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Religion

Our program of religious education includes the following areas of study: sacramental/liturgical expression, study of scripture, experience in prayer, values formation, community service, and study of the Catholic Church with its application to daily life. The celebration of Mass is scheduled each week for grades 1-8. Students participate in the preparation and serve as lectors, altar servers, and choir members.

Religion is not only taught as a daily subject, but also is integrated into the curriculum and daily life at St. Mary to form a total program of Christian education that reflects our Catholic identity.

All-School Friday Mass
Parents & visitors are welcome to join us for the All-School Masses held every Friday morning school is in session at 8:00 a.m. Each week, a different grade or group hosts and facilitates the mass. It is a delightful opportunity to see our faith in action.

Sacraments
In addition, during 2nd, 7th and 8th grade, our focus on receiving the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation allows our students to be well prepared for understanding, preparing for and practicing the Sacrament.  

The Religious Education Office of the parish coordinates the preparation program for all the sacraments. In each program, parents are recognized as the primary educators. Parents attend preparation meetings and work at home with their child. This cooperative effort results in a spiritually rewarding experience.


Reconciliation

Students in grade two prepare for their First Reconciliation. Since the sacrament of Reconciliation is an important means of deepening a Christian's response to God and neighbor, students, after their First Reconciliation, are encouraged to avail themselves of this sacrament on Saturdays and other occasions. During Advent and Lent students receive the sacrament.  More


Communion

Students in grade two also prepare for their First Communion. A calendar of dates for parent/child meetings, practices, and celebrations for Reconciliation and Communion is distributed to families. Reception of the Eucharist at Mass is an important means of growth in the Christian life. After their First Communion, students are encouraged to receive the Eucharist at all Masses that they attend.  More


Confirmation

Students in the seventh and eighth grades prepare for this sacrament. A service project is part of the preparation. A calendar of dates is given to families for parent/child meetings, the retreat, practice, and the celebration of this sacrament in grade 8.   More

 

Academic Information
The curriculum stresses achievement within a Catholic community.
The Diocesan curricular guidelines, consistent with the Illinois guidelines, are followed.

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