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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

For everyone’s safety, Saint Andrew Parish will no longer hold the two celebrations of First Holy Communion scheduled on Saturday, May 2, 2020.

Celebrations of First Holy Communion will take place once government and church officials permit public gatherings for worship. Given the current predictions that some forms of social distancing will continue even when public gatherings are allowed, we are planning that Saint Andrew parish will likely not be able to celebrate First Communions in the same way that we have in the past. The parish usually held two celebrations in a single day which included more than 40 families at each Mass and hundreds of people.

Although we do not know exactly what to expect, we wanted to alert you to some of the possible changes that we anticipate when state and church authorities provide us with official guidance.  As we foresee it, Saint Andrew Parish will likely offer multiple dates for smaller First Communion celebrations. Theses dates will probably extend into the Fall. Our planning and preparation will be to ensure the safe participation of all, as well as the ability to offer flexible dates for families to make any necessary plans.

General Information: RE K-8

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!

2019-2020 Schedule
Visual Representation of the Program

Religious Education Recent Messages

  • May 20, 2020From a Fellow Parent
    Dear Religious Ed Parents, I hope this note finds you and your families safe and well.    I am a fellow parishioner at St. Andrew with four children currently participating in religious education.   I …

  • May 15, 2020Join us for Family Trivia Night!
    Family Trivia Night Get the family together for some stay-at-home fun with Saint Andrew Parish! This Saturday, May 16, 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm there will be a remote trivia game using Zoom videocon …

  • May 13, 2020Technology Survey for Parents – Response Requested
    Dear Parents, We are writing you today to ask for your input as we organize next year's Religious Education program. It is likely that we will need to minimize in-person gatherings for both paren …

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) attend First Reconciliation, a First Communion Retreat with their parents, and a rehearsal for First Communion. All First Communion dates and times will be announced when civic and church authorities allow for public gatherings to take place.


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, 2019 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, 2019 at 4:00pm.

Recent Messages - Confirmation St. Mary Class

  • May 22, 2020A Flocknote for Parents of Teens
    Dear Parents of St Mary Confirmation Class (2020), Hi there! Megan Daigle here. In addition to a few other hats I wear at Saint Andrew, I am also the Youth Minister for teens and parents of teens. Thi …

  • January 9, 2020Your Child NEEDS This One Thing for Confirmation
    Dear Parents, Less than half of the candidates for Confirmation have a completed submission for next week's Confirmation Mass. I need this online form completed (seen below) so that I can have th …

  • January 2, 2020Important Information about Confirmation!
    Dear Parents, Happy New Year! I hope you are doing well and are off to a great start for the year! The Sacrament of Confirmation is just under 2 weeks away! In these last few days, there are some impo …

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