The St. Norbert Parish Family Faith Formation program serves over 500 children each year with faith formation, covering topics of education, worship, community and service. Many volunteers are needed for a successful program!
Are you moved to deepen the faith and sense of belonging to the Catholic Church of our children, so that they will be moved to sharing of their time, talent and treasure in the life of the Church, now and throughout their lives? Read below to see where your talents can be utilized.
Advent Wreath Committee: This committee organizes and plans the Annual Advent Wreath Celebration for the parish. The Advent wreath is perhaps the most common Advent symbol, and is also one of the most popular Advent traditions for the home. Families are invited to come design their own Advent Wreath with supplies purchases by the Parish. Families are charged a slight fee to participate in the event. The celebration normally takes place the week prior to the start of Advent.
Catechists: Catechists serve a crucial role in educating students in grades K-8 about the Catholic faith. The role of the Catechist is to help children and young adults discover their faith and help them apply it to their lives. Catechists are provided a leader’s manual, activity sheets, craft materials, and teaching workshops that will help them plan lessons to stimulate growth in the Catholic faith. Training occurs each summer.
Catechists serve approximately 25 weeks of the year. Faith Formation sessions are 75 minutes in length and usually requires about one to two hours of preparation, per class. This Ministry is open to confirmed adults. A background check and Safe Environment training are required.
Catechist Assistants (Classroom Aides): Catechist Assistants are in-class helpers to the Catechist. The time commitment for Catechist Assistants is similar to that for Catechists.
Substitute Catechist: Fill in as necessary when Catechists cannot conduct class. Substitutes will teach the Catechist’s lesson plan . In addition to the physical class time, substituting usually requires one hour of advanced preparation.
Hall Monitor: Adult volunteers help observe, guide, and control the building environment during Family Faith Formation classes. These adults help ensure the safety of children and staff. Volunteers rotate assignment throughout the year.
Hospitality Helpers: Various receptions and celebration occur during the Family Faith Formation calendar. Workers are needed to help plan, organize, serve and clean up at these events. There are five or six special events during the year.
Parking Monitors: Direct and assist arrivals/dismissals. Ensure parking lot safety. Volunteers rotate coverage throughout the year.
Service Project Team: Identify and organize service projects. Prepare materials outside of the sessions for use during the sessions if necessary.
Office Helper: There are always so many things to do to help Family Faith Formation run smoothly and keep our community involved and informed. We’d love to have you come in if you are free during class time. Answer the telephone, greet visitors, stuff envelopes, make calls, do data entry, etc. Training is provided.
Music Helper: The children love to sing and they need help learning songs for First Eucharist and the Family Faith Formation Christmas Pageant.
Sacramental Tutor: Help prepare a small group of children who did not receive First Eucharist or First Reconciliation in 2nd grade with materials provided by the Director or Family Faith Formation.
How to Volunteer
If you feel called to share your time and talents, click here to complete Family Faith Formation Volunteer on-line Sign-Up form.