Thank you for your interest in educating your child about our catholic faith and offering them an opportunity to grow closer to God. Our parish offers an enrichment program for our youth (Religious Education) and our high school teens (LifeTeen). All parishioners are encouraged to be enrolled in either program. Please see each separate tab on our website for registration information.
While our educational teams are equipped with knowledge and offered training opportunities, our catechists should not be the only educators of our children. In fact, the primary source of catholic education should come from the home. Parents are the first and primary teachers of our catholic faith. We are here to support you. One of the most important ways to better understand our faith and to be submerged in our parish is to regularly attend Mass. Mass in an essential part of the foundation of our faith and religious education should not be a substitute for Mass but an extra aide in a child/teens journey to becoming a catholic adult.
We have other wonderful opportunities for the youth of our parish as well including Vacation Bible School and Liturgy of the Word for Children. Vacation Bible School is a really fun week for children and our volunteers. This camp is held the first week of August right on our parish grounds. Each year is a different theme and we get more and more children and volunteers every year; join us for this fun way to lean more about God and each other! Another way for children to learn about God is through the Liturgy of the Word for Children program. During Sunday morning masses a LOW leader leads the children to a gathering space during mass in which he/she talks about the daily Mass in a way children are better able to understand. Readings are read, discussions are shared, and prayers are presented. Please consider supporting this program.
Adult Formation is also important to our parish and should not be overlooked! It is a goal of ours to be able to offer a strong education program for all parishioners: birth – senior years. Please see our bulletin and Facebook for up-to-date info on Adult Formation seminars, workshops, etc. If you have an idea of a topic or program you would like to see at St. Martin of Tours, please let us know.
If you would like to join our Christian Formation team, please contact Michelle Kreuser in the parish office at 414-209-7684 or [email protected]. We have several different types of opportunities yearly. Your time and talent is greatly appreciated.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
RCIA is a process through which non-baptized men and women enter the Catholic Church. It is also for those baptized in a different faith tradition who wish to become Catholic, or baptized Catholic but never confirmed. It includes several stages marked by study, prayer, and rites at Mass. They undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist at the Easter Vigil. Participants are instructed in the Catholic faith by catechists willing to share their Catholic faith.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC)
School age children who are not baptized or are out of sequence with their classmates are given the opportunity to enter a sacramental preparation program with their parents. Sessions cover the theological elements of the sacraments and will foster a great understanding of our call to discipleship.
The parish mission is an annual Lenten opportunity for parish members to refresh and renew their Catholic faith. Guest speakers lead the parish in lectures and reflections to promote spiritual growth.
Stations of the Cross
During Lent we offer Stations of the Cross on Wednesday or Thursday evening, and Friday afternoon with our school children.
Prayed on Sunday mornings in church about 8:30am and before the daily mass about 7:40am. Anyone attending mass is encouraged to join the group.
Available to anyone who has a special intention for which they would like prayers. Prayer requests are confidential and new prayer members are always welcome.