Life-long Faith Formation

Child & Youth Programs

 (ages 18 months -18 years)


  • Little Lambs
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School





Young Adult & Adult Programs



  • F.I.S.H. Young Adults 20+
  • Theology on Tap
  • Young Adult Couples
  • Bible Study
  • R.C.I.A.




Sacraments



  • Baptism
  • 1st Reconciliation
  • 1st Communion
  • Confirmation
  • Matrimony
  • Holy Orders
  • Anointing of the Sick


Child & Youth Programs

Child & Youth Religious Education

Developing a relationship with God is a life-long process of faith formation.  This process begins with you, parents and guardians, the primary models and educators of faith and life in action.  We are dedicated to supporting and supplementing the faith foundation that you have established at home.  Our programs offer Christian Formation to the children and youth of our community based on the elements, traditions, and teachings of the Catholic Church. 


  • Classes generally run the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month (beginning the end of September and run through the Sunday before Easter)
  • Two Dates of the Year we have Family Events that Include Free Breakfast & Fun Activities
  • Four Class Dates of the Year Families are Asked to Attend Mass Directly After Class
  • We Are Committed to Working on Community Service Projects in Class

Little Lambs (Pre-K with Adult)

Class time:  9:30 - 10:30 am


This class is specifically designed for Children 18 months to 4 years with an Adult to experience faith in developmentally-appropriate ways.   The leader will introduce topics of faith using stories, crafts, dancing, singing, videos, puppets, flannel boards, etc.   During each 1-hour class, the kids and their adults will participate in a regular routine that will include playtime, carpet time, craft time, hand washing, snack time, and more.  

5K thru 12th Grade

Class time: 9:15 - 10:45 am


In our 5-year-old Kindergarten through 12th grade Program, we focus on the following UNITS: 

  • Revelation
  • Trinity
  • Jesus Christ
  • The Church
  • Morality
  • Sacraments
  • Kingdom of God
  • Seasonal Lessons & Celebrations
  • Catholic Prayers
  • Words of Faith
  • Faith in Action

SACRAMENTAL PREP: 

  • Children in 2nd Grade and older participate in the Sacraments of 1st Reconciliation (Confession) and 1st Eucharist (Communion)
  • Teens in 11th Grade and older participate in the Sacrament of Confirmation

Contact: Becca Bojarski 414-453-0300 ext 26 or becca@mphwa.org

Child & Youth Ministries

Young Adult & Adult Programs

Adults & Family Members

All adults and their family members are invited to enrich their faith lives by taking advantage of the many opportunities offered by our parish. Programs are offered throughout the year for all stages of life. We have a vibrant volunteer Cluster Adult Formation Committee that, together with pastoral staff, provides ongoing ideas and inspiration. We welcome you to participate and if you don’t see what you are looking for, please contact the Director of Young Adult & Adult Ministries, Kathy Smith, at 414-453-0300 x25 or kathy@mphwa.org 

Young Adults - 20's & 30's


F.I.S.H. 

is a year-round young adult ministry directed towards those

in their 20’s and 30’s, single or married, 

and includes social, service and sacred opportunities.

For Info Contact Kathy Smith,

414-453-0300 x25 or kathy@mphwa.org

SMALL GROUP COMMUNITY

Join 6-8 adults in their 20s & 30s for regular small group community and discussion. Most small groups gather weekly for 90 minutes. Multiple days and locations are available.  

For more info: https://www.archmil.org/offices/Young-Adults/Small-Group-Community.htm

Adults - 40+

SMALL FAITH SHARING GROUPS

One of the ways Christians have been gathering since the very beginning is in small faith sharing groups. These are groups of 6-12 people who gather on a regular basis to: share personal experiences of God’s work in our life; support one another’s lives of service within and without the community; reflect on Scripture or other materials; to challenge one another to live out the gospel and become intentional disciples; to focus on our faith and God’s presence in our daily lives. Cluster groups meet at parish sites or in individual’s homes throughout the year, generally for six weeks at a time. Groups meet on different days of the week, with day and evening groups available. Past offerings have included the Sunday Scripture Readings, special Prayer, Advent and Lenten books. 

Suggestions are always welcome. 

R.C.I.A. - Becoming Catholic

Ages 18+


The acronym RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It is a process for anyone who may be interested in becoming Catholic and if pursued, it will include the three sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation


This process begins with a meeting with the Adult Formation Director. This meeting may be done at any time during the year. The length of the entire process as well as the actual meeting times will vary with each individual’s circumstances. The program includes people interested in learning more about Catholicism, as well as those who are actively seeking to become Catholic. It is a journey that our community walks together with those interested, with the purpose of welcoming participants into the life of the church community.  Register at any time.

Contact: Kathy Smith 414-453-0300 x25 or kathy@mphwa.org

Young Adult & Adult Ministries

7 Sacraments of the Catholic Church

Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism, for Catholics, is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating God's welcome.


The Sacrament of Baptism for infants & toddlers requires a baptismal preparation class and registration for the baptismal date. 

Call the parish office at 414-453-5192.


Generally, Baptism is celebrated  during or after Mass on:

  • The First Sunday of the month at our 116th St. location 
  • The Second Sunday of the month at our 106th St. location
  • The Fourth Sunday of the month at our 92nd St. location
  • Other times may be arranged by talking with one of our priests

Baptism for children, youth, and adults (older than 5 years) requires participation in a baptismal preparation program.


