Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish
Faith Formation Handbook
St. Andrew the Apostle is a community seeking both to celebrate and struggle with
Jesus' proclamation of the Reign of God in our Catholic Tradition in a new
millennium. We are a willingly diverse people sharing a common call to live a
challenging, evangelical faith in the world. To be about this mission as stewards of
God's grace we build ministries spanning our life cycle which supports common life,
prayer, learning and outreach in service among individuals, families, small
communities, our entire parish community, and the wider world.
Office hours are:
Monday 9:00am - 1:00pm (Spanish speaking available)
Tuesday 9:00am - 1:00pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00am - 1:00pm (Spanish speaking available)
Generations of Faith Formation
Saint Andrew the Apostle Faith Formation, “Generations of Faith” is a collaborative and
integrated approach that equips Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish family to become a
community creating lifelong faith formation that is centered on the events of Church life,
embraces all ages and generations, is inclusive of multi-languages and cultures, promotes
faith growth at home, and most importantly, promotes participation in Church life.
Our Faith Formation Generations of Faith is built on both the Church’s catechetical teachings
drawn from the General Directory for Catechesis and from the Faith Formation Curriculum of
the Joliet Diocese.
The Goal of Catechesis:
The name catechesis was given to the totality of the Church’s efforts to make
disciples, to help men and women believe that Jesus is the Son of God so that
believing they might have life in His name, and to educate and instruct them in
this life, thus building up the body of Christ. (Catechism of the Catholic Church
The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch, but also in
communion and intimacy, with Jesus Christ. (Catechesi Tradendae)
Discipleship is the goal of all faith formation. Guided by this goal, faith
formation seeks to inform, form and transform individuals, families, and the
entire community in the Catholic faith.
Included in this goal, family members of Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish will use
Christian practices to
Know and understand the basic teachings of the Catholic Church.
Know and appreciate the importance of liturgy and of the sacraments in
the life of Catholics.
Understand and appreciate that through Baptism we are called to life in
Recognize and engage in personal and communal Catholic forms of prayer,
of Scripture study and of other experiences that deepen one’s spiritual life.
A lifelong Learning Community
† The development of creating our parish family as a lifelong learning community
or a congregation of learners is at the heart of our commitment.
† We shall empower every member of our community to become both teacher and
† In a learning community, learners are teachers, teachers are learning, and all
activities including meetings, worship, service, and community events include
learning and practicing our faith.
† Faith is an integral way of life/living.
† Faith practices incorporate all aspects of life.
Understanding the Gift of Faith:
† Promoting knowledge of faith:
Recognize that the Creed reveals the fundamental teachings of the
Understand the life of Jesus as revealed in Sacred Scripture.
Know and apply teachings of the Catholic Church as they are reflected in
the life of the Virgin Mary and in the communion of saints in the Church.
Understand the origin and the Tradition of the Catholic Church and its
mission to spread the Gospel Message.
† Recognize and participate in the Catholic Church’s liturgical life as a means
to encounter Christ in its feasts, its seasons, its symbols, and its prayers.
† Comprehend that sacraments are outward signs of God’s love having the
power to transform our lives.
† Appreciate the Eucharist and understand that it is central to our lives and
to the life of the Catholic Church.
† Understand the importance of the Beatitudes and the Commandments as a
means to the development of the well-formed conscience.
† Understand the principles of the Catholic Social Justice teaching and
experience how to apply them appropriately through a life of service.
† Accept and recognize the presence of God’s Grace in everyday life.
† Know that we are witnesses to the Gospel as responsible members of the
local and of the universal Catholic Church.
† We are stewards of the world and evangelizers for Christ.
Teaching to pray:
† Understand and accept the call to enter into a personal relationship with
† Experience the importance of prayer and appreciate a variety of prayer types
and of traditions.
† Understand how to read Scripture and to integrate Scripture into personal
† Experience communal Scripture Study and sharing as a basis for lifelong
As a result of Faith Formation we shall live to
Know the three persons in one God.
Recite and make the sign of the Cross.
Recite the Nicene Creed with others.
Tell how the beliefs of the Catholic Church are reflected in daily life.
Attend Mass with the community and give witness to Catholic beliefs in daily lives.
Read and discuss Old and New Testaments. Share Scripture as an integral part of
lifelong faith formation.
Recognize Jesus in the Gospel and how Jesus’ life applies to daily living.
Be able to talk about Liturgy of the Word with family and with friends.
Recognize Mary as Mother of Jesus and Mother of us all.
Recognize Mary as model of Christian discipleship.
Recognize the feasts of Mary, what they celebrate and their meaning in the Church.
Be familiar with the history of the saints in our Church and our relationship with the
communion of saints.
Pray the rosary together, recognizing the mysteries of the Rosary as story of Jesus’ life.
Appreciate and share Catholic Tradition, beliefs and heritage.
Spread the gospel message by joyfully sharing our faith and our practices with others.
Know the liturgical calendar and its:
1. Connection to life of Christ
2. Connection to Lectionary
3. Order of Seasons.
Understand different parts of the Mass: Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the
Demonstrate etiquette and reverence while actively participating in liturgical
Know the definitions, signs, and symbols of the seven sacraments.
Know the seven sacraments of as sacraments of initiation, vocation, and healing.
Understand that the sacraments are a community celebration.
Recognize the Eucharist (Mass) as the most important celebration of our Catholic Faith
Know that Jesus gave us the Eucharist at the Last Supper.
Know that the bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Jesus.
Know that the Church teaches that the Eucharist is a
5. Paschal banquet.
Know that the Ten Commandments and Beatitudes are guides to help us to be happy
and live a good life.
Know and name the Ten Commandments and know how they apply to daily life.
Know the Beatitudes and how we make good moral decisions based on the Beatitudes
and Church Teachings.
Recognize that all people are God’s people.
Know that even though people are different, all are created in God’s image.
Give examples of cultural diversity and its benefits.
Reflect the love of Christ by loving, by caring and by accepting others.
Perform acts of service for family, for Church and for community.
Know that prayer is talking and listening to God through Jesus.
God calls each person to encounter Him in prayer.
Know basic forms of prayer are
Understand that we can pray alone or together.
Know and recite the following prayers:
1. The Lord’s Prayer
2. The Hail Mary
3. Glory Be
4. Act of Contrition
5. Nicene Creed
6. Apostles Creed
7. The Rosary.
Know that prayer is a guide for lifelong faith formation.
Read the Bible and use it in prayer.
Read or tell Bible Stories together as a family.
Attend Mass and discuss Sunday readings.
Faith Formation Requirements:
The word family refers to parent(s) and child(ren).
The Diocese of Joliet and Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish requires 30 hours of faith
formation per year. Generations of Faith consists of monthly 2 hour family faith
formation sessions offered seven times per month. Additionally, with the aid of
home-kits, families will continue formation in the home on a daily basis.
First Reconciliation / First Eucharist
A child must have received the Sacrament of Baptism.
A child must complete two consecutive years of faith formation.
A child must be at least 7 years of age and be attending at least 2nd grade at the time
of receiving the sacraments.
Families must attend all sessions of Sacrament Preparation classes.
A candidate must have received the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, and
A candidate must complete two consecutive years of faith formation.
A candidate must be at least 14 years of age and be attending at least 8th grade at the
time of receiving the sacrament.
Candidate and family must attend all sessions of Sacrament Preparation classes.
Candidate must complete all paperwork and service hours before designated due date.