“And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.” Matthew 18:5
Our children’s ministries provide opportunities for their baptismal graces to flourish as they continue to grow in relationship with God.
3 Year Old Preschool
St. Philomena Parish offers a 3-year-old Montessori preschool on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00-11:00 a.m. and an afternoon program 12:00-3:00 p.m. For 2021-2022, children should be age 3 on or before September 1, 2021. Join us for an informational parent meeting for the 2021-2022 school year on February 1, 2021 at 6:30pm in St. Philomena Church. Meet our Director, Jenny Witt; Head Teacher, Jennifer Williams; and Assistant, Katy Matarelli as we overview the program, and distribute admission packets. Click on VIEW MORE to the right and fill out the form below to be put on our informational list. Filling out this form does not register you for the program, but rather shows us your interest. As long as your family is registered at St. Philomena Church and we have your child's information (including birth date) you will receive our initial mailing. Reservations are not necessary to attend this meeting in person. However, distancing will be observed and all in attendance will need to wear a mask. This is a parent-only meeting so no need to bring your child.
Faith Formation Program
Our Faith Formation program offers formation for our parishioner children in preschool - 8th grades who attend a public, non-Catholic private school or are home schooled. Offered September-May. To register your child(ren), click on View More to the right and scroll down to the registration form in this section. We will follow up with you once the registration is received. 2020-21: If you missed our parent meeting on September 13, please contact us for more information.
When We Meet
The program is offered September-May. In 2020-21 we will conduct classes remotely, but not live. Curriculum for PreK-3rd grades will be video lessons from our Atrium and grades 4-8 will be a combination of video and textbook lessons. Students will receive their assignments each Monday and then have until the following Monday to submit completed assignments. The first lessons will be sent Monday, September 28, 2020. Detailed questions should be directed to Father David or Jenny Witt: email@example.com or 309-682-8642.
Fees for 2020-21 are $40 for the first child, $30 for each additional child. If you are facing a financial hardship and need assistance with fees, please reach out to Father David. No one will ever be denied participation in our programs for financial reasons. We accept exact cash or check payable to St. Philomena in the office or in our 24-hour secure drop box. New this year: if you’d like to pay your fees online, please visit our secure giving website by clicking here.
Our curriculum is rooted in the knowledge that God invites each of us into a relationship with Him through the Scriptures and we respond through Sacraments. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd curriculum is offered for our children pre-k through 4th grades. We Are Disciples, YOUCAT, and a Bible are utilized for 5th-8th grades. All of our teachers (catechists) are volunteers from our parish.
- 2nd Grade students are finalizing their preparation for the sacraments of First Confession and First Communion. The students participate in a “Jesus Day” retreat held during the week prior to making the sacrament. The retreat includes a tour of the church, an opportunity to go to confession, crafts, baking bread, and a special lunch. A parent meeting is held prior to the reception of the sacraments to allow the whole family to prepare together.
- 5th Grade students have the opportunity to become altar servers (boys and girls) beginning in 5th grade. Training sessions are required. The altar server schedule is prepared by the parish office.
- 8th Grade students preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation and includes a special enrollment Mass in January and an all-day retreat held off-campus just before the sacrament is received.
Children's Chapel and Nursery
Our church has both a children's chapel and nursery to welcome our youngest members of the parish.
The children’s chapel (pictured), formerly called the cry room, is located to the right of the sanctuary allowing our little children to see and hear the holy Mass. Behind the children’s chapel is our church nursery. The nursery welcomes children under the age of two with the supervision of a parent the freedom to move, crawl, toddle, and explore in quiet play while listening to the Mass. The nursery also has a changing table and nursing area for mothers.
Sign and Sing StoryTime with Communication Junction (Infant-Toddler)
Join us via Zoom as Communication Junction presents a virtual Sing and Sing StoryTime for children: infant-4 years of age. Fridays, 10:40-11:10 a.m. Our fall 2020 session will be September 11-October 16. Click on View More to the right to bring up the registration for this activity. Registration in advance is required so we can send you the link for the virtual class.
Fee is $20 for fall 2020. Registration and fee payment are due by September 9. We accept exact cash, check or online payments. For online payment, click here. Please register in advance by using the form below.
We are happy to subscribe to Children's Worship Bulletins and Partners In Faith newsletters. Both provide our families with fun, faith-filled lessons for you to complete at home with your child.
Partners in Faith is filled with actionable ideas parents will use to build a Christ-centered family life, to increase in knowledge of the Catholic faith and grow in devotion to the sacraments…all in friendly, everyday language that’s easy to read and absorb in just a few minutes.
Children’s Worship Bulletins are filled with fun activities related to each week’s Gospel reading. Sheets are broken down by age group. Download and print them off to take advantage of these fun activities for your children.