Catholic Faith Formation

Contact Information

Elizabeth Kabacinski
Director of Religious Education
ekabacinski@st-mikes.org

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Introduction Children’s Religious Education at St. Michael in Old Town

The Religious Education office at St. Michael in Old Town remains dedicated to promoting the lifelong faith formation of its parish community. We seek to do so by creating a warm and inviting atmosphere in which our students and their families will develop a hunger and increasing desire to learn more about Jesus and the Church that He founded; remembering at all times that you, the parents and guardians of our students, are their first and best teachers and that all that we do is in support of your great mission. We remember also that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the source and summit of our faith and we will work to foster a spirit of worship among our families.

General Information

Religious Education classes take place every Sunday from September to May, with appropriate breaks for school and liturgical events.Typically, there are 22-24 classes each year. Currently, we offer classes for students in grades 1-8, but we hope to expand to preschool and high school in the future.

Every grade level has a team of dedicated catechists who plan age appropriate activities designed to keep our students engaged with the Catechism and to help them apply it to their daily lives. Catechists receive support and training from the Religious Education office and all are required to comply with the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Protecting God’s Children Initiative.

Our students study the Faith and Life curriculum from Ignatius Press. More information about our curriculum can be found here.

Registration

Open registration for the 2017-18 school year is closed. If you would like to enroll a student midyear, please contact Elizabeth Kabacinski, DRE, at ekabacinski@st-mikes.org.

Registration for the 2018-19 school year will open in May 2018. Please check back for more information.

Sacrament Preparation

We are delighted to help families with children of all ages prepare to receive their Sacraments of Initiation. At St. Michael in Old Town, First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are received in the 2nd grade; Confirmation is received in the 8th grade. Knowing that life has many circumstances that require flexibility, however, we do offer a Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) program for all youth who are in grades 3-7 who wish to enroll in R.E. Classes, but are also in need of sacramental preparation. Please contact Elizabeth Kabacinski, DRE, at ekabacinski@st-mikes.org to schedule a conference to discuss RCIC if you think it will fit your family’s needs.

By Archdiocesan policy, all students receiving First Holy Communion and Confirmation will do so only after a two year preparation program.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

The Religious Education office oversees Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 9am Mass most weeks during the school year. If you are interested in having your child participate or would like to volunteer as a leader, please email Elizabeth Kabacinski, DRE, at ekabacinski@st-mikes.org.

Adult Education

If you are not baptized or were baptized in another Christian tradition, the way for an adult to join the church is to go through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Over a period of several months, you’ll attend sessions with church volunteers and others who share your hope to become Catholic, learning the core beliefs of our religion.  At the Easter Vigil, you’ll join the church.

For other adults, the process may be simpler and shorter.  They may have been baptized a Catholic but, over the years, did not go through communions or other rites of the church.

Please contact the Parish Office and we’ll be happy – and joyful – to help you begin or continue your faith journey.

 
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