There are just two steps to completing your registration in Faith Formation at St. Patrick parish.
If you are not currently a registered parishioner at St. Patrick, please contact the Faith Formation office for assistance with registration. 630-553-6671, ext. 13
STEP 1: Completing the Registration Form :
This year we are not accepting applications in person, rather, all registration can be completed from the safety of your own home.
- Click the button below to access our Registration Form.
- Before completing the form, please save it to your computer and include your family name in the document name. For example, “Burks Family – Faith Formation Registration”. Please do not complete the form on the website and then save to your computer as your information will not be saved.
- After completing the form, email it to Missy as an attachment at firstname.lastname@example.org
To assist with our processing, please include in the email the method you used to complete your financial commitment.
- If you do not wish to email the form, you can also print it and either place it in the mail, or drop it in the secure box by the sidewalk outside the parish center. Please label the envelope, “Attention: Faith Formation Office”
STEP 2: Completing the Financial Commitment
A family’s registration is not complete without the financial commitment. You may submit your payment in 2 ways:
- By check sent in the mail or dropped in the secure box by the sidewalk outside the parish center. Please write “Faith Formation 2020-2021” in the memo line. Please label the envelope, “Attention: Faith Formation Office”
- Through online giving and choosing “Faith Formation 2020-2021” by clicking here:
What is Family Formation (FF) K – 6? Here are some frequently asked questions. If you don’t find your question answered, please contact the Faith Formation office.
- How much time will this take?
The monthly Zoom meetings will be approximately 1½ hours long, beginning at 6pm and ending at 7:30pm on designated Monday evenings. The pre-recorded K-4th grade lessons are approximately 1-1½ hours long. The two home lessons should not take more than 1 hour each.
- Do I need to sign up for the Zoom meetings?
No. You will receive an email each month with a link to the monthly Zoom meeting. Parents, 5 th and 6 th graders will watch a video segment and then break into discussion groups. If your child is in 5th-6th grade, they will be placed in a discussion group with a catechist to complete their lesson. Parents will remain in either a large group or will be broken into smaller groups for discussion and preparation for the rest of the months teachings.
- What textbooks will my children use?
Rather than having each child working in a different grade level textbook, we provide lessons that can be done together as a family. Occasionally, we add a worksheet or activity specifically for a young child or an adolescent or a parent, but generally the truths, rituals and spirituality of our Catholic faith come alive through family discussion, games, worksheets, and hands-on activities. Materials are provided in the Family Binder that you will receive at orientation. Any materials which we ask to be completed as part of your home lessons, will also be available on the website so that they can be submitted electronically.
Although textbooks are not used, be assured that the material is derived from many reliable sources, including the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Scriptures, Church documents and various reference tools all approved and sanctioned by the Catholic Church.
- Will there be homework assignments?
For each of the home lessons there are a few homework assignments. Parents are asked to complete the assignments with their children and return them electronically before the next Zoom meeting. If the children in the family are very young, parents are asked to complete the assignments and explain the content on the age level of their children. This way, parents are being prepared to answer the questions their children may ask as they mature.
- What if our family does not complete the two home lessons?
As with any family activity – sports, school, work, social engagements – the key is planning. We recommend that the family decide together when they will gather to do the follow-up home lessons. Put a sticker on your calendar at home as a reminder that it is “Faith Formation Day”. Because you are given just two lessons, you have the flexibility of a free week to catch up.
The program is only successful if families are committed to doing the home lessons. The diocese requires 30 hours per year of religious education…the 1½ hour Zoom meeting each month will not meet that requirement. The follow-up home lessons along with the service and prayer components complete the remainder of the 30 hours.
However, if a health or emergency situation arises that makes it impossible to do the work at home in a timely manner, please contact the Faith Formation office to discuss arrangements for catching up.
- How much service is required of the families participating in the program?
Each family is asked to complete one Corporal Work of Mercy (caring for the bodily needs of others) and one Spiritual Work of Mercy (caring for the spiritual needs of others). An explanation of these Works of Mercy along with a list of suggestions for service that can be done even during stay-at-home restrictions can be found under the “Service” tab by clicking on “FF at Home”
Two report sheets are also included under the “Service” tab. Families are asked to document their service experiences and return these sheets electronically by the end of the year.
- What is the prayer component? What is a Mass reflection?
There are two pieces to the prayer component. First, a booklet entitled “Passing on the Faith” is provided electronically on the website under the “Prayer” tab. (There is also a paper copy in your Family Binder) It contains key terms and teachings of the Catholic Church so parents can regularly review their children on the concepts that are covered in the monthly sessions. It also contains some of the prayers that are especially dear to us as Catholics.
Second, families are also expected to attend Mass every week either in person or via Livestream. What a blessing the Mass provides for us to be united with Christ in the Eucharist! He offers us his Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity; how can we ignore his offer? A Mass reflection is provided online to help you prepare and reflect on the Mass with your children and encourage a family dialogue. Even in times when Mass is not allowed, the Mass reflection will be a source of grace as they will help your family think about the Scripture that will be proclaimed at Mass each week. The Scriptures are the Word of God and unite us with Christ even when we cannot receive Holy Communion.
- What about sacraments?
Preparation for the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation are executed separately from Faith Formation.
However, the Diocese of Joliet requires that children have two consecutive years of religious instruction before receiving the sacraments. So, all children at St. Patrick’s are required to be enrolled for two consecutive years in FF or CTN prior to receiving their sacraments.
- What is Coming Together Night (CTN) 7 – 8th?
Coming Together Nights (CTN) is faith formation for the 7th and 8th graders here at St. Patrick Parish. This year CTN’s will take place Sunday evenings via Zoom at 7:00 pm. A typical CTN night begins with group prayer. Students and small group leaders will then listen to a 15 minute gospel centered presentation by a speaker who could be a member of clergy, community leaders, parishioner, etc. These presentations cover a wide range of topics from forming a more person relationship with Jesus, forgiveness, prayer, and moral issues. We then break up into small groups (5-9 students and at least 1 adult group leader). These small groups will remain the same for both the 7th and 8th grade years. Small group is key to the success of CTN! Here is where the leader and small group of students really get to know one another and have a chance to discuss their faith, triumphs, and struggles with everyday life of being a middle schooler, in a safe and supportive space. Our evening ends with prayer in our small groups. We hope this will be an enjoyable experience for your middle schooler, that will be filled with memories for years to come.
- Will my child change small groups from 7th to 8th grade in CTN?
No, we want the small group to stay together for both years to keep deepening their relationships. A change will only be made if it is more advantageous for the leader or student to be placed in another group.
- What do I do if my child cannot make a CTN meeting?
Please email your child’s small group leader (Contact info will be provided) and Mary Beth Jakstys at email@example.com
- Does my child need to make up a CTN lesson if they miss?
No, your child does not need to make up the lesson. The main part of CTN is the small group discussion which cannot be made up. Therefore, it is especially important that your child attend all CTN’s, unless there is illness.
- What about sacraments?
Preparation for the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation are executed separately from Faith Formation
However, the Diocese of Joliet requires that children have two consecutive years of religious instruction before receiving the sacraments. All children at St. Patrick’s are required to be enrolled for two consecutive years in FF or CTN prior to receiving their sacraments.
Please contact Michele Gonzales in the Faith Formation office.