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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!

2019-2020 Schedule
Visual Representation of the Program

Religious Education Recent Messages

  • Hospitality Weekend = Encore / Coffee & Donuts
    December 13, 2019
    This is Hospitality Weekend at Saint Andrew Parish! After every Mass, stay and enjoy some refreshments! (cake/donuts, or something similar*). For this Hospitality Weekend, there are three extra reason …

  • Final Steps for RE before Christmas!
    December 12, 2019
    Dear Parents, I hope you are having a good week! This Sunday, we are looking forward to having our K-2 students join us on Sunday, December 15, 2019 for their class which prepares for First Reconcilia …

  • Joint Parent-Child Formation This Sunday!
    December 4, 2019
    Dear Parents,  This is a reminder that the next joint parent-child session for Religious Education is this Sunday, December 8, 2019 . Please drop your child off at the school at 8:45am and proceed to …

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:

Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 6:30pm 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, 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

  • Update on Observing a Baptism
    December 13, 2019
    Dear parents, Just an update from previous announcements. I know that several students are still working on observing a baptism. There are no baptisms scheduled for this Sunday, December 15, 2019. It …

  • Update – Reconciliation & Service Project
    December 10, 2019
    Dear Parents, Blessed Advent to you!  We're just about a month away from the Sacrament of Confirmation. There are a number of finals steps to take and I'm writing to make you aware of how yo …

  • A Reminder for Next Week
    November 26, 2019
    Dear Parents, I hope you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving break! I just finished the Confirmation classes for this week by seeing the RE students this past Sunday and the Saint Andrew school student …

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