Category Archives: Christian Formation

A Quick Journey Through the Bible – Fall Bible Study

A Quick Journey Through the Bible

This Bible study looks at the “big picture” of Scripture, the story of salvation from Genesis to the Acts of the Apostles.
Learn how 14 basic books of the Bible fit together to tell the story of God’s relationship with His people.

You are welcome to attend this session even if you have done this Bible study before.

The quick journey includes eight sessions of about 90 minutes each, including a presentation followed by discussion and sharing.

Cost is just $15, which includes workbook and materials. (make checks payable to St. Joseph)
We will meet weekly in the Parish Center. Choose your sessions:

Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. on September 12, 19, 26 and October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on September 14, 21, 28 and October 5, 12, 19, 26
(plus one additional session on a date to be mutually decided upon)

To register for this Bible study, please download and complete the form below and mail it with payment to:
Lenora Seitz, 7020 Clover Court, Burlington, WI 53105
or put it in an envelope with Lenora’s name on it and place it in the collection basket at Mass.

Please Register no later than Sunday, September 3rd so we can ensure all materials will be available to you on the first day!
Questions? Call Lenora at 262-716-0009

Download Registration Form here: Quick Journey Registration Form

Tri- Parish Religious Ed Changes and Registration

Due to a decline in enrollment at all the parishes, the parishes decided it was time that we worked together for the better of all.  It just makes sense to pull our resources and volunteers together and use them in a more effective way.

The New Tri-Parish Program is outlined below:

High School: This program will stay almost the same, except it will not be called LifeTeen. It will now be called Family Life Night and parents are welcome to join their teens.

Grades K-8: There will be two options to choose from: Regular Drop-off program or Family Life Program.

The regular drop-off program will be held at St. Mary on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15am in the grade school. This program will run as it has in the past, you will drop off your children for class and pick them up when they are done. There are four times when parents are requested to attend with their children.

Family Life Night will be held the first and third Sunday of the month from 5-7pm at St Charles. The entire family is invited to attend but at least one adult must accompany the children for the evening. As part of the program we offer a 4:00pm Mass that will be family orientated and families are encouraged to attend.

Family Life Night begins as we gather for a family dinner at 5:00pm in Andre Hall. The first few dinners will be provided but then we will be asking for family’s to help out with donations of food items, set up and clean up. After dinner, around 5:30pm, everyone will attend and hour-long class. The students will go to their appropriate classes and the adults will also have a session. We are still working on the adult portion of the night and we encourage you to share your ideas with us. We are planning on a series of speakers that we hope you will enjoy. The evening ends with a family activity and blessing all centered on a theme. This year’s theme is “Tell Me a Story”. There will be different crafts, skits, games and other activities at this time. We will also use this time to demonstrate things life prayers and traditions that you can bring home to your own family time.


There is one form for the Tri-Parish Religious Ed Classes, includes high school. Please be sure to mark which option your family will be choosing. Please register as soon as possible so that the proper materials can be ordered. If your child needs a book in Spanish please note that on your registration form. All payments using checks should be made out to: St. Mary Church. All funds will be kept in a single location for our convenience. Registrations can be dropped off or mailed to the parish office, put in the collection basket or mailed to St. Mary marked REP.

Download the Registration Form Here [Registration Form]

Download the Family Life Night Calendar Here  [2017 – Family Night Calendar]

Thank you and if you have any questions give me a call at 763-2050 or email me at

Hero Central VBC

St. Joseph’s Parish presents

Monday, July 31 through Friday, August 4
8:30 AM to Noon

At Vacation Bible Camp Hero Central, your students will enjoy an interactive, energizing, Bible-based good time as they discover their strength in God. They will become Heroes and explore how to serve God and God’s mission for their lives.

After a high-energy opening assembly at Hero Central, the Heroes may make their way to the Bible Story Headquarters. Interactive Bible lessons reveal Hero Codes to equip your Heroes for an active life with God. Your Heroes will discover a Hero Verse (Bible memory verse) that will remain with them in their faith long after VBC.

Your young heroes will expand on what they’ve discovered by participating in a variety of activities: making their own art projects during Crafts, sing new songs in Music, exploring the wonders of creation at Science Headquarters, playing games during Recreation and enjoying tasty treats at our Snack Headquarters. Along the way, the Heroes will hear about our mission project and their call for action!

Hero Central VBC is open to all children Pre-K through grade 6. Suggested donation is $25 per child or $75 per family. Come discover your strength in God!
Let’s Go!

