Religious Formation typically begins when a child is baptized as a baby. While Baptism and Religious Formation can begin at any age, the Catholic church usually begins to help parents form their children in the faith when the children start school.
"At St. Joan of Arc, we offer several options to parents of preschool-aged children," explained Dolly Pointner, Director of Religious Formation at SJA. "Children attending public school, in Kindergarten through eighth grade, can attend weekly sessions at St. Joan of Arc to learn more about the Catholic faith. We offer two sessions on Wednesday evenings during the school year, from 4:30 - 5:45 and 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. We have a youth group for high school students that meets on Sunday evenings, and we offer sessions for adults interested in becoming Catholic as well."
Registrations for the upcoming school year are currently being accepted at SJA. "Meetings for parents and students preparing for Sacraments are often held just after school begins in August," added Pointner. "The sessions begin in early September, so it's best to register before August 1st."
Pointner describes Religious Formation as a lifelong process through which those desiring to follow Jesus grow into a deeper relationship with him. "Our classes help students prepare to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist (Communion) in our Wednesday evening sessions," she said. "These Sacraments provide Catholics with the gifts and grace needed to continue their lifelong process of getting to know him better. The only requirement to enroll in formation sessions is to make a commitment to learn more about Jesus on a weekly basis."
Pointner loves being in charge of helping families pass on the Catholic faith to their children. "I'm passionate about evangelization and passing on the faith Jesus gave us," she said. "All who desire to be part of the SJA community and learn more about Jesus are welcome."
St. Joan of Arc Catholic School and Church
Pre-K through 8th grade
820 Division Street, Lisle, IL