Life Teen and Confirmation Programs for Grades 9-10

Mary, Mother of the Church partners with three other parishes—Blessed Sacrament, Cathedral, and Roncalli Newman Center—to provide the Life Teen program for students in grades 9 and 10. Life Teen sessions take place on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm in the parish hall at Blessed Sacrament Parish. Students from all four parishes break into cohorts who meet with the same adult facilitator each time, so that a mentoring relationship is formed. The facilitators are college students who are active members of Roncalli Newman Parish. Our MMOC liaison with Life Teen is an open position at this time.

Kellie Schmitz serves as Coordinator of our Confirmation Program, which prepares students in Religious Education, home schooling, and Aquinas High School to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. This is the Catholic sacrament of initiation into adult discipleship. The two-year process of preparation involves classes, service, liturgical ministry, reflection, and dinner retreats. Typically, Confirmation is conferred upon students in the tenth grade during the Easter Season or as the Bishop's schedule provides. Participation by students, parents and sponsors in meetings and retreats is required.

To enroll your child in the Life Teen and Confirmation programs, please contact Therese van Oss (registration form).

When parents attend Sunday Mass, this is the primary distinguishing mark of being a Catholic and is the cornerstone of all religious education.  The Christian formation of families, homes that are rooted in the Catholic faith doesn't just happen, but rather takes a comprehensive, intentional effort that includes frequent Mass attendance and participation in the life of our faith community as well as personal prayer and service.  The Catholic Church also recognizes that the primary responsibility for religious education of children and adults resides within the family. MMOC works in partnership with families to strengthen and provide well-rounded Catholic faith formation for our members of all ages.


Diocese of La Crosse Guidelines for Reporting Instances of Child Abuse

The Diocese of La Crosse, through its policies and procedures, seeks to provide a prompt, appropriate and compassionate response to reporters of sexual abuse of a child by any diocesan agent (bishop, priest, deacon, employee, religious, vendor or volunteer). Anyone wishing to make a report of an allegation of sexual abuse should send that report to Mrs. Karen Becker, Complaint Intake Agent, at the Diocese of La Crosse, P.O. Box 4004, La Crosse, WI 54602-4004. Alternatively, you can contact Mrs. Becker at 608.791.0179 or The reporting form is available through the Diocese of La Crosse Office of Safe Environment or on the diocesan website at: Individuals are also encouraged to take their reports directly to civil authorities. Copies of the diocesan policy are available through your local parish and on the diocesan website. If you have any questions about the Diocese of La Crosse and the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, please contact Teresa Brown, Diocese of La Crosse, at 608.791.2679; or

Updated 25 August 2020