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St. Luke Religious Education Program

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St. Luke

Religious Education Office

 

Sr. Colleen Nolan, O.P.
Director of Religious Education and Coordinator of Sacrament Preparation

 

 

   519 Ashland Ave

   River Forest, IL 60305-1824

   PH: (708) 771-5959

   FAX: (708) 771-5960

   EMAIL:

   religiouseducation@stlukeparish.org

    
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St Luke Religious Education Office

To visit the Religious Education Office, come to the gray double doors on Lake Street at the southeast corner of the school building and ring the doorbell.

If no one answers, you may drop off any religious education forms and fees at the St. Luke Parish Rectory, 528 Lathrop Avenue (first building north of the church).

 

 

  
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Saint Luke Religious Education Office
519 Ashland Avenue, River Forest, IL 60305
Phone: 708-771-5959   Fax: 708-771-5960

 

          

2017-2018 Registration Open

All new and returning families must complete the Registration Form this year, so we have your up-to-date information on file. You may register your children for the 2017-2018 religion classes in person or by downloading the form (see link in right column) and returning it by fax, email, or mail to our office. The Resource Fee MUST be submitted at the same time as the registration so we can order supplies in time.

 

 

St. Luke Religious Education Mission Statement

It is our goal that the St. Luke Religious Education Program provides religious formation which is consistent with the teaching and traditions of our Catholic Faith. We provide the opportunities to experience the rich sacramental life of the Church that can nourish and sustain our faith. We actively involve parents in many aspects of religious formation of their children.



 

Program Description

 

St. Luke Religious Education Program is offered from September through May in St. Luke School classrooms.

Sessions are offered on:

Wednesday afternoon: Kindergarten through 4th grade, 3:30 - 4:30 pm    

Wednesday evening: 5th through 8th grade, 6:30 - 7:30 pm  


St. Luke Home Catechesis is offered for families who choose to catechize their children at home in all grades except Grade 2 and Grade 8, which are sacrament preparation years. Contact the Religious Education Office for an appointment to discuss this program.

 


 

Sacrament Preparation

 

St. Luke Sacrament Preparation is offered from September through April.

 

Sacrament Preparation is a two-year process. Children preparing for Reconciliation and Eucharist must have completed the 1st grade in Religious Education or in a Catholic school. This year lays the foundation for their Catholic Faith. The second year helps them develop further in their understanding of the Catholic Faith.

 

Confirmation is likewise a two-year process for children being confirmed in the 8th grade. Children who are 7th graders in Religious Education classes or in the parish school complete their service component in their 7th grade year along with their regular religion curriculum. The Confirmation Spiritual Year begins in the 8th grade along with their preparation for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.

 

Children’s Catechesis and Initiation into the Church is offered from October through April for families with children older than seven years of age who have been baptized, have not been baptized, or were baptized in a different faith tradition. These children have not completed or participated in a parish religious education program or in a parish school, and are seeking reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist, Confirmation, and in some cases Baptism for their children. Call the Religious Education Office for more information.

 


 

Tuition and Fees K - 8

 

Resource Fee (per child):  $50.00, payable at time of registration 
 
Tuition   Sacrament Fee (per child)  
1 Child: $250.00 Reconciliation/Eucharist: $125.00
2 Children: $400.00 Confirmation: $175.00
3 or more: $495.00    
 

Home Catechesis (per child):   $50.00 Resource Fee per Child   


Make checks payable to:  St. Luke Religious Education.

 

If you prefer, you may pay the entire 2017-2018 Tuition and Fees at this time. Otherwise, you can pay the balance due at the Book Pickup Day.

No family will be denied religious education for financial reasons. Please contact Sister Colleen if you need financial assistance.

 


IMPORTANT NOTICE: 

Families not registered in St. Luke Parish will be assessed an additional fee of $100.00 if not registered as parishioners by December 1.

 

Please call the rectory at 708-771-8250 to see if you live within the parish boundaries and can register as Parishioners. If so, please have this registration completed by December 1, 2017.


 

Full-time Catechists pay 1/2 tuition!

