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Adult Faith Formation



Christine Balaty

Director of Adult Faith Formation(630) 469-0404 x2107



Adult Enrichment Programs:


Join us in praying
the Consecration to St. Joseph

A 6-week devotion
Following the book by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC

Consecration to St. Joseph:
The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father

A weekly group will gather at St. Petronille Parish
Thursdays from August 12 through September 9
Consecration date September 13, 2021

With the exception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph is our most powerful intercessor in heaven due to his singular role as Head and Protector of the Holy Family. In 1870, Pope Pius IX proclaimed St. Joseph the patron of the Universal Church. According to Catholic tradition, Joseph died in the “arms of Jesus and Mary”. He is considered to be a model of the pious believer who receives grace at the moment of death; in other words, St. Joseph is the patron saint of a happy death.  In addition, St. Joseph is most well-known as the patron saint of fathers, families, and workers.

Now, the Year of St. Joseph as proclaimed by Pope Francis, is the perfect time to consecrate ourselves to St. Joseph. Here’s what the Consecration to St. Joseph will look like here at St. Petronille:

  • Purchase the book Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father by Fr. Donald H. Calloway, MIC through (click on “Marian Helpers Catalog Shop Mercy” in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage, and scroll down to find the book, put it in your cart, and purchase). You can also find the book on Amazon or through other book sellers by searching for “Consecration to St Joseph Fr Donald Calloway”. Order your book now so that you have it in time to start on August 12!
  • Contact Christine Balaty by email or call (630)469-0404 x2107 to register for the morning OR evening group. You do not need to register for both. The same group session from the morning will be repeated in the evening to accommodate your availability.
  • Morning group sessions 1-5 will be in the Conference Room in the Parish Office (door 3) from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM from Thursday, August 12 through September 9, 2021.
  • Evening group Sessions 1-5 will meet in Colonial Hall (enter through door 4) from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM from Thursday, August 12 through September 9, 2021.
  • Session 6 – Consecration Day will take place in the Mary Chapel (door at the same morning and evening times




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                Amazing things are happening at!  Starting September 8, 2019 (last Sunday), FORMED is rolling out new enhancements that make it easier to register and access the movies, talks, books, and more that YOU want.  You will now be able to:

  • Register more easily – no more passwords or codes! All you have to do is choose “St. Petronille, Glen Ellyn, IL” from the drop-down menu, enter your name and email address, and you’re in! The old access code will still work, but it is no longer necessary.

  • FORMED is now available in many more and different platforms, such as iOS, appleTV, AndroidTV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast… and the list will continue to grow!

  • Content on FORMED can be downloaded to your phone or iPad to be watched or listened to offline! You can count on FORMED working for your event or small-group viewing by downloading the content first.

  • New “playback” feature – FORMED will remember where you left off, and can pick it up in the same place, even on a different device! You can start a talk or movie on one device and continue watching or listening on a different device!

  • New feature – “My List” – Organize all of your favorite content in one place so that it is easier to access!

  • Enhanced “search” for content!

  • A new look and feel to create a more enjoyable user experience

  • Faster and more reliable!

  • More content is constantly being added

    • “Why Disciple?” is available now with new branding

    • In October, look for “Lectio: Mary” with Brandt Pitre

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Catholic Bible Study
Opportunities for Catholic Bible Study at St. Petronille

St. Petronille currently offers four Bible study groups.  These groups offer an opportunity for prayer, reflective reading of sacred Scripture, discussion among group members of the meaning and implications of the Bible passages, and an opportunity to consider how Scripture is calling us to discipleship and Catholic life.


Come join our Lectio: Prayer | Finding Intimacy with God  6-week video sessions

PLC, Door #2 

9:30-11:30am:  9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4 


7-9pm: 9/23, 9/30, 10/14, 10/21, 11/4

You can choose whichever sessions to attend. Open to all. No registration required.


