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Religious Education for Children

Our Religious Education program is now accepting new registrations for the 2019-2020 academic year. We provide a program that follows the growing trend of Family Catechesis. Be sure to review the schedule and philosophy of our program to know how it will impact your child and family schedules.  Thank you for your interest in teaching your child about God’s love for them.

Participants in last year’s program do not need to register again if your contact information has remained the same. Simply call the parish office (773-525-3016) to indicate that your child will participate or email the RE Director David Heimann. Cost for the program is $245 per family per year. If you need to make a payment for Religious Education for the coming year, you can do so by writing a check and sending it to Saint Andrew Parish or online through Give Central.

About the Program

Looking for a way to teach your children about the faith? We have something for you!

Saint Andrew Religious Education (RE) will offer a family program for families with children from Kindergarten through High School utilizing the Family Catechesis Model. This model has been adopted to the needs of Saint Andrew families after two years of working with families and publishers to have the most flexible and dynamic program we can offer.

Not only does this model offer flexibility to kids and families who may have vacations, sports, grandparents to visit, etc. It has also been proven as a way of having families grow together in religious literacy and faith.

Classes will meet on Sunday mornings from 8:45 am to 9:50 am.

Were excited to offer this program at our parish because of its proven approachability and adaptability for families. We hope you’ll join us in this journey!

Tentative 2019-2020 Schedule
Visual Representation of the Program

Religious Education Recent Messages

  • We're Gearing Up for a Great Year!
    August 22, 2019
    Dear Parents, I hope your summer has gone well! We're busy making preparations for the coming year of Religious Education. We're excited to have your children participate in the year ahead! …

  • Support Us During E-Giving Prime Week
    August 14, 2019
    Dear Parents, I hope you are rounding out the summer well! I will begin ordinary communication for our Religious Education Program next week and send regular reminders about our first class on Sunday, …

  • Skate Night is tomorrow!
    June 20, 2019
    Tomorrow – join us for Skate Night! Friday, June 21 5:00-7:00pm Saint Andrew Gym Click here to buy your skate rental and time slot. $10 for a one hour skate rental $5 if you have your own skates Bring …

First Communion

First and Second Grade students prepare for First Communion through RE. The normal expectation is to prepare for two years and receive First Communion in the second grade. This requires a few additional classes with their teacher for both first and second graders.

Second graders (and older children who are receiving First Communion) need to attend the following programs:

January 2020 TBA First Reconciliation
Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 1 – 5 pm First Communion Retreat
Thursday, April 30, 2020, 5:30 / 6:30 pm First Communion Rehearsal
Saturday, May 2, 2020, 10:00am / 12:00pm    First Communion Mass


Our Confirmation preparation program is for youth who are in the 7th and 8th grade. This class meets at a different time (4:00 pm to 5:30 pm) on Sundays starting on September 8, 2020 and includes an all-day retreat in both years of preparation. The registration process is the same as the RE program.

Those seeking Confirmation should start in the beginning of their seventh grade year and should attend the parent-child meeting on Sunday, September 8, 2020 at 4:00pm.

Recent Messages - Confirmation St. Mary Class

  • Before Summer Break – Dates for Next Year
    May 28, 2019
    Dear Parents, I had hoped to write you before summer vacations started and give you all the dates regarding Confirmation for the next year. As it would happen, I didn't get all the dates confirme …

  • Classes In the Next Week
    May 16, 2019
    Dear Parents,   I hope you are having a great day! I am writing to confirm with you that we have classes for Confirmation Prep coming in the next week. For students in RE : Sunday, May 19 from 4:00pm …

  • Save the Date – Confirmation Retreat
    May 9, 2019
    Dear Parents,   I hope you are having a great day! I am writing to confirm with you that the second of two required Confirmation Retreats for your child's preparation for Confirmation will be on …

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