Parish Ministries of Education

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a method of spiritual formation for children ages 3-5 that takes place in a specially-designed environment called “The Atrium” and introduces them to the Bible and the Liturgy. The children attend a weekly session from October-May in a group of 8-10 with a catechist who has received special formation in this Montessori-based method. Helpers are always needed in various ways: making materials, caring for the atrium, as assistants and as catechists.

English As A Second Language Class

English is taught to members of the Spanish-speaking community by Sister Elizabeth Maria on Mondays and Thursdays in the morning at 10 AM. All classes are held in Sister’s office on the second floor of the Parish Life Center. The program used is called Ingéls Sin Barreras. It consists of a video series of 12 levels with four lessons in each level. Included are textbook and a workbook for each level. Classes are offered at different times depending on the availability of the existing students.

Inglés Como Segunda Idioma

Inglés se enseña a los miembros de la comunidad de habla española por la Hermana Elizabeth María los lunes y jueves por la mañana a las 10 AM. Todas las clases se llevan a cabo en la oficina de la hermana en el segundo piso del Centro de Vida Parroquial. El programa utilizado se llama Ingéls Sin Barreras. Consiste en una serie de videos de 12 niveles con cuatro lecciones en cada nivel. Incluidos son los libros de texto y un libro para cada nivel. Las clases se ofrecen en diferentes momentos dependiendo de la disponibilidad de los estudiantes existentes.

Religious Education (Grades K-8)

Religious instruction is provided to children attending public elementary and junior high schools on Wednesday evenings from 6:45-8:00 PM at St. Wendelin Catholic School. For program details, please call or stop by the Parish Office for a Religious Education Handbook. Volunteers (men, women and high school students) are needed to serve as catechists and teachers’ aides at all grade levels. Training sessions are provided.

RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The RCIA is a process of initiation into the Christian way of life, specifically in the Roman Catholic tradition. It is an order of rites celebrated within our church community and combined with spiritual instruction and formation. It strives toward a conversion of heart and mind that take place at the candidate’s own pace and according to his or her needs. The rite involves the participation and support of the church community, whose members, through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, come to find their individual faith and baptismal call renewed and refreshed. Practicing Catholics are welcomed to attend sessions for spiritual enrichment.

Our RCIA journey for inquirers begins in early September. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, please contact the Parish Office.

Vacation Bible School

A week in June is set aside each year for young children, kindergarten through fourth grade, as a means of staying “connected to Jesus” over the summer months. The atmosphere is relaxed with a different theme from Scripture along with music, crafts, games and snacks each year.

Youth Groups

We have a High School youth group made up of students from both St. Wendelin Parish and St. Wendelin Catholic School. See the bulletins for a schedule of events and Mass announcements. Ydisciple is also an apprenticeship for high school students to discuss and learn about their faith in small groups. Ydisciple meets weekly.

This is a time where youth are challenged and encouraged to grow in faith, hope, and charity. Activities vary from topics to discuss, to service projects, to diocesan activities. We seek to foster discussions on faith and lots of fun, all in a judgment-free atmosphere. High School (grades 9-12) participants are all welcome no matter what faith.

Please contact Christine Paul, Youth Coordinator for more information. Follow us on Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.