Family Faith Formation

Neighborhood
Karie Ferrell, Director of Faith Formation
kferrell@stmaryevanston.org(847) 864-0333 ext 203
 
Our program (PreK-High School) is a family-centered program offering two options to meet the needs of your family. We use the Finding God textbook series from Loyola Press to help families integrate the rites and traditions of the Catholic Faith into their daily lives and raise awareness that the life of the Church is in our homes, our workplaces, the life of our communities, in the world.
 
 
2021-2022 PROGRAM YEAR INFORMATION
Early Registration Is Open Now – May 31, 2021
Deadline to Register for Fall Classes August 1, 2021
 
Registration Forms: Download, save to your desktop, email completed forms to kferrell@stmaryevanston.org
 
   Family Registration, complete one set per family
 
   Student Form, complete one set for each student
 
   2021-2022 Class Schedule, Traditional Program
 
   2021-2022 At-Home Program Schedule
 
 
Traditional Classroom Program: This fall all classes will meet in person, although we’ll be prepared to meet in Zoom if pandemic guidelines require it. 
 
     Sunday Morning Program: Classes for children, PreK
     through 6th Grade, who attend public or secular private
     schools. Classes meet Sunday Mornings mid-September to May.
     Grades PreK, Kindergarten: 9:15-10:30; Grades 1-6: 10:45-11:00  
     
    Class Sessions – September 12 through May 1
 
     Monday Night Junior High & High School Programs: Classes for
     adolescents, 7th and 8th Grades and High School, who attend
     public or secular private schools. Classes meet Monday
     Evenings mid-September to May.
 
     Class Sessions: 7th and 8th Grades, High School, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
     September 13 – May 2
 
At-Home Program: The At-Home model is designed for parents who want to be more intimately involved with their children’s faith formation by working in cooperation with the Parish Religious Education Program within the context of their family home life.
 
     Unit Kickoff Sessions gather families together in physical or
     virtual meetings to introduce the unit theme and encourage
     connection between families and parish.
 
     Parents act as teachers of the weekly lessons at home using the
     same textbooks as our traditional program and lesson plans
     modified for parents use.
 
Sacramental Preparation: All the children of our parish, whether they participate in our religious education program or attend our parish school, Pope John XXIII, come together with their families to prepare to celebrate the sacraments.
 
     First Reconciliation & First Communion: A 2-year process – 1st
     through 2nd Grade is the usual age for preparation.
 
     Confirmation: A 2-year process – 7th through 8th Grade is the
     usual age for preparation.
 
Older children and teens are integrated into both of these programs; no matter what age they begin, we have a program for your children.