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RE Office
210 E. Logan St.
Lemont, IL  60439
(630) 257-2371


Kevin Cody
Director
EMAIL KEVIN

Kevin J. Cody changed careers from auditor and cost management director to catechetical ministry as religious education coordinator for St. Alphonsus in July 1997.

Kevin Cody completed master's degree studies in Theology and Pastoral Studies at Catholic Theological Union in 2003.
Was certified as a Director of Religious Education by the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Called as a Lay Ecclesial Minister by Cardinal Francis George in June 2011.
Former president of the National Association of Parish Catechetical Directors (NPCD). Member of the NPCD Executive Committee 2004-12.
Former president of the Chicago Association of Religious Educators (CARE), currently serving as advisor.

Married with two 20-something daughters and two high-school-age foreign-exchange-student boys.


Melanie Terrazas
Administrative Assistant
EMAIL MELANIE

Administrative Assistant in RE office since August 2015.
Involved for many years at St. Alphonsus as a volunteer catechist, core catechist, RE Advisory Board member and chair, and Alpha course team member.
Married with two teenagers.

 

2016-17 Religious Education Advisory Board
Angie Pascente, Chair
Michael Lorenz
Brian Sullivan
[Open board positions]

 

St. Alphonsus
Parish Office

210 E. Logan St.
Lemont, IL  60439

(630) 257-2414
(630) 257-2476
(fax)

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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Welcome to the St. Alphonsus Religious Education (RE) webpage!
We hope you will find it informative and useful.

Revelation
Bible Study
11 sessions
Thursdays beginning
March 23, 2017
6:30-8:15pm
RE Building


The www.VibrantFaithAtHome.org website is free (all you need do is register), and provides a multitude of resources and simple ideas to assist you in building a strong Christian household.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAMS

The seed of a rich and deep spirituality is present within each child. In their earliest years, children grow in relationship with God and understanding of their faith. It is our mission to help parents in their responsibility to nurture their children's faith. Faith is based not only on an intellectual understanding of doctrine, but also on a conversion of the heart (adopting a way of life).

We proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of Got through prayer, education, service, social activities, and worship. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we respond to Christ's call to "come follow Me" and carry on His teaching mission. We follow Jesus' example of teaching what to believe and then showing how to put those beliefs into practice.

Our purpose is to assist parents in:

  • Teaching a Catholic way of life: laying the foundations for developing Christian attitudes, values and behavior in their children's early years;
  • Presenting religious concepts in accord with their children's age and capacity for understanding and growth in faith;
  • Helping their children make an increasingly personal response to God through their unique gifts;
  • Integrating liturgical and Eucharistic formation with religious education (liturgical celebrations shape a child's faith every bit as much as Catholic schooling);
  • Nurturing growth by providing a proper environment and witness of adults;
  • Fostering a sense of community and belonging (faith is something to be lived and is lived best in community); and
  • Recognizing and fulfilling their role as the first and foremost catechists of their children.

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REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Two tracks of classes will be held on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings for children in Grades 1 through 8. Track schedules appear below.

Preschool and Kindergarten students are invited to participate in our event-centered Little Tykes for Christ (LTC) program scheduled for the second Wednesday of the month during RE sessions, 6:15-7:15pm.

Families should be registered and active parishioners in order to have children enrolled.

Returning families should submit the application distributed in the classrooms. If you've misplaced your form, please contact the office. Final tuition payment is not due until the first session.

Families who are new to our program should contact Kevin Cody by phone or email (see above) to arrange for a registration meeting.

"BE MY DISCIPLES" WEBSITE
To complement our textbooks for Grades 1-6, we have an excellent website, www.BeMyDisciples.com. It offers practical and creative resources for parents and catechists, games and activities for children, and links to other useful sites. Children will love the grade-appropriate games, stories and service ideas that extend lessons into the home. Our agenda is conversion, leading to discipleship, within the context of community.

Because there is so much content to cover, and there is an overlap of content in the textbook material between the grade-levels, we established a set of concepts that the children on each level should know and understand so they can build upon that foundation at the next level. The Core Concepts represent what the children at a particular level should know at a minimum. Most of our faith content is covered over multiple years. but we want to make sure that none of the content "slips through the cracks," and that all important aspects of our faith receive proper attention. The mid-term and final assessments will be based on these core concepts.

2017-18 TRACK SCHEDULES
Track A: Sundays  8:45 - 10:15 am
Track C: Wednesdays 6 - 7:30 pm
90-Minute Sessions (30 hours of formation)

VIEW DETAILED TRACK SCHEDULES

2016-17 FAMILY SESSIONS SCHEDULE

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TWO-WEEK SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM
Monday-Friday
June 12-23, 2017
9-noon

We are offering this option for Grades 3-6 in response to the busy schedules we see faced by families during the rest of the year, and for those children who would benefit from a morning schedule when school is out, and sessions not spread out.

