K-5 Religious Education Program

About Our Program

For the 2021-2022 school year, our K-5 Religious Education classes will be in-person in our classrooms! Classes begin September 15 and will be on Wednesdays from 3:45 to 5:00p. We are arranging bus service from Southern Bluffs, State Road, Hintgen, and Harry Spence elementary schools directly to the entrance of our Religious Education Center.

Please watch the MMOC bulletin for latest news about registering your child (registration form) and the 2021-2022 calendar. The Director of our K-5 program is Therese van Oss. Please contact her with your questions.

We ask all K-5 parents to install our myParish app on your phone. This enables us to reach you in the event of weather problems. On your phone, go to the parish mobile site (mmoc.mobi) and touch "iPhone" or "Android". When you pick up your child after class, please use the Horton Street entrance and exit to Weston Street.

Meet our Catechists

Sheri Skelton

Assisted by Shirley Storey
Grade 1
Mary Lawrence

Assisted by Patti Sherry
Grade 2
Patty Kirchner
Assisted by Christine Kainz
and Amelia Kainz
Grade 3
Natalie Solverson

Assisted by Kara Herlitzke
Grade 4
Jasmine Valentine

Assisted by Ellen Starkey
Grade 5
Lisa Doering

Assisted by LuAnn Miller

Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist

Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist usually occurs during a child's second grade year.  Participation in grade one classes is expected to set a foundation for learning about these sacraments.  Participation in parent meetings is also required.  Typically, First Reconciliation is observed during the Advent Season and First Eucharist is celebrated during the Easter Season.


Parents as Primary Teachers of Faith

At MMOC we believe that attendance and participation in Sunday Mass 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.

For more background on your role in your child's faith, here is a free webinar hosted by Julie Johnson. She has a BA in Elementary Education, is a certified Master Catechist and has a Master's Degree in Pastoral Theology from the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO.

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 Ms. Teresa Brown, Complaint Intake Agent, at the Diocese of La Crosse, P.O. Box 4004, La Crosse, WI 54602-4004. Alternatively, you can contact Ms. Brown at 608.791.0179 or intakeagent@diolc.org. The reporting form is available through the Diocese of La Crosse Office of Safe Environment or on the diocesan website at: diolc.org/safeenvironment/reporting. 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 tbrown@diolc.org.

Updated 19 July 2021