CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION
Staff Contact for All Programs: Mary Lou Conroy 630-483-4222 email@example.com
Faith Formation is primarily done in the home. The parish will supplement and support the faith that is shared by the family. These programs assist parents with formation regarding Catholic Faith Traditions, the Bible, and Sacramental preparation.
New catechists are REQUIRED to attend Initial Catechist Certification Class as well as a Protecting God’s Children session. Returning catechists are REQUIRED to complete six (6) hours of Continuing Formation in the academic year.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – Preschool – Grade 6
All adults who work with children are required by the Diocese to submit to a criminal background check and to complete a three-hour workshop on child sexual abuse, Protecting God’s Children. Attendance at “Initial Catechist Formation” (a six hour workshop given through the Diocese). Continuing formation of six hours is required each year for returning catechists (offered during class time).
Catechist (Time and Talent #201)
Assists parents with faith formation through our parish Religious Education program. Lesson plans, and other materials are provided. Three catechist meetings per year. Weekly class sessions from September through April.
Classroom aide (Time and Talent #202)
Assist a catechist during class sessions.
Substitute Catechist (Time and Talent #203)
Lead a class when a regular catechist is unable to attend.
Corpus Christian Camp (Time and Talent #204)
Assist with our one week summer camp for children P/K through grade 5.
TOTUS TUUS (Time & Talent #206)
Assist with week long summer program for grade school children.
Children’s Events Helper (Time & Talent #207)
Help with occasional events within the RE program during the year ie. large group classes, St. Nick in the afternoon, Living Stations, etc.
Youth Ministry – Junior High and High School, College and Young Adult Programs
Youth Ministry’s focus is to continue religious education for those parishioners that are in the 7th thru 12th grades, as well as provide formation activities for college students and young adults (21-35). Students in grades 7 & 8 are in the Jr. High program and are preparing for reception of the sacrament of Confirmation. Those in High School have their own programs. Our goal is to nurture the spiritual seeds that have already been planted. To achieve this task we rely on adults in the following areas: (NOTE: One does not have to be an expert; simply a desire to share their faith experience(s) with a group of eager teens. Training is offered along with resources to enhance one’s abilities.)
All adults who work with children are required by the Diocese to submit to a criminal background check and to complete a three-hour workshop on child sexual abuse, Protecting God’s Children.
Staff Contact for All Programs: Mark Herwaldt 630-483-4226 firstname.lastname@example.org
Catechist (Time and Talent #301)
Lead a class of students as they learn and share their faith. Class prep every week; teach a class weekly throughout the school year. Diocesan training (one Saturday session) required for new catechists. Six hours of continuing formation each year.
Substitute Catechist (Time and Talent #302)
Fill in for a regular catechist who is unable to teach.
High School Adult Leader (Time and Talent #303)
Facilitate, direct, guide and pray with teens. Responsibilities vary and are shared with other adults. For Sunday night meetings, and as needed.
Mission Trip Leader (Time and Talent #304)
Adults who go on a summer Mission trip as outreach to others. Help during fund raising activities. One week during the summer on the trip
Lighthouse Leader (Time and Talent #305)
College age or older who leads Sunday evening program for High school students in the summer.
Event Chaperone (Time and Talent #306)
Adults who assist in Youth Ministry events.