ST. FRANCES XAVIER CABRINI AWARD

(PSR RECOGNITION PROGRAM)

The Department of Faith Formation in the Diocese of Belleville has set up a formal certificate program to award catechists who dedicate years of service to the Parish School of Religion (PSR) program in their parish. This program has been named after St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, who became the first US Citizen to be canonized on July 7, 1946. She was born in Lombardy, Italy. St. Frances was trained as a teacher and after being sent to the United States as a missionary spent her life educating and caring for children. She died in Chicago, IL December 22, 1917 after becoming a naturalized United States citizen.

Certificates of recognition under this program will be provided to parishes based on following:

1. Certificates will only be provided for 15, 25 and 40 years of service.

2. Certificates will be provided only if information is received in Office of Faith Formation by February 28.

3. Information can be forwarded at any time during the year, but certificates will only be issued once a year.

4. Information must include name as it is requested on the certificate, parish and # of years (15, 25 or 40) being recognized.

5. Certificates will be signed by Bishop Braxton and have space for the signature of your pastor.

6. Certificates will be standard 8 ½ by 11 suitable for framing.

7. Certificates will be provided at no charge to the parish.

8.Certificates will be sent to the CRE/PSR Coordinator by May 1of the year they are issued.

9.We encourage the presentation of the certificates at Mass or ata special Prayer Service.

Mail or email your request for certificates to:
Department of Faith Formation
ATTN: Julie Novy
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2620 Lebanon Ave, Bldg. #6
Belleville IL 62221

Special Needs Resource Packet

The Department of Faith Formation, Diocese of Belleville, is proud to introduce our newly developed "Special Needs Resource Packet". This packet has been designed to assist parents of Special Needs children, PSR teachers and coordinators, pastors, Catholic School teachers and principals. 

In this packet, we have compiled resources that would be helpful in the Religious Education of Special Needs students whether in a home, school or PSR setting. 

Section II includes a listing of Audio Visual Library items that are available for loan at no charge from the AV Library in the Faith Formation Department. Please contact Julie Novy, 618-235-9601, ext. 1052 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to borrow these items. 

Section Ill includes a listing of all Reference books that are available for loan at no charge from the Reference Library in the Faith Formation Department. Please contact Julie Novy, 618-235-9601, ext. 1052 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to borrow these items. 

Section IV includes a list of Catechetical Resources not available through the Faith Formation Department at this time. 

Our hope is that this information will be helpful throughout the Diocese of Belleville in providing Religious Education to all children and parishioners with Special Needs. 

The Six Tasks of Catechesis

The National Directory for Catechesis Christ’s method of formation was accomplished by diverse yet interrelated tasks. His example is the most fruitful inspiration for effective catechesis today because it is integral to formation in the Christian faith. Catechesis must attend to each of these different dimensions of faith; each becomes a distinct yet complementary task. Faith must be known celebrated, lived, and expressed in prayer. So catechesis comprises six fundamental tasks, each of which is related to an aspect of faith in Christ. All efforts in evangelization and catechesis should incorporate these tasks. (NDC 20)

1. Promote knowledge of the faith – Teach the “basics” of the faith as revealed in the signs of creation, Sacred Scripture, Catholic tradition and human experience. Since the very beginning, the Church has understood Sacred Scripture as the word of God. “In the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven comes lovingly to meet His children and talks with them, and the force and power in the word of God is so great that it remains the support and energy of the Church, the strength of faith…, the food of the soul, the pure and perennial source of spiritual life.” (Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, 21) God continues to speak to His people today through the authentic teaching of the Church, which reflects on God’s word, interprets it authoritatively and expresses it truthfully in doctrine and dogma. Through Tradition, “the Church, in her doctrine, life and worship perpetuates and transmits to every generation all that she herself is, all that she believes.” (Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, 8)

2. Liturgical Education – Teach about the form and meaning of the liturgy and the sacraments and help individuals prepare their minds and hearts to enter into these mysteries of our faith. The Church teaches that the sacraments are necessary for salvation. In each sacrament, the grace of the Holy Spirit unites us with Jesus our Savior and enables us to partake in the divine nature of God. (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 7129) Sacraments, especially the Eucharist, lead us to holiness, build up the Body of Christ and give praise to God. Sacraments “not only presuppose faith, but by word and objects they also nourish, strengthen, and express it.” (Constitution on Sacred Liturgy, 59)

3. Moral Formation – Teach the moral teachings of the Church which are the fulfillment of the Commandments. As members of the Body of Christ, our actions (both good and bad) have an effect on the Christian community. It is together, as Church – the Body of Christ – that we grow to maturity in faith and become true disciples of Christ.

