What will be offered?
Children will be put in one of three classes. The first will be a pre-First Communion class. This is for children who have not yet made their First Communion, usually kindergarten and first grade. The Archdiocese of Chicago requires that all children receive two years of religious education before receiving any sacrament. The second will be a post-First Communion class with children up to fifth grade. This class is for those students who have received their First Communion. The third class is a First Communion class for students who have completed their pre-First Communion class.
How does it work?
St. Vincent de Paul parish uses the family catechesis model. We believe that parents are the primary teachers of their children, and the church is there to assist and help them. In this format, parents and children meet together for class once per month to discuss themes and topics. Take-home materials are provided to continue the lessons at home. Weekly mass attendance is also a requirement.
When do you meet?
Monthly classes are on the second Sunday of the month after the 10am mass and last until 12:00pm.
Are there other options?
Yes! If you prefer a traditional model of weekly classes, our neighboring parishes offer opportunities on different days of the week (St. Josaphat, St. Clement, St. Alphonsus, St. Michael). St. Teresa offers the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for young children, which is based on the Montessori educational model.
How do I register?
If your family is interested, please contact Rebecca Allen BY SEPTEMBER 30th to receive a registration form (email@example.com). If your family did not participate in our classes this past year, families must meet with Fr. Jeremy. Due to our space limitations, class sizes will be capped at 10 children.