Faith Formation during COVID-19 Pandemic

Welcome to Faith Formation 2020-2021!

This will be a new year for ALL of us as we continue to adapt, change, modify, recreate, go out of our comfort zones, and learn how to do so many things in a different way.

FAITH FORMATION 2020/2021 CALENDAR (Please note on page 3 the meeting ID and passcode for our level 7/8 students who will be meeting with Anna Barham and our catechists on Sunday evenings.)


This video will include a welcome and introduction to the program from me, along with a description of “What to do” in September. This will be the usual format, in which a link for the next month’s video will be emailed to you and posted to our website by the first Sunday of every month. It will include the theme and topic for the month, along with a walk through of how to present the material to your children (here is a perfect example of learning how to do things “out of your comfort zone” – I promise, I’ll try to improve these videos as the months go on!)

Faith Formation 2020-2021 Overview

Faith Formation will begin this year with a family-centered remote approach. We will be using A Family of Faith from the Sophia Institute for our K-8th graders and will additionally offer youth nights via Zoom for our 7th and 8th graders, with a portion of those focusing on the Theology of the Body curriculum, which has been a popular topic for the last several years with our middle school age youth. Anna Barham, our Youth Coordinator, will be facilitating those meetings, interspersing many fun themes, games and possibly even prizes within them, while our 7th and 8th grade catechists have graciously volunteered to help lead discussion and direction on the main topic, as they would normally do within their classrooms.

A Family of Faith is based on the four pillars: The Profession of Faith (The Creed), The Sacraments, Life in Christ, and Christian Prayer, to be completed in a 4-year cycle, with the Profession of Faith being our topic for the upcoming year. The vision of this program is to help form strong catholic families where children learn the joys of following Jesus Christ and the truths of their faith through the witness of Christian life by their parents. The main goal of the program is to encourage and equip parents to fulfill their God-given duty and privilege of educating their children in the Catholic Faith. We are here to guide and assist you along the way and we will take this one month at a time.

We invite all registered Faith Formation Families to join our new private Facebook group for Faith Formation Families. We plan to post videos and articles for our new FF program and hope families will post relevant information & pictures as well.


Additional Links and Websites of Interest

The Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops HERE

The Order of Mass and The Act of Spiritual Communion booklets HERE to be used at home for both children and adults.

Children’s Share the Word HERE

THIS website is FANTASTIC! So many wonderful topics and themes with food ideas, crafts and catholic teachings that are very engaging!

Lots of ideas and activities HERE. Let your fingers do the walking and wander around.

You can find Joe Paprocki’s blog HERE and well as webinars from the past and lots of resources for education at home. He is our Bishop’s brother and is a font of information – time well spent!

Springfield Diocesan Website for up to date info HERE

The Holy See - Vatican News HERE

Curious about the Catechism of the Catholic Church? You can find it online HERE.

The Catholic Tool Box - tons of info with awesome ideas HERE.

Bayard Faith Resources HERE

Matthew Kelly – Dynamic Catholic HERE

Chris Stefanik – Real Life Catholic HERE – your 5th through 8th grader will know who this is!! He’s very engaging, for both youth and parent!

Holy Heroes HERE

Saint Mary’s HERE

Attachments: Five Finger Prayer / Basic Prayers /13 Best Catholic Apps

~ Please Be Well and Stay Healthy! ~

Janice Anderson

Faith Formation Coordinator

St. Joseph the Worker

700 East Spruce Street

Chatham, IL 62629

217.483.3772 (Office)

217.836.0335 (Cell)

217.483.4581 (Fax)

[email protected]