The mission of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry is life-long and year-round. We work with the pastor and other parish ministries to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ alive in our community, in our homes, and within our hearts. We strive to be attentive to the needs and concerns of the parish while remaining faithful to the Gospel challenge to proclaim the Kingdom on earth.
As some parishes are struggling to attract young people, our Saint Sebastian/Saint Catherine collaboration is finding that a growing number of young families choose to call us home – we had some 60 baptisms at Saint Sebastian alone last year. We believe our strong school, active community and vibrant liturgies are leading people here to the west side.
Yet, while some of our specific programs are strong, our parish leadership sees a need to consider the changing nature of faith formation in our parishes and the ever-increasingly changing society. That’s why we are moving forward with an exciting vision of lifelong faith formation.
After careful discussion among our Faith Formation Committee and our Pastoral Staff, and with the retirement of Ms. Sandra McCabe as Youth Minister and Mr. Ed Duncklee stepping back from full-time to part-time ministry, a change in the emphasis and roles in providing lifelong faith formation at St. Sebastian and St. Catherine Parishes has taken shape. We are pleased to announce those who are serving in these Faith Formation ministries.
- Ms. Margaret Lee will be the new full-time Minister for Faith Formation for Youth and Young Adults at our parishes. This moves the full time Faith Formation Ministry to a greater focus on youth and young adults. Margaret has served for two years as our Confirmation Coordinator and has experience from St. Michael and St. Leo Parishes in the roles of youth minister and the full scope of parish faith formation, as well as coordinating sacramental preparation and teaching religion at Mother of Good Counsel School. In her new role, Margaret will focus on middle school, high school and young adults including new parents.
- Ms. Amy Bastian is our new part-time Minister for Faith Formation for Children. Amy is new to parish ministry, currently completing her degree work in Theology at Sacred Heart Seminary. She comes with enormous energy, a desire to be a part of our faith communities, and strong organizational skills. Most of her ministry work has been associated with UW-Milwaukee’s Newman Center, Brew City Catholics, as well as ministry coordination as part of her graduate Theology Program. Amy will be focusing on grade school young people and their families, especially our Sunday School Program and overseeing Monday evening Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at St. Catherine’s, and sacramental preparation for First Eucha-rist and Reconciliation.
- Mr. Ed Duncklee will remain with us as part-time Minister for Faith Formation of Adults at our parishes. He will work with adults in all our programs and continue leading the RCIA Program for those entering the faith, but now with a greater involvement with our Human Concerns Committee and its efforts.
We are especially blessed to have this mix of energy and creativity from our new minsters and the wisdom and experience from Ed Duncklee to guide us in God’s ways into the future.
Registration for Fall 2018 classes begins soon. Contact Edward Duncklee, 414-453-7150 x123 or email@example.com