Faith Formation


First Communion, May 2019

Confirmation 2018


Catechists 2017/2018

Welcome to St. Dismas/St. Anastasia Parish Faith Formation Program

The Christian family is ordinarily the first experience of the Christian community and the primary environment for growth in faith; it is the "church of the home".  In his 1994 Letter to Families, Pope John Paul II wrote: “Parents are the first and most important educators of their own children, and they also possess a fundamental competence in this area:  they are educators because they are parents.” It is through the living witness of parents that children first experience the faith; faith-filled moments permeate all of family life.  This experience is irreplaceable and lasts throughout life.  As parents you are blessed with the love and grace to foster your children’s spiritual growth.  Indeed, as parents you are uniquely able to teach your children – first because you yourselves are persons of faith and second because you are parents.   It is this religious formation that is the foundation of all other forms of religious education a person receives. 

Catechesis makes our parish mission statement a lived reality.  Catechesis emphasizes personal and community faith life with parish ministry and through life experiences.  Catechesis is the process of sharing the Gospel, as the Christian community has received it, understands it, celebrates it, lives it and communicates it in many ways.  Catechesis nurtures faith where it is first formed in the family and leads us to Eucharistic celebration!

Our Faith Formation is a systematic program not merely sacramental.  Education and formation in the Catholic faith is a lifelong, multi-dimensional process (National Directory for Catechesis, USCCB, 2005).  This means children should attend faith formation classes at every grade level until they enter high school, not just when making their first Communion and/or Confirmation.  However, due to COVID-19, this upcoming year the program will be Sacramental ONLY.

Registration for Catechism is Now Available:

Preparation for each of the Sacraments involves two years of formation classes for First Communion and Confirmation.  Due to Covid-19, classes offered will be online only up until December, at which point we will address an in-class option if available.

Items needed:  Registration Form (please see below) and Payment - cash, check and credit card accepted.  New Faith Formation Families/Students:  For church records purposes, parents please provide a copy of the Birth Certificate for RCIC students - please see below, Baptismal Certificate for students receiving the Sacrament of First Communion in their second year of formation, Baptismal Certificate and First Communion Certificate for students receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in their second year of formation.   Returning Families/Students:  If you have submitted a copy of your sacramental certificate in the prior year, please dismiss this note.  If not, please do provide a copy for church record-keeping purposes.


2020-2021 Faith Formation Calendar (Pending)




Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) begins in September and culminates when the catechumen or candidate is ready to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.  Along with regular catechetical sessions, RCIA candidates or catechumens participate in Sunday Family Faith Gatherings.

Classes for 2020-2021 TBD

RCIA Registration Form

RCIA for Children

Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC) is a special two year preparation/journey for children, ages 5 years or older, who have not yet been baptized.  In addition to religious eduation classes, the child is engaged with parent/s in family preparation to welcome the child into our parish faith community.  The child will receive the sacrament of Baptism in the first year, then First Communion in the second year.

Children's Liturgy
of the Word

Pre-COVID CLW was celebrated during the 9:00 and 11:00 Mass each Sunday from September - May.  Children are called forth with their catechist, blessed by Father, and sent forth for their own specially prepared Liturgy of the Word, primarly focused on the Sunday Gospel.  After hearing the Gospel, children are invited to think about the Gospel's meaning in ways appropriate to their age level.  An activity and prayer, sometimes a song follows.  Children are then invited to bring a symbol to the altar as they return to celebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist with their families.  All children who have not yet received their first Communion are invited to CLW.  Registration is not necessary.

Classes for 2020-2021 TBD

Family Catechesis

For a variety of reasons, St. Dismas Church is inviting parents to become the primary catechists of their children by engaging, evangelizing and equip parents to pass on their faith.

Learn More - TBD

Become a Catechist

Interested in becoming a catechist?  Please print the Catechist Form

or Teen Ministries Form,

if you desire to share your faith with children and young adults, please consider joining our Faith Formation program as a Catechist.  Mail printed form to St. Dismas Church, 2600 Sunset Ave., Waukegan, IL  60087 or Fax: 847-623-5292.


Lifelong Formation

Lifelong Formation is a program leading to Archdiocesan Catechist Certification.

Catechist Lifelong Formation
Level 1 - Spiritual Formation I

The Spiritual Formation component of our Level 1: "Answering the Call"
Learn more...

Catechist Lifelong Formation
Level II - Witnessing the Call
(Two Year Process)

The Spiritual Formation (year 1a) component of our Level 2: "Witnessing the Call"
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Bible Discussion Group

Meets twice a month and discuss upcoming Gospel readings and one of the books (or a portion of one of the books) of the Bible.  We explore our understanding of the readings and share how they effect each of us.  Please join us as we make a spirit filled journey through the scriptures.


Special Religious Education (SPRED) for the developmentally disabled.  The Archdiocese of Chicago offers SPRED programs for different age groups at different parishes.  At St. Dismas, we offer SPRED for adults 21 years and older.

SPRED is especially designed to meet the needs of the developmentally challenged.  Each person is partnered with an adult Catechist.  Groups are small:  3-6 pairs of adult and young person or challenged adult, along with a leader and an activity catechist.  Groups meet twice a month.

SPRED catechists form their own faith community out of which to share and witness to their faith.  Sessions are prepared each year by the Archdiocese and include an activity/focusing time followed by a celebration time, and then a sharing of refreshments and fellowship.