WHERE THE ENCOUNTER BECOMES A LIFELONG FRIENDSHIP
Welcome to the Sacrament Preparation Process for Confirmation here at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish! As a family with a child nearing the end of their elementary years of faith formation, all of you begin to take in a new direction in your faith journey. As your now older child encounters Jesus Christ, our Savior for themselves they begin a more intimate friendship of their own apart from their parents. Every member of the family will experience a shift in their understanding of the faith, enabling everyone’s journey to continue growing in age and wisdom.
Preparing to receive a sacrament is a process with three essential components:
- LIVING FAITH through your family life at home;
- LEARNING FAITH through parish formation opportunities;
- LOVING FAITH through worshipping and serving with the parish family
The process begun with the Sacrament of Baptism continues as your child begins their last elementary school years. They will have established their own relationship with Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior, separate from yours and will begin the challenge of putting their Catholic faith into practice every day. As their own individual faith journey takes shape, an understanding of the expectations to live as a “disciple of Christ” in the world today lays the ground work for their preparations to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and into young adulthood.
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 seeking to prepare an older child for the reception of the Sacraments should refer to our Family Faith Formation page for more information.
Information for Year I Sacrament Preparation Families
In order to discover what you should be doing Year I of Confirmation preparations with your older elementary aged child, click the Parent Letter below. Year I Confirmation families will be contacted throughout the school year with more information.
Confirmation Class of 2020 – Your Journey Begins
Upcoming Events for Year II Families:
Saturday January 18th – Candidates
9:00am – 3:00pm (lunch included)
Divine Savior Parish – Norridge
Saturday January 25th – Candidate Task Due
Friday January 31st – Sponsor Task Due
Friday February 14th – Candidates
Faith Groups Gathering
Tuesday February 18th – Parents, Sponsors, Candidates
Evening of Prayer & Practice @ St Robert Bellarmine
Friday February 21st – Parents, Sponsors, Candidates
Candidates to Meet with Bishop Bartosic
6:30pm Kernaghan Hall
Confirmation Mass -7pm @ St Robert Bellarmine
Reception to follow in Kernaghan Hall
FAITH GROUP GATHERINGS CONTINUE AFTER CONFIRMATION MASS
Opportunities to Serve – For parents & sponsors to experience with their candidate
Your Parish Family:
Altar Service Contact Deacon Bill Frere – firstname.lastname@example.org
Choir Member / Musician Contact Dennis Constanza – email@example.com
Usher or Lector @ Sunday 5:30pm Mass Contact: Maria Siap- firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Friends of the Chicago River – 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 – 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- 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: 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.
- Mobile Food Pantry – 1st Saturday Monthly
- Community Dinners -Volunteers
- Behind the Scenes: help sort donations, pick up donations &more
Service opportunities with Scout Programs are another way to share the Good News!
REMEMBER TO DOCUMENT YOUR SERVICE EXPERIENCES!
Resources for Year II Parents & Sponsors:
*PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE UPDATED PREPARATION CALENDAR BELOW!*
Resources for Year II Candidates –
Questions, concerns, clarifications? Contact: Sacraments@srb-chicago.org