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Emmaus Mornings

Growing in Faith
as a Community

Emmaus: A Family of Faith


We know that no one has more of an influence on their children than parents do, but living out the faith can also be really difficult. With that in mind, our faith formation program will be a family-based model. Emmaus: A Family of Faith is a monthly, whole-family formation event aimed at helping families grow in their faith together. Each month parents will hear from an engaging speaker while their children break into age-appropriate groups, being introduced to a particular theme for the month.


After coming together at the parish, families will then go home to do two lessons together in the intervening weeks. Knowing that every child and family is unique, this time of learning will look different for every family. We will provide you with resources to do simple and yet adaptable and meaningful lessons at home with your children regardless of age and learning style. Each month there will be a different theme which breaks open an aspect of one of four pillars of our Catholic faith. This year we will be focusing on “How We Pray”/Prayer. The goal during this time is to not only learn the faith better, but to provide your family with the opportunity to bring faith into your everyday lives.


When you register for faith formation in Holy Cross Pastorate, you will have two options for when you can attend. Sunday mornings at St. Peter in Ashton will be after the 9:30 am Mass there and include brunch (programming begins around 11:15 am). Wednesday evenings will take place at St. Bernard in Middleton from 6:15-7:30 pm (no meal is included with the Wednesday option). Since this is a full-family formation event, the following opportunities will also be available:

  • Nursery services at St. Bernard (toddlers who are walking up to age three)

  • Childcare services at St. Peter (children under kindergarten age)

  • Classes for students Kindergarten through high school at both locations

  • 3K/4K classes at St. Bernard

If you are new to the Family of Faith curriculum, we ask that you attend a parent orientation session on Wednesday, September 13th at 6:15 pm at St. Francis Xavier in Cross Plains (in the fellowship hall).


We are eager to spend quality time together this year, growing in our relationship with the Lord and with one another in our pastorate. We hope that this format will help you as parents, being the primary educators of your children, and provide you with the competence and confidence to share the Christian faith with your children. At the same time, we welcome and encourage the entire community to take part in these monthly events - there is something offered for everyone!

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