Religious Education

 

(Message from the Director)

WELCOME TO OUR WEBPAGE!!

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).

 

 

 2018-2019 CHRISTIAN FORMATION MEETING MINUTES  

MONTH MINUTES MONTH MINUTES
AUGUST 2018  See Below (1) FEBRUARY 2019  No Meeting
SEPTEMBER 2018   No Meeting MARCH 2019 See Below (4)  
OCTOBER 2018  See Below (2) APRIL 2019  No Meeting
NOVEMBER 2018 No Meeting MAY 2019  See Below (5)
DECEMBER 2018  No Meeting JUNE 2019  No Meeting
JANUARY 2019  See Below (3) JULY 2019  No Meeting

 2018/2019 MEETING MINUTES........

(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.

OLD BUSINESS

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.

NEW BUSINESS

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.

OLD BUSINESS

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.

 NEW BUSINESS

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.

OLD BUSINESS

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.

NEW BUSINESS

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. 

OLD BUSINESS

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.

NEW BUSINESS:

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.

GOALS FOR 2018/2-019 SCHOOL YEAR:

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

Respectfully submitted,

Debbie Krapfl, Secretary

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MEETING MINUTES -- May 14, 2018

PRESENT: Sue Perry, Kathy Ritger, Mary Lou Trauba, Debbie Krapfl

ABSENT: Mary Ognenoff, Jeff McKean, Bonita Mangan

The committee approved the minutes from our March meeting.

DRE REPORT: Kathy reported that registration materials have gone out for the 2018/2019 CCD year. There are no changes with tuition. The every-other-week schedule will be maintained and Kathy is still reviewing the best options to achieve the 30 hours/CCD year now required. The final outdoor Mass for high school will be held on Wednesday night (5/16). Confirmation practice is on Sunday 5/20 with Confirmation being held on Wednesday 5/23.

Kathy will be following up with Mary Ognenoff regarding getting a presentation set up for the CCD teachers regarding blood borne pathogens. Kathy will be sending a teacher survey out shortly.

GRADUATION BREAKFAST: This will be held on Sunday, June 3rd immediately following the 8:00 a.m. Mass at St. Andrew's. The breakfast has now returned to the St. Andrew Parish hall. Announcements to the 7th grade families regarding assistance as well as invitations have also been sent out. Debbie will complete a worker's list for the 7th grade families and will get it to Kathy to send out. Debbie will also confirm supplies available currently and let Sue/Kathy know to complete planning for the breakfast. Leroy Meats will again be preparing and delivering the meal.

2017 GOAL--FOCUS ON YOUTH: Bob Lenz was able to attend class on May 2 to help promote Lifest 2018. It was a very energetic presentation and it is hoped that our youth will take advantage of the 10% admission discount he provided. Jeff McKean is also working to promote the basketball tournament at Lifest and has sent out flyers in support of this.

MISSION EXPERIENCES: With the groups decision to move from a mission "trip" to offering mission "experiences" throughout the school year, it was felt that this first year went well. There were a couple of bumps along the way, but we discussed way's to improve this same process for next year. The mission core team will be meeting this summer to devise a presentation for the 2018/2019 school year that will be a little more "in depth" in comparison to this year. We feel that this is a very good plan overall and just requires some tweaking. Debbie needs to speak to Kathy about putting in a bulletin update regarding the current status of our mission trip/experiences due to some inquiries from our parish family. As our goal is to ultimately offer a summer experience of some sort, we need to maintain the support of our parish family as we have in the past.

NEW BUSINESS:

OPPORTUNITY FAIR: This year's Opportunity Fair will be held on July 15th in conjunction with the outdoor Mass at St. Theresa. Our committee will need to supply/support a table for the fair. We need to be identifying new members!

NEXT MEETING: Please watch for the updated meeting schedule for the 2018/2019 year from Kathy. See everyone in August. Enjoy the summer break!

Respectfully submitted:

Debbie Krapfl, Secretary

 

MEETING MINUTES -- March 12, 2018

 

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

ABSENT: Mary Lou Trauba, Jeff McKean

Minutes were approved from our last meeting.

