A Family of Faith

We are excited to continue or begin walking this journey of faith with your families.  Our hope for faith formation is to provide experiences, teachings and tools to help your family grow in faith.

A New Way to think about Religious Education 

What does A Family of Faith look like?

  •  A parish-based program that enriches the faith of the entire family

   Once a month grades pre-k through 7th will come to the parish with their parents (at least one): Parents will receive faith formation in our parish center while the kids go to their own faith formation class in the school

    2x a month, parents will do at home lessons with their family (30-45 minute lessons in place of weekly Religious Education)

    Seasonal activities will be an opportunity to bring all families together! From cook-outs, to family Adoration, to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, to Advent activity nights, and more! 

Why Family Faith Formation?

  • Studies show that parents are the MOST IMPORTANT element in a child’s faith-life. This why the Church asks parents, at their child’s Baptism, to accept the responsibility of forming their child in the practice of the faith. This program is designed to give you the tools and confidence to live that promise!

  • A Family of Faith Formation program will allow the parents to experience community in the parish, find support among other Catholic parents, and learn, experience, and grow in their own faith along with their children!

  • Is it hard to get here every week? This program gives YOU the flexibility you need to deepen your family’s faith formation together at a time most convenient for YOU.

  • The adult Faith Enrichment portion of our program is open to all adults in our parish which will help develop greater community.

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Confirmation Preparation 

    • will meet the Third Wednesday the month September through May from 6pm – 8pm in order to focus on preparing for the powerful Sacrament of Confirmation. 
    • a dynamic and engaging Confirmation program that will flow from and into our Middle School and High School Student Ministries. 
    • led by a faithful and excited CORE team of adults ready to serve and walk with our 8th graders on their journey to Confirmation! 
    • weekend retreat April 27-29 for all students receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this year. 
    • tentative all inclusive cost for the Confirmation program is $165 per student. This cost includes the tuition, materials, sacrament fee, and retreat. 
    • Kickoff - Wednesday, September 20th - registration form available soon

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the office at 815-633-6311 and ask for Shannon McKenna or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Catechists are volunteers who give of their time, talent and prayer to walk with our Religious Ed students on their journey of faith. The volunteer staff comes from many different professions and backgrounds with the same focus - to share their faith with the children of our Parish.

The Diocese requires all volunteers to take enrichment classes to deepen our knowledge of the Church and her teachings.  All teachers are working toward or already have a catechist certificate. After certification, the catechists are required to continue class work to maintain his/her certification and enhance their knowledge.  Many opportunities are offered throughout the year to become certified or renew your certification.

Volunteers are always appreciated and welcome in the R.E. programs. Training is provided as needed depending on the task. Participating in the class "Protecting God's Children" is a prerequisite to volunteering in any of the programs involving children. 


Shannon McKenna

815-633-6311 or

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