Welcome to Family Faith Formation!
The Religious Education programs of St. Charles Borromeo Parish are attentive to the spiritual formation of all members of the parish faith community. At every level, we focus on catechesis, fellowship, service and prayer. As a parish we welcome the people of God; we fulfill our baptismal promise to teach about God in the Catholic tradition; we encourage our community to live the Gospel in service to one another; and we celebrate together as one family in prayer and sacrament.
Family Faith Formation
Jan Olson - Director of Religious Education (DRE)
297 E. Jefferson Street
Hampshire IL 60140
Dear SCB Families and students,
I want to write to you personally about everything that has been happening these past days. You have been steadily on my mind and in my prayers. I am attaching the latest statement from Bishop Malloy stating that all public Masses are cancelled until April 4th. Please take time to read these letters.
We have set upon a course, for the moment, which has us seeking a new direction. Because our directive states, “to postpone or reschedule all non-essential, non-sacramental gatherings until further notice” we are going to move to online learning as the schools have done. Here is the plan if we do not return for the remainder of this year. I will send a second email with more specific learning instructions.
The remaining chapters will be homeschooled.
Chapter reviews from all children should be sent online or mailed into the office (dropped off if you are able).
Parent Sessions will be online.
We will offer online videos for the parents to view at home on the topics of the remaining four sessions.
We are asking all families to pray, especially encouraging you to pray the rosary.
FFF - Session 14 Centering Prayer
Apr. 15 - Videos
Apr. 19 - Videos
FFF-Session 15 Hail Mary: Our Blessed Mother
Apr. 22 - Videos
Apr. 26 - Videos
FFF-Session 16 Living Rosary/Indulgences
May. 13 - Videos
May.17 - Videos
Listen to a homily by Bishop Barron on Divine Mercy https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/homily/divine-mercy/21546/
Watch video from Fr. Michael Gaitley on Divine Mercy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUy1xUgge34
Watch video from Fr. Mike Schmitz on Deeper Prayer https://bulldogcatholic.org/2014/07/15/going-deeper-in-prayer/
Watch video from Bishop Barron on Mary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0dk8F0KYxY
Watch video from Fr. Mike Schmitz on Mary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGRGv9_60iI
Watch video from Fr. Mike Schmitz on Indulgences https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpdUZ3kWjM8
Watch video from Ascension Presents on the Rosary http://media.ascensionpress.com/video/the-power-of-praying-the-rosary/
What does Family Faith Formation look like?
A parish-based program that enriches the faith of the entire family
Twice a month grades pre-k through 8th will come to the parish with their parents (at least one): Parents will hear from speakers while the kids go to their own faith formation class
2x a month, parents will do at home lessons with their family (30-45 minute lessons in place of weekly Religious Education)
Seasonal activities will be an opportunity to bring all families together! From family Adoration, to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a Family Living Rosary, Movie Night and more!
Why Family Faith Formation?
Studies show that parents are the MOST IMPORTANT element in a child’s faith-life. This is why the Church asks parents, at their child’s Baptism, to accept the responsibility of forming their child in the practice of the faith. Family Faith Formation is designed to give you the tools and confidence to live that promise!
Family Faith Formation will allow the parents to experience community in the parish, find support among other Catholic parents, and learn, experience, and grow in their own faith along with their children!
Is it hard to get here every week? Family Faith Formation gives YOU the flexibility you need to deepen your family’s faith together at a time most convenient for YOU.
The adult Faith enrichment portion with speakers is open to all adults in our parish which will help develop greater community.
If we do return, we will pick up where we left off but for now please follow the plan above until further notice. This may seem drastic and unnecessary to some.
But consider these things we have been learning:
1. The coronavirus is highly contagious.
2. The way it has spread in other parts of the world indicates that, by now, everyone should
assume the virus is present in their community even if there have not yet been reports of the disease.
3. The disease caused by the virus is considerably more deadly than the ordinary flu,
especially for the elderly and those with existing medical conditions.
4. If it spreads too quickly, it will overwhelm our health care system. We have to work
together to slow the spread of the disease so medical science has more time to develop solutions.
These facts mean healthy persons with mild symptoms or no symptoms are actually a very serious risk to others, because they can be the most effective in transmitting the disease to the vulnerable without realizing they are infectious.
All of this is not about self-protection, and the last thing we want is for anyone to be afraid or to turn in upon themselves in anxiety.
This is about love, and love casts out fear (1 Jn. 4:18).
Love is the reason we are changing our behavior. There are vulnerable people around us who are at grave risk. This is a chance for us to make choices not simply to protect ourselves, but to care for others who are depending upon us to protect them by our choices.
In this uncertain hour, we can act and do good.
Please radically restrict your movement. 2. Please practice social distancing.
Please remember that I am here by email or phone if you have questions, concerns or your family is in need of special prayers.
Have courage, with affection and love,