REQUIREMENTS:

Families participating in this program commit to:

  • Attending every session;
  • Paying the entire tuition up front (Rates are the same as our regular program);
  • Attending three Family Sessions, a Spiritual Event, and a Family Service Project during the year following the program; and
  • Attending Mass on a regular basis and using their offertory envelopes

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PARENT NEWSLETTER
The Parent Newsletters give you information you can use to fulfill your role in handing on the faith and practicing it in your home. These easy-to-read newsletters contain relevant topics of interest, happenings and reminders of events within the program and parish. The links below are in reverse chronological order, so the most recent one is at the top:

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

Summer 2016

PARENT NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE

PARENT ORIENTATION MEETINGS
Church Hall
Track A:  Tues, Sept 20, 2016, 7pm
Track B:  Mon, Sept 19, 7pm
Track C:  Wed, Sept 21, 7pm

PLEASE NOTE: Parents may meet their children's catechists in their classrooms immediately following the orientation meeting, and babysitting will be available.

DOWNLOAD & PRINT OUR MOST RECENT PARENT HANDBOOK & COMMITMENT FORM

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Alpha is for all ages.
(Next course TBD)
Participants will have an opportunity to hear about, and get a little taste of, this powerful 10-week experience.

 

The Manna Group Scrip Program
Reduce the cost of your child's tuition
while you shop!

Click here to learn more about this program.
To participate, please
email Melanie Terrazas.

CHILDREN'S INITIATION PROCESS

We also have a process in place to initiate children and young teens who have not been baptized and/or have had no formal religious education. The process normally takes at least two years to lead them into an experience of conversion and prepare them to celebrate the initiation sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

This is not a rigid program, but a process that is meant to be adapted according to the spiritual and educational needs and progress of the child. Children, with their parents and catechists, meet in small groups on a schedule that best fits their calendars. They progress through periods of preparation looking to Easter Vigil as the highpoint of their journey with the reception of the sacraments.

CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT BECOMING A CATECHIST

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SACRAMENT CELEBRATIONS

First Reconciliation

PARENT MEETING
Tues, Nov 15, 2016, 7-8pm
Church Hall

FIRST RECONCILIATION
Sat, Jan 21, 2017
Track A & St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School: 10am
Tracks B & C: 12:30pm
Church

VIEW PREVIOUS FIRST RECONCILIATION PHOTOS

Confirmation

SPONSOR/CANDIDATE MEETING
Tues, Sept 13, 2016, 7pm
Church Hall

RITE OF COMMITMENT
Sun, Oct 16, 2016
Tracks B & C: 9am Mass
Track A & St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School: 11am Mass

FIRST INTERVIEW
RE:
Scheduled individually with parish staff members in Oct or Nov
School: To be determined by the school

PRESENTATION OF THE CREED
Sun, Jan 29, 2017
Tracks B & C: 9am Mass
Track A & St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School: 11am Mass

CONFIRMATION RETREAT
(Confirmandi only)
Sun, Dec 11, 2016, 1-4pm
St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School Gym
Retreat Master: Fr. Tom McCarthy

SECOND INTERVIEW
Scheduled as needed in February

PENITENTIAL RITE
Sun, Feb 12, 2017
Tracks B & C: 9am Mass
Track A & St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School: 11am Mass

RITE OF CONTINUING CONVERSION
Mass, Final Liturgical Rite, Spirit Day
Sun, March 5, 2017
Tracks B & C: 9am Mass
Track A & St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School: 11am Mass
PRACTICE
(sponsors attend): 12:15-1pm
SPIRIT DAY RETREAT: 1-4pm

CONFIRMATION
Sat, March 11, 2017, 10am
Followed by a reception in the Church Hall

(RE classes continue through April.)

VIEW PREVIOUS CONFIRMATION PHOTOS

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First Communion

PARENT MEETING
Tues, Feb 21, 2017, 7-8pm
Church Hall

PRACTICES
Track A & St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School:
Mon, April 24, 2017, 6-7:30pm
Wed, April 26, 6-7pm
Tracks B & C:
Tues, April 25, 6-7:30pm
Thurs, April 27, 6-7pm

FIRST COMMUNION
Sat, April 29, 2017
Track A & St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School: 10am Mass
Tracks B & C: 12:30pm Mass

VIEW PREVIOUS FIRST COMMUNION PHOTOS

"Child of God"

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