St. Wendelin Religious Education and Adult Formation

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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 sessions are on Tuesday evenings in the Emmaus Room (floor 1) at St. Wendelin Parish from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. For those who may work in the evenings, Mrs. Gabel can meet with inquirers during the day.
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 10:00 a.m. Mass
October – April
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 the Religious Education office
at 419-435-6681 or email Mrs. Shellie Gabel,
St. Wendelin Religious Education Program
Grades K-8 held at the Countyline Street Campus
Wednesdays from 6.45-8:00 p.m.; September-May
High School Y-Disciple held on Parish Campus
Sunday afternoons after 10:00 a.m. Mass
Welcome! The religion classes held weekly here at St. Wendelin are a vital means of helping parents pass on the faith to their children. Growing in the faith and in a personal relationship with the Lord is a life-long process and children need the example, support, and encouragement of their parents on this journey for life.
Our Religious Education staff is here to assist parents in the spiritual formation and ongoing moral development your children. Our program is structured to provide catechetical instruction on the Catholic faith, hoping to deepen the faith and sense of belonging to the Catholic Church through experiencing the Holy Mass, prayer and the grace of the sacraments, so that they will be moved to sharing of their time, talent and treasure in the life of the Church, their community, and the world.
Please contact Mrs. Shellie Gabel, ( if you would like more information on our programs we offer here at St. Wendelin.
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, He chose a small group to teach, prepare, and empower His closest followers for ministry. He calls us all to discipleship in the very same way!
Please take time to visit our web page regularly to join in our next Ascension Press Bible Study. We are currently studying A BIBLICAL WALK THROUGH THE MASS.
We have two meeting times to accommodate busy schedules: Wednesday mornings at 10:00-11:30 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Ten Top Reasons Shared by Participants Demonstrating the Value of
Small 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.