Religious Education

Children's Religious Education

Our Religious Education Program provides religious instruction for non-parochial school children.  Instruction is given in Catholic beliefs and morals, as well as preparation for sacraments.  Volunteers are needed as catechists.  Registration begins in April.  A Baptismal Certificate is required the years your child will be making First Communion and Confirmation.

2016-2017 Calendar for Religious Education

 

High School Religious Education


Godparent Program

The Godparent Program is the primary High School program.The Godparent Program is not like your standard religious education class.  It is a very unique and exciting program.  A married couple "Godparents" helps a small group of teens (typically 8-12) all the same year in high school, understand how their Catholic faith relates to their daily lives. This is accomplished through discussions and activities.  The Godparent program meets in the couple's home on Sunday nights from 7:00 - 9:00pm.

 

Teen Sacramental Preparation
 

 

Typically, by the time a teenager reaches high school, he or she has already received the three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Communion and Confirmation).  Due to many factors, we have found that this is not necessarily the case.  Changing churches, moving to a new neighborhood, conversion and many other situations can and often do interfere with the "typical progression of a teen through a religious education program". Teen Sacramental Preparation is a two year program.  The program begins in September and meets on Monday evenings from 7:45pm - 9:00pm.


Adult Faith Formation

Provides the adult members of our parish an opportunity to continue growing in their faith,foster active participation in various workshops, days of reflection, retreats, lectures and other activities.

RCIA - The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Do you want to join the Catholic Church?  Do you wish to complete your Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation)?  Would you like to grow and learn more about the Christian faith?

The RCIA is a community of faith in Jesus Christ that journeys together towards a sharing of the gifts of faith, hope and love.

Contact Greg Gresik, our Pastoral Associate for details at 630-759-7588, ext. 106.

Adult Bible Study

St. Francis of Assisi Bible Study meets on Thursdays from 7:00pm - 8:00pm in the 6th grade classroom.  You are invited to join us as we explore the Words of the Living God and discover the story behind the readings in the Lectionary.  Be prepared to not only be amazed, but most of all to be filled by the Holy Spirit and nourished by the Word of God.

Friday Morning Scripture Discussion

After the 7:30am. Mass each Friday, there is an informal Sunday Scripture discussion. We read and discuss the Gospel reading for the upcoming Sunday. Coffee and juice are provided. Join us and start your Friday with the Word of God.

Small Christian Communities

A Small Christian Community is a group of 8 - 12 adults who come together usually in each others' home weekly or biweekly to share their stories and God's story and how He has acted in their lives.  SCC involves prayer, sharing, support, being "church" to each other, learning and mission. For more information or questions, contact Greg Gresik, Pastoral Associate at 630-758-7599, ext. 106

 

Religious Education classes meet once a week.  Class days and times are Monday 4:30pm & 6:15pm; Tuesday 4:30pm and 6:15pm; Wednesday 4:30pm and Saturdays 8:30am.  All classes are one hour and ten minutes long. A minimum of two consecutive years attendance is required for all sacraments.

Theresa Palicka is the Director of Religious Education.  She can be reached 630-759-7588, ext. 109 or email her at tpalicka@stfrancisbb.org.

For any questions regarding the Godparent Progam, Teen Sacramental Preparation, or RCIA contact Greg Greisk, Pastoral Associate at 630-759-7588, ext 106 or email Greg at ggresik@stfrancisbb.org.