DRE REPORT: Kathy noted that the CCD year is quickly drawing to a close. There will be 18 youth receiving their first Communion as well as 20 youth receiving Confirmation. There is a student from Concordia working with the Sunday CCD classes as part of her college course. When Kathy sent out the Progress Reports, she included a survey to the parents regarding the current CCD format (every other week), time slot, thoughts about overall impact of CCD, etc. in preparation for possibly needing to make some changes to make sure Archdiocese guidelines are being followed. This survey confirmed that with very little exception, parents are content with the current program. All responses will be taken into consideration when planning for the 2018-2019 CCD year.

Kathy also confirmed that Bob Lenz will be able to visit with the 9th/10th grade classes this year -- either the first Wednesday in April or the first Wednesday in May to help promote Lifest 2018.

MISSION TRIP: The 9th/10th grade students signed up for service projects this year in lieu of a mission trip and although we've met with some issues throughout the process, it is felt that we will take this same route next year. The biggest issue encountered is that it appeared some of the youth quickly lost interest after signing up, or possibly didn't understand that an active part in the project was required when deciding to sign up. Regardless, we will be instituting better "guidelines" with next year's projects and will be very clear that signing up does indicate a commitment that we will expect -- and individual service projects (with the approval of Kathy R.) are still an option. We have one group that completed serving a brunch at the Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee; another group will be working with Feeding America on the morning of Good Friday followed by attending Good Friday services; and a third group will be serving a meal at the Open Door Café in Milwaukee. We have 2 additional groups that have met with issues regarding completing their projects and we will be working with them to provide other options.

2018 GOAL: Our 2018 goal remains Focus on Youth with increased participation at 2018 Lifest.

GRADUATION BREAKFAST: Graduation Breakfast will be held on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 immediately following the 8:00 a.m. Mass at St. Andrew's. We will again be using Leroy Meats to make and deliver the meal with the committee and 7th grade youth/families assisting with set up, serving, clean up, etc. Debbie will update all required documentation and get that to Kathy within the next week.

NEW BUSINESS

FELLOWSHIP: The Christian Formation Committee has Fellowship Sunday coming up on May 6th at the St. Andrew Parish Hall. Sue will order/pick up donuts, juice and milk. Debbie will start coffee prior to Mass. All CFC members are asked to please plan on attending and assisting with duties as needed.

RESIGNATION: Lisa Zangl informed the committee that she needs to resign at this time.

NEXT MEETING: May 14, 2018, 6:00 p.m., Sue Perry's home.

Respectfully Submitted,

Debbie Krapfl, Secretary  

 

MEETING MINUTES - January 8, 2018

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

ABSENT: Jeff McKean

Minutes were approved from our last meeting.

DRE REPORT: Kathy reported that we are halfway through the CCD year and everything seems to be going well. She inquired with teachers about the new format/timing for classes and it was felt that meeting every other week was well supported, but now there may be a little more time needed to cover the required materials. We discussed possibly transitioning from a 11/2 hour class to 13/4 hour or possibly 2 hours. Kathy also reported that the new Archdiocese requirements for CCD will increase class time to 30 hours/CCD year and this should not included liturgical celebrations or Mass. Kathy will be reviewing the current schedule to see where modifications can be made, possibly even reaching out to parents for suggestions with this new requirement. The Archdiocese is also stating we should be offering classes for all students K-12. Kindergarten is already offered and we do already offer (and do receive participation) from 12th graders through the annual youth rally and mission experiences. We will continue to explore other options for 12th grade to elicit further participation. Mary Ognenoff will do some research regarding offering our CCD instructors training on Blood Born Pathogens, which is also a new Archdiocese requirement.

OLD BUSINESS

MISSION TRIP: The individual service groups are all up and running -- and adult leaders are working with their groups regarding learning more about the selected service options (i.e. Feeding America, Loaves and Fishes, Ronald McDonald House, St. Ben's, House of Peace, etc.) and designing a specific service to be held for each by the end of this CCD year. Debbie will be following up with all adult leaders via email for an update. 

