Religious Education (Catechesis)


ATTENTION – CONFIRMATION PRACTICE – There will be practice for students preparing to do their Confirmation on Saturday, May 28. Practice is at 7 pm on Tuesday, May 24 for those who will do their Confirmation at 10 am at St. Rita. Practice is at 7 pm on Thursday, May 26 for those who will do their confirmation at 1 pm at St. Clare.

ATTENTION PARENTS – Religious Education Classes – September 24

You are reminded that classes begin this Saturday, September 24 with Mass. Please have your child(ren) at St. Rita Church BEFORE 9:30 AM. Parents are welcome to stay. Afterwards we will take the students to the school where you will be able to pick them up between 11:20 AM and 11:30 AM on 62nd street according to the dismissal schedule given to you at the orientation.

Catechists Needed!

We want to invite young adults and other adults who are interested in accompanying young people to be Confirmation Catechists in the Religious Education Program. If you are willing or willing to witness your experience of God and be part of the team of catechists of the parish of St. Rita of Cascia, we will soon have integration, formation and planning days during the month of September to help prepare you.

For more information, send a message to the email or call the office 773-434-9600 ext 234 or 231.

Registrations for Next Catechetical Year 2022-2023

We are still registering for religious education classes during the month of August according to the following:

  • If students are coming to us for their first year of either communion or confirmation preparation, you are asked to call the parish office to make an appointment. Due to our limited space, we will close registrations once we reach our limit.
  • Those students who were with us this past year may still register during the weekend of August 27 or 28 (Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm). That will be the final weekend for registrations and will only be for returning students.

Please bring a Baptism certificate and First Communion certificate if your child is going to prepare to receive Confirmation. If you have already brought these documents, disregard this notification.

Welcome to Our Catechesis!

WELCOME! – The staff of the Office for Religious Education and our Catechists at St. Rita of Cascia welcome you!

The primary task of religious education is to reinforce our Christian community in the application of love, respect, and sharing spirit taught at home in the image of Jesus Christ.   In other words, we collaborate with the parents in the development of our children of faith and love of Christ in the Catholic tradition.

All teachings are given in accordance with the Catholic Church, the National Directory for Catechesis and the Archdiocese of Chicago.

At Saint Rita, we are proud of our families, our students, catechists and the Religious Education Program!

Tuition – Year 2022-2023

  • Tuition for the First Year
    1 Child – $220 (deposit of $110)
    2 Children – $330 (deposit of $160)
    3 Children – $385 (deposit of $190)
    4 Children – $415 (deposit of $210)
  • Tuition for the Second Year
    1 Child – $220
    2 Children – $320
    3 Children – $360
    4 Children – $460

What is Catechesis?

Catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people, and adults that includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life (Catechism of the Catholic Church # 5).

How long is it required?

The formation process is continuous but at least two years is required to receive First Communion and two years for Confirmation.

Is there an age limit?

Our Religious Education Program receives children in school year 1st-12th grade (generally 7-18 years old).

It is required that students must complete at least two years of religious education to receive First Communion or Confirmation.  Normally, to receive Confirmation, the student must have reached the seventh grade.

Also, we are registering children of school age who have not been baptized to attend RCIA classes for children (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults).  Classes are two years also.  We are accepting registrations from 1st grade to 12th grade.

When can I register my child?

Normally, registrations begin on the third week of May and last until the last week of August, but read our Sunday bulletin and this web page for new information or contact our offices anytime!

When do classes start?

Our classes start in early September (normally a week after Labor Day) and they are every Saturday from 9 am to 11:30 am.

What documents do I need to bring?

The documents needed are:

  • Birth certificate
  • Baptismal certificate
  • Communion certificate (if they are making their Confirmation)

My child has a disability, can I register him/her?

At St. Rita we also have a program for children with disabilities and special needs called SPRED. Please contact the main office for more information and the coordinator of that program will contact you.

Do you want be a Catechist? – WE NEED YOU!

Do you love to teach?  Do you like working with children?  Do you like working as a team? So what are you waiting for? Join us! Give us a call or visit us on Saturday!

Contact us

Call us at the parish office, 773-434-9600, ext. 30 or send a question / request online to the office.

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