minutes from our last meeting were reviewed and approved.

DRE REPORT: Kathy reported that the ALPHA program is complete and she felt it went really well. There was a good attendance from the CCD families, so it was worthwhile starting this year a little bit later than normal to accommodate attendance at ALPHA. With classes starting later than usual there was still activity - a "7 Days of Service" family project in September, and one night sessions for grades three through ten in October. These were well attended and had good participation..

Regular CCD classes started the week of 11/3. There was no luck in finding an additional 7th grade teacher, so Kathy R. will be filling this role for the time being. The Confirmation Retreat was the weekend of 11/8,9,10 and went very well. Preparation for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation is also underway.


ONE ENCHANTED EVENING: Discussion was had on doing One Enchanted Evening again this year. This will take place Sunday, February 16th at the St. Andrew's parish hall. Initial plans were discussed, potentially engaging 4 parish couples with a game, (i.e. Not So Newlywed Game!) We will discuss these plans further at our next meeting. We will get a bulletin announcement in, "save the date", starting in mid- December. Debbie will contact Leroy Meats about the meal and pricing so we can get invitations out as soon as possible following our 1/13 meeting.

NEW BUSINESS: Nothing to report.

NEXT MEETING: January 13TH, Sue Perry's home. This will be our annual holiday gathering, so please bring a small dish to share.


Wishing everyone a very joyful Christmas/holiday season!

Respectfully Submitted:

Debbie Krapfl, Secretary


(1) MEETING MINUTES -- September 9, 2019

PRESENT: Kathy Ritger, Sue Perry, Vicky Hartwig, Bob Jamrozy, Bonita Mangan

ABSENT: Mary Ognenoff

Minutes from our last meeting were reviewed and approved.

DRE REPORT: With the ALPHA program running through September/October -- CCD classes will begin in November, allowing parents/families of our CCD students an opportunity to take part in ALPHA. As of the first meeting, there was a good turnout of CCD parents, so the decision to alter this year's schedule to accommodate appears to be a good one. To accommodate the late start for CCD classes, Kathy has a family event running in September in conjunction with the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese -- "Seven Days of Service". Families will be making monetary donations to help out different agencies in the Archdiocese.. There will also be 3 events in October for the different grade levels including mini-retreats.

Marissa Nothem has taken over Ben's position and will be directing the 9th/10th grade CCD classes. Dave Van Krey will again be overseeing the Confirmation class which will get underway with their Welcome Back being the first Sunday in October.

Kathy also added that she is in need of a second seventh grade CCD teacher so that this class size can be made smaller for each teacher.


LIFEST: The committee discussed LIFEST and decided to continue promoting it to our parish families/youth in hopes of getting more attendance at this very worthwhile event. We will discuss promotional ideas at future meetings.

GRADUATION BREAKFAST: We will continue to host the annual graduation breakfast as it is well attended every year. Kathy identified that we had an approximate $250.00 shortfall in funds this year, and while the budget allows for coverage of the shortfall, it was decided to raise the coist of the breakfast to $8.00 per person for the 2020 breakfast to help offset the shortage and also make sure our budget for this breakfast does not get depleted.  


GOALS FOR 2019/2020; The committee discussed our goal for the 2019/2020 year -- and as this is our year where we focus on "adult" formation, we decided to again provide One Enchanted Evening, which is tentatively scheduled for February 9th, 2020. Bob added that Frank Marrese and his wife recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and may be good speakers for this event. Debbie will make sue that this event is added to the calendar for the St. Andrew Parish hall.

NEXT MEETING: November 11TH, 6:00 P.M. at Sue Perry's home.


Respectfully Submitted,

Debbie Krapfl, Secretary



(5) MEETING MINUTES -- May 13, 2019

PRESENT: Kathy Ritger, Sue Perry, Vicky Hartwig, Bob Jamrozy

ABSENT: Mary Ognenoff, Bonita Mangan

Minutes from our last meeting were reviewed and approved.

