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

Parish MissionWe offer opportunities to grow deeper in our spiritual lives thru our Parish Mission.  The Parish Mission provides extraordinary preaching outside of our Sunday homilies and other instructional courses.  It is meant to invigorate our parish community as well as strengthen our bonds with one another.  The mission is also intended to renew our commitment and attachment to the Body of Christ present in our faith community.

Formation Resources:  The following resources are available for parishioners with a variety of needs; those involved in sacramental preparation, catechists, Small Christian Communities, study groups, or individuals and their families.

  • Lighthouse Catholic Media kiosk is located near the Welcome Desk in the Narthex. It offers a wide variety of authentic Catholic media.  Parishioners are able to take and keep these books, CDs and DVDs in exchange for a small recommended donation.
  • The Parish Library is a collection of faith-based books, DVDs and CDs that are physically housed in a small room near the Welcome Desk in the Narthex.  Parishioners are invited to check out materials for a period of time and return them, similar to a local public library.
  • FORMED is a digital platform that gives our parishioners unprecedented access to video-based study programs, feature films, audio presentations, and eBooks from the Church's foremost presenters.  Register at www.formed.org using our parish code MHRFR3.

Be My Witness - Small Faith CommunitiesWe at St. Elizabeth Seton have the opportunity to experience community in much the same way that early Christians did. Be My Witness 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 Seton 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 Be My Witness as a way to feel part of a small parish “family” within the larger parish family.

Adult Faith Formation

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 is a day and a half commitment to growing your faith, and is given by parishioners for parishioners.  Members of the Giving Team volunteer to present the challenges and successes of their own lives, allowing attendees to introspect their own relationships regardless of where they are in their faith journey. The end result is often a stronger bond with other attendees and a renewed passion for Christ. Saint Elizabeth Seton offers both a men's and women's CRHP weekend.

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 men’s group that meets regularly during the school year on Saturday mornings. This interactive men’s program combines the best research from science with the teaching of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of a man fully alive. 

Women’s Book Club:  An informal group that meets regularly on Saturday mornings at 9 am to discuss a mixture of fiction, spirituality, theology, non-fiction, and biography; and to share fellowship, faith and fulfillment with women in the parish.

Young Adult Formation

Youth Group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month in the Room, in the Parish center basement from 7:00-8:30 P.M. Teens gather for discussion with games,  popcorn, milkshakes, fellowship and the occasional bonfire.

Spirit & Truth is a group of 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 106 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