Classes meet weekly from mid-September through early May.
Kindergarten – 5th grade classes are held:
- Monday 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
- Tuesday 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. & 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
- Wednesday 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. & 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
6th – 8th grade classes are held:
- Monday: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- Tuesday: 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
- Wednesday: 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. & 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Special events and holidays during the Religious Education year are communicated to parents via e-mail through 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!
2019-2020 First Reconciliation Information
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is taught in third grade. Children are given the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time in a group celebration. Fr. Paul believes that third grade is the ideal age when the children developmentally comprehend the aspects of this sacrament. However, you may opt for your second grader to receive First Reconciliation if you prepare them for it yourself in a home study program. It is vital that parents help their child prepare for this sacrament and become aware of the theology we are teaching their child regarding sin and forgiveness. Preparation for First Reconciliation includes:
- Regular RE sessions weekly
- Parent meeting – Wednesday, October 16 @ 7:00 p.m. in the Upper Room
- Parent/Child meeting – Tuesday, November 5, 7:00 p.m. in the Upper Room
- Sacrament of Reconciliation Retreat – 10:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in the Parish Center
- Celebration of First Reconciliation in a large group setting Tuesday, December 3, 2019
2019-2020 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 three-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 5 years, you need not attend this year. For your convenience, the same retreat will be repeated on 2 dates: October 20th and February 2nd from noon to 3 pm in the Upper Room. Please RSVP for a retreat using the link below.
• Sacramental retreat for children – Saturday, March 7, 10:00 am -12:15 p.m.
• Bread service for parents & children – Tuesday, March 10, 7:00-8:00, Parish Center
Information regarding registering your child for a First Communion date will be mailed to parents in early January 2020. 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 26, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Mass
- Sunday, May 3, 2020 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 22, 2020, 5:45 p.m.
(1st Communion General Practice for April 26th, 12:00 p.m. Mass)
- April 29, 2020, 5:45 p.m.
(1st Communion General Practice for May 3rd, 12:00 p.m. Mass)
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 23, 2019: 1st – 8th Graders
- Christmas Eve 2019 – 5:00 PM Mass: Kindergarten-8th Graders
- February 29, 2020: 1st – 8th 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.
6th, 7th & 8th Grade Weekly Sessions
We invite all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders into our weekly sessions to address four areas of their development – Prayer, Community, Service, and Faith Formation. Small groups spend time integrating their faith into their everyday lives through prayer, catechesis and discussion. They are facilitated by parents and young adults who have a passionate faith and know how to create a safe environment for our youth to grow. We use Our Sunday Visitor’s Call to Faith Junior High Thematic Series featuring engaging stories and explorations of relevant topics and themes, Scripture and Tradition, meaningful activities, prayer, faith at home resources, and a variety of features that inspire young adolescents to truly explore, understand, and live their faith.
Altaration – 7th Grade Supplemental series
Teens today are surrounded by distractions: music fills their ears, while tweets and posts are constantly checked and updated. They have been conditioned to fill any silent moment with noise and stimulation. Instilling an appreciation and enthusiasm for the Mass can be a challenge.
Altaration: The Mystery of the Mass Revealed is a new five week study on the Mass for teens that features powerful cinematography, inspiring presenters, and engaging workbook resources. Altaration uses humor, stories, and small group discussion to capture your teen’s attention and instill in them a deep and lasting love for the Mass. This will take place between the Jesus Christ and the Churchthematic books. We also hope to have a teaching Mass at the end of the program.
For more information, visit confirmationstudy.com/altaration
Theology of the Body for Teens: Middle School Edition – 8th Grade Supplemental series
We are introducing an exciting new program called Theology of the Body for Teens: Middle School Edition into our 8th grade program this year between our Morality and Kingdom of God thematic books. . This curriculum is based on Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, which offers a very positive message of the gift of sexuality as a good and essential part of love and life. It is our hope that this curriculum will provide your child(ren) with the knowledge and understanding they need concerning the meaning and purpose of their identity, their sexuality and of their very existence.
You can visit TOBforTeens.com for more information on the program.
All Saints Catholic Academy
All Saints Catholic Academy is a regional Catholic school that is supported, in part, by Saint Margaret Mary Parish. Please see their website for more information.
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.