Family Formation forms adults and children to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. 

Since parents are the the first teachers of the faith to their children,  Family Formation empowers parents to share the Good News and the beauty of the Catholic Faith at home.  Through weekly Home Lessons and monthly Family Formation Nights at church, Family Formation strives to build strong families: families that are rooted in faith and in the joy and love of God.

Family Formation Format:


Weekly Home Lessons

(for grades Preschool-6th grade)

Help you teach and live the Faith at home as a family


Monthly Family Formation Nights 

Held every first (sometimes second) Monday of the month September–May

Parents attend adult formation while children in grades Preschool—8th grade attend faith formation in school


First Communion Preparation 

Children receive 2 years of preparation for First Communion

In their second year (or 2nd grade year) of Family Formation, parents receive Sacrament Workbooks with weekly Home Lessons for First Reconciliation and First Communion preparation. 

Children attend First Communion Classes at the monthly Family Formation Night

Weekly Confirmation Preparation

Confirmation Preparation take place over a 2-year period (typically in 7th and 8th grade)

Confirmation class meets every Monday (parents attend once a month with their child on Family Formation Night)

2020-21 Family Formation Update

St. Jude Family Formation has received Diocesan Certification to reopen for in-person Family Formation Night.  Our Family Formation re-opening plan went through a two-stage process of review and has met all protocols for health and safety as required by the Diocese of Joliet, the Office of Youth Formation, and the State of Illinois.

Specifically, all of our in-person gatherings will require the wearing of face-masks, the taking of temperatures before entering the building, the observing of 6 ft of social distance at all times, and regular sanitizing of all bathrooms, desks, chairs, and high-trafficked areas.  We are committed to maintaining a high standard to ensure the health and safety of all our children and their families.

For those families that have safety/health concerns and are not comfortable meeting in person, we are offering the option of  At-Home Family Formation.  This includes At-Home First Communion and Confirmation Preparation.

Please see the 2020-21 In-Person and At-Home Program Calendars below which include explanation of what each program entails.

For more information or to register, please contact:

Miss Sarah Reznicek in the St. Jude Parish Office 

Phone: 815-725-2209 X404


Church of St. Jude

Family Formation

2212 McDonough St. 

Joliet, IL 60436


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