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Life Long Faith Formation

The goal of Faith Formation here at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish is inclusive of all ages and generations, single or married, with or without children to build community and meaningful relationships in the parish.

Each session begins with a meal, has a general presentation and then moves to age-appropriate learning activities. Baby-sitting service will be available.






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A large number of committed volunteers are needed for a variety of roles in Lifelong faith formation:

There is a need for catechists (teachers) for age appropriate learning: primary, intermediate, junior high and high school. A person to MC each session. Help with home kits, preparing the meals, set-up and clean-up and decoration of the environment. Many hands make light work. If you are interested in helping in any way, contact Jan Grosschadl at 453-0300.

  • MC for the program
  • Prayer Leader for Opening and Closing Prayer
  • Music Leader
  • Group leaders/ facilitators/ activity leaders
  • Assistants to help with activities
  • Set-up and clean-up crews
  • Food preparation and service crews
  • Creative arts for artwork, posters, signs, etc.
  • Promotion and registration staff
  • Home Kit staff
  • Decoration of the environment
  • Babysitting



RCIA Sponsors
Kathy Smith (414) 453-0300 x25

Any confirmed Catholic who is willing to walk with a person seeking to become a Catholic can become a RCIA sponsor. The sponsor needs to be willing to share one’s faith with another and to put the candidate’s needs before his/her own. Sponsors are not expected to be experts in the faith; rather, they are asked to be real with their candidate and open to continue to grow themselves. Sponsors are asked to come to most of the sessions. This involves about a one-year commitment.


Catechists (Teachers)
Catechists share the Catholic faith with the students as part of the catechetical team. We offer training, materials, and an experience that you will never forget. We are looking for people of faith who are willing to guide our children and young people (Grades K-11) on their Christian journey. Prayerfully consider becoming a part of our catechetical team.



Classroom and Activity Aides
Becca Bojarski (Director) (414) 453-0300 x26

Aides are a valued component of the catechetical team. A classroom aid works with one particular catechist throughout the year; helping in whatever way is necessary. An activity aid shares a particular talent (arts and crafts, drama, music, etc.) as requested by a particular teacher. If you have time and talent to share with the children, consider joining us in this important ministry.

Liturgy of the Word for Children
Dawn Leonardelli
For information, call the Christian Formation Office at (414) 453-0300

From September through May during the 9:30 a.m. liturgy, the Word of God is presented to our younger children in a way that makes sense to them. Volunteers from this ministry serve about once a month. Materials and training are provided. If you are willing to help our younger parishioners hear and understand the Good News, please contact us.


Becca Bojarski (Director) (414) 453-0300 x26

Many parishioners are particularly knowledgeable about a specific aspect of living a Christian life. This could be a memorable experience, a personal talent or participation in a Church ministry. If you would like to share this information on an invitation basis with a class of our young people, we ask you to become involved in this new and interesting part of Christian formation.


Adult Confirmation
Kathy Smith (414) 453-0300 x25

Teachers or persons able to share their faith extensively are invited to volunteer to help in the adult confirmation process. A person can negotiate specific sessions or parts of sessions that they are willing to offer. The sessions include both presentation and discussion aspects.
Each sacrament we receive is a stepping-stone in our journey of faith. Consider sharing our faith and offering guidance to our parish members who are preparing to receive a sacrament.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Kathy Smith (414) 453-0300 x25

The Team works with persons who are learning about possible membership in the Catholic Church. A team member shares basics of the Catholic faith as well as invites inquirers into the faith to share their questions and understandings.




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Marriage Focus Couples
Walt Henry (414) 453-5192

Mentor couples meet and work with engaged couples to discuss the sacrament of marriage. They are assigned to couples from a rotating list on an as-needed/as available basis. They invite the engaged couple to their home, administer a pre-marital inventory, and meet with them an additional 2-4 times to facilitate the couple’s discussion on various aspects of the couple’s relationship and provide feedback, support, and guidance. They also prepare a short summary of their discussions to the minister who will preside at the wedding. Walt will meet with any prospective mentor couple to help them discern their qualifications for this ministry and explain the marriage preparation process.

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 Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
 1212 S. 117th St.
 West Allis, WI 53214

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Office
1121 S. 116th St.  West Allis, WI 53214
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