Join us at
St. Joseph’s Parish Center,
6068 Water St, Lyons
Monday, July 31 through Friday, August 4
8:30 AM to Noon.

To register download the registration form here:  2017-VBC Registration Form

To find out more about VBC Hero Central, call Rita at the church office at 262-763-2050

Rita VanSchyndel and Your Hero Central Team

Souper Bowl 2017

2017- Youth Mission Trip – Oklahoma City, OK

High School Mission Trip 2017

Oklahoma City, OK

Saturday, June 17-June 24, 2017

open to all 8th grade – Freshman in college
Cost $600–Registration deposit $90
There are only 16 spaces available, so register early. 


Download the Registration Form Here
registration forms due: December 31, 2016

Mail them to: Rita VanSchyndel
St. Joseph’s Church, PO Box 60, Lyons, WI 53148


IMPORTANT NOTE:  Once you have sent in your deposit to save your spot you will be responsible for the camp fee of $355.00 even if you cancel.  This cost must be paid for by the parish in advance.  The only exception to this is if you are able to find someone to take your place or we have a waiting list. 

Boxes of Joy Service Project – 2016

1471999403On Wednesday, November 2nd, our REP families packed up 94 Boxes of Joy for the Cross Catholic Outreach program. It was great fun to choose items and create a gift specially for an individual. The students even got to enclose personal greetings! Thanks to the generosity of St. Joseph’s parishioners, we have collected over $400 to help ship these boxes. If you took a box after Mass to fill, it is due back this weekend!

Look at all the fun we had!

Vacation Bible Camp – 2016 – Surf’s Up at the Surf Shack!

Surf Shack - VBCSurf’s Up at the Surf Shack! Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love! Tri-Parish Vacation Bible Camp

Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 5 – 8:30 a.m. to Noon each day

Open to children of all faiths 4K through grade 6 Each day includes a high-energy Opening Assembly, interactive Bible stories at the Story Deck, art projects in the Craft Hut, music at Tidal Tunes, recreational activities, exploring science at Discovery Dunes, and tasty Shack Snacks!

Suggested donation is $25 per surfer, but don’t let that stop you.

Contact Rita for confidential assistance! Call Rita with questions or for more information at 763-2050 or email her at Registration forms are available on line and near the exits of church.

Please register by July 22 to ensure we have enough supplies.

2016 Religious Education Program Info

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Dear Parents,

Planning is well underway for the 2016-2017 Religious Education Program (REP).  I am working hard planning numerous family activities, special events and fun nights for youth of all ages, because building a strong faith community is an important part of our program.  There are some new things in the works as well.

The Religious Education Registration form is included for grades K-8.  The cost of Religious Ed will remain the same as in years past–$30.00 for first child, $25 second child, $20 third child with a family max of $75.00.  Please do not let the cost of Religious Ed keep your from joining our program.  See me for confidential help.

Along with the registration form is a copy of the “RESPECT Code of Conduct” which was approved by the Parish Council in February 2012.  Please take a few minutes to read and help your child/children understand this policy.  We want all children to feel safe while they are here.

This year our program will have a new and I hope exciting feel.  Our Kick off will be Wednesday, September 21  from 6:45-8:00pm here in the Parish Center.  This will be a fun evening for all.  You and your children will get a better understanding of the year and get to meet their catechists and small group leaders.  This year’s theme is “Called to Be Disciples.” We will meet those twelve special friends of Jesus and find out that they were not much different than us.

New this year, Middle School Life Nights, these are specially developed for our middle school students.  This will be a Tri-parish event, with St. Charles and St. Mary.  These nights will follow the High School LifeTeen schedule.  They will begin on Sunday, October 2 and continue every 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings.  Each evening will begin with 5:00pm Mass at St. Charles followed at 6:00pm and continues till 7:30pm with Life Night.   Each night will include snacks, small group discussions, games and other activities.  These nights are at no extra cost and although I cannot make them mandatory, I highly recommended them.  It will be a great way to experience faith in an environment just for them.  There will be an informational parent meeting on Wednesday, August 24 at 7:00pm in Andre Hall, St. Charles Church

Jesus tells us how important service to others is as part of our faith.  In our Religious Ed program this year we will be looking at ways we can do just that.  Again we will be serving others by making dinner for our Love Inc. guests on the 5th Wednesday of the month.  The first one will be Wednesday, November 30 which will be handled by the 4 & 5th grade classes.  Wednesday, March 29 is for K/1 & 3rd grades and May 31 will be Middle School students.  The First Eucharist Class will serve dinner on Wednesday, April 5 as part of their Eucharist prep.

