Category Archives: Christian Formation

Heart for Africa Ornaments to benefit Summer Mission Trips

The Mission groups will be selling Heart for Africa Ornaments made by the Khutsala Artisans of Swaziland.

Ornaments available are the Snowy Star, Red Bell, Multi-colored Tree, Purple Ornament, and Snowy White Angel.

Each ornament sells for $20.00

Khutsala Artisans is a HFA initiative designed to provide training and FAIR TRADE employment to local Swazi people.  They currently employ 100+ Swazi women and men, training them in the art of jewelry making, bead craft, pottery and woodworking.

In a country where the unemployment rate can reach 70% their desire is to provide HOPE and help the people of this nation break the cycle of poverty and provide for their families.  $12.00 of each ornament sold goes to the care and education of the orphaned and vulnerable children that HFA has rescued and now live at Project Canaan.

The profit from every 25 ornaments sold provides one orphan with food, shelter, care, education, and love for an entire month.

The remaining $8.00 of each ornament sold will help defray the cost of our Middle School and Adult Mission Trips scheduled for June 2018.

The ornaments make great gifts for teachers, secret santa gifts, friends and family!

Contact a Mission Trip participate or call Rita at 262-763-2050 to purchase today.

2018 Middle School Mission Trip

 

In Just5Days, you will make a real difference.
In Just5Days, you will experience your Catholic faith in new ways.
In Just5Days, you’ll make friends near and far. 

The Middle School Mission Trip will be traveling to Appleton WI from June 25th-29th for their annual mission trip.

During the week  they will have a chance to participate in one of the three types of service:

  • Hands to the Ground – may include yard work, planting, weeding, gardening, clean-up and small repairs.
  • Hands in Helpful Play – may include day camp, Vacation Bible Camp, daycare, helping at children’s and/or family centers, working with disabled children or at orphanages or children’s homes.
  • Hands in Outreach – may include cooking and serving meals in soup kitchens and shelters, working with food banks and clothing shops, visiting and helping those in retirement homes.

The cost of the trip is $400 which includes food, lodging, planned activities and transportation to and from Appleton.  We hope to raise a large portion of the cost through various fundraisers.

For more information download the information form here:  [2018-MS Mission Info] or contact Rita at 262-763-2050.

Please complete and submit registration form and $50 deposit by December 31, 2017. Download the registration form here: [2018-MS Mission App]  Make check payable to St. Joseph’s Church with JUST 5 DAYS in the memo.  Send form and payment to:

St. Joseph’s Church
Rita VanSchnyndel/MS Mission Trip
PO Box 60, Lyons, WI 53148

2018 Dominican Republic Adult Mission Trip

“In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love”
St. Teresa of Calcutta

2018 Dominican Republic Adult Mission Trip is scheduled for the week of June 2nd – June 9th, 2018.

Organized by Cross Catholic we will depart from O’Hare Airport and arrive in Santo Domingo with a transfer in Miami.

We will be either building a home for a family or working on safe water ways for the town.  This will depend on which is the greatest need at the time of our arrival.

Cost of the trip is $650 + Airfare $625 which is about $1300 per person.  The $650 includes transportation, lodging and meals once we arrive in the DR.  We will be doing fundraising to help offset some of the cost.  Our main goal of fundraising is to raise the funds for our project for this trip and possible future trips.

Registration forms are available by downloading here [2018-adult mission app]

And you must sign a waiver which can also be downloaded [2018-adult mission waiver]

A deposit of $150 by November 30 is required to hold your spot.

For more information download the letter from Rita dated August 23, 2017 [2018-adult mission info]

 

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.

HOW TO REGISTER

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 vanschyndelr@archmil.org.

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

Sincerely,
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. 

SIGNUP TODAY!

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 vanschyndelr@archmil.org Registration forms are available on line and near the exits of church.

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