St. Petronille offers several

Bible studies while we are

under the COVID-19 restrictions via zoom or


Mondays 9:30 - 11:30 AM Kimberly Meinhart - Lectio Divina of the previous Sunday’s scripture via Go To Meeting. Contact Kimberly Meinhart at or 1 (630) 244-1168 to join

Monday 6:45 - 8:45 PM Christine Balaty and Fr. Eduardo - comprehensive Bible study of Salvation History (We are currently studying Exodus) via zoom. Contact Christine Balaty or (630)542-6233 to join

Thursday 7:00 - 8:00 AM Men’s Bible study Jim Kornesczuk - the Gospel of Luke contact via zoom Jim Kornesczuk at or text 1 (630) 205-3668 to join

Saturday 9:00 - 11:00 AM Christine Balaty - Lectio Divina of the upcoming Sunday’s scripture via zoom. Contact Christine Balaty or (630)542-6233 to join.


RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)                 

 “Jesus turned and saw them following , and said to them. ‘What do you seek?’  And they said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’  He said to them, ‘Come and see.’”  Do you have a longing in your heart to grow closer to Jesus?  Do you want to know where He is staying?  You can find him in the church He founded – the Catholic Church.  Were you baptized Catholic, but have not received the Sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation?  Were you baptized Protestant, but feel drawn to the Catholic faith?  Are you or is someone you know searching for a relationship with Jesus?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, “Come and see” or invite a friend or family member who is searching for Christ to “Come and see”. 

The first weeks of RCIA are known as the Period of Inquiry.  This is a time for seeking and reflection.  Explore, ask questions, and learn about the Catholic faith with no strings attached.  Do you know someone who has left the Church? Most of us don't have to look far to find inactive Catholics among our family, friends, and neighbors. Many of us want to welcome these loved ones back into community with us, but we don't know how to help them.

If you want to learn more about the Catholic faith, contact Christine Balaty at (630) 469-0404 X2107 or to join us any Sunday in the Parish Council room following 9:30 AM Mass (10-11:15am).  Each session consists of opening prayer, discussion of Sunday gospel, large and small group discussion and a presentation about a specific faith related topic. All materials are provided and there is no registration fee. More information about becoming Catholic can also be found at

 Catholics Come Home

Parish Library

Located outside the Parish Life Center (door #2).


Our Path to Sainthood

Blessed Fr. Solanus Casey

Servant of God Mother Mary Lange

Servant of God Fr. John A. Hardon

Venerable Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik O.S.F.

Blessed Brother James Alfred Miller

Saint Marianne Cope

Venerable Archbishop  Fulton Sheen

Servant of God Julia Greeley

Blessed Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, S.C.

Venerable Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.

St. Isaac Jogues

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman

St. Therese of Lisieux

St. Padre Pio

Servant of God Dorothy Day

Anoinetta Meo: Soon to Be Youngest Non-martyered Saint

Family Saints Canonized

Hearts to Love and Hands to Serve: Celebrating the Life of Mother Teresa


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Office of Family Ministry

  • Catholic Annulment: Although the Marriage Tribunal(815) 722-2256, is directly responsible for the annulment procedures in the diocese, The Office of Family Ministry offers information and education to divorced individuals who are seeking a declaration of nullity regarding their previous marriage bond. Through the Annulment Information Day (in the fall) and Annulment Support Day for Petitioners (in the spring), divorced Catholics investigating the possibility of an annulment are offered guidance and support in a safe and caring environment. Information nights and other workshops are also available periodically.  Led by trained professionals, these programs are sponsored by The Office of Family Ministry in collaboration with the Marriage Tribunal. Please call Family Ministry(815) 838-5334 for information on the annulment process. We encourage interested persons to read Myths and Truths  about Annulment.

  • Joyful Again!:  This program is for widows and widowers who want to resolve the grief they feel inside and adjust to the many changes that occur after the death of a spouse. Video presentations, along with input from trained facilitators, who have themselves experienced the painful loss of a spouse, are combined with private reflection and group discussion time. The two-day experience has helped hundreds of widowed individuals view life with new hope, joy and enthusiasm. The Office of Family Ministry sponsors two Joyful Again! Retreats during the year, and other weekends are offered at various locations. For further information or to register, call Charlotte Hrubes at (708) 354-7211 or for upcoming weekend dates and locations.


  • Retrouvaille Weekends: Retrouvaille (pronounced re tro vi) is a national organization which offers a weekend program for troubled marriages. The Retrouvaille weekend provides a Catholic spiritual context for working carefully on one’s marriage. Through presentations, private reflection, and dialogue, couples whose marriages are seriously troubled and who may be contemplating divorce are invited to reflect on their marriage and on what they can do to save it. For more information, call (708) 802-1830