Religious Education (Catechesis)


Religious Education Classes at St. Rita – January 27

The Religious Education / Catechesis Classes on Saturdays at St. Rita of Cascia will restart on Saturday, January 27.

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.

Catechism Classes 2023-2024 Begin on September 16

We will begin with mass at St. Rita Church on Saturday, September 16 at 9:30 am – Please arrive before so that Mass starts on time. Thank you and welcome back!

Registrations for Next Catechetical Year 2024-2025

Re-Registration for children enrolled in Religious Education / Catechism Classes will be held in May in the following days:

  • Tuesday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 21 from 1 pm to 7 pm
  • Thursday, May 16 and Thursday, May 23 from 9 am to 12 pm
  • Saturday, May 18 and Saturday, May 25 from 9 am to 1 pm

The registration schedule for the NEW students for the 2024-2025 School Year of Religious Education will be announced after May 28, 2024.

Please come to the Parish Office on one of the dates above or call us at 773-434-9600 to schedule your appointment.


  • $240 for ONE Child
  • $360 for TWO Children (Siblings)
  • $420 for THREE Children (Siblings)
  • $450 for FOUR OR MORE Children (Siblings)
  • $20 Pay fee (only Confirmation Second Year)


  • Baptism Certificate – If your child is going to prepare to receive the First Holy Communion.
  • Baptism Certificate and First Communion Certificate – If your child is going to prepare to receive Confirmation.

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!

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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