We received a formal resignation from committee member Jeff McKean. Jessica Janssen has decided to not pursue being part of the committee. We do welcome our newest member, Bob Jamrozy from St. Theresa as part of our team.

DRE REPORT: The 2018/2019 CCD year is complete with the exception of Confirmation which will be held Wednesday, May 15th. We are still in search of an individual to take over Ben's position in the 9th and 10th grade for next year. Several options were discussed. With the ALPA program starting this fall, Kathy discussed incorporating this event into the CCD program with parents attending these sessions. More information to come as details of ALPHA are worked out.

Bob brought up the SPIRITUS program that he became aware of through the Knights of Columbus. Spiritus is a group of young people who engage others of similar age regarding embracing their faith. The committee is going to look into this option in the future.

Vicky/Kathy are working together on a service event for the upcoming Confirmation students. This will take place June19th and will be done at the Hunger Task Force in Milwaukee.


LIFEST: Unfortunately there was not much interst in the Lifest tickets, although Kathy was able to give some away to students. This is an excellent event that we feel would be attended more often if we can get the youth to attend at least once. Vicky brought up the idea of taking a bus to this event, which Bob added could possibly be supported by the Knights of Columbus. This will be discussed further in the future.

PARISHES FOR PEACE: Kathy spoke with Kayla Billington and confirmed that she remains interested in addressing our three parishes regarding her volunteer work in Uganda. Kayla has shifted her focus which includes more healthcare options to those she serves in Uganda. Kayla has also begun her own non-profit organization. She is still interested in presenting to our parishes in the fall. We will be working with her to set up a date when we might be able to do this.

GRADUATION BREAKFAST: Graduation Breakfast will be held after the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, June 2nd. All of the information has gone out to 7th grade families, as well as invitations to our 8th grade and high school students. RSVP's are coming in slowly and we will follow up with those who have not responded. Rick and Cindy Torn will be attending as our guests this year with Rick doing our graduate roll call as Parish Council Chairman. Debbie will confirm supplies in the hall and will work with Sue for set up. Leroy Meats will again be making the meal and Debbie will confirm attendance with them accordingly.

GIFTS FOR SENIORS: The committee agree that we should continue with the purchase of a gift for our graduating seniors - a key ring was selected. Sue will purchase and makew ready for presentation at the graduation breakfast.


No new business.

NEXT MEETING: Kathy will send out the 2019/2020 schedule later in the summer.

Enjoy the summer break.

Respectfully submitted,

Debbie Krapfl, Secretary


(4) MEETING MINUTES -- March 11, 2019

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

ABSENT: Jeff McKean

GUEST: Jessica Janssen

Minutes from our last meeting in January, 2019 were reviewed and approved.

DRE REPORT: Kathy reported that the 2018/2019 CCD year is almost complete. The second Intergenerational Day was held and had very good attendance. Kathy is considering scheduling more of these due to the recent success. Cards were made for the homebound, hygiene bags for St. Vincent de Paul, Christmas boxes for Samaritan's Purse that will be given for Christmas 2019. At that time tracking numbers will be given to families so that they can see where the boxes are being sent. 

First Communion will be held on the first and second weekends in May. Confirmation will be held on May 15th at Sacred Heart Church in Horicon. The CCD nights missed due to bad weather will be made up during the Parish Mission event the week on March 31st. The 9th and 10th grade Outdoor closing Mass is scheduled for May 8th.

We are in need of a replacement for Ben who teaches the 9th and 10th grade high school program. The committee agreed with Kathy that we would start searching internally within our three parishes for a replacement, putting information in upcoming bulletins with a job description to hopefully generate interest. Pending that outcome, the committee will move forward with additional plans.

The service projects held throughout the school year by the 9th and 10th graders will be presented to the CCD class on Wednesday, April 10th. Vicky and Kathy agreed that approaching the Confirmation Class about a service project again this summer (July) would be pursued again. Participation was almost 100% last year and we are hoping for the same this year.


