St. Mary of Lourdes’ Children’s Faith Formation Program is committed to assisting families in fostering their knowledge and understanding of who God is in their lives and in the lives of their children. We seek experiences, which will encourage us to continue to grow, to share, and to witness our faith in God.

The primary goal of St. Mary of Lourdes’ Children’s Faith Formation is, with the assistance of their parents, to increase the children’s and youth’s realizations of God’s infinite love for us and to enhance their response to His love by greater sharing and caring for each other. We strive to reach this goal by:

      • Teaching the fundamentals and fostering the understanding of our Catholic faith (study of the Scriptures, Church doctrine, values, and history);
      • Emphasizing Jesus’ life and mission and the blessings we receive when we imitate Him in our own lives;
      • Advocating the use of individual prayer and communal worship;
      • Promoting an on-going, life-long faith development process for all parishioners;
      • Participating in the Sacraments, especially Holy Eucharist.

We offer a PreK/Kindergarten program for children ages 3 (by April 1) through Kindergarten and a Children’s Faith Formation program for Grades 1-8 on Sunday morning from 9am-10:15am. Our programs begin the Sunday after Labor Day and end the 1st Sunday in May. If you are new to our program, we will need a copy of your child/children’s Baptismal Certificate(s).

2021-2022 Basic Knowledge of the Faith Handout

2021-2022 Registration Information

What grades are included within the Children’s Faith Formation Program?

      • Our program encompasses PreK through 8th
      • Pre-K & Kindergarten are combined and includes all children age 3 through Kindergarten. Their lessons focus on the Sunday readings and learning basic prayers and responses within the Mass.
      • Grades 1 through 8 uses a spiral curriculum based on the 4 parts of the Catechism. A spiral curriculum builds on the material covered according to the level of understanding of the students at each grade level.

When is the first and last day of the 2021 – 2022 Children’s Faith Formation year?

      • Our first class will be Sunday, September 5, 2021.
      • Our last class will be Sunday, April 24, 2022.

When are the classes held?

      • Sunday mornings from 9am to 10:15am.
      • All classes for the 2021 – 2022 Children’s Faith Formation year will be in-person classes.
      • We will not be offering an at-home/virtual option for the 2021 – 2022 Children’s Faith Formation year.

What is the registration fee structure for the 2021 – 2022 year?

      • Mary of Lourdes active/tithing parishioners:
        • $25 per child (ending on June 30, 2021)
        • On or after July 1, 2021, the registration fee is $40 per child.
      • For non-St. Mary of Lourdes parishioners:
        • $40 per child (ending on June 30, 2021)
        • On or after July 1, 2021, the registration fee is $55 per child.
      • Registration will close for previous program participants on August 15, 2021. After August 15, registration may be limited to only new Lourdes parishioner families.
      • At no time should our program registration fees prevent your family from participating. We have benefactors who have committed to sponsoring any family who wish to participate in our Children’s Faith Formation Program. Contact Ileen at the Parish Office for more information.

Are there Sacramental Fees?

      • At this time, we do not have additional fees to cover the materials for our Sacramental programs.

Are there any required Parent Meetings?           

      • Yes, there are.
      • Family Night Kick-Off — 6pm, Saturday, August 28
        • Chance to get to know your fellow parish families
        • Start of the year meeting for the parents
        • AND we’re working on having a/some food truck(s) for food purchases instead of a potluck dinner (COVID safety).
        • Bring your chairs and blankets to end the evening with a movie under the stars (weather permitting)
      • Sacramental Parent Meetings
        • Specific dates will be given at the Family Night Kick-Off event.
          • 2nd Grade Parents
            • First Communion & First Reconciliation Parent Meetings – Dates to be determined
          • 6&7th Grade Parents
            • 1st Year Confirmation Preparation Parent Meeting – Date to be determined

Is there a calendar for the 2021-2022 Children’s Faith Formation Calendar?

      • The official 2021-2022 program calendar will be published in August and will be included in the family program packets that are given out at the Family Night Kick-Off on August 28.
      • 2021-2022 Calendar: Click here.

How Do I Register for the 2021-2022 Faith Formation Year?

Click here for the 2021-2022 Registration Form.

PreK/Kindergarten Program

Our PreK/Kindergarten follows the Sunday Gospel readings and incorporates learning the Sign of the Cross, the Glory Be and the Hail Mary. They begin their lesson with prayers that come from them (learning to pray for others) and music. From there, they listen to the Gospel and hear it in words that relate to their age level. After hearing the Gospel, they move on to various stations that teach the Gospel message. They end their day again with prayer and song.

Faith Formation Grades 1-8 Program

Our program for our children in Grades 1-8 use the Finding God program published by Loyola Press. This is an outstanding program that features a wonderful website with resources for parents and children to use at home to continue learning about what they learned in class on Sunday.

Check out the Finding God children and parent resources here: http://www.loyolapress.com/finding-god-2013.htm. Click on the Children and Parents tab on the left to find ways to continue the learning at home.

CCD Basic Information and Procedures
Prayer Checklist
Prayers to Know

Sacraments of Confession & First Holy Communion

These two sacraments are received during your child’s 2nd Grade year. Information regarding these Sacraments is disseminated at two parent meetings that are held at the beginning of each sacramental preparation period. These dates will appear on the Parish Calendar and information will be sent home with your child.

Sacrament of Confirmation

Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is a two-year process that occurs during the 7th & 8th grade year. Our preparation program incorporates service and learning and follows the program and curriculum guidelines put forth by the Diocese of Peoria.

General Confirmation Requirements
Service Hour Form
Service Opportunities
Saint Name Report details
Choosing a Confirmation Sponsor
Sponsor Form

Catechists and Volunteers

Any and all volunteers who work with children, supervised or unsupervised, must complete the Diocesan Screening and Training Program. Any volunteer who does not pass the screening process will immediately be removed from their position. All volunteers must also sign off on a Volunteer Code of Conduct, a Witness Statement, and the Annual Update Form regarding the Diocesan Policies and Procedures for working with children and youth. For these items, please contact the Director of Faith Formation at igrebner@stmarylourdes.org.

Click here to complete the Diocesan Screening and Training Program.

How do I find out more information?

For more information about our Children’s Faith Formation programs, Vacation Bible School, Sacramental Preparation or becoming a Catechist or volunteer, please contact:
Ileen Grebner, Director of Faith Formation at 309-386-4460 or by completing the form below.



    PreK/Kindergarten Program

    Faith Formation Grades 1-8 Program

    Sacrament of Confession

    Sacrament of First Holy Communion

    Sacrament of Confirmation

    Catechists & Volunteers