Faith Formation for Children


Faith Formation


Faith Formation for Children is a process in which our catechist team (of parish staff and volunteer parishioners) partner with parents who seek to mentor their child into living our  faith.  Through this process children and adults are invited to discover and to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ so as to live more fully our Catholic Christian faith.  As disciples we are called to make Christ present in the world through the Body of Christ, the Church.


Of Note: Our parish’s Sacrament Preparation  is part of an overall Faith Formation process, either through enrollment in our parish school or parish Faith Formation.  Families who are seeking to prepare an older child for reception of the Sacraments should refer to our Family Faith Formation page for more information.

 Faith Formation for Children – SESSIONS AT HOME!


March 20, 2020

Greetings Faith Formation Parents –
I do hope that you and your family are healthy and safe.  We are facing some very difficult challenges of which there seems to be more questions each day than answers.  One answer we can be assured of is that we are not alone in these challenges.  Our Lord is always with us no matter where no matter what. 
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic here I alerted you that Faith Formation for Children sessions would be suspended for the remainder of the season.  As your child is now  e-learning or using some other form of at home learning to keep up their academic learning, let’s keep their faith formation growing as well! Here is an opportunity for parents and the parish to truly work in partnership to continue to form our young disciples in the faith.
Each Saturday morning you will receive an email from your child’s catechist with the link to the Google Classroom which contains the information you need to guide your child through the session:
  • Chapter/session to be read and completed in their Finding God textbook
  • A video clip to review that relates to the Finding God assignment
  • A family faith action to be completed – options are found on the last page of each chapter/session in the Finding God text
  • Lastly your disciple will be asked to complete the online assessment for that chapter/session through Loyola Press.

Also I ask that you utilize the Sunday Connections each week with your child.  Read  the Sunday scriptures and reflections to discuss as a family.  Scroll down this page to locate the link.

More than ever, we need to remember we are the Body of Christ to each other and to those in need; praying for those afflicted with the virus, those who are caring for them, as well as those marginalized who are at an even greater risk.


While we continue to face the challenges of social distancing, let us remember we are still connected to each other through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Let us keep each other in prayer, especially those most impacted by the pandemic.

MaryEllen Casselman


While the celebration of Mass has been suspended at this time, consider using these resources:

Stay connected to your family in faith here at St. Robert Bellarmine through our parish app 



 sunday-connection_100x100 Sunday Connection

Preview Sunday’s scriptures, reflect, and open a dialogue with your family

Don’t have a Bible! Click here to locate both the daily and Sunday readings


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Ways to Service Others – Virtually!


Operation Gratitude – Virtual Volunteerism


Resources for Families during this Health Crisis

SRB: COVID-19 updates

Helping Children and Teens Cope with Anxiety About COVID-19 Click: This article, put out by Seattle Children’s Hospital, offers tips for helping children and teens who are trying to make sense of what the outbreak means for their families and communities.

How to Handwash Catholic Style: Put out by the Diocese of Dallas, this is a fun but helpful way to help parents guide children to thoroughly was their hands (and pray at the same time) during the COVID-19 . Click : Attachment 1




Spring Edition: Living Faith at Home


Finding God: Grade/  Level  Resources

Faith & Family Resources – Loyola Press




Give Central – Online Payments

Faith Formation: Children Handbook

St. Robert Bellarmine Parish App -(Apple)

St. Robert Bellarmine Parish App – (Android)



Protecting God’s Children– Resources

DOVE Ministry – Don’t Okay Violence Ever
St. Robert Bellarmine Parish has a parish-based domestic violence outreach ministry, DOVE, which stands for Don’t Okay Violence Ever. DOVE meets the second Monday of each month in the church hall. Our mission is to raise awareness of domestic violence, to help victims and perpetrators connect to support services, and to promote the prevention of domestic violence. All are welcome to join the ministry! For more information, email


Online for Parents Resources:

Teaching Touching Safety Quick Reference Guide™

Netsmatz: Keeping Kid’s Safe Online

Kid Smartz: Teaching Kids Personal Safety


Guía de enseñanza-límites-y-seguridad

Common Sense Media

Children Matter Network Resources




Our Faith Formation Team

MaryEllen Casselman- Catechetical Leader

Damary Madera – Administrative Assistant

Parish Catechist Team


Contact Information:

St. Robert Bellarmine – Faith Formation Office

4646 N. Austin Avenue Chicago, IL 60630

Phone: 773-286-0956 / Fax: 773-777-2770

Email: faithformationofc@srb-chicago.o