Our religious education sessions depend entirely upon catechists and volunteers. Parents, along with Catechists, are vital to passing on the faith to the children of St. Luke Parish. It is a very rewarding ministry of the Church. It is mandatory that all catechists, substitutes, and others working with children must complete the Protecting God’s Children Training through the Archdiocese of Chicago.

 

In order to keep class sizes manageable, we ask that you consider being a catechist, substitute catechist, or helper. Please check the area of the registration form if you would consider being a volunteer in our program. Our catechists lead children through Scripture, Doctrine, Church Tradition and Prayer to build a strong foundation of faith. In appreciation, our full-time Catechists pay only half of the Religious Education tuition!

 

The Religious Education Advisory Board also needs your expertise! We meet monthly from September to May in the evening. We welcome newcomers to indicate your interest in the space provided on the registration form. Members of the Board assist the Director of Religious Education in fundraising efforts and family gatherings, and advise on procedures and policies for the program.

 

    
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Goals:
 
ST. LUKE PARISH HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PROVIDING RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TO CHILDREN AND YOUTH OF THE PARISH. NO CHILD WILL BE DENIED RELIGIOUS EDUCATION DUE TO INABILITY TO PAY.
 
Therefore:
  • We provide religious formation that is consistent with the basic traditions and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, which is reflected in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the National Directory for Catechesis, and other Church documents.
  • We provide the opportunities to experience the rich sacramental life of the Church, which nourishes and sustains our faith.
  • We actively involve parents in all aspects of the Religious Education Program.
  • We underscore Pope Francis' encouragement to all of us to live out the "Joy of the Gospel" through the faith life of our parish and the importance of regular attendance at Sunday Mass.
    
Curriculum:
 
Loyola Press – A Jesuit Ministry provides various curricula for children in Kindergarten through 8th grade, which includes instruction for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.

A Home School option for religious formation is also available for most grade levels except the First Eucharist and Confirmation year.

Various publishers also provide materials for instructional needs for school-age children needing baptism and/or formation in the Catholic Faith.


Policies:
 

Attendance:  The religious formation program encourages eight years of religious education for children. Parents are responsible for getting their children to sessions from September-April. Special circumstances are unavoidable when children are sick or have other conflicts that cannot be avoided.

 
Absence:
If your child is unable to attend class, please contact the Religious Education office before class begins.             
               PLEASE CALL  708-771-5959
               or send an EMAIL to religiouseducation@stlukeparish.org.

Safety is our first priority for your children. The religious education office will follow up by calling all parents whose children miss class if you don’t notify us in advance. We appreciate your cooperation.
 
Discipline: We ask your cooperation in maintaining an efficient and consistent form of discipline. Children are responsible for their own behavior. Catechists are encouraged to be in touch with parents. The director will help to resolve problems that occur.
 
Attire: Students should come to class dressed appropriately.
 
Class Behavior: All students are expected to address their catechists and other adults by their proper titles, i.e., Mr., Mrs., Ms., Sister, Father, etc. When children are addressed, they should respond in a courteous manner. Children should know the names of their catechists just as catechists should know their students’ names.
 
Prayer: The children’s textbooks have a listing of prayers that should be learned at each grade level. Parents are the first teachers of their children, and learning prayers at home is very important.


Religious Education Advisory Board:
 

Members of the Advisory Board assist the Director of Religious Education in fundraising efforts and family gatherings, and they advise on procedures and policies for the program. The advisory board meets monthly on evenings from September - May.

 
Please contact Sister Colleen Nolan, OP, Director of Religious Education Programs and Coordinator of Sacrament Preparation at 708-771-5959.

 

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The 2017-2018 Registration Form for the Religious Education Program can be downloaded from the link below and filled out by hand and mailed or faxed.

 

Or you can fill it out on your computer and email it back to us. However, you must open it with either the Adobe Reader or Acrobat program before you type your information into the form!

 

BEFORE you open the registration form, please click the link to the Registration Form Instructions to see how to use the form in Adobe Reader or Acrobat.

  

Be sure to fill out the Special Circumstances section on the Registration Form for each child, if appropriate.



 

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