RCIA & Continuing Faith Formation

RCIA Instruction for anyone thinking of joining the church and Continuing Faith Formation for anyone wanting to know more about our Catholic faith will begin soon.  Please watch the bulletin for more details or speak to Fr. Quentin directly.


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FORMED.org is a online resource with a lot of different Catholic programs, movies, books, and talks, designed to be accessible anywhere at anytime (on smartphones, tablets and computers). This tool is open to ALL parishioners in the Four Parishes.  All you have to do is sign-up and you'll be equipped to learn, experience, or even teach your Catholic faith in ways like never before. Start a group or a bible study, and watch any number of catechetical videos provided through this website. It's that easy. It's all there. And it's all free. Sign-up today!

If you would like to form or join a group, please contact your parish office.


1. Follow the link to formed.org
2. Use the Parish Access Code: : K97VG2
3. Follow the instructions and Register
Explore, Learn, or Teach;
    (Return often with your username and password.)





* - find a full list of programs here.

Becoming Catholic

Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) runs September through Easter.

Contact Fr. Quentin Schmitz

Youth Ministry



Teens Gathered in Christ (TGC)

Teens Encounter Christ Youth Group (TGC), St. Francis Xavier, Burlington, is open to all 7 – 12th grade students of the parish. We meet most every Sunday evening from 6 – 7pm during the school year from September to May in the parish hall or church basement. During the summer, June – August, we meet for certain events, service projects and fellowship outings.

Our mission is to provide an outlet for all youth to grow closer to Christ as they join others in fellowship and fun while participating in faith filled events and service projects. We hope to encourage and inspire meaningful relationships with each other and Christ by offering varied opportunities to become leaders and stewards of the faith, both now and in the future.

Our group motto:

Be who God created you to be and you will set the world on fire! - St. Catherine of Siena

Our group reflection Adapted from St. Teresa of Avila (1515- 1582) -

Christ has no body now on earth but Ours,
No hands but Ours,
No feet but Ours,
Ours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion is to look out to the earth,
Ours are the feet by which He is to go about doing good, and
Ours are the hands by which He is to bless us now.

Events we encourage: Summer camp, Steubenville Conference, Teens Encounter Christ Retreat, National Catholic Youth Conference, Rural Catholic Youth Conference, Jr. High Youth Rally, Praise and Worship events, and more

Fellowship we encourage: Mardi Gras Party, Breakfast for Dinner Lenten gathering, Bowling - Power-Play - Game Nights, Annual Lock-In, Fall Party, Christmas Caroling & Party, and more

Service we encourage: Volunteers for Meals on Wheels, Birthright of Emporia, Catholic Charities Winter Whites, Kansans/Youth for Life, God’s Storehouse, Topeka Rescue Mission, Life Chain, Veteran’s Cheer Cards, and more

Stewardship we encourage: Leading the Rosary, Serving in a Liturgical Minister role at Mass, Grounds upkeep, Hospitality Server, Helper with Funerals, Dinners, and more

Youth Minister  Angela Myers
Youth Officers until Sept 2017
President: Taylr Bahr
Vice- Pres: Logan Herrman
Treasurer: Paige Sloyer
Secretary: Alli Dunlop
Srgt of Arms: 
Northeast Kansas Rural Youth Council
Youth Advisory Board members

Nikita Rogers
Alli Dunlop

Adult Faith Formation



Religious Education

St. Francis - Burlington

Contact Kara Reynolds 

St. Joseph - Waverly & St. Patrick - Emerald

Religious education is held for students  Pre-K – 12 th grade on Wednesday evenings (during school year) 6:00 – 7:00 PM for Pre K – 5, 6-12 th graders 6:00-7:10 at St Joseph Parish Hall.

Click here to register pdf Photo Consent Form (59 KB)

Classes will begin Wednesday, September 6 for students Pre-K-12th grade. 

please arrive by 5:55pm
6:00pm Mass 
6:30pm Class

The parish hosts Totus Tuus each summer. High School attends NCYC. Students are confirmed 9th-10th grade with other you in a two year program.


  • Jill Barnhardt & Linsay Bartlett  (Pre-K)
  • Heidi Arb (K)
  • Jennifer Stukey (1st-2nd)
  • Denise Thimmesch (3rd)
  • Kelly Stice (4th-6th)
  • Jackie Klenda (Jr High)
  • Theresa Biggs (High School)
Contact Jill Barnhardt, DRE
Theresa Biggs, Liason to Pastoral Council 

St. Teresa - Westphalia