The 2021-2022 Christian Formation Year is underway!
Registration is open!
High School Christian Formation Handbook – Coming Soon
St. Matthias Mission Statement
St. Matthias Catholic Parish is committed to continuing the ministry of Jesus Christ. We invite and welcome all. Come… live, grow, and be challenged by the message through prayer, formation, and service.
Christian Formation Program
What Christian Formation Will Look Like This Year
As we move forward with Christian Formation for the upcoming year, please be reassured that the safety and wellbeing of your children and our catechists will be our main concern. St. Matthias is and will be continually committing to adhering to the protocols and safety guidelines of the city of Milwaukee.
With that being said, St. Matthias will strive to fit the needs of every family. So even though the restrictions have lessened due various factors, we understand that some families will prefer to currently withhold from an in-person learning model. So, we have prepared two options for the formation year for families:
One option is an in-person learning environment. In this model students will be placed in grade-level groups inside classrooms utilizing the parish school buildings with a catechist. Students will receive a book that will be used for the entirety of the year. Students and catechists participating in this model will be expected to follow all protocols and guidelines laid out in our Christian Formation handbook.
The other option is an at-home instructional environment. If you choose this model for your family, the Director and Coordinator of Lifelong Faith Formation will reach out to you to talk about your specific needs.
Check – all checks should be made out to St. Matthias. Please send them to the Parish Office using the address on the first page of this letter.
Credit Card – go online to our website: https://stmatthias-milw.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/ChristianFormationPayment
Payment Plans – you may choose to do a payment plan for either two or four equal payments. To do a payment plan by credit card, visit the above link. Payment plan months are September, November, January, and March.
*Fee information is included on the registration and at the payment link above.*
Please note: NO family is turned away because of their financial situation. If you would like to request financial assistance for Christian Formation fees, please contact Faith Formation Office to receive the application for the St. Matthias Endowment Fund.
Orientation for Christian Formation:
Sunday Morning Program – K4 – 8th Grade & 9-11th grades
Wednesday, September 19th, 2021 – 11:15 am – 1:15 pm
Orientation will be an open house meeting for parents/guardians, students, and catechists. During this timeframe parents/guardians and students are able to come and go at any time but are welcome to stay as long they like to receive the handbook, meet the catechists, and ask any questions they may have for the Director and Coordinator of Lifelong Faith Formation.
If you have any questions regarding the Christian Formation Program please do not hesitate to contact one of us by phone or email. We look forward to seeing you in the fall!
Confirmation Sponsor Information
- Candidates may use their baptismal name or another Christian name when receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.
- A Christian name would be the name of a saint or blessed.
- Derivatives of names (Kelly for Catherine; Jenna for Genevieve) or Old Testament names are also appropriate.
- Candidates may use their first or second names if they are Christian names, or they may select a new Christian name.
- The candidate should know the relationship of the name to the religious Christian tradition.
- Exceptions can be made if a particular non-Christian or family name has significant meaning for a candidate that can be articulated to the bishop.
- Most importantly, candidates should be encouraged to learn about their patron as part of their preparation for the sacrament and should particularly focus on the virtues of their patron they wish to emulate.
St. Matthias, in its mission to bring everyone closer to Christ, takes its mission seriously by welcoming anyone to be a part of the St. Matthias Christian Formation Program. You do not have to be a parish member to join. That being said, the mission of St. Matthias is also strongly rooted in community. Families that are part of our program are encouraged to be actively involved here at St. Matthias through Mass on weekends and service opportunities around the year.
If you have any questions or wish to register please contact Brian Jens, Director of Lifelong Faith Formation at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 414-321-0893 ext. 406.