LIFEST: All three parishes agreed to donate $100.00 towards the purchase of Lifest tickets. Kathy was able to purchase 13 youth and 2 adult tickets with this money. It was decided that an announcement would be made regarding the availability of these free tickets and those who are interested will be asked to submit their names for a drawing to be held at the Outdoor Mass. Kathy will ask past Lifest attendees to say a few words about the event to generate more interest.

PARISHES FOR PEACE: Kathy and Sue met with Kayla Billington and confirmed that she would very much like to address the three parishes about her volunteer work in Uganda. It was decided that we would pursue this in the fall in order to have better time for planning and preparation.

NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Jessica Janssen attended out meeting last evening and is interested in joining this group. We are still in need of representation from St. Theresa's on this committee.

GRADUATION BREAKFAST: The annual Graduation Breakfast will be held after the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, June 2nd. This event has been put on the parish calendar. Debbie will get updated information to Kathy. Debbie will contact Leroy Meats to determine whether we will need to raise the price from $7.50 to $8.00 per person. Debbie will confirm this as the date gets closer. To further aid with keeping costs down, it was decided to eliminate the drawing for plants/balloons at this event. Debbie will confirm as the date gets closer. We shouldn't need to purchase plates, cups or plastic ware, but will purchase table coverings and napkins to help dress up the atmosphere. The hosts of Fellowship Sunday for 6/2 have been informed that the Graduation Breakfast will take place that day.

GIFTS FOR SENIORS: The committee agreed that we should continue this year with the purchase of a gift for our graduating seniors, which will be presented at the Graduation Breakfast. This gift serves as a reminder to our seniors that their parish family is proud of their accomplishments and will continue to pray for their success in the future.


PARISH MISSION: Fr. Bill Cieslak will be leading our parishes in a Lenten mission beginning Sunday evening, March 31st through Wednesday, April 3rd beginning at 7:00 p.m. each evening at St. Mary's church. All are encouraged to attend.

FELLOWSHIP-MAY 5TH: Our committee will be hosting Fellowship on Sunday, May 5th. Debbie will start coffee prior to Mass and Sue will pick up donuts/milk/juice/ and meet the rest of the Committee at the hall immediately following the 8:00 a.m. Mass.

ALPHA INFORMATION: This is a discussion series that will begin in the fall, targeted towards people who have questions about their faith, want to grow in their faith, have left the church, etc. To introduce this event, there is an informational evening set up for May 16th, 6:00 p.m. in the school gym. Evie Mather's daughter will be the presenter for the evening speaking about the importance of this ALPHA program for our parishes. There will be a need for leaders throughout this event in the fall. More information will be coming on this.

NEXT MEETING: May 13th, 6:00 p.m., Sue Perry's home. Prayer assignment - Kathy Ritger

Respectfully Submitted, :

Debbie Krapfl, Secretary



(3) MEETING MINUTES -- January 7, 2019

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

ABSENT: Jeff McKean

Minutes from our last meeting in August, 2018 were reviewed and approved.

DRE REPORT: Kathy reported that the CCD year is halfway complete and going well. Confirmation retreat and First Reconciliation are both complete. The first "Intergenerational Day" was held for K-8 families, which focused on social justice/service. Those attending participated in a project where they learned the value of water and that while water is easily accessible to us, it isn't the same for many others. They were sent home with a project that had them tracking water usage with the end result being the raising of money which was given to Catholic Relief services for an upcoming well project. A second intergenerational day is coming up soon.

We discussed how to proceed with replacing our current 9th/10th grade CCD instructor who will be leaving at the end of this year to pursue his career in music. Kathy will be discussing with Ben any thoughts he has regarding a replacement, and we also discussed placing an ad with the Archdiocese as well as in the parish bulletins.


LIFEST: Lifest will be held July 11-14, 2019. The committee agreed to continue pursuing participation by our youth/families. A parish council member brought up the idea of possibly having each parish purchase/donate tickets for Liefest that can be given away to help promote attendance. As such, the committee agreed to ask each parish for a $100.00 donation which the committee will then use to purchase tickets and will then decide how to best provide them to our youth.

