Formation Ministries

“I, the Lord, your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go.”

—Isaiah 46:17

Baptism Preparation

baptism preparation

What We Do: Instruct parents in the Sacrament of Baptism so they may more fully understand their role and responsibility in raising children in the Catholic faith.

Whom We Serve: Parish Community

Training: 2 hours for lead instructors.

Time Commitment: Monthly Baptism Preparation classes are held on Sunday afternoons every month (approximately 3 hours). Leaders usually instruct 2-3 times a year.

Contact: Kathleen Whalen,, 913.422.5700 ext 252

Confirmation Preparation

confirmation preparation

What We Do: Prepare 8th Grade students for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Whom We Serve: 8th Grade students and their families

Training: N/A

Time Commitment: Varies based on role.

Contact: Jen Zans at, 913.422.5700

D-A-S-H (Dads at Sacred Heart)

dads at sacred heart

What We Do: Are you the father of young children or expecting your first child? The responsibilities of raising children and leading a family can feel overwhelming. Dads at Sacred Heart is a network of support and accountability built on friendship with young fathers that are going through similar circumstances and challenges. In an effort to help fortify and equip men to lead their domestic church, each session includes a short presentation relevant to fatherhood, small group discussion and socialization.

Whom We Serve: Fathers in the Parish.

Time Commitment: Meetings held September through May on the 3rd Thursday of month.

For more information or to be added to the email list, please contact Kevin at or 913-333-1847.

Marriage Preparation

marriage preparation

What We Do: Prepare engaged couples for faith filled marriages.

Whom We Serve: Engaged couples of the parish.

Training: For Lead Couples, a weekend training is required.

Time Commitment: Five (5) 3-hour weekly sessions.

Contact: Fr. Jaime Zarse at, 913.422.5700 ext. 204

M*A*S*H (Men at Sacred Heart)

men at sacred heart

What We Do: Meet Tuesday mornings at 6:30 a.m. for Mass, catechism, fellowship and faith sharing.

Whom We Serve: Parish men 18 or over.

Training: N/A

Time Commitment: Meetings take place every Tuesday morning. Participants attend as their schedule allows.

Contact: William Hess at, 913.422.8952 or Chris Morrissey at, 913.201.5023

Mother's Circle

Mother's Circle

What We Do: Motherhood is a blessing and a gift from God. Mothers’ Circle reminds us to be Christ centered, allowing us to find peace and joy as a mother. Spiritually, Mothers’ Circle will enrich your life. Getting involved is a wonderful way to increase your sense of belonging as you involve yourself in the parish and establish long lasting friendships. Praying and sharing life’s experiences together help unite us. We learn we are not alone with the daily challenges mothers face.

Time Commitment: Meetings held the 2nd Thursday of each month.

Contact: Kim Feist at and Kylie Gaustad at

Respect Life Ministry

respect life

What We Do: To promote and protect the sanctity and dignity of all human life from conception to natural death through prayer, witness, compassion, education and public policy in our parish, community, state and nation. Prays Respect Life Rosary with Knights of Columbus the last Saturday of each month.

Whom We Serve: Parish and Community.

Training: No training required, just a passionate heart.

Time Commitment: Meets quarterly in addition to ongoing email communications.

Contact: Patti Kettler at or 913-620-5930

RCIA Sponsor / Mentor

rcia sponsor

What We Do: Volunteer to support an individual who is investigating the Catholic faith as they journey through the Catechumenate and discover the richness of our Catholic life in Christ.

Whom We Serve: All who desire to know more about being Catholic.

Training: 1 hour in September.

Time Commitment: Attend weekly sessions with candidate from mid-September through April.

Contact: Char Mies at

First Sacraments (Virtus trained volunteers)

first sacraments

What We Do: This ministry provides formal religious sacramental preparation for all students enrolled in Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School or public school.

Whom We Serve: Parish children who need formation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation.

Training: Several levels of training are provided according to the various volunteer roles. All volunteers must be Virtus Certified by taking a Workshop called Protecting God’s Children.

Time Commitment: Volunteer time commitment varies.

Confirmation Contact: Jen Zans at, 913.422.5700
1st Sacraments Contact: Emily Dumber at

School of Religion (SOR) (Virtus trained volunteers)

school of religion

What We Do: This ministry provides formal religious education classes from kindergarten through 8th grade who do not attend a Catholic School and sacramental preparation for all students enrolled in either school.

Whom We Serve: Children of the Parish who attend Public School.

Training: Several levels of training are provided according to the various volunteer roles. All volunteers must be Virtus Certified by taking a Workshop called Protecting God’s Children.

Time Commitment: Volunteer time commitment varies from Catechists committing a few hours per week to special event volunteers who commit a few hours per year.

Contact: Emily Dumler at, 913.422.5700 ext. 202

Vacation Bible School (Children Morning Summer Camp with Virtus trained volunteers)

vacation bible school

What We Do: Teach our young children about Christ’s love through song, scripture, activities and fellowship.

Whom We Serve: Children of our parish.

Training: approximately 1 hour prior

Time Commitment: Dependent on what volunteer needs are for each session.

Contact: Kathleen Whalen at, 913.422.5700 ext. 252

Youth Ministry (Middle School & High School)

youth ministry

Middle School Youth Ministry is available to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and meets weekly from September to April. It serves as youth group for our Catholic School students and our public school students while providing religious education in an interactive, social and entertaining environment.

Our High School Youth Ministry program is open to all 9th-12th grade students and meets monthly on Sunday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. from September to April. We will have music, presentations, games and small groups each session. We cover many topics ranging from morality, prayer, Scripture, relationships and current events.

Contact: Jen Zans at or 913.422.5700