Faith Ministry

Religious Education Grades 1-5

The R.E. Program for grades 1-5 aims to aide parents in their efforts to teach their children the Catholic faith by developing and nurturing our faith and Christian values. Children meet weekly to share their faith through a provided curriculum, prayer, music, activities, service projects and Sacrament preparation which are lead by a catechist and aide. Recognizing parents as the primary teachers of our faith in the home, we encourage their involvement through weekly home activities that enhance each lesson and participation in celebrating the Mass with our church community. Class times: Tuesday, 5-6 p.m., Wednesday, 5-6 p.m. or Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Contact: Bobbi Hassel, RE Coordinator Grades 1-5, 662-7361, ext. 225

 Religious Education Teachers & Aides

The Religious Education Program is always in need of an army of dedicated, spirit-filled individuals whose calling is to teach the Gospel and Catholic doctrine/tradition to the youngest of our parishioners (preschool through grade 5).

♥ Touch a child’s heart ~ Reach Religious Education ♥  

Grades 1-5 Contact: Bobbi Hassel, 662-7361, ext. 225

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Most Sundays during the 9:00 a.m. liturgy, children are invited to participate in a special liturgy of the Word celebration where the Sunday readings are proclaimed and received in keeping with their age level. Trained adults and teen volunteers accompany the children to another space where the leader proclaims the readings, guides the children’s reflection and leads them in intercessions. Training for those interested in this ministry will be provided.

Contact: Jennifer Gibson, 661-0537

 Vacation Bible School (VBS) 

VBS is offered every summer for children 4 years of age through entering 6th grade. This is a one week program which provides an opportunity for learning about Jesus’ love for us. VBS is held in the evening. Volunteer opportunities are endless for all ages and talents (or no talent!). A leadership team begins meeting in the winter to plan for this spirit-filled event.

Contact: Jana Schopp, Family Life Coordinator, 662-7361, ext. 217

Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry is not something a parish creates to draw or entertain youth.  It’s not a program.  Youth Ministry is exactly what it sounds like – it’s youth taking part in active ministry for Jesus and His Church.  It’s amazing to see youth selflessly reaching out, drawing people to Jesus and helping those in need.


Contact: Ryan Purcell, Evangelization & Youth Ministry Coordinator, 662-7361, ext. 223


RCIA is a process designed to assist men and women inquirers on a faith journey leading to full communion with the Catholic Church. Team members and sponsors accompany the adults on this journey.

Contact: Parish Office, 662-7361

 Prayer Network 

This ministry is a network of willing “pray-ers” contacted once a prayer request is made.

Contact: Sharon Jones, 662-1816 or

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is an ancient form of prayer, presented in an updated manner. It involves opening the mind and heart to God and is an exercise in letting go. There are three different Centering Prayer opportunities on a weekly basis in the chapel.

Monday: 11:25 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Thursday: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

 Contact: Florrie Dammers, 664-5921


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