For Info Contact: 

Director of Child & Youth Ministries:

Becca Bojarski 414-453-0300 ext 26 or becca@mphwa.org

OR

Director of Young Adult & Adult Ministries:

Kathy Smith 414-453-0300 ext 25 or kathy@mphwa.org 


Reconciliation / Confession

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the least understood, and least utilized, sacraments in the Catholic Church. Through its three elements, conversion, confession and celebration, we find God’s unconditional forgiveness and as a result we are called to forgive others.


Reconcilation (confession) is offered 

  • The First Sunday of the month at 11:30 AM at our 92nd St. location
  • The First & Second Saturday of the month at 3:00 PM at our 116th St. location
  • The Third & Fourth Saturdays of the month at 3:30 PM at our 106th St location 


1st Reconciliation is generally prepared for and received during the second grade and is done in conjunction with preparation for the Sacrament of First Eucharist. Parents and children will work together throughout the year to prepare for these sacraments. Reconciliation for children, youth, and adults (older than 2nd grade) requires participation in a preparation program.  


For Info Contact: 

Director of Child & Youth Ministries:

Becca Bojarski 414-453-0300 ext 26  or becca@mphwa.org

OR

Director of Young Adult & Adult Ministries:

Kathy Smith 414-453-0300 ext 25 or kathy@mphwa.org  

Eucharist / Communion

The Sacrament of Holy Eucharist (Communion) - the reception of Christ's Body and Blood for the first time means you are being initiated into the sacramental life of the whole church. 


First Holy Eucharist (Communion) is generally received by second graders enrolled in Catholic Day School or our Sunday Religious Education Program. 


First Eucharist /Communion for children, youth, and adults (older than 2nd grade) requires participation in a preparation program.  


For Info Contact: 

Director of Child & Youth Ministries:

Becca Bojarski 

414-453-0300 ext 26  or becca@mphwa.org

OR

Director of Young Adult & Adult Ministries:

Kathy Smith 

414-453-0300 ext 25 or kathy@mphwa.org

Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation is a Catholic sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts.


For those under the age of 18 who have been baptized and have had both their first communion and first reconciliation, in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, receive this sacrament at the age of 16-17 (11th Grade) through the Religious Education Program. As with all sacramental preparation programs for youth, individuals must be in formation for at least the entire year prior to the year the sacrament is celebrated. The program follows the school year calendar with registration in August


Adults – Seniors in high school or older, including all adults who have been baptized in another Christian denomination, go through the Adult Confirmation Program. This process begins with a meeting with the Adult Formation Director, which may happen at any time of the year so the process may begin at any time of the year. The length of the process and meeting times will vary with each individual’s circumstances. Registration is ongoing and questions are welcome at any time. 

 

 

For Info Contact: 

Director of Child & Youth Ministries:

Becca Bojarski 

414-453-0300 ext 26  or becca@mphwa.org

OR

Director of Young Adult & Adult Ministries:

Kathy Smith 

414-453-0300 ext 25 or kathy@mphwa.org

Matrimony / Marriage

The Sacrament of Marriage is a lifelong union between a man and a woman. For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage is a public statement of family values.


A process of preparation, including participation in an Archdiocesan Engaged Encounter, is required of all couples seeking marriage in the church.


Call the Parish Office at 414-453-5192 

to make arrangements 

no later than 6 months prior 

to your anticipated wedding date

Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, traditionally referred to as Last Rites, is administered both to the dying and to those who are ill or are about to undergo an operation, for the recovery of their health and for spiritual strength. This anointing can be received more than once. It is appropriate to receive the Anointing of the Sick just prior to a serious operation. The same holds for the elderly whose frailty becomes more pronounced.


Anointing of the Sick

is celebrated communally:


  • The First Saturday of the month after the 4:30 PM Mass at our 106th St. location
  • The First Saturday of the month after the 4:00 PM Mass at our 116th St. location
  • The Second Sunday of the month after the 10:30 AM Mass at our 92nd St. location


  •  Individual anointing may be requested by talking to one of our priests or calling the Office at  414-453-5192

Holy Orders of the Diaconate and Priesthood

The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Christ's priesthood, which He bestowed upon His Apostles. 

 

In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, The Office for Diaconate Formation (ODF) provides distinct ministry preparation for Catholic men discerning a vocation calling to the permanent diaconate. The ODF counsels, guides and forms men who through adult formation programs, advanced theological education or some other experience encounter Christ and seek a deeper, permanent response to a perceived call to be servants of God's people through ministry in the Church.


Diaconal ministry works hand in hand with both priestly and lay ministry as a sacrament to bring about the kingdom of God. Deacons are men with a charism and a calling to radical availability for service to the People of God, the Church. The deacon’s vocation calls him to collaborate with the bishop and the priests in an exercise of a ministry that is not of their own but the Word of God — calling all to conversion and holiness. It is a ministry of reconciliation, of outreach to the most marginalized and those most in need of care, of education and justice.


The Diaconate was not re-instituted because we have a shortage of priests or lay ministers but to relieve the shortage of ordained deacons. It was restored as “a living icon of Christ the Servant within the Church...a visible sign or sacrament of the Lord Christ himself.”


For Information please visit:  https://www.archmil.org/offices/Diaconate.htm

For Information Contact Our Office at 414-453-5192 or office@mphwa.org