Religious Education classes for Kindergarten – 5th grade
The Religious Education Program runs weekly from September through May.
- Mondays 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
- Tuesdays 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. & 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
- Wednesdays 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. & 4:45 – 5:45 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 formally in 3rd grade. Children are given the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time in a group celebration. This year, the date is Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The celebration will begin at 7:00p.m. Parent assistance is vital in preparing their children for this sacrament.
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.
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.
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.