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 Faith Formation for Families page.
Information for Year I Sacrament Preparation Families
Confirmation Class of 2022
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 via email with more information.
Confirmation Class of 2021
This season of preparation has a number of challenges not faced before. Know that the sacrament team continues to seek new ways in which to accompany our candidates in their preparations. The preparations for this Confirmation class may be different from previous years, but will still engage our candidates in their journey of faith.
PARENT / SPONSOR INFORMATION:
FAITH GROUPS GATHER: MARCH 2-5
6:30 – 8:00P
4:30 – 6:00P
4:30 – 6:00P
6:30 – 8:00P
Faith group gathering LINKS will be emailed to parents the morning of the gathering.
Parents & sponsors will receive a summary after each faith group gathering.
UPDATED CONFIRMATION 2021 CALENDAR of EVENTS
NO VIRTUAL CONFIRMATION REHEARSAL ON MARCH 2ND…..MORE INFORMATION SOON!
SPONSOR LETTER to PASTOR -DUE SUNDAY FEBRURAY 27TH
CONFIRMATION NOVENA MARCH 2ND – MARCH 11TH
Remember to….Keep Practicing the Faith
“YOUR ROLE AS A PARENT IN YOUR CHILD’S FAITH FORMATION DOES NOT END WITH THEIR CONFIRMATION. YOUR PRAYERS AND PERSONAL EXAMPLE CAN EXERT A POWERFUL IMPACT ON YOUR CHILD FOR THEIR WHOLE LIFE”
“ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE TO ESTABLISH A FAMILY HABIT OF DISCUSSING FAITH, MORALS AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH.” -CHOSEN (AscensionPress.com)
CLASS of 2021: OPPORTUNITIES to SERVE
5TH ANNUAL BLANKET CHALLENGE – COMPLETED BLANKETS RETURNED SATURDAY MARCH 6TH (9-11am)
POP UP FOOD DRIVE: SATURDAY MARCH 6TH 9AM -1PM
Forward questions or concerns that may arise during Confirmation preparation to: Sacraments@srb-chicago.org
RESOURCES for CANDIDATES
REMEMBER TO DOCUMENT YOUR EXPERIENCES!
RESOURCES for SPONSORS
YOUR SERVICE IS STILL NEEDED…. (for candidates with parents or sponsor)
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.
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