Children's Faith Formation (Religious Education)
The Religious Education program has a 2 year consecutive attendance requirement for the reception of the Sacraments of Communion and Confirmation. 1st Reconciliation & Communion are usually celebrated in 2nd grade and Confirmation is celebrated in 8th Grade.
Special Sacraments Class
Students in grades 3-7 who need to receive the Sacraments of 1st Reconciliation & Communion will be enrolled in this class in their second consecutive year of attendance in the Religious Education Program. This class is designed to be a separate class to prepare the students for these sacraments. This class meets on a separate Saturday each month from 9-11am.
Mass & Service Hours
Students in grades K-8 have a certain number of Mass and service hours they must complete each year.
For Mass hours, if you attend in person, you need to get a bulletin signed by the priest or a volunteer.
While Cardinal Cupich's dispensation for attending Sunday Mass is in place, students can also earn their hours by watching Mass on TV or online. To get credit, they must fill out an online Mass worksheet which you can find below.
Students can earn service hours through various activities which are listed on the service hours direction sheet below. For each act of service the children do they must complete a service hour form. The form is below.
Students can turn this form in to their catechists when they attend class in-person or they can scan it or photograph it and email it to the Religious Education Coordinator.
ONLINE MASS WORKSHEET
SERVICE HOURS FORM
Catechists and Aides Needed
We currently need of volunteers to be catechists and aides for the upcoming 2021-2022 year. Catechists prepare and teach a lesson to the children, take attendance, and teach the children our prayer and faith traditions. Teacher's manuals are provided to assist you with lesson planning and classroom activities. Catechist aides assist the catechist with various classroom tasks, by taking things to the office, being or assisting a substitute teacher or assisting the coordinator with tasks as necessary. No previous experience as a catechist or aide is necessary to volunteer.
Catechists with children in the program will receive free tuition and catechist aides with children in the program will receive half price tuition.
We currently need catechists on Tuesdays for Kindergarten and 3rd grades. We are in need of catechist aides on Tuesdays for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, and 8th grades and on Saturdays 1st, 5th, 7th, and 8th grades.
Being a catechist or an aide is a great way to grow in faith while making a difference in the lives of our children! To volunteer as a catechist or an aide, contact the religious education office.
Registration is now open for the 2021-2022 school year!
You do not need to be a parishioner to enroll your child in the religious education program.
We will be offering in-person learning with classes meeting either every other Tuesday from 6:00-8:00pm or every other Saturday from 9:00-11:30am. For families who are not yet ready to return to in-person learning we will still have a home school option available.
Our classes take place at the Wagner Street entrance of the former St. Beatrice school building and our first classes will be on Tuesday, September 7th or Saturday, September 11th.
The Registration Form, Handbook and 2021-2022 Calendar are available by clicking the links below, these materials will also be available at our registration day for families who need them.
Our registration days will take place at the Wagner Street entrance of the former St. Beatrice school building on:
2021-2022 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CALENDAR
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION HANDBOOK