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 Continues!
Upcoming Events for Year II Families:
Friday March 20th – Newly Confirmed (Neophytes) CANCELLED
Complete your Confirmation-Guided-Reflection
Parents will receive information regarding next task for neophytes complete
While the celebration of Mass has been suspended at this time, consider using these resources during your normal Mass time
Resources for prayer, Mass online and much more!
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
REGARDING OPPORTUNITIES to SERVE – Check with these organizations to see what help you may be able to provide during the COVID-19 pandemic
The organizations listed below have instituted protocols to keep their staffs, volunteers, and clients safe during this time while still providing the vital services needed. Please contact the organization prior to offering your assistance regarding the protocols they have put in place. While it is important to remember the most vulnerable at this time, it is equally important to keep everyone healthy and safe.
Opportunities to Serve – For parents & sponsors to experience with their candidate
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 Families during this Health Crisis
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
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