Religious Education (Catechesis)

UPDATE AS OF APRIL 2, 2020

Dear Parents of Religious Education and all Parishioners:

I hope that in the midst of so much anxiety, the peace of knowing that Christ is with us is a comfort and support. Remember that in the midst of so much chaos and change of routine, that you are the first educators of your sons’ and daughters’ faith.

I recommend that within this religious education that you can offer from your homes, you become accustomed to continuing to participate in the Mass, either through this website or our Facebook page every Sunday at 10 am in English and at 12 pm in Spanish.

Also remember that we are still working spiritually for each of you. Please pay close attention because the date for the First Communions has changed to Saturday, June 13, 2020. Again, the First Communions will be Saturday, June 13, at 9 am.

For the moment, Confirmations remain on the same date scheduled – Saturday, May 2, at 3 pm. If there is any change on the part of the bishop we will let you know, as soon as we know something. It is very difficult at this time to know what will happen in a month, but we will confirm with you as soon as the Archbishop of Chicago allows us to open the church.

Remember that St. Rita is the “advocate of impossible cases.” Please continue to pray that through her intercession this pandemic will end soon.

Remember also that Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday. We have adorned the church with palms on the railings. If you want to come to take one, you can do so on Sunday after 8 am, remembering to maintain social distancing when you are here.

God is with us at every moment in our lives. Let us not lose hope and stand firm in faith.

With affection,
Fr. Homero Sánchez, OSA
Pastor of St. Rita

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!

CLICK HERE for more RE Information and Tuition 2019-2020 in a PDF file.

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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