Again this year we will be participating in the “Souper Bowl of Caring” service project.  This is a fund raising, food collecting good time.  Along with this we will also be holding a free soup luncheon as we did last year.  Mark your calendars now for Super Bowl weekend, February 4-5, 2017 for a “Souper Bowl of Caring.”

This year we will also be adding a service to our church element.  We are in desperate need of mass servers and children’s choir member.  I ask that children in 3-8th grades try being mass servers.  Try it for 3 months and then if it is not for you, ask to be taken off the schedule.  This is not an every weekend commitment, but it is a commitment.  You must come to practices to learn what to do and be there on your scheduled times.  Our scheduler works hard to give you off when requested.

Parents this is a great opportunity to show your support by joining our service to church mission.  There are many opportunities to get involved with your parish family.  Children’s Church leaders (usually once every other month), ushers, lectors, Eucharistic ministers, choir members (don’t need to read music, just like to sing) are always needed as well as helping with one of the many fund raising events.

I am also looking for small group leaders, K/1 and 2nd grade catechists this year.  Some of our catechists have been doing this since I began 12 years ago and would like a break.  They will be happy to help you in any way they can and will always be available to answer any questions you may have or share their materials with you.  If you are interested please let me know as soon as possible.

The greatest reward of serving others is how it makes you feel inside.  That special feeling is God’s way of telling you “Thank you!” Thank you for caring and making a difference!

I am looking forward to another great year of learning with your children about our Catholic faith.

God Bless,


Rita VanSchydel

Religious Ed Director



Surf’s Up at the Surf Shack – Tri Parish VBC

Surf’s Up at the Surf Shack
Tri-Parish Vacation Bible Camp

August 1-5 ~ 8:30am – Noon
St. Joseph’s Parish Center, Lyons, Wi

Surf Shack - VBCAt Surf Shack, your child will discover an interactive, energizing, Bible-based program that will give them an opportunity to rid the waves with God. During Vacation Bible Camp at Surf Shack: Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love, your child will become a Surfer and explore how to serve God and experience God’s amazing presence in their lives.

After a high-energy Opening Assembly at the Surf Shack, the Surfers make their way to the Story Deck to discover amazing Bible lessons. Interactive Bible stories are highlighted by Wave

Words to help them recognize where God is inviting them to participate in His ongoing creation, and your Surfer will discover Pop-Up Verses (Bible verses) that will remain with them in their faith long after VBC.

The children will expand on what they’ve discovered by participating in a variety of activities: making their own art projects at the Craft Hut, singing new music at Tidal Tunes, participating in recreational activities at the Recreation Station, exploring science activities at Discovery Dunes, and enjoying tasty Shack Snacks. Along the way, the Surfers will hear about our mission project and enjoy meeting new friends and being active.

Join us at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, Monday-Friday, August 1-5 from 8:30am-Noon. A registration form is enclosed. Feel free to copy and give to a2016-VBC-Registration Form(DOC)

friend. VBC is open to all children 4K through Grade 6. Seventh graders on up are encouraged to help at camp and become part of our “Surf Shack Team”. Registration is due July 22 to ensure we have enough supplies. Suggested donation: $25 per child. Do not let this stop you from sending your child/children to camp. Contact Rita at 262-763-2050 or e-mail at with questions or to receive more information. Mail forms to: St. Joseph’s Church, PO Box 60, Lyons, WI 53148.

Registration Forms:

2016-VBC-Registration Form(DOC)

2016-VBC-Registration Form(PDF)

Congratulations First Communicants

Let the little children come to Me, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. (Luke 18:16) 

Sunday May 1st the following children will be receiving their 1st Holy Communion.  Please keep them in your prayers

  • Jackson Behling
  • Sarah Henningfield
  • Jesse Lancaster
  • Maryn Nichols

Prayer at a Child’s First Communion

Lord Jesus Christ, in the Sacrament of the Eucharist You left us the outstanding manifestation of your limitless love for us. Thank You for giving our child the opportunity to experience this love in receiving the Sacrament for the first time. May your Eucharist presence keep him/her ever free from sin, fortified in faith, pervaded by love for God and neighbor, and fruitful in virtue, that he/she may continue to receive You throughout life and attain final union with You at death.