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
St. Wendelin Parish Ministry of Education Program: Christ Centered Discipleship (CCD).
Welcome! Saint Wendelin’s Ministry of Education program Christ Centered Discipleship (CCD) is held 2 times each month – the second Sunday of the month from 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and the third Wednesday of the month 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
On Sundays, a “whole community catechesis model” of learning brings together people of all ages to learn from each other by meaningful conversations about topics of faith. Sessions are coached by a coach-catechist who helps direct the conversation to a moment of learning.
On Wednesday’s, parents and children of grades kindergarten through 6 are joined together for a more specific conversation regarding religious subject matter that is age appropriate. These sessions are coached by a coach-catechist who helps direct the conversation to a moment of significant learning.
“Continuing the Conversation” is an opportunity for parents and children to learn about the faith at home. Supplies are given to each household to “continue the conversation” which was begun on Sunday and Wednesday during the months.
Christ Centered Discipleship (CCD) on Sundays includes breakfast for free.
Christ Centered Discipleship (CCD) builds on Baptism, that parents are the first and best teachers of the faith to their children. Sessions are a vital means of helping parents pass on the faith to their children. Growing in the faith and interpersonal relationship with the Lord is a lifelong process. Children especially need the example, support and encouragement of their parents on this journey of life.
Our Pastoral Associates for Catechetical Formation are here to assist parents in the spiritual formation and ongoing moral development of their children. Our initiatives are structured to provide catechetical instruction on the Catholic faith, opening all to a deeper understanding of discipleship of Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church. Participants will go deeper through experiencing the holy Mass, prayer and the grace of the sacraments. We seek mature discipleship as our ultimate goal so that disciples will be moved to share time, talent and treasure in the life of the church, the community in which we live, and our world.
Please contact our Pastoral Associates for Catechetical Formation if you would like more information about our Ministry of Education: Christ Centered Discipleship (CCD).

Christ Centered Discipleship
Schedule 2019-2020

Sunday, September 8 –                                 Kickoff Speaker and Breakfast in Parish Hall
Wednesday, September 18 –                      Grade-specific topics
Sunday, October 13 –                                     Your Faith Has Saved You: Healing & Salvation
Wednesday, October 23 –                            Grade-specific topics
Sunday, November 10 –                                Eternal Life Begins Now!
Wednesday, November 20 –                       Grade-specific topics
Sunday, December 8 –                                   Advent – Awaiting the Kingdom
Wednesday, December 18 –                         Grade-specific topics
Sunday, January 12, 2020 –                        Baptism – Cleansed, Claimed, Sealed & Sent!
Wednesday, January 22 –                            Grade-specific topics
Sunday, February 9 –                                   We Are the Light of the World – The Works of Mercy Wednesday, February 19 –                                                 Grade-specific topics
Sunday, March 8 –                                        Lent – A Time of Transformation
Wednesday, March 18 –                              Grade-specific topics
Sunday, April 19 –                                         “Jesus, I trust in You!” – Divine Mercy
Wednesday, April 29 –                                Grade-specific topics
Sunday, May 10 –                                             Living Stones – Our Royal Priesthood
Wednesday, May 20 –                                   Grade-specific topics
PLEASE NOTE: All Sunday gatherings will take place in the Parish Hall. All Wednesday gatherings (with the exception of September 18th) will take place in grade specific classrooms in the Parish Life Center (K-6 on the 3rd floor, 7th & 8th in the Youth Room downstairs).
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.