2017 GOAL: FOCUS ON YOUTH

LIFEFEST: Kathy will be reaching out to LifeFest leaders regarding speaking to our youth about this year's event, trying to receive flyers, brochures, tickets, etc. We will be promoting this event as much as possible this year -- and also asking Jeff McKean if he would be willing to organize a basketball team or two to engage in this year's basketball tournament at Life Fest.

 GRADUTAION BREAKFAST: The team confirmed that the graduation breakfast for 2018 will be held at St. Andrew's Hall (June 3rd) and we will be using Leroy Meats of Horicon to cook and deliver the meal again. Further planning will be held during upcoming meetings.

NEW BUSINESS

FELLOWSHIP: It was announced that Christian Formation will be in charge of Fellowship on Sunday, May 6th at St. Andrew Hall.

NEXT MEETING: March 12, 2018 -- Sue Perry's home.

PRAYER ASSIGNMENT: Debbie Krapfl

Respectfully Submitted,

Debbie Krapfl, Secretary

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MEETING MINUTES - October 16, 2017

PRESENT: Kathy Ritger, Sue Perry, Debbie Krapfl, Lisa Zangl, Mary Ognenoff

ABSENT: Bonita Mangan, Jeff McKean, Mary Lou Trauba

Minutes were approved from our last meeting.

DRE REPORT: Kathy reported that the new CCD year is off to a good start. The new format for classes seems to be going over very well for students and teachers, as well as the larger class sizes. Confirmation retreat is scheduled for early November. The "Saints in Training" theme for the younger classes is also going well with kids eagerly accumulating cards and even wanting to find out more about the new saint cards they receive.

OLD BUSINESS

MISSION TRIP: As discussed during our last meeting, it was decided to forego a formal "mission trip" in lieu of a more informal program that will involve more of our youth. During the "Welcome Back" night -- the youth and their families were presented with options for performing more local "missions" with various programs and were given some time to decide their options. Kathy reported that literally every youth in the 9th and 10th grade program has signed up for a program. Debbie is going to bring the core team together (along with some other interested parents) to assign an adult leader to each program -- and then ask that the leaders work with their assigned groups accordingly to see this through. Kathy offered to take over the group that selected House of Peace to try and squeeze in one service option with this group prior to Christmas. The high school classes will meet again 11/8, so we hope to have more organization in place by that time.

2017 GOAL: FOCUS ON YOUTH

LIFEST: Lifest is identified as one of our youth offerings this year and as such, Kathy has reached out to Bob Lenz to address our youth one evening to help further promote. Bob has also started a new program, "Dignity Revolution" which we hope to learn more about in the future also. We also discussed discussed starting planning early to create teams for the 3:3 Basketball Torunament held at Lifest.

Along with Lifest, the Christian Formation Committee is also committed to assisting with the re-organized mission events to help further success in any manner needed.

 NEW BUSINESS

FAMILY PERSPECTIVE WORKSHOP: Kathy presented the committee with a handout entitled "Family Perspectives: Pathways to Engaging Families in Faith" which offers a training day to teach attendees how to implement ministry specific to "families" with 3 different dates offered for training followed up by an on-site consultation with specific group(s) to help design and further foster engagement on the family level. The committee thought this was a great idea and definitely worth pursuing. Mary O. offered to attend with Kathy (if available) to either the 2/1/18 or 5/1/18 training sessions.

NEXT MEETING: January 8, 2018 -- 6:00 P.M. at Sue Perry's home. This will be our annual Holiday Meeting, so please bring a small treat to share.

PRAYER ASSIGNMENT:  Jeff McKean (Mary provided prayer in Jeff's absence at this meeting).

Respectfully Submitted,

Debbie Krapfl, Secretary

 

MEETING MINUTES - August 21, 2017

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

ABSENT: None

Minutes were approved from our last meeting.

