St. Wendelin Religious Education and Adult Formation

RCIACatechesis of the Good Shepherd Ministry of Education: Christ Centered Discipleship (CCD).Bible StudyYouth Ministry

Many people feel a call from God in their lives to join the Church. Others feel the call to complete their journey, perhaps to receive First Eucharist or Confirmation. Often folks have not seen the opportunity to respond to the call either because they didn’t know how to look into the matter or because no one has extended the invitation to them.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a journey of prayer, reflection, and learning that allows for the continuing discernment of God’s will in our lives. The RCIA process also involves learning about the Catholic Church, applying it to our lives and can lead to making the commitment to join the Church.
If you or someone your know is discerning the call to learning more about the Catholic faith, please come and join us for this grace-filled journey.
Our RCIA sessions are on Monday evenings in the Emmaus room first floor at Saint Wendelin Parish from 7 p.m. till 9 p.m. For those who may work in the evenings, Mrs. Shellie Gabel can meet with inquires during the day. For those who may have a child or young person to be initiated, Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC) sessions can be scheduled with Mrs. Shellie Gabel
For more information, please contact Mrs. Shellie Gabel at the parish office or email,

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

“in catechesis… it is Christ alone Who teaches. Anyone else teaches to
the extent that he is Christ’s spokesman.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church #427
For children ages 3 to 5 years old
St. Wendelin Parish Atrium
During the 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 Mass
October – May
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is an approach to the religious formation of children that is rooted in the Bible, the Liturgy of the Catholic Church, and the self-teaching educational principles of Dr. Maria Montessori. This method of nurturing the faith life of children evolved from children themselves.
Beginning in Rome in 1054, CGS is the result of a long period of careful observation of children by Dr. Sofia Cavalletti, a Hebrew and Scripture scholar, along with Gianna Gobbi, her Montessori collaborator. With great respect for the dignity of the child and their religious capacities, they developed a room called an atrium – a carefully created environment of beautiful by simple handmade items that help the children work independently of the catechist as much as possible. It is not a place of religious instruction but of religious life which recognizes the deep bond between God and the child. The atrium is a place of learning, but together they are listening for the one Teacher who dwells with them. This experience becomes formative in the child’s whole person and generates great joy.
Like the prepared environment of the church, the atrium is a place where the child can listen to the proclamation of the Gospel, then in age-appropriate ways, meditate on it and begin to live it according to the child’s own rhythm. It is here where their work becomes prayer; it is their response to the Good News.
To visit our Atrium and register your child, please contact our Pastoral Associate for Catechetical Formation at 419-435-6681 or email Mrs. Shellie Gabel, shelly.gable

Christ Centered Discipleship (CCD) is a place for families to become what they were created by God to be! The goal of this program is to empower parents to become models of faith for their children so that their homes might be places where children are formed to become the saints they were created to be!

The Christ Centered Discipleship program has 3 main components this year:
1) ALIVE: Family Faith Formation weekly family videos.
2) Monthly Full Community Sunday Gatherings with age-appropriate learning, family discussion, and community prayer (and food!)*
3) Monthly Encounter Opportunities – opportunities to encounter the living God through prayer, worship, and the Holy Spirit in the context of community!

*Please note that the monthly full community Sunday gatherings will not begin until at least January, or until COVID restrictions have been lifted and we are again able to gather safely as a full community. Until that time, we will be using Sunday mornings to gather in smaller groups for grade-specific sacramental preparation. 

Important documents for this year:
Letter to Parents
Brochure with CCD Dates and Topics

To register your family, please click on this link:


*Note: the community-wide Sunday gathering is always listed first even though appearing out of chronological order.*

-Wednesday 9th- Parent Meeting @ 6:30pm
-Sunday 13th – 1st & 2nd Sacrament session

-Sunday 11th- 7th & 8th Confirmation session
-Sunday 18th – Family Consecration to the Sacred & Immaculate Hearts (begin 40 Hours)

-Sunday 8th- 8th grade Confirmation session
-Monday 2nd – All Souls Memorial Mass

-Sunday 6th- 2nd grade Reconciliation session
-Wednesday 16th- Advent Lessons and Carols &
Opportunity for Confession

-Sunday 24th- Community Gathering
-Wednesday 20th – Holy Hour for Life

-Sunday 14th- Community Gathering
-Wednesday 24th – Lenten Penance Service

-Sunday 7th- Community Gathering
-Wednesday 24th – Living Stations of the Cross

-Sunday 25th- Community Gathering
-Sunday 11th – Holy Hour & Divine Mercy Chaplet

-Sunday 16th- Community Gathering
-Date TBA – Pentecost Parish Mission

Come join us!
As we see in the Gospels, Jesus taught his disciples in small groups. Although he could have preached to millions at a time, Jesus chose small groups to teach, prepare, and empower for ministry – including His closest friends. Jesus calls us all to discipleship in the same way- one small group at a time.
Small Group Bible Studies take place on Wednesday mornings 10 to 11:30 a.m. and on Wednesday evenings 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Top 10 reasons shared by participants demonstrating the value of small group Bible study:
  1. It builds community and belonging to our parish.
  2. It develops real friendships in Christ.
  3. It is a community of love in our church that can overcome any challenge.
  4. Bible study creates fellowship with other people who have similar beliefs.
  5. It gives us a safe place to work out our personal faith/life issues.
  6. Now we have a structured, scheduled time to refocus our lives on the Lord.
  7. Participants discover other people in the community who can help them on their faith journey.
  8. Shows how God reacts to our human ways and fosters personal self-reflection.
  9. It helps us to accept others and ourselves as flawed human beings striving towards God.
  10. The example of others in the group inspires us to do better.