St. Sebastian and St. Catherine offer a variety of choices for families interested in forming their children and teens to be taught the beliefs and traditions of our Catholic faith. Families may choose to participate in any program, at either parish, whether or not it is your “home” parish.
The teachers – catechists – strive to be attentive to the needs and concerns of the children while remaining faithful to the Gospel challenge to proclaim the Kingdom on earth.
Our leaders work with the pastor and other parish ministries to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ alive in the community, in our homes, and within our hearts.
Child & Youth Ministry Registration Forms
Children (grades K4-5) – Registration Form
Youth (grades 6-10) – Registration Form
Pay your fee for Faith Formation online here.
Child & Youth Ministry Schedules
Child Faith Formation Classes – Grades K4-5
Held at St. Sebastian from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. Most often, classes happen two Sundays each month. This program offers scripture-centered catechetical education, take-home packets, prayer and service, and special programs for families. Classes are scheduled to facilitate family participation in Sunday morning Mass.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – Ages 3-12
This Montessori-based approach is held at St. Catherine on Sunday mornings or Monday evenings and is rooted in Sacred Scripture, liturgy, and respect for the child’s rich relationship with God.
Youth Ministry- Middle School – Grades 6-8
There will be in-person and possible virtual options. The in-person option meets two Sunday mornings a month from 9 am to 10:15 am in St. Sebastian’s Adult Formation Room. Virtual options will depend on the number of families who request it.
Youth Ministry- High School – Grades 9-10
There will be one in-person session a month on Sundays from 4 pm to 6 pm at St. Sebastian, and one virtual session each month.
Family Faith Formation
These intergenerational lessons are held four times a year and focus on a core theme. Each Family Program involves sharing a meal and take-home lessons for continued learning. All families are expected to participate in the Family Programs.
We also prepare children and teens to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation (Confession), Eucharist (First Communion) and Confirmation. Students must have completed at least one year of Faith Formation, either through Catholic school or faith formation programs, to begin the formal process for any sacrament. Registration and fees for child/youth sacramental preparation are separate from this process. Download information below.
Meet the Team
Margaret Lee (414-453-7150 x123 or firstname.lastname@example.org) is our full-time minister for Faith Formation, with her concentration primarily on middle school and high school youth. She also serves as the Human Concerns Coordinator. Margaret is responsible for preparing candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation and has been leading Confirmation preparation in the Milwaukee Archdiocese for almost 20 years. She has taught middle school religion at Mother of Good Counsel School. She has a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from Cardinal Stritch University, and her undergraduate studies focused on Sociology and Psychology. She graduated from DSHA high school and proudly attended Xavier University in Louisiana, before getting her undergraduate degree at UWM. She enjoys ministering to youth and always welcomes feedback and guidance.
Jon Metz (414-453-1061 x125 or email@example.com), is with us as part-time Adult Minister. Jon has worked in ministry for many years including the Director of Faith Formation at Lumen Christi Parish in Mequon, Director of Campus Ministry at Cardinal Stritch University, and Youth Minister at St. Anthony on the Lake in Pewaukee. Jon holds a masters degree in Ministry and a doctorate in Leadership and the Advancement of Learning and Service.
As Adult Faith Formation Minister Jon will be working with Adult Confirmation, RCIA, Baptism Prep, Young Adult Ministry, and other Adult Formation opportunities including Bible studies, Lenten book groups, and small faith sharing groups.
Joe Sheehan (414-453-7150 x122 or firstname.lastname@example.org) is our parish’s part-time Child Sacramental Minister. He supports our 2nd graders and their families as they prepare for Reconciliation and First Eucharist. And at St. Sebastian School, he teaches 6th grade ELA and develops a strong retreat program for all grade levels.
His primary vocation is to his amazing wife, Megan, and their three children: Grace, John, and Clare (and yes, John and Clare are twins!)
His bachelor’s in philosophy and master’s in theology from Boston College have supported his call to teaching in Catholic schools. Over the past eight years, he has taught a number of courses in both middle school and high school: religion, ELA, math, and psychology.
Joe looks forward to partnering with so many of you here and at St. Catherine Parish.
Morgan Frank (414-453-7150 x124 or email@example.com) is our parish’s part-time Child Formation Minister. She graduated from Marquette University with bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education and Sociology, with a minor in Theology. She also teaches 4th grade at St. Vincent Pallotti. She is originally from Plymouth, Minnesota, has three brothers, and has played countless sports over the years. She greatly enjoys the outdoors, volunteering, meeting new people, and spending time with family and friends. She loves to travel and hopes to one day make it to every continent at least once. Please always feel free to say hello, introduce yourself, and provide ideas of places to explore in the Milwaukee area!
Patrick Schley (414-453-1061 x151 or firstname.lastname@example.org) helps with logistics and communications for Sunday Morning programs and also produces the weekly live-streamed Masses for the parish.