Office of: Lifelong Faith Formation (RE)

School of Religious Education
7450 W. 83rd. Street
Bridgeview, Illinois
PHONE: 708.458.6150
FAX: 708.458.2698
EMAIL: RE@saint-fabian.org

April 1, 2024

Dear Parent(s),

Welcome to Saint Fabian’s Lifelong Faith Formation Program. We are excited for the upcoming school year as we continue to walk this faith journey with you and your children. We continue to make enhancements to our program to meet the every changing challenges we face in our faith journey.

Our “Finding God” program from Loyola Press served us well, Catechetics and students enjoyed the new program and the visual materials presented. This program provided the Catholic community by offering resources that support faith formation for children and the people who guide them. Providing programs in digital and print versions, in English and bilingual, we are committed to partnering with and supporting all those in ministry with friendly, flexible, and comprehensive tools for learning. We listen, we respond, we innovate. We walk with you and share your goal of ensuring that our children have a deep relationship with God, understanding their Catholic identity and fully embracing what prayer, mercy, and compassion truly mean.

Thank you to all the parents who participated in the program survey, your feedback is critical to the success of our program at Saint Fabian. Based on the survey results classes on Saturday will start at 9:00 AM and end at 10:45 AM. There is no change to the Jr. High program on Wednesday.

Registration takes place on April 10th and 12th for the 2024-2025 school program. More information can be found on the registration form included below. Children attending our program must be from registered parish families.

Finally, we are looking for dedicated Catechetics, classroom coordinators, volunteers to join our team.  Training is provided in all areas of the program.

This is an exciting time to be part of this great program and team at Saint Fabian…come and join us!

God’s abundant blessings.

Paula Kroll, CRE
Pastoral Assistant
Director, Lifelong Faith Formation & Evangelization
paulak@saint-fabian.org

Joanna Toczek, Coordinator Lifelong Faith Formation

Goal
The goal of all Catechists of Lifelong Faith Formation is to “make a person’s faith become living, conscious, and active through the light of instruction.” (National Catechetical Directory, #32, U.S.C.C.) The Lifelong Faith Formation program of St. Fabian Parish strives to assist parents in guiding their children toward a mature faith and in preparing their children to receive the sacraments.

Policies
Parent Involvement:
“Parents are the first and foremost catechists of their children. They catechize informally but powerfully by example and instruction.” (N.C.D., #212)
St. Fabian shall recognize the rights and responsibilities of parents as the primary religious educators of their children. Therefore, we ask the Catholic parent(s) of each child to enter into a covenant agreement with the parish which spells out the rights and duties of both parties. This covenant is signed before a family enrolls their child in the parish religious education program.


As the “first catechists” of their children, parents, themselves, must stay current in the faith. Therefore, St. Fabian will offer on a regular basis, talks, presentations, workshops, etc. to help parents update and deepen their faith. We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities.