Youth Formation

Catholic East Elementary School

The mission of Catholic East Elementary School, a richly diverse Catholic community, is to pursue academic excellence, nurture strong moral development and foster lifelong learning through living out the Gospel values. Catholic East is the parish school of Old Saint Mary, Our Lady of Divine Providence, Saints Peter and Paul, Three Holy Women, and the Cathedral of Saint John. The 2nd-8th grade campus is located at Saints Peter and Paul and the K3-1st grade campus is located at Three Holy Women-Holy Rosary. For more information call 414-964-1770 or visit www.catholiceast.org.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Kids from grade K4 through 2nd grade are invited to a special liturgy during our Sunday 8:30 am Mass in late September-May. Children attend Mass with their parents, but are called forward by the priest before the First Reading and dismissed to go downstairs with adult prayer leaders for a child-focused liturgy. Children hear the Scripture readings, discuss them in an interactive, child-friendly way, and pray together before rejoining their parents for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Adults who love God and love children are invited to become volunteer leaders for CLW, while middle schoolers can serve as lectors for our liturgy, and high schoolers volunteer as CLW assistants.

For further information contact Anh Clausen, Family Ministry Coordinator, at clausena@archmil.org or 414-828-7058.

East Side Child & Youth Ministry

East Side Child & Youth Ministry is the collaborative religious education program of four parishes on the East Side of Milwaukee (Our Lady of Divine Providence, Saints Peter & Paul, Three Holy Women, and The Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist). It was formed in 1986 to provide religious education to young people.

ESCYM serves grades K-12 and offers the following programs and services:

First Communion preparation
First Reconciliation preparation
High School Confirmation preparation
Christian Initiation Program for children
Resources for families
Social activities for youth
Family Enrichment Activities

We are accepting registrations for the 2017-18 school year, including the sacramental preparation programs of First Communion, First Reconciliation and Confirmation. To enroll in the Confirmation program, a teen must be at least 16 years old and a junior or senior in high school. Please call ESCYM at 414-962-3776 for information.

Catechists – We are looking for new catechists for classes beginning in September. Perhaps God is calling you to this rewarding ministry. We begin in late September and go through mid-May. We follow the school calendar with time off at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Catechists will be provided materials and support for teaching. We also offer formation opportunities at various times during the year.

Contact Ralph Stewart, Director East Side Child & Youth Ministry, at escym@sbcglobal.net, 414-962-3776, or by mail at 1716 N Humboldt Ave, Milwaukee, WI, 53202.

Family Justice Brigade

We are excited to launch a new ministry, Family Justice Brigade (FJB)! By putting families’ faith into action, the FJB will provide families opportunities to serve others in our community, to learn about social justice, and to work towards a more peaceful and just city. We are open to families of all faith backgrounds. Our families can all work together to bring about more peace and justice in our community! Please visit tinyurl.com/familyjusticebrigade to register to attend or to get more information on upcoming events. You may also contact Anh Clausen, Family Ministry Coordinator, at clausena@archmil.org.

Good News Adventure Summer Camp

Are you ready for an Adventure? Good News Adventure is our four-parish family’s free, fun, faith-filled annual summer camp for kids of all ages. The Adventure will take place June 18 to 22, 2018, from 9 am to 12 pm each day. Kids who are completing K3 through Grade 4 are invited to participate, while youth in grades 5 and up are encouraged to join in the fun as volunteers. We are also in great need of more adult volunteers to help make this wonderful week possible for our kids!

For more information, to sign up, or to donate funds or supplies, please visit ssppmilw.org/gna2018 or contact Sara Larson, Director of Family Ministry, at 414-962-2443 or goodnewsmilwaukee@gmail.com. It’s an incredible week – You don’t want to miss it!

If you want to get a peek at what Good News Adventure is like, check out our fabulous photo slideshow! GNA Slideshow

Nova Middle School Ministry

Nova is our parish’s exciting new youth group for middle schoolers.  All students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade (from any school or religious background) are invited to join in the fun! We’ve been averaging about 30 kids at each event, from a huge variety of schools and neighborhoods, and we are always eager to include new people. We would love to get to know you!

Nova meets once a month, usually on Sunday evenings, for faith, friends, and fun. For the latest information about upcoming events, please go to www.tinyurl.com/novarocks.

For further information contact Nino Rebholz, Youth Minister, at rebholzn@archmil.org.

Special Events for Families

We host a variety of family-friendly events throughout the year, like our annual Epiphany Party and Pentecost Party, as well as many others. These are all great ways for families to build community and bring their faith to life.

For further information contact Sara Larson, Director of Family Ministry, at larsonsa@archmil.org or 414-962-2443.

SPRED (Special Religious Development)

SPRED, Special Religious Development, is a small faith community in our parish that includes people with special needs. It combines both religious education and community building. SPRED is an intuitive model grounded in relationships and the use of symbol. The goal of this symbolic method is to develop a sense of the sacred, the sense of Christ and a sense of Church.

A relationship with God is accessible to all. Friendship is the human experience closest to understanding the presence of God in life. By calling to mind life experiences and sharing these experiences in a circle of friendship, the small community of faith becomes aware of the sacredness of all life and then returns to daily life changed.

Three Holy Women serves a group of youth age 11-16 years old; SS Peter & Paul serves a group of adolescents age 17-21; Our Lady of Divine Providence serves a group of adults age 22 and older. If you know someone with special needs who may benefit from SPRED, if you would like to be a part our SPRED group at Three Holy Women, or if you simply want to know more about SPRED, contact Laura Michaelis at Laura_Michaelis@mac.com or 617-571-3905. Read more…