Religious Education/Youth Ministry


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If you are interested in learning more about our Faith Formation program or upcoming Youth Ministry activities, please contact Deb Braden by email at or by phone at (920)-756-2535.

Information about Summer camps, including Totus Tuus, can be found at the bottom of this page!


Youth Ministry

This summer, students in grades 6-12 will have the opportunity to participate in Faith Factor.  Faith Factor is an opportunity for youth to join together to serve their community, live the Eucharist, and learn about Catholic Social teaching.  This year, Faith Factor will be held at St. Mary Parish in Appleton.  This event is not an overnight camp, so youth participating in this event will need to pack a bag lunch for each day.  At this point, we might need parent volunteers for transportation.  Event will start on Monday, July 22nd and end on Thursday, July 25th.  On Monday, students will need to be at St. Mary Parish from 6:30pm-8:00pm.  The rest of the days (Tuesday-Thursday), Faith Factor will take place from 8:00am-4:00pm.  On Thursday, there will also be a family meal taking place at 4:30pm, and parents are welcome to join.  Contact Deb Braden to register or learn more.  Email:  Phone: (920)-756-2535

Come and celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help!  On Thursday, August 15th, families will have the opportunity to participate in the Shrine Crawl, where they will take a bus to the National Shrine of St. Joseph in De Pere, and then to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, where Bishop Ricken will be celebrating Mass.  The $5 per person fee will cover the bus ride and lunch, with a maximum of $20 per family.  The bus will leave from Holy Cross in Kaukauna at 8:30am and arrive back at Holy Cross at 3:00pm.  For more information about this event, or to register, please contact Deb Braden.  Email:  Phone: (920)-756-2535

To learn more about Catholic Youth Expeditions, check out their website!  


Summer Camps

We are currently in the proccess of planning the Summer camps for 2019.  Following is a list of summer camps that will be happening this summer.  Please contact Deb Braden to sign up or learn more.  Email:  Phone: (920)-756-2535

Love Begins Here (June 9-12)

Middle School students at Holy Family have been participating in Love Begins Here ever since it came to the Diocese of Green Bay in 2017.  With the life of Saint Teresa of Calcutta as an inspiration, Love Begins Here is all about doing small things with great love.  Every day, the the campers spend time in prayer receiving the love of God, and then they head out into the local community to share that love with others through service.  This summer, Holy Family students will be participating in the LBH Session at St. Gabriel Parish, Neenah from June 9-12.

Totus Tuus (July 7-12)

Holy Family Parish will be hosting Totus Tuus for another week of faith and fun this summer.  Totus Tuus, which means "Totally Yours" in Latin, has a mission of inspiring young people (grades 1-12) to a longing for holiness, a deep desire to daily conversion, and an oppenness to their vocation.  The Totus Tuus team spends the morning and early afternoon with kids grades 1-6, and evenings with the older students.

Catholic Heart Work Camp (July 14-20)

This year, the group from Holy Family Parish will be heading out to Huntingburg, Indiana for Catholic Heart Work Camp.  At this site there will be a variety of service projects that need to be done, including helping at the local parish, day care centers, homes for persons with disabilities, and senior citizen homes.  There will also be some traditional service projects, which include painting, yard work, and building rehab.

Steubenville Youth Conference - Mini Pilgrimmage (July 26-28)

Every summer, teens across the US attend Steubenville Youth Conferences and experience the overflowing love of God.  This summer, Holy Family Parish will be taking part in a Mini Pilgrimmage for the Steubenville Youth Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Camp Tekakwitha

This summer, Holy Family will be sending a group of Middle Schoolers to Camp Tekakwitha in Shawano, WI for a week of faith and fun!  Download the flyer for this event.















Photo taken by William Brigham in 1888 or 1889

Featured Saint

Saint Damien was born in Belgium in the year 1840.  He had to quit school at the age of 13 to work on his family's farm, and eventually joined the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.  After another brother in the order couldn't go to Hawaii as planned, Saint Damien volunteered to go in his place.  He was ordained a priest two months after arriving in Hawaii, and spent eight years serving people on the Big Island.

At the time that Saint Damien was alive, Hansen's disease, better known as leprosy, was considered to be a highly contagious, incurable, and deadly disease.  Because leprosy was thought to be highly contagious, people in Hawaii with the disease were outcast by their communities and sent to a leper colony on the island of Molokai.

This leper colony on Molokai would eventually become home to Saint Damien, who volunteered to go to the island after he learned that they needed a priest.  When Saint Damien arrived on the island, the conditions were wretched.  The government was slow in sending shipments of food and supplies, and this lack of necessities, combined with the pain of abandonment and the hopelessness of having leprosy made the leper colony a very desolate and miserable place.

Unlike the other healthy people who came to the leper colony on Molokai, Saint Damien was not afraid to touch the people; he ate with them, he anointed their foreheads, and even placed the Eucharist on their tongues.  He also worked with the people to bury the dead properly and keep scavenging animals away from the cemetery.  He did all of this to let the people know of their own value and that they were beloved children of God.  He also worked to improve their lives; he helped them build new roads, houses and schools.  Eventually, more than a decade after he arrived on Molokai, Saint Damien contracted leprosy himself, and eventually died of complications from the disease.  

Saint Damien greatly improved the lives of the people exiled on Molokai.  He did this even though he knew that living among them would cause him to contract leprosy himself.  He wasn't crazy.  He was terrified of getting leprosy, but he lived among them anyways because he wanted them to know of God's infinite love for them.

Saint Damien of Molokai, pray for us!

Want to learn more?  Read an article here!  Here's another link that leads to the website for the National Park located at the site of the former leper colony!

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