Christian Formation Commission

The mission of the Christian Formation Commission is to be responsible for the ongoing faith formation needs of all age groups in the Parish. The formation of the Parish regarding the teaching mission of the Church is the heart and soul of this Commission’s work. As such, the Commission is charged with the responsibility of coordinating and providing life-long Christian formation for all members of the Parish.

Parish Faith Formation

E.A.S.T. (Evangelization And Stewardship Today):  The purpose of E.A.S.T. is to make parishioners more conscious evangelizers and more generous stewards today and throughout their lives.  The sun rises in the East and illuminates the earth.  We, like Jesus, can be the light of the world to all those we meet if we practice evangelization and stewardship on a daily basis.  This ministry helps to educate parishioners about evangelization and stewardship and then encourages them to put their faith in action by offering their time, talent and treasure in various ways throughout the Parish.

Parish MissionWe offer opportunities to grow deeper in our spiritual lives thru our Parish Mission.

Small Christian CommunitiesWe at St. Elizabeth Seton have the opportunity to experience community in much the same way that early Christians did. SCC offers us the chance to meet with others in our parish to pray, reflect on Scripture, and to connect our everyday life with our faith. Many in our parish have experienced small group faith sharing and come to St. Elizabeth looking for a continuation of the positive aspects of such programs. Others find themselves searching for a deeper understanding of their faith which they know can be found by sharing and praying with those who have similar interests. Because of the mobility of many in our parish, some people look to SCC as a way to feel part of a small parish “family” within the larger parish family.

Adult Faith Formation

AFF CommitteeAdult Enrichment is an ongoing process of growth whereby individuals desire to intensify their relationships with God, family, church, and community. It is hoped that through the various programs organized by this committee, God’s revelation and self-communication to individuals can be received and responded to in the light of the Gospel message by worship, witness, and service to others.

Bible StudyThis Bible Study is an ongoing study of Sacred Scripture, both Old and New Testaments. A study guide is used that asks the participant to prepare for each session with a particular focus on the impact of these scripture passages on our lives today. Faith sharing in a group environmentis an essential part of this study.

Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP)Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) usually pronounced as “CHIRP” is a process designed to bring members of a parish together in Christ. It stresses clear focus on the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ. This process emphasizes continued growth in Christian life and in our daily contacts with others. At St. Elizabeth Seton we have both, a men’s and women’s CRHP process. The process begins with what is called a renewal weekend. This weekend can be a spiritual experience that will make a lasting difference in your life. The renewal weekend is given for parishioners by parishioners. The retreat team has been trained and formed over the past year to be prepared to share with you. This is an opportunity to hear and discuss how we live as Catholics in our modern, complex society. It is an occasion for individual spiritual growth achieved through prayer and personal reflection.  You may share your faith stories (as much or as little as you want) with others in the parish that are as challenged as you are with the many demands of daily life. Sacraments are the focal point of the weekend and we are blessed to participate in Eucharistic Adoration, Mass and if you wish, Reconciliation.

Cursillo:  The full name, “Cursillo de Christiandad” is a Spanish term meaning, “Short course in Christianity,” making Cursillo different from a retreat, but complementary to one. It is a lay church movement made up of three parts, the pre-Cursillo, the Cursillo and the post-Cursillo. During the three days of the weekend itself, from Thursday evening to Sunday evening, people from various walks of life and from all over the diocese, will have the opportunity to discover a new understanding of Jesus Christ, hear basic Christian truths, and learn a method of forming and sustaining lay leadership by which ordinary people can grow in the love and service of God and others for the rest of their lives.

Divorce Support:  “Divorce and Beyond” healing and recovery program is a ten week peer support group which meets weekly to work through the grief process and facilitate a beginning to renewal and growth. Anyone who is divorced or has applied for a divorce is welcome. The group is facilitated by divorced coordinators. Workbook topics, including stress, anger, loneliness, and forgiveness are discussed. Sessions consist of reflection readings and exercises, during which participants gain insight by sharing experiences, and “homework,” which helps individual introspection.

