Faith formation/sacrament preparation
Sacrament preparation is an on-going approach to life with Jesus Christ and all the members of the Catholic Christian community. Our program is designed to supplement the instruction provided for children within their families. Opportunities for adults to deepen their own understanding of the sacraments will be provided through parent meetings prior to the reception of Penance and Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation.
It is important that children have a firm foundation and understanding of their faith before receiving the sacraments. This foundation actually begins the year before the reception of First Eucharist or Confirmation.
Archdiocesan policy requires that children preparing for Reconciliation and Eucharist must have completed the 1st grade in Religious Education or in a Catholic school to be eligible for the formation program to receive these two sacraments in their 2nd grade year.
Confirmation, likewise, is a two-year process: The 7th grade year is an opportunity for the students to have “Mercy Experiences.” The 8th graders continue to reflect on their mercy experiences and the ways God is calling them to deepen their faith by attending spiritual preparation sessions along with religion classes, before receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Registration usually begins in July for returning families. New families are welcome to complete a Parish Registration form along with a Religious Education Registration form later by August. Please call the Religious Education Office at 708-435-8960 with any questions you may have.
Religious Education Office
Michelle Dal Pino, Religious Education Coordinator
519 Ashland Ave
River Forest, IL 60305
Phone - (708) 435-8960
Fax - (708) 771-8809
Email - email@example.com
The 2020-2021 Registration Packets for the Religious Education Program can be downloaded from the links below. Please note that there are two separate packets this year: one for families who are enrolling for the first time and the other for those returning from last year.
The forms are in Adobe Acrobat format. You can print the forms at home, fill them out by hand, and mail them or drop them off to us. Or you can save the form to your computer, fill out the forms using the Acrobat program or Acrobat Reader, and print them out or email them back to us. (NOTE: you must download the form to your computer first if you plan to type in the forms on your computer. By opening it in the Acrobat program, the fillable spaces will appear and you can save your copy with all your information.)
Please let us know if you have any questions.
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).