Children's Religious Education -- RE (Kindergarten thru 5th grade)

Sue Davey
Sue Davey

The children's programs are administered by Sue Davey.

The children's programs include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Religious Education Classes for Kindergarten through 5th grade
  • Social and Ministerial Programs
  • Special Events
  • Liturgy of the Word
  • Sacramental Preparation (Holy Communion & Reconciliation)
Religious Education Office
331-701-4398 (Absence Reporting Hotline)
Office Hours
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
RE Staff Assistant
Director of RE

The Religious Education Program runs Weekly from September through May.
Kindergarten - 5th Grade classes are held:

  • Monday 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. and 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. and 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.

Special events and holidays during the Religious Education year are communicated to parents via e-mail through our mass e-mail provider, Constant Contact. It is imperative that we have a valid e-mail address for your family -- one that you check frequently. We no longer provide paper flyers or mailings!

Upcoming Events

Click on any event below to show details:

November 17, 2018 - Big Day of Service
November 17, 2018 - Children's Mass at 5 pm
November 19, 2018 - Thanksgiving Break. NO K thru 8 classes.
November 20, 2018 - Thanksgiving Break. NO K thru 8 classes.
November 21, 2018 - Thanksgiving Break. NO K thru 8 classes.
November 28, 2018 - First Reconciliation
December 3, 2018 - K thru 5 Advent Service last half hour of class time
December 4, 2018 - K thru 5 Advent Service last half hour of class time
December 5, 2018 - K thru 5 Advent Service last half hour of class time
December 10, 2018 - K thru 5 Advent Service last half hour of class time
December 11, 2018 - K thru 5 Advent Service last half hour of class time
December 12, 2018 - K thru 5 Advent Service last half hour of class time
December 17, 2018 - K thru 5 Advent Service last half hour of class time
December 18, 2018 - K thru 5 Advent Service last half hour of class time
December 19, 2018 - Cookies and Carols. NO K thru 8 Classes.
December 22, 2018 - Rehearsal for Christmas Eve Children's Mass
December 24, 2018 - Christmas Eve Children's Mass at 5 pm

Protecting God's Children

Diocesan policy requires all new volunteers who are working with children to attend a Protecting God's Children Workshop. The Diocese of Joliet offers workshops at multiple locations throughout the diocese. See the Upcoming Workshops List for dates and locations. There is no charge to participate in these workshops.

Monthly eNewsletter

Each month, a new edition of "Parenting Christian Kids" is e-mailed to all families who have children registered in pre-school thru 5th grade classes. This publication contains timely articles and ideas for faith-sharing at home. View the November 2018 eNewsletter.

Basic Prayers

Basic Prayers (html) contains the text of common prayers taught in R.E. Classes.

Calendar for 2018-19 year

Download the Religious Education 2018-19 Calendar.

Registration Form for 2018-19

Download the 2018-19 Registration Form, the 2018-19 Cover Letter and Policies for all Religious Education and Youth Ministry programs (pre-school through high school).

2018-2019 First Reconciliation Information

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is taught formally in Third Grade. Children are given the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the 1st time in a group celebration. This year, the date is Wednesday, November 28, 2018. The celebration will begin at 7:00 PM. Parent assistance is vital in preparing their children for this sacrament.

2018-2019 First Holy Communion & Required "Parent Sacrament Retreat" Information

Our Parish Staff is excited to offer a program for parents of children who will be receiving their first Eucharist or Confirmation this year. A 3-hour retreat will delve into the traditions of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation and more fully explain the role you will play in preparing your child for these sacraments. The retreat will begin with prayer and an introduction, followed by lunch and the presentation. This program will challenge you to understand how the sacred is woven into your everyday lives as a family.

Attendance at a retreat is expected for parents who have a child preparing for Eucharist or Confirmation this year. We are asking that at least one parent from each family attend a retreat. We would love to have both parents attend, but we understand that this is not always possible. If you attended a Parent Sacrament Retreat within the last 4 years, you need not attend this year. For your convenience, the same retreat will be repeated on 2 dates: October 21st and February 3rd from noon to 3 pm in the Upper Room. Please RSVP for a retreat using the link below.

RSVP for Parent Retreat

Information regarding registering your child for a First Communion date will be mailed to parents in early January, 2019. Included will be parents of all 2nd graders from Religious Ed. and ASCA, plus parents of those children who have been preparing in Special Sacraments class. Parents will choose from among the following dates:

  • Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. Mass
  • Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. Mass

Practices will take place on the dates listed below. All children and at least one parent must attend the practice. For children with parts, the specific parts practice will immediately follow the main practice session for each Mass.

April 24, 2019, 5:45 p.m.
1st Communion General Practice for April 28th, 12:00 p.m. Mass
May 1, 2019, 5:45 p.m.
1st Communion General Practice for May 5th, 12:00 p.m. Mass

Children's Masses

Children are encouraged to attend and participate in the Children's Masses that are held occasionally at the 5 p.m. Saturday Mass. Children's Masses for this year are scheduled as follows:

November 17, 2018
1st -- 5th Graders
Christmas Eve 2018 - 5:00 PM Mass
Kindergarten-5th Graders
February 23, 2019
1st -- 5th Graders

Liturgy of the Word: Kindergarten - 3rd grade

Children in grades K-3rd grade are invited to leave the church before the first reading to hear the Scripture from the Children’s Lectionary and learn what the readings mean in their lives. The children return to the church after the homily for the completion of Mass.

Liturgy of the Word is offered at the Sunday, 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Masses from the weekends following Labor Day thru May.

R. E. Handbook

The Religious Education Handbook explains the St. Margaret Mary Religious Education Program for children through the 5th grade in detail. Click here for the Religious Education Handbook (pdf).

R. E. Catechist Resources

The Religious Education office has many resources including over 800 books and several dozen videos and DVDs that can be checked out or used for teaching R.E. classes.

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All Saints Academy

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