DRE REPORT: Kathy reported that the theme for the upcoming CCD year will be "Saints in Training" and there are various things planned around this theme, i.e. having a different saint featured each month, having students earn a saint card or token when seen doing good deeds, etc. and having them turn these in at the end of the year for various prizes. There is still a need for a couple more teachers and the plan is to try "team teaching" this year -- instead of having two classes for each grade, there will be one class taught by two teachers with 3rd-4th-5th grade classes meeting from 6:00-7:30 one week followed by 6th-7th-8th grade classes for the same time frame the opposite weeks. Increasing the class times and alternating will still meet the time requirements. Ben Wagner will be returning to teach our 9th and 10th grade classes with the assistance of small group leaders. Confirmation class will again be lead by Dave Van Krey. The Confirmation retreat will be the second weekend in November.

OLD BUSINESS:

MISSION TRIP: Debbie reported that the core team decided to forego a weeklong mission trip in the summer of 2018 and instead will be presenting to our 9th, 10th and 11th grade classes the option to volunteer for day missions more locally. We are looking to coordinate school and church calendars to identify a few week day options for interested youth to volunteer and help organize opportunities with groups like Feeding America, Second Harvest, St. Ben's, various local food pantries, etc. We also discussed working with the Capuchin Community Services/House of Peace and have a representative come out to work with our group to collect food to make Thanksgiving or Christmas boxes for needy families. We will further discuss the option of possibly doing a weekend "urban plunge" in Milwaukee sometime in the spring or summer once we determine the interest of our youth. The Christian Formation Committee will be focusing on youth events as the goal for this year and will assist the core team with this plan. The goal is to offer smaller, more local opportunities for service to better engage our youth and help grow our program, looking forward to expanding options for service to possible out of state/bigger opportunities depending upon how this plan develops. Debbie will be working to create a PowerPoint that can be presented on Welcome Back night with the assistance of our core team/past attendees and will work with Kathy to present this years options accordingly.

LIFEST: Jeff and his family attended Lifest this year with his children and a couple of their friends taking part in the basketball tournament held on Saturday. Jeff did provide some volunteer time to this event and also stated that youth are also able to volunteer and stated this would be a good option to provide to our youth. It was suggested that we put more time and effort into promoting Lifest for 2018 as part of our committee's goal and really try to get more youth to attend. Kathy will try to get Bob Lenz for a presentation sometime during the school year and the committee will discuss further options to "over promote" this event, noting also that 2018 will be the 20th anniversary of Lifest.

GRADUATION BREAKFAST: The breakfast was held on June 3rd, utilizing the St. Mary's gym this year due to the construction of the new St. Andrew Hall. The breakfast was made/delivered by Leroy Meats and went over well and the committee thought we would probably utilize Leroy Meats in the same manner for future breakfasts. The $7.50/per person charge (grads free) was discussed and this cost did meet Leroy Meats costs for the meal just fine, but the costs of decorating the hall/providing door prizes did exceed. It was decided that we will discuss increasing the cost of the breakfast to $8.00/per person (grads free) for 2018 and the committee will also discuss ways to decrease costs overall, particularly with decorations, door prizes, etc.

NEW BUSINESS:

TERM; EXPIRATIONS: Term expirations for Sue, Mary and Bonita were discussed. Sue and Mary did confirm remaining on the committee another term. Bonita will confirm her decision in the near future.

GOALS FOR 2017/2018 SCHOOL YEAR: This year the committee will focus on Youth as our goal, teaming up with the mission trip core team to offer smaller, more local mission experiences throughout the school year and also focusing on Lifest as our big "event", with a goal to get more youth to attend Lifest in 2018.

LOMIRA KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: We received an inquiry from the Lomira Knights of Columbus asking what their group could do to further assist our Religious Education program. The team quickly determined that if the Lomira KC's could be counted on to assist with transportation needs this year that would be significant aid for us. As we look to plan day mission opportunities and hopefully a bigger attendance at Lifest, transportation was easily identified as an area that often causes issues. Kathy will get this request back to the Knights.

NEXT MEETING: Our next meeting will take place October 16, 2017, 6:00 p.m. at Sue Perry's home.

PRAYER ASSIGNMENT: Jeff McKean

Respectfully Submitted,

Debbie Krapfl, Secretary

 

 

 

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