4. Teaching to Pray – Teach that a “climate of prayer” and participation in prayer invites individuals into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Prayer has been described in many different ways through the centuries; at its most basic level, prayer is talking with God. According to Scripture, it is the heart that prays. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2562) In experiencing different forms of prayer, we discover how best to talk with God. Our spirituality is our way of being in relationship with God. Each person is unique and has a unique relationship with God. The desire for God is written in the human heart because we are created by God and for God and God never ceases to draw us to Himself. Only in God will we find the truth and happiness for which we search. (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 27)

5. Education for Community Life – Teach that the human person needs to live in society. Society is not optional, but a requirement of human nature. Love of God cannot be separated from love of neighbor. (cf. 1 John, 4:20) Baptized into the Church, the Christian becomes a member of the one Body of Christ. As members of the Body of Christ, we no longer belong to ourselves, but to Jesus who suffered, died and rose for our salvation. (cf. 1 Cor. 6:19; 2 Cor.5:15) Through exchange with others, mutual service and dialogue, we develop our potential and respond to our vocations.(cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1879)

6. Missionary Initiative – Teach that all Christian service is an expression of love and is performed by Christians for the purpose of building up the Kingdom of God on earth. The church “exists to evangelize” that is, “to carry forth the Good News to every sector of the human race so that by its strength it may enter into the hearts of men and renew the human race.”(GDC, #46, EN, #18) All are called to live in such a way that they serve as witnesses of the faith to those around them.

Parish Coordinator of Religious Education or Catechesis

Who Is a Catechetical Leader?

According to the 2005 National Directory for Catechesis the Bishops are primarily responsible for catechesis. They share this responsibility with the pastor, priests, permanent deacons, women and men religious, and other lay parish ministers. (NDCCh.8)

Parish Coordinator of Religious Education or Catechesis

Role and Job Description

The pastor has the canonical responsibility for the pastoral care of his parish and for developing acomprehensive plan for lifelong and systematic catechesis in his parish. In parishes where the pastor has hired a DRE, he may also hire one or more Coordinators of Religious Education or Parish Catechetical Ministers to assist in the ministry of catechesis. However, in the absence of a certified DRE, the pastor actively assumes the responsibility to direct the religious education of the parish. To assist him he mayemploy a Coordinator of Religious Education (CRE).

The Coordinator of Religious Education (CRE), under the direction and supervision of the pastor ,coordinates and implements specific catechetical programs from early childhood to adult as designated by the pastor. This responsibility must be exercised in collaboration with parish staff members who share the responsibility for catechesis.

The parish Coordinator of Religious Education, under the supervision of the pastor, shall be responsible to implement the parish catechetical plan and policies according to the Religious Education Policies and Procedures of the Diocese of Belleville.

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Parish Director of Religious Education or Catechesis

Who Is a Catechetical Leader?

According to the 2005 National Directory for Catechesis the Bishops are primarily responsible for catechesis. They share this responsibility with the pastor, priests, permanent deacons, women and men religious, and other lay parish ministers. (NDCCh.8)

Parish Director of Religious Education or Catechesis

Role and Job Description

The Director of Religious Education (DRE) has the pastor’s delegated responsibility and authority to develop and implement a plan for lifelong comprehensive and systematic catechesis. This responsibility may be exercised in collaboration with parish staff members who share the responsibility for catechesis.

The parish Director of Religious Education is “the person who organizes and directs the program of lifelong faith formation for all parishioners under the direction of the pastor and in collaboration with the pastoral staff.” (National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers serving as Parish Catechetical Leaders, USCCB/CCA, ©2003 p.16)

 

The following responsibilities of the Director of Religious Education are based on the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers serving as Parish Catechetical Leaders.

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Contact

Director: Mr. Thomas Posnanski
Catholic Pastoral Center
2620 Lebanon Avenue, Building 6
Belleville, IL 62221
618-722-5053
Fax: 618-235-7115
tposnanski@diobelle.org

Mr. Gary Landoll, Director of Catechesis and Youth Ministry
618-722-5037
glandoll@diobelle.org

Position Vacant, Coordinator of Lay Ministry and Catechist Certification
618-722-5058

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  Mr. Gary Landoll, Director of Catechesis and Youth Ministry
  618-722-5037
  glandoll@diobelle.org


 

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