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).
2020-2021 Basic Knowledge of the Faith Handout
2020-2021 Registration Information
The registration fee is $60/child and can be made payable to St. Mary of Lourdes. After July 1, the registration fee is $75/child.
At no time should financial difficulties prevent you from enrolling your child in our programs. Please talk with Ileen, our Director of Faith Formation, in these cases.
Click here for the 2020-2021 Registration Form.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.