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.
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.
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
||Sacrament Fee (per child)
|3 or more:
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.
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.