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Greetings and Updates from SFB Staff

Our Christmas bulletin was filled with messages from our staff, extending greetings, sharing insights, and giving previews of what’s planned in the coming months:

Liturgical Music

From Lana Schumacher – Director of Liturgical Music

Grateful thanks to all of the parishioners who are involved in making music for the St. Francis Borgia community

We are privileged to have composer Daniel Kallman coming to work with our school children on Thursday, March 23. Daniel Kallman’s compositions for orchestra, winds and choir are widely published and have been performed across North America, Europe and East Asia. He will present a concert at 7 p.m. that evening. Please join us! It will be an inspiring event for our students and parish alike.

Parish Office

From Darryl Draeger, Director of Administration; Sue Blizzard, Parish Accountant; Teri Schnuck, Financial Administrative Asst.; Katie Stafford, Parish Receptionist; Julie Larrivee, Stewardship Coordinator/Bulletin Editor

We want to wish our parish families and our visitors a most wonderful Christmas. SFB is blessed with so many generous parishioners! Your graciously given gifts are what create the feeling of “home” in our parish. Whether it is time and talents shared in ministry and volunteer efforts or treasure given to support those ministries and our parish, your contributions are vital to the life of this community. Please see the volunteer page for some ways that you can get involved in our church family. Volunteering is a great way to make new friends and increase your feeling of belonging. Please e-mail us in the Parish Office if we can help you find the “perfect fit” for your interests and talents.

Maintenance Staff

From Jim Schreiber, Brian Willbrandt, Richard Kurkiewicz, Gary Fatla and Dorothy Scherer

We wish to extend our wishes to everyone for a very blessed Christmas. It is a pleasure getting to know many of you and working with you on the various projects and activities that take place at SFB Parish and SFB School. Thanks to our parishioners, we have beautiful facilities for worshiping and learning. It is our honor to keep those looking the best they can for all of you. Here’s to a great 2017 for all of you!

Child Ministry

From Chris Crom, Director, and Gerilynn Mikkelson, Administrative Assistant

Matthew 19: 13-14 – “Then the children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” St. Francis Borgia parish has lots of babies, toddlers, children, youth and families of all shapes and sizes! We are so blessed to have all this activity in our parish.

As we approach 2017, Child Ministry would like to invite children, parents, families and all parishioners to some exciting upcoming events:

  • Sunday, Jan. 8: In celebration of the Epiphany, the Three Kings will visit the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Masses
  • Wednesday, Feb. 1: Faith-A-Thon for Grades 4, 5 and 6. Parents and interested others are invited. Come see which grade will earn the trophy for knowing the most about their Catholic faith!
  • Wednesday, Feb. 1: Grades 7 – 11, along with their parents and interested parishioners will hear a presentation from David Rinaldi, nationally and internationally recognized speaker. The theme will be “Truth, Choices and the Catholic Way.”
  • Child Ministry is interested in restarting our nursery [in addition to the Toddler’s Corner]. We have youth who are interested in helping by presenting a simple age appropriate program for the little ones. But parents and adults are needed to provide the required supervision. If interested, e-mail Chris Crom Director of Child Ministry.

Adult and Family Ministry,

From Tracy Dereszynski, Director: 2016 was a year full of blessings in Adult and Family Ministry. As we look ahead to 2017, we are excited to welcome six RCIA candidates into full communion at the Easter Vigil.

There will be a variety of opportunities to gather and learn: everything from World Religions in January to Women in Scripture next fall. Moms or dads and their daughters will have an opportunity to spend a fun weekend on the water when “Paddle and a Prayer” returns in August. Moms and their sons will have the opportunity to participate in a miniature golf outing in August, as well.

Adult and Family Ministry programs are available to anyone in the parish! If you are interested in learning more about any of the upcoming programs or would like to be included in the email distribution list for future programs and events, please e-mail Tracy, Director of Adult and Family Ministry or call 262-377-1070, ext. 250.

Youth Ministry

From Ben Rogalla, Director, and Laurel Bowe, Administrative Assistant

The last few months since my arrival at St. Francis Borgia have been busy, yet spirit filled. 2017 brings new life and energy to our ministry! With the continuation of our Christian Formation and Confirmation preparation, we will start promoting and gathering teens to register and prepare to attend the National Catholic Youth Conference in November 2017 with 25,000 other young people in Indianapolis, IN.

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, students in Grades 7-11, their parents, and interested parishioners are invited to listen to national and international speaker David Rinaldi. The theme will be “Truth, Choices, and the Catholic Way.” We will also have a retreat for Grades 9-10 in February and an opportunity to attend the Wisconsin Catholic Youth Rally in March.

We are always looking to invite teens into our ministry, but also want to invite parents and adults to help make our ministry successful! Without you, we cannot minister to teens effectively. If you are interested in assisting us in ANY way, whether you know where or not, please reach out to us. e-mail Ben Rogalla, Director of Youth Ministry. We would love to talk or meet you to see where to best use your gifts and talents. With your help, we can provide amazing opportunities for our youth. Thank you for your love and support to our teens!