Faith Formation Volunteer Opportunities
A quote from the U.S. Bishops
This passage (Lk 24:13-35) offers us a model for our ministry and shows the need we all have for ongoing formation in faith. For in it we see two adult disciples who, encountering the risen Lord, grow stronger in love, knowledge, commitment, and zeal. As then, today, "Those who are already disciples of Jesus Christ. ..[need] to be constantly nourished by the word of God so that they may grow in their Christian life. Such lifelong formation is always needed and must be a priority in the Church's catechetical ministry; moreover, it must "be considered the chief form of catechesis. All the other forms, which are indeed always necessary, are in some way oriented to it." (Our Hearts Were Burning Within us - par. 12-13)
There are a variety of volunteer roles that need to be filled in order to best serve our parish in catechesis and faith formation. Please take some time to look through the below list of volunteer roles and discern how you might be called to serve in this ministry.
Unified Catholic Schools of Oshkosh
Our Catholic schools plan an important role in our faith development. Our children receive a quality education, as well as a solid basis for their Catholic faith development. Unified Catholic Schools offer a safe community for our children to develop as a person of faith. We support our schools through prayer, finances, and service.
If interested in quality Catholic education, please contact our school offices at 426-3626
Religious Education - Pre-2 through Kindergarten
Our children many learn slowly about God and family. Before 1st grade, our children are called out of our Sunday mass and provided a bible study on their level. They gather with other children as they understand the love of God through family and friends.
Contact: Michele Spanbauer at 235-7412
Religious Education - Elementary & Middle School
It is our belief and understanding that the home is the most influential force in the life of a child. Religious education is the HELPMATE of the home. Our parish, in partnership with its families, serves to educate and share God's love with the youth in our community. The Elementary & Middle School Religious Education Program offers numerous opportunities to participate in community service projects, prayer, and worship. Your child will not just learn ABOUT their faith in a classroom setting, but learn to LIVE faith in their daily lives. We welcome you to be involved! Warning: Extremely rewarding!
Volunteers are needed in the following areas: Children's Liturgy of the Word, Catechists, Classrom Aide, Summer Vacation Bible School, Children's Choir Assistant, and Event Planners.
Contact: Michele Spanbauer at 235-7412
Youth Ministry / Religous Education - High School Program
Our High School Ministry moves beyond a traditional understanding of religious education. We implement an all-inclusive youth ministry program that addresses the many different needs of teenagers, including: pastoral care, evangelization, catechesis, prayer & worship, community life, justice and service, and advocacy. This vision includes increasing the offerings and expectations for high school students beyond the sacrament of Confirmation and traditional classes. Our youthministry programming includes large and small group gatherings, and non-gathered activities, and provides many different volunteer opportunities for adults of all backgrounds, ages, and faith levels.
Volunteers are needed in the following areas: Catechists, Classroom Aides, Volunteer Youth Ministers, Confirmation Preparation Assistants, Office Duty Assistants, and Event Planners.
Contact: Michele Spanbauer 235-7412
The learning process continues as we mature. Adults are urged to continue to grow in the knowledge and practice of their faith and in their spiritual life. During the year, there will be programs, activities, and events that will shape our minds and hearts as spiritual people.
Contact: Patti Christensen at 235-7412
Young Adult Ministry
Reaching out to single and married young adults challenges all of us to continue to grow in our faith. Catholics In Action is a young adult group that meets on a regular basis.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
This initiation process begins the Catholic journey of faith. It is a gathering of parishioners and those interested in becoming fully accepted into the Catholic Church to learn Catholic doctrine, study scripture, and share life and faith experiences. There are three ways to be involved:
Catechist - If you are confirmed and would enjoy explaining and teaching the Catholic Faith to other adults, become part of the RCIA team. Training is provided.
Sponsor - Choose to walk with a candidate by being their sponsor. There is a six month commitment for this process.
Prayer Partner - Choose to pray for a candidate by being their prayer partner. This is a six month commitment.
Contact: the Parish Office at 235-7412