With the encouragement of Archbishop Cupich and the Archdiocesan plans for the future, St. Norbert Parish is implementing a new Religious Education program using the Family Catechesis model. The Family Catechesis model is not a brand new. Many parishes around the diocese have adopted this style of catechesis with amazing results. The program is a proven powerful family faith experience.
Like our prior Religious Education program, the St. Norbert Family Faith Formation program will educate children and families in the Catholic faith and its traditions. With the whole family centered in the life of the church, parents, children and teens will grow their desire to become lifelong Catholics and members of the church. This program strongly emphasis’ that families are our children’s primary teachers. The parish role is to support the family and provide the resources and tools for parents to learn along with their children.
The St. Norbert Parish Family Faith Formation program begins with each school year in September (registration occurs in April of the prior year) and ends in April of the following year. Generally, joint parent/student Family Faith Formation sessions are held at St. Norbert at various times during the year. Families complete the session at home, bringing families together to share and deepen their Catholic faith and establishing ongoing Catholic faith practices within the family life.
Different programs are used for Kindergarten through 5th Grade and Junior High students, 6th through 8th Graders. Family Faith Formation for High School students is available through our Youth Ministry. Click through the menu to learn more about our Family Faith Formation program.
As sacramental life is central to who we are as Catholic followers of Jesus Christ, the St. Norbert Parish Our Family Faith Formation includes sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. Sacramental preparation is included in student’s regular Faith Formation Sessions. Special events, specific to each sacrament, take place outside of Faith Formation Sessions.
Who runs Family Faith Formation Sessions?
Catechists (word means teacher) conduct Family Faith Formation Sessions. A Catechist is a caring individual who volunteers to share their love of God, their faith and their time with our young people. They are not theologians but they are committed to their own growth as Catholic adults.
Who can volunteer to teach?
Any registered parishioner with a desire to work with our parish children and help them to grow in their Catholic faith can teach. All volunteers are screened, and they receive training necessary for them to be an effective spiritual leader.
What are the Parents’ Responsibilities?
Parents are vital to the faith formation education of their children, especially since the home is the most influential factor in the life of a child. Family Faith Formation is a partner, supporting the Christian values and attributes that children learn at home. Parents will be participating in monthly on-site sessions and working with their children to expand these learning at home, reinforcing the families’ learnings in everyday life.
It is helpful if Parents explain in their own words to their child why they are attending Family Faith Formation session.