St. Catherine Labouré Parish
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Welcome! Here you will find necessary information about what's happening at Sunday Religious Education (R.E.) in St. Catherine Labouré Parish. We look forward to a spiritual new year with you!
Sr. Nadiya Levchenko, SSpS Director of Religious Education Program
St. Catherine Labouré Parish provides a structured program for the religious education of elementary school children attending the public school system. The curriculum includes all dimensions of religious education: doctrine, scripture, liturgy, prayer, service and sacramental preparation. The curriculum is taught in the spirit of cooperative learning and hands on activities that connect religion to everyday experiences. Classes are available on Sundays for kindergarten through eighth graders. Additional liturgical experiences and activities are offered throughout the school year. Parental involvement is an important aspect to the development of the program. A volunteer form is given to every family to experience spiritual growth. New catechists are always welcome to join our program.
For additional information please call the religious education office at 847-724-2240 (RE office)
The second half is here!
Second semester starts Jan. 6th. This year our enrollment is 175 children and 109 families!
Confirmation retreat - Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Parents and Students:
Attend Mass together at 8:00 am
After the Liturgy they will go to Blue Room
Breakfast and lunch will be served
Join us in church at 12:30 pm for Confirmation Practice
Handbook with guidelines
How to be prepared?
First Reconciliation for 2nd-graders will take place on April 2, 2019 at 6:30 PM at Church
How can you help prepare your child for and support your child during the Sacrament so they are not nervous?
Read the advice by Kathy Hotop-Raines about the finger use
or use this resource: http://catholicmom.com/2015/01/19/5-ways-to-prepare-your-child-for-first-reconciliation/
Are you 18 year old, male or female, and want to make a difference by sharing your faith with children? This note is right for you! Catechists needed!
Come and join our Religious Education Ministry.
The previous experience is not required. Ask more details at RE office or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the dates!
Class Dates for 2018
September 9, 16, 30
October 14, 21, 28
November 4, 11, 18
December 2, 9, 16
Class Dates for 2019
January 6, 13, 20
February 3, 10, 17
March 3, 10, 17, 31
April 7, 14
Liturgies for Children
September 15, 2018 5PM Church
October 20, 5PM Church
November 17, 5PM Church
December 24, 4PM Church Christmas
January 19, 2019 5PM Church
February 16, 5PM Church
March 15 Grade 4 - 7:30PM Church Stations of the Cross
March 16, 5PM Church
May TBD 5PM Church
Special Dates for Grade 8 Confirmation Students
September 7, 2018 Tour of Church 6:30 pm
October TBD Sensitivity Workshop and Pictures
October 27, Nazarethville - Bingo
November 17, Commitment Liturgy 5pm Church
December 17, Reconciliation Service 7pm Church
December 8, Nazarethville - singing Christmas carols, time 2:15-3:30pm
February 24, 8:00am Confirmation Retreat
March 3, 9:00am Spirit Day
March 10, 2019, Confirmation 2:00 pm in Church
March 15, 2019 Stations of the Cross 7pm Church
Carmelite Visits TBD
Special Dates for Grade 2 Communion Students
February 10, 2019 Reconciliation Parent & Student Meeting 9:00am Lunchroom
March 17, 2019 Communion Parent & Student Meeting 9:00am Lunchroom
April 2, 2019 Reconciliation Service Church 6:30pm
April 14, 9:00am Banner Day Parent & Student
April 28, 9:00am Retreat and practice Lunchroom
April 30, First Communion Rehearsal 6:30pm Church
May 4, First Communion 11:00am Church
Basic Prayers and Baseline Standards
Each year, we work with each grade level to learn prayers and belief statements from our Catholic tradition. We also want to cultivate an atmosphere of prayer, so that students can grow to desire that time with the Lord and be able to pray independently. This handbook will help families at home to know which prayers, ways of praying and basic baseline knowledge of the faith are expected at every grade level. Parents and catechist handbook is here.
Responsibilities of Parents in Religious Education
Part Three of “The Catechism of the Catholic Church” (Life in Christ), Nos. 2223 and 2226, can enlighten us regarding responsibilities as parents. I invite you to read these two sections, reflect upon them, and ask God to help parents to be active catechists in their homes, the “domestic church”.Sr. Nadiya Levchenko, SSpSCoordinator of Religious Education Program
“Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery-the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the ‘material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones.’ Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide and correct them.” (CCC 2223)
“Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.” (CCC 2226)
Adults can learn about their faith, too.
Stay and learn more about your faith while you drink coffee with us while your child attends RE classes.
Learn about this fellowship program here: Adult Faith Formation
Reporting an Absence
We hope that absences are few and far between. However, they are sometimes unavoidable.
- The easiest way to report an absence is to use this form here on our website.
- You can also call: 847-724-2240* (RE office) *There is voice mail for our program on this system. Leave your child’s full name, grade, and the reason for the absence.