Marriage Encounter:  A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is for any husband and wife or priest/religious interested in a weekend away from the distractions and demands of everyday life, to focus on their marriage and on each other. (Priest/Religious: focus on their service to their spouse, the people of God.) The weekend is designed to deepen and enrich the joys a couple share, whether they have been married only a short time or for many years. It is not a retreat, a clinic, nor a group sensitivity course. You actually give the weekend to each other. Marriage Encounter is open to all married couples regardless of faith expression. The weekends are held six times a year at a local hotel or retreat center. For more information contact John & Betty Schuch at 630-983-5999 or John.schuch@wowway.com.  Applications to attend a weekend can be found at  www.wwme-chicagoland.org  or call 630-577-0778.

That Man is You! (TMIY):  That Man is You is a 26 week interactive men’s program combining the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of a man fully alive. By honestly addressing the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, That Man is You! seeks to form men who will be capable of transforming homes and society.

Young Adult Formation

Youth Group:  Meets every Thursday in the Room, in the Parish center basement from 7:00-8:30 P.M. Teens gather for discussion, fun & games on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays and prayer and faith sharing on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays.

Spirit & Truth: For young adults ages 18 to 39. Their mission is to bring young adults into relationship with Christ through worship of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, study of Church teachings, Sacred Scripture and celebration of Catholic traditions while forming a community of life-giving relationships. The group meets on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 P.M.

Child/Youth Religious Education

Elementary (K-6):  Elementary Ministry presents to the children of the parish the beliefs and practices of the Catholic tradition.  Sacramental preparation for Reconciliation and Eucharist are provided in 2nd Grade. It is the norm that a child needs to be in the Religious Education program for one year before he/she is able to receive the sacraments so they are able to understand the importance of the sacraments. Classes for Kindergarten and First Grade are held in the church building and Grades 2- 6 are in either the homes or the church building. There are a set of classes in the building offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for families with three or more children in the program or single parent households. The grade levels gather at church for a large group experience throughout the year.

Junior High (7-8):  The EDGE Religious Education Program for 7th and 8th grade students is held in the building on alternating Monday nights. An alternate option is available for those unable to attend on Mondays. Large group activities, service opportunities and social events are held throughout the year. This ministry provides education, Christian formation and community building for the young teens of the parish. Students use the text ‘Alive in Christ’ published by our Sunday Visitor, Catholic Youth Ministry EDGE materials; YOUCAT; Bibles.

High School (9-10):  High School ministry provides religious education, formation experiences, and preparation for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. 9th & 10th grade classes meet in the homes. Classes meet twice per month for two hours.  The Curriculum used is ‘Chosen’, published by Ascension Press.  Students that attend Catholic High Schools have a modified program of preparation that meets once per month for two hours.

Each grade level gathers for other formation experiences, such as a retreat, Harvest Sunday, and other presentations made by guest speakers. Sophomore candidates attend an overnight retreat and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the second semester. Throughout the year, students are required to engage in service and ministry at the parish and in the community.

Catechists/Facilitators:  Currently there are approximately 134 parishioners who volunteer to share their faith with the children and youth of our parish. Catechists/facilitators are asked to attend grade level meetings throughout the year as a form of support, formation and idea sharing.

Vacation Bible School:  Vacation Bible School is typically held during a week in the summer. During this week under a theme, each morning children will gather and rotate to different rooms. They will hear a Bible story, learn about a saint, play games, have music and enjoy themselves. The Lower level of the church is transformed to coordinate with the theme for the year. VBS is for children Kindergarten-5th Grade. Youth leaders are 6th Grade and up.

ASCA (All Saints Catholic Academy):  All Saints Catholic Academy is a regional Catholic elementary school, founded in 2005 by three Naperville parishes: St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, St. Margaret Mary Parish, and St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. ASCA educates children from Pre-school through 8th Grade.

 

Christian Formation Commission Chair:

Amy Drake

630-718-1630

amyldrake@me.com