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 meets two Saturdays per month throughout the school calendar year. 


 November 3rd through November 23rd  

food drive


Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive for St. Susanna-Ascension Parish donation boxes at entrances of Church &  Saturday Check In Desk


Saturday November 23rd
Faith Formation for Children


Saturday December 7th
Faith Formation for Children



Faith Formation – Handbook

Give Central – Online Payments





Monthly newsletter to aid parents in Handing on the Faith



Finding God: November/December 2019

Finding God: Grade/  Level  Resources


sunday-connection_100x100  Sunday Connection

God speaks to us in many ways, including through the Sunday Scripture readings. The Sunday Connection provides useful background and activities to better understand the upcoming Sunday’s Scripture readings, helping you to connect the Scripture to daily life in a meaningful way.


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We are seeking adults to join our Faith Formation Team!

Our team is open to all adults of the parish as well as parents of our disciples! 

OPPORTUNITIES to GET INVOLVED  /   Catechist Role Description 





Opportunities to Put Our Faith into Practice in Our Community

Friends of the Chicago River- Family Volunteer Opportunities

Since 1979, Friends has been working to improve the health of the Chicago River system for the benefit of people, plants and animals; and by doing so, has laid the foundation for the river to be a beautiful, continuous, and easily accessible corridor of open space in the Chicago region.

Greater Chicago Food Depository – Family Repack Days

The Food Depository is part of a united community effort working to bring food, dignity and hope to our Cook County neighbors. We act as the hub for a network of more than 700 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other programs. These programs provide food where it’s most needed. We also address the root causes of hunger. Public benefits outreach and job training programs offer a hand up for our neighbors to overcome poverty.

Cradles to Crayons – Family Volunteer Opportunities

Without adequate and appropriate clothing, children face unfair barriers and participate in life on an unequal playing field. Across most of the United States, only three (food, housing, energy) of four basic needs are supported by government safety net programs. Cradles to Crayons uses the term “Clothing Insecurity” as part of our efforts to formally recognize the issue, and increase awareness on this hidden basic need.

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities.

Mission of Our Lady of the Angels – Family Volunteer Opportunities

The Mission of Our Lady of the Angels establishes a Catholic presence in the West Humboldt Park area on Chicago’s west side. This area is presently one of the poorest neighborhoods in the City of Chicago. The purpose of the Mission is twofold: to assist the materially poor and to share the treasure of our Catholic Faith.

St. Cornelius Parish – Food Pantry 

The Food Pantry has roots that go back some 40 years and an evolution of development via the St. Vincent DePaul Society, support by the Holy Name Society and leadership by our parish deacons. Over the years, the details of its operations have varied. To be sure, it’s always been, and continues to be, the diligent work of dedicated volunteers that makes its existence possible.

Opportunities to Put Our Faith Into Action in Our Parish Family

Liturgical Ministries including:

  • Liturgy Board
  • Altar service
  • Choir / Muscians
  • Lectors
  • Eucharistic Ministers
  • Ministers of Consolation

Common Threads Ministry @ St Robert’s

Prayer blankets and shawls can be sewn, crocheted, knitted, or made of tied fleece. These blankets and shawls are distributed to those in our parish family who are need of our spiritual support and comfort.  No experience is needed and all ages are welcome!

Common Threads Ministry gathers the first Thursday of each month. Contact Deacon Bill Frere for details



Protecting God’s Children– Parent 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


DOVE – 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


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.or