Contact – Tammy Vesolowski, PREP Coordinator
(708) 862-4165 – Ex. 12 – Rectory
(708) 862-4143 – school office on Sunday morning during class or please leave message
Children Grades 1 through 8 St. Andrew’s Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) is designed to promote Catholic teachings and assist the family in deepening the child’s faith life through classroom instruction, activities, and discussion; preparation and reception of the Sacraments; and prayer and worship. Weekly family Mass attendance is encouraged. Classes for the 2016-17 school year begin on Sun., Sept. 18th! Classes are held Sunday mornings 9:15 – 11:00 a.m. in our school.
If your child is new to our program and was not baptized at St. Andrew, we will need a copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate.
Candidates for Sacraments are required to have been enrolled in a religious education program for one year prior to enrolling in the Sacramental Preparatory Classes. Verification of enrollment and attendance is required. Records from the prior religious education program will be requested.
Religious Education for Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Are you from another faith tradition or unbaptized and feel drawn to the Catholic way of life? Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic Church? Are you married to a Catholic and attend Mass, but just do not know how to become Catholic? Have you NOT received the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Confirmation? Then RCIA is for you. Contact RCIA Coordinator Tammy Vesolowski by phone at 708-862-4165, or by email at email@example.com
If you are an active Catholic over the age of 19 and have received the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist, but have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation, you are invited to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. We will join other parishes in the preparatory classes. Please call the Office of Religious Education at (708) 862-4154 X 12
If you need additional information on our programs, please call the Office of Religious Education at (708) 862-4165 X 12.
Young Adults to Retirees
“LET THE CHILDREN COME TO ME” (Matt 19:14) Jesus has a special place in His heart for children and we hope you do too! Mom or Dad, or young adults to retirees are needed as catechists (teachers), teacher aides, special event volunteers, or hall monitors. If you love children and are willing to let God work through you as you share laughter, the Bible, and our Catholic traditions with our parish children, please contact Tammy at 708-862-4165 ext 12 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org . Being involved in the faith formation process deepens your own faith, and builds our parish community. You will be provided with needed resources, and the children receive what they need most – caring adults to help them come to Jesus.
PREP – A safe environment
Protecting our children has been and will always be, a top priority for our Religious Education Program (PREP). In mid December, 2011, we welcomed Ms. Mayra Flores, Safe Enviornment Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Her office ensures compliance with the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The Charter sets forth that we have clear and well publicized standards of behaviors and boundaries, maintain safe environment programs for children and adults, and evaluate the backgrounds of all who have contact with children. After discussions and review of our policies and procedures, no major concerns were noted. St. Andrew’s PREP is a Safe Environment. St. Andrew’s PREP Standards – Protecting and Caring for our Students and the Archdiocese Charter are available for review in the School and in the Priest’s Sacristy in our church.
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