K-5 Religious Education Program

First Confession Meeting set for Oct. 11

Parents of students preparing for First Confession will meet at 1:00 pm in the church on Sunday, Oct. 11. The meeting will be live-streamed on our YouTube channel. Here are the handouts to go with that meeting:

  • The calendar (PDF) lists dates of upcoming meetings. Dates for the sacraments will be discussed at the meeting.
  • The Catholic Bishops have a message for parents (PDF) as your child's first teacher about the sacrament.
  • For students (PDF) there is a guide to the examination of conscience, the Act of Contrition, and the process of the sacrament itself.
  • About Our Program

    For the 2020-2021 school year, our K-5 Religious Education classes take place online, combining weekly online Zoom meetings with the teacher, along with the Faith and Life program of home study. Here some resources to help families get started:

    Please contact Therese with any questions about registering your child (form), tuition, Safe Environment, sacramental preparation, or other other matters. If there is anything that you would like to discuss about your child, please contact Therese.

    Meet our Catechists

    Kindergarten and Grade 1
    Sheri Skelton

    Assisted by Patti Sherry
    Grade 2
    Christine Kainz
    Assisted by Nixie Oldenburg
    Grade 3
    Heather Harpenau

    Assisted by Abby Harpenau
    Grade 4
    Jasmine Valentine

    Assisted by Karla Fitzgerald
    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 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 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 25 August 2020