PARISHES FOR PEACE: The committee focus this year is on adults and it was decided that the committee would research opportunities that would further promote social justice within our parish families. One of our St. Andrew parish members, Kayla Billington, is an RN whio has traveled to Uganda on her own numerous times to volunteer medical assistance. Kathy recently had Kayla address the 9th/10th/11th grade CCD classes regarding her mission, which resulted in the youth undertaking a project to raise money to help a Uganda family build a home. As Kathy felt this was very successful, the committee thought it worthwhile to pursue Kayla doing the same with our parishes as a whole. Kathy will be reaching out to Kayla to determine her interst and time in doing this with us. Once we have informastion, plans will be put in place to kick off this parish-wide project.

COMMITTEE MEMBER REPLACEMENTS: We do have a new committee member effective January, 2019 - Vicky Hartwig, representing St. Andrew parish. However, we still have no representation from St. Theresa. There have been articles in the weekly bulletins that describe various committees in depth and it is hoped that this action will help promote better participation with all committees.


AMAZING PARISH IMPLEMENTATION: Kathy discussed the new "Leadership Team" that has been formed with representatives from all three parishes. The goal of this team is to help Father Tom better  focus on things he truly needs to do by helping to create a parish environment that allows for better day-to-day management of various things to be addressed by parish members. This team meets regularly with Father Tom to help work towards this goal.

NEXT MEETING: March 11, 2019. 6:00 p.m. at Sue Perry;s home. Prayer assignment - Mary Ognenoff.

Respectfully submitted,

Debbie Krapfl, Secretary



(2) MEETING MINUTES -- October 22, 2018

Only Sue Perry and Kathy Ritger present so no formal meeting held. 



(1) MEETING MINUTES -- August 20, 2018

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

ABSENT: Jeff McKean

The committee approved the minutes from our May meeting.

DRE REPORT: Welcome Back nights for CCD students/parents are coming up on 9/5 (K-8), 9/12 (9th/10th) and 9/15 (Confirmation). New books will be used this year and Kathy hopes to have all teachers in place by the time the teacher inservice/book training night. Currently short are instructors for 5th, 6th and 8th grade (6 in total). The theme for this year will be "Kids for Peace" and all students will be getting "Kindness Matters" bracelets. In order to achieve the additional hours required by the Archdiocese this year, Kathy is planning two events that will be "family intergenerational" events focusing on social outreach. There will be one event the first semester and another planned for the second. Kathy hopes to expand on "social justice" themes with these events, which is also the focus of the mission events offered to the 9th/10th grade students.

We only have Ben back  to teach 9th/10th grade classes this year -- and the committee needs to start searching for a replacement as soon as possible. Kathy will reach out to Ben for suggestions. The Confirmation retreat is planned for the 2nd week of November, and Confirmation (held at Sacred Heart) will be the third Wednesday in May. 


GRADUATION BREAKFAST: We fell a bit short this year with expenses. We have not increased the fee for breakfast ($7.50) for awhile now and Debbie will focus on getting more information regarding food costs through Leroy Meats prior to this year's graduation breakfast to see if we need to increase to $8.00 per person. Graduates will continue to be free of charge.

LIFEST: Jeff McKean di attend this year, but was unable to attend our meeting. We will get a better update from him at our October meeting. The committee plans on continuing to promote Lifest to our youth.


COMMITTEE MEMBER REPLACEMENTS: We do not have any members currently representing St. Theresa at this time, and the committee has gotten smaller overall/all parishes. We will continue to pursue and will invite parish members to come sit in on a meeting to hopefully foster more interest.


NEXT MEETING: October 22, 2018 -- 6 p.m. at Sue Perry's home.

Respectfully submitted,

Debbie Krapfl, Secretary










 Anyone is invited to join us for any of our meetings. New members are always welcome!!