5300 W 155th Street, Oak Forest Il

Religious Education for Children

Welcome to St. Damian Religious Education Ministry!

 You have made a wonderful decision to share your Catholic faith with the child God has entrusted to your care. The stories and tradition, beliefs and practices, rituals and celebrations are the treasures of our Catholic faith that provide the wisdom and guidance needed to live the Christian life in our world today and in the future generations to come.

 As the Catechetical Team of St. Damian – Pastor, Priests, Director and Catechists – we are assisting you in this endeavor. We hope to enhance what you are modeling in your own family life. Full cooperation between all of us – Child, Parent and Parish – is essential as we open the channel for the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. Parents are the primary teachers and witnesses of faith to their children. But you can’t teach what you do not know --- and you certainly cannot witness something that you do not practice. And the same holds true for us as Catechists – this is a combined effort for the next generation which is the hope for the Church.

 The expectation is that everyone attends Mass on a regular basis! That means every Saturday or Sunday as a family. Celebrating liturgy as the family of God and receiving the Blessed Sacrament is the most important event for Catholics! Everything we are stems from this – it is the life of our Church! If you haven’t been participating in liturgy please join – there is always room at God’s table. If you’ve been attending Mass regularly please welcome those who are new.

Our Religious Education Program has been in session since September 28, 2020. If you still need to sign up for the 2020 -2021 school year please contact our office before completing that registration forms below.

 

Religious Education sessions are held on Monday evenings 6:45p.m. – 8:00p.m.   Children are expected to attend all sessions.

     •  Students in levels 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th will have e-learning sessions.

     •  Our Sacramental levels 2nd and 8th will be having one in-person (onsite) class a month and e-learning for the additional classes.

     •  All ministries have operating costs and your fees help with those expenditures.

 

There will be a supply list posted to this website. Please have your child come prepared to class with all the supplies that are listed.  We are not allowed to share books, pencils, etc.

Please submit your registration as soon as possible to the Pastoral Center 24 hour drop box.  This will allow us to have room assignments and adequate supplies ready for every student first day of class.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  COMPLETED REGISTRATION includes

  • STUDENT REGISTRATION FORM (ONE PER FAMILY)
  • MEDICAL AND EMERGENCY INFORMATION FORM
  • PROGRAM UNDERSTANDING
  • SACRAMENTAL PERMISSION FORM
  • STUDENT CONDUCT - 1 PER STUDENT, SIGNED BY PARENT & STUDENT
  • PICK UP AUTHORIZATION FORM
  • COPY OF BIRTH AND BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATES (IF NEW TO PROGRAM)
  • FULL TUITION IS DUE

2020/2021 Religious Education Registration Packet

2020/2021 Religious Education Family Handbook

 

TUITION FEES

One child :  $275 (includes books)

Two children:  $390 (includes books)

Three or more : $490 (includes books)

Communion Sacramental fee: $50 (per student for Level 2 - First Eucharist)

Confirmation Sacramental fee: $75 (per student for Level 8 - Confirmation)

RCIC:  $250/child  Child must attend Monday RE sessions along with additional RCIC sessions together with their parent.

Any second or eighth grade student new to the program must provide transcripts showing successful completion of prior year(s) religious education before any placement will be made.

Parents/Guardians of students in grades K-8 who have not received one of the following sacraments: Baptism, Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist please call the Coordinator of Religious Education, Cheryl Plesha at 708-687-7778.

 

2020 - 2021 SACRAMENTAL DATES

Confirmation: Saturday, April 17, 2021.   

Preparation and Reception for First Eucharist:

First Reconciliation: Monday, March 1, 2021.   6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Church.  

Sacrament of Eucharist: Saturday, May 1, 2021. 

 

 

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For additional hours and how to sign up for this program click on the S.H.O.P. link on our parish website.  

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