Faith Formation

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First Communion 2018

Confirmation 2017

Catechists 2017/2018

Welcome to St. Dismas Parish Faith Formation

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.

Our Faith Formation includes:

Sunday Family Faith Gathering - generally meets once a month from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Families begin with 9:00 a.m. Mass, then gather for prayer, reflections on the Gospel reading of the day and activity.

Saturday Faith Formation - 1st-6th grades, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., meets weekly Saturday mornings at St. Anastasia Church, September - May.

Monday Faith Formation - 1st-6th grades, 6:00-7:30 p.m., meets weekly Monday evenings at St. Anastasia Church, September - May.

Family Catechesis - Meets the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. or the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

First Communion preparation involves two years of classes.  First Communion Schedule for Parent & Student Prep Sessions (2nd year students)

Confirmation preparation involves two years of classes and community service.

2018-2019 STUDENT REGISTRATION FORMS

2018-2019 Faith Formation Calendar

 

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RCIA

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.

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

Is 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.

CLW Schedule 2018-2019 & Catechist Yearly Meetings

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.

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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"
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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.

SPRED

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.